SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG
WINTER RADIANCE 2021
Posted on December 22nd, 2020
Breathe deeply and accept the jewel and the grit of this moment.– Mark Nepo
We’re arriving at the doorstep of 2021 bruised and battle scarred but resilient and adaptable. No one said that evolution was going to be easy. Our entire way of being in the world is shifting and though we are getting more adept at the continually changing landscape, it’s difficult. As Winter started approaching and it became apparent that things would be in various levels of “lockdown”, I started feeling overwhelmed and alone. I leaned in more deeply to my home yoga practice, boosted my self-care, and picked up my accordion and started singing again. I started feeling more balanced, grounded, and connected with my deeper being. I am so grateful that I have these tools to help me reconnect, re-balance myself and access my creativity. My home practices have been my refuge, my oasis for many years.
This Winter, I would love to help you create or deepen your home practice so that you will have this refuge where you can re-connect with your deepest self and renew your being. I also want to help you really rest so that you can truly rejuvenate during these Winter months. I’d like to share with you many profoundly relaxing practices to help you sleep more deeply so that you can receive the nourishment and healing that only deep sleep can offer. In addition, since our yoga studios are closed now and we can’t go on our fabulous Winter Retreat this year, I thought I’d create a way for us to gather together as a community. So I created the Winter Wellness Journey, as an opportunity for you to deepen individually as well as in the support of community so that we can flourish this winter.
This Winter Wellness Journey is offered live through weekly Zoom sessions, a monthly intensive restorative yoga workshop, as well as a facebook group where we will share our process as we deepen in our internal winter practices. All the sessions will be recorded for those who are not able to attend the session.
Winter Wellness Journey Topics:
Winter Meridian Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Developing a Home Yoga Practice
The Art of Sleep & Rest
Join me and nourish the well of your being this Winter and cultivate your full radiance and vitality!
Happy Solstice and Happy Holidays!
Posted on November 20th, 2020
There’s no way to get around it. We’re going to have a COVID WINTER. I’m sorry to have to say this but, my friends, we all can see that the difficulties of 2020 will bleed into 2021 and the challenges will continue and perhaps even increase. This can make you want to just pull up covers and hope it will all just go away. But eventually you’ll get hungry and find yourself standing in the kitchen munching on toast, wondering just how you’re going to manage. How are you going to make it through. Perhaps you feel that your reserves were tapped out by the election and post election chaos and your nerves are shot.
We are being presented with a challenge to draw deep from within ourselves and summon the courage, the strength, and skill that perhaps we haven’t yet experienced in our lives. We have the choice during this upcoming period of various levels of “lockdown” to either feel isolated, lonely, and separate, or invite this time as an opportunity to listen inwards and deepen our internal connection to ourselves and reconnect to our essential nature. This is the time for self care and self love. This is the time for long luscious “Ocean baths“, yummy immune boosting “Golden Milk”. The time to lean into your yoga and meditation practices to help clear and calm the mind. The time to get outside everyday and feel the nourishment of the Earth under your feet and the limitless opportunities in vastness of the sky above. This is time to fill your being with gratitude and be thankful for the simplest of things. This is the time to nourish your relationships with your loved ones. The time to be with yourself in ways you haven’t had the time to in your busy life. This is the time to reawaken your inner creative essence which will help you remember that you are whole, that your are connected, that you belong, that you are a part of the family of life.
We are in this together. We will awaken a new way through. This is what we are being asked to do.
Join me for my Inward Journey: Rest & Renew workshop this Sunday. Nov 22, 4-6pm.
SLEEP ELIXIR – GOLDEN MILK
Posted on March 25th, 2020
One of my favorite sleep rituals 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’s an incredible sleep elixir and also very good for your digestion. 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!
1 mug of milk (almond or other nut milk, or coconut milk )
1 tsp fresh tumeric
¼ tsp fresh ginger
4 black peppercorns
2 pods green cardamon
½ tsp coconut mana or coconut oil
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!