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  • Meatless Monday: A Not-Too-Sweet Dessert

    Meatless Monday: Black Rice Pudding with Fruit Topping
    I love taking advantage of the availability of fresh, organic fruits in the summertime. While a fruit salad melange of whatever’s available is always a healthy, refreshing option, I also like to add fruit to other desserts.

    Fruit is inherently sweet on its own, so when I add fruit to a dessert, I want that dessert to be on the less-sweet side. It’s easy to regulate the sweetness of rice pudding, because you can add a little sweetener at a time and adjust to your taste. A friend recently gifted me...

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  • Use a Yoga Strap for Happy Hamstrings

    Supta Padangusthasana with a Yoga Strap
    Supta Padangusthasana is hands-down my favorite pose for addressing tight hamstrings. It’s also the safest in that it’s the least likely to irritate cranky low backs. Lying down to stretch your hamstrings gives you a constant reference point (the floor) to ensure you’re maintaining healthy spinal alignment.

    Using a Yoga Strap lets you to find the perfect angle for your leg that allows you to keep it straight while keeping the rest of the body in structural integrity. Lying down, in itself, allows you to release tension more easily since most of your...

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  • Cooling Ayurvedic Tips for Hot Summer Days

    Cooling Ayurvedic Tips: Dos and Don’ts for the Dog Days
    We’re in the midst of the hottest days of the year now, the so-called Dog Days. Keeping our cool, through diet, exercise and self-care is important in helping us maintain balance in life, at work and in relationship with others.
    Stay Cool

    • Avoid midday sun. Keep covered when it’s unavoidable.
    • Exercise earlier or later in the day. We benefit from outdoor activity and are more likely to enjoy activity outdoors than indoors.
    • Drink plenty of water, coconut water and herbal teas at room temperature.
    • Avoid...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder

    Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder with Fresh Corn Off the Cob
    I may not be a fan of summer’s extreme heat, but I am am definitely a fan of the profusion of fresh produce available at Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday. Last Saturday I came home with new potatoes, wild greens, okra, green and purple beans, and corn on the cob—all organic.

    It’s not always easy to find fresh, organic corn, so I take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. If a recipe calls for fresh corn cut off the cob, I never substitute frozen...

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  • Foot Yoga: Tap into the Power of Your Own Two Feet

    Foot Yoga: Take Care of Those Dogs!
    I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more than 20. It’s a privilege to move through life’s inevitable ups and downs with such a solid core of wise and wonderful humans.

    I met one of these students—I’ll call her Patricia—in the late ’80s. At that time she was in her 50s. She came to classes regularly for more than 20 years, participating fully into her late 70s. Balancing on one leg was her one nemesis. For decades she propped...

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  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #3

    Meatless Monday: Kale Salad with Miso-Roasted Tofu
    As my backyard kale started to proliferate a few months ago, I posted a couple of kale salad recipes (here’s one and here’s the other). Even later in the season, I find that my fresh-picked, homegrown kale is much more tender than what I find at the store. Kale salads are a great way to use tender leaves, and this particular salad, that I made just a few days ago, adds substantial protein to the mix.

    This salad is very simple. Except for the tofu and cheese, the ingredients are things I...

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  • Sankalpa: Setting Your Intention

    Sankalpa: Setting Your Intention
    “Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer

    Until I took a yoga class, I’d never heard anyone talk about “setting an intention.”

    Years ago my father encouraged me to set goals, make outlines, form plans, but he never spoke about setting an intention.

    What did my yoga teacher mean, I wondered, when he spoke about setting an intention? What exactly was an intention—was it the same as a goal or something different?—and how did one go about setting it?

    In English, the word “intention” is defined as “a course of action that...

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  • Meatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad

    Meatless Monday: Picnic Potato Salad with Marjoram and Pickled Onions
    Independence Day weekend may have just come and gone, but it is clearly not the end of potluck barbecue season. A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for tempeh skewers that lets vegetarians and vegans join the barbecue. Today I’m sharing a vegan version of another barbecue staple: potato salad.

    When I was a kid, I loved German potato salad. Although I was never a fan of the requisite bacon that was always peppered throughout, I loved the deep, vinegary flavor so much more than that of creamy...

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  • Lightweight Sukasana Pillows Travel Easy

    Use a Sukasana Pillow for Ease in “Easy Pose”
    In some ways you could call sitting meditation the ultimate vacation. When you make the effort to step away from your mind’s usual drama even for a few minutes, you can feel refreshed, energized and peaceful. So it’s ironic that when we go on vacation—unless we’re going on a yoga or meditation retreat—we often leave our practice behind.

    Part of the reason could be that most meditation cushions are bulky and heavy, which is great for home practice, but not so easy when baggage space is limited. That’s why Hugger...

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  • Yoga Straps: Forward Bend with Ease

    Use a Yoga Strap to Maintain a Healthy Spine in Seated Forward Bend
    Even if you’re flexible, it’s not that easy to maintain your spine’s natural curves when you sit in Dandasana (Seated Pose). As with every pose, there are as many variations as to how Seated Pose will look as there are people. Dandasana, despite the fact that it looks simple, is challenging for almost everyone. At least, it’s challenging for almost everyone to practice it in a way that supports a healthy spine.

    This is because it’s not actually natural to sit with your legs straight in...

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