Rasas are the nine core emotions that govern our life; they are the nectar of artistic expression. The juice. The good stuff.
Rasamaya is about living the creative life. It’s about letting the emotions course through our bodies as they will. Emotions are not negative more nor are they positive. Disgust can be a powerful catalyst for change. Love can be jealous. Read More
This colorful pesto pasta is full of veggies and flavor - without any oil or cholesterol that you'd find in traditional pesto. The quick, throw-it-together sauce is made creamy and nutty with walnuts, refreshing with basil, and lightly garlicky with - yep! - garlic. Just about every vegetable makes an appearance here; kale, arugula, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, red pepper and mushrooms each shine boldly atop the bright green, whole-grain pasta. Read More
Top your toast with loads of greens and plant protein - for a power-packed lunch that's simple and satisfying! Read More
Add a little spice to your smoothie routine. We've reimagined the chai latte, and turned it into the main attraction of breakfast. Make sure to start with small amounts of the spices and taste as you blend - until it's just right. Enjoy this spiced smoothie with a side of toasted whole grain bread, and you're all set! Read More
Fruit crisp should be just that - fruity and crispy! Made with crunchy apples and a mix of seeds, rolled oats, and spices, this simple recipe has all of the flavor (and none of the goop) of your favorite apple pie. Read More
The Earthy's bounty is overflowing with whole, nutritious goodness correlated with a lower risk for certain diseases and longevity. And healthy tastes good! Roasted beet roots, carrots and turnips give every bite of this one pan meal an earthy sweetness! Read More
There's no need to spend all night cooking or washing dishes, and this one-pot meal proves it! Colorful vegetables - purple cabbage, fresh broccoli and carrots - enliven this protein-packed quinoa bowl. And the spice combination of garlic, cinnamon and fresh ginger bring it all together. Make it pop with some hot sauce, or add your favorite nut or seed for some crunch. Read More
My theme this month is "steadfastness."It's been coming up a lot in my life. In these uncertain times, I have decided to commit to letting go, to stop "pursuing," and to simply give my heart and my time to the people and the things that I love. Read More
This lightly spiced, orange smoothie will brighten up your morning! Don't let its gorgeous hue fool you; this is one powerhouse breakfast! Every sip is packed with Vitamins A and C, healthy Omega 3s and a little bit of gingery goodness! Read More
My heart is heavy with sorrow. My hope is that all the tragedies of late allow us to grieve deeply, grieve universally....
"...Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, Read More
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice..."
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
I am composing this blog post from East Rock on Star Island during my fifteenth year leading a yoga conference. Fifteen years. It seems impossible that it has been that long. As I sit here staring at the endless sea and thinking about the passage of time, I am also thumbing through a book about death, which has been on my mind a lot lately.
I always say that when I die I want my loved ones, friends, students, old lovers, old enemies, and anyone who I’ve danced with in this journey to come together at sunrise and throw my ashes off of this cliff. This rock is my home and is infused with memories that range from sunrise meditations and soul-blubbering cries to some fantastic make-out sessions with a variety of lovers over the years. I can only imagine how many other hearts this rock holds in the crags of its sparkling surface..... Read More
Our theme this year for our 15th annual Star Island Yoga Retreat was, "Returning Home. " This poem says it all.
- Ursula K. Le Guin Read More
Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms..... (click for more)
...It pretty much sums up my teaching, a lot of which is getting my students comfortable with the discomfort that is "resistance."
I'm sharing this discussion because as a long time yoga teacher, I know how hard it is to hold space for our students when they don't like us much. Despite what they might think of us, it's important to create a container where learning can happen through grit, sweat, patience, and a whole lot of losing their balance. Read More
The Anger Rasa is a stirring within the ego. It rises when things don’t line up. What is surprising about anger is its power to create or purify. And we can harness it.
The powerful energy of the anger rasa can find an appropriate temporary residence in your core. This Manipura Chakra (or third chakra) is centered directly above your solar plexus and is the physical manifestation of your personal power. Anatomically, the solar plexus wraps around the middle of our being and serves as the epicenter of our physical body. Read More
This colorful supper earns its place at the table. Lightly sweet pumpkin puree and savory dried rosemary compliment each other perfectly, while the roasted Brussels sprouts turn deliciously golden brown when roasted at high heat. The canned cannellini beans pack the soup with protein and give it a creamy texture without the need for cream. Soup's on! Read More