Entries from January 14th, 2012

1.31.2012

Photo of the Day

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Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

HA! I love this one!  Totally awesome warrior II!

1.31.2012

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil $6.08 Shipped!

 

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What a deal!!  I had to share this one with you all since I am a big fan of coconut oil!  Not only does a little go a long way and add great flavor to soups, stir fry, and even baking but did you know it’s got loads of health benefits? Coconut oil provides benefits for skin, hair care, heart, weight loss, digestion, immunity, infections, liver, kidney, stress relief, diabetes (helps control blood sugar and improves the secretion of insulin), and even helps the absorption of calcium it helps with dental care!

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1.30.2012

Photo of the Day

Savasana Pose

Here is a fun photo of my 4 month old little yogi sleeping in his Namaste onesie :)
Enjoy :)   Sacha

 

Sacha,
Aweeee your little one is so sweet and what a beautiful picture.  Love the Namaste onesie, to cute!  Thank you so much for sharing!  XO

1.27.2012

Silverbow Honey Sticks: Natural Energy Food For Mamas in Labor

Silverbow Orange Blossom Honey Sticks

A mama in labor is working harder and longer than she may ever have done before. Eating is important to maintain her energy, strength, stamina, health. (YES, you can eat while in labor. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to contact me.)  Foods that are easily digested and quick sources of energy are recommended.

Many women find that once they are in active labor they lose the desire to eat or find chewing difficult. Honey sticks from Silverbow Honey are one of my MUST HAVE items in my doula bag “food for mama” section.  They are high quality and mama’s love them in labor!  Honey sticks, plastic tubes with about a tablespoon of honey in it, are an excellent quick energy boost and easy to take in when eating may not be so easy.  Honey sticks are especially handy in a birth setting with restrictions on food and/or  drinks.  Ladies, pack these in your hospital or birth center bag!

Honey sticks are also an excellent natural energy boost before yoga class if you’re in need of a light snack but don’t want to fill up your belly.

Silverbow Honey Company is a family owned business located in Moses Lake, Washington. They are “America’s finest since 1945!”  Their 100% pure honey sticks are Certified Kosher by Kosher Certification Service and come in a variety of delicious and refreshing flavors.  Clover Blossom, Blackberry Blossom, and Lemon are some of my favorites.  Peppermint is excellent for nausea!

Honey Stick Flavors Include
Blackberry Blossom Honey Sticks
Blackberry Honey Sticks
Cinnamon Honey Sticks
Clover Blossom Honey Sticks
Lemon Honey Sticks
Lime Honey Sticks
Orange Blossom Honey Sticks
Orange Honey Sticks
Peppermint Honey Sticks
Sour Cherry Honey Sticks
Variety Pack Honey Sticks
Watermelon Honey Sticks

Check out their variety of honey products which include organic honey is Certified Organic by Washington State Dept of Agriculture at Silverbow Honey

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1.27.2012

Photo of the Day

photo via karmaspot.wordpress.com

Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Awesome!  I love seeing kids challenge the mind and body connection through yoga!  Warrior III is tricky, what a great job!   This picture reminds me that I used to love making friendship bracelets and ankle bracelets!  Check out more kids yoga on  karmaspot.wordpress.com

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1.27.2012

The 10 things you’ll do once you start yoga (that have nothing to do with yoga)

“The 10 things you’ll do once you start yoga (that have nothing to do with yoga)” first appeared on  Recovering Yogi by Lee Anne Finfinger sometime in the fall of 2011 and read it again this morning when it appeared on  Elephant Journal.

photo by Anton Belovodchenko

It’s cute, it’s funny, and pretty accurate!  Here’s what I now relate to since becoming a yogini…

1.  At least once, you will force yourself to try to be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free (insert any over-zealous diet here)/ drink Kombucha/ buy bottled water before class and pour it into your sustainable water bottle before the teacher/students/Whole Foods cashier next to you sees.  (If you’re craving meat, just eat it!  On your deathbed, will you really be glad that you didn’t have that steak on your 30thBirthday?)

YOGA PEACH: Yep!  I took on the challenge October 1, 2011  here on Yoga Peach Goes Vegetarian! As far as Kombucha is concerned, I’m still experimenting from time to time but haven’t grown to love or fully understand Kambucha. I can say, however, that every time I hear the word Kambucha I think of this hillarious video $hit Yogis Say (highly suggest for a good laugh!)

2.  Your iPod will now include a heavy serving of Kirtan music that you will listen to on your very long commute to your yoga studio (It’s cool; if you want to listen to Kirtan occasionally, go for it!  When you start listening to it while driving and falling asleep — time to go back to your old playlists. Do NOT switch over to NPR!)

YOGA PEACH: Like light pouring through my body and the sounds of peace filling the room through my ears, the sounds of Kirtan is something most yogis strangely relate to, myself included. Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Bhagavan Das, Jau Uttal, and the list goes on.

3.  You will pretend not to notice that your ass now fits in a size 6 instead of an 8, but you’re secretly thrilled.  (When you get down to a 4 though, watch it.  People will talk.)

YOGA PEACH: NO COMMENT!  WELL, LET’S JUST SAY AGREED!

