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. 

 

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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).

What You’ve Been Waiting For Is HERE!

We went LIVE this morning.

I said, we went LIVE this morning!

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Well, If you haven’t gone to check out the video by now, I will share a few other words that may be of interest to you;)

Other than clicking that button, posting on Facebook, twitter, sending out a newsletter, texting family & the entire H.E.R.E. team, it was, a fairly normal day, with a few hiccups, which are not abnormal. If you are curious about the life of a woman, nearing 30, who teaches yoga about town and is studying Ayurveda. I will give you a peak into a day in the life, of me!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2:08am

Wake up with a neck ache (I did something yesterday during my practice, but actually all I was doing¬†was coughing! It led to pain, and limited movement–no, yoga teachers are not invincible); my husband is¬†up, too–head cold, which means the dog is¬†also up and the pitter-patter of Porter (dog) nails on the wooden (and fake wood) floors is the metronome to our searching the kitchen and cabinets for what we need. Me: ibuprofen. I had held off long enough, and now I cannot sleep. (It’s a last resort, but sometimes sleep is more important than not putting natural food stuffs in your body, only sometimes.) Chris moves to the couch and grabs tissues, a paper bag, and I am not sure what else.

6:22am

I hear some sweet chime-like sound in the distance and realize my alarm has been going off for 37 minutes, and the volume is too low to hear. I have exactly 18 minutes to get up, practice my dinacharya (daily routine of eliminating, scraping tongue, brushing teeth, neti pot & nasya ~ which I leave out on this rushed morning~ sip hot lemon water, shower), grab what I need for the day, and head out the door. I make it on time to my 7 am class.

8:00am

Return home to check on sick husband. Our new plan is to meet for coffee/tea (if I am honest I will say it’s coffee 9/10 days) Tuesdays between my teaching gigs and before he goes to work. But today, I make him ginger-lemon-tumeric tea with honey and prepare a simple, yet delicious breakfast for myself: homemade sourdough bread with apple butter, a fried egg over freshly foraged garlic-mustard and dandelion greens.

9:30am

Pull into Pilar’s Tamales parking lot, and proceed through the kitchen greeted lovingly by her mother, her husband and her young daughter. Joe asks about my neck and empathizes with the pain. Over the next 30 minutes, we finalize everything necessary to go ….

10:02am

LIVE! There are, of course, some delays with pages loading slowly, etc., but, really, we meet our goal!

10:30am

Private Yoga Lesson with a dear friend in the little wellness room

12:00pm

People’s Food Co-op. Grocery shopping happens between Saturday and Tuesday depending on the week. Foraging for morels, wild asparagus and greens this weekend held us off a few days. I enjoy the 15% Tuesday bulk discount at my favorite establishment for food-shopping, and head home.

1:15pm

Dog walk. We meander through the parks surrounding our neighborhood. I look for more mushrooms, with no luck. The dog does his business, as they say, and we come home to settle ourselves in the sun on the back deck. I eat leftovers from Sunday (still within a safe 3 day range for food from the fridge, through fresh is always best!).

2:00pm

I scour facebook, indiegogo, my email, my phone….did anyone make a contribution? What are they saying? I also catch¬†up on some emails from school, and remind myself of my goal to not schedule anything new until after June 15, so I can focus on completing my homework in time!

3:00pm

A friend shows up for a followup Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. We follow it with chit-chat and sip cool (not iced) herbal tea. ¬†We do a brief ¬†online yoga class together (because even yoga teachers need inspiration from each other and …. the internet)

5:00pm

The kitchen calls. I am making a coconut curry chicken and rice soup for my kapha-congested love. I look through a few cook books for ideas, and decide to stick with my instinct. Starting with vegetable broth from our freezer, I add a bay leaf, last season’s garlic scapes, ginger and turmeric. The chicken is browned in butter (I am due to make more ghee!) with freshly ground cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. I put brown rice in our rice maker with water, coconut milk (only a little~1/4 cup), turmeric, and sea salt. Local Bok Choi greens steam on top. After the chicken is ready to go into the stock pot, which also has been cooking now with the remainder (3/4 c) coconut milk and the chicken bones (these are removed at this point and are still on the stove 2 hours later making more stock), I saut√© the carrots and bok choi stems with a little dried chili pepper. All this and the rice get added to the pot. I leave the greens separate and toss with a mixture of garlic-mustard pesto and aoli that a friend made. ¬†My husband eats two bowls.

7:00pm

Normally, this is family time (i.e.: Watching Justified or Call the Midwife on our computer), but tonight is quiet. I am writing, contemplating the weekend with girlfriends and gardening, and generally feeling thankful for life.

Namaste.

(Oh, the night is still young, you say? Well, I will likely be in bed by 9:30, reading or sleeping, readying for an early morning yoga practice and a day of homework and teaching:) ~ oooh, and a massage!

 

Seriously, if you are still reading, go to igg.me/at/HERE and make a contribution, then print & share THIS ¬†FLYER¬†with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors! You’ll get an awesome perk in return. Think of it as a reward for reading this entire post;) See you at Pilar’s Tamales!!

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.