Summer continues to be summer here in Ireland. It is a rare and beautiful thing. Every free moment I have is being spent in sunshine. I am building up vitamin D stores and the pale is going off me too 🙂
After work today I headed to a grassy sunny spot. It was over 25C (about 80F) lovely, sunny a hint of a breeze. I decided to do my yoga routine. My neighbours prob. now think me a little odd…. well odd and flexible! It was great, I have never done yoga outdoors on soft thick grass before. I started with sun salutes, seemed appropriate, headed into Triangle and Warrior one and two. I did a more yin practice after that, open hip positions, Pigeon, Double pigeon, Swan, Mermaid, leg stretches,some back bends and shoulder stands. I ended with some core, Crow and Shavasana Feeling the grass and gripping the uneven surface of the earth with my toes really focused my attention. It was much more calming away from the distractions of my living room. The breeze reminded me to breath, the grass tickling my nose helped me relax. If you get the chance and have your vegan sunscreen I highly recommend it.
I took this image from etnayoga.blogspot.ie I am not familiar with her blog. I had a glance it seems nice, I must go back and have a proper look. I think this simple drawing is very effective.
I stayed out reading and warming my bones for another hour or so after. When I came back in I was ready for a refreshing anti-oxidant hit.
In honour of the good weather and the outdoors I made Green Grass Juice!
- Six dark flat kale leaves and stalks (Cavolo Nero)
- An inch an a half in diameter of wheatgrass
- One unwaxed golden delicious apple
- one little carrot
- One unwaxed lemon
- A 2mm (.10 of an inch) thick slice of organic ginger
- Roughly the same amount of organic turmeric root
- Three stalks inc. leaves of oregano
- Five mint leaves
- Optional: A dash of organic apple cider vinegar (one with the mother)
- Optional: A double shot of water kefir- for the good bacteria and yeasts
- Optional: A third of a teaspoon of magnesium powder*
*I put in magnesium as I worry about the oxalic acids in the kale, it will bind with the magnesium from what I have read.
This is enough to make two small juices or one big mug of a juice. My partner found it a little sour, prob. due to the giant lemon and apple cider vinegar. I like the sour and intense green taste. If you are new to green juices or wheatgrass, perhaps half the wheatgrass and add another apple. This juice is supports the bodies natural detoxification process. It is alkalising and energising. The ginger and turmeric are good for digestion and have anti-inflammatory compounds. It is packed with vitamin C , the B vitamins and vitamin K and the super lemony-ness was really refreshing after all my time in the sun! It tastes summery.
Wishing you all good weather and a good yoga practice. Xs Aissa