Last week was a crazy one. You know the kind of week that leaves you with bags under your eyes and knots in your shoulders.
So I decided to treat my tired self to a rejuvenating, relaxing and nature-filled weekend. I dedicated myself to pampering, relaxing and re-balancing for two whole days.
This was on the agenda:
- A soothing Epsom salt bath
- Daily walks in a beautiful forest called Pacific Spirit near my home to do a little forest bathing and tree hugging.
- Leaving my smartphone in a drawer for most of the day
- Chilling out on the couch reading a really good book
- Playing with my dog
- Last, but not least, nourishing myself with yummy food like this:
- 1/2 fresh watermelon, cubed
- two sprigs fresh mint
Put ingredients in blender, blend until mint is pulverized. Serves two.
Banana Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 4 bananas
- 4 mangos
- splash unsweetened coconut milk
- shredded coconut
Blend all ingredients together. Top with shredded coconut. Serves two.
The other item on the table is a nut and seed vegan pate served with Mary’s organic, gluten free crackers.
I’m kicking this post off with some of my favourite photos from last summer’s idyllic Sunday night beach yoga class.
Practicing under a big, beautiful tree, overlooking the Pacific is a happy place to be and I was there like clockwork every Sunday evening.
Since summer is still a few months away and I’m gazing out the window at a grey, drizzly, springtime in Vancouver day, I’ve had to come up with a strategy to revive my lagging yoga practice. I’ve gone to the studio a handful of times over the winter and, although the studio is okay, it just ain’t the beach. And when my schedule gets hectic, the yoga studio seems to be the first thing to go. So, my strategy to bring yoga back into my life is short sessions twice a day, every day, in my comfy little livingroom. Also, as a sidenote, did you know that yoga alkalinizes the body? Yep, it does. I find this amazing as I thought only food was capable of doing this, but yoga actually removes stress so powerfully that it has an alkaline effect on our systems. The flexibility and alkaline factor make yoga a super healthy, anti-aging thing to do and, since I am on a quest for both of these qualities, below is the routine I’m adding to my world via mini sessions at home. The Routine
- Put on your favourite music
- Three Sun Salutations (include walking the dog and one legged downward dog)
- Two Wild Things (an amazing, full body stretch)
- Triangle pose one both sides (as a side-note, whenever I do this pose, my back does a gentle, chiropractor-like crack. A really good thing, I think)
- Dancers Pose
- Bridge or Wheel
- Shoulder Stand (Super anti-aging and re-balancing. I definitely recommend this for everyone.)
Instantaneously I felt the benefits of my little routine, especially in the evening. After a long day at the office and a sardine can-esque ride home on local transit, I’m ready for a shift from frazzled stress ball to laid-back yogini. And my mini yoga session always delivers.
Until summer returns…