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Core Commitment Yoga Camp: Menus for Health

Since part of the challenge of switching to a whole foods, health-supporting diet is just plain figuring out what to eat every day, we’d like to offer a sample menu of some easy, delicious meals that will leave you feeling fantastic! Even four days on a whole foods diet can turn your world around.  We’ve included a few hints along the way as far
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A Favorite Kitcharie Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup Basmati Rice 2 cups Mung Dal (split yellow) 7 cups (approx.) Water a bit of Salt 2 Tbs. Ghee 3 tsp. Mustard Seeds 2 tsp. Cumin Seeds or Powder 2 tsp. Turmeric Powder 2 tsp. Coriander Powder 2 tsp. Fennel Powder 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing
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Core Commitment Yoga Camp: Virabhadra Breakfast

6 a.m. this morning: I wake up groggy but excited. It’s the first day of the Grassroots Yoga Core Commitment Camp! We are stoked to have 18 warriors (the titular virabhadras!) joining us in this adventure toward increased strength and health. In this morning’s class, everyone was asked to consider one quality, attitude or experience they wanted to commit to giving themselves. I’ll spill:
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Manifesto

“I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap & still comes out on top… I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself,that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.” –Claes Oldenburg, “I Am For an Art” Manifesto
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The Secret Beauty of Tomatoes: Or, Why I Love Yoga Asana

There are days when I just feel like writing love letters to Yoga. And most especially today, when the practice is suffering another sensationalistic beat-down in the New York Times (seriously, Mr. William J. Broad–what gives?) I feel compelled to sit down and proclaim this crazy love…which I will begin to do by talking about a chef, somewhat well-known, named Jose Andres. I saw
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Nourishing Traditions

Some of who who are reading this may be participating in this weekend’s retreat, which is preceeded by a three-day nutritional cleanse based on Ayurvedic principles. This blog is always meant to welcome conversation–and we hope this post in particular can function as a forum for those of you who are participating in the cleanse/retreat to share your experiences, questions, and insights. Though I
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Receiving the Present

6 a.m.: I realize immediately upon waking that I have a pounding pulse and a brain that, although it is encased in a body that has been more or less asleep most of the night, still seems not to have rested much in the last eight hours. Because, you know, it’s got SO MUCH TO DO!!! Well hello, December, I think; I thought you’d
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Diary of a Ten-Day Juice Fast

I decided after much deliberation to actually do it.  A 10-day juice fast.  I actually wasn’t sure I would really do it until I committed to it by announcing it in my Sunday night power-hour class. That was it, committed. I am also committed to sharing my experience with you. This post will be the longest of them, as I want to be as
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Visiting Teacher Interview: Maria Garre

What is your name ?  Maria Garre Which style(s) of yoga do you teach?    Prana Flow® Yoga – a dynamic, energetic form of Vinyasa created by Shiva Rea and Ayuryoga – an individualized one on one Ayurvedic-based Yoga What does your daily practice consist of?  Does it change?  My daily practice changes frequently.  It changes seasonally and also depending upon my travel schedule.  Consistently
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Mind the Gap: Or, Giving Thanks for the Imperfect

Every year as the winter holidays draw near, I recall a teaching from the brilliant writer and meditation teacher Sally Kempton, regarding the daily lived experience of spiritual practice. She said, “the greatest test of your yoga practice is Thanksgiving dinner.” You know this test: the one where you are supposed to be serene and happy and basking in gratitude while realizing it is
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