Posts Written OnApril 2015

third eye

I was reading one of my yoga textbooks this morning and a passage blew my mind (blow and mind are intended puns – more on that in a sec). In the 90s we were constantly reminded to take care of our brains thanks to anti-drug PSAs and my pals Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod from Body Break. As we’ve entered into an era when taking care of our minds is more important than ever –thanks to loss of brain cells as we age and the new reality of competing with technology and global talent for jobs – it seems as though we’ve forgotten…

bowl of health

My naturopath gave me this salad recipe as part of a program to reduce the acidity in my diet and eat more alkaline foods. I like to refer to it lovingly as a “big ass bowl of health”. 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced 1 cucumber, sliced 2 carrots, grated 1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup alfalfa or sunflower sprouts 2 sprigs green onions, chopped 1 raw beet, grated 1 avocado 3 tomatoes, medium sized (or 6 grape tomatos, sliced) 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds Chopped walnuts (optional) For variety add 1 cup of green…

yoga

As part of my yoga teacher training we have to do a 40-day sadhana practice. Sadhana translates to “a means of accomplishing something” and is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. So that means that we’ll be doing 40 straight days of yoga and taking 30 minutes every day for ourselves to explore all facets of our practice. This can include: Asanas (postures) Pranayama (breathing exercises) Meditation Chanting/mantra repetition Karma yoga: volunteering or helping people Jnana yoga, study: watching a video or listening to a podcast from a yoga or mindfulness teacher, reading about yoga, studying its philosophy…