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Since this summer, I’ve been taking a step back from events, festivals and the like. Instead, I’m enjoying being with my classes and my family. I’ve just added a Beginner Level Flow class at Sacred Thread Yoga on Sundays. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. I hope you’ll come check it out.

Look for a few more classes to pop-up this fall.

Happy Yoga-ing!

Football, Bourbon & Bacon

August 25, 2015

I know. I am a yoga teacher for pete’s sake. I preach about the goodness of green juice. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be a vegetarian. But, I’m also a born and raised Southerner, went to an SEC school (Go Dawgs!), and this time of year, I can’t help it, thoughts of tailgating dance in my head….

So today’s recipe is NOT healthy, NOT vegetarian, NOT even all-natural. Yikes. It IS delicious and, you know, all in moderation….

 

 

Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix

Ingredients

1 bag (15 oz) Chex Mix® traditional snack mix
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 lb bacon (6 to 8 slices), crisply cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons bourbon
3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

 

Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix snack mix, pecans and bacon. Set aside.

In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Cool 2 minutes. Carefully stir in bourbon and chipotle chili powder. Pour over snack mixture; toss until evenly coated.

Spread snack mixture on pans. Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store covered in refrigerator.

maybe balance this out with the a green juice the next day? 

The Goddess Pose

August 25, 2015

The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

When the woman who would become Indra Devi was born in Russia in 1899, yoga was virtually unknown outside of India. By the time of her death, in 2002, it was being practiced everywhere, from Brooklyn to Berlin to Ulaanbaatar. In The Goddess Pose,New York Times best-selling author Michelle Goldberg traces the life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West—and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century.

Born into the minor aristocracy (as Eugenia Peterson), Devi grew up in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in human history. Forced to flee the Russian Revolution as a teenager, she joined a famous Berlin cabaret troupe, dove into the vibrant prewar spiritualist movement, and, at a time when it was nearly unthinkable for a young European woman to travel alone, followed the charismatic Theosophical leader Jiddu Krishnamurti to India.

Once on the subcontinent, she performed in Indian silent cinema and hobnobbed with the leaders of the independence movement. But her greatest coup was convincing a recalcitrant master yogi to train her in the secrets of his art.

Devi would go on to share what she learned with people around the world, teaching in Shanghai during World War II, then in Hollywood, where her students included Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo. She ran a yoga school in Mexico during the height of the counterculture, served as spiritual adviser to the colonel who tried to overthrow Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, and, in her eighties, moved to Buenos Aires at the invitation of a besotted rock star.
Everywhere she went, Indra Devi evangelized for yoga, ushering in a global craze that continues unabated. Written with vivid clarity, The Goddess Pose brings her remarkable story—as an actress, yogi, and globetrotting adventuress—to life.

This Sunday, I am teaching in the company of so many wonderful Atlanta instructors at the final day of the Wigwam Wellness Festival Series. It promises to be a day love-able with enlightened ideas and fun practices. I am teaching two workshops:

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Exploring Truth (yoga class)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Finding Your Purpose with Meditation (meditation class)

As I drafted my notes for Sunday’s class on Truth, I thought I’d share a sneak peek here….

The very nature of our yoga practice is an investigation into Truth. Everything about our practice is inviting us to inquire, “what is happening for me RIGHT NOW?” “What do I feel in THIS moment?… and this one? … and this one.”

When we are suffering, we are most often believing something untrue. We are warring with reality. Maybe our beliefs tell us that we aren’t safe, or we aren’t love-able or that we are simply wrong all the time. Our practice helps us to shine the light of awareness on these patterns. Every time we feel fear we act in certain ways – maybe over-eating, drug/alcohol abuse or simply zoning out in front of the TV instead of dealing with the underlying issue.  The power of our practice, the power of inquiry is that it directs our attention to the present moment – to what is going on for us exactly in this moment without the backdrop of our stories.

An investigation into our individual Truths is not a mental or analytical process. We aren’t solving a problem or answering a question. We simply pay attention. “What wants my attention right now?” “What am I feeling in body right now?” We have to be willing to drop everything we know to be able to open to truth. This is big. Can you let go of all you believe about yourself to dig deeper into Truth? You can read and study about spiritual practices forever but freedom only comes from actually doing the work yourself.

I hope you’ll join me on Sunday at 2:15 for a larger discussion and a yoga practice centered around this inquiry.

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

~ Thoreau, Walden

To affect the quality of the day  – I love the strength of this statement. That our days aren’t something that happen TO us but something we actively engage with…

If you pause to think about what you actively engage with during your day, I’m guessing it often sounds like something like – I engage with anxiety. I engage with anger. Or fear. Or frustration. I practice being carried away by my emotions, my likes and dislikes, my thoughts and my feelings. And what happens with practice? It makes perfect.

Instead of perfecting our fears, what if we instead engage with being present, aware, empathetic and accepting? Can we be intentional with how we affect the quality of our days?

When we embody the present moment we do it without waiting for the right moment to begin and without judgement of how we are doing. Catch yourself with all the “should haves” we say to ourselves. As a friend and colleague says, “stop shoulding all over yourself” (say it out loud. it’s funny.). Embody the moment as it is – practice embodying wholeness, and affect the quality of your day.

The Crock-Pot

March 21, 2015

Ok, so I know it is spring and we are all wanting light, healthy meals. I do too. But, with a little one in my arms almost all day and a witching hour that knows no bounds, I feel like cooking anything is an act far too complicated for the likes of me! Happily, while I’ve always been a huge Crock-Pot fan, this blog post made me weep with joy. Seriously. I can prep these meals on the weekend while my hubby is home to help and then voila! I don’t have to think about dinner during the week at all. SO. EASY.

Hope you enjoy these too!

 

CROCK POT FREEZER MEALS – IN A BAG!

Chicken Barbecue Roast

Chicken Potato Casserole

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice

White Chicken Chili

Chicken Taco Soup

Classic Chicken, Beans and Rice

Tangy Chicken Cranberry Rice

Sweet Cashew Chicken

(click the link above for recipes)

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