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Wellness with Janina Church
April 12th, 2013

Restore

Restorative Yoga

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This summer…

Relax     Release      Renew

Restorative yoga is designed to reduce stress and bring the body into a blissful state of relaxation. The entire class is done on the floor while your body is completely supported by blankets, bolsters and pillows. Add an eye pillow and it’s off to la la land…

Six week class series starts June 19th

at the Capitola Community Center

for more information

Call 831-239-2673

Be well!

June 5th, 2012

Grow Artichokes!

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This is the easiest edible I have ever grown.

Last year, around late summer, I picked up a 1 foot tall artichoke starter plant at the feed store. I put it in a gopher cage and planted it in my garden box. Since then I have done nothing but lightly water it. It is now HUGE and has been popping out sweet artichokes for about a month now. Every other week we harvest 4-5 chokes and gobble them up. The children get so excited when it’s time to harvest. My youngest especially, because he loves them!  Finally another veggie on his “yes” list. Yes!

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Seriously, it’s huge! This shot was taken about 2 weeks ago.

It is almost touching the eves of the house now.

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Artichokes taste quality is astringent. Which makes it a great spring/summer veggie for an ayurvedic diet. Astringent quality foods are cooling and drying and can be a hard taste to sell to the children. Some other astringent veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, leafy greens and turnips. See what I mean? Most of the time I sneak astringent into our food by using spices such as turmeric, saffron and hibiscus, as you really don’t need to gobble up tons of astringent foods to balance out your diet taste wise. As a mother, though, it sure is nice to see them add more green to their diets!

Namaste

 

April 20th, 2012

Hibiscus Cooler to the rescue

The  weather man said it was going to be hot today. I am such a hot weather wienie, so such news sent me into my usual hot weather freak out…

First make a batch of Hibiscus cooler. Then get errands done before noon so I can retreat to my cool cave (north facing master bedroom) with a chilled glass of Hibiscus Cooler avoiding the hottest part of the day. Whew!

Hibiscus Cooler

 

Hibiscus is a sacred flower in India used to balance first and second chakra disorders. Hibiscus flowers help purify the blood, support the circulatory system, reproductive system and kidney function, improve complexion and promote hair growth. The flowers can be made into a refreshing drink to eliminate excess heat from the body. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, so this drink can be taken in the winter served warm with a little extra ginger to help relieve and prevent the flu.

 

Hibiscus Cooler Recipe

8 cups of water

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves

1 teaspoon -1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (use less ginger in warmer weather, use more ginger in cooler weather)

Natural sweetener of your choice-honey, agave or maple syrup

In medium saucepan boil water. Add hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and ginger. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten to taste. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint or warm in the winter with a lemon wedge.

Enjoy!