by Gabriel Constans
Calm that tummy. Get rid of indigestion. Quiet the baby. Peppermint provides energy, relaxation, and calmness.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
1 cup brewed peppermint tea
2 fresh parsley leaves, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup carrot juice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Pour, serve and mellow out.
“Come on,” my limber wife said, as she left for her Tri-yoga class. “You’ll like it.”
“No,” I replied, every time she asked.”You go ahead. I’ll do my own exercise at home.” And I did do my own, which was a combination of yoga stretches, push-ups and sit-ups. But something about my daily routine felt choppy, put strain on my back and didn’t seem very rounded or complete. I’d done yoga when I was younger, but now I was over 50 and if the truth be told, I was afraid I couldn’t do it well enough in a class and would embarrass myself in front of others. I’ve never been able to stretch very far forward, with my legs straight and always found it frustrating that stretching towards my toes usually got my hands about as far as my knees!
Finally, as a birthday present for my wife, I purchased passes for two sessions of partner yoga and presented them to her on the appointed day. She was thrilled and I was nervous. For the first class I put on whatever loose, yoga-like clothes I could find and set out to not make to much of a fool of myself.
The two men who led the class were very friendly, understanding and relaxed. The first thing they said was, “Make this easy on yourself. Don’t go farther than is comfortable. This is about relaxation, alignment and getting what you need, not how far others think you should or shouldn’t go.”
Their words were like magic. I enjoyed both that class and the next and now do a half-hour of yoga every morning. Oh yes, my fingertips are now almost down to my ankles in the earth-touch pose and I have no doubt that some day soon I’ll even touch my toes!