A beautiful sunny start to the day, just sitting in my garden listening to the birds and savouring a delicious cup of coffee. Simple pleasures to be enjoyed. I like to make time in my life for peaceful little interludes of mindfulness, even if it’s only ten minutes here and there, it makes me feel good….unashamedly and utterly ‘me’ time!!!!……Happy Sunday x
This weekend I attended an Open Day at a local Lavender Farm and to say I enjoyed my time there is an understatement!
Lavender has long been a favourite of mine, going back to the start of my Yoga journey in 1995 when I decided to use Aromatherapy along with Yoga to heal myself from my awful panic attacks. Lavender is known as a calming and relaxing herb and has frequently been used for insomnia, anxiety, depression, and natural stress relief.
Most of us are aware that Lavender has so many healing properties, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used as a natural mosquito repellent and of course not forgetting it smells divine!……AND it tastes pretty good too!……whilst there I felt it was my duty to give the Lavender shortbread a try and it was absolutely delicious. I intend to give them a go myself later this week using the recipe below.
MARY BERRY LAVENDER SHORTBREAD BISCUITS
175g softened unsalted butter
2 tbsp fresh, unsprayed, finely chopped lavender flowers (pick them off the stems to measure)
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour
25g demerara sugar
How to prepare
Lightly grease three large baking trays. Put the softened butter and the lavender into a mixing bowl and beat together (this will obtain the maximum flavour from the lavender).
Beat the caster sugar into the butter and lavender and then stir in the flour, bringing the mixture together with your hands and kneading lightly until smooth.
Divide the mixture in half and roll out to form two sausage shapes 15cm (6in) long. Roll the biscuit “sausages” in the demerara sugar until evenly coated. Wrap in baking parchment or foil and chill until firm.
Pre-heat oven to 160C/Fan 140C/325F/Fan 275F/Gas 3. Cut each “sausage” into about 10 slices and put them on the prepared baking trays, allowing a little room for them to spread. Bake for 15 to 20 mins, until the biscuits are pale golden brown at the edges. Lift them off the trays with a fish slice or palette knife and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.
I am a pretty good sleeper most nights, but last night particularly, I had the best sleep ever. I was totally relaxed from my fragrant day amongst the purple heaven!
Our body is a living vehicle that we have abused and misused, and it shows wear and tear and all the experiences we have gone through. Gentle yoga helps you realize that you should not take your body for granted. It’s a gift!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It’s the main character in your life’s movie….SO BE KIND TO IT!
We all know of yoga’s numerous benefits. In gentle yoga, you take time to feel your body move. Breath and movement are pathways to keep the organs healthy and the joints lubricated. We are made of energy, and gentle yoga makes you listen to your own words and slow your pace a little.
You stay in a pose long enough to enjoy that you are not pushing yourself. Gentle yoga equally strengthens and stretches, increasing flexibility and repairing muscles that are in need of love.
Gentle yoga keeps the atmosphere free of competition and comparison. The energy of the class is generally happy and calm.
Most importantly, people are becoming aware of their body and how it works individually. And seeing them return for more every week is rewarding.
The yoga I teach is extremely gentle, and my preference is to give verbal cues of modifications rather than hands-on adjustments. It is suitable for beginners and a very friendly class.