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Therapeutic Yoga


A combination of restorative yoga postures, gentle movement, hands-on healing + guided meditation intended to help you reduce stress + bring balance back to your body.  An effective practice for recovering from injury or illness.

This mindful movement practice requires no prior experience + is beneficial to people of any age. Supported with blankets, bolsters + blocks, each pose allows you to to open your body + deepen your connection to yourself.

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Breathwork


Breathwork 

Breathwork is an active meditation technique that facilitates emotional release + self healing. It involves a specific breathing pattern that helps move stuck energy, open your heart, connect with your intuition + process unresolved pain.

Breathwork is an incredible + powerful tool for shifting your perspective + breaking lifetime cycles of depression, addiction, pain, stress, anger + grief.

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Reiki


Reiki is a gentle, deeply relaxing, light-touch healing technique that helps calm your nervous system, quiet the mental chatter, restore your life force energy + raise your vibrations.

A deep connection + intuition guide me as I tune into your energy, unblocking areas of stagnation, lingering tension, pain, trauma + exhaustion.

When your energy is in balance + flowing freely, you are better equipped to manage stress, fight anxiety + depression + recover from injury,  illness, + addiction.

By cleansing the mind-body + encouraging self-awareness, this energetic experience helps heal emotional wounds, open the heart to gratitude + self-love + bring clarity into your life.

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Hibiscus Hair Rinse


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Admittedly, I do not have much of a routine when it comes to my hair. I wash it when I can (Mamas, you know how it is) a comb through when I think about it, and some bobby pins to hide the fringe I’m growing out (how do I always forget fringe is not for me). Honestly, that pretty much sum it up. I may throw it in a bun on the occasional date night. Anyway, you get the idea — very low maintenance (too low perhaps, sorry Geoff). Its not that I don’t care, because I do.. I mean we all do on some level. I just can’t keep up (or choose not to, I suppose) with the maintenance. What matters is inner beauty, right? Right! When we treat our inner bodies with kindness and care (I’m talking food, water.. and yes, even that inner voice) it definitely shows on the outside.

Keeping with the edible flowers theme I’ve been working on with my gal pal Meg (Beard and Bonnet) today I’m introducing you to a magical benefit of HIBISCUS. Not only is this flower gorgeous (it gives me all the tropical feels) its super nutritious. Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Its tart flavor is comparable to cranberry and is most often enjoyed as a tea.

The benefits of Hibiscus go beyond the internal body. The moisture rich properties of Hibiscus help hydrate your skin and hair keeping dry skin and dandruff at bay. Some even believe Hibiscus can help slow down premature greying. WHAT? This is news to me! If its news to you too, you’re going to be as stoked as I am to learn about the EASIEST, SIMPLEST way to use Hibiscus to get SHINY, HEALTHY, HYDRATED hair minus chemicals, salon visits or even weird ingredients (not down with those mad scientist masks.. me either). We’re talking day two hair on day one! SUPER SIMPLE, trust me.

HIBISCUS HAIR RINSE

INGREDIENTS

1 TBSP dried hibiscus flowers

2 C water

Glass or metal container (avoid plastic as it can melt or leach unwanted chemicals)

METHOD

Boil water, pour over dried hibiscus flowers and let steep. Once cooled, strain out flowers and transfer to a pourable container. I used a glass pitcher first and it worked just fine but feel free to treat yourself with a beautiful spray bottle or glass jar.

Shampoo if desired, then pour the hibiscus tisane over your hair and let it rinse out. Enjoy manageable, shiny, great smelling hair!

** sidenote: The hibiscus tea will be a bright red and could possibly stain. I’m brunette and had no problem, but if you’ve paid a lot of money for blonde/white/frosty hair..  be cautious.

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Sparkling Rose Lemonade with Rose Sugar Rim


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So many fun things going on over here at Vigor + Sage. I’ve really been making an effort focus my energy on building a community for myself and my family. Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with friends on projects both creative and challenging. It feels invigorating (and somewhat overwhelming) to do things you’ve never done before and these new adventures are keeping me on my toes.

