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6:38 pm

Lisa's Warm December Breakfast

Mix together:

1 cup hulled buckwheat 1 cup raisens ½ cup walnuts ½ cup hazelnuts ½ cup cashews ½ cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup coconut ¼ cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons Cinnamon 1 teaspoon dry ginger ½ teaspoon cardamom ½ teaspoon nutmeg store mixture in a glass jar Bring ½ cup of cereal mix covered with coconut milk to a low boil Add 1 hachiya persimmon or 1 tart apple or 1 comice pear Simmer for 10  minutes Serve with butter or ghee or whipped cream. mmmmmmmmm


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5:09 pm

Maitri for Christmas, by Lisa Wells

It’s December. Every store I walk into, I am confronted with huge displays of holiday goods: candy, cookies, ornaments, toys, decorations. Tantalizing, tempting, torturous goods.  All screaming “Buy Me”  “Eat Me” “Consume Me.”  It is the season of overindulgence. It is the season to shop too much. It is the season to overextend my credit card. I steal myself against it. I feel manipulated.   I get resentful and prickly. I don’t want to play this consumer game but I feel like a Scrooge if I don’t participate.  This game that says if I purchase just the right thing I can buy the love my heart desires and my life will be complete and meaningful.   If I don’t play along I feel resistance, fear, jealousy, stinginess, and selfishness. How do I respond yogically? Hmmm, yoga teaches us to embody aparigraha, non-grasping. But my reaction to the grasping quality of the holidays doesn’t feel like aparigraha. Aparigraha feels like freedom. This resistance is not freedom. I search a little more deeply in myself.  What do I want this holiday season?  Who do I want to be?  I sit in meditation and listen. The word Maitri arises within me.  Maitri can be translated: love, kindness, friendliness or generosity of spirit.  I’ve chosen maitri, generosity, as my holiday mantra this year.   It feels like just what I need to counter the scrooge within. My pranayama  Maitri practice is comprised of breathing into my heart center.  I use breath to open up into all the prickly places around my heart.  I use my breath to release the fascial tissue that grasps and pulls at my heart. I receive fully on each inhalation.  I offer completely on each exhalation. My asana Maitri practice is comprised of heart openers.  I practice my back bends supported by a firm foundation: Sthira (strength) in my legs and pelvis; Sukha (ease) in my heart and chest.  I practice Lunges, warrior poses, deeper lunges, boat pose, dog pose, wild thing, bow pose, bridge pose, wheel pose, flying monkey pose.    I receive fully on each inhalation.  I offer completely on each exhalation. My meditation practice is to  rest in the space of the heart.  I open to source.  I receive completely.  I open to the world.  I offer completely.  No resistance.  Freedom. I’m changed.  I walk into stores neither resisting nor grasping.  I see people, not goods. And I practice generosity, with myself and others. It is turning into a wonderful holiday after all.

