3 Ways to Find Love in Your Next Yoga Class

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It’s Valentine’s season, and images of love are everywhere. Personally I love Valentine’s day and usually spend it making (and eating) gluten free chocolaty deliciousness.  Sometimes the media hype around the holiday is less than sweet, and can fuel unrealistic definitions of love.  Even the Super Bowl was sponsored by a diamond jewelry company urging viewers to buy a ring if you truly love her, or make those of us who don’t have a sparkly rock somehow less loved.

It is not true!

Yoga philosophy reminds us that love is infinite and all around us at any moment ready to be recognized, cultivated, and expanded. If you want to find true love, incorporate these three techniques at your next yoga class.  You will unlock your heart and open your awareness to love that is already right in front of you.

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Before Yoga Class – Set Your Awareness on Love

Before your next yoga class or meditation, take a few minutes to focus your awareness on your heart center, or anahata chakra. Close your eyes and begin by taking a few deep centering breaths. Imagine, think or feel a brilliant emerald green light emanating from the center of your chest. With each breath expand that green light throughout your body.  Silently repeat the primordial sound associated with the heart chakra, “YUM, YUM, YUM…”.

When you feel ready, open your eyes. Take a few moments to notice any shifts in your body, mind and spirit before moving on to the yoga asanas.

During class – Circulate Love With Every Breath

Yoga class should always focus primarily on the breath.  Have the intention of circulating love with every breath during your asana practice.  As you inhale, breath in love. As you exhale, give love back. Continue with the awareness of inhaling and exhaling love with every breath.  If your mind begins to drift, lovingly bring it back to the intention of circulating love.

After Class – Keep Your Focus on Love

You hear your yoga teacher say it all the time, “find your drishti”. Drishti is a Sanskrit word that means view or focal point. The ancient yogis discovered that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows, and that the quality of our gazing is directly reflected in the quality of our mental thoughts. You can use the drishti concept off the mat and into your everyday life.  After your yoga class make love your focal point.  Practice seeing it in all things; the wag of a dog’s tail, the sound of a soulful song, even graffiti can be love if you are willing to open your eyes to it.

Open your eyes to love – it is everywhere!

See Love Everywhere
See Love Everywhere

Remember that you are loved exactly as you are in this moment.  You don’t need to do anything to be loved, you just need to open your mind, body and spirit up to the love that is all around you.  Use these tools to remind you that your true Self is never without love.

~Namaste~

Homemade Margarita Mix

Every Sunday my guy and I make black bean tacos with homemade pico do gallo and margaritas.  It is a very sweet way for the two of us to connect each week.  Even though he is away in Puerto Rico we still carry on the tradition and make our favorite meal “together” .   We started the tradition using a mix you buy at the store to make margaritas, but the store-bought mixes were too sweet for my taste and hardly had any trace of real lime flavor in them.   I don’t drink often (it is very hard to do a downward dog after drinking a cocktail), so when I do imbibe I want it to make it count.  These margaritas are definitely spectacular, and only take about 20 minutes of prep time.  There is a friendly rivalry regarding who really came up with this recipe.  My significant other did try to make this first and used agave nectar. The agave nectar in the margarita mix was just not palatable, and the color of the drink was off.  I then created this one (with his help) and it really complements the tequila by using less sugar and fresh limes.

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om…om…om…margarita…ommmmmmm

This recipe has been a huge hit at parties and a lot of my friends request it.  It is very easy and doesn’t take much prep.  I gave the recipe to friends of ours and they drank it until their tequila bill was higher than their gas bill.  This is why we only make these on Sunday! You could also put the mix in a pretty container and give as a gift.  Once you try this you will never order a margarita from a bar again.

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Heath benefits:

Plenty of vitamin C, less sugar than a regular margarita, and of course lots of love when you share with others!

Margarita Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

5 lb bag of limes

2 cup sugar

2 cup water

 

Method:

To make the simple syrup:  pour water and sugar into a sauce pan, heat on low.  Stir occasionally until all of the sugar has dissolved and remove from heat.  Refrigerate the simple syrup mix.  In the meantime, squeeze all but two of the limes using a citrus juice press.  Once your lime juice is ready and your liquefied sugar has cooled you are ready to combine the two.  Mix 1 cup lime juice per 3/4 cup simple syrup.  Don’t worry if you have extra lime juice, you can refrigerate it and use it for next week.  Use the two extra limes are for use as your garnish on the glass.

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Must have guac and chips with your margaritas!

We use this standard recipe for margaritas.  Well, he uses this recipe.  I always add 2 oz of tequila per drink and no one seems to complain!

4 oz mix

.5 oz Grand Marnier

1.5 oz tequila

rock salt  and a slice of lime for rim