john Calabria

Healthy Vegetable Soup

Here’s the recipe for Larch’s calming soup that I read in our Yoga class last week….  there’s a link to a printable version below. enjoy!


The most important ingredient is the calm mind of the cook.

I suggest these thoughts:


Pay attention.

There is nothing to be done.

It is all covered.

You do not need to worry.

You will get exactly what you need in every moment of your life.

Your Great Perfection, liberating you into the Light, is already accomplished.


Center your breath in the Heart making the sound of “Ahhh” and be grateful.

Trust Spirit, put “other” in place of “self” and breathe deeply, relaxing into the Great Presence.

Now make a peaceful soup:

The order is this: Heat water (3-4 quarts)

Add seaweed Soup Mix  (a teaspoon per serving) (to make a nutrients-dense broth)

Note, if you’re not ready for the awesomeness of seaweed, use a veggie broth, or bullion…

Wash grain (three times), swirl and strain, (half a cup oats, rice, or barley.)

Add grain, shiitake mushrooms, ginger root.

Cut root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, rutabaga.)

Dice an onion and some garlic, saute’ with thyme. (Choose your favorite oil: sesame, olive, coconut.)

When grain is softened, add root vegetables, tamari. Finish off with a generous amount of greens: Kale, parsley, celery.

Add the onions. If you have fresh herbs, now is the time!

This soup gets better on the second day, and you can add pasta sauce, noodles, and cut corn, totally renewing the flavors. Enjoy!

Rest in the light, abide in the heart,

-Larch Hanson say hello for me if you place an order.

There you have it. I love cooking with sea vegetables, and make Larches soup often. I like to add Burdock root, lots of mushrooms, and chili peppers… floating a dollop of flax seed oil on the top…

Let me know if you have any questions about cooking with sea vegetables, and as Larch ships in bulk, Perhaps we could put a group order together. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to be part of a seaweed buyers club. Peace, -john

p.s. We’ve got one spot left in our Concord Live Music Restorative Yoga class, Once full, I’ll start a wait list, along with a list of those interested in a monthly restorative Yoga class. This Yoga is deep nourishment and a great gift to ourselves.

click recipe for a calming soup pdf for a printable version of the recipe.

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Namaste, I hope that you can join us for this special treat. Amongst the ethereal backdrop of nine beautiful singing bowls, I’ll guide you through a series of deeply relaxing supported Yoga postures, culminating in a guided whole-being relaxation called Yoga Nidra.

No experience needed, and while all are welcome, space is limited. To reserve your spot you could bring payment to your weekly class, mail to me, or I’ve enabled a paypal link on my events page  if you’d like to use a credit card.

If you have your calendar handy, on Christmas day we’ll gather at 9am for class, and New Years Day, at 10:30am.

Peace,  and thank you for your support. john

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What an incredible Fall we’re having! Yesterday, out walking in the mildest November day I can recall – the last of the leaves were surrendering as I tended to the last few root crops still in the cooling earth. Sweet Potatoes, Burdock Root, an abundance of leeks and Jerusalem artichokes…. Gratitude just couldn’t wait for Thursday.

Here is one the great loves of my life sporting her finest Fall sweater:

Yoga in ConcordHer Majesty takes my breath every day as I step out my front door. I claim that moment as sacred while we journey through the seasons together.

Soon, the last of her blood-red leaves will return to the soil and she’ll stand vigil, stripped naked to the elements – beautiful as ever, while the wheel turns patiently towards the budding spring.

The all-pervading beauty appears in clever disguises. Often. Be still, and drop into that great presence where the seemingly ordinary moments – reveal their extraordinary nature.

   We lower the bar as to what brings us to joy, simply by noticing more.

​On Thanksgiving morning you’re welcome to join our 9am-10:15 Peaceful Yoga class in West Concord​. And looking ahead, We’ll also gather at 9am on Christmas Day morning. On New Years day we’ll start a little bit later, how does 10:30am sound?

Enjoy your day of giving thanks.

peace, light and love, I’m grateful for your support and kind words of thanks and encouragment.


p.s. Stay tuned for a few exciting new offerings in the works. I’ll share the news soon.

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I hope that you’re enjoying these amazing days as we ease into Fall as much, (or more!) as I am

Our Harpist had a double booking, and had to postpone her coming to play for us. I’m so happy to share that Bernadette Yao will step in, bringing her amazing guitar and beautiful vocals, offering sacred sounds for us to practice to.

West Concord Yoga

Bernadette will play for our Sunday Morning Yoga Class in West Concord.

I’ve got a few of Bernadette’s cd’s and love playing her music in class, It will be sweet to have her back! This all-levels class starts at 9am in West Concord this coming Sunday, Please come a bit early so we can get started right on time?

I’ve had a few requests to restart our Sunday Noontime class on the Concord/Maynard/Acton line, and have reached out to the owner of that beautiful space overlooking the River to see if that is possible.

