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Making Peace with Coffee

Making peace with coffee by Kate Towell

The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Lately I have been contemplating my relationship with coffee. I live in a coffee culture. Here in Seattle the coffee flows as freely as the rain.  Dates are made, meet-ups organized, books read and ipad apps enjoyed over coffee. As a yogini I am continually evaluating areas of my life where I create conflict. After all, yoga and Ayurveda are all about creating union in mind and body rather than conflict. When we evaluate conflict in our life it doesn’t have to be big items like relationships, job satisfaction or long-standing destructive patterns. Actually resolving conflict around smaller areas of our lives can help to transform the bigger areas too.  Recently, I realized I have created a tremendous amount of conflict around coffee. As a passionate explorer of Ayurveda I know that balance, joy and freedom are found along  the median path. I asked myself is my love affair with coffee an extreme?

Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.

Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

Mill Creek's Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

The City of Mill Creek Parks & Recreation is hosting the annual 3 on 3 “Main Street Madness” Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 7. All registered participants will receive a free pizza from Papa Murphy's Pizza.

Registrations submitted by Friday, June 15 will receive event T-shirts.

Final registration deadline is Friday, June 29.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to help with the tournament. Click on this link for volunteer information.

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi master featured in documentary

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi Master featured in The Highest Pass documentary

Mill Creek's Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master, Eric Braff, is a motorcycle rider in the documentary The Highest Pass premiering in Seattle June 15th. The movie had a brilliant run in Los Angeles recently. It was number one at the Santa Monica Laemmle two weekends in a row.

The Highest Pass is a motorcycle journey through India's Himalayas over the highest motorable road in the world. The film crew followed a dare devil yogi leading seven Americans to make decisions about life and death while traversing steep, icy cliffs and the chaos of India's "road killer" traffic. Carrying a prophecy of death in his late twenties, their Yogi leader Anand Mehrotra inspires them to question what it means to truly live and pushes the riders to the limits of the teachings: "Only the one who dies, truly lives."

The film documents Master teacher Anand Mehrotra's journey of transformation with seven motorcycle riders including the Mill Creek Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master Eric Braff.

Trip leader and master teacher Anand Mehrotra; filmmaker, producer and rider Adam Schomer; and Mill Creek Tai Chi master, Eric Braff will be on hand for Q&A after the film on the evenings of June 15th and 16th.

Eating Wild with Kate Towell

Kate Towell eat wild

The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Eat Wild, by Kate Towell

My dear friend Ananya inspired this month’s newsletter theme when she shared her dandelion pancake recipe with me last week. Her adventure in back yard foraging reminded me that our yards are filled with a bounty of fun, healthy and beneficial foods. Her Happy Dandy Pancakes are our featured recipe this month =) 

Wild edibles are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. You may have noticed them making a come-back on the menu of your favorite restaurant. Greens, nettles and wild mushrooms are local favorites. Look out your window. There is a treasure trove waiting for you. Rose hips and violet flowers are some of the richest sources of vitamin C found on Earth. Dandelion roots, greens and flowers are full of calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. According to Ayurveda, the bitter taste of wild greens makes them naturally cleansing and powerful aids for reducing sugar cravings.  

A local girls Yoga club is being formed

Shakti Girls Yoga Club at Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha Yoga Sudio is forming a mentoring program for teenage girls. The Shakti Club is a space for girls aged 12-18 to gather, free of charge, to explore their inner strength, confidence and truth through the practice of yoga and other fun activities. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on competition, achievement and outer appearances, Shakti Club encourages each girl to discover the strength and beauty that resides within.

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