(if I was able to enlarge the font on the word AGREED I would!)

4.  You will go back to your natural hair color/ remove your hair extensions/ cut your hair short in an attempt to stop paying so much attention to your vanity.  (Try not to cut it too short — the growing out process is a bitch and then you’ll just need more hair extensions. I did.)

YOGA PEACH: I never liked my hair anything but natural dark brunette, even before becoming a yogini.  I can count the number of times I’ve died my hair on my two hands and admit to getting extensions once. (give me a break, I was 23 years old and lived in Vegas!)

5.  You’ll attempt to read the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Upanishads while your stack of fashion magazines calls to you from the next room.  (Really, why can’t I like Rachel Zoe and yoga?  Now that I’m thin enough to actually wear her clothes, why should I pretend I don’t want to?) (See #3.)

YOGA PEACH: Shocker here… I have NOT read Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita but have read a number of yoga books, blogs, and training manuals.

6.  You will take a retreat. Hello, Kripalu!  (It’s ok — those other people probably are weirdos.  So are you.  Eat your breakfast and shut up.  No really, shut the fuck up – it’s a silent breakfast.)

YOGA PEACH: Over the past few months I’ve seriously considered taking a trip to India to attend a yoga retreat or visit an ashram.  It would also be my dream if I were in India to volunteer.  To volunteer and use my experience as a birth doula to assist in shaping and supporting the birth experiences of women with different cultural backgrounds would be a very powerful and meaningful experience.

7.  You’ll start taking photos of yourself in yoga poses. Often.  And you’ll think that other people care.  It’s like the modern-day version of the vacation slideshow.  No one gives a shit, but they’ll pretend like they do so that you do the same when they whip out their own photos.

YOGA PEACH: No comment, but I love it!  See HERE

Me in the middle of Broad Street “Avenue of the Arts”

8.  You will at some point wear mala beads, which will break all over the floor of your 6:15am class.  (Basically, it’ll end about as well as when I wore my Grandmother’s rosary beads to dinner at age 6. Silver Lining: The company was kind enough to re-string them for free, and now I just wear them like a really cool wrap bracelet.  It’s very hippie chic. Thank you September Vogue.) (See #5)

YOGA PEACH: I am totally not into prayer beads but never say never.   I’ll be happy to bet it happens! (see #6 above)

9.  You will become a cheap date.  Remember, you just dropped two sizes and you continue to spend at least an hour a day sweating and twisting and breathing.  You’ll be buzzed from one drink!

YOGA PEACH: Couldn’t have said it better, I have nothing to add except “one and I’m done!”

10.  You’ll get over yourself.  If you teach yoga, you’ll hope that people show up because they like taking class from who you really are.  If you practice yoga, you’ll keep showing up and you’ll realize that the other shit doesn’t matter.

YOGA PEACH: Do what you love, love what you do: the other $h*t doesn’t matter!

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1.26.2012

Four Cheese Pasta with Cauliflower

photo via SELF

Yum!!   This looks so comforting and yummy right now. I’m actually headed out the door in 10 min to pick up whole wheat pasta (or maybe even quinoa pasta) and cauliflower to make this tonight!  I was just thinking about what to make and nothing was sounding appealing to me until I came across this easy cozy recipe.  I’ve been working very long hours (often until 3 or 4:00am lately) and not stopping to eat much for dinner.   (I know, totally not good. I am looking forward to preparing something tonight and thankful it’s so simple (more work to come after dinner!)

It’s approximately 265 cal and 7g fat per serving, but I’ll likely cut back on the amount of cheese it calls for.

Four Cheese Pasta with Cauliflower

**UPDATE: It was delicious!  The hint of cayenne pepper and garlic powder mixed with the cheese (I used sharp cheddar and fresh parm) was fabulous.  The cauliflower added flavor and made it filling along with packing in vitamin C and K!

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1.26.2012

Photo of The Day

photo via Huffington Post

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

AWEEEEEE!!!  How sweet is little monkey in lotus!!  This should make you smile, enjoy.  Thanks Huffington Post for sharing!

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1.20.2012

Photo of the Day

photo via meditationanalysis.com

1.     Just for today, I will not be angry

2.     Just for today, I will not worry

3.     Just for today, I will be grateful

4.     Just for today, I will do my work honestly

5.     Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing

Such simple, yet powerful, suggested thoughts.

Thank you for sharing the five major principles in Reiki Meditation,

Meditation Analysis!

1.14.2012

Warm Winter Sweet Potato, Corn, Bacon Chowder

 

Let’s face it, snapping a shot from my low battery android without flash looks terrible!  I honestly didn’t think this would be a recipe to share but what a surprise.  SO yummy, so simple, and way better than  the ingredients sound so give it a try and let me know when you do!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon or turkey bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 large white onion diced
  • 1 very large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 32  ounce  chicken broth
  • 3 oz diced can green chilies (or one fresh hot pepper if you prefer spicy0
  • 1 15-ounce cans corn (no salt added)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk

Directions:

  • Cook the bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  • Add the peppers and onion to the bacon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and green chilies and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in the corn, milk, and cook until heated through.

*this recipe was modified from Sweet Potato Chowder via www.realsimple.com

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