This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day and in honor of the love fest, I’ve decided to share a quick and simple partner yoga video you can do with your best friend, lover, partner, mother, sister, brother, child, whoever! Find someone and stretch, laugh and have a good time. I’m also sharing a ‘romantic booch’ we enjoyed recently that I made in honor of Valentine’s Day. It’s a double whammy sort of day. Something for my yogis and something for my foodies. I guess I’m feeling the love and want to share it.
I think I’ll start with the booch. Because it’s beautiful, delicious and drinkable. I brew my own kombucha and am obsessed with all things ferment. I brew jun, water kefir, dairy kefir, and I make my own sauerkraut and just got started with sourdough. I love fermentation and think it’s an awesome craft. My family is on board and my husband decided to jump on the band wagon when I explained all the benefits of a healthy gut and microbiome AND he loves the fact that I’m not spending 4 bucks a bottle on the store brought stuff. 80% of our immune system is in our microbiome– if you can keep the microbiome balanced, you stay healthy, lower your risk for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. If you are interested in learning more about kombucha, probiotics, and so on, check out redefinedworth.com for a blog post on the subject!
Since I make my kombucha at home, I like to get creative with my flavors. I decided for Valentine’s Day I would attempt some ‘romantic booches.’ I got some beautiful fragrant rose petals from the store.
Please use organic, non sprayed rose petals when ingesting them.
I decided to experiment with the rose petals, dried figs, candied ginger, and hibiscus for my romantic booch. For some reason, those flavors all sounded whimsical and romantic to me.
If you are interested in making your own kombucha, here is a great article. I won’t be sharing a step by step guide for how to start kombucha because there are so many wonderful ones online and I am still learning myself.
For these flavors I did a f2 (second fermentation) for 2 days before refrigerating my bottles. If you want to make it today, it could theoretically be ready to go by Valentine’s Day. Measurements are not exact but I used around 1/2 to one tablespoon of rose and hibiscus, 2 or 3 chopped gingers, and 2 chopped figs.
Flavoring the kombucha or any fermented beverage really is a personal preference based on how strong or mellow you want the flavors.
Y’all… these were so delicious! We loved them. They were beautiful, fizzy, and absolutely delicious.
These flavor combinations were winners! And I plan to recreate them again. And again.
Please let me know if you try these flavors. If you do, I’m sure you’ll love them.
Now, for my yogis. This is a fun and loving practice to do with a partner. You can take as long as you want with this. It can be 5 minutes or it can be 20. Stay in the pose as long as your partner and you are willing and maybe you revisit the poses multiple times. Remember to laugh and have fun.
Move 1: Open heart. Stand heel to heel, hold hands and lead forward. It’s about trust!
Move 2: Strong core. One lays down and holds on to the standing partners ankles and tries to lift their legs straight up to touch their partners hand.
Move 3: Balance together. Meet in tree pose and connect hands and reach your branches (hands and arms) towards the sky if you desire.
Move 4: Ground yourselves. Meet in chair pose with backs to connected and hands at heart center. Balance and for an additional challenge pulse up and down.
Move 5: Engage the core. Sit and face each other, pick up feet and bend knees. Make circles around each other a few times and switch the direction of the circles.
Move 6: Fold into each other. One partner bends knees and the other has straight legs. Bent knee partner helps to pull the straight leg partner deeper. Switch.
Move 7: Twist. Go into a twisting pose on opposite sides and try to grab each others hands to go further. Bend one knee and cross the other foot over the knee. The partner does the same thing but other side.
Move 8: Calm. Face each other, close your eyes and breathe together. Be in this space, in this moment. Together.
Bonus! Here is a blooper video of my husband and I doing this sequence together. We had fun and he kept me laughing. By the end of it he was sweating! And yes… you heard him correctly. He said I wasn’t stretchy enough hahaha! I love that man and the fact that we can do this sort of stuff together and laugh about it and truly enjoy one another.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you did! Please let me know which kombucha flavor you want to try most and which pose you want to try with a partner most. Thank you and I hope your Monday is as wonderful as you are.
love and warmth,