Ready to Give In

It’s day three and I’m ready to throw in the towel.

I’ve been cleansing, as I have done for several years now, with the seasonal change from Summer to Fall (and also Winter to Spring).

I walked by the brewery and a cute guy from the rooftop was smiling at me. I wanted to go in. I was on my way to Yoga, to practice, not teach. Something I made sure to schedule in this week. The silks class was great, by the way, and exactly what I needed after a full day! Yesterday, when driving by the brewery, I also wanted to go in….hmmm…..is it about alcohol? I don’t think so, but what I notice is my desire to give in has to do with socializing.

I’m standing in the kitchen, warming my kitchari on the stove while listening to my dog eat his own dry processed food (I do want to make his own someday; it’s an aspiration without a plan). My plan to eat a mono diet for 3 or more days feels challenging this year. I scoop my supper into a bowel and silently say to my dog,

“it’s ok, I’m eating dog food, too, this week, the same thing every meal.”

 

Hold up! I have a choice, people.

I talk to myself as if my own crowd of witnesses! And, I have Himalayan sea salt. The vegetables I’m eating I grew on the farm where I worked summer, and my food is warm, cooked, and I actually like it!

What’s happening here is I am craving company. Cleansing inevitably slows my social calendar. My roommate is at dinner with a friend, and a part of me is envious. Another friend considered a night on the town, and my commitment to 10pm bedtime and no alcohol for these several days, stops me from joining her.

Over the past few months, I let the wind carry my cares, and now I’m intentionally getting back to business. Fall is like that. It’s a good time to recommit and settle into a groove.

What About Self-Judgment?

I catch myself though, with the judgment. I point out to myself too often where I lead myself astray. Instead, this week, I will remind myself that I am grateful. Grateful for these few days of discipline, for the great sleep I am getting, the work I am accomplishing, the complete elimination (and then some )I am experiencing (yes, we talk about poop a lot as Yoga Health Coaches!), and also the opportunity to watch my thoughts, let them go by, or catch them and ask them what they’re really trying to tell me.

My thoughts of resistance this week tell me that I’m a social being, who can benefit from a break here and there, AND that being a people person is a blessing. It’s something I love about me, not something to criticize, rather to support with ample down time for reflection, lest I get carried away and ungrounded, feeling lured into bars handsome, bearded men I might meet, rather than lured into my kitchen with the promise of my own deep and nourishing love.

It’s a journey, friends. One we are all on. When we pause to cleanse, stuff comes up. Whether it’s craving for food or friends, or back talk to ourselves about who we are or how we are taking care of ourselves, we all face it. Part of cleansing is turning the camera around to face ourselves.

It’s a true selfie opportunity, no stick required.

 

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How to Cleanse When Menstruating

This one’s personal. Blood & Cleansing.

I planned to start my annual fall cleanse Monday. Because it’s now officially Fall. Because it’s my small gap between friends in town and an upcoming Yoga Health Coaching retreat, and cleansing is a good way to prepare for retreat. It gets me in the right frame of mind to learn, connect, and envision myself thriving. My guess is this may be why you cleanse, too! Also, because I want to be a few steps ahead of those I am guiding through a cleanse, and because I already promised my little sister (Big Brothers Big Sisters) that we could make spaghetti together on Thursday after we give ourselves manicures and pedicures. And semolina flour is not a cleansing food and I want to be able to join her, at least for a taste….but on Monday, I was bleeding.

How I Cleanse

In Autumn, I choose a 3 day cleanse. 3 days of true food simplification. I make kitchari. I favor slow evenings, going to bed and wake up early (10/10:30-6/6:30), and gentle movement rather than rigor or lethargy. I choose not to over book myself. Generally, I slow my roll on the scrolling, and opt out of excess media engagement. It’s a time for writing, listening, walking slowly in nature, and pausing longer with more gratitude before meals.

Before cleansing, I find myself nesting a bit. This go ’round I did a deep clean of the kitchen, which often includes re-organizing the pantry and scrubbing out the fridge. Sunday night, I went through all my clothing with the “Love It?” measure. If I couldn’t say “yes”immediately (or it didn’t have deep sentimental value — for I am deeply sentimental and have on occasion regretted parting from a beloved item), then it goes. I have a department store bag stuffed and ready for a Naked Lady Party (aka girls night clothing exchange post cleanse, sure to include non-cleanse food).

