Matcha & Chai Blend

Matcha Almond Milk Latte with Chai spices – very hipster barista offered with such pride.  A departure from the Matcha idea in Japan – after all – we are in USA A stop over returning to the Bay Area – so much driving looms ahead – definitely need to yoga tonight.  Will be seeking that healing from  – Stiff shoulders and neck; achy lower back; tired eyes; tight sore hips; sore cranky legs … a remedy to sleep better.  Yoga works.

Grapefruit Thyme:)  Lovely scent.

Moon Valley also has a MUSCLE RUB that is organic and natural vs. some of the other brands I used to use. It’s not as strong as others that smell like Ben-Gay-ish products (that may have stuff like Triethanolamine (a skin, immune system, and respiratory toxin), DMDM Hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser), and dyes like Blue 1 (CI 42090) and artificial colors )  –  but feel I rather go for gentle but good stuff for long term use, that can be trusted for it’s purity.  Per their label –

PURE INGREDIENTS ! Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Safflower Herb, Orange Essential oil, Organic Cayenne, Organic Ginger, Organic Lobelia, Organic Arnica, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Habanero, Organic Clove oil, and Natural vitamin E made from sunflowers. That’s it.

Yes, it’s USA here – a snowboarders, skiers and locals getting their Java – Stars & Stripes – so bright in this dim lit hole in the wall.

 

New Moon over Snowfall

At Lake Tahoe… arriving very late Friday, walking on piles of snow, falling knee deep at times; waist deep at another time, as snow is starting to melt.

The evening was so dark without any visible moon – reminded that it’s New Moon evening.   As the dark night draped over the skies, the stars were shining bright wherever there were breaks in the seams of shifting fabric of clouds weaving and moving in the night sky.

The air is cold and fresh – cleansing while the body so stiff from 6 hours drive – most ideal time for yoga to stretch – no more stiffness, restoring flexibility to hit the slopes.

The following day, finding myself way up to … elevation of 8260 !  Thin air, really working your lungs to take in that precious oxygen.  It does a body good.

Glorious sun salutation!!

Spring

Noticing the bloom

Sakura – Cherry Blossoms are starting to flower 

Time to celebrate 🙂  Birthdays …Thank you for the homemade fruit tart – Beautiful design of fruits celebrating the abundance of colors and fresh flavors.  

Tulip blooming

Sakura Mochi for coming of Spring …

This is Starbucks Tokyo window this March … just to look at to get ideas is enough for me.

& time to reconnect with friends we miss.  Indulging, making exceptions to the usual no sugar diet … and oddly? no weight gain ?  It’s about the metabolism and portion control when you are yoga-ing more and more.

Spring Yin Yoga – focus on cleansing and renewal – Element is Wood – Internal Organs to stimulate and care are Liver and Gallbladders – the rivers within you are no longer stagnant, taking the time to practice the sequence designed to awaken and renew.

Spring is Here.