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7:51 pm

The Yoga of Skin Care, by Lisa Wells

Abyhanga OilsYour skin is the largest organ of your body. You’ve got more than 2 square meters of skin encasing your body. And your skin is home to over a thousand species of bacteria, good bacteria. Your skin is the interface between your body and the world around you. Your skin serves as your personal container. Your skin is your protection from the nasty toxic stuff in the world. Your skin help regulates your body’s temperature. Your skin is the organ of touch and physical pleasure. You feel your world and relate to others directly through your skin. Your skin communicates your state of health, happiness and vibrancy to everyone you meet. Healthy skin is an indicator of a healthy human. Caring for your skin, you care for yourself. Soaps, even the nicest ones, are unnecessarily harsh to the skin. Soap robs the skin of its healthy natural oils. This natural oil serves as protection from the physical and chemical attacks of the environment. Soap changes the chemistry and biology of your skin, it literally changes who you are. Through these changes in body chemistry and biology, soap alters the ability of your skin to interact with the world in a natural healthy way. Soap can thereby change how you are perceived by the others, as your chemistry shifts away from its natural composition toward something synthetic and affected. The yoga of skin care begins with an oil massage before your daily bath. You’ll want to choose an oil that appeals to you: Sesame and Almond oil are warming to the body; Coconut, Olive, and Sunflower Oil are cooling; Kastor Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory; Mahanarayan Oil is warming and antibacterial; Neem Oil is a strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal that can be useful for psoriasis or athlete’s foot. Add aromatic oils that are pleasing, rose, lavender, jasmine, cedar, sandalwood, or any other scent that is pleasant to you. Or choose a pre-mixed oil designed for your Ayurvedic constitution. You don’t need a lot of oil for your daily massage. A few teaspoons of oil is enough massage the entire body. Start with your feet and massage your way up your legs. Then massage from your hands up your arms, and from your face down your neck. Finally, massage the front and back of your torso. Give your body the gift of love by chanting ‘sweet nothings’ to yourself as you do your morning massage. After your massage step into a warm shower and the warm water will help the oil to penetrate your skin. If you feel the need, use soap solely on your pits and groins. As you feel comfortable with the oil massage, you might want to include dry brushing your skin before your massage. Dry brushing stimulates the glandular and nervous systems, improves blood circulation to the skin, and helps the lymph to drain. Dry brushing defoliates the skin and helps remove impurities from the pores. Dry brush before you oil massage your skin for best results. Choose a natural bristle brush with a long handle and you’ll be able to get the whole of your back. Use a softer brush for your face. Use small circular motions and brush firmly enough to bring color to the skin. Just like the oil massage, begin dry brushing at the periphery of your body and work toward your core. Start with the soles of your feet, then massage up your legs. Brush the palms of your hands and then massage up the arms. Brush your face, and then down your neck and finally brush your chest, abdomen and back. Dry brushing and oil massage will help keep you vibrant and healthy. It is a simple, pleasurable, gift you can give yourself. You will feel your radiance increase in the world. The world will reflect your radiance back to you.

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5:20 pm

ROASTED RED PEPPER COCONUT SOUP

Mishele’s recipe from the Live Well potluck: ROASTED RED PEPPER COCONUT SOUP -  from Moosewood Soup Deck Yields about 9-10 cups. Has a little “bite” to it so you may want to serve w/ greens. I put fresh cilantro on top.
  • 6 red bell peppers, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups undrained, canned diced tomatoes (14 oz can)
  • 1 ¾ cups coconut milk (14 oz can)
  • 2 cups water
Directions: Roast (may scorch!) your red peppers and set them aside in a tightly covered bowl to cool and then stem, seed, and peel them. If you can find them, use two 13 oz cans roasted sweet red peppers in water  instead, rinse and drain them. I used fresh red peppers from Denison Farms; had to put on high broil for 5 about minutes to get them to cooperate in giving up their skins!In a covered nonreactive soup pot on medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onions, garlic, red pepper, and salt and cook for about 15 minutes, until the onions are very soft and translucent. Remove the pot from the heat and add the tomatoes, coconut milk, water, and roasted red peppers. In batches in a blender, puree the soup until smooth. Return it to the soup pot and reheat.

