Celebrate the Summer Solstice

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Celebrate with us on June 21st from 6:30-8:30pm

Celebrating the Summer Solstice is a time honored traditions and it is a significant turning point in the year. Celebrations of abundance, femininity, tribal dances and more take place on this evening.

Join Melissa Scagliarni of Satya Yoga & Wendy Hills of Be Well Academy as we celebrate the summer solstice with yoga, wine, snacks and a fire ceremony as we send out the old and welcome the new into our lives.

All events will take place outside. Inclement weather? No worries, we will celebrate in our barn. Further details will be emailed upon registration.

Cost: $15 per person (includes yoga, wine & snacks)

Where: Rumney, NH

Fairy House and Mindfulness Workshop

Fairy Houses & Mindfulness

Explore! Create! Discover!

June 24th from 9:00-11:30am

Build a Fairy House with your little one in Rumney, NH . This workshop is perfect for children ages 5-10 years old.

Let’s get dirty! You and your child(ren) will tromp through the woods and yard finding materials to create your perfect fairy house.

Curious about mindfulness? It is an age old practice that is ever growing in popularity as we use it to calm our nervous system. Mindfulness allows us to look at situations differently and can provide focus. You and your child (niece, nephew, grandchild, friend) will participate in mindfulness through experiential learning and walk away with tools to use in your day to day routine.

Cost: $25 per child. Registering with more then one child? Cost will be $20 per child.

Morning includes: Intro to mindfulness, snacks and help assembling your fairy house. At the end of the morning, your child(ren) will leave with a completed fairy house!

Questions: Contact Wendy at bewellacademy@gmail.com

Spots are limited so please sign up early!

$25 one child  

$20 per child (2 or more)  

Yoga and Mindfulness Series – Postponed

YOGA  AND MINDFULNESS SERIES

Dates coming Soon!

$100 per person 

or $80 per person if you sign up with a friend! 

 

Yoga and mindfulness work symbiotically to aid in reducing stress and anxiety, significantly improving ones quality of life.

In developing these practices together, one can begin to clean out the clutter both in the mind and body. Making more space for clarity and peace. 

In this four week series, you will learn how the mind and body work together, allowing you to live your potential. The evening will begin with gentle yoga postures designed to turn the attention inward by cultivating awareness of ourselves. Seamlessly we will then transition to the mindfulness practices which will allow the body and mind to relax fully. 

For more information visit our webpage

https://satyayogastudio.com/yoga-and-mindfulness-series/

My version of: Sausage, Kale, and Spaghetti Squash Boats

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I was searching for something healthy and easy to make for dinner and what started as sausage, kale & spaghetti squash boats turned into chicken, vegetables and spaghetti squash boats with a marinara topping! If you know me, you’ll know that I love reading cookbooks or recipes online. If I do not have all of the ingredients, I am happy improvising so that I don’t have to make another trip to the grocery store where inevitably, I purchase other items that I don’t really need.

The meal that I created is for two people with leftovers for the freezer to be used for another meal but could easily turn into feeding four people by purchasing and cooking 2 spaghetti squash or, you could use 1 squash and serve 4 people by removing the squash from the “bowl” and adding a side dish.

Recipe for Spaghetti squash with a meat, veggie & marinara topping for two or four people:
Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 16 oz package of ground chicken (could use other ground meat)
  • 16 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed or chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • salt & pepper for both dishes to taste
  • 2-24 oz cans of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 small package of basil, chopped

Directions:

  • Pierce & place squash in microwave for about 3 minutes, this will make it easier to slice in half.
  • Cut squash in half and place face down in an oven proof dish for roughly 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Preparing the Meat & Veggie Mixture

  • On top of the stove, place 1 tablespoon of olive oil & add 1/2 of the onion.
  • When onions are translucent, add ground meat.
  • When meat is cooked 1/2 way through, add zucchini and mushrooms. Stir in spinach at end. Add salt & pepper to taste.
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Marinara Sauce:

  • In medium pan, place 1 tablespoon of oil & other 1/2 of onions.
  • Add garlic and tomatoes when onions become translucent.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes on medium low heat. Sauce will reduce and thicken.
  • Add sugar and salt & pepper
  • Add chopped basil

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Combining it all!

