Spring is a season of growth.
Spring is a season of growth. You see it when you look at nature. Seeds that have been planted deep in the dirt grow and break ground to find the light. The ground is soft, the air is crisp and clean. Animals awaken and return to warmer climates often with newborns. Spring is an opportunity to see beauty in and around us.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Element Theory Spring is the element of Wood. When looking at our bodies through the lens of Chinese Medicine, we understand more about with brings our minds, our bodies, and our emotions in or out of balance, and uses the elements of nature to do this. When we listen and learn, we grow. For today we are focusing on and honoring the emotional qualities of the Wood element when in balance.
Each element is associated with a yin organ and a yang organ. When we look at Wood, we look at the liver and gallbladder.
Welcome & Opening Meditation
Welcome! You are Free to Choose. Remember this all day. Having a choice in where you place your focus, how you feel the effort of your practice or when you choose to find ease. All of this takes practice but is possible. Choose your intention, choose to share your light with your Kula
Happy! If you aren’t feeling the joy, having fun, and feeling playful on your mat, you are working too hard. Let’s discover what makes us happy on our mats. Heidi will explore variations of posture and flows that will make your body mind and soul deeply happy!
Break & Morning Snack
Break with morning snack provided by Heirloom Cookshop
Journal and Injury
When Cultivating Resilience, we often think about what we need to add – extra armor, extra strength, extra-thick skin – extra ways to add protection from feeling pain. But what if we looked at purging all of this instead? These things we’ve added have become heavy. Grab your journal and build resilience from letting go.
(from Janet Stone’s Anatomy of Emotions)
If you can, find a safe and quiet space for the following reflections.
Here are four sentences. What does each of them bring to mind for you?
Is there a memory connected to what came up for you or a story?
Optimal frustration equals growth.
Expectations are future resentments.
Judgment is the soil in which decrement blossoms.
Anger is about boundaries, either too much or not enough.
Nourish and Restore
Establishing or restoring Healthy Boundaries can be hard but listening to your body can be easy (with practice)! In this slow nourish flow, we move intuitively giving our bodies permission to be restored and finding ways to listen and honor our insight. Krista will encourage looking to the physical boundaries of our bodies to feel calm and safe.
Lunch at Rainbow Lodge Retreat dining room. Vegetarian soup and salad prepared by Chef Luke.
By definition, Contentment is a state of happiness or satisfaction. When conditions are challenging can you find contentment, or does contentment feel like giving up? We are often taught to push past discomfort to find any reward, not settle for it, but when we look to nature, the trees, the birds, the ground we can see even among the challenges they are beautiful examples of contentment – not failure.
Let’s experience your ability to heal and Feel Loved. Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique that works to relax, lengthen and realign your fascia to improve the function and mobility of your body. Yin Yoga focuses on the deep connective tissue through a slow and mindful yoga practice. Both of these sweet practices are ways you can offer yourself love and feel calm and relaxed.
“love is much bigger than relationships. love
is the way you heal yourself, the kindness
you give to others, the gentleness you give
yourself during turbulent times, the space
you hold for close friends, the intention you
use to live in the present and the energy
that changes the world. it's every moment
that elevates the human experience and
all the small things that make life shine.”
Breathwork & Slow Flow
We learned in MyoYin, that when stagnation occurs, the disease can flourish, or injury can occur. So when you are feeling stuck, remember you are Free to Change. Change is an amazing way to break free from old habits, learn something new, or experience something in a new way. As familiar as we are with sun salutations, let’s change it up. Grab your blocks, set down preconceived ideas of how a pose should be, and change it up.
In Buddhist teachings, we learn that life is challenging, but peace is possible. The Buddha taught an Eightfold Path to find inner peace and spiritual freedom. Along this path, we learn Right Action, being kind to all beings, and behaving in ways that maintain clarity. In the 8 Limbs of Yoga, we see this as Ahimsa or non-violence. In almost any spiritual tradition, we learn how important it is to make a positive impact in our communities and spread love and kindness. What can you do starting now to spread more love, peace, and kindness on behalf of all beings?
“When we see clearly, we behave impeccably, out of love, on behalf of all beings”
All About Basil
Basil is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Basil is commonly used for stomach problems such as spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, diarrhea, constipation, and many other conditions.
This fresh zucchini soup is so simple to make - just sauté the leeks and blend everything else together.
Author: Jeanine Donofrio
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 as a starter/side
⅔ cup sliced leeks (the tender white and light green parts only)
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 small zucchini, chopped + a few strands of spiralized or julienned zucchini for garnish
¼ cup hemp seeds
juice of ½ lemon, more to taste
½ tablespoon miso paste
1 cup water, more as needed for consistency
½ cup packed fresh basil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups cubed sourdough bread
½ garlic clove, minced
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Slice the white and light green parts of the leek into rings. Rinse well, drain, and let dry.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt and cook until very soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Taste one, the leeks should be a bit translucent and should not have a bitter taste. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
In a blender, combine the leek mixture with the zucchini, hemp seeds, lemon juice, miso, water, and a few grinds of pepper and blend until smooth. Add the basil and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more lemon for brightness and salt to taste. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Make the garlic croutons:
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the baking sheet, toss the croutons with the garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes.
Serve the soup at room temperature, or lightly chilled, with the garlic croutons and a drizzle of olive oil.