Reap the end of Summer's bounty. Check out this nutrient rich, dark plum and chocolate smoothie recipe to make the most of these fleeting stone fruits. Here's to the end of summer - cheers! (read more. . .)
I’ve had plenty of oatmeal in my time. Its fine. It has the rep of “staying with you” and “keeping you going all morning long”. However, I find that even with adding protein like nuts and nutmilk, I am mad, starving, hangry one hour after eating this supposed “stick to your ribs” breakfast.
Instead I prefer this 3 grain breakfast porridge adapted from Edible Perspective. You can find the original recipe here. Her recipes are fantastic and I find myself going back to them time and time again. Also, my kids go absolutely nuts for this breakfast porridge. First you cook the grains up and then you can enjoy them with sweet or savory additions. Here’s the recipe slightly adapted: (read more. . .)
I recently watched the movie, "Inside Out" with my two kiddos. I'm not a promoter of kids films, but this is truly one of the best films (kid or adult) I have seen in a very long time. The movie talks about how emotions are the "control center" of every interaction that we have. And it's true, we have them everyday, seamlessly or abruptly, singularly or mixed together like a swirly marble. (read more. . .)
What you do matters; it’s just that simple. Now, how do you contribute? It’s a big question, right? It can be thought of on so many levels. How are you contributing at home, at work, with friends, to life’s greater good? What is so sublime about contribution is that it is unlike success and failure. From the book, The Art of Possibility, Benjamin Zander says, “contribution has no other side. It is not arrived at by comparison.” (read more. . .)
Ahhh, the transition from summer to fall. We do it every year; sometimes more gracefully than others. Each year around this time, I hear my students say, “I feel frazzled. . .life is so hectic. . . I’m exhausted. . . my schedule is crazy!” And it’s true. The shift from summer to fall is a dramatic one. Just take a look at nature and you will see the extreme change that is happening all around us. Our summer here in Boston was amazing but also a very dry one. I’ve noticed that many of the trees have gotten “burnt”. Their leaves are missing at the top; they fell off without even changing colors this year. And we too are feeling the effects of summer’s heat and intensity - which is. . .well, a little burnt. (read more. . .)
Music is a key component in my yoga classes. I believe in its power to create an enhanced experience for students. When carefully selected, music can devise just the right vibe, calm the senses and inspire movement in ways that would not be possible in silence.
I have recently come across the musicians, Aya and Tyler. Their album, “Oshuns of Love”, is truly hypnotic. (read more. . .)
I love salsa! Especially summer salsa that highlights the season's finest flavors. It is even better when the produce emerges from the faithful care of your own garden. Here in Boston, tomatoes have come on slow this year, but if you are patient, you may be able to gather your harvest in the next few weeks and enjoy them in the salsa recipe below. (read more. . .)
Did you happen to tune into NPR and catch “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook talking about statins and heart health? In short, the show was a debate about two studies that just came out from 2013 supporting a push to put nearly half (48%) of Americans ages 40-75 on a daily dose of statin to lower cholesterol, and lessen risk of heart attack and stroke. Mind blowing. I couldn’t believe my ears. (read more. . .)
If you are unfamiliar with Lululemon as a company . . . let me familiarize you. You may want to know what you are supporting with your consumer dollar; especially when you are shelling out over a hundred of them for a pair of stretchy pants. Their once high quality goods that were made in Canada are no longer. You may know about their "transparency" problems . . . if not, you can get a clearer picture of their debacle here. And you can read about their former CEO (here) to get a sense of the company's origin. (read more. . .)
I have some intermediate students who are very flexible and they want to continue down this path towards malleability. Now if you are thinking, "Oh gosh where is she going with this?. . . I'm not one of those students", stay with me. This blog will have something for you too.
There is a whirl of excitement upon learning something new on your mat. Attainment does give you a little spark or boost to your self esteem, which, ultimately is not a horrible thing. However, if you are overly caught up in the finished product or in the acquisition, it will lead you to one of two places. One, an injury or two, a missed opportunity to enjoy the journey of working towards something. (read more. . .)