The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate Open House, September 18th!

Excited to announce that I’ll be participating as a vendor during The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate open house on Sunday, September 18th, 11-2! Stop in to view a beautiful property and swing by to say hi and learn about some of my many offerings: Private lessons, workshops, teaching schedule and of course bridal offerings for your big day! One lucky yogi will walk away with a free 60 minute private lesson to take on his/her own, or share with a friend!

Recipe: Blueberry Muffin Mania

Fact: It’s blueberry season in Maine. That means that everywhere you turn, there is a blueberry treat waiting to be eaten. Personally, my parents lake house is covered with blueberry bushes that are currently in all of their glory — we have more blueberries than we know what to do with, blueberry pie, blueberry jam, blueberry pancakes galore! But it’s these blueberry muffins that take the top honor amongst the masses. With their light and fluffy consistency, they pair perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning, or as a snack throughout the day.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk, I use coconut milk
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs
  2. Next, whisk in the baking powder and salt
  3. Whisk in flour, followed by the milk of your choice
  4. Once everything is whisked together into a batter, gently fold in your blueberries
  5. Line 18 muffin tins with paper liners and lightly spray with cooking spray
  6. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes

Enjoy these muffins on their own, or with butter over your first sun salutation of the morning, yum, yum, yum!

Now Offering Private Individual or Group Lessons

 

Looking to take a private individual or group lesson? Come on down!

I’m now offering private individual or group lessons in Central Maine. Perhaps heading to the studio is your first choice, but the schedule just doesn’t work with yours. Maybe you’re looking to work on alignment, or you like undivided attention from your instructor, perhaps you just don’t feel comfortable in a group yoga setting, or maybe you do, but you’d like to pick the group you’re with. Whatever the reasoning, private lessons are a great way to deepen your practice during a day and time that fits your schedule.

Yoga has helped me in so many ways, both on and off the mat and whatever your goals as a yogi may be, I would love to help you attain them.

If you think that you’d like to try a private lesson, you can find more information on my lessons page, here. If you have questions, or you’re ready to book, please fill out the contact form and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

New Class: Relax, Restore and Rejuvenate

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I’m extremely excited to announce a new class offering at the Big White Barn in Readfield, Maine beginning this Thursday, August 4th at 5:15 pm. Join me for a calming, restorative class to help wind down your week and prepare you for a relaxing Friday and weekend. This will be an all-levels gentle class, with a focus on nurturing and pampering each student. We often neglect ourselves on a daily basis, why not take the time to care for yourself in a beautiful environment. I look forward to seeing new and old faces.

With Love,

Winter

Surviving the Sickness

For half the month of June and the start of July, like many of my fellow co-workers, I was stricken with the plague. Obviously not the actual plague, but the way it ran through each of us and lingered, it may as well have been.

More often than not, I will try to choose the homeopathic route. It isn’t about being a “tree-hugger”, or “earthy, crunchy, granola”, despite numerous people making that assumption. Simply put, it’s about caring what goes into my body, and doing everything in my power to appreciate what I’ve been given.

But once in awhile, a sickness takes hold, and despite a never ending list of at home remedies, it lingers and wins. After over two weeks of non-stop coughing throughout the day and night, sore throat, fever, runny, stuffy, back to runny nose, I decided that pairing some western medicine with the at home remedies would be worth a try.

Diagnosed with bronchitis and a severe sinus infection, I began my trip down antibiotic lane and yes, the antibiotics helped. But pairing the antibiotics with the following remedies helped to ease the discomfort, all while aiding in my recovery. The next time you find yourself feeling under the weather, try my go-to’s for surviving the sickness.

  1. Usnea, “Old Man’s Beard“: If given the opportunity, I would rename this to “Miracle in a Bottle”. Originally given to me last winter, this clear liquid can be taken straight up, or mixed with juice (orange is the best). It contains ingredients that have been thought to help fight germs, inflammation, pain and fever. Keeping a bottle on hand and starting a healthy treatment of it a few times a day at the first sign of sickness has helped me in the past. You can purchase it online, or in your local health food store.

2. Texas Tea: This homemade drink has been saving my hide for over ten years. The recipe, given to me by a friends mom residing in Germany has guided me through countless colds and infections. Packed with Vitamin C, its citrus flavor is mild and sweet. For those with nut allergies, omit the almond extract and try substituting with a coconut extract instead.

8 c. Boiling Water
1 Lemon Sliced

Boil 5 minutes

*Meanwhile steep 3 tea bags in 2 c. hot water (Regular black tea such as Lipton works well, but feel free to get creative) then add to above with:

2 c. Orange Juice
1/2 c – 1 c. Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Almond Extract
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Drink hot or cold. Mixture keeps well in the refrigerator for approximately 3 days but chances are it won’t last that long since it’s so delicious!

34233.  Young Living, Thieves Essential Oil: Diffuse it, mix it with a carrier oil and place in on your chest, neck, and soles of your feet. Or, my personal favorite, in a hot bath, mix 1 cup baking soda and 15-20 drops of Thieves and soak. The mixture helps to draw toxins out of your body, while soothing any aches and congestion that you may have.

imgres4.  Honest Company, Breathe Easy Chest Rub: Perhaps I spent way too much of my childhood lathered in Vicks Vapor Rub, but the smell alone could bring on sickness. However, there is no denying that it quickly clears the sinuses, getting the job done. Cue the Breathe Easy Chest Rub for Honest Company — essentially a better smelling, calming version of old faithful. Made with essential oils, I used the rub on the soles of my feet, under my nose, rubbed into my glands and on my chest throughout my sickness and it really helped.

No one ever wants to be sick, but it is part of life. Hopefully these remedies will help aid you in your next cold or infection. Try one or try them all, I promise you wont be disappointed.

 

 

Yoga at Blaine Memorial Park, Augusta, Maine

Be one with yourself and nature during a new Yoga in the Park series! Every Wednesday beginning July 13th – August 31st, join both experienced and new practitioners in the outdoors for a 45 minute yoga session. Bring namaste to hump day!

* For questions or more information, please fill out the contact form below.