Yoga, Muffins & Magnetic Zeroes for Spring!

 

Have you signed up for our fabulous Yoga & Nutrition workshop on Saturday, March 26th? Come join us from 1-3pm to fully experience the connection between what you eat and your health!  There will be tasty snacks included in this interactive class!!



It’s official, spring is here!! This means it’s time to start ditching winter’s fattier, heavier, warming foods and move into a diet that is much lighter. In the winter we tend to eat a lot of root and tuber vegetables like potatoes, beets, onions, carrots and turnips.  These veggies can thrive in that type of weather and they have warming properties to fuel our energy through the cold months, keeping us warm. Imagine being in the dead of winter and eating a fresh summer salad with watermelon. You would probably freeze your tush off and feel like crap!


Spring is one of the most amazing seasons because it is all about regeneration! It’s a time of purification, healing and rejuvenation; the foods that are offered in spring reflect this. Spring is really the time to re-evaluate our health program - our diet, our habits, our exercise and create new ones that work for this season. It’s the best time to remove whatever waste and toxins have been building up in your system over winter and release them.

It’s also a fantastic time to cleanse - check out The Great Sugar Detox or the 30 Day Nutrition Challenge for group cleansing programs. If you do feel like you want a personalized detoxification program for spring, talk to us and we can work together to come up with something just for you!

Yoga for Spring:

Our bodies feel the change in seasons as we shift from winter to spring. This transition is a good time to relax into change and allow it to happen. As the days grow longer we are exposed to more sunlight, which is invigorating and energizing. It is exciting to stay out longer and stay up later, we can fill our days with more activity and less cat naps and cozy, hibernating sleeps. This increased energy in nature is experienced in our bodies, sometimes making it more challenging to settle our mind and body into a deep, restful sleep. A shift in energy can also affect the digestive system. This could appear as unsettled digestion that is incomplete and moving too quickly.

Yoga is a wonderful way to calm the mind and digestive system, grounding the body as we shift from winter to spring. The following yoga poses calm the digestive system and can help you feel relaxed and at ease.

Tummy Soothing Child’s Pose

  1. Keeping your hands on your belly, slowly fold forward at the waist, bringing your forehead to rest on the floor or a pillow.
  2. Hold for 2 minutes. Breathe deeply, filling your backside with air.
  3. Keeping your palms folded over your abdomen, deepens the massage of the internal digestive organs.

 

Digestive Twists

  1. Keeping your knees bent, allow them to fall over to the right side, coming into a twist.
  2. Lengthen your left arm out perpendicular to your body.  Turn your head, looking toward the left.  You can place your right hand gently on top of your knees, pressing them down.
  3. Hold the twist for 2 minutes, inhaling and exhaling calmly.
  4. Roll through the center onto your back, hugging your knees to your chest.
  5. Allow your knees to fall over to the left side.
  6. Lengthen your right arm out perpendicular to your body.  Turn your head, looking toward the right. You can place your left hand gently on top of your knees, pressing them down.
  7. Hold the twist for 2 minutes, inhaling and exhaling calmly.
  8. Roll onto your back and extend your legs down.

 

Spring Morning Glory Muffins:

These muffins are packed with yummy, nutritious foods such as carrots, apples, coconut, raisins, and nuts...making them perfect for breakfast on the run or as a snack in the afternoon.  Use up all those extra carrots and apples that are lying around, and make room for some fresh spring foods to come into your kitchen!


Liquid Ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey 1 egg and 2 Tbsp flaxseeds ground (mixed with 4 Tbsp warm water) OR 2 eggs

Dry Ingredients: 3/4 tsp baking soda pinch sea salt 1 1/4 cup whole grain flour (such as oat, spelt)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup carrots, grated 1 banana 1 cup apple, chopped 1/4 cup coconut, toasted

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Mix the liquid ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients. Mix together. 3. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. 4. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until done.

 

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