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Let Your Bare Feet Shine in Yoga

posted by Bruce Black on January 7, 2016 |

feetAhhh … The Joys of Bare Feet in Yoga Let’s face it. I’m not a big fan of bare feet. (Not mine, anyway.) Until I stepped onto the mat, I didn’t pay much attention to them. If you want to know the truth, I found my feet embarrassing. They were too small. Too pale. Too smelly. The nails on both big toes were discolored. And the little toes on each

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Meatless Monday: Chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 4, 2016 |

meatless mondayMake a Protein-Rich One-Pot Meal for Meatless Monday After a somewhat chaotic, unpredictable holiday schedule, I’m enjoying settling back into “normal” life. One of my favorite relaxation activities—besides practicing asana—is to read cookbooks. I inherited this from my maternal grandmother, who always had a stack of Gourmet magazines on a stool in her kitchen. That same stool now occupies a spot in my own kitchen. It turns out that my

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How Mindfulness Can Help Your New Year Resolutions Stick

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 31, 2015 |

new yearMindfulness for a New Year I want to say at the outset that I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that resolving to change old habits and develop new ones is not a worthy endeavor. It is, and I think it’s the most important work of our lives. It’s just that doing it simply because it happens to be the beginning of a new year seems a

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Meatless Monday: Hearty Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 28, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Temperatures here in Northern Utah have been well below freezing for the past week. Because I live in a drafty old house, I’ve been enjoying adding a little extra heat to my environment by using my oven. In addition, I’ve been enjoying warming my insides eating foods that help create internal heat. Think root veggies and wintry Brussels sprouts. For my Christmas dinner contribution I

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Supta Baddhakonasana: Your Holiday Season Go-To Pose

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2015 |

supta baddhakonasanaSupta Baddhakonasana Can Ease Stress—and Holiday-Induced Indigestion I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely had time to breathe in the past few weeks. Between holiday rehearsals and performances—Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Messiah—and the usual holiday preparations and parties I’ve barely been at home other than to sleep. Not to mention the time and energy I’ve spent shoveling the plentiful famous Utah powder that’s been falling for

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Meatless Monday: Chewy Sautéed Tofu

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 21, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Simple Tofu Preparation for Stir Fries and Beyond In 1986, not long after Great Basin National Park was designated as a national park, I traveled there to visit its ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. In order to get there, we had to travel through Utah’s vast west desert. There’s not a whole lot of civilization out there, so when we stopped at a little gas station/convenience store, we decided

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Got Text Claw? Asana for Your Hands

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 17, 2015 |

text clawHand Stretches to Alleviate Text Claw and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries A few weeks ago I wrote about Text Neck, neck pain that develops as a result of looking down at our tech devices. Less known and talked about, but likely just as common, is Text Claw: pain in the hands, wrists and forearms that comes from plinking out texts and surfing the web on your smart phone. When we

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Meatless Monday: Get Your Kale On

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 14, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions When I was in college at Indiana University, I paid my tuition, housing and expenses from the salary and tips I earned serving at a well-known Bloomington haunt, Mother Bear’s Pizza Barn. Needless to say, I ate a lot of pizza back then. I ate pizza on my shifts, and when I came home, my roommate’s dog would follow me around because

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Yoga Bolster Love: Enjoy the Ultimate Savasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 10, 2015 |

yoga bolsterWhat’s Better Than a Yoga Bolster in Savasana? How About Two? There’s nothing easier than lying down on the floor for Savasana, right? In many cases, the answer is yes. But in some ways, Savasana demands more of us than yoga’s more active asanas. Other asanas can create a fair amount of sensation, making it easy for our minds to focus on the moment. Savasana, on the other hand, with

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Meatless Monday: Pappardelle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 7, 2015 |

mindful eatingMeatless Monday: Butternut Squash and Pappardelle Pasta I’ll admit I’m a cookbook junkie. I probably inherited this trait from my maternal grandmother, who kept a tall stack of Gourmet magazines on a little bench that I inherited some years ago. She just enjoyed reading them. I’m the same way. I love to read cookbooks, even though I may never get around to making the recipes I read. So even with

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