  • Remove squash from oven, a fork inserted easily into skin means it is ready for your consumption!
  • Using a fork, pull the squash away from the skin, leave it in its bowl.
  • Place 1/4 of the ground chicken and veggie mixture on top of the squash
  • Add marinara sauce to your liking-about 3/4 of a cup.

The steps in this recipe are simple and when combined, make a delightful presentation for two people or four individuals. If you are vegetarian, you can skip the ground meat and add a medley of other vegetables. The possibilities are endless!

 

Celebrate your Accomplishments!

Celebrate 2015!
With less than two weeks to the start of the new year, many of us have begun to think about New Year’s resolutions we will set, others, like me, have not set any. This year, I decided to set aside time to reflect upon and celebrate my successes from the past 360ish days before I plan for next year. By taking time to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small, it builds your confidence and makes it easier to keep pushing forward to reach those large-scale future goals; not to mention a celebration affords closure on goals you’ve been working towards for a while, provides encouragement to continue, and makes every success even sweeter.

During this busy time of year take a bit of time to sit back, relax, and consider all that you’ve accomplished. Maybe ask a friend or spouse to join you. Honor your successes because they have not been easy. I say this because all of us have things in our lives that keep us very busy: work, family, friends, and the list goes on. As you remember your successes, notice how they make you feel. What words do you draw to mind? Successes are important, they are what keep you moving forward as you set new goals. Now that you’ve brought to mind all that you’ve accomplished, are you ready to celebrate? Your celebration doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be something you do alone or something you share with others. It just has to make you feel successful and help you savor your accomplishment.

Here are some great ways to celebrate your successes, both big and small:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Reflect on the path you took.
  • Write down your success and put it where you can see it everyday.
  • Thank everyone who supported you.
  • Support someone else in reaching his or her goal.
  • Cross it off your master list of goals.
  • Go for a run.
  • Veg out.
  • Cheer for yourself.
  • Do something you enjoy but rarely have time to do.
  • Go out for dinner.
  • Spend the day with your family.
  • Start a success journal.
  • Treat yourself to a day of rest and relaxation.

How doesn’t matter, it’s just important that you do celebrate.

Congratulations on all your success in 2015!

Wendy

Gratitude

It is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy.

Recently, I’ve been contemplating the word gratitude, it’s meaning, and how I feel when I express my gratitude or when I sit quietly and realize all that I have, but the biggest question for me is: Are we participating in expressing our gratitude often enough?

Each of us can express & recognize our gratitude in a variety of ways.  We might express it verbally, write a letter of thanks, or today’s version, send an email or text. But I was searching for other words because I know that when I show my gratitude or think about what I am thankful for, there are many other emotions that surround and warm me to the soul.

Words that come to my mind are: community, kindness, heartfelt, thankfulness, thoughtfulness, smiles, fortunate, warmth, and appreciation. Several times over the last month I have felt especially grateful for all that I have that has no monetary value, yet lifts my spirits for days on end and makes me proud to live in a small community where people know each other by name.

As I typed the word gratitude into the Google search engine, I found these basic definitions, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” and “Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has.” Concise, brief statements, yet full of so much power.

We’ve all expressed gratitude and have felt grateful but do you know how many health benefits are generated? TONS! You can’t go wrong with expressing gratitude. Do you know that a positive mental attitude is good for your heart? Yes!!! Positive health fends off depression, stress, and anxiety. We can cope better with daily stressors and reduce negative emotions. Our immune systems are stronger, which aids us in getting a better night’s sleep and the best part is that we will have more energy! Yes, energy and that is without exercising!

You might think that practicing gratitude or thankfulness is difficult but here are several easy ways to practice:

  • Keep a gratitude journal & write in it each day at a time that works best for you
  • Pull out a paper and pen and write someone a heartfelt letter and mail it the old fashioned way, via the U.S. Postal Service!
  • At dinnertime, have each person go around and share one thing that they are grateful for.
  • Keep a gratitude board. You can create this easy to make board by typing up the words “Today I am thankful (or grateful) for…” and insert it into a picture frame. Keep dry erase markers close by so that you can write on it daily or weekly.
  • Be present: Focus on the present moment. Notice what’s all around you. Use all of your senses: What do you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste?  Experiencing what is right in front of you is one of the surest ways to keep a grateful heart.
  • Create a gratitude jar: take any jar or container and each day, write on a piece of paper what you are grateful for. Then, after a few months, look back over the lists/items in the jar.

