What She Really Wants This Mother’s Day

What She Really Wants This Mother’s Day

What She Really Wants

This Mother's Day

Embrace feeling nourished, rejuvenated, and thoroughly cared for in a way that lasts well beyond the treatment session. ⁠

A Day of Bliss

Treat yourself or the mother in your life to a full day of bliss. This 3-hour journey begins with a cacao ceremony and a full Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic assessment. Next, enjoy a deeply therapeutic Infrared Sauna, warm oil Abhyanga or Thai massage, customized Ayurvedic facial, and an aroma point therapy treatment. 

Gift Ideas

My Favorite Things

Indigenous Designs Blue sweater

Indigenous Designs – she will love this!

Vitamix

An appliance you can actually give as a gift.

Sunlighten Sauna – give the gift of health

Jade Harmony Mat

Buy a mat, plant a tree. This is by far the best non slip mat available and it’s eco-friendly.

Join my online Yoga Membership with a 30 day trial for just $1

Prana

Prana – clothing she’ll feel good about wearing.

Self Care Essentials

Self Care Essentials

Banyan Botanicals is an ethical source for all of your Ayurvedic healthcare. Discover how this ancient practice can enhance your well-being, increase your longevity, and radically transform your health. These are my favorite essentials from Banyan Botanicals.

Sustainable Yoga Clothes

Sustainable Yoga Clothes

For the mother that loves clothes but also cares about our Earth. I have dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to sustainable living and earth friendly practices. Indigenous Designs and Prana are my favorite for conscious clothing choices.

Show Her Your Love

May 8. 2022

Ayurvedic Care

I believe we need the support of the village to create the kind of new earth we envision. Mothers, children, families, and communities – all benefit when there is deep support during these times of transformation. The care cannot fall to just one person.

It’s my life’s mission to change this paradigm. To bring about the conscious evolution of our souls through deep allyship, nourishment, and support. To lean in when need be and to be held.

Sacred Window Care

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Rituals for Living and Dying

Rituals for Living and Dying

Let’s talk about ritual…⁠

⁠Ritual is not only important for your spiritual practice, but also for your well-being. Ritual provides context for what is about to come, allows there to be a sense of the sacred even in the mundane, and delineates a special occasion or rite of passage with a greater sense of ease and aspect of social bonding necessary for our nervous systems. Research by van Mulukom into religious rituals in Brazil and the UK determined that taking part in rituals boosted pain thresholds and the ability to experience positive emotions, which increased social bonding in both religious and secular groups. One of the earliest examples of human ritual practice is thought to be a carving of a python in a cave in Botswana, Southern Africa, dating back 70,000 years. ⁠

Rituals can involve gestures, words, actions, or a performed sequence of events that you weave into your daily life to make everything a little more magical. They turn small everyday acts into something more significant or momentous. One of the keys to happiness is the ability to savor the moment (Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale University) and rituals help us do just that. ⁠

Research data also demonstrates that rituals are important during the dying process and can help alleviate grief by instilling a sense of balance and control. Rituals are equally important in times of birth, transformation, and rites of passage through liminal spaces. They mark time when we are “betwixt and between”.⁠

What rituals do you enjoy or bring into your daily life? ⁠

Here is a quick guide to creating more rituals and holding sacred space for yourself and others.⁠

 

⁠1. Beginning

Create a set of symbolic elements – things that have personal meaning to you or your group – that you use to mark the beginning. Turn down the lights, light a candle, burn smudge (ethically sourced of course), and create an atmosphere of sacredness.

 

2. Rhythm

Allow there to be a predictable structure of a beginning, a middle, and an end. Begin with the breath, a pause, intention setting, a centering practice, and an incantation. Next, move into the meat of your ritual – the core of your content. And finally, create a marked ending by blowing out the candle, offering a closing prayer, a moment of gratitude.

3. Integration

After closing the ritual, allow time for integration. Create an opportunity for sharing or journaling, the embodiment of what transpired through movement or a way of marking the event as special and momentous.

Utilizing the power of ritual will not only improve your overall well-being but will also provide memories for years to come. 

Check out this beautiful offering on rituals for the end of life I created with nine beautiful souls. 


Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

 

 

Resources:

 

Compassionate End of Life Care

 

United on Sunday: The effects of secular rituals on social bonding and affect

 

Time investments in rituals are associated with social bonding, affect and subjective health: A longitudinal study of Diwali in two Indian communities

Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

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Ayurvedic Recipes for Spring

 I’ve put together some of my favorites for you. These recipes will help balance Kapha Dosha, or the elements of water and earth that tend to be predominant in the spring in the western hemisphere. They include bitter and astringent tastes which have a lightening invigorating nature. During Kapha season, add more warm, light and dry foods to your diet.

