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  • Yoga Practice: 7 Ways to Counter the Effects of Sitting

    Parsvakonasana
    How Yoga Practice Can Bring Balance to Our Sedentary Lives

    Some say that sitting is the new smoking. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to make this claim, but as a person with a part-time job that requires sitting at a desk and typing out blogs, I certainly support the idea that prolonged sitting seems to be less than ideal.

    Effects include foggy brain due to poor circulation, weakened abdominal and gluteal muscles, neck problems fro…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Black Bean Quinoa Soup

    Meatless Monday: Black Bean Quinoa Soup

    I love soup in the wintertime. Slow cooking a pot of soup on the stove seems to warm my drafty, old house. The fragrance lingers for hours afterward. A pot of soup makes more than one meal, relieving the cook of the responsibility of planning and cooking at least one meal later in the week. And the best part: leftovers are even better than when the soup is freshly made, after the flavors have had time to int…continue reading

  • My Yoga Mat

    My Yoga Mat

    The mat that I carry to my yoga class each week is falling apart.

    It was my wife’s mat originally. She bought it when she started taking classes, and then found a thicker, sturdier mat when she became serious about yoga.

    Using her old mat, I feel close to her when I practice, even if she’s not beside me.

    I take it to class even though it’s pale purple, the color of lilacs, because it’s lighter and smaller than the mat that I use f…continue reading

  • Mindful Eating, a Habit to Savor

    How Mindful Eating Can Change the Way You Enjoy Your Food

    On every silent Insight Meditation retreat I’ve attended—at The Last Resort in Southern Utah, or at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California—meals have always been always been the most reliable source of daily pleasure. This is partially due to the expertise and caring of the people who plan and prepare the meals, which are always wholesome, flavorful and prepared with lo…continue reading

  • Fire Log Pose: Ignite Your Inner Fire

    Agnistambhasana: Fire Log Pose

    Fire transforms—wood into ashes, ice into water and then into steam, raw ingredients into a warming meal. In the Vedas of ancient India, fire was personified by the two-headed fire god Agni. Stemming from the same root as the Latin ignire (to ignite), Agni was the force behind heat, light and will power. According to the Vedas, Agni fueled the sun, the stars and lightning.

    In Ayurveda, Agni is the word for digestive…continue reading

  • Utah Food Bank Feeds Utah’s Families

    Utah Food Bank Fills in the Gaps

    In 2014, USA Today reported that 46 million Americans—one in seven—relied on food banks or meal services to provide for or supplement their nutritional needs. In Utah, 423,000 people—one in seven overall, and one in five children—live with the daily threat of hunger. Last year the Utah Food Bank, founded in 1904, distributed 37.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 31 million meals to individuals and …continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Red Velvet Soup

    Red Velvet Soup for Meatless Monday

    The sense of smell is said to be the sense most closely linked to memory. The fragrance of certain foods, along with the taste, can sometimes catapult me to another time and place. Such is the case with today’s recipe.

    I first tasted Red Velvet Soup a few weeks into a 30-day silent Insight Meditation retreat at The Last Resort in Duck Creek, Utah, in the 1990s. Over days and weeks, the relative lack of sensory …continue reading

  • Yogic Help for Headaches

    Yogic Help for Headaches

    Some of us suffer from minor headaches occasionally and we don’t always have or want to take something. This article is for you.

    Sometimes we know what’s caused our headache—fumes from the engine my son started in the garage, bright sunlight, someone close by wearing too much perfume—yet many times we do not.

    If you get consistent headaches, you might look at your diet, hormonal cycle, stress level, the amount you sl…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Raspberry-Almond “Torte” Cookies

    Meatless Monday: Vegan Sweets!

    I’ve been sharing meatless recipes on this blog for a little over a year now. I just realized that in all that time, I’ve shared only one dessert. That definitely needs to be rectified.

    Last weekend I made some cookies for a gathering of friends. The recipe is an old favorite of mine that I’ve been making for decades. It comes from a cookbook I’ve used so much that my copy is in pieces. The Natural Foods Cookb…continue reading

  • Yoga for the Bendy — It’s Not What You Think

    Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
    Yoga for the Bendy — Learning to Back Off

    My earliest recollection of being an über-bendy person is from when I took ballet lessons. I was about eight years old. The first time we went into side splits and bent forward, I was surprised to see that no one else in the class could rest her chin on the floor. My body could do it easily, with no resistance.

    That led to many years of exploiting my hypermobility in exchange for …continue reading

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