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June Newsletter 2013
Contents of June Newsletter
Summer Sangria
CYH Blog & Archive

CYH Lauren 2013 Happy Solstice!  What do you love best about summertime and having longer days? 

I find joy in being active outside whether it's a morning meditation in my backyard, a bike ride into town, a paddle on the Navesink river, or a brisk walk around the neighborhood.  I find ease in creating space for myself to relax by taking a 15-minute cat nap, or scheduling a meet up for some tea or dinner with a friend in town.  I enjoy taking full, deep, cleansing breaths when I'm on the shore and am sure to walk barefoot through my backyard grass just because it feels so good!

Where do you find joy, ease, space, breath?  I encourage you to practice each one, each day for your health and happiness.  You can start by throwing together some Summer Sangria (recipe below) and pondering it - HA!  If you're not into sangria or alcohol, there are a few other recipes that I've blogged about (find below in blog archive).  Be well!


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT  *   Holistic Health Coach  *  Registered Yoga Teacher
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Summer Sangria
The beauty of this Summer Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you add your favorite fruits.  Most sangria contains loads of sugar, so always better to make your own.  Use herbs from your garden to give it even more life.  

6 cups assorted fruits (such as mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, and grapes), sliced or cut into chunks
1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh basil or mint leaves
1/2 cup orange juice, or orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
1 bottle crisp organic white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
juice from one lemon

In a large bowl or pitcher, combine fruit, ginger, basil or mint, and orange juice (or orange liqueur). Mash gently with the back of a wooden spoon until basil is bruised and fruit releases juices. Add wine and lemon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 1 day - the longer it's chilled the more the flavors marinate). To serve, fill glasses with ice and top with sangria.  You can always add a splash of some sparkling water to make it bubbly!  Sip in the sunshine surrounded by great people and good times.

This is a recipe adapted from Martha Stewart - I adore her recipe database and encourage you to check it out. 
Fitness & Yoga DVD 
 Last year I had the pleasure of working with Monmouth College student, Andy Stern, an entrepreneur and fitness expert who put together the genius idea, COREiculum.  It's a fitness program designed by college students for college students!  Keeping a student's hectic schedule, small dorm-room environment, sporadic sleeping habits, and dietary challenges, COREiculum is a student's professor, adviser, and classmate to a sculpted, toned, and well-defined bathing suit body in just 25-45 minutes a day.  I offered an "extra-credit" yoga course on the DVD and am psyched for college students to whip their health into shape by getting in their workouts, yoga, and nutrition habits into better shape!  

Check out more about COREiculum here and/or purchase your DVD!  I enjoy the workouts even though I'm way out of college - HA!!

Center Your Health's BLOG & Archive
Check out what I've been blogging about since my last newsletter.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Popsicles
Summer Morning Shake
What Makes Me Happy Now...
Savor Your Savasana
Stand Up Desk
Choose Fun Workouts
You're so damn precious!
A Moment of Yoga: Observe & Savor

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