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3:32 pm

The Gift

Hope you enjoy this guest blog post by Janet Levin.  I'm grateful to her for sharing her self with us this last month.
THE GIFT The gift we accepted at sixty is now, at sixty-three, eviscerated in a sentence in an email. Under my feet, foundation vanishes in a salty, sandy swirl. I surrender into grief. 7,000 miles away, he yanks out four decades of roots. He packs up our life, puts mine in storage, tells me so after the fact. Brutal—this hidden switchblade in his fist. His betrayal pierces bone. I am not a young woman mourning her boyfriend. I am recently retired. I am deeply in love with this man and our life. His friends are shocked. But he loves you. But he has left them, too. I have been doing yoga off and on for decades. Our mutual friend sits in presence with sobs which rise in disbelief like lava from a source I’ve never known. I want nothing.  She reminds me to breathe, meditate, eat. We walk miles on the beach. We do yoga on the patio before the day gets too hot. Inside me is smoke in vacant space, no map, no direction. I am completely and utterly lost. The only sensation is pain. I am not a young woman mourning her boyfriend. Our wills are on file at City Hall. Rather than marry we talked about the elements that make a marriage, the ones we chose to give our life; we met with an attorney to lay down the tracks of those intentions. I have been doing yoga off and on for decades. I breathe with my friend through asanas that remind me I have a body. I break a bone in my foot. I research wheelchair yoga. Who knew such a thing existed? I stretch my arms diagonally to the sky, ask my heart to follow. It has no interest. But I insist. Who is this? I have been doing yoga off and on for decades. Now it’s an umbilical holding me to Heaven and Earth. Inviting me to choose life every single day inviting me to choose. I am alive, I see, I wake up every morning, I have to choose. I stretch my arms diagonally to the sky. I ask my heart to follow. I am not young. I have been doing yoga for decades. But not like this. Not everyday like now. The cast comes off. The walking boot supports the knitted bone. Yoga supports a knitting soul. I get a groupon for 20 Laughing Lotus sessions; I need to laugh as much as I need to stretch. Core strengthens, the soles of my feet are steady on cork floors. Om reverberates; and tears spill over in a Hoover Dam flood carrying me in its flow. I get an introductory rate, 40 bucks for 30 days. Every morning I walk to the studio, grateful beyond belief for this gift, my burning triceps and hamstrings, my place in the world, everything in this cauldron of awakening. I’ve been doing yoga off and on for decades. I loved this man, our life. Now daily yoga breath and stretch surrenders a cutting edge carved these brief nine months: a new container.      

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6:14 pm

Lunch with Live Well Potluck Recipes Chapter 1: Dal (Indian Lentil Stew)

Dal (Indian Lentil Stew) 4-6 servings 2 c. diced onion 2 T. canola oil 1 t. cumin seeds 1 t. turmeric 1 T. garlic-ginger paste (usually found in Indian grocery stores, I found at Winco!) or use 2 smashed garlic cloves and a t. of grated fresh ginger Few shakes red pepper flakes Saute onions in oil until soft and translucent. Add spices and saute a bit to release the aromas. Add: 1 c. red lentils 3 c. water 1/2 t. salt Simmer until lentils are soft, adding more water if necessary to make it the consistency you like. Taste, and if you like it spicier, add a few shakes of cayenne pepper. May also need a bit more salt. Top with chopped cilantro and tomatoes, if you have them. It is also good with some plain yogurt on the side. Serve as a side dish or over rice. Enjoy! By Sarah Edwardsson

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5:05 pm

Lunch w Live Well Potluck Recipes Chapter 1: Tempeh "Chick'n" Salad

We had a a delicious potluck lunch at Live Well on Sunday.  And everyone wanted the recipes.  Here's the first submission:
Tempeh “Chick’n” Salad
8oz Soy Tempeh, cubed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 cup chopped celery
4 scallions, minced
½ teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon sage
½ cup parsley, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
½ cup (or less) eggless Mayonnaise (I prefer Grape seed Veganaise)
Combine Tempeh, soy sauce, water and vinegar in a covered 1 quart casserole.
Cook in microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring once.
Remove cover and cool to room temperature
Add remaining ingredients to Tempeh mixture. Stir well and chill.
We generally double this recipe when we take it to events.  We also tend not to measure out the mayonnaise.  We just mix it in till it looks good.  (We generally use approximately ½ cup mayo when making the double batch)
Enjoy!!
Armand and Irene
Here's Irene in Crow Pose!!

