Libre Leading Light Helena Zera
is the creative Foundress of VYANA. A company blazing brightly with creativity including the HastaPada, Yoga Belt, Vedi*Vaahans (Altar your ride), Mantra MatMUdra’s, and the Energetic Chakra Silk Tapestry. Helena is a RYT Prana Flow ® senior teacher and grateful student of the global Yogini and Sacred Activist Shiva Rea.
Inspire Health – Give Back : Libre is donating $1 from every PINK Libre sold in October to a women’s alternative health charity. Helena’s CCF Elixir and Turmeric Golden Milk are great ways to Inspire Health.
Turmeric is full of antioxidants and is a delicious rejuvenating drink to pacify Vata, encourage sleep and promote a good night’s rest since it contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to melatonin and serotonin.
LIBRE-ate my Health into Fall
Mid September is when we transition toward Vata Season into fall. There is a coolness in the air in the am and pm which is my inclination to switch to Hot Hot Hot yoga Toddies namely the CCF Elixir in my Libre.
CCF is whole seeds of cumin, coriander and fennel in a 3-part equal mix. It is inexpensive, easy to make and an ayurvedic mainstay to pacify Vata. This earthy tea can help to promote proper digestion and warmth. It even tastes grounding with its earthiness and makes you feel toasty and nurtured.
Directions: I put about 2 tsp. in the bottom of my Libre and then fill it with boiling hot water to steep for 3 minutes. When its cooled a bit I place the tops on and I am ready to go.
It’s a drink I sip with the intention of warming myself up, soothing my digestive system, and grounding. I take it with me when I go teach or practice in the morning. I also have this in the 3-4 pm time to warm me up and hydrate 2 hour after lunch and before dinner. CCF is one of Dr. Lads favorite concoctions and it is great into springtime too. It is recommended to drink this twice per day in the morning and afternoon.
Late September/early October I adjust my daily ritual on the cooler evenings to include warm Turmeric Golden Milk. I’m drawn to it when there is a distinct autumn crispness in the air. This ancient rejuvenating elixir is a hot item outside of the ayurvedic world with its exotic appeal and rediscovered turmeric qualities. It’s the perfect spice to add to whole milk or almond milk since it helps with strengthening bones, and assists with arthritis and osteoporosis.
Turmeric Paste Directions:
- Cook over low heat for 15 minutes – 1/2 c each ground turmeric & 1/2c clean filtered water – until a nice paste is made- add more water as needed. Remove from heat.
- Add 1/4 tsp. black pepper and stir till combined.
- 1T coconut oil
(the pepper and coconut oil activates it) Let cool. Store in a glass container for 2 weeks in the fridge.
Now that it’s made.
Add 1 TBSP. to 1 cup whole milk or almond milk with ground cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, pippali (a mix I make ahead of time) I also add a tsp or more of ghee and at the end and a dollop of honey.
Drink in my Libre as I sit in a nice comfy chair and then get ready for bed.
It can be made with whole milk which is the traditional method, almond milk, rice milk or any other substitutes if you desire. I prefer whole milk which assists with sleeping soundly if you can tolerate it as part of your dietary discretion.
Warm or froth your milk with a Tbs. of Turmeric Paste
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom to your liking
1 tsp. Ghee
Pour this healing concoction in a Libre mug and add honey only after its warmed to your liking.
*Never cook honey – this changes its molecular structure and is not beneficial.
😍Sip slowly and enjoy fully.
This is a slow but healthy lifestyle change that can dramatically assist the inflammatory process and promote sleep according to Ayurvedic principles.
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