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  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad with Barley & Beets

    Kale salad is a thing. It’s been a thing for a number of years now. Even so, I don’t see its patina fading just yet. The thing is, it’s really nutritious, and kale’s slightly bitter flavor complements lots of other types of flavors. So maybe there’s a reason it’s still a thing. In the past, I’ve posted a number of kale salads on this site. As my backyard kale continues to flourish, expect to see more. Today’s kale salad is a meal in a bowl. It takes a little more time than some of the other salads I’ve posted, but...

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  • Parvrtta Sukhasana: Ease with a Twist

    I recently had the good fortune to sit a 18-day silent Insight Meditation retreat. A friend once compared these sitting marathons to extreme sports, calling them “extreme sitting.” It’s kind of true. All in all, at this particular retreat, we sat for almost eight hours every day, alternating with five hours of walking meditation, in 45-minute increments. In 1988, when I first started going to silent retreats, I was surprised by how rigorous it was for my body to sit that long. There were burning, stabbing, pulsating, vibrating, piercing sensations pretty much everywhere in my body, and my mind compounded...

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  • Invest in Some Yoga Teacher Training Essentials

    You love yoga. You want to share it. Or maybe you love yoga, you don’t really want to teach it,  but you want to study the practice more deeply than you can in your weekly class. So you decide to embark on yoga teacher training. No matter what your motivation for starting a teacher training, your intention is to delve deeper. This intention almost always brings with it a greater commitment to your practice. In most teacher trainings you spend a whole lot of time on your mat, learning the intricacies of poses and coming up with variations. Sometimes you’re...

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  • Meatless Monday: Asparagus-Noodle Stir Fry

    Organic asparagus still seems to be going strong at local markets. Because its season is usually short, I like to take advantage of it, especially when it’s still elegantly thin. This recipe features asparagus, noodles and a yummy traditional Chinese-style brown sauce. The original recipe that I found in Forks Over Knives magazine, calls for snow peas as well. For whatever reason, I forgot to buy snow peas when I bought the ingredients for this dish. I had already started the prep work when I discovered I didn’t have all the ingredients. Because I had a large bunch of asparagus...

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  • Ubhaya Padangusthasana: Find Your Roots

    One of the physical benefits of practicing yoga asanas is the development of balance. This is something our four-legged friends don’t have to worry about. But as two-legged, upright-walking humans, balance is a skill that we need to keep cultivating throughout our lives. According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older people. So even though you may not be elderly yet, with any luck, you will be someday. It’s important to start developing your balance now. Yoga Practice for Developing Balance When we think of balance poses in yoga, we...

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  • Create a Home Yoga Space

    One of the beautiful things about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. All that’s needed is a mat and personal motivation to stick to a schedule. For most dedicated yogis there comes a point where practicing daily is the goal. Long commutes to a studio and working around class schedules can be huge roadblocks to this challenge. A home yoga space is the perfect solution, and building one is easier than it looks. With the right space, some customization, and gear you love, a comfortable, convenient place to flow or meditate is just a few plans away. Designate...

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  • Supta Padangusthasana: Supine Big Toe Pose

    There are many reasons people decide to start practicing yoga. For me, it was simple curiosity, at least at first. Many of my students come to yoga to bring some calm to their lives. Some want to increase flexibility. A healthy percentage of my students originally came to practice hoping to resolve a physical issue, especially back pain. Whatever your intention, practicing yoga can indeed confer these benefits, along with other unexpected rewards. Supta Padangusthasana (Supine Big Toe Pose) is one of my favorites for increasing mobility, helping alleviate back pain, and for helping connect students to the present moment...

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  • Meatless Monday: Superfood Breakfast Bowl

    Breakfast has long been touted as the "most important meal of the day.” This makes sense. After fasting overnight, our bodies need extra nutrition to get us back on track. What it doesn’t mean, though, is that the foods we eat for breakfast have to be heavy. I’ve been playing with making nutrient-rich, but light, breakfasts for the summer.  For example, I love making a veggie hash with an organic egg. But I also have been enjoying making even lighter fare, such as Overnight Oats. Today’s recipe is packed with phytonutrients and protein. I was happy that the recipe called...

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  • Develop a Cooling Summer Yoga Practice

    In early June I visited the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. In my childhood, I’d spent many days wandering around visiting animals in this same zoo. For 50 years, the Cincinnati Opera performed in a pavilion at the zoo. My parents were opera buffs and attended not only the performances, but also the dress rehearsals. My sisters and I roamed the zoo while they got their opera fix. Today’s zoo is nothing like the one I grew up with. America’s most sustainable zoo, Cincinnati is a showplace of woodsy winding pathways and ample animal environments. The zoo’s amazing facelift is...

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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 cool...

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