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  • 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

  • De-stress Your Shoulders, Chest and Neck with a Sukasana Pillow

    Simple, Supported Backbend with a Sukasana Pillow

    Most of us spend most of our days hunched over a keyboard. When we leave work, we hunch over a steering wheel. They we get home and hunch over a cutting board. You get the idea. We spend a whole lot of our lives bending forward, often to the detriment of our neck and shoulders.

    Yoga has many antidotes for this, of course. Twisting, side bending and back bending all help to loosen up our beleaguered …continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad #4

    Kale Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta for Meatless Monday

    The kale keeps on coming. Even if you don’t have a steady supply in your back yard, you can find organic kale in most grocery stores. Because it’s in season, it’s more tender than in the wintertime, making it great for raw consumption.

    This is the fourth kale salad I’ve offered in the Meatless Monday series. I made this one several times last summer, but had to wait a while to ma…continue reading

  • Align Your Side Angle Pose with a Yoga Block

    Yoga Blocks Help You Align and Lengthen

    There are so many positive things to say about Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose). It promotes strength, stability, flexibility, expansion, grounding and balance. Plus it feels really great. Side Angle Pose engages every part of your body.

    While Side Angle Pose may not be as glamorous as some of the backbendy, hip-openy, gymnastic poses you’ll see on Instagram, it’s a stellar staple of asana’s repertoire.…continue reading

  • Moving Abroad: How Yoga Can Help

    Stop and Breathe
    Staying Calm While Moving Abroad

    If you are among the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, language, food and lifestyles.

    How does one maintain balance in the midst of such disorder? By releasing all of the built-up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your yoga practice. As an American…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: Farmer’s Market Spaghetti

    Meatless Monday: Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Corn

    Sweet corn is still abundant at my local farmers market, and tomatoes have begun turning in my garden. So last weekend I decided to make a favorite recipe from my fave cookbook. Summer Spaghetti is a refreshing pasta recipe with a vibrant blend of sweet and savory flavors.

    Make sure you use fresh corn cut from the cob. It’s a whole different animal from frozen and canned corn. If you have y…continue reading

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

    The 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 dad shared his basement workshop with a tarantula that came inside f…continue reading

  • Meatless Monday: How to Make Slime-Free Okra

    Try 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 Downtown Farmers Market last year. …continue reading

  • Lengthen Your Spine: Ardha Matsyendrasana with a Yoga Block

    Yoga 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 yogajournal.com, Colleen Morton Busch writes about the pose’s namesake:

    “Matsyendra appears to have been an ac…continue reading
  • Fourth Street Clinic: Providing Vital Health Services to the Homeless

    Fourth 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 free primary health care services.

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