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The Sacred Ritual of a Home Yoga Practice

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | June 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga | tags: chrissy carter, coffee, gaiam, home practice, home yoga, meditation, morning, Yoga, yoga at home

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I live for my morning cup of coffee. Sometimes I get excited about going to bed at night just because it means I can wake up and drink coffee. When my alarm goes off, I climb into my terrycloth robe and shuffle downstairs, my dog Ellie at my heels. I savor every part of my morning ritual, from the first whiff of the ground beans as I scoop them out of their tin, to the quiet sitting while I wait for my coffee to brew. I take my mug to the couch and prepare for the first sip, which feels like my own private moment with God. Ellie puts her head on my lap and we sit there in silence in our little church by the window.

This sacred time gives me the space to be with myself; it encourages me to listen to methe voices in my head are too sleepy to chime in with their usual agenda and commentary. And that’s a good thing because I like to spend my mornings doing nothing in particular. If I’m in the mood, I’ll putter around my house and tend to this or that. Maybe I’ll water the plants . . . or not. Maybe I’ll write . . . or not. The rest of my day is directed by obligation — things I have to do, or “should” do — which makes the guiltless moments of my morning feel even more precious.

Our home practice can be a lot like my cherished morning time. No one telling us what to do. No agenda to follow. It’s just you and your breath in that vehicle we call the body, cruisin’ wherever you wanna go.

A Mindful Cup of Coffee: Enjoying Life’s Simple Pleasures

Sarah Bourassa by Sarah Bourassa | September 26th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: Argentina, cafes, coffee, happiness, living in the moment, living in the present, mindful, mindfully, pleasures, simple pleasures

A cup of coffee

When was the last time you actually enjoyed a cup of coffee? And I don’t mean sipping on one while you’re getting ready in the morning, stuck in traffic or rushing to a meeting at work. I mean, when was the last time you actually sat down and focused your full attention on savoring the taste of the coffee in front of you?

Recipe: Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | February 27th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: arugula, ayurvedic medicine, balsamic vinegar, bitter, bitter greens, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, citrus zest, clementines, coffee, complete proteins, control food cravings, cravings for sweet, digestive health, dijon mustard, dressing, egg yolk, eggs, endive, escarole, local produce, mizuna, mother nature, mouth, natural sugars, northern California, olive-oil, orange harvest, orange wedges, oranges, organic, palate, pasture-raised, poached egg, radiccio, recipe, red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper, salty, seasonal dishes, seasonal shopping, shop local, stimulate digestion, sustainable shopping, sweet, tabasco, tastes, watercress, weight-loss, whole-grain toast, winter produce

Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

There are several pieces to this unique and oh-so-yummy recipe.

The first has to do with the use of bitter greens. Bitter greens, such as radicchio, arugula, mizuna, escarole, endive and watercress, bring a pungent yet wonderfully unique flavor to the palate. Their bitter notes, similar to what you get from citrus zest and coffee, are also tinged with a fresh coolness, and do wonders for your digestive health. In many cultures, bitter greens are used to stimulate and tone the digestive system and in Ayurvedic medicine, bitter tastes aid in weight loss and help control food cravings — particularly the craving for sweet. When paired with natural sugars, such as what you get with ripe, luscious oranges, bitter greens will make your mouth sing!

Seasonality is another key to the dish. Winter signifies the orange harvest, especially in Northern California, where I currently reside. In this recipe I used small clementines, but feel free to experiment with Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges or any local orange that you can get your hands on. The more local and sustainable, the tastier the fruit!

But the real “pop” to this recipe is the dressing! The rich and deep sweetness of the balsamic paired with fresh-squeezed orange juice coats the greens and vegetables with just the right amount of bitter, sweet and salty. Then, combined with a hint of spicy Tabasco, myriad tastes come alive!

With the addition of pasture-raised, organic eggs, this dish packs in one of Mother Nature’s most complete proteins. Just remember to accompany a poached egg with some whole-grain toast to soak up all that yolk. Enjoy!

Transition with Grace — On and Off the Mat

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | November 23rd, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: being in a hurry, breath, change, child's pose, chronic issue, coffee, colleen saidman, dark, divorce, grace, headstand, holiday season, Iyengar, light, maha transitions, marriage, menopause, mindful, morning, nature, pranayama, retirement, Richard Freeman, road rage, rodney yee, Roshi Joan Halifax, savasana, seizure disorder, Supta Virasana, thanksgiving, transition

Yoga at summit

In 2006, Rodney and I had the privilege of taking a few classes with Mr. Iyengar. When it came time for Headstand, I informed the yoga master that I didn’t do them — I have a seizure disorder that I always felt was aggravated by Headstands. He told me, in no uncertain terms, to stand on my head now! And I did. I stayed up, and only came down when he said it was time.

