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Opening the Door of Compassion: A Response to the Tragedy of Cecil

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2015 |

compassionThe Door of Compassion “The idea that some lives matter less than others is at the root of all that is wrong with the world.” ~ Paul Farmer I grew up in a mini menagerie. At various times my parents, sisters and I shared our homestead with parakeets, a goat, a horse, chickens (pets named Sam and Henry), tropical fish, rabbits, turtles, mice and cats, always cats. For years, my

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Meatless Monday: How to Make Slime-Free Okra

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 3, 2015 |

meatless mondayTry Oven-Roasted Okra for Meatless Monday Okra has a complicated reputation. While it’s beloved in the southeastern United States, and often used to marvelous effect in East Indian cuisine, it is also infamous for having an off-putting slimy texture. It certainly can, but slime is not inevitable. Okra is not common out here in the arid West. But I happened to stumble upon some organic okra at Salt Lake City’s

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Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 30, 2015 |

ardha matsyendrasanaYoga Block for a Happy Spine Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes) is one of yoga’s ancient poses. Named for the sage, Matsyendra, it is one of the relatively few yoga asanas written about in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is said to have been Matsyendra’s favorite yoga asana. In the article “Heroes, Saints, and Sages” at, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake: “Matsyendra appears to

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Fourth Street Clinic: Providing Vital Health Services to the Homeless

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2015 |

fourthstreet40Fourth Street Clinic Gives the Gift of Good Health In 1987, Dr. Allan Ainsworth was driving in Salt Lake City and saw a long line of people waiting for food and other social services. He thought to himself that no one should ever have to wait for basic life necessities. One year later Ainsworth founded Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.,—now the Fourth Street Clinic—a place where homeless people could receive

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Meatless Monday: A Not-Too-Sweet Dessert

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 27, 2015 |

meatless mondayMeatless Monday: Black Rice Pudding with Fruit Topping I love taking advantage of the availability of fresh, organic fruits in the summertime. While a fruit salad melange of whatever’s available is always a healthy, refreshing option, I also like to add fruit to other desserts. Fruit is inherently sweet on its own, so when I add fruit to a dessert, I want that dessert to be on the less-sweet side.

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Use a Yoga Strap for Happy Hamstrings

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2015 |

supta padangusthasanaSupta Padangusthasana with a Yoga Strap Supta Padangusthasana is hands-down my favorite pose for addressing tight hamstrings. It’s also the safest in that it’s the least likely to irritate cranky low backs. Lying down to stretch your hamstrings gives you a constant reference point (the floor) to ensure you’re maintaining healthy spinal alignment. Using a Yoga Strap lets you to find the perfect angle for your leg that allows you

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Cooling Ayurvedic Tips for Hot Summer Days

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on July 21, 2015 |

ayurvedic tipsCooling Ayurvedic Tips: Dos and Don’ts for the Dog Days We’re in the midst of the hottest days of the year now, the so-called Dog Days. Keeping our cool, through diet, exercise and self-care is important in helping us maintain balance in life, at work and in relationship with others. Stay Cool • Avoid midday sun. Keep covered when it’s unavoidable. • Exercise earlier or later in the day. We

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 20, 2015 |

cornchowder1Meatless Monday: Vegan Corn Chowder with Fresh Corn Off the Cob I may not be a fan of summer’s extreme heat, but I am am definitely a fan of the profusion of fresh produce available at Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday. Last Saturday I came home with new potatoes, wild greens, okra, green and purple beans, and corn on the cob—all organic. It’s not always easy to

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Foot Yoga: Tap into the Power of Your Own Two Feet

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 15, 2015 |

foot yogaFoot Yoga: Take Care of Those Dogs! I’ve been blessed with many longtime yoga students. Many have attended my classes for more than 10 years, some for more than 20. It’s a privilege to move through life’s inevitable ups and downs with such a solid core of wise and wonderful humans. I met one of these students—I’ll call her Patricia—in the late ’80s. At that time she was in her

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Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #3

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 13, 2015 |

kale saladMeatless Monday: Kale Salad with Miso-Roasted Tofu As my backyard kale started to proliferate a few months ago, I posted a couple of kale salad recipes (here’s one and here’s the other). Even later in the season, I find that my fresh-picked, homegrown kale is much more tender than what I find at the store. Kale salads are a great way to use tender leaves, and this particular salad, that

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