My room was clean, desk organized, I did my shopping. But I was still bleeding.

What About The Blood?

I have a regular cycle, but I had a busy, exciting, adventurous past month, thus started flowing a few days later than normal, and so, was still at the time I planned to start cleansing.

Many think of cleansing as a detox. When we are menstruating, our body is already doing it’s own cleanse. When I am bleeding I rest more, move less, and try to eat more mindfully, favoring nourishing, unprocessed foods. While I crave sugar and tend to give in to at least one baked good while bleeding, I know my body needs easy to digest, hearty, protein-rich foods, with ample fat.

So this week, I gave in a little, I stock-piled myself with snacks. Rarely do I snack, even when not cleansing. But I knew that having local plums and raw coconut, walnuts and pumpkin seeds on hand would support my effort to stay out of the bakery. It worked!

I also added as much oil and Himalayan Pink salt as I craved to my kitchari. I made golden milk at night.

In no way have I felt nutritionally deprived. If you plan a cleanse and happen to have a visit by Aunt Flo simultaneously, be gentle with yourself:

  • Favor nutrient dense foods like root vegetables, sesame, ghee, flax and coconut oils
  • Give yourself an out: pack healthy snacks to resist cravings for sugar
  • Slow down: favor gentle or restorative Yoga, crawl in bed early with a book, journal an extra 10 minutes

So, it is possible to keep going with your cleanse while menstruating. I would not recommend a juice fast or the master cleanse at this time. Your body needs you to show up with lots of love and support and there are ways to do that without giving in to every craving, and still getting the nutrients you need.

If you’re not sure how to do this, book a FREE strategy session with me hereūüôā

Still Craving Sweet?

Cleansing is a great time to practice empathy and generate sweet talk to your self. Even if you aren’t eating that brownie you’re craving, you can bring in sweet taste with:

  • Sweet vegetables (like carrots and beets), grains (like basmati rice), and oils
  • Your favorite soft, comfortable clothes and adding that fuzzy blanket to the mix with your book and tea
  • Early bedtime to rub your feet and snuggle with loved ones (pets count!)
  • Sweet words of encouragement ~ you may even choose, like I do, to write yourself a love letter to open before your next cleanse!
  • Sweet Yoga ~ here’s a free taste of Yoga with me:) –> buy my full Yoga video library here!

As you dive in, I wish you sweet nothings on your cleanse journey, whether or not your bleeding, remember why you are here. My guess is you want to feel good. Cleansing can feel good, too. Start with love, and stay sweet as you go. 

 

Non-Negotiables

A few months ago, my teacher and Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Larissa Hall Carlson, recommended that I make a list of non-negotiables: daily practices that are mine, and that I will stand firm on in order to prioritize my self care and cultivate my desired quality of non-rushing. It being¬†one of the toughest months of my life thus far, ¬†with many traditionally stable aspects suddenly out of balance, it took me a several days¬†before¬†I made a list. It was a long list, a laundry list. Many of those listed¬†were ideals, that would not become daily realities, and I soon realized that my own list had set me up for failure. I wasn’t going to put my foot down (with myself) about meditating every morning at 6:15am! There are probably about 3 days each week, at least, at this moment in time, when I really need the sleep instead. By listing this on my non-negotiable list, and not fulfilling it, I was making it impossible to meet my own goals. I already felt so low in many ways, and so this was not helping. I also wasn’t going to never use the phone in the car, nor always avoid multitasking. While these are great goals I aspire to, I recognize now that they are negotiable. If I am sick, or up in the middle of the night attending to that wonderful time of the month, sleep is key; attempting to meditate while tired often leads to sleep anyway! In the case of an emergency (physical, emotional or spiritual) using the phone in the car may be a lifesaver! And multitasking, unfortunately, is a life-long challenge to overcome. Stress often leads to rushing for me, and doing several things at once often results. If I have this as a non-negotiable, I am in a way denying my own emotion of stress by telling myself I cannot feel that way, because I will likely then break a non-negotiable. I had written a far too strict list of commandments, many of which did not make it out of my notebook and into reality.

