SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG


BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY WITH GOLDEN MILK

Posted on March 25th, 2020


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During these very difficult times in the midst of the Corona Virus. We need to do everything we can to boost our immune systems and deeply rest. One of my favorite ways to do this is to drink a nightly cup of India’s Ayurvedic gem, “Golden Milk”.

Every night before going to bed, I drink Ayurveda’s “Golden Milk”. It helps me calm down and relax so that I can get a good nights sleep.  The golden color as well as it’s potent immune boosting power comes from tumeric, the gem of Indian medicine and cooking. Tumeric has incredible digestive, anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties. Coupled with ginger and the spices, it becomes a digestive powerhouse and immune booster, as well as a magical sleepytime elixir! I’ve been drinking it every night. I love the ritual of grating the fresh tumeric & ginger and grinding the spices. The pepper unpacks and increases the benefits of the tumeric. Cardamom helps cleanse the body during the night with it’s detoxification properties. Cloves are a digestive stimulant as well as a great boost for the immune boost system helping release sinus & bronchial congestion. Cinnamon is also a digestive tonic. Nutmeg is an amazing sleep aid. The coconut cools all the heating spices down creating balance.

I find it the ritual of making Golden milk comforting and helps me start to relax. Then I light some candles, and put some essential oils in my diffuser (lavendar, clary sage, geranium, and bergamot are my favs these days) and curl up on my couch and sip my “Golden milk”. It makes me deliciously relaxed and sleepy!  Try it – You’ll love it!

Golden Milk

Serves 1

1 mug of milk (almond or other nut milk, or coconut milk )
1 tsp fresh tumeric
¼ tsp fresh ginger
4 black peppercorns
2 cloves
2 pods green cardamon
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
½ tsp coconut mana
honey to taste

Heat up the milk and simmer. Grate the fresh tumeric & ginger and add to the milk. Grind the peppercorns, cloves and cardamon and add with coconut mana, cinnamon, nutmeg to the milk. Whisk until it becomes a gorgeous golden color. Strain & add honey. It’s deeeeelicious!

Enjoy & stay well!

Leigh


THE DECADE OF EVOLUTION

Posted on December 29th, 2019


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This is it. It’s 2020 and we’re entering The Decade of Evolution.

We are invited to the Conscious Evolution of our species!

It really sunk in as I stood in the freezing cold outside NY City Hall with 1,000+ teens and a few adults, for the Dec 6. Climate Change protest. A 15 year old girl spoke passionately and eloquently about how the 2020’s must shift everything. How when we look back from 2029, our energy sources, lifestyles, values, consumption patterns must all be carbon free in order to save our planet. With the latest IPCC reports, according to the Scientists, we only have about 10 years to make the changes necessary to reduce carbon in the atmosphere before we hit the tipping point. How are we going to do this? Entrenched patterns are so difficult to unravel and change. It takes so much mindfulness, intention, and compassion. Are we up to the task?

It is difficult to let go of what we know and even scary to be in the unknown. In the last few days of 2019, I’ve been reflecting on what is holding me back from making the transformations in my life that I envision. What do I need to let go of in order to invite full manifestation. I am feeling caught up in old patterns of personal difficulty and hopelessness. No matter how much I seem to work on these issues, some patterns just feel intractable! So I’ve been diving deeper into practices of mindfulness and compassionate loving attention with these issues. Tara Brach’s podcasts and her, RAIN has been helping me alot- Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture. I notice a softening and an opening. Transformation is happening. These practices of mindfulness and compassion give me hope. They are powerful tools to help us navigate the emotional process of transformation both personal and cultural in the Decade of Evolution.

It is exciting to be a part of this transformation of consciousness. Powerful to be moving into a way of inhabiting the world by living more consciously in tune with and connected with ourselves, each other, and our world. We as individuals making daily mindful choices for a healthier planet and life, as well as connecting with each other in community and evolving the emergent culture through working together. And sometimes we get lazy or tired, and sometimes we can’t do it, but we do our best, and join with others on the path which helps us stay focused and buoyant. And little by little the shift is happening already! Conscious Evolution.

Happy New Decade!
Leigh


SELF-CARE = EARTH-CARE

Posted on October 9th, 2019


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Fall is here and I find myself deepening my self-care practices, embracing the yearly journey now turning inwards in our  seasonal cycle. It can be difficult to release the Summer, with the fun travel & sun – the glorious fire element’s expansion and outward expression. So to help me release in tune with the Season, I’m leaning into and consciously encouraging practices that summon a letting go. On retreat, as in this photo from our Nicaragua retreat, I offer restorative practices as the sun sets to help the students align with the daily cycle gracefully. Fall in our Seasonal cycle, is like the sunset. In the transition inwards that Fall offers, I often struggle with unraveling the constant outward and upward activity because it is so encouraged in our society and we are rewarded for our busyness and constant production. But all this constant activity all the time is exhausting and out of tune with the rhythms of the Earth. I find that when I move with the Season’s invitation to go inwards and slow down, I feel more whole, more in touch with myself, more aligned with the Earth. I feel very nourished and rested. I’m inviting in more yin activities that welcome slowing down, honoring processing and reflection: sound healing, restorative yoga, Seasonal yoga practices, singing, pranayamana, meditating, and eating to balance vata dosha, the air element which gets agitated in Fall.  Please join me this Fall for my offerings to help you slow down, go inwards, reflect and find balance in harmony with your inner self and connection with the Earth inside and outside. Self-care is Earth-care.

This Fall enjoy some of my sound healing offerings – sign up for a private sound healing sessions  and join me for one of my Fall Rest & Renew: Restorative Yoga Sound Baths. Rest in deeply nourishing restorative yoga poses while basking in sonic bliss as Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, and drums lull you into an extraordinary meditative relaxed state.

Join me for a cozy Afternoon Tea YTT Info Session, on Sun Nov. 3 at my house for my  Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  Don’t miss the opportunity to save $150 with the Early Bird Special – Nov 25 – Level I – EVOLVE YTT – Costa Rica, March 12-22. I am thrilled to offer the first 100 Hour training on the glorious Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, one of the most diverse places on the planet. It is a sublime setting to begin my Earth-focused 200 HR Teacher Training which fuses both the body and the earths’ cycles, encompassing everything from anatomically based vinyasa yoga to ayurvedic wellness and women’s practices to support the whole self in a lifelong journey of self awareness.

Ayurveda has given me so much insight and very tangible simple self-care practices, to help me find balance through the seasons and in my daily life. I am delighted to offer you the opportunity to explore these practices. Join me at Ayurveda Teacher Training Immersion, Nov 9-10 at Sacred Sounds. Invite health and well-being into your life!

joyous heart!
Leigh