Wow. What a week. I noted early last week that it was one of the weeks where everything was going on and I was trying to maintain that thing we call breath. And you know what? I did! Packed last week with lots of yoga and I am certain that is why I came out on top.
Have you ever been to a yin yoga class? I have a major love-hate relationship with this style of yoga and so that is why I tend to avoid it like the plague. Yin is a style of yoga in which stretching poses are held for long (what feels like eons but is really only 3-5 minutes) periods of time. Our bodies need it so bad, but it is not fun–until it’s over. The minute you release from pigeon pose the sensation is like no other. But as you settle into the pose and begin to hold it, you come up with all of the reasons the yoga teacher enjoys torturing you and clearly you did something really wrong to deserve this–and then she says to release the pose and you love her so dearly again. Like I said, love-hate at it’s finest.
One of the most difficult parts of this style of yoga is the lack of flow and a lack of movement. For me, the movement along with the breath is what keeps my mind a bit more distracted, but take out the movement? That is TOUGH. There you are, just you and your thoughts. Thoughts of your hip. Thoughts of how much longer will this take? Thoughts of what’s for dinner, what you should do this weekend, that person at work who rubbed you the wrong way, an upcoming project, thoughts, thoughts, thoughts… They are hard to get away from when everything is still.
But the stillness is what we need. The quiet is what we need. And even if 99% of your stillness hones in on the movement of the mind, that’s still 1% quiet, 1% calm, 1% no worry, no fear, absolutely nothing. And that 1% can do a whole lot for you.
As I rolled up my mat today after class I felt so good. Yin is more a challenge for the mind than the body but the release you feel afterward in both is just perfect. And there are a lot of things in life that can be likened to yin. There are challenges that we push through, obstacles we face, hills we climb, that at the beginning seem grueling. These things feel like they will never end or we will never reach the top, but then when we do, we realize how worth it everything was. There are hands we are dealt in life that we find to be awful, unfair and overall pretty painful. But for some reason, when we look back at the pain after it has passed, we know we are all the better, all the stronger, all the more capable than the storm we weathered.
Sure it may sound silly to compare something as a yoga class to things in life, but the metaphor really is there. And if you have ever taken a yin class, you surely will agree!
Ok, this week I have a really good one for you! If you are like me, you are a sucker for the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. So let’s just cut to the chase. These fudgsicles are everything amazing about fudgsicles that is amazing (chocolate) but even better (chocolate + peanut butter!).
I recently ordered these Zoku molds and was very pleased by the ease of use. After reading reviews on several other kinds, these were the winner and I am glad I chose them.
I used full fat coconut milk in these and they were perfect. I did not drain any of the liquid from them at all. If you prefer to use cream or a combination of milk and cream that should be fine. The richness really comes from using something other than just milk, but go with whatever suits you!
Also, the layered version is really pretty, but let’s get real, sometimes you just don’t have the time! If that’s the case, combine all the ingredients, blend and freeze! Super simple!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Layered Fudgsicles
For Chocolate layers
- 2/3 can full fat coconut milk or about 1 1/4 c whipping cream or milk and cream combination
- 1 T natural peanut butter
- 2 T heaping cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of Sea salt
- 2-3 T pure maple syrup
For Peanut Butter Layer
- 1/3 can full fat coconut milk or about 3/4 c whipping cream or cream/milk combination
- 2 T natural peanut butter
- 1 T pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt
- In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients for the peanut butter layer and blend until smooth.
- Poor into a cup or container that will allow for easy pouring.
- Set in fridge to chill.
- Combine all ingredients for the chocolate layers in the blender and again blend until smooth.
- Pour into desired popsicle molds and fill about 1/3 of the way.
- Set in freezer for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, pour the peanut butter layer into the molds over the chocolate. Divide mixture evenly among your molds.
- Set in freezer for 20 minutes.
- Pour remaining chocolate layer over the pops and insert sticks that go along with your molds.
- Freeze for about 4 hours or overnight.