Usually when people talk about a successful and productive day they mention things like getting a bunch of work done at the office, completing a particularly difficult training session at the gym, or organizing and cleaning the entire kitchen. It isn’t typical for someone to say that they “accomplished a lot” by sleeping in late, listening to some music, taking a nap, and cooking a comfort meal of oatmeal and banana.
How often do incessant thoughts go through our minds --- pulling us away from the now?
How much time do we spend on projecting our preconceived images of ourselves unto others?
How do we allow negative emotions to take over our lives?
How many of us go about the day mechanically, leaving us with feelings of being spent?
Before refrigerators, there was salting, spicing, smoking, pickling, and drying. Foods like milk and butter, were preserved and stored in cellars, wells, and cold streams. Meats were dried or smoked. Fruits and vegetables were pickled or fermented. Fast forward a few centuries to World War II: convenience foods and a burgeoning way of preserving (what we now know as processedÅ foods) gained popularity, as the military discovered inventive ways of feeding fighting soldiers.
Last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the people who has inspired me in my own yoga practice over the years. The conversation, naturally, turned to yoga. We sat outside in the cold London winter, tea in hands, and talked about yoga practice, and yoga teachers, and what it actually means to "be your own teacher."
When I packed my bags to go to South America, on the top of my list was my cell phone and computer. Already the idea of going to a new country where I didn’t speak the language was daunting enough, but add to that the prospect of not being able to contact friends and family? For me that sounded impossible.
When the winter weather is still decidedly chilly, there’s nothing more satisfying than snuggling on the couch with a bowl of comforting food and a pair of thermal socks. Soup is one of the meals that I make most regularly throughout the colder months and this super-simple and oh-so-comforting recipe is my new favorite. It’s fast and easy to make, and did I mention it’s vegan? BOOM.
For centuries people have been working out using all sorts of things as weights and other equipment. From rocks and pieces of wood to vibrating bands that were used to shake away the fat, all these types of fitness enhancers had its purpose. Now, this article is not about forcing you into purchasing expensive, brand new equipment, but merely showing you the possibilities of the potential ways to use equipment you might have access to.