The Sweet Spot

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Coming off of another phenomenal retreat weekend, I am touched by the stars and hearts in the students' eyes as they head off to their homes.  I am continually amazed by the coming together of so many souls and lives -- first a bit apprehensive, and as the weekend unfolds each heart slowly opens and offers itself up to a collective experience of truth, kindness, laughter, relaxation and community.  

It dawned on me while guiding a long and luscious meditation and root chakra practice on Saturday that "we need YOU".  This means that the world needs the divine feminine energy -- the conscientious, rich, and nourishing energy that comes from awakening your sleepy and shy soul.  So, if you can't make it to the YogaFarm for a retreat or daycation, my greatest hope is that you are doing something -- anything -- to clear your heart, shine the mirror, and awaken to your true nature.  You are just so marvelous, I wouldn't want you to miss that part.  Ever.

Kristin & Suzanne, two amazing souls and yoga teachers and graduated of Deva Daaru School of Yoga -- assisting at the Foundations retreat

Kristin & Suzanne, two amazing souls and yoga teachers and graduated of Deva Daaru School of Yoga -- assisting at the Foundations retreat

All this talk about Love and Truth makes me hungry.  So, how about we fill your belly with some of that Luv?

After each retreat, I have so many scrumptious treats left behind to nourish my family here. Tonight, for example, I pulled out of the freezer a few frozen banana chunks that had been cooked in ghee and cardamom and served with one of our breakfasts.  I made an incredible little "dessert drink" for my Love and I out of these little jewels.  

It was so incredibly delicious, I couldn't help but share (the recipe I mean.  I ate the smoothie already.  Sorry!)

 

Banana Coconut Cacao Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen ripe bananas (you know the ones that turn brown on your counter -- peel them, throw them in an airtight container, and freeze them)

2 cups organic rice milk

1 heaping teaspoon coconut milk

1 heaping teaspoon raw almond butter

3 dates, pitted

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

pinch of Himalayan salt

1 heaping teaspoon raw cacao powder

1 heaping teaspoon raw cacao nibs

Blend it all together in a Vitamix (or the likes) and eat!  

I get soon excited about these things that are delicious enough for dessert, filling enough for a meal, and nutritious enough to start your day with as breakfast!  

Enjoy!  

And hope to see you at the YogaFarm 

 

SPRING YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT

It is that lovely time again.... Time for our Spring Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat in the coastal range....

Yoga is for every body regardless of age or abilities. The power of yoga is in exploring the techniques and practices of age-old, and integrating that which brings you into balance and personal power under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Getting away for a retreat in the country, brings you back to your core, back to your heart, and back to your true nature. This is what we call Sattva. This is harmony--our natural state.

***** YOUR YOGA AND AYURVEDA RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES *****

* 3 nights accommodation at Cedar Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
* 7 organic, vegetarian, home-cooked meals
* Morning and afternoon yoga classes, and sunrise meditation
* Pranayama, meditation, mudra, and mantra instruction
* Unlimited hiking, walking trails, creekside meditation, walking Labyrinth, time in nature
* Puja Ceremony around the campfire with chanting -- new moon falls on June 12th this month -- a time for new beginnings
* Lots of growth, laughter, self-exploration, and time to breathe and to BE Loved!!!

Here are some of the specifics to expect during this Spring 2010....

* MUDRA--the sacred gestures or "energy seals" that can be used to strengthen our focus, clear our mind, and achieve specific health results
* MANTRA--delve into the Gayatri Mantra, the great mantra of yoga, and embody the benefits of this sacred chant
* AYURVEDIC FOCUS--Kapha... no matter what your dosha, Kapha is best attended to in the springtime... An optional seasonal detox cleanse will be offered

It's especially important to balance kapha in the spring, because kapha accumulates during winter and can create diseases by the time spring arrives. As the world becomes colder and wetter in winter, your body mirrors these kapha-like changes. You tend to eat, sleep, and stay inside more during winter, which can result in a "winter coat" of insulation. In spring, you need to shed this excess kapha or risk becoming vulnerable to seasonal allergies or head colds. You might also gain or retain weight or succumb to a general lethargy or emotional dullness.

Your Ayurvedic prescription for spring is to do an internal "spring cleaning", develop a rhythm and routine that helps you gradually lighten up physically, mentally, and emotionally without disturbing the stable virtues of kapha. We will offer an optional seasonal 24 guided cleanse, to help to recalibrate the body and embrace the fresh, new life of springtime/early summer.

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The retreat is priced to be in alignment with yogic principles. $199. The ancient teachings tell us that one should not profit from another's hunger nor illness. May we embody this wisdom as we journey together....May yoga and ayurveda be accessible to everyone.

I hope to share this time with you, if you are called....

Om,
Britt

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I am happy to announce the completion of my website. This is the culmination of the teaching, classes, retreats and privates I have been sharing... as well as frequently asked questions about yoga, ayurveda, and ways to learn more.