Kitchari Recipe Ayurvedic Cleanse

Kitchari

  • ½  cup mung dal
  • ½ cup masoori rice
  • 2 teaspoons ghee 
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro including stems
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 ¾ cup water

Soak the rice and mung beans overnight. Rinse well and set aside. Add the ghee to a pan and once melted, add the cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, ginger, and coriander seed. Sautée for 30 seconds. Then add the turmeric, cumin, and fennel along with a pinch of hing until it becomes aromatic. Add the mung beans, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

 

Ayurvedic carrot ginger soup recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup

  • 4 teaspoons ghee
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-pound bag of carrots chopped
  • 1 sweet potato chopped
  • 2 heaping teaspoons freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • 4 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
    • In a large pot heat the ghee. Break the cinnamon sticks and sauté until fragrant. Add the ginger then the carrots and sweet potato. Cover until the veggies are soft, stirring occasionally. When you can break the carrots with a wooden spoon, add in the rest of the spices. Mix well and pour in the stock. Close the lid, lower the heat, and simmer for approximately 30–40 minutes. Add coconut milk for a creamy texture and blend until smooth.
    Ayurvedic Recipe Sautéed Vegetables

    Sautéed Veggies

    • 1 tablespoon ghee
    • a variety of vegetables, cut into 1-inch cubes: butternut squash, zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato
    • 1 ½ cups cold water
    • Soma salt to taste
    • ¼  teaspoon turmeric powder
    • ⅛  teaspoon mustard seeds
    • ¼  teaspoon grated ginger
    • ¼  teaspoon coriander seed
    • ⅛  teaspoon black pepper

    Sautée the spices in ghee. Add the firm vegetables and sautée until soft. Then add the softer vegetables and stir until tender. Add salt and adjust the spices to taste.

    A photo of cilantro for Ayurvedic Spring chutney

    Cilantro Chutney

    • a handful of fresh cilantro
    • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
    • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Shredded coconut
    • Water as needed

    Blend all ingredients together. Add water as necessary and adjust the amount of ingredients according to taste.

    Ayurvedic Chai Recipe

    Warming Chai

    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 5 cardamom pods
    • 5 cloves
    • 1 tbsp grated ginger
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 star anise
    • 4 cups of water
    • 1 cup of nondairy milk
    • 2 tbsp of honey or another natural sweetener

    Bring the water to a boil. Then add the spices and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for 30 minutes. Let cool, add the milk and honey to taste. Do not add the honey to hot liquids as it becomes toxic over 140 degrees.

    Baked Apple Recipe

    Apple Bake

    • 3 organic apples
    • 3 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 3 tsp cardamom powder
    • 1 tbsp walnuts 
    • 1 tbsp almonds
    • 1 tbsp chopped dates
    • 1 tbsp melted ghee
    • 3-star anise

    Preheat the oven to 325°. Wash and core the apples. Chop the almonds and walnuts into small chunks. Melt the ghee and brush the apples. Divide the cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and sprinkle equally on all the apples. Fill the apple centers with the nuts and dates. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

     

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    Kitchari Recipe

    Kitchari Recipe

    kitchari recipe

    Kitchari is one of my favorite foods and is Ayrvedically sound as a way to gently ease the transition to spring. As you see what is happening in nature, you can understand what is happening within. The season change is a vulnerable time, a time when we need to cultivate sweet stability for our bodily tissues. Kitchari is a perfect food, nourishing, a complete protein, easy on digestion, and delicious.

    Here is a recipe below:

    Ingredients:
    1½ cups Rice and Dal
    1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    2 pinches hing (asafoetida)
    ½ teaspoon turmeric
    1 stick kombu
    1 inch of burdock root
    2 tablespoons ghee
    6 cups water
    1–2 cups chopped vegetables

    Wash Rice and Dal and soak overnight. Drain and rinse.
    In a medium saucepan warm the ghee. Add spices and sauté for one to
    two minutes. Add rice and mung dal and sauté for another couple of minutes. Then add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
    Once it has come to a boil reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook
    until it is tender (approx. 30–45 minutes).
    If you are adding vegetables to your kitchari, add the longer cooking vegetables halfway through the cooking. Add vegetables that cook faster,
    such as leafy greens, near the end.
    Add more water if needed. You may prefer your kitchari more like a stew or even a broth.
    Makes 2 servings

    Equinox Blessings

    Equinox Blessings

    Equinox

    Blessings from my heart to yours on this powerful equinox portal. Today we whispered our prayers to the wind, made offerings to the water, and dove into the great wonder that is this life. ⁠

    In sistership, we deepened into the great mystery and planted seeds of hope, connection, and gratitude forged by the fires of experience and heartbreak. ⁠

    It is in the brokenness that we are strong. The togetherness that we recognize our wholeness. Wherever you are in this world, may you know we are united as one. ⁠

    “On the day when⁠
    The weight deadens⁠
    On your shoulders⁠
    And you stumble,⁠
    May the clay dance⁠
    To balance you.⁠
    “And when your eyes⁠
    Freeze behind⁠
    The grey window⁠
    And the ghost of loss⁠
    Gets into you,⁠
    May a flock of colours,⁠
    Indigo, red, green⁠
    And azure blue,⁠
    Come to awaken in you⁠
    A meadow of delight.⁠
    “When the canvas frays⁠
    In the currach of thought⁠
    And a stain of ocean⁠
    Blackens beneath you,⁠
    May there come across the waters⁠
    A path of yellow moonlight⁠
    To bring you safely home.⁠
    “May the nourishment of the earth be yours,⁠
    May the clarity of light be yours,⁠
    May the fluency of the ocean be yours,⁠
    May the protection of the ancestors be yours.⁠
    And so may a slow⁠
    Wind work these words⁠
    Of love around you,⁠
    An invisible cloak⁠
    To mind your life.”⁠
    ― John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us⁠