Happiness Factor Blog

The Happiness Factor

This is one of my favorite things to keep in mind when striving for balance. We often think of having to have discrimination, self-control and a desire to put our health over our impulses and cravings. While these things are important to consider and employ, we can all together forget about the heart of the matter. I am talking about those things that make
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Vegan Bean Salad

Freakin’ Food: It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..BBQ Season!!!

Hello Yogis and Foodies! It’s my favorite time of year; backyard BBQ season! For me there is nothing better than spending the day with friends, family, and dogs, eating, drinking, and enjoying each others company. The only thing you have to worry about that day is what you’re going to bring! I have the best recipe for you all to try that is VEGAN
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empty space = beauty

A Savasana for the Deciding Mind: Project 333

This past weekend, my family and I went camping for a couple of nights in the glorious Pecos wilderness of northern New Mexico. I will tell you right now, I am an avid camper. Our family tent is surely at the top of my “prized possessions” list. I love, LOVE a few days spent staring at trees, rather than screens. But possibly my favorite
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The Illusive Journey to Balance

It seems so simple yet so difficult to achieve, a state of balance. For a long time when people would ask me to help them understand Ayurveda I would struggle to explain various Sanskrit terms, what they mostly meant and how to incorporate the various ways that those things would somehow help them. This would take way to long and lead to much confusion
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Ganesha mural at Grassroots Yoga

On Broken Tusks and Being Enough

As some of you know, we recently began offering philosophy classes at Grassroots—a dream of ours since we opened our doors a few years ago! And of course, our first series is focused on the Bhagavad Gita—a favorite story around here. During the first week’s lecture, teacher Kashyapa Fisher reminded us of the origin story of the Mahabharata—the longest epic poem in existence, authored
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Compassion: something Yoga and 12 Step Recovery both emphasize

Everything a Yogi Would Ever Want to Know About the 12 Steps by Joe Lewis

Unless you have been living under a rock (or maybe in an isolated ashram in India) for the past 30 years you have probably heard of the 12 Steps. I say this because in our society 1 in 3 people are addicts or are  affected by addiction. The 12-Steps– and the meetings, fellowship, literature, and ideas of addiction that surround them–have allowed more people
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Caring for Your Springtime Meridians

According to Chinese medicine, the life-energy known as Qi , or Prana, flows through a system of meridians in our bodies.  A different set of meridians is active during each season. Spring is the season for the liver and gallbladder meridians. These meridians care for the liver and gallbladder organs themselves as well as the eyes, blood, tendons and ligaments. The Major Functions of
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rasas masks

Philosophy Geek’s Corner: On post-punk noise, the Wheel of the Rasas, and establishing a permanent interest in life

While reading “Girl in a Band,” Kim Gordon’s recently-published memoir, I remembered for the first time in years a conversation I had once with a friend and fellow music geek. I was in my third year of college. He was going in a few hours to see a performance by the avant garde composer Phillip Glass, and I said something like “I wonder what
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digestive system

Ayurveda Superheroes: Increase metabolism, immunity and energy by avoiding bad food combinations

There is a lot of discussion about detox diets and the latest research on how to best support the body in eliminating toxins and increasing vitality. One of the most powerful ways we can do this has nothing to do with diets, detoxes or supplements. It has to do with learning about what foods should and shouldn’t be eaten together. Ayurveda has some very easy
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Freakin’ Food: Make that Annie’s Rabbit Jealous….

For me, a home is made in the kitchen. January brought a lot of changes to my life but finally, this past week, I am settled. Settled into a new house, a new routine, and a new dog. To seal the deal I needed to settle into my kitchen. While normally my kitchen is filled with kale salad and hemp seeds sometimes after a
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