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Retreat Spotlight: Yoga for Balanced Living with Abby Blythe… You are your own best healer!

November 3rd – 5th, 2017
Join Abby Blythe, a gifted yoga instructor and yoga therapist, for an introduction to the vast benefits of yoga and how to deepen an existing practice.

 

You will be gently guided through yoga classes to better understand how a daily practice can support proper breathing, healthy digestion, cardiovascular health, increased vitality, regeneration for healthy aging and an overall sense of well being.

This fall retreat is also a beautiful time to spend enjoying time fireside, savoring the crispness of fall nature walks, and honoring the opportunity to go within – a gift to Self.

On Saturday night Abby will share her love of kirtan. Guests repeatedly share that it is such a treat to experience and bask in the energy of singing, or just listening to, sacred Indian mantras with Abby.

Retreat Includes

2 Nights Accommodation at Shanti Retreat, 5 Vegetarian Meals, 4 Yoga Classes with Abby (Suitable For All Levels), 1 Workshop, 1 Film Screening (Related to Yoga Therapy), 1 Infrared Sauna Session, and Use of Shanti’s Amenities (Wellness Tea Bar, WiFi, Labyrinth, Hammocks, Canoes and Kayaks, and Walking and Cycling Routes).

See full retreat schedule here.

About Abby

Abby is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Since the age of 13, Abby has been studying yoga, and began teaching yoga full time since first traveling to India in 2008. After spending nearly 5 years living in Thailand studying Yoga with her teacher Swami Vivekenanda Saraswati, she has returned to her home in the Haliburton Highlands, and has since founded Light Hatch Yoga Studio. Abby’s grounded teaching style finds its roots in her deep knowledge and understanding of the yogic practices, and is highlighted by her joy of teaching, lightness of heart and even the odd song or two. She enjoys meeting her students where they are at and tailors her classes to the individuals present. Additionally, she is a life-long lover of music and finds particular inspiration in singing the sacred mantras of India; a practice known as “Kirtan.” A professionally trained singer since the age of 10, blending the joy of singing with the aspiration of her yoga practice has been one of her most profound discoveries yet.

Retreat Rates 

$370 + hst for shared accommodation & $400 + hst for semi private accommodation

Contact Shanti Retreat to register at info@shantiretreat.ca


Date Added: September 3, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga



Humble Herbs: Mint, Parsley and Sage…oh my! Meal Ideas from the Kitchen & Health Properties

It’s the end of May, and here at Shanti Retreat we are all feeling so lucky to already be enjoying the herb garden, as well as some harvest from the permaculture beds. Often times, herbs are only used as garnish (if at all) and their high nutrient profile is forgotten about. However, we definitely  recognize their nutritious and healing properties and have been infusing as many of our meals as possible with these superfoods.

Since some herbs start to come up early spring, it can be an exciting time and the first taste of organic, seasonal, home grown food! Herbs can be used in a variety of ways and contain high amounts of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to improve digestion, protect against cancer, boost mood and reduce inflammation, to name a few.

Today we present to you – mint, parsley and sage. Below you can read about the health benefits of each herb, as well as the different ways we have been included them in retreat meals.

 

Benefits of Mint

  • Promotes digestion
  • Relieves Nausea
  • Fights fatigue (try diffusing peppermint essential oil to boost mood and energy levels)
  • Relieves headaches
  • Cleanses palate, improves oral care
  • Clears congestion, helps asthma

…ways we have been using mint:

  • Homemade herbal tea
  • Yogurt Dips like Greek tzatziki  (with lots of garlic and lemon!) or Indian raita
  • Fruit salad topper
  • Mango and pistachio salsa (for enchilada night)
  • Fennel and apple salad

Benefits of Parsley

Parsley, often used as a garnish, is an under appreciated superfood full of many healing properties!

  • Extremely high in vitamin K which is important for bone healthy
  • A rich source of immune boosting antioxidants, mainly  vitamin C and A
  • Kidney cleanser
  • Anti aging / anti – inflammatory
  • High in iron

…ways to have been using parsley:

  • Greek salad and quinoa tabouleh
  • Herbed yogurt dip
  • Herb garden hummus
  • Minestrone soup


Benefits of Sage


Sage is another super herb which has been used medicinally and spiritually for thousands of years.

  • Promotes healthy digestive system
  • Reduces depression
  • Relieves asthma
  • Improves memory and alertness
  • Eases menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes
  • Lowers inflammation
  • High in antioxidants
  • Strengthens bones

….ways we have been using sage

  • Creamy cashew,garlic and sage sauce (for buddha bowls)
  • Sage cornbead (with veggie chili!)
  • Rustic cheese and nut loaf
  • Homemade herbal tea with slices of fresh ginger root.

 

…Written by Lacey Budge, Shanti Retreat Coordinator and Registered Holistic Nutritionist


Date Added: May 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Green Living,Living Seasonally & Locally,Shanti Kitchen



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