I am excited to be taking a trip to see my family this month, and to be with my sister at her wedding, it will be wonderful to spend time with everyone, and share the joy of celebration with her. Yoga Classes at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay, will be on a break for a few weeks, to resume at a new summer time 4:30-6:00, on Monday, June 25. It’s such a beautiful place to practice, and if the weather is nice we will even enjoy some outside yoga by the sea.
As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels~ in a very gentle heart opening space. Consultations, Intuitive Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also ongoing.
Trust In The Flow
At this time, there is so much happening on the planet, and in our consciousness that it often feels like life’s flow is taking us on a wild ride through endless rapids. It is a beautiful ride filled with unknown beauty and magic, but one that also leaves us with a sense of not knowing what the next twist will bring. As the universal energy expands, and our collective hearts open, there is much internal and external purification that is occurring. What may seem important in one moment, may suddenly shift; the areas that we have been directing our energy may feel like they have hit a dead end; emotions are alive and flowing. The bubbles of joy, and love are growing, even amidst all of this movement, and now is the time to just step into the flow, to trust that it will guide you exactly where you need to be. Where you are is perfect, even if all of your hard thought out plans have not come to the fruition expected. The way will become clear, and as things percolate around you, or within you, remember that the idea of control is one of the ego and the mind. Accept the circumstances that are happening, embrace whatever the feelings may be, from joy to fear. Open to the beautiful mystery of life, know you are part of the great magical transformation that is happening now. Yes, things are uncertain and shifts are taking place on all the levels of the world and our being. All these little rapids, are allowing us to shake up our idea of what “has” to be, and allowing the potential of what could be to grow. The universe is raising its vibrations, bringing expansive light and awareness to all. Hearts are opening, love and awareness is expanding. As the light comes in, it clears all the “old” stuff, bringing it to the surface so it can move on. Let it move. Trust it is moving. Remember that as one door closes, it allows another door to open wide.
Ayurvedic Green Dishes
Our garden if filled with fresh, nutritious greens at this time of year. There is an abundance of kale, tat soi, chinese greens, and even some swiss chard poking up. Not to mention the many different kinds of lettuces. In Ayurveda cold salad’s can cool agni (digestion), leading to ama and vata imbalance. It is easy to spend a few minutes warming the greens up, adding some spice and flavor. If you love your greens raw, make sure that you add healthy fats to help them move through your body with more ease. Avacados, nuts, seeds, and organic oils are very important. Also you can try adding some warm cooked quinoa,rice and steamed or sauteed vegetables, this will also help the digestion process. Kale is great rubbed with oil and a bit of salt, as it breaks the cellular fibers up and “cooks” it in the process.
Garden Fresh Horta
A traditional peasant dish of boiled greens and weeds. The broth is nutrient rich and offers so much flavor.
1 big bunch of mixed greens (kale, swiss chard, chinese greens, dandelion greens, daisy greens, chickweed, spinach, and any others you like)
1 cup water
⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
In a large saucepan on medium low heat, cover and simmer greens until the remaining stems are soft. Drain until ½ cup of water is left.
Place the greens and the broth in a serving bowl. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. Serve warm and enjoy:)
Sesame Cumin Kale
2 Tbs raw sesame seeds
1 Tbs fresh grated ginger
2 tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp sea salt
3 cups kale (or other greens), stemmed and sliced into thin strips
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs water
In a small saute pan on medium low heat, add sesame seeds, cumin seeds and sea salt. Slowly toast, until the seeds start to brown, and the aroma is strong. Stir in the kale, the cider vinegar, the ginger and water. Cover immediately. After a minute stir again. The kale will be wilted with a deep green color, and the water cooked out. Serve hot.
Yoga Asana Of The Month
Extended Mountain Pose
I am finding such a need for grounding in my practice at this time. Taking time to slow down, to breathe deeply, and to enjoy the air flowing deep into my belly. Connecting my feet to the earth whilst inviting a connection to the universal sky energy. At the same time my body desires to strengthen, to stand tall, and feel alive. Urdhva Hastasana offers this gift of strength and suppleness, a bright connection of heaven and earth.
1. Stand at the front of your mat. I like to keep my feet hip width apart, and feel the ground beneath my feet . Find your center, your balance, noticing if you have a tendency to hang out in the past (the heels), or grip onto the future (the toes).
2. Firm your thigh muscles, keeping a softness in your knees, let that softness flow up to you inner belly.. Feel the energy flowing up your inner ankles, all the way up to your thighs and through the sacrum to the heart, the neck and the top of the head. Lengthen your sitbones towards the floor, and then bring your belly towards the spine.
3. Allow your shoulders to roll back, so that the heart can open. Find space in your collorbones and your chest, and allow your arms to hang softly but steadily by your side.
4. Check in with your head and neck, allowing the chin and throat to soften. Breathe deep and enjoy this steady mountain pose. Take at least a few deep breaths here, feel your strenght, your connection to the earth.
5. Inhaling, Lift your arms out to the sides allowing them to float up with your breath, extending them over your head. Allow the palms to come together.
6. Exhale, bring the palms together in Namaste Mudra to the heart, and then repeat this circular motion a few times. This opens and cleanses the energy, and feels so good for the shoulders.
7. When you feel ready, the next time you inhale the arms to the sky, keep them shoulder width apart. spread your fingers wide. Let your shoulders roll back and look up to the sky
8. Breathe deeply, notice how the heart shines so open and bright. Feel your feet firmly planted on the ground, the earth supporting you, as your fingertips reach towards heaven.
9. Give yourself as much time here as you like. When you are ready to release, then exhale your hands together to heart center. Take a few moments here to feel your energy. Enjoy