I was recently asked to catered a fundraising event hosted by my friends The Assembly Dance Company. When they asked me to come up with a signature cocktail for the night I knew it needed to be graceful with a twist. Serving a large number of people isn’t my norm so I wanted to keep everything simple but special.

This Sparkling Rose Lemonade is the perfect balance of tart and sweet with a hint of rose and sparkle. Spiked with vodka, its perfectly fitting for an evening dance performance, a Mother’s Day brunch or even an afternoon with the girls. So easy to make and so pretty to look at, just like a bouquet of roses. The rose sugar rim adds just the right touch of elegance, and honestly, its just fun! The pomegranate seeds look like little rosebuds floating around — so fancy!

For the Rose Lemonade:

6 oz lemonade

1 tsp rose water

2 oz sparkling water (I used strawberry flavor)

pomegranate seeds (optional for garnish)

For the Rose Rimming Sugar:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 TBSP rose water

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and rosewater until fully combined. It should look like and feel like wet sand. Pour mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and leave to air dry (give it a few hours, I left mine overnight ). Store in an airtight container. 

To serve:

Rim the glass with sugar. Add ice and rose lemonade. Top with sparkling water and stir to combine. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top and voila! You’ve got yourself a rosey little lemonade.

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Chamomile Citrus Italian Cream Soda


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If you’ve been following me on instagram you know I recently got my hands on some fresh chamomile and quickly became obsessed. In vases around my kitchen, gifted to the preschool teachers and made into tea, the uses for chamomile seem endless. So when my friend Meg (my party partner in crime) asked me for natural, healthy ideas for ways to help chill out, chamomile was an obvious suggestion.

A recipe brainstorm session quickly turned into a full on creative meeting and the outcome — a new collaborative series focused on the healing art of edible flowers, was born. It only makes sense to launch this collaboration with our current obsession, so head over to Beard and Bonnet to read 5 delicious ways we’ve found to indulge with fresh chamomile. 

I often drink chamomile tea before bed because it helps promote rest and relaxation. But I wasn’t aware of just how healing chamomile can be. It can also boost the immune system, ward off depression, ease an upset stomach and even help calm menstrual cramps. This tiny little flower packs a powerful punch. Inspired by Meg’s love of fizzy drinks and the desire to enjoy the benefits of chamomile in the day without getting sleepy, we created this delicate and delicious Chamomile Citrus Italian Cream Soda. I’m not a fan of traditional soft drinks, for obvious reasons, but I do love a good homemade soda, especially as the days warm up. The flavor of this bubbly drink is light and subtly sweet. The recipe may be simple but this drink is anything but basic! Chamomile and orange infused simple syrup stirred into bubbly water is all you need to relax into the blooming days of Spring. Coconut milk replaces the typical half and half to keep your heart healthy, but feel free to leave it out all together.

FOR THE CHAMOMILE CITRUS SIMPLE SYRUP

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 heaping tablespoons of chamomile blossoms

peel of 1 orange cut into strips (be careful to avoid the white pith)

METHOD

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and sugar. Stir well and cook until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the chamomile blossoms and strips of orange peel into the sugar water. Allow to cool completely before transeferring to a mason jar. Refrigerate overnight then strain and discard the solids.

TO MAKE THE ITALIAN SODA

INGREDIENTS

sparkling water

1 oz Chamomile Citrus Simple Syrup

1/4 cup coconut milk

METHOD

Add Chamomile Citrus Simple Syrup to an 8 ounce glass with ice. Pour in sparkling water and top with coconut milk. Allow the milk to naturally blend into the soda, or gently stir to combine for a creamy taste in each sip.

The best part about italian sodas is how easy it is to make a single glass but don’t be surprised if you find yourself inviting friends over just to share this quirkly little delightful drink. Don’t forget to check out other ways you can enjoy the healing properties of chamomile and continue to keep your eyes peeled for more fresh ideas using edible flowers!

