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Meatless Monday: Waffles for Dinner

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 12, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Savory Corn Waffles with Salsa, Guacamole and Feta The unseasonably warm fall has been a boon to my tomato patch. Most years, tomatoes stop ripening toward the end of September. This year, with daytime temps in the 80s, my tomatoes are still ripening. This means that they’re still wonderful raw. Yesterday I decided to make fresh salsa and fresh guacamole with my fresh tomatoes. I wanted the salsa

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Yoga Blocks 3 Ways

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 8, 2015 |

Dog Pose with 2 Recycled Yoga Blocks3 Great Ways to Use Yoga Blocks Yoga Blocks are one of the most essential tools in yoga practice. They give support, keep our joints aligned and allow us to breathe freely. Yoga Blocks were originally developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, who was well known for his insistence on alignment integrity. The three dimensions of standard-sized Yoga Blocks (4″ x 6″ x 9″) were determined by Mr. Iyengar to offer the

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Meatless Monday: Quinoa Salad with Zucchini and Herbs

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 5, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Protein-Rich Quinoa Salad Food always tastes better when you’re paying attention. Such was the case when I was on a silent mindfulness meditation retreat a couple weeks ago. The dinners at The Last Resort retreat center are stellar. They’re cooked with joy and served with love by Abhilasha Keays, whose culinary talents just keep blossoming. One of the new recipes that Abhilasha shared on the recent retreat is

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How to Choose the Best Yoga Blocks for Your Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 1, 2015 |

yoga blocksChoose the Yoga Blocks that Fit Your Yoga Practice The first time I used Yoga Blocks 30-some years ago I can’t say I loved the experience. The blocks were very heavy—solid pine—and had sharp edges that dug into my skin. They were also very slippery. The chances of dropping them on toes—and causing significant damage—were high. Plus my ego resisted using something I thought of back then as a crutch.

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Meatless Monday: Piquant Panzanella

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 28, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Be Creative with Panzanella Salad For several summers in a row, I’ve attended meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. It is always a joy—a “coming home”—for me to be able to sit, walk and be in silence for a week or two. In addition to the joy of practice, I seem to have lucked out on practicing in places where the meals are stellar. I often come

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Just Sitting

posted by Bruce Black on September 23, 2015 |

just sittingJust Sitting Our lives are so busy, so rushed. Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to sit still. It’s one of the reasons that I love yoga. The moment I unroll my mat and sit down, the strains of my day seem to melt away. (Writing in my journal provides the same sanctuary from the daily rush of life.) But sometimes just sitting isn’t easy. Even though I’ve set

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Meatless Monday: Best Fresh Tomato and Ravioli Salad Ever

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 21, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Ravioli and Tomato Salad with Masses of Basil After a week away from my tomato garden—on a seven-day silent Insight Meditation retreat—I’m back to feverishly harvesting my back yard abundance. I did a major harvest before I left, so that the retreat center’s fabulous cook could add garden-fresh tomatoes and herbs to her creations. It was fun seeing my tomatoes, basil, mint and Italian parsley show up in

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Yoga Strap: Open Your Shoulders in Gomukhasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 17, 2015 |

yoga strapUse a Yoga Strap for a Great Shoulder Opening Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) is a staple in my morning yoga classes. Years ago, several of my students made up unflattering names for it—Cow Pie, Mad Cow, etc.—because it was so challenging for them. Now those same Cow Face naysayers have turned into Cow Face converts, even sometimes giving up a bit of their Savasana to do it if I don’t

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Is Cleansing Right for You?

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on September 15, 2015 |

cleansingIs Cleansing Right for You? Everywhere we look, people are talking about detoxes and cleanses. I have been using my diet and my yoga practice to cleanse my body and mind for many years. People often ask me questions about cleansing. Following are the questions I’m asked most often as well as my answers. Would a cleanse be right for you? For someone who is living in a polluted environment, eating

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Meatless Monday: Tender Tomato Tart (Yum!)

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 14, 2015 |

meatless mondayMake this Incredible Tomato Tart for Meatless Monday It’s time to pull out one of my all-time favorite recipes. This tart is so good it defies description. The filling is exceedingly simple to make, and the results are unbelievably delicious. It’s light and savory, but the carrots and homegrown tomatoes give it a hint of sweetness. I’ve used a good-quality frozen whole wheat pie crust when I was in a

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