Thank you to all who edited, provided photos, and shared in the journey... I look forward to all of us continuing to walk together.

Namaste,
Britt

Light My Fire

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine" was one of the many, potent take home messages shared by the 32 participants this weekend at a three night four day yoga and ayurveda retreat we shared together at Cedar Ridge. Coming home, I feel inspired, clear, peaceful and scrumptiously exhausted, and I am gratefully reminded of the importance of keeping one's internal light bright so we are able to peacefully and blissfully walk this path.

At this crucial time on the planet, awakening and purifying the internal fire within each of us is of utmost importance to navigate the cultural and global challenges we are facing. Our world is undergoing unique shifts that require each of us to do our part to balance and nourish the antikarna, or inner instrument.

Loving, earthen food, coupled with a balanced life and regulated practice are both foundational and nourishing for this sacred journey.

Here are three prana-rich recipes to balance the palette and awaken the digestive Agni!

GRANOLA MUFFINS

1 1/2 cups whole grain flour (spelt, kamut, etc)
1 cup granola of your choice (be sure to note sweetener used in granola and opt for an unrefined sugar, honey or fructose as best choices)
1/4 cup sugar (brown, demerrara, or sucanat are best)
3 tsp non-alum baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup prunes
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup warm water
3 Tbsp each molasses and honey
1/4 cup oil (sunflower, sesame or walnut are great choices)
1 cup milk (almond, rice or soy)
1 tsp vanilla

Begin by chopping the prunes into raisin-sized bits, then soak in a bowl with boiling water just to cover. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl combine the flour, granola, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. In a small bowl whisk together the flax and warm water, letting it get gloopy for a minute. Then add the molasses, honey, oil, milk and vanilla. Strain the prunes (drink the juice if you're so inclined) and stir into the flour mixture. Pour in the liquid mixture and stir until just moistened. Spoon into a lightly oiled muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes at 400F, then lower heat to 350F and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer (test with a knife inserted, if it comes out clean they are ready). Makes 1 dozen muffins.

CHICKPEA & ARTICHOKE STEW

4 cups water or veg stock
2 medium onions, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced or chopped*
2 tbsp olive oil*
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sweet paprika*
4 medium red or white potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes (about 4 cups)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (1 tsp ground dried)*
5 leaves fresh sage, minced (1/2 tsp dried)*
1/2 cup pureed winter squash or sweet potatoes
3 cups drained cooked chickpeas (two 15-oz cans)*
1 1/2 cups drained quartered artichoke hearts (14-oz can, in water)*
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
lemon wedges and grated pecorino or parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)
(You may also choose some fresh chopped cilantro for garnish)

In a soup pot, bring the water or stock to a simmer. While the water heats, saute the onions and garlic in the oil (using a separate pot) for about 8 minutes, until soft. Stir the turmeric and paprika into the onions and saute for a minute. Add the potatoes, rosemary, sage and the simmering water or stock. Cook for about 12 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the pureed squash or sweet potatoes, and add the drained chick peas and artichoke hearts. Remove the rosemary sprig, add salt and pepper to taste, and return to a simmer.

Serve with lemon wedges and top with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

LEMON TAHINI DRESSING

1/2 cup tahini
1/2 water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Whirl it all up in a blender and serve on your favorite vegetables, raw or cooked.

Eating is our first and ever-revolving interaction with the environment outside of our selves: If the choices surrounding nourishment are based upon love and harmony, our bodies, our lives, and the impact we have on the world around us, will purely, and clearly reflect just that. ~David Frawley

Namaste and Bon Appetit!

YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT

Namaste,

I am facilitating a four night, three day yoga and ayurveda retreat at Cedar Ridge in June. The event is priced with your wallet in mind, and covers basic costs of the event. An optional "dana" offering is made available for those who want to share with the teacher. Details on what "dana" is can be found at yogawithbritt.com

Additional information is available at yogawithbritt.com

For those who have attended Women's Weekend Away in the past. This one is not only for women...

This is a unique retreat, with a yoga and ayurvedica focus, designed for those seeking to deepen their understanding of Yoga and the integration of it into their lives. It is excellent for healing the body, balancing the emotions and mind, and bringing peace and power into one's life in a way that self-accepting and rich with ancient wisdom. It is also completely appropriate for those individuals weathering the storms of life, whether it be current life challenges, relationships, or healing the past. Yoga and Ayurveda are timeless, spaceless tools for healing.

The event is for women and men, and all levels and experience. It is an integration of what I have been immersed in for the last six months and a sharing of many of the teachings I have practiced and not shared publicly before. It is east meets west. Allopathy meets Ayurveda. Yoga meets real life.

I do hope you can join us. Space is limited, and some private rooms are available for couples.

May the journey be rich with the knowledge that we are perfectly acceptable where we are, as we are, and that our lives are filled with grace, each moment of every day.

Namaste,
Britt