Please let me know if a Sunday Noontime class would interest you?

thanks so much, and I’ll see you in class.


P.S. Remember to fill out your raffle ticket each class for a chance at winning this top of the line Yoga mat that Barefoot Yoga Company sent me.

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Namaste and Happy Solstice!

I’ve been totally humbled… I was feeling great, my practice strong, near top condition, flexible, and had boundless energy in preparing my gardens.

Then, A sweet potato planting mishap left me with a tiny, less than 1/4 inch cut on the top of my foot.

This little cut has been my teacher through quite a journey into the healing process. This little cut has shown me the strength of the human immune system, my ability to be with discomfort, and surrender to the wonders of modern medicine via four days in the hospital.

sweet potato slips

I embrace it all, to see the good and the bad, and the good in the bad. Resilience is one word that comes to mind.

This cut is a window, that has allowed me to meet some of the most present and compassionate people I have ever known.

This window has reinforced in me how family, friends, and community are the most important things.

That in accepting help, you allow the helper to serve, to express and nourish their caring nature…. So healing for both involved.

 and much more as I live into the unfolding of now. 

I am feeling much better after a week of mostly rest, and look forward to our peaceful 9am Sunday morning Yoga class tomorrow, followed by our weekly schedule of classes.

Thanks for all your well-wishes and helpful encouraging words, Here’s hoping that you are well, and I’ll see you in class.

in light, love, and gratitude,


p.s. We’re restarting our class raffle, wait till you see the awesome top of the line Yoga mat that Barefoot Yoga sent me to give away to one lucky student.

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Namaste, by request, I’m sharing the poem I read in class last Sunday. It was read at a very beautiful wedding ceremony between an apple farmer, and a potato farmer… that I was honored to be a part of.  

(p.s. our Sunday Noontime Yoga class is Acton is now on hiatus for a few months.) Enjoy these words to live by… Om Shanti, I’ll see you in class.  -j

A Blessing for The Journey

Let us vow to bear witness to the wholeness of life,
realizing the completeness of each and every thing.
Embracing our differences,
I shall know myself as you,
and you as myself.
May we serve each other
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.

Let us vow to open ourselves to the abundance of life.
Freely giving and receiving, I shall care for you,
for the trees and stars,
as treasures of my very own.
May we be grateful
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.

Let us vow to forgive all hurt,
caused by ourselves and others,
and to never condone hurtful ways.
Being responsible for my actions,
I shall free myself and you.
Will you free me, too?

May we be kind
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.

Let us vow to remember that all that appears will disappear.
In the midst of uncertainty,
I shall sow love.
Here! Now! I call to you:
Let us together live
The Great Peace that we are.

May we give no fear
for all our days, here, there, and everywhere.  

 – Sensei Wendy Egyoku Nakao.

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Mikhail Sadovnikov spins wet clay for us, the last sequence of sculpture is amazing… I found this mesmerizing and hand to share.  Enjoy, -j

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By john calabria:


Michelle shared this great Yoga video with me, it’s a short medical imaging project showing x-rays of a person flowing through some Yoga postures. I’m sure this will be seen by many Yogis!  Enjoy:

In Sanskrit, Sat means truth, and Sangha means gathering, or community, therefore Satsang means a gathering of truth seekers.

And we’ll do just that this coming Friday February 28th from 7pm to 8:30 at Yoga and Nia for Life. 135 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord.

A Satsang is like a Yoga class without the postures, Where a teaching is given, that is then meditated on, But unlike a Yoga class, there’s room for dialog, and questions, as we grow in understanding, together.

It’s sort of a Yoga teacher training experience… without the formality. If you like the stories I tell in class to convey themes sometimes, then you’ll find Satsang fruitful. This is also a co-creatinon. If you have a poem, a song, a perspective. Some bring instruments, some bring stillness.

If you teach Yoga please come, perhaps deepen your understanding, and maybe share perspectives from your lineage on the subject at hand. We’ve got filtered water and heaps of blankets to sit on, though you may want to bring your own cushion.

I hope to continue this tradition monthly, and have our Satsang be a container for offering music, mantras, meditations, potlucks, guest teachers, posture clinics, films that convey yogic themes, Kirtan, and any ideas you may have as well. Please do me a favor, can you forward this to any friends who may be interested?

Who knows? Perhaps this becomes the teacher training program that many of you have been asking me to develop.

Our Satsang will be by donation, there’ll be a hat at the door.

Peace, Many thanks for your ongoing support, and I hope you can join us.


P.S. Our second Sunday Noon class in Maynard/Acton with the amazing river view is off to a great start, Click to see our Grandmother Tree that inspires our Vrkshasana, tree pose.

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New Beginnings


Many of you have asked, and for at least a year now, I’ve been looking for just the right space to host a second Sunday Peaceful Yoga class. And when I opened the blinds and saw the river… I knew that this was it.

