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  • Moving Abroad: How Yoga Can Help

    Stop and Breathe

    Staying Calm While Moving Abroad
    If you are among the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, language, food and lifestyles.

    How does one maintain balance in the midst of such disorder? By releasing all of the built-up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your yoga practice. As an American residing in one of the largest cities in the world, Shanghai, China, I’ve come to learn the importance of a regular...

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  • Meatless Monday: Farmer’s Market Spaghetti

    Meatless Monday: Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Corn
    Sweet corn is still abundant at my local farmers market, and tomatoes have begun turning in my garden. So last weekend I decided to make a favorite recipe from my fave cookbook. Summer Spaghetti is a refreshing pasta recipe with a vibrant blend of sweet and savory flavors.

    Make sure you use fresh corn cut from the cob. It’s a whole different animal from frozen and canned corn. If you have your own tomato plants, homegrown tomatoes are always best, but if not look in your local store for heirlooms. They generally have a...

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  • Opening the Door of Compassion: A Response to the Tragedy of Cecil

    The Door of Compassion
    “The idea that some lives matter less than others is at the root of all that is wrong with the world.” ~ Paul Farmer

    I grew up in a mini menagerie. At various times my parents, sisters and I shared our homestead with parakeets, a goat, a horse, chickens (pets named Sam and Henry), tropical fish, rabbits, turtles, mice and cats, always cats. For years, my dad shared his basement workshop with a tarantula that came inside from the cold. He saw no reason to kill a creature that was doing no harm. He even named it.

    We treated...

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  • Meatless Monday: How to Make Slime-Free Okra

    Try Oven-Roasted Okra for Meatless Monday
    Okra has a complicated reputation. While it’s beloved in the southeastern United States, and often used to marvelous effect in East Indian cuisine, it is also infamous for having an off-putting slimy texture. It certainly can, but slime is not inevitable.

    Okra is not common out here in the arid West. But I happened to stumble upon some organic okra at Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market last year. I had no idea how to cook it, but decided to bring home a pound and see what I could come up with. Frying is traditional, and...

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  • Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

    Yoga 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 have been an actual historical person, not just a figure of myth. Born in Bengal around the 10th century c.e., he is venerated by Buddhists in Nepal as an incarnation of the bodhisattva...

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  • Fourth Street Clinic: Providing Vital Health Services to the Homeless

    Fourth 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 free primary health care services.

    The clinic started out as a one-room triage clinic with Ainsworth and a part-time nurse running the show. Now it resides in a newly remodeled, full-service building...

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  • Meatless Monday: A Not-Too-Sweet Dessert

    Meatless 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. It’s easy to regulate the sweetness of rice pudding, because you can add a little sweetener at a time and adjust to your taste. A friend recently gifted me a package of...

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  • Use a Yoga Strap for Happy Hamstrings

    Supta 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 to keep it straight while keeping the rest of the body in structural integrity. Lying down, in itself, allows you to release tension more easily since most of your body is supported...

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  • Cooling Ayurvedic Tips for Hot Summer Days

    Cooling Ayurvedic Tips: Dos and Don’ts for the Dog Days
    We’re in the midst of the hottest days of the year now, the so-called Dog Days. Keeping our cool, through diet, exercise and self-care is important in helping us maintain balance in life, at work and in relationship with others.
    Stay Cool

    • Avoid midday sun. Keep covered when it’s unavoidable.
    • Exercise earlier or later in the day. We benefit from outdoor activity and are more likely to enjoy activity outdoors than indoors.
    • Drink plenty of water, coconut water and herbal teas at room temperature.
    • Avoid large quantities of caffeine, which is dehydrating.
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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder

    Meatless 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 find fresh, organic corn, so I take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. If a recipe calls for fresh corn cut off the cob, I never substitute frozen corn. Like the...

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