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Meatless Monday: Quinoa Salad with Zucchini and Herbs

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 5, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Protein-Rich Quinoa Salad Food always tastes better when you’re paying attention. Such was the case when I was on a silent mindfulness meditation retreat a couple weeks ago. The dinners at The Last Resort retreat center are stellar. They’re cooked with joy and served with love by Abhilasha Keays, whose culinary talents just keep blossoming. One of the new recipes that Abhilasha shared on the recent retreat is

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How to Choose the Best Yoga Blocks for Your Practice

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 1, 2015 |

yoga blocksChoose the Yoga Blocks that Fit Your Yoga Practice The first time I used Yoga Blocks 30-some years ago I can’t say I loved the experience. The blocks were very heavy—solid pine—and had sharp edges that dug into my skin. They were also very slippery. The chances of dropping them on toes—and causing significant damage—were high. Plus my ego resisted using something I thought of back then as a crutch.

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Meatless Monday: Piquant Panzanella

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 28, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Be Creative with Panzanella Salad For several summers in a row, I’ve attended meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. It is always a joy—a “coming home”—for me to be able to sit, walk and be in silence for a week or two. In addition to the joy of practice, I seem to have lucked out on practicing in places where the meals are stellar. I often come

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Just Sitting

posted by Bruce Black on September 23, 2015 |

just sittingJust Sitting Our lives are so busy, so rushed. Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to sit still. It’s one of the reasons that I love yoga. The moment I unroll my mat and sit down, the strains of my day seem to melt away. (Writing in my journal provides the same sanctuary from the daily rush of life.) But sometimes just sitting isn’t easy. Even though I’ve set

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Meatless Monday: Best Fresh Tomato and Ravioli Salad Ever

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 21, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Ravioli and Tomato Salad with Masses of Basil After a week away from my tomato garden—on a seven-day silent Insight Meditation retreat—I’m back to feverishly harvesting my back yard abundance. I did a major harvest before I left, so that the retreat center’s fabulous cook could add garden-fresh tomatoes and herbs to her creations. It was fun seeing my tomatoes, basil, mint and Italian parsley show up in

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Yoga Strap: Open Your Shoulders in Gomukhasana

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 17, 2015 |

yoga strapUse a Yoga Strap for a Great Shoulder Opening Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) is a staple in my morning yoga classes. Years ago, several of my students made up unflattering names for it—Cow Pie, Mad Cow, etc.—because it was so challenging for them. Now those same Cow Face naysayers have turned into Cow Face converts, even sometimes giving up a bit of their Savasana to do it if I don’t

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Is Cleansing Right for You?

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on September 15, 2015 |

cleansingIs Cleansing Right for You? Everywhere we look, people are talking about detoxes and cleanses. I have been using my diet and my yoga practice to cleanse my body and mind for many years. People often ask me questions about cleansing. Following are the questions I’m asked most often as well as my answers. Would a cleanse be right for you? For someone who is living in a polluted environment, eating

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Meatless Monday: Tender Tomato Tart (Yum!)

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 14, 2015 |

meatless mondayMake this Incredible Tomato Tart for Meatless Monday It’s time to pull out one of my all-time favorite recipes. This tart is so good it defies description. The filling is exceedingly simple to make, and the results are unbelievably delicious. It’s light and savory, but the carrots and homegrown tomatoes give it a hint of sweetness. I’ve used a good-quality frozen whole wheat pie crust when I was in a

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Why Practice Yoga and Mindfulness?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 8, 2015 |

mindfulnessWhat Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anything? Patricia has been coming to my yoga classes for more than 15 years. Last week while we were in the midst of practicing a quadriceps stretch at the wall she said, “I have to say how much I appreciate the work we do in this class.” Patricia and her husband had spent the previous week hiking in Glacier National Park. They met

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Meatless Monday: Fresh Gazpacho Starring Homegrown Tomatoes

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 7, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Try a Refreshing, Chilled Gazpacho In August and September, I’m always looking for ways to use my bounty of fresh homegrown tomatoes. While they are best eaten raw and as unprocessed as possible, there comes a time when there are just so many of them that I have to come up with recipes that call for lots of them. Gazpacho is a great way to use lots of

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