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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili, a Hearty Exploration

    Meatless Monday: Veggie Chili
    Winter is a great time to enjoy hot, hearty foods. A steaming bowl of chili warms you from the inside out.

    The fun thing about chili is that you can play a lot with the recipe. For example, I’ve added things like a few tablespoons of peanut butter; frozen, and then sauteed tofu; sautéed tempeh; a few tablespoons of various sweeteners; extra beans for extra protein; my own frozen, roasted garden tomatoes. You can add diced carrots, potatoes, pasta, quinoa, or whatever else you can think of to add nutrients, texture and flavor.

    The...

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  • Teaching Yoga: It’s a Two-Way Street

    Teaching Yoga is All About Listening
    “Listen to your body” has become a widely disseminated instruction in the yoga world. It’s an important one, a skill that reaches out into life off the mat. But when we tell students to listen to their bodies, we teachers need to remember to listen to our students too. When we listen we create an environment where students feel respected and safe, and we also might learn something in the process.

    About 25 years ago I attended a workshop with a well-known yoga teacher. We were working up to Urdva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow...

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  • Meatless Monday Recipe: Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

    Meatless Monday Recipe
    Meatless Monday has become de rigueur in many restaurants around the country. In honor of this new tradition, we’re going to feature a favorite meatless recipe each Monday. This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a tasty carrot soup that’s good on its own, but great with a zesty onion relish. This recipe is vegan (when you use olive oil instead of butter) and gluten free.
    Carrot Soup with Onion Relish
    from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

    2 Tbs butter, olive oil, or a mixture
    1 onion, thinly sliced
    1 pound carrots, thinly sliced
    1...

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  • Healthy Yoga Practice - Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

    Some Ligaments of the Hip Joint

    Healthy Yoga Practice:  Don’t Stretch Your Joints!
    For the past few years, I've been on the faculty of the teacher training program at Avenues Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. Early in the 2013 training, one student who had been teaching in a fitness studio asked a very important question. She explained that one of her female students became unusually flexible prior to ovulation, probably because of the presence of “relaxin,” a hormone that relaxes the ligaments that hold together the various joints in the pelvis—hip joints, sacroiliac joints and...

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  • How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

    Most who practice yoga these days have at least heard of the word ahimsa. We might even have read some of the in-depth literature on it, or practiced incorporating the idea of ahimsa—non-harming—into our lives. Translated as “dynamic peacefulness” by Alistair Shearer, it is arguable that ahimsa is the foundation of the entire practice.

    Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, the first of yoga’s Eight Limbs. In the yoga tradition, the yamas, along with the niyamas (skillful living practices) were introduced to children and practiced before learning asana or pranayama, or the meditative limbs. Coming from a foundation...

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  • Get Back to Your Root Vegetables

    Eat Root Vegetables to Take Off the Chill
    In the Northern Hemisphere, January is cold as it gets. If you are like me, you may not have felt truly warm for a very long time. Despite the layers I wear inside my drafty, old house, there’s always a chilly edge that just doesn’t abate—until I remember how to heat myself from the inside.
    Rev Up
    Vigorous movement can help take off the chill. Outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will have you peeling off layers. If you live in Utah, these activities have the added advantage of exposing...

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  • Talasana: Sway Like a Palm Tree

    January signifies new beginnings, a fresh, new, canvas on which to paint our intentions. The new year often inspires a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, including caring for our bodies, stimulating our minds and seeking new, revitalizing experiences, or experimenting with balancing what we already do with practices that complement our lives.

    The key is patience. Changes, big or small, take time. It takes time to form new habits. While you may feel the urge to jump into your new regimen with both feet, sometimes it’s wise to start by dipping a few toes in first.

    If...

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  • Yoga Poetry - Not Rare But Precious

    Precious Rest

    Yoga Poetry
    Not Rare But Precious
     

    Think of what’s not rare but precious.

    ~ Ruth Gendler

     

    The gift of light. Of dark.

    The squeaky swing set

    that’s really a blue jay

    searching for love and gravity.

    What tells you to lie down.

    Why standing back up

    each morning is precious

    as breath or clouds splintering

    into rain dissolving the drought.

    The horizontal day that turns

    into the vertical night,

    the stubble on the path

    between the...

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  • Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

    Prasarita Padottanasana on a Nature Collection Ultra Mat

    How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
    Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past? An antiquated practice moving inexorably toward extinction? If you read the numbers, you could easily get that impression. According to a CBS poll, 68 percent of Americans claim they do not make resolutions. That number is 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years prior to the poll.

    Perhaps it is because we’re too busy and preoccupied to ponder our goals, or maybe it’s because time and again...

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  • The Season of Generosity

    Photo courtesy of Santito the Cat

    ’Tis the Season of Generosity
    One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn't asked for was just so much fun. That excitement sustained me through the day as we visited relatives and friends.
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