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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...

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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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  • Meatless Monday: Favorite Breakfast Hash

    I learned years ago that hot cereal is a deadly breakfast strategy for my particular body. When I eat any sort of hot cereal in the morning, I feel a powerful compulsion to go right back to bed. Protein and veggies, on the other hand, are a winning combination for me. So most mornings, I start my day with this quick veggie-rich breakfast hash. It’s super easy. I chop up a cup or two of whatever veggies I have in the fridge or pantry. Then I sauté them for 10 minutes or less, adding the quicker-cooking veggies a few minutes...

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  • Marichyasana: Sage with a Twist

    Many of yoga’s traditional asanas are inspired by Hindu mythology. Others, such as Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose),  have very literal names. Today’s pose, Marichyasana (Marichi’s Pose), is named for the sage Marichi, who Yoga Journal calls “the great-grandfather of Manu (‘man, thinking, intelligent’), the Vedic Adam, and the ‘father’ of humanity.” Marichyasana has many variations, some of which involve spinal twisting. The version of the pose I’ll describe here is a variation of Marichyasana III, but with a twist. Make sure that you warm up before attempting this pose. You can warm up by practicing poses that stretch the hamstrings...

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  • Meatless Monday: White Bean and Lentil Burgers

    Just in time for summer barbecue season, here comes a classic veggie burger. There are lots of great choices for frozen burgers. There are certainly good reasons to take that route sometimes—time, energy, ease. But sometimes it’s fun to make your own. These White Bean and Lentil Burgers are worth the effort. Making burgers can be tricky. When there are lots of dry ingredients in the mix, it’s really common for burgers to fall apart. Many of the store-bought burgers use binding ingredients such as vital wheat gluten to avoid this. But of course, gluten isn’t a healthy food for...

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  • 5 Great Yoga Mats for Tall People

    Imagine practicing Downward Facing Dog Pose or Warrior II on a mat where your hands and feet are at the very ends of your yoga mat. Or imagine a Savasana where your lower legs and feet are off your mat—and maybe even in someone else’s mat space. Most yoga mats come in one standard size—24" by 68". You don’t have to be all that tall to end up spilling off the ends of your yoga mat. While the standard mat size easily accommodates the majority of yoga practitioners, lots of taller people practice too. Having a longer and/or wider mat...

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  • 4 Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

    Some traditions of yoga recognize the “seasons” of people’s lives. These traditions advocate for allowing your practice to evolve according to your season. Here’s how it works: Spring is the season of childhood. In childhood, free play is the most appropriate practice. Summer is the season of young adulthood. In young adulthood, asana is the focus, along with introducing some basic pranayama and meditation practices. Fall is the season of middle age. In middle age, pranayama becomes the central practice, with asana and meditation to support it. Winter is the season of seniorhood. In your senior years, meditation becomes the...

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  • The Best Yoga Beaches in the U.S.

    One of the best things about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. Yogis can be found in a studio, in a gym, or even at home. For many, practicing yoga in nature only adds to the experience. Fresh air and open spaces help create an environment that makes relaxation even easier. Now imagine that yoga session at sunrise on a large, sandy beach. There is nothing more relaxing that finding your center with the waves crashing in the background and the breeze blowing through your hair. Luckily, throughout the U.S. there are plenty of beaches that offer visitors...

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  • Utthita Parsvakonasana: Extended Side Angle Pose

    Wide-legged standing poses—think Triangle and the Warrior poses—are the foundation to a balanced yoga practice. They cultivate strength, stability, balance, flexibility and expansion, all at once. Standing poses strengthen the legs and the core, and nurture the back. In the process, they encourage expansion, making them a great antidote to sitting at a computer, in a car or even in meditation. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) is a favorite among my students. It promotes steadiness by strengthening our connection to the ground and strengthening our ankles, knees and thighs. In particular the upper side of the body not only...

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  • Ginger Bok Choy Stir Fry

      Sometimes I like to make a meal out of whatever’s in the fridge and/or pantry. This ginger bok choy stir fry, based loosely on a recipe a fellow yoga teacher from Vancouver shared with me 15 years ago, is simple and well balanced. In Ayurvedic parlance, it feels very sattvic. Bok choy is a somewhat spicy dark green leafy vegetable. Like all dark green leafy veggies, it’s packed with nutrients. Spring is a good time of year to find tender baby bok choy. Snap it up if you can find it, but mature bok choy works just fine here...

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