This week’s yinspiration :)

It’s that time of year….summer is drawing to and end and colder weather is on its way with shorter, darker days and longer nights…fading are the long hot sunny yang quality days chock full of as many social activities and output of faster energy, heat, constant action and movement. Time to surrender to darker, cooler, softer, slower more inward qualities of autumn and winter.

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Why!!!!?? Why am I so bluntly ending your summer glow? Out of love of course!

Not just from me but from mother nature herself! Lets face it we need the BALANCE and natures got our back. Just like a wise parent or teacher who gives you what you need instead of what you want. We have to have rest after activity to heal, and absorb and restore mental and physical energy and prana.

I have been deep into yin mindset after teaching a mindfulness yin workshop about changing perspective. Moving from fear to  to love. There are lots of things we can’t control in life, like nature, but we can still find fullness and contentment if we change our perspective of how we feel and respond to things that we find difficult to swallow. We do this by being present, in the moment and examining and enjoying all of the qualities of what’s real and in front of us instead of wishing it were something else or living in the past/future.

 

Some things I like about the yin seasons…

*England is it its element in fall and winter! Lol. Dark and moody drama backdrops are its fortay. ( and its not as freezing as my native Canada)

*I love cozy sweaters, socks, blankets, pijamas….

* I love boots.

* fireplaces

* hot drinks, soup, comfort foods

*spices, anything with cinnamon..my homemade chai, candles..

* walks on empty beaches ( and visiting tourist attractions when they are less busy).

I’m sure you have things you love too!

 

I love making my own chai you can add or subtract anything you don’t fancy and it makes the house smell delicious.

Chai recipeChai & Maple Almond Muffins

* thumb size chunk of ginger (peeled and sliced into 5-6 PC)

*9  cups h2o

*1/2 tsppeppercorns (optional for a kick)

*1/2 TBS green cardamom pods ( option 1/2-1 tsp of powder)

*4 cinnamon sticks ( option1 heaped TSP of powder)

* 5 whole cloves

* 1 TSP coriander seeds

*1 tsp vanilla (or 1pod)

*maple syrup to taste

* 1/2cup almond milk ( option soy, rice or regular milk)

 

Bring ginger and water to boil then lower and simmer for15- 20mins( ginger spice up the water)

Next add the rest of spices heat for another 15-20 mins or so the longer the stronger)

Last add maple syrup, black tea (if desired), and almond milk. Take off heat. Strain and enjoy.

The spices can be stored in fridge for a few days and reused. Just add fresh ginger.

Black pepper- digestion aid

Cardamom- digestion aid, anti inflammatory, breath freshener

Cinnamon& cloves and corriander are all – digestion aid, anti inflamitory, antimicrobial, anti bacterial,

Ginger- nausea reducer, anti inflammatory and anti bacterial

Maple syrup- ( real canadian);) contains lots of zinc

 

Protein Almond Cinnamon Maple muffins

* heaped cup Almond meal ( blitz 1 cup almonds in food processor until tiny chunky four like)

*heaped 1/2 cup spelt or reg all purpose flour

* 1 egg

* heaped TSP cinnamon

*1tsp vanilla

* 1/2 TSP Almond oil( optional but yummy also used in my raw brownies)

*1/4 cup natural yogurt

*2 TSP melted coconut oil

*1/2 cup Almond milk ( or regular milk)

*1 TSP baking powder

*1/2 TSP baking soda

* 1/4 cup of maple and 1/4 cup honey or 1/2 cup of maple( pricey here in UK)

Mix all ingredients

Pour in coconut oil greased muffin tin

Put in oven that’s been preheated to 350 degrees for 15 mins.