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Chocolate Banana Chai Tart


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Yes, you read that correctly — Chocolate. Banana. Chai. Tart. I know its technically Pi day, but a tart is just basically a pie without a top right? so.. like an open face pie, or a scandalous topless pie? Since 3.14.. etc, really has nothing to do with pie anway, I’m just rolling with this one. This recipe was developed by Rachel Strum and featured in last year’s Fall issue of Go Gluten Free. Its creamy + decadent.. just the way a topless pie should be. If all this pi, math stuff is over your head (or just not your thing), you can just celebrate the sweet little overcast + rainy morning we had here in SoCal. Whatever it takes to get this treat on your plate!

prep time: 1 hour

bake time: 30 minutes

vegan + gluten free + soy free

INGREDIENTS //

FOR THE CRUST

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup blanched almond flour

¼ cup cold coconut oil

¼ cup raw cacao or cocoa powder

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup maple syrup

FOR THE FILLING

2 cups coconut milk

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

2 teaspoons agar agar powder

¼ cup sugar

1 cup water

MASALA CHAI SPICE MIX

8 cardamom pods, crushed

4 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean, scraped

2 – 4 thin slices of fresh ginger

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

⅛ teaspoon ground clove

METHOD //

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and position a rack in the center of the oven. Sift together buckwheat flour, almond flour, salt, and cacao powder. Combine ingredients into a food processor and add in the maple syrup and cold coconut oil. Pulse until everything is combined and crumbly dough is formed, about 60 seconds. Place dough in the center of a 9.5” round tart pan and slowly press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of the pan until there is an even layer of crust. Prick the crust with a toothpick or fork and set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is firm. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until it is firm. Set aside and allow to cool completely before adding filling.

Place the coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the banana mash until fully incorporated. Add in Masala Chai spice mix and sugar, stirring every few minutes as to avoid the milk from scalding. Once the mixture comes to a boil, adjust heat to low and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes before removing the saucepan from the heat. Pour the coconut milk through a strainer and allow to cool in the refrigerator while making the agar agar mixture. Place 1 cup of cold water into a saucepan along with agar agar powder. Bring to a boil whisking every 30-60 seconds. Once powder is absorbed and the mixture begins to bubble, remove from heat and slowly incorporate into cooled coconut milk mixture.

Slowly pour the filling into the baked tart shell and spread it into an even layer. Place the tart back into the refrigerator and cool until the filling has set, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with sweet whipped coconut cream, whipped cream, or ice cream and top with shaved chocolate or cacao nibs.

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An update + a sign from the Universe


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Lately, I’ve been in a daze, a weird grey fog. Oddly, Its felt both chaotic and melancholy. These last few months have been intense but healing. Here I am, two+ months later, finally stepping into the light.

via Bart Deburgh via Bart Deburgh

Amidst the hustle of the holidays, the Universe granted me a mind-altering, brilliant experience — a reiki session with a gifted and genuine healer, Brook Albrigo. Briefly, reiki is form of alternative medicine that facilitates healing by strengthening or balancing one’s energetic life force. This is quite an extensive topic but let me go in just a bit deeper to help you understand. In addition to our physical body elements — muscles, bones, nerves, etc., our body is composed of a subtle energy system. This system is comprised of energy “bodies” that surround our physical body and help us process thoughts and emotions. The energy bodies have centers called chakras (sometimes referred to as “wheels”) that help our life force flow freely through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. When our life force is vibrant, we feel healthy but when it is low or blocked, we are more likely to develop health issues (these can range from minor ailments to major health concerns). Negative thoughts and feelings, such as fear, anger and anxiety can get stuck in our subtle energy system. This constant, unreleased stress reduces the body’s ability to repair and protect itself naturally. Reiki promotes healing through deep relaxation, releasing stress and tension in both the physical and subtle bodies.

via Brook Albrigo via Brook Albrigo

The session itself was very relaxing and peaceful. I came in with some lingering negative emotions that I wanted to release and walked out feeling cleansed and ready to move forward. (I swear it was just like that. I was almost skipping to my car). That night I slept deeply and had vibrant dreams (which is rare for me these days with a newborn). The next morning I felt energy but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. As the day went on, the intensity of this energy started to build. Eventually tears poured down my face and I knew there was a shift happening. I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t overwhelming at first because it was. Emotions were coming up left and right. I reached out to Brook who reminded me that things would continue to unfold as the reiki moved through me. She advised me to be gentle with myself as I worked through my blocked chakras.