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5:11 pm

Prompt for Yoga

Dear Yogini:  When someone comes into class in the middle of meditation I lose my concentration.  What should I do?  ~Prompt Dear Prompt: First, practice karuna, compassion. Practice compassion for yourself and for your fellow student. Our lives are complicated. Sometimes we can arrive on time, and sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we most need yoga on that day when we are running late. Hold your fellow yogi in the best part of your heart and you will be transformed.    Second, practice upeksha, indifference. Upeksha is an advanced meditation: notice when your mind jumps to judgment or criticism and let it go. It does not really matter what the person’s story is, you have much to gain from learning to let go. Practice upeksha when you experience your mind's discomfort and you will be transformed. A few years ago I was teaching a meditation class at one of the churches downtown. Just as we were settling into silence, a city work crew showed up to remove the sidewalks outside of the room we meditated in. It was the most difficult meditation I have ever done, holding space for silence amidst jackhammers destroying concrete. It was also one of the most transformative meditations I have ever done. Practicing stillness and quiet in the midst of intense situations, be it jackhammers or late students, teaches me to practice stillness and quiet when real personal crises or conflict occur in my life. On this path we transform our lives and our world. And one more simple detail, if you arrive early set up your mat in the front of the room, then the late-arrivals will be less disruptive to you and the rest of the class when they fill the space behind you. Thanks for asking Prompt! Namaste, The Live Well Studio teachers and staff

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5:08 pm

Tardy for Yoga?

Dear Yogini:  Is it okay to show up late for yoga class?   ~ Tardy Dear Tardy: Yep, it is okay to show up late. And there are some things you can do to make this easier for the teacher, the other students, and yourself.    1. If you know you’re going to be late, try to pre-enroll for class online. The teacher will know to save you a space and may even set a mat out for you. If you didn’t pre-enroll or there is no space set out for you be especially mindful of the following suggestions. 2. If the class is in a quiet centering moment when you arrive, either wait in the lobby or sit at the back of the room until meditation is over. Set out your mat when the class moves into asana (posture practice) or when the teacher invites you to. 3. If the room is very crowded, let the teacher help create space for your mat. Please do not set your mat at an angle to other mats in the room or have it overlap with someone else’s mat. Thanks for asking Tardy!

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5:32 pm

Comparison and Separation

I’ve been practicing yoga for more than 2 decades.  My pigeon pose has probably reached its full expression.  There just isn’t much more opening to be found in these old hips.  My Pigeon Pose is a humble Pigeon Pose. I often find myself surrounded by yogis with extraordinarily beautiful Pigeon Poses.  Yogis who can bring their shin perpendicular to their spine and then lie their chest right down on it.  Or yogis who come into full upright Pigeon, bend their back knee and balance perfectly in Mermaid Pose.  Or the few who can reach overhead and hold the foot of their back leg lightly in their hands as they gaze upward into the eyes of the divine.  Can you hear my jealousy? I’ve envied me many a Pigeon.  With no other option on the table, I humbly proceeded to work at Pigeon Pose at my bodies pace.  I practice Pigeon Pose nearly every day not for its beauty, but because my body feels better when I do.  Pigeon Pose feels delicious regardless of what it looks like. The other day, I found myself once again noticing everyone else’s achievements in Pigeon Pose.  I was comparing my Pigeon with other yogi’s Pigeons.  I can tell you exactly who was deeper in their Pigeon than I was.  I can tell you exactly who has tighter hips than I do.  As I was cataloguing all the Pigeon Pose’s in the classroom I had an ‘aha’ moment: the process of comparison was keeping me separated from others.  My internal dialogued, simplified, was: “He’s better than me.”  “She’s tighter than me.” This internal dialogue enhanced my sense of isolation and specialness.  It fed my ego, the good and bad of my ego, and it kept me alone.  This sense of loneliness through comparison is an old familiar feeling. I’ve recently been chanting a simple mantra during my meditation: “not-separate.”  Softening into ‘not-separate’ has changed my perspective on the world. I’m more connected with people.  I smile more easily.  I’m less attached to who I think I am. I am more able to give fully of myself.  I am less afraid to be my true self. Gradually, I find myself letting go of my need to compare myself to others.  I find myself able to practice Mudita, empathic joy. Not just in theory, but really enjoying the accomplishments of others. If I am not separate, then their accomplishment is also my accomplishment. Mudita is a delicious way to expand my experience of life. So when your yoga teacher reminds you not to compare yourself with others, it’s for real and for realization. It’s to help protect you from injuring yourself.  It’s to help you practice Mudita and ‘Not Separate.  As this deepening occurs, the world might just open up and swallow you whole.  You might step right into Krishna’s mouth and experience the glory of all that is.   You might wake up.  

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