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Dear Reader,

As we move into the bloom of summer I am about to leave for Scotland. i am going on a week long Yoga retreat wiyh my dear teacher, Kavitha Chinnaiyan. I am thrilled to embark on this journey of self-discovery and transformation. The opportunity to immerse myself in the teachings of yoga, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, in one of my ancestral homelands fills me with excitement and anticipation. As I delve deeper into my practice during this retreat, I eagerly anticipate returning with even more richness and depth of understanding to share with you. I am grateful to have you alongside me in spirit as I embark on this path of exploration and discovery.

🍃 Ayurvedic Living for Summer: Dive into the wisdom of Ayurveda as we explore essential tips for summer wellness. Summer can be a time of depletion. According to Ayurveda, summer is associated with the Pitta dosha, which represents the elements of fire and water. During this season, the intensity of the sun’s heat can aggravate Pitta dosha in our bodies, leading to imbalances such as increased internal heat, inflammation, and digestive issues. As a result, we may experience symptoms of depletion such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty maintaining balance. I find it essential to take proactive measures to support my well-being during the summer months, including staying hydrated, eating cooling and nourishing foods, practicing self-care rituals, and adjusting my lifestyle habits to align with the rhythms of nature. I’m going to share more below.

By honoring our body’s needs and implementing Ayurvedic principles, we can navigate the challenges of summer with greater ease and vitality. I hope this edition inspires and nourishes your soul with practices that uplift and rejuvenate.

🌿 Recipe Delight: Indulge in the sweetness of summer with a delightful recipe from our website: Ayurvedic Rose Petal Jam. Infused with the essence of roses, this aromatic jam is a true delight for the senses, perfect for spreading on toast or adding to your favorite desserts.

🍹 A Cooling Elixir: Beat the summer heat with a refreshing drink featuring aloe, lime, and sea salt. This cooling elixir not only quenches your thirst but also nourishes and rejuvenates your body, providing a much-needed respite from the sun’s intensity.

Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup Whole Leaf Aloe Juice
1 1/2 cups Organic Lime Juice
1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
1 large cucumber, peeled
2-3 inch ginger, chopped and peeled
5-6 cups water*
1/8 tsp Himalayan salt or black salt
1/2 cup raw, local honey or to taste

Instructions:

  • Add cucumber, ginger, and mint into the blender with the aloe juice. Blend until the ginger is completely blended.
  • Add honey, lime juice, and salt to the blender. Blend to mix all ingredients together.
  • Add 5 cups water (or more if you want a less concentrated version).
  • Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours so all the flavors infuse before serving. Note serving over ice or extremely chilled is not recommended from an Ayurveda perspective.


🧘 Practice Guide: Explore the transformative power of Sheetali Pranayama, a cooling breathing technique that calms the mind and soothes the body. Join me live to discover my step-by-step guide to experience deep relaxation and inner tranquility, even in the midst of summer’s heat. Register here. There will be a recording if you can’t attend live.

🌸 Summer Herbal Bath: Treat yourself to a luxurious herbal bath experience, infused with the healing properties of summer herbs. This revitalizing bath ritual cleanses and purifies your body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Find it here.

And some inspiration for your soul

BEAUTY
BEAUTY is the harvest of presence, the evanescent moment of seeing or hearing on the outside what already lives far inside us; the eyes, the ears or the imagination suddenly become a bridge between the here and the there, between then and now, between the inside and the outside; beauty is the conversation between what we think is happening in the world and what is just about to occur far inside us.
Beauty is an achieved state of both deep attention and self-forgetting; the self forgetting of seeing, hearing, smelling or touching that erases our separation, our distance, our fear of the other. Beauty invites us, through entrancement, to that fearful frontier of intimacy between what we think makes us; and what we think makes the world. Beauty is almost always found in symmetries: the symmetries seen out in creation, the wings of the moth, the airy sky and the solid earth, the restful, focused eyes of a loving face in which we see our own self reflected: the symmetry also, therefore, of bringing together inner and outer recognitions, the far horizon of otherness seen in that face joined to the deep inner horizon of our own being. Beauty is an inner and an outer complexion living in one face.
Beauty especially occurs in the meeting of time with the timeless; the passing moment framed by what has happened and what is about to occur, the scattering of the first spring apple blossom, the turning, spiraling flight of a curled leaf in the falling light; the smoothing of white sun-filled sheets by careful hands setting them to air on a line, the broad expanse of cotton filled by the breeze only for a moment, the sheets sailing on into dryness, billowing toward a future that is always beckoning, always just beyond us. Beauty is the harvest of presence
From CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words. David Whyte

As we immerse ourselves in the beauty of summer, may we find solace and inspiration in these practices. Join me in embracing the serenity of the season and nurturing our souls with love and care.

With love and gratitude,

P.S. Stay tuned for our next edition of Sacred Pathways Weekly Wellness Roundup, and let me know what you want to see!