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Celebrate The Journey

  • 3 Great Yoga Poses for Road Trips

    Dog at the Window Pose

    Summer is road trip time. Visiting familiar or unfamiliar places, seeing friends old and new, helps us see ourselves and our lives with fresh eyes. Travel can be both invigorating and exhausting—sometimes both at the same time.

    As with life, the journey is the destination. The travel is part of the fun, although it doesn’t always seem like it. When we sit for hours in a car, we’re subject to the same stresses as when we sit all day at our computers, only with the added stress of vibrations and even bumps.

    Gas stops...

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  • Meatless Monday: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

    Yesterday I was invited to celebrate a milestone birthday with a friend and colleague. The gathering took place in one of Salt Lake’s expansive city parks and included longtime friends from the city’s diverse healing community.

    The gathering was a mid-afternoon snack potluck. My immediate impulse was to contribute hummus, perhaps using some unexpected bean—cannellini or butter beans—as a base. (If you haven’t tried this, it’s worth doing for the change in taste and texture.) But hummus has become a staple at potlucks. Surely someone else would bring it.

    I looked through my favorite cookbook, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison...

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  • Mindful Speech: The Power of Words

    If you like to keep up with national politics, this year is a doozy. The interesting clash of personalities has made the dialog perhaps even more contentious than it’s been in the past.

    This pattern is reflected in many of the toxic communications among online observers. Even people who stand on the same side of the issues regularly hurl insults about each others’ candidates of choice. It is sad to see such divisiveness.

    This is not especially new though. Online communications in general are a minefield. The proliferation of anonymous commenting on blogs and social media has allowed people to insult others...

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  • Supported Fish Pose Eases Tension

     

    Matsyasana (Fish Pose) is one of yoga’s traditional poses. Because it expands the chest and throat, it is often practiced as a counter pose to Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand).

    In the traditional version of Matsyasana, the neck is placed in extreme extension as you bend the neck back and place the top of the head on the floor. I no longer teach the full version of this pose. In my opinion, it is difficult for most people to do it safely. Extreme extension of the neck, coupled with pressure on the the cervical spine, often causes dizziness or nausea, and could, in extreme...

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  • Stepping Back from Anger

    Stepping back from anger isn’t easy.

    When people who you love are taken from life too soon or when life doesn’t go as planned, you can feel hurt and angry

    You can slip over the edge into anger over “little” things, too, such as if someone leaves dirty breakfast dishes in the sink or if a friend forgets to call.

    I know that I can feel anger rise over something as seemingly insignificant as a loved one leaving the house in the morning and forgetting to say goodbye.

    I used to become angry about all of these “big” and “little” hurts, these things that...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chopped Kale Salad

    The greens in my back yard are at their peak now. With 12 kale plants ready for picking, it’s kale salad season again. I published several favorite kale salads last summer, and tried a new one last evening.

    This recipe comes from a blog called COOKIE and kate. (Kate is the actual blogger and Cookie is her canine cooking companion who catches the crumbs.) The site is filled with fresh vegetarian recipes. I’d never visited COOKIE and kate before yesterday, and am looking forward to exploring further.

    This salad is colorful and filled with so many different textures. The gingery dressing, along...

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  • Try an Alternate Meditation Posture

    Sitting on a Round Bolster

    Do you find sitting meditation uncomfortable? You’re not alone. For many people, sitting cross-legged is not ideal. The good news is that cross-legged is not the only way to sit. Perhaps an alternate meditation posture can help create ease in your sitting meditation.

    If your knees are higher than your pelvic rim when you sit cross-legged, your back will naturally have to round. This means you will have to tighten your core in order to sit up straight. This is not a sustainable position and will likely cause you to tire easily. It...

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  • Meatless Monday: Calming Kichari

    Summer is officially here. Highs for the past few days have jumped rather precipitously to the upper 80s and low 90s. Seasonal transitions seem to be times of vulnerability, at least for my body. While on one hand, I’m craving cool, raw foods, especially as my lettuce gets closer to harvesting every day. On the other hand, I’m also craving something easy to digest.

    My go-to when my digestive system needs calming is kichari (a.k.a. kichadi or kitchari). Kichari is a stew with a base of proteins, carbohydrates, veggies and herbs. In Ayurveda, where kichari is a staple food, the specific...

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  • How to Choose the Best Yoga Bolsters for Your Practice

    Do you ever feel the need to just lie down and do nothing? It’s no wonder. Most of us spend most of our time working, running from one scheduled commitment to the next—either at work or at home—until we fall into bed to sleep. Or course, sleep is essential, but so is rest. And there is a difference.

    According to Judith Hanson Lasater, rest differs from sleep, at least partially because in deep sleep our brains are still being stimulated by dreaming. Dreaming, especially stressful dreaming, can create tension in our bodies. When we consciously rest, the aspects of our physiology...

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  • Stand TALL

    I’ve often wondered about my attraction to sunflowers. I think they attract me because they’re tall, bright, beautiful and come in so many varieties, very similar to people.

    What’s the connection to yoga? Stay with me, please.

    Yoga has helped me to stand tall and shine bright, like a sunflower. I came to yoga in need of dealing with my addiction to substances and my inability to think straight or sit still. Yoga has helped me with these issues and much more. When I was younger, I loved how yoga shaped my body. Now I love how yoga shapes my mind and...

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