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Meatless Monday: Very Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 2, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: The Simplest, Tastiest Tomato Soup A freeze is coming—tomorrow. I spent an hour on Saturday, wistfully pulling up my tomato plants and harvesting a whole lot of green tomatoes. I found a lot of ripe fruit though, and I used the not-so-pretty tomatoes in a very tart, very simple tomato soup. Homemade tomato soup, from homegrown tomatoes, is a totally different animal from the canned tomato soup I

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Yoga Blocks for Chaturanga Support

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 30, 2015 |

yoga blocksYoga Blocks for Your Chaturanga Shoulders Chaturanga Dandasana is a pose that elicits strong feelings—from happiness to anxiety and everything in between. Even though we often see the Chaturanga as a shoulder strengthener, every part of your body really needs to participate. Shoulder strain, even tendon tears can come relying too much on arm and shoulder strength to do the pose. Unhealthy alignment can also cause chronic shoulder strain. Practicing

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Yogic Freedom: The Space to Be

posted by Bruce Black on October 27, 2015 |

yogic freedomYogic Freedom: The Space to Be It doesn’t matter if we are single or married, if we’ve just found romance or just lost it, if we prefer being alone or if we’re addicted to groups, each of us needs a space to be ourselves. In this space we can find freedom from expectations, whether our own expectations or those that other people might place on our shoulders. In this space we

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Meatless Monday: Lentils, Rice and Pasta with a Buttery Mint Sauce

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 26, 2015 |

meatless mondayTry a Hearty Lentil Dish for Meatless Monday As the weather has begun to cool—if you call highs in the mid-60s cool—I’ve started to crave warmer, heartier dinners. Because of the unseasonably warm weather my garden is still a going concern. Not only are my tomatoes still ripening, but my herbs are still fresh and lively. Nothing in my yard is more lively than the mint. Mint is best grown

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Use Yoga Blocks in Intense Side Stretch

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 22, 2015 |

yoga blocksUse Yoga Blocks for Extra Length and Ease Parsvottanasana, aka Intense Side Stretch, stretches your hamstrings as it lengthens your spine. It stabilizes and challenges your balancing abilities and energizes your legs. However, sometimes the relationship between the hamstrings and back needs to be brought into balance. For most of us, moving too far forward in the pose will cause the back to round and the front torso to contract.

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Yoga Culture: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 20, 2015 |

yoga cultureYoga Culture: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? In the past few days, I had the good fortune to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions. I presented both a yoga class and a musical performance there, and attended quite a few panels and workshops. Leading panels and workshops were Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Humanists, Agnostics and Atheists. The purpose of the Parliament was to

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Meatless Monday: Quince, Fall Fruit of the Ancients

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 19, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Try Something New—Quince For me, autumn means quince—lots of it. Never tried it? You’re not alone. I probably wouldn’t know much about it if I didn’t have a very prolific Portuguese quince tree in my back yard. The large, five-petaled quince blossoms are stunning, but what can you do with a fuzzy, oddly shaped, hard-as-a-rock fruit that you can’t eat raw? As it turns out, a lot—both sweet

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Shore Up Your Bridge Pose with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 15, 2015 |

yoga blockRestorative Bridge Pose with a Yoga Block Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose) is an all-around beneficial pose for counteracting the most prevalent poses we practice in our daily lives. You know the ones: hunching over a desk or a steering wheel, slouching in comfy chairs. Most of what we do every day involves flexing our hip joints and leaning forward, which shortens the front body and weakens the back body. When practiced

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How Do You Find a Yoga Mentor?

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 13, 2015 |

yoga mentorWhat is a Yoga Mentor? A few weeks ago I got to revisit the retreat center that became my spiritual home in 1986. I don’t remember how many retreats I’ve attended there, but I do remember there were some 10-day, a 21-day and four 30-day silent retreats. In addition I’ve sat a five-day and at least three seven-day retreats. I’ve also spent up to a dozen weekends there in retreat.

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Meatless Monday: Waffles for Dinner

posted by Charlotte Bell on October 12, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Savory Corn Waffles with Salsa, Guacamole and Feta The unseasonably warm fall has been a boon to my tomato patch. Most years, tomatoes stop ripening toward the end of September. This year, with daytime temps in the 80s, my tomatoes are still ripening. This means that they’re still wonderful raw. Yesterday I decided to make fresh salsa and fresh guacamole with my fresh tomatoes. I wanted the salsa

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