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  • Yogic Help for Headaches

    Yogic Help for Headaches
    Some of us suffer from minor headaches occasionally and we don’t always have or want to take something. This article is for you.

    Sometimes we know what’s caused our headache—fumes from the engine my son started in the garage, bright sunlight, someone close by wearing too much perfume—yet many times we do not.

    If you get consistent headaches, you might look at your diet, hormonal cycle, stress level, the amount you sleep and/or environmental factors. If you are someone who has severe, debilitating headaches, please consult a medical professional.

    Sometimes we can apply yogic and alternative principles to alleviate symptoms...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Raspberry-Almond “Torte” Cookies

    Meatless Monday: Vegan Sweets!
    I’ve been sharing meatless recipes on this blog for a little over a year now. I just realized that in all that time, I’ve shared only one dessert. That definitely needs to be rectified.

    Last weekend I made some cookies for a gathering of friends. The recipe is an old favorite of mine that I’ve been making for decades. It comes from a cookbook I’ve used so much that my copy is in pieces. The Natural Foods Cookbook by Mary Estella is a vegetarian, dairy-free cookbook with simple but always tasty recipes. Many of the recipes in the...

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  • Yoga for the Bendy — It’s Not What You Think

    Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

    Yoga for the Bendy — Learning to Back Off
    My earliest recollection of being an über-bendy person is from when I took ballet lessons. I was about eight years old. The first time we went into side splits and bent forward, I was surprised to see that no one else in the class could rest her chin on the floor. My body could do it easily, with no resistance.

    That led to many years of exploiting my hypermobility in exchange for positive attention. My flexibility even sparked my initial interest in asana practice. I’d see photos...

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  • Meatless Monday: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping

    Meatless Monday: Savory Kale, Mushroom and White Bean Stew

    Soups and stews are my wintertime go-tos. I love being able to make a meal and enjoy it again later after the flavors have integrated. Soups and stews fit that bill perfectly.
    Today’s recipe, Tuscan White Bean Stew with Breadcrumb Topping, is warm and savory, but I especially enjoyed the crunch of the breadcrumb topping. I used Great Harvest Multigrain Sourdough bread, but of course you could use any type of bread that suits you, including gluten-free bread. If you are vegan, you can omit the butter and Parmesan cheese.
    Because I don’t have...

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  • Let Your Bare Feet Shine in Yoga

    Ahhh … The Joys of Bare Feet in Yoga
    Let’s face it. I’m not a big fan of bare feet. (Not mine, anyway.)

    Until I stepped onto the mat, I didn’t pay much attention to them.

    If you want to know the truth, I found my feet embarrassing.

    They were too small.

    Too pale.

    Too smelly.

    The nails on both big toes were discolored.

    And the little toes on each foot hung off to the side like little rolls of unused dough that I could barely move.

    To cover my embarrassment, I wore socks, even in Florida, where most people delight in showing off their feet in attractive sandals...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew

    Make a Protein-Rich One-Pot Meal for Meatless Monday
    After a somewhat chaotic, unpredictable holiday schedule, I’m enjoying settling back into “normal” life. One of my favorite relaxation activities—besides practicing asana—is to read cookbooks. I inherited this from my maternal grandmother, who always had a stack of Gourmet magazines on a stool in her kitchen. That same stool now occupies a spot in my own kitchen.

    It turns out that my niece has caught the vegan cooking bug. This year she and her husband sent me a wonderful cookbook that I’d never heard about—Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. Vegan Richa is actually Richa Hingle...

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  • How Mindfulness Can Help Your New Year Resolutions Stick

    Mindfulness for a New Year
    I want to say at the outset that I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that resolving to change old habits and develop new ones is not a worthy endeavor. It is, and I think it’s the most important work of our lives. It’s just that doing it simply because it happens to be the beginning of a new year seems a bit forced to me. I get the logic: new year=clean slate. But just because the calendar has turned over doesn’t mean we’re necessarily ready to change along with it.

    Setting an intention...

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  • Meatless Monday: Hearty Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

    Ready for the Oven

    Meatless Monday: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
    Temperatures here in Northern Utah have been well below freezing for the past week. Because I live in a drafty old house, I’ve been enjoying adding a little extra heat to my environment by using my oven. In addition, I’ve been enjoying warming my insides eating foods that help create internal heat. Think root veggies and wintry Brussels sprouts.

    For my Christmas dinner contribution I made Shepherd’s Pie. Although Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally a meat-heavy dish, this recipe ditches the beef and instead includes ground up veggie burgers. Using frozen...

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  • Supta Baddhakonasana: Your Holiday Season Go-To Pose

    Supta Baddhakonasana Can Ease Stress—and Holiday-Induced Indigestion
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely had time to breathe in the past few weeks. Between holiday rehearsals and performances—Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Messiah—and the usual holiday preparations and parties I’ve barely been at home other than to sleep. Not to mention the time and energy I’ve spent shoveling the plentiful famous Utah powder that’s been falling for the past week and a half. This means I’ve had less time to prepare healthy meals consistently, and very little down time in general.

    Holiday gatherings are always fun, but I always...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chewy Sautéed Tofu

    Meatless Monday: Simple Tofu Preparation for Stir Fries and Beyond
    In 1986, not long after Great Basin National Park was designated as a national park, I traveled there to visit its ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. In order to get there, we had to travel through Utah’s vast west desert. There’s not a whole lot of civilization out there, so when we stopped at a little gas station/convenience store, we decided to snoop around for any possible provisions we might want to add to what we’d brought.

    Eight years earlier I’d stopped eating meat, and in the ensuing years I’d also become wary...

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