One of our hometown favorite yoga teachers is Shari Williams. Shari is an experienced registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of teaching credentials and is also certified as an international yoga therapist. Her intrigue of the human body and passion for yoga fuels Shari’s desire to teach.
Shari’s yogic journey began over 30 years ago with spiritual study and meditation as well as asana. Her presentation of instruction is firmly rooted through education of kinesiology and Yoga Therapy, inspired by Yoga Tune Up®, Anusara, Sri Vidya Tantra, & Iyengar. Shari’s offerings are alignment and strength oriented and include myofascial release, neurological challenges, and corrective applications of Yoga Asana. All is suffused with the philosophy of yoga.
Co-founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda, Trudy Collings, had the pleasure of training beside Shari in 2015 and most recently in 2017 at a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. During that training, Shari shared with Trudy her method of making her daily golden milk. The recipe was so tantalizing, that we knew we wanted to share it with you all.
Golden Milk is an Ayurvedic beverage that has been used for centuries to relieve a multitude of ailments. Its ingredients help boost immune function, aid in digestive health, promote healthy skin and ease cold & flu symptoms. In short, this is the perfect winter time drink to keep you healthy and balanced as we step into this new year.
Shari’s Tantalizing Golden Milk Recipe
2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (I use Califia)
½ cup full fat coconut milk (from can)
2 dates (pit and slice)
1-1 ½ inch piece fresh turmeric (slice so easy to blend)
1-1 ½ inch piece fresh ginger (slice so easy to blend)
1 tsp. powdered turmeric
½ tsp. each cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla bean or extract
¼- ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cardamom powder
½-1 tsp. ghee
Maple Syrup or Honey *optional
Put everything in blender or vita-mix blend at least 30 seconds, until frothy. You can heat on the stove for a warming, grounding winter drink or chill in the fridge.
Take Class with Shari Williams!
If you are living in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area or are visiting our sweet mountain town, you can catch a yoga class with Shari in downtown Nevada City at the The Golden Mandala. Currently, Shari teaches Yoga Tune Up® which is an accessible practice designed to help you embody classical yoga postures, inspire your knowledge of human anatomy, and get you moving in ways that open, energize, and inform your tissues. Therapeutic self-massage techniques enhance the unique combination of strengthening, stretching and relaxation work.
Yoga Tune Up® brings Yoga philosophy to the nuts and bolts of health human movement. Gain strength, flexibility, and resiliency in every system of your body.
Please note, Thursday’s class is more challenging and Tuesday’s class is gentler.
Tuesday 4:00-5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30-11:00 am
Shari all smiles in Paschimottanasana.
Psst!…If you love Shari’s Golden Milk, stay tuned for a special golden something of our own, soon to be available.