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Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas’s Green Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 9, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Eat Your Greens! Dark, leafy greens are some of the most nutrient-packed foods around. The more you can integrate them into your diet, the better. Here’s an easy recipe that includes a huge amount of greens. Like all soups, the flavors will mellow over time, so make a big batch and enjoy it over a few days. Anna Thomas is the author of four cookbooks, including the original

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InBody Outreach – Yoga for Everybody

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 4, 2015 |

inbody outreachInBody Outreach Provides Yoga for the Community “Yoga is for everybody” is not only a generous thought, but a reality many of us try to integrate in to our yoga classes. Many teachers are happy to welcome students of all sizes, ages and flexibility levels to our classes. But what about those who don’t have the means to attend a community class? What about seniors, people in treatment or in

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili, a Hearty Exploration

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 2, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless 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;

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Teaching Yoga: It’s a Two-Way Street

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 29, 2015 |

teaching yogaTeaching 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

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Carrot Soup with Onion Relish

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 26, 2015 |

meatless monday reccipeMeatless 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

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Healthy Yoga Practice – Don’t Stretch Your Joints!

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 19, 2015 |

healthy yoga practiceHealthy 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

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How to Practice Ahimsa on the Mat

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 14, 2015 |

yoga matPracticing Asana with Ahimsa 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 Sutra translator Alistair Shearer, it is arguable that ahimsa is the foundation of the entire practice. Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, the first of

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Get Back to Your Root Vegetables

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 12, 2015 |

root vegetablesEat 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

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Talasana: Sway Like a Palm Tree

posted by Charlotte Bell on January 7, 2015 |

palm tree poseTalasana: Palm Tree Pose 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

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Yoga Poetry – Not Rare But Precious

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on December 31, 2014 |

yoga matYoga 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

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