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  • Acceptance: Finding Contentment in Your Yoga Practice

    Acceptance: The Yogic  Practice of Contentment
    I’ve noticed a change in the way that I approach poses—especially difficult poses—since I first stepped on the mat.

    At first, I would watch in awe as our teacher demonstrated a pose—the Eagle, say, or Dancer—and couldn’t imagine myself stepping into the pose at all.

    If it was a pose that required balance, I doubted that I’d ever find the balance to hold the stance for more than a moment.

    And if the pose demanded a certain level of flexibility—a deep twist, say—I would laugh to myself, convinced that I would never acquire the kind of flexibility needed...

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  • Meatless Monday: Garlicky Kale with Tahini Dressing

    Garlicky Kale Shown with Fried Green Tomatoes

    Meatless Monday: A Kale Preparation to Die For
    Okay. I admit it. I love kale. I don’t just love it because it’s oh-so-trendy. I’ve grown it and eaten it since the mid-1980s. Maybe I’m just imagining it, but I feel sharper and more alive after I’ve eaten it.

    I also love growing it. It’s a truly sustainable vegetable. A half dozen plants supply me with more then enough kale for myself and my partner, and plenty to share with friends. As long as you don’t pull up the plants, you can break...

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  • Santosha: A Different Holiday Yoga Practice

    How Practicing Santosha Can Bring the Magic Back
    I’m not sure when the winter holidays began being equated with stress, but I think I know why. When I was a child, holidays were well-orchestrated events. My parents loved to surprise us with special, unexpected gifts we hadn't asked for, and loved to set a cozy and festive stage for the ultimate event, the opening of gifts. They got a huge kick out of seeing us enjoying ourselves, so they took great care to make things as magical for us as they could.

    Now as an adult, I find myself wanting to recreate...

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  • Meatless Monday: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

    Ready for Roasting

    Meatless Monday: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
    Last week I wrote about ways to use up your green tomatoes, including seasonal favorites such as fried green tomatoes. I also included instructions for ripening tomatoes indoors in paper bags. This week, I had a sufficient number of paper-bag-ripened tomatoes that I needed to use them or lose them.

    One of my favorite preparations is to slow roast my indoor-ripened tomatoes in the oven. Roasting concentrates the flavor making even your palest, least flavorful raw tomatoes into a rather intense condiment.

    There are lots of ways to use roasted tomatoes. I like...

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  • Winter Yoga: 6 Ways to Prepare for Cold Weather

    Winter Yoga: 6 Ways to Prepare for the Change of Seasons
    As fall turns to winter, it’s time to focus on nourishing our bodies and minds. Fall is the time when we prepare for winter hibernation, and for the cool, crisp and dry weather. We can tomatoes, put away hoses, repair the roof, tone muscles, and cleanse our bodies inside and out.

    Below are five easy practices to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for winter.

    1. Eat local root vegetables, warm soups, warm drinks and warm meals. Some of my favorite cool weather recipes are here.

    2. Self-massage with warm sesame oil, in...

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  • Meatless Monday: A Staple for Your Kitchen - Almonds

    Meatless Monday: Keep Almonds on Hand
    As a recent convert to the vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve come to appreciate almonds. Almonds are one of the “world’s healthiest foods,” and actually a food that I wasn’t particularly interested in until I understood its nutritional value. I came across my love for almonds as I was searching for alternate protein sources to meat. Come to find out, not only are almonds high in protein, but they also contain healthy fats, fiber and vitamin E. This all being said, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.

    My personal favorite is to...

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  • Got Text Neck? Yoga Can Help

    Stemming the Latest Epidemic: Yoga for Text Neck
    We’ve all seen it. Chances are if you have a smartphone you’ve done it, maybe a whole lot. That is, you bend your head forward to text, surf, shop, socialize, whatever, on your smartphone.

    Other than the possibility of running into things while you simultaneously walk and stare at your phone, or the possibility of causing a car accident, it doesn’t seem to be too dangerous, right? Think again. Just the simple act of staring at your smartphone is probably contributing to present or future neck problems.

    In fact, Text Neck is a bona fide...

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  • The Family Place: A Place for Learning and Healing

    The Family Place
    “You’ve got to have training for every job in the universe except for parenting,” says Esterlee Molyneux. “That’s where we come in. We help parents build on their skills, so that they have a strong foundation.”

    Esterlee is the executive director of The Family Place, a facility that’s part of a network of 13 child and family support centers throughout Utah. The Family Place’s mission is twofold: building stronger families and protecting children. Their mission is accomplished through the center’s two arms: The Family Place and the Starfish Children’s Shelter. In the past year, the two arms combined have served...

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  • Meatless Monday: What to Do with All Those Green Tomatoes

    The Yield from One Plant!

    Meatless Monday: Got Green Tomatoes? Here’s What to Do
    I picked the last of my tomatoes last week. Picking the last tomatoes—mostly green ones—and pulling up the plants is the first step to tucking in my garden beds for the winter.

    While I’ve grown vegetables in my back yard since the late 1980s, I didn’t learn until maybe 15 years ago about what to do with all the green tomatoes, besides using them as compost. As much as I love fried green tomatoes, one can only eat so many of them.

    Fortunately I learned that...

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  • 4 Ways to Cultivate a Meditation Practice

    4 Tips for Committing to Meditation Practice
    Meditation ain’t easy. It’s arguable that it’s a whole lot harder than yoga asana practice. When you’re practicing asana, your mind has plenty of sensations to occupy itself. When you sit, sensations are more subtle. It’s hard work to zero in on what’s actually going on moment to moment when it at least appears that there’s not a whole lot happening.

    People often tell me they can’t meditate because when they try, their minds spin off even more than they do in daily life. I tell them that’s not a sign of an inability to...

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