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  • Celebrate Earth Day - Eating Sustainably

    Eating Sustainably Every Day
    Earth Day is coming up. We like to celebrate Earth Week by honoring our beautiful planet throughout the week—and throughout the year. Earth Week is a great time to ponder how each of us can lessen our impact and help our planet flourish. Since eating is our most vital and essential form of consumption, we’d like to offer a few tips for eating sustainably.

    Most Mondays, we promote meatless cuisine by posting a favorite recipe. Today, we’re going to talk about ways to explore eating sustainably every day. According to a post on Yahoo Food, eating less meat...

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  • Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You Deepen Your Upward Bow

    Use a Yoga Wedge to Deepen Your Upward Bow
    Upward Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana) is one of the emblematic yoga asanas. “Exhilarating” is probably one of the best descriptors for Upward Bow.

    It ain’t easy, though. Upward Bow requires a bendy spine; shoulder joints constructed to allow for a fair amount of extension; and elastic quadriceps muscles. Not everyone is born with shoulder joints that can extend easily or bendy spines, but those whose bodies are naturally more stable can still enjoy backbending in many forms: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge), Urdva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) and Bhujangasana (Cobra), to name a few.

    Wrists...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cleansing Kitchari

    Make a Cleansing Kitchari for Meatless Monday
    It seems that about half the people I know are suffering from sinus infections right now. Changes of season, while they are often welcome, can sometimes create upheaval in our bodies. While springtime often inspires us to emerge from our winter cocoons, it can be wise to make our transition gradually, so as not to overwhelm our bodies and minds.

    We can also help our bodies integrate the transition by nourishing it with foods that are easily digestible and that have anti-inflammatory properties. Ayurveda offers kitchari (a.k.a. kichadi or kichari), a stew with a base...

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  • Bolster Your Supta Baddha Konasana

    Restore Your Energy with Supta Baddha Konasana
    Sometimes Restorative Yoga is just the thing. Most of us live very busy lives. Our to-do lists are ever growing and we often have to run from one place to the next. Sometimes we even find ourselves running to get to our next yoga class!

    Restorative Yoga aims to give us time to relax and renew our energies. You needn’t spend hours relaxing in Restorative poses to gain a benefit—although it might be nice to gift yourself a long, luxurious Restorative session once in a while. Practicing just one pose each day can calm our...

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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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