Pumpkin Spice Blended Latte

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Amazing how quick my appetite changed back after baby was born! I went from pickles and tahini (not quite as rad as peanut butter) to sweets. Lucky I have a blender and lots of naturally sweet ingredients to play with…full of anti-oxidants, protein, oils and fiber.  

Lots of fiber is good for anyone anytime, especially postpartum! My solution: just add pumpkin. If possible, get a big fresh pumpkin (same kind used to for jack-o-lanterns, ideally unsprayed), cut into small pieces or blend, then freeze for future use. 

Inspired by the Dairy-Free Pumpkin Latte recipe from the Blender Girl, this has been my afternoon energy boost. I added a few more nutrient dense ingredients and essential oils, and I replaced the espresso shot with chicory root powder (to stay as caffeine low as possible).

Triple up with a raspberry leaf tea, and one of Aiko’s gluten free cookies (she halves the sugar in the recipe) from Lynx Cafe or an always creative nutritious and delicious treat from Heather Baker at Stay Wild, and enjoy!

Blend:
1 c filtered water
1/2 c raw cashews
1 tbsp Dandi Blend (or dandelion and roasted chicory root powder)
1/3 cup frozen blended or fresh pumpkin
3 dates
½ tsp chai spice
dash pink sea salt
dash turmeric
2-3 drops doTERRA Lemon and Ginger essential oils
1-2 kale leaves

Sprinkle with:
pumpkin seeds

Add ice to serve cold 

My answer to everything: Meditation.

 Inspired by  Holistic Life Foundation , my husband, Polek, taught my son, Tae, how to take a “mindful moment”. When Tae gets excited, scattered and looses his focus, all those intense two year old moments, Polek has him sit cross legged, hands on his knees and eyes closed. He asks Tae to observe the pictures in his mind and observe how his body feels. Polek then counts to 12. After they talk about Tae’s experience.   It is amazing to watch Tae calm down, reconnect with his body and recognize that he is in charge of his actions. He can choose his experience within the framework of his body.   Now here is the key to success: The facilitator needs to be aware of his/her own energetic dynamics, so he/she can hold a calm focused space. Polek has practiced meditation for years, and here I observe “take care of yourself first, then save the world” in action.

Inspired by Holistic Life Foundation, my husband, Polek, taught my son, Tae, how to take a “mindful moment”. When Tae gets excited, scattered and looses his focus, all those intense two year old moments, Polek has him sit cross legged, hands on his knees and eyes closed. He asks Tae to observe the pictures in his mind and observe how his body feels. Polek then counts to 12. After they talk about Tae’s experience. 

It is amazing to watch Tae calm down, reconnect with his body and recognize that he is in charge of his actions. He can choose his experience within the framework of his body. 

Now here is the key to success: The facilitator needs to be aware of his/her own energetic dynamics, so he/she can hold a calm focused space. Polek has practiced meditation for years, and here I observe “take care of yourself first, then save the world” in action.

As I repeat this in my head, I question myself. Really the answer the EVERYTHING? No, how is this possible? Then I sit, and I am reassured. Yes, meditation, my answer to everything. It’s so simple, yet when I try to intellectualize meditation, it becomes so elusive. 

Best to experience it! 

There are many techniques, from mantra to guided to moving meditation. All are helpful, and one I currently find effective is Vipassana. As S. N. Goenka said, “Experience reality within the framework of the body as it is, not as you would like it to be, as it is.” 

To start, try this Anapana focusing technique: 

Sit in a comfortable position with a tall vertical spine. 
Close your eyes and bring awareness to the tips of your nostrils. Focus on the flow of air as it moves in and out of the nose. That’s it! 
Just observe. Observe your natural raw breath. Don’t try to change your breath. If it is shallow, it is shallow. If it is deep, it is deep. If you breathe more through the right nostril, you breathe more through the right nostril. If you breathe more through the left nostril, you breathe more through the left nostril. As you observe in stillness, you may find that everything is actually dynamic, changing, moving.

Just observe. 

 

Discover more about meditation in the next Stretch and Restore Yoga

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Training Accomplished!

I am thrilled to have completed my apprenticeship at Whistler Pilates. It has been almost two years of dedication and determination. Apart from being a mother, I made Pilates my one thing. The learning has been deeply amazing. I dove head first into the vast wisdom of the Pilates System, and I look forward to learning so much more. Thank you to my main teacher, Louise Tomcheck, for your feedback, trust, integrity, patience, economy of speech and knowledge of the Pilates System. And special thank you to Suny, Karen, Ken, Tani, Lindsay, Jacqueline, Noam, Marie-Anne, Mariola, Angela, Polek and importantly all the incredible clients I have worked with and learned from so far.   

The future is bright … you gotta wear shades. 

 

 Pull-ups on the Wunda

Pull-ups on the Wunda

 Being a mom :) 

Being a mom :) 

Strawberries for Healthy Teeth!?

Apparently brushing fresh strawberry puree onto your teeth helps whiten them without disrupting your healthy mouth bacteria. So I tried it, and it was probably the most enjoyable teeth brushing experience of my life! Come learn more interesting things to do with your health at my workshop on Cleansing for Success.

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Nutrition Information

Everyday new studies come out. I read about the new best diet and the new best super food, then I hear that that diet is full of oxalates and that super food is prone to heavy metal contamination. Meat eaters claim a vegetarian diet has too many phytates, and vegetarians blame the state of the environment on the meat industry. In our body, our cells are outnumbered by bacteria 10-1. Yikes! And what really is a phytate anyway? Some days I get so stressed about food, I wish I just didn’t have to eat! 

 Cleanse Supporting Latte from  Whistler Tea House . 

