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October 2009 Dynamic Core Strength for Backbending and Beyond

The spine moves in 6 directions: forward (flexion); backward (extension); sideways (lateral flexion right and left); and rotation (twisting right and left). Most of the time we are in forward flexion: think slouching. In order to maintain and even improve good posture we need to strengthen the spine in all directions, but especially in extension.

Life is Yoga: October 2009

Over the course of my life, I have been involved with many causes dear to my heart. I am a yoga teacher, peace activist, vegan, home-schooling mom of two, animal lover, and wife to an amazing man, among other things! Balancing all of these things is possible only if I maintain a sense of joy

Mimi’s Vegan American Chop Suey

Vegan American Chop Suey There is something about junky comfort food that I still crave every once in a while. I so remember eating American Chop Suey as a kid in the school cafeteria. It was made with all the stuff the USDA likes to dump on schools, nursing homes and hospitals' ground beef, american

September 2009 Ardha Chandrasana: Half-moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana is one of my favorite poses. It involves externally rotating the standing hip while keeping the elevated hip in neutral. It is also a standing balance which I consider a “leg behind balance.” What this means is the torso stays in line with the elevated leg. Other poses in this category include revolved

Life is Yoga: September 2009

Balance What does it mean to be in balance? Does it mean being perfect? I don’t think so. To be in balance means to be in neutral. No energy is needed to push forward or slow down. Balance is that point between the extremes. I wonder whether too many of us keep striving when we

Life is Yoga: July/August 2009

Recently, I was reading an article about small business owners who started companies based on their principles rather than simply to make money. Are these two things mutually exclusive? I say enthusiastically no! What does it mean to run your company based on your values? More importantly, what does it mean to live your life

Life is Yoga: June 2009

With the passing of K. Pattabhi Jois, I feel a sense of loss, but more a sense of vastness and respect. Thinking about how this man effected my life and the life of millions of others is mind-blowing. The practice of astanga yoga and all the forms of yoga that have been influenced by it

Kim Freeman’s Spinach and Zucchini Soup

This is a good soup for all of the spring spinach: Spinach and Zucchini Soup 3 Tbs. olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed/chopped 2 med. onions, chopped (as an onion-phobe, I tend to half the amount, sometimes quarter it--how much you like onions is up to you) 2 1/2 med potatoes, peeled and cubed 2

A Note About Block 11

Hi everyone! just wanted to put a shout out for another of my favorite eateries, this one in Somerville, Union Square. Block 11 is the sister cafe to Diesel in Davis. I love their artichoke hummus on toasted ciabata bread for breakfast. They also have great vegan sandwiches and salads. They offer tofutti cream cheese as

June 2009 Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

Ah, the quintessential yoga pose. This posture is also the bane of many a yogi’s knees! This month we will focus on the special attention and preparation this posture requires. Padmasana is about tightly binding the lower body to create a sort of prana lock. If you cannot get into the posture fully you can