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"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work." - Thich Nhat Hahn
PEACEFUL MOMENTS

How do you find peace in your daily life?


Not all of us can make it to the mountain-top to sit for hours, quietly, interrupted only by the sweet sound of the birds. Really, though - if we could get there, then perhaps we could finally meditate to our heart's content, without distractions, find that zen, that inner peace, right? Well, that does sound fantastic, but it's not the only way. 
 

I used to have that dreamy vision for years, seeking ways to escape the busy world to find that inner peace. I was starting to convince myself that it would be the only way to know peace. Even with my consistent yoga practice, the rest of the world seemed noisy and it appeared that I was looking to change the world. 

I feel accomplished these days, when I can find peace and quiet between the spaces of this seemingly "busy" life. I have deliberately chosen all the things that seem to require time and effort and I am happy for it. Even so, between the work at the studio, teaching, mothering, parenting, emails, driving, running errands and so on, and so forth... there are days where it can be challenging. I have made a habit out of seeking peace from where I am. No ticket to purchase, preparation, special equipment, none of that. Instead, I have a been growing my list of ways to invite peace, instantly. 

Now, with even more on my plate , it's funny to imagine that I am in a place where I can bring that "meditating on the mountain" feeling into my daily life.  I cherish those moments and feel as though I can tap into them more often. I am appreciative to be in a place where I can welcome this feeling. It's a daily practice, but I am seeing results. 

The world will be. Stuff will happen. The question is, what do you have in place to bring you back to your center? How do you find peace in the middle of your day? 


Here are some suggestions, go explore and grow your list 
 

1) Go for a walk, no phone.
2) Listen to a short, guided meditation.
3) Clear some clutter... you know just the pile!
4) Play with soil, yes. Re-pot a plant or two.
5) Cook leisurely while listening to your favorite music
6) Start a gratitude journal and go for it - 3 to 5 statements is all it takes. 
7) Stand in Tadasana (Mountain pose) take your arms up, take a deep breath in, feel your feet on ground your heart open and say, "It's amazing to be alive. I love my life. I am filled with gratitude, peace and joy." 
8) And, if it brings you peace to be around others - spend time with loved ones. Do something meaningful such as sharing tea, cooking, gardening, walking or just enjoying each other's company. 
9) Know what simple things bring you joy and then do more of those things. 
10) Last, but not least, find ways to take care of yourself. It goes without saying that many of us do too much these days, leaving very little time for self-care or a quiet mind, unless we are forced to. Be proactive. Carve out more time for yourself, do a home yoga practice, attend a class that you love, go for a hike, you get the idea. Whatever you choose, do it with a positive mindset. It will nourish you on so many levels and once you are in that centered place, that is where you are able to receive all the peace your heart desires. 

In Wellness, 
Annelize Machado 
 

 
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LASSI RECIPE

LASSI (A refreshing South Asian drink made by mixing yogurt, water, spices, and/or fruit. There are savory versions that are quite delicious, however, sweet mango lassi is very popular  This cooling drink is great for summer. We recommend using a sugar alternative or adding dates instead. Also, milk substitutes work well.)

Mango Lassi 
(Photo & Recipe courtesy of simplyrecipes.com)

Depending on how ripe and sweet your mango is, or if you are using canned and already sweetened mango pulp, you will need to add more or less honey or sugar to the lassi.

If you have cardamom pods, crush the pods to remove the seeds, then grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk / non-dairy substitute 
  • 1 cup chopped very ripe mango (see how to peel and chop mango), frozen chopped mango, or a cup of canned mango pulp
  • 4 teaspoons honey or sugar, more or less to taste
  • A dash of ground cardamom (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

METHOD

Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.

If you want a more milkshake consistency and it's a hot day, either blend in some ice as well or serve over ice cubes.

Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom to serve.

The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

OFFER ENDS MAY 20 : $20 for 2 weeks unlimited. (offer valid for new clients only)
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PEACEFUL MOMENTS
OFFER ENDS MAY 20 : $20 for 2 weeks unlimited. (offer valid for new clients only)
FEEL RADIANT & REFRESHED- May 18th 2-4 PM
LASSI RECIPE

LASSI (A refreshing South Asian drink made by mixing yogurt, water, spices, and/or fruit. There are savory versions that are quite delicious, however, sweet mango lassi is very popular  This cooling drink is great for summer. We recommend using a sugar alternative or adding dates instead. Also, milk substitutes work well.)

Mango Lassi 
(Photo & Recipe courtesy of simplyrecipes.com)

Depending on how ripe and sweet your mango is, or if you are using canned and already sweetened mango pulp, you will need to add more or less honey or sugar to the lassi.

If you have cardamom pods, crush the pods to remove the seeds, then grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk / non-dairy substitute 
  • 1 cup chopped very ripe mango (see how to peel and chop mango), frozen chopped mango, or a cup of canned mango pulp
  • 4 teaspoons honey or sugar, more or less to taste
  • A dash of ground cardamom (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

METHOD

Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.

If you want a more milkshake consistency and it's a hot day, either blend in some ice as well or serve over ice cubes.

Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom to serve.

The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

OFFER ENDS MAY 20 : $20 for 2 weeks unlimited. (offer valid for new clients only)
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