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Learning – The 8 Limbs of Yoga – Part One, The Yamas

Learning – The 8 Limbs of Yoga – Part One, The Yamas

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The eight limbs of yoga were outlined by Patanjali in the the Yoga Sutra, an organized and structured format of the teachings of the Vedas (ancient Indian philosophy); written somewhere between 500BC and 250BC, after the Buddha but before Christ.  Nothing more is known about Patanjali.  But much has been studied and there is an [...]

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It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

PROLOGUE On December 11, 2009, Daniel was a free-spirited 21 year old out enjoying the cold air in his face, the sound of snow underneath his board and the movement of his body as he glided down the slopes in Telluride, Colorado.  That was until he came over a lip, lost control and hit a [...]

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Asana of the Week – Baddha Konasana

Asana of the Week – Baddha Konasana

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Baddha-konasana – baddha=bound, kona=angle, asana=pose.  Bound angle posture stretches the adductor muscles of the thighs.  Flexibility of these adductor muscles allow the knees to open wider, creating a lower center of gravity, and thus less effort, in a meditative seated posture such as sukhasana.  Baddha-konasana provides an additional stretch of the knees.  It is important [...]

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Meatless Monday – Nicoise Salad

Meatless Monday – Nicoise Salad

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ingredients teaspoon minced shallot 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup olive oil $ 10 cup chopped romain lettuce leaves $ 4 (4-ounce) red potatoes, steamed and sliced 1 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained 4 hard-boiled eggs, halved $ 2 cups lightly steamed [...]

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Asana of the Week – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Asana of the Week – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eka-pada-raja-kapotasana – eka=one, pada=foot, leg, raja=king, kapota=pigeon, asana – pose. The one legged king pigeon pose is a deep hip opening pose. With eka-pada-raja-kapotasana, one leg is bent with at the knee with the foot close to the opposing hip; this side of the body is experiencing a stretch in the outer hip (primarily the [...]

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Meatless Monday – Black Bean, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Meatless Monday – Black Bean, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

OM, my goodness… these are deliciously spicy and full of flavor!  I found this recipe at ambitiouskitchen.com and I hope that you enjoy it as much as my family did! Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 large yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced 3/4 cup uncooked [...]

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Asana of the Week – Natarajasana

Asana of the Week – Natarajasana

| June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Natarajasana – nata=dancer, raja=king, asana=pose; Lord of the Dance pose dedicated to Nataraj, Shiva, the God of Destruction.  The dancer pose is a dynamic balancing posture that incorporates both an asymmetrical backbend and a twist, stretching the hamstrings of the standing leg, the psoas, rectus abdominus, chest and shoulder of the side which is kicking [...]

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Meatless Monday – Lentil Topped Polenta with Goat Cheese

Meatless Monday – Lentil Topped Polenta with Goat Cheese

| June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dinner last night… It was delicious and very easy to throw together, thanks to my favorite market, Trader Joe’s!  Only 30 minutes, start to finish! Ingredients: 1 package TJ’s cooked polenta, cut into rounds 1 package TJ’s cooked lentils 2 TBS olive oil, plus more for polenta 2 cubes Dorat frozen crushed garlic 3 bay [...]

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Asana of the Week – Garudasana

Asana of the Week – Garudasana

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Garudasana – garuda=a fierce bird of prey (an eagle, usually), the vehicle of the Hindu God Vishnu.  The eagle pose is a balancing pretzel pose in which the thighs are adducted and internally rotated strengthening the adductors and stretching the piriformis and gluteus maximus.  The arm positioning dictates what muscles are being stretched and which [...]

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Meatless Monday – Try This Zucchini and Green Chile “Breakfast” Casserole

Meatless Monday – Try This Zucchini and Green Chile “Breakfast” Casserole

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

So, in truth, my best friend planted zucchini and squash and has so much of it coming out of her ears that I am looking for ways to eat it, mind you, not as frequently as she.  I also volunteer once a month to help feed the homeless at a church shelter…  what better way [...]

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