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Yoga off the mat. This is the place to find articles about yoga for everyday life.

Meatless Monday: Miso-Almond Sauce

posted by Charlotte Bell on March 2, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Miso-Almond Sauce You probably already know this, but we Americans don’t eat nearly enough veggies. An NPR story reported that rather than the 2-3 cups of green goodies that are recommended, we eat a scant 1.5 cups every day, mostly in the form of potatoes (read: fries) and tomatoes (read: pizza). Meatless Monday is the perfect time to ponder how you can add more veggies into your day.

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Meatless Monday: Homemade Polenta

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 17, 2015 |

polentaMeatless Monday: Make Your Own Polenta Okay. So it’s Tuesday. But it’s Fat Tuesday, which is all about indulging in conspicuous consumption before the Lenten fast. I’m not sure what this week’s recipe has to do with conspicuous consumption, humble and simple as it is. But polenta is capable of complementing, and starring in, a huge variety of dishes. It’s become ubiquitous among culinary creatives. Maybe that’s conspicuous enough to

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Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas’s Green Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 9, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Eat Your Greens! Dark, leafy greens are some of the most nutrient-packed foods around. The more you can integrate them into your diet, the better. Here’s an easy recipe that includes a huge amount of greens. Like all soups, the flavors will mellow over time, so make a big batch and enjoy it over a few days. Anna Thomas is the author of four cookbooks, including the original

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 26, 2015 |

meatless monday reccipeMeatless Monday Recipe Meatless Monday has become de rigueur in many restaurants around the country. In honor of this new tradition, we’re going to feature a favorite meatless recipe each Monday. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a tasty carrot soup that’s good on its own, but great with a zesty onion relish. This recipe is vegan (when you use olive oil instead of butter) and gluten free. Carrot Soup

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Get Back to Your Root Vegetables

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 12, 2015 |

root vegetablesEat Root Vegetables to Take Off the Chill In the Northern Hemisphere, January is cold as it gets. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from the inside. Rev Up Vigorous movement can help take

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Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 30, 2014 |

new year's resolutionHow to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years prior to the poll. Perhaps it is

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Lavender Flowers for Yoga and Beyond

posted by admin on October 22, 2014 |

lavenderAhhhh … Relax with Lavender Autumn is the time when it’s natural to draw inward. Right now it seems that every morning is noticeably darker and daylight ends a whole lot earlier each day. As our exposure to natural light decreases, sometimes a little mood modification is in order. Lavender is the perfect herb to brighten the shortening autumn days. In addition to its lush and stimulating scent, lavender is

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How Yogic are Your Tomatoes?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

homegrown tomatoesThe Case for Homegrown Tomatoes I’ll admit it. I’m a tomato snob. Homegrown, organic, heirloom tomatoes in all shapes colors and sizes make the heat of August worth enduring. Nothing parallels eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun. I first came to love homegrown tomatoes as a child—Big Boys and cherry tomatoes from our little patch in a sunny spot alongside our garage. I

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Earth Day Yoga

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 22, 2014 |

earth1Earth Day Yoga – Every Day is Earth Day Today is the day that we celebrate this beautiful planet that sustains us all. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the devastation of a California oil spill a year before and by the energy of the anti-war movement, felt that Americans should mobilize around protecting our environment. He conceived the day as an opportunity for a “teach-in” about

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Neti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 26, 2014 |

neti washingNeti Washing: Free Your Breath, Free Your Mind In yoga classes, we talk a whole lot about the importance of the breath. We exhort our students to breathe deeply as they move into, hold and move out of asanas. Some types of yoga, such as Ashtanga and other forms of vinyasa, instruct practitioners how and when to move with each inhalation and exhalation. It’s arguable that this coordination of breath

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