Cleanse Supporting Latte from Whistler Tea House

But then comes all the joy surrounding food. How many times have you looked forward to a family meal or a dinner date? How many times do you click on a link with beautiful food photos? Do you enjoy playing in the kitchen, following recipes or inventing your own? And of course, how good does it feel to eat something nourishing and savour the taste? 

So how can you have your cake and eat it too?

In yoga, there is something called the Lila, or “the dance of forms”. The dance of forms includes all of our experiences of life. One way I like to visualize it is that the Lila is a hurricane, and at the centre of the hurricane is the eye. In the eye, it is peaceful: a pillar of peace. Can you visualize a mini version of yourself, perfectly present and totally healthy, sitting in this pillar of peace? Sometimes you might catch yourself twirling around in the hurricane. Can you bring yourself back to the pillar of peace? 

This meditation technique helps to disentangle ourselves from our experiences, so we can step out and see that there is always a place of peace for us to return to. 

It also teaches us that we have a choice in what experiences we wish to participate in, and recognize which choices may be better or worse for ourselves. 

When it comes to your interactions with food, can you exist in both the pillar and the lila simultaneously? 

Can you observe from a place of peace the effects that foods have on your body and brain? When you eat something, how does your body react? What about your thoughts? Let your interactions with food be like a science experiment. Test something out, see what happens, then make a choice from there.

Now, I am not not implying to ignore all “information” you hear and read. This information is useful if received from a place of peace. In fact interactions with information can also be seen as a science experiment! When you read something, how does your body feel? What meaning do you place on the information. And what do you choose to do with that information?

Come learn more information about nutrition with me in my workshop on Successful Cleansing, and I promise, I will balance the information out with experiential opportunities. With your registration, you will receive samples from Bulletproof for you to take home and experiment with, chances to win from Whistler Tea House and tasty treats from Living Light Coconut Tree!

 Set yourself up for successful cleansing. All participants will receive a goodie bag from  Bulletproof  and treats from  Living Light Coconut Tree ! 

Set yourself up for successful cleansing. All participants will receive a goodie bag from Bulletproof and treats from Living Light Coconut Tree

Cleansing for Success

with Rya Letham 

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, BHkin and BEd

Upshift your yoga practice with a cleanse tailored to you!

DATE: Saturday April 30, 2-4 pm

 

LOCATION: Yama Yoga, Whistler. 

REGISTER HERE!

Topics of interest include meditation practice, 1 Thing goal setting, inflammation, parasites, heavy metals, nutrient bioavailability, natural dental care, tasty recipes and happy habits.

         

 

 

Spring Into Action with Pilates Mat Classes!

 Return to Life with Pilates! 

Return to Life with Pilates! 

In Pemberton

Classical Pilates Mat Sequence using the mat apparatus at Pemberton Pilates

Level 1-2 Wednesdays with Lindsay McLachlan or Fridays with Rya Letham 10:00 - 10:50 am (11:00 am possible based on interest)
Start March 25 or April 1
5 weeks $100+GST  
Space is limited to 5 participants, so please contact me to register. 
Pre-pay, no cancellations. Make-up classes possible availability dependent within the 5 week session.

In Whistler

Pilates Mat Class at Meadow Park

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm April 12-May 17
Registration starts March 20.  For more into, see recreation guide here.

Pilates and Yoga at Yama Yoga

My Thursday 9am class is going strong and continues as a drop-in class. New students are always welcome!
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Apparatus Class at Whistler Pilates
Wednesdays 9:20-10:20 am starting March 23.

If you are interested in Private sessions at Pemberton Pilates or Whistler Pilates, please contact me directly. 

 

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February Special

I usually share my latest and greatest chocolate recipes this time of year, but since I am on a cacao free cleanse right now, lets talk about other things. Like, share your answer to the questions below, and you will be entered to win a comlimentary class at Yama Yoga or Meadow Park. Draw is on Sunday Funday!
What is your favourite part of a Yoga and/or Pilates class? How come?

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The Pilates Method: Contrology

"The original method of Contrology was conceived and developed by German born, of Greek heritage, Joseph Hubertus Pilates (b. 1883-1967). Today the popular fitness system is referred to by his surname: Pilates. ...

... The philosophy of the Method deeply reflects Joseph Pilates undeviating commitment to study and self-improvement....

... Physical Culture is a movement supporting fitness and athletic excellence through mental discipline and living a body conscious lifestyle. The Pilates Method is a conscious design that supports maintenance practices for optimum physical health and natural living."

This an expert from my friend, Suny's newly released website. Here you will find a beautiful description of the Pilates Method and more.

"Change happens through movement and movement heals." ~ Joseph Pilates

Raw Chocolate Lemon Cheezecake

Inspired by watching the movie Chocolat on the plane, I made a Raw Chocolate Lemon Cheezecake this morning, a take on one of Polek and my wedding cakes, recipe from Sarinda Hoilet. Here is the modified recipe:  

Crust (The crust of the original recipe was made with macadamia nuts, dates and coconut. But I just used what I had in the house ...)

Blend in food processor:
1 c dates
1c almond flour (I save in the freezer the strained almond grinds from when I make almond mylk.)
1/2 c ground flax
1/2 c Coconut Butter
dash pink salt 
Press into glass tray

Filling

Blend in food processor:
3 c soaked cashews (~1 hour soaking)
3/4 c honey
3/4 c coconut oil
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
peel of 1/2 organic lemon
1/3 c water
1/2 tsp turmeric
dash pink salt

Pour half mixture over crust, then add:
1 c raw cacao powder
Swirl cacao mixture into cake.

Set about an hour in the freezer, and serve in love!