Lavender is one of those classic essential oils that anyone and everyone can use with great success. It is such a powerful and beautiful plant with a multitude of therapeutic benefits. The flowers themselves are lovely and very pleasing to the senses. Case in point, just look at those gorgeous rows! Makes me want to go to France right now.
You might think of lavender mostly for its calming and relaxing properties, but the effects of this essential oil go far beyond that. Because of its ability to treat a wide variety of physical, emotional and mental issues, it is often called the “mother of all essential oils.”
I can’t quit you Ashtanga, even when it feels like that’s the only option, and I wish I could.
Schedule conflicts, fatigue, painful bursitis in the shoulders, boredom, breaking up with a teacher…
These are all things that have been getting in the way of practice, yet despite them, I’m still inextricably bound to Ashtanga Yoga. I can’t imagine my life without it, even though it is so full with so much else.
After months of blah, I’m feeling rather infatuated by practice right now. This only started because I actually started going to Mysore every darn day again. There’s something truly profound about that kind of commitment. For me, four days a week just doesn’t cut it. I need that repetition and experience of discipline in order to sink into the rhythm of practice.
The appearance of Ashtanga Yoga in my life’s trajectory marked a major turning point, the essence of which was the movement from being a lost child to a seeking adult.
I started Ashtanga when I started Thaddeus – the summer of 2010. Both loves ignited like wildfire and without a doubt, the two are tied.
I know I’ve said in the past that my life consists of more than puppies, yoga and vegan cookies, and it does, it really does! But, that’s not to say that vegan cookies aren’t totally bomb and therefore an essential part of what I deem to be a happy life.
This recipe brings together chocolate and hazelnuts, two of my all-time favorite flavors.
They are super simple, vegan, cane-sugar free and quick to make. Give ‘em a try and tell me what you think.
Hello Colorado readers!
I want to let you know about an awesome yoga opportunity here in the lovely Mile High City.
If you’ve been thinking about dipping your toe into the profoundly powerful ocean that is Ashtanga Yoga, here is your chance.
Eric and Joan, the only KPJAYI authorized teachers in the city, and the founders ofAshtanga Yoga Denver, are offering an 8-class course as an introduction to this practice.This will be a great way to get a taste of the practice and start learning the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga as it was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Taking this course will give you a level of familiarity with the series that will allow you to feel more comfortable entering the traditional environment of learning in the Mysore room. I highly recommend it.
It’s only $90 for all 8 classes too, which is a slamming good deal if you ask me.
Mark your calendars!
When I cook, I use many varied ingredients and spices, yet I like to keep the process of preparing food as simple as possible.
With my busier schedule these days, I’ve started using frozen vegetables without shame. They can really help make a veggie-ful dish happen fast without lots of washing/peeling/cutting.
I love Indian food, especially when the weather turns brisk. The spices and rich flavors are so satisfying on a cool fall day.
So today, I would like to share with you two of my favorite (and very easy to make) dishes: dal and vegetable biryani.
And the adventure continues….
More images from our photo shoot at the Botanical Gardens with Red Shoes Photography.
For my readers in Colorado, if you are ever in need of portrait photography, I highly recommend looking up Alison Hathaway of Red Shoes Photography. She is a joy to work with, a whole lot of fun, and a truly wonderful photographer to boot.
Love and Blessings!
Last week, Thaddeus and I did a little photo shoot at the lovely Denver Botanical Gardens with our friend Alison Hathaway of Red Shoes Photography.
I want to share with you a few pictures from this wonderful experience. As you might know, I am normally very hesitant to have my picture taken doing asana. Honestly, I feel kind of silly and narcissistic practicing yoga in public.
Plus, I have enough bad body baggage and insecurities about my flawed practice that the thought of having it recorded for all to see is rather frightening. But nevertheless, we all had a lot of fun with this shoot and it’s good for me to realize that my body or practice doesn’t need to be “perfect” (whatever that means!) to be beautiful, beneficial and joyful.
My Ashtanga yoga practice is such an internal and deeply personal thing that I don’t normally feel comfortable displaying it physically for others. I prefer to write about it honestly. Even so, blogging is such a visual media and I have often written posts about practice and thought, “I wish I had a decent photo of me practicing for this post.”
And that is where Alison and her gifted skills with the camera came into play….
Colorado yogis and yoginis!
Kundalini Yoga Denver is having a party and you are all invited. We are having our grand opening and would love to have you come celebrate with us. The evening will include a Kundalini Yoga class and gong session, tasty vegetarian treats, yogi tea, and a community bazaar.
The highlight of the event will be a kirtan concert by Matamandir Singh and his band, Avatar, sharing beautiful devotional banis and bhajans.
Mark your calendars for Saturday October 12th from 5:30 to 9:30pm.
I love autumn. I find the change of seasons to be so invigorating.
Fall is such a great time to play outside. It passes all too quickly though, so I always try to make the most of this beautiful time of year.
Autumnal food tastes so satisfying and nourishing. Fall fashion is much more interesting than summer because of the opportunities for more texture and layering. And Halloween is pretty much the most awesome holiday ever. Caramel apples, fun costumes, ghost stories, what’s not to love?
So many reasons to relish this season…..
My husband and I are nearing in on our first wedding anniversary. I’ve heard from many couples that the first year can be especially hard. Life after all the wedding hoopla takes a bit of adjusting to, emotionally and practically.
Our year has involved a lot of transition – new career, a big move, school, etc., Sometimes when we are caught up in the daily grind and “adult stuff” (basically, all the paper work, taxes, home ownership stuff that I hate about growing up) it’s easy to slack on being a sweet and loving partner. During these times, I am reminded of all the good advice I’ve heard about relationships requiring work and attention.
All in all it’s been a wonderful and exciting year, but there have been some small challenges and changes in our relationship of course.
Today I was talking on the phone to a friend and she asked if we were still “all lovey-dovey.” Happily, I was able to respond, yes, indeed we are.