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  • Meatless Monday: Easy-Peasy 5-Minute Butter Beans

    I’m currently on deadline for an article I write every year for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Last evening, after furiously writing all weekend, I needed a quick and easy dinner of food I already had on hand. There was some fresh broccoli in the fridge, which gave me a taste for roasted broccoli. (It’s basically the same preparation as the roasted romanesco I posted a while back, except that you can just chop it into florets. Peel and chop the main stems if you like. They’re very sweet). I also wanted to add a bit of protein to the meal...

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  • What is Kundalini Yoga?

    Kundalini Yoga is a form of yoga practice derived from the Tantra and Shakti schools of Hinduism. Kundalini practice was introduced to the West by Swami Sivananda through his 1935 book on the subject. But the practice became popular when Yogi Bhajan introduced his own method to the U.S. in 1968. Yogi Bhajan’s style of Kundalini Yoga is propagated by 3HO—Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization. The name comes from the Sanskrit adjective kundalin, meaning “circular or annular.” Wikipedia says this about the origin of the name: “ … It as a noun for ‘a snake’ (in the sense ‘coiled,’ as in...

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  • Meatless Monday: Spicy Yam Quesadillas

    When I was a kid, grilled cheese was my favorite meal. I never liked meat, so it was always a relief when my mother would serve the traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch. It meant no bologna, salami or braunschweiger (you don’t want to know), at least for a day. I still indulge in a grilled cheese sandwich every once in a while, but I really enjoy the much less cheesy Mexican version—quesadillas. I don’t eat much cheese. When I do it’s sheep or goat cheese. Quesadillas need only a small amount of cheese, just enough to hold the...

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  • Relax and Stretch: Yoga for Fibromyalgia

    Today is World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. In case you’re not familiar with fibromyalgia, here are some facts: According to the National Institutes of Health, some 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Eighty to ninety percent of fibromyalgia sufferers are women. Fibromyalgia is most often first diagnosed in middle age. So what is fibromyalgia? Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say: “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. “Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical...

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  • Meatless Monday: White Bean and Kale Pizza

    Back when I waited tables in a pizza place, we prided ourselves on the variety of pizzas we could provide our loyal customers. We had an inordinate number of topping choices to sprinkle over the spicy sauce and mozzarella, and a choice of thick or super-thick crust. (Thin crust wasn’t a thing in the ’70s.) But things have changed in the pizza world. Since then pizza has broken out of the tomato sauce and mozzarella box. The most adventuresome pizza I’ve tried so far uses no sauce or cheese at all. Recently, I put together a pizza with a very...

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  • Home Yoga Practice: 5 Tools for the Journey

    Home Yoga Practice Doesn’t Always Have to Be Solitary Yoga is everywhere these days. Not only do studios abound in most cities, but asana classes can also be found in health clubs, schools and even some medical facilities. It’s safe to say yoga practice has “arrived” in Western culture. If you haven’t yet partaken of a class, it’s hard to know where and how to start. A few months ago, I wrote a post giving suggestions as to how to find a class that’s right for you. Once you’ve found a class you enjoy, and spent some time learning...

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  • Meatless Monday: Udon Noodles with Asparagus

    Now that asparagus is in season, it’s easy to find both commercial and organic varieties. Be sure to take advantage of this while it’s easy to get. Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is based on a longtime favorite of mine that I got from the April 1994 issue of Vegetarian Times. Over the years I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe. For example, in the 1990s, Vegetarian Times went through a period of using little to no fat—healthy or otherwise—in their recipes. The two teaspoons of oil they recommend for this recipe is not nearly enough so I increased...

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  • Anjali Mudra: Simple Greeting or Divine Salute?

    Few positions are more ubiquitous in yoga practice than Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). We often practice Anjali Mudra to begin and end a class. We begin and end Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) in Anjali Mudra. On silent meditation retreats, since verbal communication is verboten, it can mean lots of things:  “I acknowledge you,” “thank you,” “may I pass by?,” or “hello.” Anjali Mudra’s roots span Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh traditions. As such, its meaning, and the meaning of its often accompanying verbalization, “namaste,” is subject to lots of interpretations. In many Western yoga asana classes, Anjali Mudra, accompanied by...

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  • Meatless Monday: Lima Beans with Olives and Peppers

    Lima beans had an infamous reputation when I was growing up. One of my siblings hated them more than pretty much anything. (My personal nemesis was Spam, a delicacy I still can’t stand the smell of.) Even now, although her tastes have widened considerably, she still doesn’t think much of limas. I happen to like them though. And I recently discovered an heirloom variety, Christmas Limas, that are big, buttery and beautiful. They are marbled red-brown and white, and unlike some other legumes that are marbled only when dry, they retain some of their mottled appearance even after cooking. This...

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  • New to Yoga? 4 Essential Props to Bring to Class

    Are you thinking about trying a yoga class? Or have you just started a class? In either case, the tools you use to assist your practice can make or break it for you. It’s true that many studios and health clubs provide props. But sometimes they don’t, or the community props may not be in fantastic shape. In this case, bringing your own can really make or break your practice. In addition, having your own props can inspire you to practice at home—the heart of asana practice. If you’re new to yoga practice, choosing a class that fits you can...

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