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  • Meatless Monday: Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs

    Meatless Monday: Refresh Your Palate with a Spring Pasta Dish
    There’s nothing more elegant than pencil-thin spring asparagus. Of course, asparagus is always a treat for those of us who love it, but there’s something extra special about the early spring variety. While asparagus is great lightly steamed on its own, it’s fun to pair it with other complementary flavors.

    This pasta recipe is very simple to make and with the addition of lemon zest, very refreshing. You can, of course, use gluten-free pasta if you are sensitive to gluten. Happy Meatless Monday!

    Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs
    from Vegetarian Cooking for...

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  • Expand Your Half Moon Pose with a Yoga Block

    Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) balances strong, active rooting with lightness and expansion. Ardha Chandrasana strengthens your legs and abdomen, while it stretches your hamstrings, calves and shoulders. It strengthens and lengthens the spine. It is therapeutic for stress, digestive issues, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Half Moon Pose builds balance and stability.

    If you look at the photo, it’s easy to see that Ardha Chandrasana’s most obvious characteristic is expansion. But for many people, it doesn’t feel that way. Depending on the mobility of your hip joints and the ratio between your arm and leg length, you may even feel...

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  • How Discipline Sets You Free

    Create Healthy Rituals: The Freedom of Discipline
    “Some regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews

    I agree with Julie Andrews wholeheartedly! I have always been a list maker and checker-offer. As I have gotten older, I sometimes lose my lists, yet the list is still a big part of my day. I find my electronic lists harder to lose, but typing items in with my thumbs doesn't provide the same excitement as hand writing them and crossing things off. Lists provide order for me; order and discipline...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Hash

    A Quick Weeknight Dish for Meatless Monday
    Everyone wants to eat healthy, and nothing is better than fresh food made from scratch. But it’s not always easy to fit fresh meals into your schedule. Because I always cook from scratch, I often make big batches of soups and stews that we can enjoy for several days. But sometimes I like to whip up a quick, one-off meal.
    I recently discovered this recipe. It’s billed as a Paleo meal, but you don’t have to follow a Paleo diet to enjoy it. My partner and I found it to be satisfying, but not at...

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  • Meatless Monday: Snobby Joes

    Meatless Monday: A Vegan Take on an Old Favorite
    Meatless Monday wouldn’t be complete without the occasional vegetarian version of a carnivorous favorite. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is Snobby Joes, a lentil-based version of traditional Sloppy Joes. The supporting players in this recipe are the same as what you’d find in a traditional Sloppy Joe recipe so the flavor is pretty much the same—only better IMO. This is a great recipe to try out on kids who resist vegan food.

    This recipe comes from a vegan cookbook titled Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. It’s a cookbook with...

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  • Grounding in Malasana

    Use a Wedge to Root in Malasana
    In India, where Yoga began, squatting is a go-to pose for many of life’s daily tasks. Before there were chairs, counters and tables, women squatted on the ground to prepare and cook meals. Some still do.

    Malasana supports apana, the downward-flowing energy that governs elimination. Apana energy grounds agitation, making Malasana a great counterpose for stress. Malasana also relieves constipation. In addition, it stretches the ankles, groins and lower legs, and tones the abdomen and pelvic floor.

    Some people don’t enjoy Malasana because their heels don’t reach the floor, making the pose feel unstable. This is...

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  • Are Yoga and Western Medicine Incompatible?

    Supported Backbend

    When Yoga and Western Medicine Can Work Together
    In the past few days, an article by a yoga teacher named Hemalayaa has been making the Facebook rounds via bloggers such as it’s all yoga, baby, YogaDawg and Linda-Sama Karl, among others.

    The author of the article expresses shock and disappointment at the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications by yoga teachers who, she opines, are just taking a “happy pill” rather than doing the hard work of dealing with their issues. She then offers suggestions as to how to get yourself over the hump of depression, such...

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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 mindfulness practice. On silent vipassana retreats with my mentors, Pujari and Abhilasha Keays, we listened to Goldstein every day. This adds up to 200-plus hours of listening time for...

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  • 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/or hips don’t flex deeply, Child’s Pose may not be all that comfortable. The good news is that most of these people can enjoy Balasana by adding a few props.

    The photo...

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  • 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 incorporate more veggies. Chopping up a combination of a few veggies—broccoli, carrots, onions, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or greens such as kale, collards or chard—and steaming them takes...

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