Yes, we’ll still be gathering in West Concord at 9am for Yoga, starting tomorrow, February 2nd. at Noontime I’ll be starting a second Yoga class at On Your Toes Studio in Acton.

Situated on a peninsula of Acton, exactly midway between Maynard and West Concord, is 77 Powdermill road, Acton MA. (Rt 62) Across the street from the Stop and Shop plaza.

The entrance to the studio is marked by the ‘A’ in the above picture. Costs will be inline with my other offerings, and same as the local studios, $17 to drop in, and I’ve made up books of ten @$15 per class, that will also be honored for our Monday 9:30 am class at Half Moon Hill, in West Acton.

It’s a quiet and clean space, with plenty of easy parking. I’ll have a few mats on hand, but this not being a Yoga studio, (at least not yet) please bring what you need for practice.

Here’s to new beginnings, hope you can join us, and thanks for your support as we enter our twelveth year of practice together.


Update: We’ve had three classes in the new space now, and it’s working out great!  Thanks to all who came out.  Peace. -j

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We had a sweet practice last Sunday, with the underlying theme being Seva, the practice of Selfless Service. To live intentionally asking “What can I give?” rather than “What can I get is   one of the greatest freedoms a human can attain.

Your greatest talents and gifts are not yours to keep; they are yours to share. They exist to serve others.

Debra Stark, founder of Debra’s Natural Gourmet is one who lives in service and shares her gifts. Her store and her 23 employees nourish and inform our community on so many levels…

As the Sunday before Christmas class ended at 10:30 a.m., I expressed my appreciation for all those present, for coming to class, and took a moment to appreciate our local businesses that
exist only because of our support.

I encouraged everyone to have a cup of tea at the bakery and afterwards to visit “Debra’s” for any last-minute needs, when they open at Noon. Debra smiled and thanked me for the mention.

In a recent class we renamed Tadasana, The Mountain Pose. It became “The Standing in line at Debra’s” pose: a reminder that in seemingly ordinary moments we can become deeply aware, and that by simply noticing more, we can unslump our whole lives.

The only ordinary moments, are the ones we allow to be ordinary.

The following Sunday as class ended, Debra told me she had decided to open the store at 10:30 today AND that the soup was already hot!

I repeated her announcement louder so that everyone could hear, and then asked her if the new store hours were just for the holidays? She responded warmly, “No, those will be our new hours going forward….. because of your Yoga class.”

What awesome news! (and, for the record, it’s not ‘my Yoga class’, it’s OUR Yoga class: it exists because you come.)

One of the reasons I chose to end my long engineering career is because I was tired of living the myth of The American Dream which is, in short, to get all you can get and to be a Winner, whatever the consequences. Instead, I only wanted to participate in deals that were not just “I Win!”, but rather “Let’s All Win Win Win”, a game of sorts in which everyone involved is better for the deal at hand, or else, I walk away. Practicing and teaching mindfulness and happiness certainly allows for that.

Debra’s opening 1.5 hours earlier is such a deal:

Her employees are happy to get more hours, and.. she’s choosing to pay them overtime. Win!

Yoga students and teachers are happy… we can pop in after class and see our friends, fellow students, and the always smiling and helpful staff, while getting what we need to nourish ourselves. Community grows. Win!

Though it was not the motive, Debra’s balance sheet will be that much stronger, along with the healthy food producers she sources from. Win!

Debra stocks many locally produced products, and much in-season local produce. A Win for the farmers and our local economy!

Students have told me that they would drive all the way home after class, only to come all the way back to West Concord to shop Debra’s in the afternoon. Less gasoline burned. Win!

So we have a Win Win Win Win Win!!!!! Fantastic. But wait, can we trace this awesomeness back to its root cause? You might have thought you were just going to a Yoga class on Sunday Morning, but look at all the goodness that came from that.

Steeped in the philosophies of Yoga is the knowledge that every action (or non-action) has powerful repercussions that ripple out, forever… and the root cause of this particular win-win-win comes from beyond the original founder of the Yoga studio, Elizabeth Bunker, and even beyond what inspired her to create Yoga for Life…

What Happens in Yoga doesn’t stay in Yoga….

Here’s hoping that our collective and skillful actions will tip the scale towards serving goodness in our world.

Please spread the word about her new hours, and if you’ve not been to Debra’s, make it a point to stop in and be nourished. It’ll soon become one of your favorite places to shop.
Yoga with john in West Concord
Om Shanti, and thanks to Shari Rose for helping me sort these words…



I’m happy to announce that I’m adding a new class to our schedule. By request, Starting February 2nd. On Sundays at Noon, we’ll be gathering at On Your Toes dance studio. 77 Powdermill Road, (rt 62) Acton MA. Just across the street from Stop and Shop supermarket. It’s a beautiful quiet space, with a wooded view overlooking the Assabet River. Plenty of easy parking, but please bring a mat, and anything you may need for practice.

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