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Eyebags Put the “Ahhhh” in Savasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 28, 2015 |

eyebagsHow to Choose the Best Eyebags for Your Practice Savasana is yoga’s most important asana. It is the time when your body and mind integrate the benefits of your practice. My teacher, Pujari, says that Savasana is the time when you “collect the karma of your practice.” Over my decades of practice, I’ve realized that the most helpful way to facilitate the process of integration is to do as little

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 27, 2015 |

northernspykaleKale Salad for Meatless Monday After decades of growing and consuming lots of kale, I’m so happy to see this vitamin- and mineral-packed leafy green finally getting its due. For many years I bore ridicule from people who had never—and would never—touch kale if their lives depended on it. Now you see it everywhere, not only in its more traditional forms—steamed or sautéed in a side dish—but in more mainstream

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The Power of Yoga

posted by Bruce Black on April 23, 2015 |

power of yogaThe Power of Yoga – On and Off the Mat At times I’m in awe of how the simple act of lifting my hips in Downward Dog, or resting my forehead on the mat in Child’s Pose, can make a difference in my life. Each time that I step onto my mat, the poses help me become more fully aware in each moment. I notice how I enter or leave

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Celebrate Earth Day – Eating Sustainably

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 20, 2015 |

foodpyramidEating Sustainably Every Day Earth Day is coming up. We like to celebrate Earth Week by honoring our beautiful planet throughout the week—and throughout the year. Earth Week is a great time to ponder how each of us can lessen our impact and help our planet flourish. Since eating is our most vital and essential form of consumption, we’d like to offer a few tips for eating sustainably. Most Mondays,

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Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You Deepen Your Upward Bow

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 15, 2015 |

upward bowUse a Yoga Wedge to Deepen Your Upward Bow Upward Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana) is one of the emblematic yoga asanas. “Exhilarating” is probably one of the best descriptors for Upward Bow. It ain’t easy, though. Upward Bow requires a bendy spine; shoulder joints constructed to allow for a fair amount of extension; and elastic quadriceps muscles. Not everyone is born with shoulder joints that can extend easily or bendy spines,

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Meatless Monday: Cleansing Kitchari

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 13, 2015 |

meatless mondayMake a Cleansing Kitchari for Meatless Monday It seems that about half the people I know are suffering from sinus infections right now. Changes of season, while they are often welcome, can sometimes create upheaval in our bodies. While springtime often inspires us to emerge from our winter cocoons, it can be wise to make our transition gradually, so as not to overwhelm our bodies and minds. We can also

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Bolster Your Supta Baddha Konasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2015 |

supta baddha konasanaRestore Your Energy with Supta Baddha Konasana Sometimes Restorative Yoga is just the thing. Most of us live very busy lives. Our to-do lists are ever growing and we often have to run from one place to the next. Sometimes we even find ourselves running to get to our next yoga class! Restorative Yoga aims to give us time to relax and renew our energies. You needn’t spend hours relaxing

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Meatless Monday: Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 6, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Refresh Your Palate with a Spring Pasta Dish There’s nothing more elegant than pencil-thin spring asparagus. Of course, asparagus is always a treat for those of us who love it, but there’s something extra special about the early spring variety. While asparagus is great lightly steamed on its own, it’s fun to pair it with other complementary flavors. This pasta recipe is very simple to make and with

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Expand Your Half Moon Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 2, 2015 |

half moon poseHow to Use a Block to Expand Half Moon Pose Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) balances strong, active rooting with lightness and expansion. Ardha Chandrasana strengthens your legs and abdomen, while it stretches your hamstrings, calves and shoulders. It strengthens and lengthens the spine. It is therapeutic for stress, digestive issues, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Half Moon Pose builds balance and stability. If you look at the photo, it’s

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How Discipline Sets You Free

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on March 25, 2015 |

Create Healthy Rituals: The Freedom of Discipline “Some regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews I agree with Julie Andrews wholeheartedly! I have always been a list maker and checker-offer. As I have gotten older, I sometimes lose my lists, yet the list is still a big part of my day. I find my electronic

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