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Santosha: A Different Holiday Yoga Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 25, 2015 |

santoshaHow Practicing Santosha Can Bring the Magic Back I’m not sure when the winter holidays began being equated with stress, but I think I know why. When I was a child, holidays were well-orchestrated events. My parents loved to surprise us with special, unexpected gifts we hadn’t asked for, and loved to set a cozy and festive stage for the ultimate event, the opening of gifts. They got a huge

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Meatless Monday: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 23, 2015 |

Meatless Monday: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes Last week I wrote about ways to use up your green tomatoes, including seasonal favorites such as fried green tomatoes. I also included instructions for ripening tomatoes indoors in paper bags. This week, I had a sufficient number of paper-bag-ripened tomatoes that I needed to use them or lose them. One of my favorite preparations is to slow roast my indoor-ripened tomatoes in the oven. Roasting

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Winter Yoga: 6 Ways to Prepare for Cold Weather

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on November 18, 2015 |

winter yogaWinter Yoga: 6 Ways to Prepare for the Change of Seasons As fall turns to winter, it’s time to focus on nourishing our bodies and minds. Fall is the time when we prepare for winter hibernation, and for the cool, crisp and dry weather. We can tomatoes, put away hoses, repair the roof, tone muscles, and cleanse our bodies inside and out. Below are five easy practices to prepare your

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Meatless Monday: A Staple for Your Kitchen – Almonds

posted by Anna Johnson on November 16, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Keep Almonds on Hand As a recent convert to the vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve come to appreciate almonds. Almonds are one of the “world’s healthiest foods,” and actually a food that I wasn’t particularly interested in until I understood its nutritional value. I came across my love for almonds as I was searching for alternate protein sources to meat. Come to find out, not only are almonds high in

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Got Text Neck? Yoga Can Help

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 12, 2015 |

yoga-for-text-neckStemming the Latest Epidemic: Yoga for Text Neck We’ve all seen it. Chances are if you have a smartphone you’ve done it, maybe a whole lot. That is, you bend your head forward to text, surf, shop, socialize, whatever, on your smartphone. Other than the possibility of running into things while you simultaneously walk and stare at your phone, or the possibility of causing a car accident, it doesn’t seem

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The Family Place: A Place for Learning and Healing

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 10, 2015 |

the family centerThe Family Place “You’ve got to have training for every job in the universe except for parenting,” says Esterlee Molyneux. “That’s where we come in. We help parents build on their skills, so that they have a strong foundation.” Esterlee is the executive director of The Family Place, a facility that’s part of a network of 13 child and family support centers throughout Utah. The Family Place’s mission is twofold: building

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Meatless Monday: What to Do with All Those Green Tomatoes

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 9, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Got Green Tomatoes? Here’s What to Do I picked the last of my tomatoes last week. Picking the last tomatoes—mostly green ones—and pulling up the plants is the first step to tucking in my garden beds for the winter. While I’ve grown vegetables in my back yard since the late 1980s, I didn’t learn until maybe 15 years ago about what to do with all the green tomatoes,

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4 Ways to Cultivate a Meditation Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 5, 2015 |

meditation practice4 Tips for Committing to Meditation Practice Meditation ain’t easy. It’s arguable that it’s a whole lot harder than yoga asana practice. When you’re practicing asana, your mind has plenty of sensations to occupy itself. When you sit, sensations are more subtle. It’s hard work to zero in on what’s actually going on moment to moment when it at least appears that there’s not a whole lot happening. People often

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Meatless Monday: Very Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 2, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: The Simplest, Tastiest Tomato Soup A freeze is coming—tomorrow. I spent an hour on Saturday, wistfully pulling up my tomato plants and harvesting a whole lot of green tomatoes. I found a lot of ripe fruit though, and I used the not-so-pretty tomatoes in a very tart, very simple tomato soup. Homemade tomato soup, from homegrown tomatoes, is a totally different animal from the canned tomato soup I

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Yoga Blocks for Chaturanga Support

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2015 |

yoga blocksYoga Blocks for Your Chaturanga Shoulders Chaturanga Dandasana is a pose that elicits strong feelings—from happiness to anxiety and everything in between. Even though we often see the Chaturanga as a shoulder strengthener, every part of your body really needs to participate. Shoulder strain, even tendon tears can come relying too much on arm and shoulder strength to do the pose. Unhealthy alignment can also cause chronic shoulder strain. Practicing

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