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  • Meatless Monday: Roasted Fresh Asparagus

    Meatless Monday: Roasted Fresh Asparagus
    We’re in that magical time of year when fresh asparagus is in season, and it’s not too hot to use your oven. Today’s recipe takes full advantage of this.

    Most of the recipes I’ve posted in the Meatless Monday column have been one-dish meals, or at least recipes that need little else to complement them. Today’s recipe is, instead, the epitome of simplicity. It is a simple side dish with only a few ingredients. So it can potentially complement a wide variety of main dishes.

    Asparagus tends to break down more quickly than...

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  • Humane Society of Utah

    Humane Society of Utah: A Safe Haven for Animal Friends
    Many years ago, I went looking for one of my outdoor, community cats who had disappeared. I checked out both the county’s facility and the Humane Society of Utah (HSU). Both places were housing large numbers of adoptable cats in the standard square kennels, stacked one upon the other. (I did find my feral cat, in a back room reserved for “special needs” kitties.)

    My recent visit to the Humane Society of Utah revealed vastly different digs for the resident cats. A few years ago, funded by cat lovers’...

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  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #2

    Raw Tuscan Kale Salad for Meatless Monday
    Last week’s Meatless Monday column touted raw kale and what a great base ingredient it is for a hearty salad. As a kale lover for decades, I’ve been really happy to witness its recent popularity, including throughout the yoga community. As a lover of cookbooks and recipes, I’m also grateful that kale is being featured in so many more creative recipes than it was in the past.

    Over the summer, I’ll be posting more kale salad recipes. If you grow your own and have an abundance, salads are a quick, easy way...

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  • Eyebags Put the “Ahhhh” in Savasana

    Cobalt Eyebag

    How to Choose the Best Eyebags for Your Practice
    Savasana is yoga’s most important asana. It is the time when your body and mind integrate the benefits of your practice. My teacher, Pujari, says that Savasana is the time when you “collect the karma of your practice.” Over my decades of practice, I’ve realized that the most helpful way to facilitate the process of integration is to do as little as possible. The more open, relaxed and receptive your body and mind, the easier it is for your practice to settle into you.

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  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad

    Red Russian Kale

    Kale Salad for Meatless Monday
    After decades of growing and consuming lots of kale, I’m so happy to see this vitamin- and mineral-packed leafy green finally getting its due. For many years I bore ridicule from people who had never—and would never—touch kale if their lives depended on it. Now you see it everywhere, not only in its more traditional forms—steamed or sautéed in a side dish—but in more mainstream fare such as the now-ubiquitous kale smoothies and kale chips. In my opinion this is all for the good.

    I still grow...

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  • The Power of Yoga

    The Power of Yoga - On and Off the Mat
    At times I’m in awe of how the simple act of lifting my hips in Downward Dog, or resting my forehead on the mat in Child’s Pose, can make a difference in my life.

    Each time that I step onto my mat, the poses help me become more fully aware in each moment. I notice how I enter or leave a pose, how muscles tighten or expand, how my breath flows, how I no longer fear results (well, I try not to fear results) but rather explore a pose...

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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...

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  • Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You 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 can pose a major...

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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...

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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...

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