One of my favorite things about the dark season of late fall and early winter is the darkness. We are forced to slow down, spend more time inside and look for the brightness within rather than relying upon that outside in nature. I find that during this time of year I crave the flow of Surya Namaskar to warm up my students and to keep the flow of breath steady and even. In my classes we bring in the sun through our transitions, through our heart opening and through our community.
That connected movement leads me to the second of my December giveaways. It is inspired by my local yoga community and the nurturing warmth they provide each other and me.
About a month ago I discovered an amazing natural products company called Naturawl at the place where I have my small studio space. I tested one of the lotions after teaching a private session and found myself wishing I smelled that good always. I had to reach out to the owner to share her goods with my readers and cyber sangha. I contacted Kelly, the yogini behind Naturawl, and then discovered her business is a mere twenty minutes from me. I knew the connection was kismet!
Kelly describes Naturawl this way:
What makes Naturawl unique is our dedication to using the purest raw, organic, eco-friendly, and sustainable ingredients attainable. We make our products “in-house”, and in small batches, to assure freshness. We keep our products as close to nature as possible by keeping our temperatures low and our ingredients live, Whether it be our homemade raw fruit and vegetable dyes and additives, the organic cold pressed oils we use, the recycled glass containers we store our products in, or the fruit fiber packaging we ship our products out in. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment and our commitment to customer satisfaction. + Every product sold plants a tree.
Her products are vegan, cruelty-free, and packaged in the most eco-way. Have I mentioned that they feel and smell fantastic?
So without further ado the giveaway:
What: The winner will win one of each Peppermint Green Tea Body & Hand Bar Soap and Peppermint Green Tea Lotion. US residents only. Contest runs from 12/7/2012 – 12/14/2012. Winner will be announced 6:00 a.m. by random drawing here in the comments and on the Flying Yogini Facebook page. Check out the descriptions of what each contains:
PEPPERMINT GREEN TEA BODY & HAND BAR SOAP with organic saponified oils / organic green tea / peppermint leaves / sweet almond oil / vanilla bean / pure essential oils / glycerin based / 5.5 oz / vegan / cruelty free / housed in recycled cardboard / fair-trade natural plant fiber + plants a tree
PEPPERMINT GREEN TEA BODY & HAND LOTION with green tea extract / vanilla / organic jojoba oil / vitamin e / pure essential oils / housed in reusable glass pump bottle / 4 oz / vegan / cruelty free / + plants a tree / pump a small amount of lotion into hands and rub together / gently smooth over skin avoiding the eyes.
How: In order to be entered you must do the following things:
1.) comment below on what brings brightness to dark days of winter.
3.) for a bonus entry post on the Naturawl Facebook page and wish Kelly a Happy Birthday and tell her Flying Yogini sent you with a tag! Today is her birthday and I’d love to send her a week of wishes and make her feel like she’s a member of the birthday Hall of Fame.
Community is the source of warmth in the chilly and dark Connecticut December. Thanks to Kelly for being part of my community and all of you in advance for supporting her and connecting!