In the distance, the fire crackled as the yogis unrolled their mats in a circular formation around its warmth. The embers began to float up toward the starry sky as a flock of geese flew overhead. The group moved their way in and out of a few spinal twists and hip openers, but this practice mainly focused on opening up the heart space.
We gathered to flow and let go of what no longer served us, just as the trees shed their leaves with the transition through this season. The yogis began to call to mind an intention centered around things they love about themselves. They even wrote it down and took it home to be a constant reminder to practice self love and compassion. On a second piece of paper they wrote down something they wanted to let go of. We physically let go of these thoughts, negative energies and feelings as we burned these pieces of paper together.
The fire continued to smoke and the logs that once glowed oh so brightly started to turn into gray crisps. The yogis snuggled into savasana with their heads facing this communal source of energy. And, after a little lavender love was gently placed on their temples, savasana was complete.
Then the group flowed...From Mat to Table.
This event was all about the heart chakra which is green, so we decided to marry a heart-healthy meal full of green vegetables and soul food. The first course started with a layered salad which included, roasted kale, quinoa, roasted beets and butternut squash, feta, pine nuts and a balsamic reduction drizzle. Next we served individual bowls of homemade shrimp, grits and a hearty sauce full of garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions and bone broth. Each yogi was able to choose from a variety of toppings at the table to complete their bowls. And finally…let there be dessert! In true southern-style, we made mini pies and streusels with local pears and apples.
This one year celebration of From Mat to Table, brought together a beautiful group. We are present and so grateful for each experience. The magic that surrounded the blazing bonfire and the beautiful transition to the kitchen definitely warmed our heart and soul.
Until next time…Namaste Beautiful People…thank you for sharing in our love and light.
-Molly & Karil
“She dances to the song in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul.” - Dean Jackson