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Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 30, 2015 |

ardha matsyendrasanaYoga Block for a Happy Spine Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes) is one of yoga’s ancient poses. Named for the sage, Matsyendra, it is one of the relatively few yoga asanas written about in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is said to have been Matsyendra’s favorite yoga asana. In the article “Heroes, Saints, and Sages” at yogajournal.com, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake: “Matsyendra appears to

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Fourth Street Clinic: Providing Vital Health Services to the Homeless

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2015 |

fourthstreet40Fourth Street Clinic Gives the Gift of Good Health In 1987, Dr. Allan Ainsworth was driving in Salt Lake City and saw a long line of people waiting for food and other social services. He thought to himself that no one should ever have to wait for basic life necessities. One year later Ainsworth founded Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.,—now the Fourth Street Clinic—a place where homeless people could receive

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Meatless Monday: A Not-Too-Sweet Dessert

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 27, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Black Rice Pudding with Fruit Topping I love taking advantage of the availability of fresh, organic fruits in the summertime. While a fruit salad melange of whatever’s available is always a healthy, refreshing option, I also like to add fruit to other desserts. Fruit is inherently sweet on its own, so when I add fruit to a dessert, I want that dessert to be on the less-sweet side.

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Use a Yoga Strap for Happy Hamstrings

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana with a Yoga Strap Supta Padangusthasana is hands-down my favorite pose for addressing tight hamstrings. It’s also the safest in that it’s the least likely to irritate cranky low backs. Lying down to stretch your hamstrings gives you a constant reference point (the floor) to ensure you’re maintaining healthy spinal alignment. Using a Yoga Strap lets you to find the perfect angle for your leg that allows you

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 20, 2015 |

cornchowder1Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder with Fresh Corn Off the Cob I may not be a fan of summer’s extreme heat, but I am am definitely a fan of the profusion of fresh produce available at Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday. Last Saturday I came home with new potatoes, wild greens, okra, green and purple beans, and corn on the cob—all organic. It’s not always easy to

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Foot Yoga: Tap into the Power of Your Own Two Feet

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 15, 2015 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga: Take Care of Those Dogs! I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more than 20. It’s a privilege to move through life’s inevitable ups and downs with such a solid core of wise and wonderful humans. I met one of these students—I’ll call her Patricia—in the late ’80s. At that time she was in her

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #3

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 13, 2015 |

kale saladMeatless Monday: Kale Salad with Miso-Roasted Tofu As my backyard kale started to proliferate a few months ago, I posted a couple of kale salad recipes (here’s one and here’s the other). Even later in the season, I find that my fresh-picked, homegrown kale is much more tender than what I find at the store. Kale salads are a great way to use tender leaves, and this particular salad, that

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Meatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 6, 2015 |

potato saladMeatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad with Marjoram and Pickled Onions Independence Day weekend may have just come and gone, but it is clearly not the end of potluck barbecue season. A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for tempeh skewers that lets vegetarians and vegans join the barbecue. Today I’m sharing a vegan version of another barbecue staple: potato salad. When I was a kid, I loved German potato

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Lightweight Sukasana Pillows Travel Easy

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 2, 2015 |

sukhasana pillowUse a Sukasana Pillow for Ease in “Easy Pose” In some ways you could call sitting meditation the ultimate vacation. When you make the effort to step away from your mind’s usual drama even for a few minutes, you can feel refreshed, energized and peaceful. So it’s ironic that when we go on vacation—unless we’re going on a yoga or meditation retreat—we often leave our practice behind. Part of the

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Yoga Straps: Forward Bend with Ease

posted by Charlotte Bell on June 30, 2015 |

paschi-carlaUse a Yoga Strap to Maintain a Healthy Spine in Seated Forward Bend Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as there are people. Dandasana, despite the fact that it looks simple, is challenging for almost everyone. At least, it’s

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