It has been just over two weeks since Healing Through Yoga commenced. This was my first retreat that I have organized. (First of many!) I could not be happier with the outcome, the energy churned, the beautiful releasement of negative energy, and the trust we were able to create within our circle.
Trusting in the practice to work its magic and knowing we all supported each other in our journey was just amazing to witness. Mother Nature shined down on our practice allowing us to move outdoors in both our asana practice as well as our drumming session. My heart just soared!
Jamie Gore lead us through the drumming circle and was absolutely brilliant! She facilitated through a company called Circle of Rhythms out of Calgary Alberta. If you ever get a chance to join her don't hesitate!
There were many at the circle that found the drumming created a bit of anxiety as we were guided through a rhythm.
To start the fear of making a mistake, something that is ingrained in most of us, tried to take over. Very quickly it was realized that making a mistake was part of the process, and that the group would carry each individual no matter how far off the rhythm a person strayed.
This mirrored our yoga practice as well. It does not matter how deep you can physically get into a pose. By forcing your physical body past its ability you lose what the practice is trying to do for you, which is to align the Chakra's and set your mind in a state of calm. By finding ease in a pose these wonderful feelings just happen, the body finds space, the mind finds peace.
This is why I love yoga so much.
Another aspect of the retreat was the food. We were all Vegan's for the weekend. There are several recipe's that I will share from the weekend. The response I got from people that had never eaten this way before was how little you actually needed to satisfy your hunger. It is so nutrient dense the body almost sighs because it is given what it needs to function properly sending the signals that its full.
I can not express how incredibly grateful I am to everyone that attended. That put their trust in me to lead them through what can be a very challenging journey. My heart shines to each and every one of you!
Here are a few of the recipe's:
Chia Seed Pudding
Make the night before if you like.
Chia seeds 4tbs
Almond milk 1 1/2 cups
vanilla 1 tsp
Cinnamon to taste (if you wish)
MIx together the night before, place in the fridge and enjoy in the morning. This can be made in the morning. The seeds expand quickly. Leaving them longer will make it a creamier consistency, less a crunchier texture.
Pumpkin Pie Steel cut oats
6 cups water
1 can of pumpkin pie puree
half cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats
2 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
combine in a slow cooker before you go to bed. Place on low. Stir before eating.
pinapple, grapes, oranges wedges, apples or what ever kind of fruit you want to eat.
Cashew whipped cream: place approx a ratio of 1:1 for water and cashews into a blender. after blending if it isn't thick enough add more cashews.
approx 2 tbs white chia seeds
Combine together and allow to refrigerate for a couple of hours to over night.
Chick Pea pasta
Garlic ( I use lots!)
Brown rice pasta
1 can of chick peas
To create pesto add approx 2 cups of basil leaves, half cup pine nuts, two fresh cloves of garlic, 3 tbs of olive oil, half cup nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Blend.
Add olive oil to pan and sate chopped garlic over med only until you can smell the garlic. (2-3 min)
add chick peas and enough water to cover the chick peas. This simmers for 35-40 min adding water when needed. In the last few minutes allow the water to reduce to approx half.
Cook brown rice pasta to directions on package then add to the chick peas. Add basil pesto to the mixture and enjoy!