The cleansing was intense but necessary. I took an honest look at my life and rid myself of things (clothes I was holding onto, commitments I dreaded, even some relationships) that were unnecessary and unhealthy. At one point, I even came down with the most horrific stomach bug —I could hold nothing down, it was all coming up, literally purging everything. Nothing is coincidental, am I right?

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I wish I could say it was all easy, but it wasn’t. Digging deep and bringing up things you’ve worked your whole life to bury is hard work! There was a lot of anger, insecurity and tears. I can honestly say, though, that the experience has made me a better person. Not only do I feel more connected and compassionate toward myself, I am able to extend that energy to others. I plan on going into more depth in the (near) future about the benefits of reiki and what I did to help bring myself into balance, but for now, just an update to get these thoughts out.

Rachel also received a reiki session with Brook. Her session, although long distance, was powerful and left no doubt in her mind that things in her life needed to shift as well. I can only support Rachel in her choice to leave Vigor + Sage to pursue her personal passion as a visual artist. You can find her work here.

Vigor + Sage will continue be an evolving space for thoughtful inspiration. As I continue to explore what that means, bear with me. I am a mother of two young and vibrant souls as well as a loving partner to a restless, creative, mountain man. It would be a lie to say I can make this my top priority at the moment, but I’m enjoying the creative outlet and the sense of ‘self’ it brings me, so onward into the future with and open heart and open mind.

Sabrina xx

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Holy Halva!


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I feel like I haven’t stopped eating crap since Halloween. It’s like I got the taste for sugar and I just can’t give it up. Tell me I’m not alone in this, the struggle is real! Lucky for me this halva recipe came into my life at just the right time. How I’ve never tried this sweet treat before, I don’t know, I’m obviously late to the party (not uncommon).

This simple mixture of tahini and cinnamon is so versatile! I made this recipe as a decadent sauce and used it like caramel with apples. Mind blown! I can’t wait to drizzle it over pancakes! 

Rachel suggests enjoying your halva with socca, a naturally gluten free and vegan flatbread made from chickpea. She found this simple recipe and added seasonal spices like nutmeg and cardamom to warm it up for the winter.

Sprinkle your halva smothered socca with pomegranates for a festive holiday party treat or just a simple snack at home (because we know you’re fancy on the inside).

Cinnamon Halva Spread / Holy Halva!

1 C. Tahini
1/4 C. Maple Syrup (use honey for a more traditional halva flavor)
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
 

So simple, yet sinfully delicious. Mix tahini, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt together until fully incorporated. Tahini has a tendency to become thick pretty fast when mixed with other ingredients, so stir slowly and add a bit of almond milk if it gets too thick. You want this to be smooth enough to spread, but feel free to make this into a sauce consistency if you have plans for waffles or pancakes in the near future. This would be a killer syrup alternative!

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Currently Crushing // 11.23.15


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JR JR "Gone" from Los Perez on Vimeo.

DANCE // To the incredibly creative and fun music video directed by Los Perez of the song “GONE” by JR JR. Wonderful work! 

DISCOVER // The luminous hand carved caves in Northern New Mexico by artist Ra Paulette. Stunning work.

SIP // On Meg from Beard and Bonnet’s Dark and Stormy in the Pumpkin Patch spiced rum cocktail this holiday season. 

STYLE // Loving the eclectic style of these traditional Japanese painting kimono’s 

DECORATE // Your coffee table needs this vintage scalloped brass bowl for keeping little bundles of sage and palo santo. Mine does!

ADORN // Swedish jeweler MIALEVIN makes gorgeous pieces of jewelry from only sapphire, gold, and silver. They’re cosmic and raw and oh so beautiful.