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Be your own bailout

Ram is known for virtue, a word that has almost dropped from our vocabulary. Our politicians lie, our icons lie, the banks lied, even A-rod lied. 100% natural, new and improved, green? Who can you believe, who can you trust? Ram never lied, Ram always did the right thing. Even when it was very hard.

By | 2010-10-31T18:41:43+00:00 March 24th, 2009|events, frugal living, Yoga|Comments Off on Be your own bailout

Show Me a Sign

After meditation this morning, I played a few Bhajans on this old harmonium, usually puts me in a great mood, and I'm ready for just about anything. I was thinking about our challenging times and our many different ways of coping. How practice can be seen as refuge, but eventually we must

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:43+00:00 March 10th, 2009|music, Yoga|7 Comments

Start Where You Are

Growing up, I remember this ritual of my fathers. Every Saturday morning he would come home from working overtime, and while having lunch ( a sandwich with potato chips inside) would sit up straight, and make out the list for the day. Here's the magic. He would start with a

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:43+00:00 March 5th, 2009|Yoga|5 Comments

Breathing Space

Namaste. I was excited to receive a review copy of Katrina's new book, Breathing Space from the publisher. She co-wrote the book with Yoga-pioneer Alan Finger, of the Ishta yoga center. Writing in a semi-autobiographical/journal context,

By | 2009-02-26T11:51:27+00:00 February 26th, 2009|Yoga|Add Your Comment

Shivaratri

You may have noticed all the Shiva references, and songs to Shiva in last weeks classes, We were leading up to Maha Shivaratri, Shiva's Favorite night.... Which is tonight! All over the world, and right here as well, there will be gatherings of Yogi's who have

By | 2009-02-22T15:05:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Yoga|1 Comment

Mom’s “Zero Calorie” Vegetable Soup

My Mom's a retired chef, and full-time saint.  She's very busy this time of year, dispensing her soup to everyone she knows.  Seriously, everyone gets soup. And between the Karma of helping others to feel better and her daily Neti pot use, she's been relatively free of colds.  Nice.  She calls it zero-calorie cause it can be a helpful part of a weight loss plan. Fill up with lo-cal soup and we're good and hydrated, with less room for snacks.  I call it Mom's liquid-love.  I asked her to share her recipe with us: Mom's Zero-Calorie Vegetable Soup.  Cut uniformly - 5 stalks of celery w/leaves, 1 pound of carrots, and 1/2 pound of green beans.  Quarter 10 brussel sprouts,  Crush two garlic cloves.  Sauté veggies with a tiny amount of oil in your soup pot for 5 minutes. (mom uses spray-oil) Add one 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, the fire roasted ones are nice.  Add 4 cups of veg stock, 6 cups of water, and 1.5 tablespoons of dried Italian seasoning.  toss in an optional pinch of red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.  add 1 small diced zucchini and a handful of baby spinach leaves.  Simmer for 5 minutes, or till veggies are crisp-tender.  Adjust seasonings to [...]

By | 2016-11-19T13:18:43+00:00 February 19th, 2009|recipes|6 Comments

Smile time

Last summer we offered a benefit Yoga class for SmileTrain, a group of doctors who perform free cleft palate surgeries in the most desperate areas of our world. The benefit was a great success, and we raised $2,500, enough for 10 brand new smiles. I'm starting to get pictures of the children we helped to smile for the first time.

By | 2009-02-17T12:53:03+00:00 February 17th, 2009|events, Yoga|3 Comments