A few months went by and I received an email from Anna Kunnecke, who is all about declare[ing] dominion over your beautiful life.¬†In it, she encouraged her readers to be “very very gentle, and very very fierce.” She had a list of Daily Non-Negotiables, followed by a list of Bigger Non-Negotiables. I have no idea if these women (Larissa & Anna) know each other, but I took it as a sign and remade my list. This time, I was gentle with myself; I refused to list anything that would be impossible to do at least 6 days each week, but¬†almost always 7, on my daily non-negotiables. I also got clear with myself and fiercely¬†considered ways in which I had sacrificed my own self-care and made a pact to follow through with myself. My list is shorter, simpler and contains the gems that I now cherish when I catch myself following through, which is, I am proud to say, most days!

 

Daily Non-Negotiables:

  1. Poop (preferably in the morning after a big glass of warm water, or before the water)
  2. Wash the essentials (showers everyday in the winter do a number on my dry and sensitive skin. That‚Äôs my skin saying, ‚Äúwhat, you rolled in mud naked again? How is that possible, snow is covering every inch of existence as far as the eye can see!? Oh, you didn‚Äôt, then get the heck out of the hot shower, and put some oil on instead. It‚Äôs only a few parts of you that stink!‚ÄĚ)IMG_4496
  3. Eat at least one meal with utter gratitude and conscious presence (avoiding reading, cell phone, violence‚ÄĒin conversation, literature or media, etc)
  4. Snuggle with my Black Lab-Pitt Amazing Dog
  5. Go outside willingly even on days the weather sucks. But, if every outdoor trip is a must, at least look at the sky or a tree and soak in the beauty for a moment. It makes it is so much easier to go outside when you have to, and lessens the complaints and judgements that infiltrate mind & body in the 4 months of Michigan winter.
  6. Write a list of 5 gratitudes before bed
  7. Go to bed content and in acceptance of the days events, with love in my heart for my loved ones

Non-Negotiables for Life:

  1. Get in bed with enough time to sleep 8 hours, in order to get up in time not to rush off in a huff
  2. The price of healing (local, organic, fresh, unprocessed) food is more than worth it! Even when it means that buying groceries takes precedence over going out for a drink with friends—have them over instead!
  3. Drive as little as possible, but don’t sacrifice your sanity or your health either
  4. Prioritize Rest. The feet up reading, lounging, snuggling, task-free kind of rest.
  5. Go with your gut. It’s always right if you are truly listening. Just make sure it’s your gut and not fear you are hearing!
  6. Move deliberately and with peaceful intention. 6 days each week, when not fighting a cold, flu, etc. practice yoga, take a walk, go for a swim, or play– dance, hike, kayak, frisbee…
  7. Cook! It’s the best medicine. You love it. And nearly always brings solace.
  8. Bite your tongue long enough to let another person finish their thought. This is one that I have to write down to remind me how important it is, and how unfortunately easy it is to forget!
  9. Tell the truth! And all of it, to a few trusted friends, mentors and/or a therapist.
  10. Limit work to 6 days/week, maximum.

Ahhhhh. It’s a breath of fresh air to read these again and feel content with the list. I encourage you to make your own. You may have more or less than I do. Its not about the numbers or how lofty your words may appear to others (I listed poop as number 1, remember…if this is surprising to you, let’s book a diet & lifestyle consultation right away!!) ¬†And it’s certainly not about how humble, strong, peaceful or together the list makes you appear¬†on paper, rather this is all about getting clear with what you find essential for connecting to your true self, honoring and serving that divine soul so that you can live your dharma (your life’s purpose, your¬†spiritual practices, your life).

This Holiday Season, Practice Extreme Self-Care… You are that important!

Abhyanga (Ah-Bee-On-Gah) is Ayurveda’s gift of restoration, calm and expressing personal compassion. ¬†

Essentially, it is warm oil massage. There are many different options for when to practice Abhyanga. I do a simple version, spending about 5 minutes, everyday after I shower. This is more for moisturizing,  simply using a natural oil rather than a lotion or cream, than it is a true Abhyanga.

A nice option prior to what you know will be a busy day, is to spend 20-30 minutes before your shower, and a bit more oil and following the recommended method as expressed in the video linked below, taking your time to really nurture tender areas and bathe in the scent of the oil, and the calming it brings you. Following your massage, let the oil sink in for about 30 minutes, and then shower it off, not using soap to scrub it off as this will defeat its effect. (Of course you can wash those essential areas!)

Be mindful: Watch your step in the shower as your oily feet may cause you to slip! Consider placing an old fowl in the bottom of the tub/shower to prevent slipping.

Bundle up in the same room where you massaged to keep the heat in, and stay warm and cozy, especially in this cold time of the year. I did this when I arrived home from Kripalu Sunday night and was truly thankful for the calming it brought me.

