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  • Yoga for Gardening: Poses to Practice in the Dirt

    Wall Dog

    Yoga for Gardening: Relief for Your Achin’ Back
    Springtime signals blooming bulbs, veggie planting and for me, lots of requests from students for yoga poses to counteract the effects of gardening.

    Shoveling, squatting, kneeling and bending over—the forms your body has to assume to get your garden ready for planting—all take a toll, especially when we likely haven’t been doing these things much over the winter. Here are some tips on how to minimize the effects of some of gardening’s most popular positions:

    • Shoveling: One of the problems with shoveling is...

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  • Meatless Monday: Spring Arugula Salad

    Meatless Monday: Spring Arugula Salad
    Anyone who says salads are unexciting has never tasted arugula. When the leaves are small, they pack a hefty, savory punch; when they get bigger their peppery flavor can be downright spicy. I’m not sure how arugula grows elsewhere, but in my garden it’s always the first of my salad greens to be ripe for picking. It’s also the first to bolt, which it does quite suddenly.

    Because I usually have an abundance of arugula in my garden, I’ve tried lots of salad recipes. I also enjoy it in frittatas, as an uncooked pizza...

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  • The Wisdom of Humility in Yoga Practice

    Humility in Yoga Practice
    “A deep sense of humility will help you learn yoga. It is important to remember that no one path or school has a monopoly on the truth.
    There are excellent and poor practitioners in all schools of yoga.

    “Gaining maturity in yoga practice involves learning to respect the paths that other people are on and acknowledging their merits, maybe even acknowledging that your own path is lacking in some area where another one excels.” ~ Geeta S. Iyengar

    I stumbled upon this quote by Geeta Iyengar recently. For me, it was both timely...

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  • Can Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear?

    Can Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear?
    I’m not sure when I realized this, but yoga has helped me to overcome many fears—fear of being seen, speaking in front of groups, trying new things. Fear stopped me from moving ahead. I have used and can use my practice to move through just about anything. Insidious as it sounds, the benefits of a daily yoga practice have a way of sneaking up on you.

    Of course, for humans, fear has kept us alive historically and presently. There are legitimate fears that teach us about survival: fear of moving objects, not having...

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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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