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  • Zafu: Where Did It Come From and What Do You Do With It?

      Sitting meditation isn’t easy. And I’m not just talking about the ever-wandering mind. The actual act of sitting is an art and science in its own right. It sounds odd to say this, but sitting is actually pretty rigorous. That’s because virtually all meditation traditions advise meditators to sit upright with a straight spine and no back support. The theory is that a straight, unsupported spine will keep you more alert and energized. The traditional sitting position is usually Sukhasana (Cross-Legged Pose) or Padmasana (Lotus Pose). If your spine is unable to maintain an upright position without straining, your...

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  • Meatless Monday: Yams Stuffed with Black Beans and Avocado

    There’s no argument that cooking from scratch takes longer. Preparing foods in their unprocessed state requires more steps. It just does. I always cook from scratch. That’s just how I learned to cook. Back when I stopped eating meat, in 1978, vegetarian convenience foods were unheard of. I’m quite used to the amount of time it takes to prepare food, and I just account for it when I plan a meal. So it’s a real treat to find something easy, quick and satisfying to make for a weeknight meal. Today’s Meatless Monday recipe comes from Oh She Glows Every Day...

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  • Standard Yoga Bolsters 3 Ways

    Last week, I blogged some suggestions for keeping your yoga practice alive when you’re traveling. Travel may be an obstacle to practice sometimes, but general life busyness can also take a toll on our yoga practice. Running through a few quick sun salutations is probably better than no practice, but it won’t necessarily sustain and restore your energies. We also need rest to balance busyness. That’s where restorative yoga comes in. Restorative yoga was developed by BKS Iyengar as a therapeutic practice to heal specific physical imbalances and to regenerate spent energy. Restorative yoga guru Judith Hanson Lasater learned about restorative...

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  • Meatless Monday: Quinoa, Cauliflower & Greens

    I took some time off from cooking in the past couple weeks due to a minor medical issue. While it was nice to have my partner take care of meals, I began to miss making my own. Nothing is as fresh as one’s own cooking. Also, I truly love researching recipes and working with food. I found myself craving a veggie bowl. After some research, I found one that features the perfect combination of veggies, protein and a forward flavor. Plus, it comes from Vegan Richa’s blog site. (Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen is a new favorite cookbook for me.) I like to do at least...

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  • Travelasana: How to Maintain a Holiday Yoga Practice

    Today and tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) are the biggest travel days of the year. It’s fun to reconnect with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. But sometimes, in the rush of travel and celebrations, our yoga practice takes a back seat. Often, our accommodations are less than ideal for practicing yoga. There may or may not be sufficient space, or where there is a good amount of space, it may be very public. But the rush of the holidays is really an ideal time to keep up with practice. It can help us be more mindful in our interactions with others, and...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chickpea-Veggie Casserole

    The word “casserole” always takes me back. The famous “4 food groups” style of eating was the cuisine of my childhood. Every dinner plate would feature a slab of some sort of meat, potatoes (mashed or boiled) and some sort of veggie, usually canned. But every once in a while, my mother would mix it up and make a casserole. At the time I thought casseroles were the height of sophistication. So many ingredients in one dish! As a person who never liked meat, I also enjoyed the fact that there was usually less of it, or it was, at least, not front and...

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  • Metta Meditation: Take a Kindness Break

    In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialog has become not just disrespectful, but sometimes even violent. Social media is partly responsible for this. While I enjoy connecting with friends on Facebook, I sometimes feel a need to stay away. There is such a thing as having too much political information. And much of what is called “news” these days is meant more to rile people up than it is to inform. If you are at all sensitive, this environment quickly becomes unsustainable. Practicing...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chickpea, Rice and Kale Soup

    Soup season is here again! I love making soup. I love how my house fills with the fragrance of long-simmering veggies. It makes my drafty, old house feel warmer. I also love the fact that soup is invariably better the next day. Leftovers make for delicious and very easy weeknight meals. Today’s soup comes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s sassy classic, Vegan with a Vengeance. My version of this soup turned out really thick. This could be partly because I added a little extra rice. (I had only 1/4 cup left after measuring out the rice for the recipe, so I just...

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  • Direct Relief: Medical Aid for Disaster-Torn Populations

    Mother Nature had a ferocious fall. Three massive hurricanes reigned destruction on parts of Texas and Florida, and most, if not all of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. California wildfires were the most ferocious in history. And Central Mexico sustained massive damage from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake. Any one of these disasters would require an overwhelming amount of aid. But when so many disasters occur within a short period, the ability to render significant help is stretched very thin. And there’s much confusion over which organizations are capable of helping most efficiently. Hugger Mugger has chosen to donate a percentage of our...

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  • Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

    My eggplant crop this year was pretty skimpy. Some years I get a bounty of eggplant, but this was not such a season. Fresh, homegrown eggplant is so good, especially my favorite variety, an heirloom white eggplant called “Casper.” But my garden only eked out one of these and two very small Japanese eggplants. I didn’t want to hide my little gems in a ratatouille where they’d be homogenized with all the other veggies. And the quantity definitely wasn’t screaming “main dish.” So I decided to add them to a pizza. On a pizza, they could still be singled out for their...

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