It may seem counter-intuitive to oil before you shower, but in the Ayurvedic tradition, “sneha before sveda,” oil before sweat. When you simple rinse the oil, rather than scrub it you maintain its moisturizing effects. The heat opens your pores allowing the body to rid of what is not wanted, and maintain what is.

Another great option for the evening when you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned you may not sleep well, is practicing Abhyanga before bed. You may even consider massaging a little oil onto the crown of your head. You can cozy up, sleep, and shower in the morning. The heaviness of the oil will be grounding and help you to sleep more readily and soundly.

Below is a link to a video on You Tube by one of my favorite teachers, Hilary Garivaltis (former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and former NAMA president). You do not have to get fancy, though. For winter, for most of us, Organic Sesame Oil will be absolutely perfect! (Be sure NOT to by the toasted variety!!)  If your body temperature tends to run quite warm and your digestive fire is strong, coconut oil may be preferable.

Video Guide For Abhyanga Massage

Let me know if you have any questions about Abhyanga by emailing me at andrea@groundedhere.com or leaving a comment below.

Happy Healing Holidays!

P.S. Even if it’s not abhyanga, taking time to breathe slowing, participate in a restorative yoga class, or eat a meal in silence, being sure to chew thoroughly, will ¬†take the edge off of the late December chaos and remind you the greatest gift you can give to others if nurturing yourself:)

Healing Fall Cleanse & Day of Silence

It’s a great time to clear out the mind, body, and maybe even your closet! A great time to rest (we get an extra hour this Saturday night!), be quiet, and warm yourself with hot tea, and cozy blanket. It’s a great time for an Ayurvedic Cleanse & Day of Silence! I recently emailed friends & family about the 3-day cleanse I will be doing this Sunday through Tuesday and invited them to join in my adventure. I just emailed recipes and guidelines and did not want to leave you out of the loop, so I am pasting my email below. Enjoy your exploration, and share with me your results!

