Re-live this mornings Sunday Restore class by recreating some of the beautiful recipes, reciting some of the meaningful poetry and gaining inner peace by setting your intention for the week.
Start by finding freedom and openness in your chest, focussing on your breath and setting your intention. Before working through our lovely sequence of deep back bends, hip openers, stabilising and strengthening postures with fluidity and focus.
Setting your intention:
Think of an intention that you would like to set for your practice and the week ahead. As you bring your attention to your breathing, also bring your attention to a quality or virtue that you want to explore and represent.
This virtue may be patience, gratitude, forgiveness, letting go, releasing negativity or building inner strength. Hopefully by employing this virtue, you can use it to uplift your energy, raise your vibrations, and help to give you focus and inspiration for the week ahead.
So if there is something in your life at the moment that is particularly challenging, then draw your attention to that person or situation and create an intention around it. Choose your intention wisely and pay it some attention during the week and know that in doing so, you are enriching your own life and positively impacting on those around you.
Home-made superfood granola and mixed berry compote:
2 tbsp coconut oil
125ml maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g rolled oats
50g pumpkin seeds
100g dried berries (cranberries, raisins, sultanas)
50g dried apricots
50g dried dates
Heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a tray with baking paper. Combine all of the ingredients, apart from the mixed berries. Once mixed, spread evenly onto the tray.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes and take out of the oven to rest, add the berries. The granola will harden as it sets to cool.
150g mixed fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
3 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tsp chia seeds
1/4 Tsp ground cinnamon
Place in a pan over a medium heat. Bring to bowl and reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 15 minutes, until the mixture has slightly reduced.
2 cloves garlic
2 red peppers
2 fresh red chillies
1 x 400g plum tomatoes
1 x 200g kidney beans
Feta cheese to serve
1. Peel and finely slice the onions, crush the garlic and chop the peppers.
2. Get a large frying pain, add a good lug of olive oil. Add the onions, chillies, peppers and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes or until softened.
3. Pour in the tomatoes and kidney beans, bring to the boil and then turn down the heat for a further 5 minutes.
Serve with smashed avocado and feta on sourdough loaf, or in a tortilla wrap.
Raw chocolate, avocado and coconut milk tart:
3 Tbsp coconut oil
100 ml maple syrup
3 Tbsp raw cocao power
1 Tbsp coconut milk
2 large avocados
3 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
1. Put the oats, almond butter, oil and honey into a blender and combine until a sticky mass is formed. Push down into a round cake tin and place in the fridge.
2. Place the coconut oil, maple syrup and raw cocao in a pan and melt over a medium heat. Once melted and a chocolate sauce is formed, remove from the heat and mix in the coconut milk.
3. Blend the avocados until they form a paste, add the chocolate mix into the blender. Once mixed together spread over the cake base and keep in the fridge.
Serve with strawberries or low fat yoghurt for a secretly healthy desert.
'She Let Go' by Rev. Safire Jones
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Away Away- Ibeyi
Come Let Go- Zavier Rudd
Cannonball- ZZ Ward
Only the Wild Ones- Dispatch
Sun Goes Down- Bruno Martini
ICU- Lou Doillon
Your Love is an Island- Talos
Something American- Jade Bird
He Can Only Hold Her- Amy Winehouse
At The River- Groove Armada