Can't believe we're already into June! Spring is coming to an end and official start to summer is upon us. It marks such a busy time of year, as I was discussing last month...with all the graduation celebrations, birth of babies, weddings, birthdays, father's day, farmer's markets, and planning vacation time. I like this new idea of setting a mantra each month, especially to go along with your yoga practice. So this month I've decided to make my mantra simple again: Tune in. What does tuning in mean to me? Oh, so many things. Mainly it's the idea of listening to yourself. As I mention in pretty much every class I teach (sorry if you're sick of hearing it, but it's true...), being aware of yourself and mindful of your breath/movements can be one of the most important things to keep you happy and healthy. Not just noticing how you feel physically, but also where you're at emotionally and mentally. Body/mind/spirit go hand in hand. Both on and off the mat. It's so easy for us to forget when we're going about our days to notice our reactions to people, situations, the food we eat, our thoughts, etc. We rush, rush around in our busy schedules and often forget to just notice our breath and be aware (Tune in) to what's going on inside us and around us. I know I'm guilty of it. There is hope, however! All we have to do is remember the mantra to tune in this month and maybe we'll start to notice ourselves more. It can be part of our yoga practice, as usual.
And the exciting way to start this? Fresh, organic, local foods! Yes, this first weekend in June marks the start to our local farmer's markets here in Somerville/Cambridge. There is no better way to start to tune in than by creating nourishing meals full of local, fresh nutrients that will recharge you and help you find your body rhythm.
Some friends of mine have started a beautiful CSA farm in Wrentham, MA (near Patriots Stadium on the way to Providence), called White Barn Farm. They are having their first roadside stand this coming Saturday morning, June 6th. I was just there a couple weekend's ago (check out the pics) and it inspired me so much to see these beautiful-spirited people putting their hearts into their land and providing other's with love by cultivating fresh/organic crops. I'm looking into putting together a yoga/farm picnic day trip, so stay tuned!
Anyway, if you're not coming to class this Saturday morning and find yourself looking for a fun little journey to gather some nice veggies or plants for your garden for the weekend, then head on down.
To tuning in and harmonizing in June...