It truly takes a few short minutes each day to remember what you are grateful for. I encourage you to begin your awareness of gratitude today, to express it to others and feel all of the warmth, kindness, energy and love that this nine letter word generates.

Let it Go, Let it Go!

Whenever I hear this phrase all I can think of is the movie “Frozen”. Think about how nice it would be to let things “go”. What would letting go mean for you?
Recently, I’ve begun sitting in silence for at least 15 minutes each morning in order to work on “letting things go”, working on being “me”. Trust me when I say that it isn’t easy; one’s mind can be very active but if you can draw your attention back to your breath, you will find that sitting in silence is calming and full of discovery.
I read a quote recently by Ann Landers, it states: “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” It is important to let go as it relinquishes our hold on unhealthy attachment to ideas, things and struggles that we’ve experienced in life. It is important to let go of negative thoughts in order to let clear, positive things into our lives.
As we grow and mature in our lives we come to an understanding of what we need to hold onto, what needs to be left behind because it no longer serves us. Personal growth and change can be extremely uncomfortable, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck in a place where we don’t belong. Growing means moving out of our comfort zone, trying something new or a new way of thinking. Another quote: “Change the way you think and the way you think will change.” I’ve posted this quote on my refrigerator so that I can see it many times during my day (yes, I love food)! Have you been holding onto a particular thought that no longer serves you, makes you feel sad or emotional? Work on letting it go.

At different times over the last several years, I found myself hanging onto “things/thoughts” that no longer serve me. I was fueled by my anger which I felt throughout my entire body. Holding onto the negative is easy, the hard part is making a change for the better. In order to find clarity, I began sitting quietly for 10 minutes each morning, then I increased my time gradually. Through quietness, I found answers, I slowly let go of the things and people that I had felt “wronged” by. By “letting go” I felt a release in my body, over several months, a calm began to take place, the anger was dissipating. I encourage you to try sitting with your thoughts, send the negative thoughts out of your mind, imagine them floating out the window, never to return.
Here is a short 5 minute video to get you started. Try it out and see what takes place for you, feel free to explore the thoughts that come to your mind, letting go of things that no longer serve you. Do not judge, just be with your thoughts, see what they may reveal.

Doing what makes you happy

Occasionally, people will ask me how I find time to get out and kayak, hike or bike. I ask them, how could I not find time? Doing the things that I love to do makes me feel complete. I find that I feel balanced, my creativity improves as well as sleep and a calmness within my body.

I ask you, what are you not fitting into your lifestyle? Do you know what you would do if you could do anything? I ask you this: what makes you feel ahhh-Mazing?! What lights your fire? How does one make the time?

IT’S NOT ABOUT “HAVING” TIME, IT’S ABOUT MAKING TIME.

Here are some ways that will help you find the time to do what you love to do:

1. Stop doing things you don’t love to do or need to do.

I know, it sounds crazy right? Some things must be done but, are there others in your household that can help you out? Are there things in your life that you can simplify or eliminate? Do you watch hours of television or are you on Facebook or Pinterest for large amounts of time? Eliminate those things……

2. Find out how to be more efficient at the things you do need to do.

The things that we “need” to do, sometimes get in the way of things that we “want” to do.

Here is an example, I need to have a lunch each day, and it takes a chunk of my morning to make snacks and lunch to take with me. I will set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday and prepare lunches for the week or, make two large pots of soup and freeze the amount wanted into mason jars. Easy peasy, pull it out of the freezer and you are ready to go.

3. Decide what you want to do more of in your day.

You must choose your priorities. If someone asked me what is important in my daily schedule I would say:

  • My personal relationships
  • Exercise
  • Being outside
  • MeditatioN
  • Reading/Learning

Each of us will have a different list but you know what it is that you want in your day, create a list.

4. Schedule time in your day for it.

Look at your day, you have not simplified or eliminated things that are taking time, you hae found ways to be efficient and….you know what it is that you want to fit into your day. Pull that daily planner out and schedule your “happy time” into your day. Your schedule might change, you may find one activity more important than another but you now have the time to do something that makes you happy.