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Homemade Ghee

Hi Friends,
¬† So glad you are interested in learning more and perhaps participating in a 3-day cleanse and up to 24 hours of silence with me! Even if you cannot participate on the same days as me (11/3-5), feel free to incorporate this practice at a more convenient time. (Hint: Don’t wait until the perfect time, there won’t be one! You will have to prioritize this the way you do vacation, wine night with friends, and caring for others!)
  The recipes I intend to use are printed in my school notebook. I did a little searching online to find some that are similar to encourage you to try.  The final  link below is a good guideline for mindful eating during your cleanse, and really, anytime! Lisa Nelson is auditing the Ayurveda courses I am enrolled in, and we made a nice connection (even got in trouble for chatting on the day of silence!) when I was at Kripalu. Enjoy:
  • Kitchari Recipe: this is for you to prepare each morning of your cleanse and eat for breakfast, lunch & supper.
    • Vary the vegetables and spices each day to change it up a bit
    • Utilize local, organic vegetables like zucchini, butternut squash, carrots and beats & cook them enough so that they are not crunchy, but ¬†not so much. Colors should be vibrant and beautiful to the eye.
    • Spices like turmeric, cumin, mustard seed, fennel, coriander, ginger will help get your digestive fire going!
    • If you have a strong (or too strong digestive fire, use less spices, focus more on the vegetables and implement coconut oil for cooling effects)
    • If you are not vegan, and even if you have some lactose intolerance, I encourage you to explore¬†making ghee. ¬†Otherwise as warming sesame oil to your kitchari
    • If you prefer, rice can be prepared in a rice cooker, and mungbeans prepared separately on the stove
    • The people’s food co-op in Kerrytown has bulk split mung beans (easier to cook than whole green mung beans)
    • Please let me know if you have any questions!
  • Ginger-Lemon Appetizer: You can sip this like a tea 30 minutes before or after eating, or make it with only enough water to down it like a shot about 15 minutes before your meal. This is meant to stimulate digestion, particularly for those whose digestion is constipated or slow. If you have smooth and fiery digestion already, please skip this step!! If you have particularly dry skin, and sinuses, use maple syrup (local & 100% maple!) instead of raw honey. Add the honey or maple when the tea is not scalding hot, add when ready to drink it.
  • Sipping Teas: Do you best to have 3 sustaining meals.¬†Make lunch a larger portion than breakfast ¬†& supper.¬†If you are hungry between meals, start with sipping warm water or try one of these teas. You can find the ingredients in bulk at your local co-op foods store. Brew in equal parts (1/4 tsp. of each for 2 cups of boiling water about 10 minutes).¬†You can make a big pot and put it in a thermos to carry with you throughout the day. Notice for which reasons you should drink each tea. Eliminate ingredients you don’t prefer, but be ope to trying something new.
  • REST!! This is very important during your cleanse. Consider turning off electronics 30-60 minutes before bed, and heading to bed earlier. Set a goal to go to bed & wake up at the same time each day, especially during the cleanse.¬†Share with your friends & family about your cleanse and give yourself permission to rest, skip out on the late night social scene, and curl up with a healing story, soothing lavender infused bath, or simply sleeping more.
  • Exercise¬†should be lessened slightly these 3 days. You don’t have to stop, but if it would be healing to you, utilize this time to step it down a notch. Attend a¬†Restorative Yoga¬†Class (Here is the link is to¬†A2 Yoga¬†where I teach Restorative Yoga 2 times/week! The other is for some online postures), walk briskly instead of running,¬†meditate¬†(a link to a 25 minute guided meditation from one of my teachers).
  • Day of Silence:¬†This cleanse is largely about calming the mental and physical chaos we accumulate with the changing of the seasons (starting school again or simply living around those who are quite busy can do this). A day of silence may be more healing than changing your diet or exercise patterns, as the mind can be louder and more demanding than the body sometimes.¬†Select a day or 1/2 day when you can really tune out of what’s around you and into yourself.¬†Be prepared that this may amplify the voices in your mind, and accept this now:) Let it be an opportunity to get to know yourself as well as your seek to know those around you.¬†Consider turning off electronic stimulations: phone, computer, T.V., radio, and either take a quiet walk or read an enjoyable (not violent) story/book instead. This is a good time to explore making Kitchari, tea, spending time outside, meditating, doing a gentle yoga practice, making a card for a friend or writing a letter.
  • Mindful Eating: A guide to enjoying your meals, anywhere, and anytime:)
   I am so thrilled to share this knowledge with you. It has been a blessing in my life to slow down like this, and I hope it will be for you too!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and know that my day to tune out and tune in is Sunday November 3 at 3pm-Monday the 4th at 3pm (during which time I will not answer calls/email)
  I will email you again in a month to see how it went for you!
  I would like to offer you the opportunity to give back to the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, where I am enrolled, and where much of this knowledge was birthed in me (although I have done many cleanses before, this is the more comprehensive approached I have explored). As a student in the school, I applied for and am benefitting from a scholarship that covers 10-20% of my tuition. It is a great gift and has allowed this opportunity to be possible for me while on a low Yoga Teacher budget. I am committed to returning to the Foundations in Ayurveda Part II with $50 to contribute back to the scholarship fund. 
  I will put $25 in an envelope and am inviting you to help me match it! You can contribute $1, $25 or anything in between. Think of it as your fee for the cleanse if you like and know that it will go to more seeking to learn intimately the knowledge of Ayurveda and share that loving gift with their friends, family & future clients:)
  If you would like to contribute, you can add cash to my KSA envelope when we see each other next, or mail me a check: 2217 Hilldale Dr Ann Arbor, MI (check to Grounded Here LLC, and I will write one big one before school)
  All my love & joy to you in your cleansing adventure!
Namaste,
Andrea
P.S. If you are interested in trying more Ayurvedic recipes beyond your cleanse, check out Doing¬†Health Differently! Kyle’s website has been a great resource and inspiration for me:) Another great option is receiving Radiant Life Ayurveda‘s monthly newsletter with all sorts of good tips & knowledge! I saw Rhonda for my first Ayurvedic consultation this summer and was very pleased with her insight and encouragement:)

What’s On The Surface: Reflections on Foundations in Ayurveda Part One at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda

Love. Well, that’s it really.

For the past 10 days along with 60 plus other individuals seeking knowledge in the healing power of Ayurveda, I moved through crisp autumn mornings in a joint-lubricating sadhana (yoga practice) called Dasha Chalana. Believe it or not I felt less the need to crack my neck and back…and if you know me, you will know that is impressive! It works!

