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  • Meatless Monday: Summer Farro Salad

      As temps climb, hot food has moved to the back burner, so to speak. Salads are my summer staples. This Summer Farro Salad is a meal in itself. This recipe came from Forks Over Knives magazine. It packs plenty of crunch and gave me an opportunity to enjoy the last of my backyard lettuce as it was beginning to bolt. (The recipe actually calls for a base of spinach, but my lettuce needed to be consumed!) This Summer Farro Salad was very easy to put together. I made the farro ahead of time so that it had time to...

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  • The Return of the Yogatard

    We’ve all heard this old fashion trope: If you wait long enough, everything comes back into fashion. It seems that day has come for a longtime yoga wear staple: the Yogatard. A “one-and-done” garment, these great made-for-yoga unitards are comfortable, functional and as it turns out, once again fashion forward. Back in the 1990s, yogatards (a.k.a. “unitards”)  were all the rage in the yoga world. At that time, Iyengar yoga was blossoming. With its focus on alignment precision, Iyengar yogis were especially keen on wearing one-piece yoga wear. Yogatards give teachers the ability to show alignment details—without showing everything else...

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  • Meatless Monday: Overnight Oats

    My mornings are often a major rush. As a business owner, mornings—before I come into work—are when I can catch up on my own business details. When something needs to be sacrificed for time’s sake, it’s often my breakfast. I know, I know. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I shouldn’t skip it. But sometimes I just don’t have time. That’s why the idea of overnight oats is so appealing. Just add oats and other ingredients to a jar and let it all sit overnight in the fridge. Next morning, you can add some liquid—I use some...

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  • American-Made Yoga Products

    In recent years, there’s been a whole lot of discussion about “buying American.” Truth be told, it’s not as easy as it once was. In the mid-20th century, manufacturing led the U.S. economy. More recently, companies have chosen to cut labor costs and move their facilities elsewhere. Manufacturing products in the U.S. not only provides American jobs: it’s also more sustainable for our environment. Foreign-made products have to travel a long way to get to their final destinations. That travel starts with huge cargo ships that run on the cheapest diesel fuel available. These goods are then loaded onto heavy-polluting...

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  • Meatless Monday: Chickpea Curry with Lime Broccoli

    There’s a longstanding, pervasive belief that vegan foods are flavorless and unsatisfying. As a meatless eater for 40 years now, I beg to differ. My unscientific opinion is that because meats have an inherently more aggressive flavor, carnivores’ tastebuds are not as attuned to subtler flavors. So they experience meatless foods as lacking. It takes a while for tastebuds to adjust once you stop eating meat. When I first stopped eating meat, I craved heavy cheeses and eggs. I tended to spice things more aggressively. As time has passed, my tastebuds have adjusted to subtle flavors. Heavily flavored foods are...

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  • Garudasana: Eagle Pose

    As gods go, Garuda is gargantuan. When he was first hatched from a giant egg, the half-man, half-eagle’s monstrous size so frightened the other Hindu gods that they implored him to shrink himself, which he happily did. Garuda is known for his ability to grow and shrink in size at will, and to appear and disappear. The Buddhist version of Garuda is said to have had a 40-mile wingspan. When he flaps his wings, Garuda dries up the waters of the ocean in order to expose sea monsters that he then consumes. Garuda’s wing flaps can also move mountains and...

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  • Stock Up on Yoga Festival Favorites

    Yoga festival season will soon be in full flower. It’s time to set out for new horizons—physical and spiritual. If you’re planning on hitting the festival circuit this summer, you’ll want to make sure you have what you need to practice with ease. If you’re planning on flying to a yoga festival (or two), space will be at a premium, so you’ll likely want to be judicious about what you bring. Fortunately, there are smaller, lighter and more compact versions of almost every yoga prop you might need. If you’re driving, you’ll likely have the space to bring a variety...

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  • Sun Salutations: Spice Up Your Vinyasa

      Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) have become the basis for most mainstream yoga asana practices. Ashtanga Yoga was the first to make Sun Salutations the framework for a flowing practice. Since then, other flow-style practices have become quite popular. Think Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Ashtanga practitioners cite the meditative aspects of flowing through familiar postures. Once you know the flow, they say, you can let the body take over and set the mind aside. But familiarity can also sometimes breed boredom or distraction. When you’re flowing through a habitual series, it can be easy for the mind to become...

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  • Meatless Monday: Arugula Salad with Grapes

    We’re now fully ensconced in the time of year when refreshing foods are so appealing. Hot soups and stews, my winter staples, are just not appetizing now. Raw foods, especially dinner salads, feel great. While I didn’t grow arugula this year in my garden, there are plenty of great options for buying fresh, organic arugula. Ranui Gardens is a mainstay organic grower here in Utah. They’ve been around for decades and are one of the original denizens of the 27-year-old Downtown Farmers Market here. So if I don’t have arugula in my garden—or if my arugula has suddenly bolted as...

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  • Why You Will Love the Para Rubber Yoga Mat

    Just in time for summer, we’re introducing a fresh new color for our popular Para Rubber Yoga Mats: Juniper. A soothing, leaf-green hue, the Juniper yoga mat is made from the same grippy, long-lasting material as our other Para Rubber Yoga Mats. Like its different-colored rubber mat siblings, each striated Juniper yoga mat is unique. Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats are favorites among committed yogis and teachers for their exceptional grip, stability and durability. Rubber is sustainable in several ways: it’s derived directly from natural rubber trees and it’s very durable and long lasting. Native to South America, rubber trees...

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