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
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
Hiding vegetables in your breakfast has never been so delicious. All of the flavors of carrot cake are on the menu this morning, without the sugar crash! Read More
Ravioli are little pockets of deliciousness, and we love them best when flavorful vegetables are tucked inside! A quick, tasty mushroom marinara sauce - full of Vitamin D - happily smothers these spinach and 'ricotta' raviolis for a delectable and well-balanced meal, in no time! Read More
Nursing in global health is a steep and fast learning curve. The last few weeks in Haiti were tiring but deeply soul-fulfilling. I have shed tears with some of my patients over situations that no person should endure. I have also smiled so hard it hurts from the stories of hope and resilience. Read More
Loaded baked potatoes are often loaded with unhealthy fats and calories, but this soup recipe transforms the classic side dish into a healthy entree. Frozen broccoli and carrots pack this soup with color, along with Vitamins A and C. And red skin potatoes (that melt in your mouth) make this a satisfying and comforting main course. Kick it up a notch with your favorite hot sauce, and make it a little 'cheesy' by stirring in nutritional yeast. Read More
This simple breakfast will get your day started right. Smear some almond butter on toasted whole grain bread, add a side of fruit, and you're all set! Read More
The pairing of sweet and savory never tasted so good! Lightly, naturally sweet butternut squash ravioli gets the royal treatment, topped by crispy, smoky 'bacon,' Vitamin A-loaded arugula and Vitamin C-packed frozen peas. This simple meal is full of a plethora of veggies and feels just a little fancy! Read More
Take your black bean soup to the next level with all the flavors and textures of nachos! Piling your bowl with additional veggies and crunchy chips makes for a filling, delicious and super simple meal that's packed with protein. Read More
Be the compassion in healthcare.
Recently, I was struck by a conversation I had with a patient who had been told she had "small amount of calcium on her heart walls that we should continue to monitor."
No explanation by her cardiologist as to what that meant. Read More
This soothing soup is swimming with veggies and brown rice noodles, and just waiting to be slurped up! It's a one-pot meal that warms you up as it fills you up, and it's loaded with the good stuff. We love it with bok choy and mushrooms, but your own favorite veggies will work beautifully. Drizzle it with sriracha and green onions to make that first bite pop! Read More
Crispy brown rice cereal is a delicious way to keep the crunch in your breakfast routine -- without the added sugar. Swimming in creamy, unsweetened soy/nut/rice milk, topped with Vitamin C-rich fresh strawberries and blueberries, and sprinkled with unsalted sunflower seeds, this big bowl of breakfast goodness has all the fuel and the flavor you need to get your engine going! Read More
This creamy lemon sauce is rich and light at the same time, and it perfectly pairs protein-packed beans and the fresh flavors of Vitamin C-rich fresh broccoli and zucchini. All served over whole grain pasta, this dish is a decadent (and secretly nutritious) dinner. Read More