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When was the last time you were inspired? How many people do you know that inspire you on a regular basis? What is inspiration anyway? These are questions I ask myself regularly. Why? Because in my mind, inspiration is what makes us better. Here are some definitions of inspiration: The drawing of air into the lungs. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. The causing of enthusiasm or a sudden idea....

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It seems appropriate to focus on Second Series as we near the longest day of the year. The Primary Series is in many ways the entryway into the asana practice of the astanga yoga system. The Primary Series builds strength and flexibility and better connection of breath and locks, foundations essential for the asanas of Second Series. Second Series contains postures that really require a much more focused and established practice. Nadi...

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Life is Yoga: May 2010: Language


Posted By on May 1, 2010 in Blogs, O2 Yoga Blog |

I have been thinking a lot about language lately. During teacher training, we talk not just about cuing asana but about the way that we communicate with the world in general. In my mind, intention comes first and the words come second. The eight-limb path of Patanjali gives eight precepts or ethical guidelines for living consciously. The first limb is the Yamas, five ways to interact with others or, more specifically, with the world...

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Homemade Seitan


Posted By on Apr 27, 2010 in Blogs, O2 Vegan Blog |

Seitan is a meat substitute some say was invented by Buddhist monks. Seitan is made from wheat instead of soy which is better for some. It has a really nice texture which is great for dishes that require something a bit more “meaty” such as satay, or stroganoff. Many vegetarians feel that one is somehow compromising their values by eating something that tastes or has the texture of meat. Personally, I grew up loving meat...

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Almond Milk: Tried a new product the other day on a whim, Blue Diamond Almond milk in the refridge section (next to the Silk). I bought the vanilla and brought it home for my kids to try. Now, I should say that my kids are not normal, I think in a good way, and already drink soy milk and eat all kinds of things that many kids won’t. That said, the almond milk is delicious. Rich and creamy, Deven, my six year old, says it tastes...

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Our Mate


Posted By on Apr 1, 2010 in Blogs, O2 Vegan Blog |

We have a new link for the site featuring one of my dogs, Mate. Now of course she is there because I think she is cute but also as a symbol. We often think of the animal symbols for vegans being the ones that people eat like cows and pigs. Yes, it is true that dogs are eaten in parts of the world, but in the US dogs are treated completely differently than “farm animals”. I think it is interesting that people would never...

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