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  • Teaching Yoga: On Hip Joints and Humility

    Eka Pada Rajakapotasana—A Pose from the Distant Past
    Teaching 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 min…continue reading

  • Balasana: Bolster Your Child’s Pose

    Balasana: Practicing Child’s Pose on a Bolster

    Few things in life are more comforting than curling up in Balasana (Child’s Pose). Balasana quiets the mind and restores spent energy. Among its many benefits, Balasana focuses the breath into the back body and supports the natural outward expansion of the lungs on each inhalation. Like all forward bends, Child’s Pose turns our focus inward.

    But for some people, especially yogis whose knees and/o…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Miso-Almond Sauce

    Meatless 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.

    It’s truly not hard—or expensive—to in…continue reading

  • How to Choose a Meditation Cushion

    Zen, Zafu and V-Shaped Cushions
    How to Choose the Right Meditation Cushion—Zafu, Zen or V-Shaped

    People sometimes chuckle when I tell them that sitting meditation is physically rigorous. But it’s true. When you sit still and tune into your body for any length of time, you’re likely to become uncomfortable. And sitting for long periods in the same position will at some point start to make you antsy.

    Even in my hour-long meditation classes, peo…continue reading

  • Feeling Sick? To Teach or Not to Teach Yoga

    How to Know Whether to Teach Yoga When You’re Not Well

    Yesterday morning I woke up with a sensation that’s all too familiar, a little scratchiness at the back of my throat. That’s how a cold/flu/sinus infection always starts for me. I’ve been throwing some herbal defenses its way and it doesn’t seem to be getting worse, but it’s not getting better either—yet.

    By far the most stressful part of being ill—besides the misery of the illn…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Homemade Polenta

    Meatless 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 qu…continue reading

  • Why Listening to Your Body Might Not Be Enough

    Listening to Your Body is Important, But So is An Experienced Teacher

    If you practice yoga, you’ve probably heard the entreaty, “Listen to your body.” It’s good, sound advice.

    When you embark on any physical practice, it’s important to know and respect your body’s limits. Those limits can change over time, of course, but tuning in and listening to your body and what it’s trying to communicate to you each time you practice is essential…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas’s Green Soup

    Meatless 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 Vegetarian Epicure, one of the first gourmet vegetarian …continue reading

  • InBody Outreach - Yoga for Everybody

    InBody Outreach Provides Yoga for the Community

    “Yoga is for everybody” is not only a generous thought, but a reality many of us try to integrate in to our yoga classes. Many teachers are happy to welcome students of all sizes, ages and flexibility levels to our classes. But what about those who don’t have the means to attend a community class? What about seniors, people in treatment or in lockdown? Sometimes the people with the least access…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili, a Hearty Exploration

    Meatless Monday: Veggie Chili

    Winter is a great time to enjoy hot, hearty foods. A steaming bowl of chili warms you from the inside out.

    The fun thing about chili is that you can play a lot with the recipe. For example, I’ve added things like a few tablespoons of peanut butter; frozen, and then sauteed tofu; sautéed tempeh; a few tablespoons of various sweeteners; extra beans for extra protein; my own frozen, roasted garden tomatoes. You can add…continue reading

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