By then, the rest of the class had moved on to Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), and, trying to be a good student, I came down from Headstand and sat right up to join the rest of the class. That’s the point at which he slapped my back and said, “That is your problem, not Headstand: You transition too quickly and mindlessly. I am sure that you do this in your life as well. You never let anything settle in.” Wow, what an acute teaching for a chronic issue!

Week 9: The Three T’s!

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | May 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: 10-week program, antioxidants, bikini body, brain, burn-calories, caffeine, coffee, energy levels, exercise, Fitness, green tea, health, healthy, learn, learning, lose-weight, mental, metabolism, motivation, personal trainer, spring training, three T’s, try something new, week 9, week nine, weeks, weight-loss, well-being, wellness

green teaWith only two more weeks left in our Better Body, More Energy challenge, I hope a lot of exciting things have started happening for you! Maybe you’re experiencing abundant energy (or at least more energy), a new outlook on health, or a brand new consciousness about your body. Maybe your day starts with a glass of water instead of caffeinated soda, and even if that is the change you take away from all of this, then I am happy you have made that progress!

6 Ways to Be Active with the One You Love

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | February 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home, Relationships, Weight Loss | tags: active, ballroom dancing, boyfriend, coffee, couples, dance, date activities, date ideas, date night, Fitness, girlfriend, Habitat for Humanity, health, hiking, husband, kick-boxing, kickboxing, lose-weight, love, movies, restaurant, romance, romantic, sex, significant other, The Special Olympics, Valentines Day, volunteer, walking, weight-loss, wife, wine, Yoga

Planning and scheduling time with those you love is obviously crucial to maintaining a healthy and happy relationship. We are all so busy these days that it’s always a good idea to schedule time to reconnect.

If you’re like most people, your dates/special times are based on “calories consumed,” whether that means eating at a new restaurant, getting snacks at a movie, meeting for a fancy coffee or a glass of wine after work. These things can be great ideas for spending time together but once in a while why not try  looking at the opportunity to be with those you love a little differently?

Plan your time with loved ones based on “calories burned.” What I mean is to pick activities to do together that are focused on being active and expending calories.

5 Ways Europeans Live Better than Americans

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 17th, 2012 | 192 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: American, Americans, bicycles, cars, coffee, community, Croatia, diet, europe, Europeans, food, fuel-efficient, gas prices, happiness, happy, italy, la dolce vita, lattes, obese, overweight, relaxed, siesta, smart cars, stress, travel, walking

Florence, ItalyWhenever I visit Europe — whether to explore a few former Soviet bloc countries or to take a  2,000-mile driving trip through Italy and Switzerland’s Ticino region — I’m always struck upon “re-entry” into the U.S. by how BIG everything is here at home.

We drive big cars, especially here in Colorado, where every other vehicle seems to be an SUV. Our cars have big cup holders for our venti Frappucinos and Big Gulp sodas. We live in big houses that we furnish with stuff we buy at big-box stores. Our big refrigerators – and often an extra freezer – are crammed full of food we purchase at big supermarkets. And, alas, we ourselves are big, and getting bigger: According to the American Heart Association, more than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, and of those, nearly 38 percent are obese.

Europeans clearly do things differently from us. Yet their ‘smaller’ lives seem in many ways richer and fuller. I’ve begun to notice some of those differences that we might do well to consider. Here are five that really struck me:

Yoga for Peaceful Sleep

Sara Ivanhoe by Sara Ivanhoe | March 28th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: asana, awake, caffeine, coffee, decaf, diet, energy, insomnia, legs up the wall pose, morning, nutrition, prana, restorative inversion, sleep, sleepless, stress, tea, tired, trouble sleeping, yoga poses

Woman doing yoga in bed

Tossing and turning when you should be snoozing? You aren’t alone. More than twenty million Americans suffer from a lack of sleep. In fact, insomnia, defined simply as a “difficulty falling or staying asleep,” is one of the fastest growing epidemics in our society.

Wake Up and Work Out!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: alarm clock, bed, caffeine, clothes, coffee, dark, daylight savings, dvd, early morning, fall, Fitness, gear, light, motivation, night, sleep, time change, wake up, winter, work out, workout

Woman drinking water after a workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kirsten Palmer

As we move deeper into fall, the days are shorter. While I hate to see my evening light end, it will make it easier to get the boys in bed! What I dread most is the morning darkness. It makes it so hard to get out of bed, particularly when I try to fit in “me” time before the kids wake up. In my house, that means getting up pretty early, unfortunately!

Troubleshoot for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | November 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: cleaning techniques, coffee, coffee beans, coffee machine, espresso

With organic, fair trade coffee beans running nearly $10 a pound at my local natural food stores, I expect my morning joe to deliver a total sensory “mmmm” day after day. When that doesn’t happen, I walk backwards through the coffee making process to find the weak link. Here’s how: