Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Esalen's GayaTree Green Juice
Category:
Body

When spinach, fennel, apple and cucumber cavort with mint, basil and culinary sage, the result is GayaTree Green, a new fresh juice offering recently introduced at the Esalen Espresso and Juice Bar.

“This juice is very special to me and its creation is an intuitive and meditative practice,” says Yzzy Demmon, who has facilitated weekly art and yoga classes on the Experiential Program at Esalen and works in Guest Services.

“As I handle the plants, I exchange reiki with them and chant the Gayatri Mantra, which is a prayer of gratitude to Savitri, the Hindu goddess of the five elements (air, water, fire, earth, space).

The mantra imbues the plants with loving energy and intention. Handling them with reiki hands and chanting this mantra stitches gratitude and reverence into every drop of juice.

Yzzy is quick to note that what we put in our bodies is “ground zero” for our health.

“What we take in, we use to continue to exist in these human forms,” she adds. “The nutritional makeup of the food that we eat impacts how our bodies and minds operate, and how they can be used strategically as both fuel and medicine to create harmony within. This affects how we go about our lives and thus how our realities and experiences are manifested. As within, so without. Well-being creates more well-being."

Experience GayaTree Green in your home by juicing the following organically grown ingredients. Of course, you can always enjoy it during your next visit to Esalen.

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 apple (preferably a variety that grows in your area and is in season)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2-3 sprigs each of mint, basil and culinary sage
  • Gayatri Mantra (to taste; see below)



Directions
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ suvah
tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasyadhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt

  • Wash all ingredients in a veggie wash of your choice and rinse clean
  • Prep ingredients, trimming any badly bruised or inedible parts of the produce
  • Process ingredients through the juicer of your choice. (We recommend a slow, masticating juicer or hydraulic cold press)
  • Strain juice with a fine mesh strainer
  • Enjoy fresh or store in a sealed, air-tight glass container for up to three days
  • Recite the Gayatri Mantra:


This recipe makes approximately two 12- to 16-ounce juices. Be clear, adventurous and playful with your intentions as you explore your own garden or local farmer's market to create your own special version of Esalen’s GayaTree Green.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

Esalen's GayaTree Green Juice

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Category:
Body

When spinach, fennel, apple and cucumber cavort with mint, basil and culinary sage, the result is GayaTree Green, a new fresh juice offering recently introduced at the Esalen Espresso and Juice Bar.

“This juice is very special to me and its creation is an intuitive and meditative practice,” says Yzzy Demmon, who has facilitated weekly art and yoga classes on the Experiential Program at Esalen and works in Guest Services.

“As I handle the plants, I exchange reiki with them and chant the Gayatri Mantra, which is a prayer of gratitude to Savitri, the Hindu goddess of the five elements (air, water, fire, earth, space).

The mantra imbues the plants with loving energy and intention. Handling them with reiki hands and chanting this mantra stitches gratitude and reverence into every drop of juice.

Yzzy is quick to note that what we put in our bodies is “ground zero” for our health.

“What we take in, we use to continue to exist in these human forms,” she adds. “The nutritional makeup of the food that we eat impacts how our bodies and minds operate, and how they can be used strategically as both fuel and medicine to create harmony within. This affects how we go about our lives and thus how our realities and experiences are manifested. As within, so without. Well-being creates more well-being."

Experience GayaTree Green in your home by juicing the following organically grown ingredients. Of course, you can always enjoy it during your next visit to Esalen.

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 apple (preferably a variety that grows in your area and is in season)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2-3 sprigs each of mint, basil and culinary sage
  • Gayatri Mantra (to taste; see below)



Directions
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ suvah
tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasyadhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt

  • Wash all ingredients in a veggie wash of your choice and rinse clean
  • Prep ingredients, trimming any badly bruised or inedible parts of the produce
  • Process ingredients through the juicer of your choice. (We recommend a slow, masticating juicer or hydraulic cold press)
  • Strain juice with a fine mesh strainer
  • Enjoy fresh or store in a sealed, air-tight glass container for up to three days
  • Recite the Gayatri Mantra:


This recipe makes approximately two 12- to 16-ounce juices. Be clear, adventurous and playful with your intentions as you explore your own garden or local farmer's market to create your own special version of Esalen’s GayaTree Green.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

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Category:
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