Yoga: The Ancient Wisdom of Californians -The Future of Yoga…or Lack Thereof

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The Future of Yoga…or Lack Thereof. An Analogy. “Food has changed more in the last 50 years than in the prior 10,000.” ~ Michael Pollan Up until the 1940s or so, food was food—and had been food for, say, farrrrr longer than 5,000 years. We cultivated varieties of apples, etc.—so that they’d be delicious and […]

Does it Ever Pay to be Angry?

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We rarely enjoy getting angry, it’s like drinking poison or being stuck in glue, it can arise out of nowhere and often out-stays its welcome. Anger can make enemies out of friends or family, and depression is often its bedfellow. Our physical body gets tight, breath shortens, while mind and emotions get twisted. Anger is […]

6 Tips for Perfect Balance

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Many asana students struggle with balancing postures. For some people it comes naturally but for others it can feel like you’ll never be able to stand on one leg for more than a few wobbly seconds! And then there’s headstand, scorpion, handstand… Here is my simple guide to better balance. Before we get started I […]

Why We Should Stop Counting Calories

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Waylon recently wrote an article about healthy ways to lose weight and feel your best, and I feel that he hit the nail right on the head with all 10 of his tips. I brought this article up for discussion with my husband while we were cooking dinner the other night (cooking was even on […]

Living Independently With Love

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(This post was originally published one year ago today. Yet, forever relevant!) Good Morning on this glorious wet and misty Fourth of July 2012 in Michigan. The heavens have been hearing our parched cries for rain – thank goodness! We are beyond blessed to live each day as we choose. To express our power and […]

Yin Yoga & the Art of Aging

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I’m sitting in my grandmother’s apartment at the Presbyterian retirement community. Sweat is runs down my face and pools in my armpits. The thermostat reads a brutal 89 degrees and my grandmother is wearing a wool cardigan. There’s no turning it down or else she might pull out the fur coat and gloves. It wouldn’t […]

Guys, Got Pent Up Emotions? It’s All in the Hips. ~ Anthony Ware

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Tears were streaming down my face—I had lump in my throat the size of an apple. My hips were hurting yet feeling good at the same time. Waves of emotions and memories rushed over me. How did I find myself in this situation? Hint: I wasn’t playing golf (and get your mind out of the […]

My Favorite Kitchari Recipe

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About a month ago, I did an Ayurvedic cleanse. I was required to eat kitchari every day since it has a ton of protein but it’s so easy to digest. I spent time searching through recipes so I wouldn’t get bored. Since then, it’s become a staple in my diet. It’s something I look forward […]

33 Reminders of How to Be a More Mindful Person

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Next week, I’ll celebrate my 33rd birthday. It’s true what the old folks say… life just keeps getting better all the time. I find myself getting wiser, more self-aware, calmer, and more balanced as the moments, days and years pile up. Not to be a Pollyanna, but I do believe, as the Zen saying goes—every […]

Can Fruit Make Us Fat?

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By now, most folks are aware that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was a bad idea for a country suffering from an obesity epidemic. Even the food industry has gotten the memo loud and clear, and the HFCS in soft drinks and sweetened comfort foods is being replaced by cane sugar. What many of us […]