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  • Is Cleansing Right for You?

    Is Cleansing Right for You?

    Everywhere we look, people are talking about detoxes and cleanses. I have been using my diet and my yoga practice to cleanse my body and mind for many years. People often ask me questions about cleansing. Following are the questions I’m asked most often as well as my answers.

    Would a cleanse be right for you? For someone who is living in a polluted environment, eating processed foods, drinking alcohol, fluoridated and…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Tender Tomato Tart (Yum!)

    Make this Incredible Tomato Tart for Meatless Monday

    It’s time to pull out one of my all-time favorite recipes. This tart is so good it defies description. The filling is exceedingly simple to make, and the results are unbelievably delicious. It’s light and savory, but the carrots and homegrown tomatoes give it a hint of sweetness.

    I’ve used a good-quality frozen whole wheat pie crust when I was in a hurry, and the pie was wonderful. But if y…continue reading

  • Why Practice Yoga and Mindfulness?

    What Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anything?

    Patricia has been coming to my yoga classes for more than 15 years. Last week while we were in the midst of practicing a quadriceps stretch at the wall she said, “I have to say how much I appreciate the work we do in this class.”

    Patricia and her husband had spent the previous week hiking in Glacier National Park. They met a friend there whose back problems prevented him from hiking at all. He spe…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Fresh Gazpacho Starring Homegrown Tomatoes

    Meatless Monday: Try a Refreshing, Chilled Gazpacho

    In August and September, I’m always looking for ways to use my bounty of fresh homegrown tomatoes. While they are best eaten raw and as unprocessed as possible, there comes a time when there are just so many of them that I have to come up with recipes that call for lots of them.

    Gazpacho is a great way to use lots of homegrown tomatoes that takes full advantage of their robust flavor. I’ve tri…continue reading

  • Bound Angle Pose: Support Your Spine with a Yoga Strap

    Bound Angle Pose: Use a Yoga Strap to Support Healthy Sitting

    I was first introduced to poses associated with yoga in grade school, when my sisters and I took ballet lessons. I remember practicing Baddha Konasana—called “Butterfly” in girls’ ballet classes—every day. With ballet’s emphasis on turnout, Butterfly is one of its important warm-up exercises.

    Practicing Baddha Konasana requires and develops outward rotation of the hip joints…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Penne with Tomatoes, Olives, Lemon and Basil

    Start Fresh
    Meatless Monday: A Simple, Fresh, Piquant Summer Pasta Dish

    Few things in life are more pleasurable than eating a sun-warmed homegrown tomato within seconds of picking it. So when I harvest tomatoes and herbs from my garden for a dish I’ll be making, I always indulge in some sweet cherry tomatoes while I’m at it.

    A close runner-up to eating tomatoes while you’re still in the garden is making a dish that uses fresh tomatoes that we…continue reading

  • How to Relieve Knee Pain with Yoga Blocks

    Yoga Blocks Alleviate Knee Discomfort

    Having spent most of my yoga teaching life in Utah, the place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth,” I’ve hosted a lot of dedicated skiers in my classes with various knee issues. Movement restrictions tend to fall into two camps: those whose knees don’t flex very far and those whose knees feel painful when the knees are flexed and the thighbones are externally rotated in seated poses, as in Sukhasana…continue reading

  • Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody

    Supta Ardha Padmasana: A Lotus Pose for Everybody

    In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced yoga teachers and body workers from all over the world. During the training we questioned teaching methodologies that shoehorn students into a one-size-fits-all model.

    One misconception we talked about was the perceived necessity of practicing what is probably yoga’s most emblematic pose: P…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup

    Meatless Monday: Cooling Avocado-Cucumber Soup

    Soup from scratch is one of my favorite things to make. In the winter, a bowl of hot soup is comforting and warming, with the added bonus of providing meals for several days.

    In the summer I don’t have much of a taste for anything hot, including soup. So instead, I’ve collected several chilled-soup recipes that have become summer staples. This is one of them.

    The cucumbers make this soup very coolin…continue reading

  • Entering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide

    Entering a Pose or Entering Your Body? You Decide

    Last summer I was at an amazing workshop taught by Rod Stryker on his book, The Four Desires. His work is a yogic style of Desire Mapping.

    Not only was I learning how to excavate and manifest my heart’s desires in a new way, I was moving more deeply into an asana practice that yes, helped me to understand and love my body more dearly.

    It was not long after a skiing accident in April of 2014 that I …continue reading

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