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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 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).


cooling herbal teas

Posted on July 9th, 2019


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Usually in the Summer I love a good iced black tea. But all the ice teas in the store are now in plastic bottles. Since I’ve been really trying to be as plastic free as possible, I just can’t buy them anymore. It’s really frustrating! You might ask “Why don’t you just make it?” But it just never tastes the same….so thanks to the inspiration of Plastic Free July and the intense humidity, I’m compelled to make an herbal cooling tea that I will love. Oh and according to Ayurveda, caffeine is heating and aggravates pitta dosha, the fire element, which is definitely true for me….(see above)!

Last week I asked my Facebook  friends for suggestions of their favorite Summer refreshing cooling drinks. Wow! so many people had great suggestions! Some I know and others like, “watermelon, beet, lemon, and mint”, I had never tried before. It’s been fun experimenting with the plethora of cooling herbs that help us make it through this sweltering heat: mint, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, hibiscus, rose petals, roasted barley, chamomile, nettles, comfrey, dandelion, fennel, jasmine, kukicha, lemon balm, passion flower & other Summer favs – lemon, lime, and cucumber.

According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season when Pitta Dosha , the fire element can become agitated. You might be noticing some of the signs of Pitta out of balance as the heat kicks up. Are you irritable, cranky, or impatient? Is your skin itchy? Do you have hives, heat rash or acne? Are you stressed out, feeling obsessive, or judgemental? We can effectively cool our system and stay hydrated with refreshing herbal teas so that we can fully enjoy the joyous expression of the Summer’s radiance!

I’ve been experimenting and love the pitta cooling mixture of  lemongrass, lemon verbena, and fresh mint tea with a touch of lemon and honey. It’s incredibly refreshing, and makes me feel very relaxed. In fact, I’m sipping on some right now! Lemon verbena soothes inflammation, aids digestion, and offers calming qualities which also makes it a great sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia. Lemongrass detoxifies the body, reduces inflammation, fevers, infections, and swelling, and offers the bitter flavor and mint, our favorite Summer cooling herb, offers the sweet flavor both which calm pitta dosha. Lemons detoxify pitta in balance, though due to their sour flavor may stimulate aggravated pitta. Honey is heating to pitta, so use it sparingly. Enjoy!

Today I went to pick up some hibiscus and rose petals at Flower Power in the East Village. I’ve been trying my best to be plastic free and they have an incredible selection of loose, organic herbs and spices. I brought my own refillable cotton bags with me, but they also have small paper bags. It’s #plasticfreejuly and small daily plastic free choices make a big difference in the landfill & the sea. AND small daily dosha balancing choices have a huge impact on our well being. So today I made the choice to purchase herbs for tea that would cool my system instead of agitate it and I chose to support a business that offers herbs without any plastic footprint. Every little bit helps us find balance within ourselves and the planet.

joyous heart!

Leigh