Watching the fog lift from the Berkshire Mountains and the lake across the road, moving through a silent breakfast, again with a view, and into soul-captivating lectures and discussions of stories of the sages, yogis, and vayjas of old, as well as of practitioners of today, this was an all-encompassing journey of life.  When I silently ate my breakfast, the density lifted from the lake below, and my mind wondered to the many aspects of my lifeРmy marriage, my faith, my family, neighborhood, yoga practice, career, etc.  Amazingly, everything that crossed my mind drew me back to this awesome scientific wisdom of Ayurveda (life knowledge).

While the breaks passed quickly and dorm life had its own challenges, what’s sticking here, to my heart, is an overwhelming gratitude — for being a part of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, the beauty and serenity around, the encouragement of those who are supporting me on this path of discovery and unveiling of my own true self — but most of all, to be in a place where God is truly at the center. Yes, God. At the root of Ayurveda are the ancient scriptures, Vedas, and the alignment of individual eternal soul with the eternity of God. It’s truly magnificent watching seeking hands raise inquiring about who God is in this ancient Vedic tradition. He is a mighty one. ¬†Prior to this post I have not written about my personal faith, but it is my connection to a God I have known since my early teen years, that always grounds me again in this true individual self, or purusha (as it is called in Sanskrit), and reminds me whom I really am.

This frequent (and other times not so frequent) rediscovery of true self, is the root of Ayurveda’s definition of health (swastha). The word swastha translates to “being situated in one-self.” Swastha describes “One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas (primary life forces), balanced agni (fire of digestion), properly formed dhatus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (waste products), well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss is called a healthy person.”

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This all-encompassing perspective of what it means to be healthy is so affirming of the multi-faceted humans we are, and the value in every aspect of the lives we live. In an age of health care reform and insurance bills, to know there is an ancient, intuitive, wisdom that continues to prevent illness, heal many, and of which I am now a learner, is a true honor.

I could not be more excited about this journey, and if we have not seen each other since I have returned, just say the word, and I will tell you all about it!

Here’s to the quiet before the full rising of the sun! I encourage you to sit silently in it, letting that grounding love present in the silence before your day wash over you in the peaceful aspiration that you are perfectly made. Don’t you just love that?!

Change is on the Horizon

In a few weeks I will lead a 1-Day Yoga Retreat in Ann Arbor. It will be a sweet welcome to the Fall Season and a celebration of community, food, and of course moving our bodies and calming our minds through yoga & meditation. With the beginning of Autumn come my favorite seasonal changes: butternut squash, fallen leaves, and the daily donning of a colorful scarf. The fall, like the new year, is a great time to start something new, create lasting change, or even make a seasonal commitment. Might I suggest a regular yoga practice? What better way than a retreat to kick-off your new commitment!

Unlike the hype of new year’s resolution, creating change in the season of change comes without the guilt of weight-loss magazines plastered on every stand in the grocery store. Rather than trying to break ourselves into the cold weather with heart-pumping, sweet-skipping resolutions, the Fall invites a more grounding, calm and restorative approach to change. This is the time of year when routine becomes easier and the energy of schools starting, families buzzing from soccer game to Girl Scouts meeting, and neighbors still making time to share meals together encourages me too, to find my rhythm and honor my rest.

On September 14, we will embrace this seasonal change together, taking time to set intentions for our yoga practice and the months ahead. We will learn techniques for meditating through stressful situations, and building a daily practice that can transform the quicker pace of the Back-To-School culture.

Schedule & Menu:

9am: Arrival & Check in

9:30 am: Invigorating Morning Hatha Yoga Class

10:30am: Introduction to & Guided Meditation

11:30am: Brunch! Rachel & I will be preparing Home-Curried Tofu, Kale, and millet scramble, Steamed & Slightly Sweetened Root Vegetables, Fall’s First Apples Scones, Andrea’s Famous Chai Tea & Seasonal Raw Juice

1pm: History of Yoga & Discussion

2:30pm: Mini Private Lessons  & Mini Massages (with Suzette from Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary!!)

3:45pm: Restorative Afternoon Yoga Practice

4:30pm: Brief Silent Meditation & Closing

Snacks, like Roasted Coriander & Spiced Almonds, RidGarden Pickled Beets, Local Raw Melons, and Freshly Brewed Ginger Tea will be available throughout the day

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Sign up by emailing me at andrea@groundedhere.com. I will confirm your registration when you complete a brief pre-retreat survey I will send you when I hear from you.

Very much looking forward to welcoming my favorite time of year with you.