Day 11 #SFYMindfulMay #pleasure – during today’s yin yoga class I spoke about being mindful of pleasure. I love that Christiane Northrup, MD professes that “Pleasure is a vital nutrient.” Where we place our attention and awareness, we increase our experience of that object. Breathe into pleasure, notice the sensations of your experience, and give yourself permission to thoroughly savor every moment. Be mindful of experiencing pleasure in your relationships, in your work, your hobbies, in every bite you eat. Notice how pleasure increases in your life when you look for it in each moment…breath by breath.
CHIA PUDDING PARFAIT WITH BERRIES
Mix 1/2 cup of nut milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds and let sit in the refrigerator a few hours or overnight. Stir after a few hours just to remove the clumps of chia gel. Add a dollop of “yogurt” (eg coconut cream yogurt or dairy yogurt) and top with berries. Taste and feel each creamy, healthy bite. Enjoy…
MINDFUL EATING – mindful of WHAT you eat and HOW you eat.
Do you multi-task while you eat? Eating in front of the TV…while reading your email on your smart phone…while reading the paper? When is the last time you JUST ate, paying attention to each bite? Or, when eating with your family, put all your electronic devices away, notice the food you’re all eating, thanking those who prepared the food, thanking mother earth for providing you that food, and talking to each other with eye contact? Hmmm…maybe it’s time to eat mindfully! IDEAS FOR COLORFUL WRAPS AND SALADS
Want to eat clean but, you’re tired of beans and rice or plain old salad? Here are some ideas for being creative in the kitchen. Try it and maybe you’ll discover your colorful, inner chef! Get your kids creating in the kitchen too!
Take the time to choose colorful foods and present them with care and creativity. Treat your meal like a masterpiece and savor each beautiful bite.
Add color to your veggies by adding these to your salads and wraps:
yellow and red peppers
orange sweet potatoes
whole grains like quinoa
Try gluten free:
“noodles” of spaghetti squash
zoodles from zucchini in a spiralizer
Brighten flavors with herbs:
Spice it up:
Add richness with oils:
And savory “umami” flavors:
Bragg’s liquid amino acids
fun sea salts
Eat clean and organic for 3-7 days and notice how you feel. Eat two or more hours before your next vigorous yoga class and notice how it affects your practice and digestion. Think PTY “pretty, tasty and yummy” when creating your food art…have fun and enjoy each bite!!
Thank you for participating in this month’s Spiritually Fit Yoga Mindful May challenge! Join anytime! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t started on day one with us. Just follow me on Instagram @spirituallyfityoga then in each post tag @spirituallyfityoga and #SFYMindfulMay.
Whiz up on high in your blender. Serve frothy over ice or room temp. Cheers!
Watermelon to hydrate
Lemon to detoxify
Turmeric to reduce inflammation
In addition to hosting the #SFYMindfulMay challenge I am also participating by committing to:
Starting my day with a morning detox juice, such as this watermelon detox juice
Drinking at least 60 oz. of liquids per day, which will consist mostly of water
Bring more yoga philosophy into my yoga teaching and yoga practice
Shoulder healing and love
Reconnecting to my inner photographer by taking daily photos with my Nikon D7000 (my blog posts will be taken with my D7000 instead of my iPhone) and I want to find my slides from Nepal, digitize them and share those online #PrayforNepal
This is the first instagram challenge I have hosted and I’m excited to be part of a challenge that lets the participants choose what they would like to focus on for the next 21 days. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE yoga challenges but, I felt like I wanted to put energy into some specific goals which would nurture my soul and detox my body. There are so many things I could actually commit to such as going gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, etc. etc. Although I may still bring those dietary goals into my next twenty-one days I decided to narrow it down to “just” four goals. “Focus” is after all one of my challenges too!
Thank you for participating! Join anytime! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t started on day one with us. Just follow me on Instagram @spirituallyfityoga then in each post tag @spirituallyfityoga and #SFYMindfulMay.