With Eagle Yogafest just a week away I’ve been pondering how profound Yogafest was in my life. Yoga festivals in general are wonderful experiences where the ‘yoga retreat’ comes to you. A welcoming atmosphere full of happiness and healing fills the autumn air in quaint Eagle, Colorado. This is a time to find a closer connection to your True Nature.
In reflecting, there are five traces of Eagle Yogafest that have stayed with me.
Going deeper with a great variety of lectures and classes! There are opportunities to try new things and expand ones practice. Check out this Budokon Yoga video! Asymmetrical Arm Balances, Conscious Vinyasa Flowing, Aroma Therapy, Acroyoga, Slackline Yoga, Ayurveda and more!
Knowledge flows freely. Extraordinary teachers discuss deeper aspects of the yoga practice and lifestyle! Everything from the keys of the Yoga Sutras, yoga psychology, understanding Chakras, energy conservation, pranyama breath work and unraveling individual shining expressions. Touching workshops provide information on healing with essential oils, practice balancing on top of your partner, and removing obstacles to really let it all go. (Let it all go is the gift I received at Eagle Yogafest last year. Read about the moments that changed my life in this book.)
This is not simply a yoga festival at a venue, where people come and go and in between they are lost in the city. This is a whole town event full of community where the friends and
Mingle Party at Yeti’s Grind
connections you will make will be everywhere and linger in your heart forever. The Mingle Party at Yeti’s Grind was so much fun! What a great way to start the weekend! Everyone just enjoyed chilling together. The Yoga Pants Party at Bonfire Brewery is so great! Everyone wearing Yoga Pants gets their first beer free! I like the Glutart- gluten free beer best. 🙂
There is lots of love! From the very first night at Free Community Yoga the loving energy flowed opening our hearts. Everyone interacted playfully happy and the room seemed to beam with peace and promise. Later heart opening classes, workshops on flipping your perspective, and dancing to raise our vibration at the Hardscrabble Concert continued to unite friends and family.
Leave feeling empowered. Maybe we stuck that amazing handstand from the inversion workshop, found our center on the Slackline or maybe we didn’t. Afterwards we practiced letting go because we know each time we try we get closer. We head home with smiles on our faces very conscious of our invigorating strength, curious courage and fierce potential.
Healthy eater with a cookie dough craving? Me too!
And life is short.
I have found that eating less processed/packaged foods and only fresh organic foods has allowed me to maintain weight even if it includes organic sweets. I have also found allowing myself what I want within the realm of organic to be a more sustainable ‘diet’ than eliminating things I ‘shouldn’t eat’ later feeling like a failure when I just really want it. Organic cooking is meant to be a fun little experiment. Play with recipes and tweak them to work for you!
All ingredients are optional. Omit the chocolate or use vegan chocolate for vegan. Use as a blueprint to create your own tasty masterpiece.
-Tastes Like Cookie Dough Bars-
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 bananas, peeled and mashed
handful of walnuts
handful of dried cranberries/goji berries
1/2 tsp organic maple syrup
1 cup chocolate chips
around 2 cups rolled oats (I think precooked works nicely.)
1/2 tsp fresh ground ginger
In a medium size saucepan warm peanut butter, mashed bananas and maple syrup just long enough for all ingredients to be well blended. Remove from heat.
Add cinnamon, walnuts and dried berries. Mix until all ingredients are integrated well. Add rolled oats and stir. The desired dough consistency will be sticky, chunky and able to press into a crust. Sometimes I add more rolled oats to make it thicker.
Press dough into un-greased pan of your choice about ¼ inch thick. Place aside.
Gather chocolate chips and fresh ground ginger. Warm on a low temperature while stirring often until chocolate has melted and ginger smells awesome. Remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate evenly over ‘dough’. Sprinkle coconut and keep in freezer until serving time. Enjoy with tea and fruit for even more satisfaction!
Matilda’s relationship with food has had its ups and downs all her life. Through yoga and ayurvedic teachings she has found and practices nutritional balance. She is now dedicating herself to helping others find their balance.
If I find a deeper version of myself tomorrow, it doesn’t take away.
Today I found myself.
Matilda did ten hours of laughter yoga training, danced around the room like crazy for one song, a few forward folds, and bliss. Magic— the feeling of oneness. She is trying all sorts of interesting therapies. If you dig her blog you’ll love her book Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.