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SLEEP ELIXIR – GOLDEN MILK

Posted on March 25th, 2020


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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!

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 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!

Leigh


LEVEL I – EVOLVE – CATSKILLS

Posted on August 29th, 2019


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With decades of teaching thousands of students, Leigh Evans has crafted a mindful, earth-focused Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training that 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.

Join us and begin your journey to a fully integrated life!  Embrace the opportunity for transformation with Level I – EVOLVE, the first of two immersions in the Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher Training. This 100 hour training provides you with the time and techniques to deepen your yoga practice. Removed from daily distractions, living yoga daily, and honoring the sacredness of nature, find your place, your voice, and your emerging self.

Refine your asana skills in alignment based vinyasa practice, receive yogic wisdom from the study of ancient texts, and explore holistic self care practices to deepen your yoga practice and live a life of balance in harmony with nature and your highest self. In these 6 weekend training, immersed in the yoga practices and the peaceful countryside of the Catskills, be ready to transform as an individual, develop life long friendships, and live in a supportive community learning and growing together.

Level I – EVOLVE welcomes those students who are simply wanting to deepen their yoga practice, as well as those who would like to become teachers or for people who have taken a teacher training previously and would like to go deeper into studies that may have been not addressed and brush up on their teaching skills.

After completing Level I – EVOLVE, continue on your path with The Yoga Sukhavati: Level II – EMPOWER training. Designed to help you move through the obstacles that are limiting you, this ten day immersion helps you step into your full radiance and manifestation and provides you with the teaching skills and experience to confidently take the seat of the teacher with knowledge, grace, and compassion.

Spring Training 2020

April 4, 5
April 18, 19
April 25, 26
May 2, 3
June 6, 7

Hours

Sat & Sun. 9am-6:30pm

LOCATION

DOWNSTREAM RETREATS

Our retreat space in the Western Catskills is nestled in the valley of the Moresville mountain range, near historic Roxbury, New York. Dedicated to yoga, education, and wellness, Downstream Retreats is located on ten acres of meadows and woodland with many spots to socialize or quietly enjoy the natural beauty. For classes and gatherings, we have a spacious, two story converted barn and a restored 1850s farmhouse. Both sit alongside a rushing mountain stream that feeds into the nearby East Branch of the Delaware River. The Catskills are our backyard with nearby hiking trails, skiing, cycling, swimming and outdoor recreation available year round.

Requirements

Open to students who have been practicing yoga for a minimum of 2 years.

Level I – EVOLVE is a required course for the Yoga Sukhavati 200 hour Teacher Training. It counts as 100 hours towards your certificate. Upon completion of Level I, attend Level II – EMPOWER 100 Hour Immersion to complete your training and receive your Yoga Alliance Certification.


LEVEL II – EMPOWER – CATSKILLS

Posted on August 28th, 2019


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Whether you’re seeking a career change or the journey of self discovery, Yoga Teacher Training is a rite of passage for serious practitioners with a passion for life. Through her Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher Training, Leigh Evans has brought hundreds of budding teachers and enthusiasts to the next level of their experience, and the transformations have been remarkable. Teaching teachers is Leigh’s gift to the world, and a gift you owe yourself if you’re ready to take the next step in your journey.

In this ten day immersion in the beauty and peace of the Catskills, dive deeply into the practice of teaching yoga while receiving ancient yogic wisdom and wellness practices. Building on the personal growth and yogic foundations of Level I – EVOLVE training, The Yoga Sukhavati: Level II – EMPOWER training with Leigh Evans will help you move through the blockages that are limiting your full manifestation in you life.

Helpful to everyone, regardless of whether or not you decide to teach, this process will give you the courage to honor your innermost longings, taste your essence, and set your feet on your path.  With Leigh’s guidance, polish your personal practice, find your voice as a teacher, and hone your teaching skills so that you can confidently take the seat of the teacher with grace and compassion.

Develop substantial skills and shine as a yoga teacher through investigation of alignment principles in foundational asanas, teaching practicums with personalized feedback, investigation of intelligent sequencing, the craft of vinyasa rhythm and pacing, and developing the techniques to teach safe and creative beginning and open level classes.

LOCATION

DOWNSTREAM RETREATS – CATSKILLS

Our retreat space in the Western Catskills is nestled in the valley of the Moresville mountain range, near historic Roxbury, New York. Dedicated to yoga, education, and wellness, Downstream Retreats is located on ten acres of meadows and woodland with many spots to socialize or quietly enjoy the natural beauty. For classes and gatherings, we have a spacious, two story converted barn and a restored 1850s farmhouse. Both sit alongside a rushing mountain stream that feeds into the nearby East Branch of the Delaware River. The Catskills are our backyard with nearby hiking trails, skiing, cycling, swimming and outdoor recreation available year round.

Requirements: Open to students who have completed Yoga Sukhavati Teacher Training, Level I – EVOLVE

Level II – EMPOWER is a required course for the Yoga Sukhavati 200 hour Teacher Training. It counts as 100 hours towards your Yoga Alliance Certification. 

Once you have successfully completed both Level I and Level II, you will receive your Yoga Sukhavati 200 Hour Teacher training certificate and be eligible to register as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200).