'Tis the season to clarify our personal mission statements, to ignite the North Star of our deepest heart longing and let this inner focal point guide our path. As 2020 comes to a close, we honor the moments of darkness and light that we have been through as we face new beginnings in 2021.
The Niyama, Ishvara Pranidhana, the jewel of surrender, is an ethical guideline on the 8-fold path of yoga that asks us to release the illusion of control and jump into our life, as it is and as it is not, with our whole heart!
This year has been a whirlwind. Life’s highs and lows are part of any average trip around the sun, but 2020 has many of us feeling like we’re spinning in circles with no relief in sight. It seems crazy to suggest more circles as a counter to it all, but this slow, sweet Mandala flow centers the mind and releases toxins without taking more time than a set of sun salutations.
During a pit stop at my favorite local dispensary, I inquired about the best edible for good, steady sleep. With menopausal symptoms waking me up frequently, getting back to a peaceful slumber after a major hot flash seemed out of reach. I needed help falling and staying asleep.
I created this recipe in the 90’s for my friends who didn’t know what to feed a vegetarian! Times have changed and while there are so many delicious vegan meals that are satisfying even for non-vegans, this recipe remains a fan favorite.
Over my years as a yoga practitioner, yoga teacher, and yoga learner, I’ve tried as many mats as I can to find the right one for me. As I learn and grow in this life, my wants shift and change along with the brand of my new favorite mat.