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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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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Hash

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 23, 2015 |

meatless mondayA Quick Weeknight Dish for Meatless Monday Everyone wants to eat healthy, and nothing is better than fresh food made from scratch. But it’s not always easy to fit fresh meals into your schedule. Because I always cook from scratch, I often make big batches of soups and stews that we can enjoy for several days. But sometimes I like to whip up a quick, one-off meal. I recently discovered

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Meatless Monday: Snobby Joes

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 16, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: A Vegan Take on an Old Favorite Meatless Monday wouldn’t be complete without the occasional vegetarian version of a carnivorous favorite. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is Snobby Joes, a lentil-based version of traditional Sloppy Joes. The supporting players in this recipe are the same as what you’d find in a traditional Sloppy Joe recipe so the flavor is pretty much the same—only better IMO. This is a

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Grounding in Malasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 13, 2015 |

malasanaUse a Wedge to Root in Malasana In India, where Yoga began, squatting is a go-to pose for many of life’s daily tasks. Before there were chairs, counters and tables, women squatted on the ground to prepare and cook meals. Some still do. Malasana supports apana, the downward-flowing energy that governs elimination. Apana energy grounds agitation, making Malasana a great counterpose for stress. Malasana also relieves constipation. In addition, it

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Are Yoga and Western Medicine Incompatible?

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 9, 2015 |

yoga and western medicineWhen Yoga and Western Medicine Can Work Together In the past few days, an article by a yoga teacher named Hemalayaa has been making the Facebook rounds via bloggers such as it’s all yoga, baby, YogaDawg and Linda-Sama Karl, among others. The author of the article expresses shock and disappointment at the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications by yoga teachers who, she opines, are just taking a “happy pill”

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Teaching Yoga: On Hip Joints and Humility

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 5, 2015 |

teaching yogaTeaching Yoga: The Wisdom of Humility For the past two years I’ve had the privilege of attending retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center led by Joseph Goldstein. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Goldstein has written or co-written—with the likes of the Dalai Lama, among others—11 classic books on mindfulness practice. His voice has been a constant in my three decades of mindfulness practice. On silent vipassana retreats with my

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