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  • Eyebags Put the “Ahhhh” in Savasana

    Cobalt Eyebag How to Choose the Best Eyebags for Your Practice Savasana is yoga’s most important asana. It is the time when your body and mind integrate the benefits of your practice. My teacher, Pujari, says that Savasana is the time when you “collect the karma of your practice.” Over my decades of practice, I’ve realized that the most helpful way to facilitate the process of integration is to do as little as possible. The more open, relaxed and receptive your body and mind, the easier it is for your practice to settle into you. You can employ many...

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  • Meatless Monday: Kale Salad

    Red Russian Kale Kale Salad for Meatless Monday After decades of growing and consuming lots of kale, I’m so happy to see this vitamin- and mineral-packed leafy green finally getting its due. For many years I bore ridicule from people who had never—and would never—touch kale if their lives depended on it. Now you see it everywhere, not only in its more traditional forms—steamed or sautéed in a side dish—but in more mainstream fare such as the now-ubiquitous kale smoothies and kale chips. In my opinion this is all for the good. I still grow kale in my small...

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  • The Power of Yoga

    The Power of Yoga - On and Off the Mat At times I’m in awe of how the simple act of lifting my hips in Downward Dog, or resting my forehead on the mat in Child’s Pose, can make a difference in my life. Each time that I step onto my mat, the poses help me become more fully aware in each moment. I notice how I enter or leave a pose, how muscles tighten or expand, how my breath flows, how I no longer fear results (well, I try not to fear results) but rather explore a pose with...

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  • Celebrate Earth Day - Eating Sustainably

    Eating Sustainably Every Day Earth Day is coming up. We like to celebrate Earth Week by honoring our beautiful planet throughout the week—and throughout the year. Earth Week is a great time to ponder how each of us can lessen our impact and help our planet flourish. Since eating is our most vital and essential form of consumption, we’d like to offer a few tips for eating sustainably. Most Mondays, we promote meatless cuisine by posting a favorite recipe. Today, we’re going to talk about ways to explore eating sustainably every day. According to a post on Yahoo Food, eating...

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  • Yoga Wedge: Save Your Wrists While You Deepen Your Upward Bow

    Upward Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana) is one of the emblematic yoga asanas. “Exhilarating” is probably one of the best descriptors for Upward Bow. It ain’t easy, though. Upward Bow requires a bendy spine; shoulder joints constructed to allow for a fair amount of extension; and elastic quadriceps muscles. Not everyone is born with shoulder joints that can extend easily or bendy spines, but those whose bodies are naturally more stable can still enjoy backbending in many forms: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge), Urdva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) and Bhujangasana (Cobra), to name a few. Wrists can pose a major restriction in Upward...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cleansing Kitchari

    Make a Cleansing Kitchari for Meatless Monday It seems that about half the people I know are suffering from sinus infections right now. Changes of season, while they are often welcome, can sometimes create upheaval in our bodies. While springtime often inspires us to emerge from our winter cocoons, it can be wise to make our transition gradually, so as not to overwhelm our bodies and minds. We can also help our bodies integrate the transition by nourishing it with foods that are easily digestible and that have anti-inflammatory properties. Ayurveda offers kitchari (a.k.a. kichadi or kichari), a stew with...

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  • Bolster Your Supta Baddha Konasana

    Restore Your Energy with Supta Baddha Konasana Sometimes Restorative Yoga is just the thing. Most of us live very busy lives. Our to-do lists are ever growing and we often have to run from one place to the next. Sometimes we even find ourselves running to get to our next yoga class! Restorative Yoga aims to give us time to relax and renew our energies. You needn’t spend hours relaxing in Restorative poses to gain a benefit—although it might be nice to gift yourself a long, luxurious Restorative session once in a while. Practicing just one pose each day can...

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  • Meatless Monday: Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs

    Meatless Monday: Refresh Your Palate with a Spring Pasta Dish There’s nothing more elegant than pencil-thin spring asparagus. Of course, asparagus is always a treat for those of us who love it, but there’s something extra special about the early spring variety. While asparagus is great lightly steamed on its own, it’s fun to pair it with other complementary flavors. This pasta recipe is very simple to make and with the addition of lemon zest, very refreshing. You can, of course, use gluten-free pasta if you are sensitive to gluten. Happy Meatless Monday! Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs...

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  • Expand Your Half Moon Pose with a Yoga Block

    Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) balances strong, active rooting with lightness and expansion. Ardha Chandrasana strengthens your legs and abdomen, while it stretches your hamstrings, calves and shoulders. It strengthens and lengthens the spine. It is therapeutic for stress, digestive issues, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Half Moon Pose builds balance and stability. If you look at the photo, it’s easy to see that Ardha Chandrasana’s most obvious characteristic is expansion. But for many people, it doesn’t feel that way. Depending on the mobility of your hip joints and the ratio between your arm and leg length, you may even...

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  • How Discipline Sets You Free

    Create Healthy Rituals: The Freedom of Discipline “Some regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~ Julie Andrews I agree with Julie Andrews wholeheartedly! I have always been a list maker and checker-offer. As I have gotten older, I sometimes lose my lists, yet the list is still a big part of my day. I find my electronic lists harder to lose, but typing items in with my thumbs doesn't provide the same excitement as hand writing them and crossing things off. Lists provide order for me; order...

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