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  • Yoga Bolster Love: Enjoy the Ultimate Savasana

    There’s nothing easier than lying down on the floor for Savasana, right? In many cases, the answer is yes. But in some ways, Savasana demands more of us than yoga’s more active asanas. Other asanas can create a fair amount of sensation, making it easy for our minds to focus on the moment. Savasana, on the other hand, with its relative comfort factor, requires a bit more of our minds. Unless, of course, it isn’t actually comfortable.

    When I’m leading my classes through Savasana, I always stay vigilant of my students’ comfort. Most of the time, most students look...

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  • Meatless Monday: Pappardelle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

    Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash and Pappardelle Pasta
    I’ll admit I’m a cookbook junkie. I probably inherited this trait from my maternal grandmother, who kept a tall stack of Gourmet magazines on a little bench that I inherited some years ago. She just enjoyed reading them. I’m the same way. I love to read cookbooks, even though I may never get around to making the recipes I read.

    So even with a veritable library of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, I still wander away and read magazines too. Today’s recipe comes from the September 2015 issue of Vegetarian Times. The original...

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  • Let’s Redefine Advanced Yoga

    In 30 years of teaching, I can’t even begin to relate how many times I’ve heard people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. Similarly, I wish I had a dollar for all the times I’ve heard a longtime student declare himself/herself to be “just” a beginner because in all these years he/she has never touched toes in a forward bend or done Upward Bow with straight arms.

    A few days ago I read a blog lamenting the yoga cultural emphasis on “advanced” poses and how all the social media photos of yoga practitioners in these...

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  • Acceptance: Finding Contentment in Your Yoga Practice

    Acceptance: The Yogic  Practice of Contentment
    I’ve noticed a change in the way that I approach poses—especially difficult poses—since I first stepped on the mat.

    At first, I would watch in awe as our teacher demonstrated a pose—the Eagle, say, or Dancer—and couldn’t imagine myself stepping into the pose at all.

    If it was a pose that required balance, I doubted that I’d ever find the balance to hold the stance for more than a moment.

    And if the pose demanded a certain level of flexibility—a deep twist, say—I would laugh to myself, convinced that I would...

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  • Meatless Monday: Garlicky Kale with Tahini Dressing

    Garlicky Kale Shown with Fried Green Tomatoes

    Meatless Monday: A Kale Preparation to Die For
    Okay. I admit it. I love kale. I don’t just love it because it’s oh-so-trendy. I’ve grown it and eaten it since the mid-1980s. Maybe I’m just imagining it, but I feel sharper and more alive after I’ve eaten it.

    I also love growing it. It’s a truly sustainable vegetable. A half dozen plants supply me with more then enough kale for myself and my partner, and plenty to share with friends. As long as you don’t pull up the...

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  • Santosha: A Different Holiday Yoga Practice

    How 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 kick out of seeing us enjoying ourselves, so they took great care to make things as magical for us as they could.

    Now as an adult, I find myself...

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  • Meatless Monday: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

    Ready for Roasting

    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 concentrates the flavor making even your palest, least flavorful raw tomatoes into a rather intense condiment.

    There are lots of ways...

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  • Winter Yoga: 6 Ways to Prepare for Cold Weather

    Winter 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 mind, body, and spirit for winter.

    1. Eat local root vegetables, warm soups, warm drinks and warm meals. Some of my favorite cool weather recipes are here.


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  • Meatless Monday: A Staple for Your Kitchen - Almonds

    Meatless 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 protein, but they also contain healthy fats, fiber and vitamin E. This all being said, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.

    My personal...

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  • Got Text Neck? Yoga Can Help

    Stemming 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 to be too dangerous, right? Think again. Just the simple act of staring at your smartphone is probably contributing to present or future neck problems.

    In fact, Text...

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