News This Week:
Happy Summer Solstice Everyone! Traditionally this is a time to reflect on the growth of the season and to, of course, celebrate the glorious power of the sun! As mentioned previously, we sent some of our poor dehydrated plants to the chickens and the compost bin last week. But everything has since been amended and reseeded and we already have new sprouts coming up. Not to mention our delectable Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen! So fear not, we will have more fresh veggies coming along shortly. And, as also mentioned, these will be more heat-tolerant varieties, just in case we have another extended period of this miraculous, life-giving, hot as hell… Arizona sunshine.
Health & Wellness:
So have you done your Sun Salutation today? I hope so, because today is also International Yoga Day! The Sun Salutation is a well known set of yoga moves (ahem, not to mention a lovely energizing tea that I makeJ) that is used at the beginning of most yoga sessions. It is generally practiced early in the morning on an empty stomach, but can also be done any time of day or whenever needed. The Sun Salutation can be practiced at various speeds to achieve varying results. If done at a slower pace, it can help to tone and strengthen body muscle, while the added slower breathing helps to bring the body, mind, and breath into harmony to experience a whole meditative experience. If done at a quicker pace or as a warm- up, the Sun Salutation can be a great cardio workout. And although it can be a complete bodily workout, it is not completely sufficient and should be used in combination with other additional yoga postures for the best overall results. And depending on which postures you choose, yoga itself has the ability to improve flexibility, build muscle strength, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, betters bone health, improves circulation, boosts immunity, ups heart rate and helps lower blood pressure, regulates adrenal glands, lowers blood sugar, helps you focus, gives you peace of mind and helps you sleep better, improves digestion, eases pain, and helps keep allergies at bay. These among many other benefits should help encourage you to include a brief yoga session into your everyday routine. Namaste.