Sunday, July 27, 2008
Pink Berry Smoothie
1 1/2 Cup Cashew Milk, Almond Milk
1 Cup Frozen Raspberries
1 Cup Frozen Cherries
1/2 Banana (Frozen or Fresh)
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (optional)
Squeeze of Lime Juice (optional)
Add the ingredients and blend on high again until fully smooth and broken down. Nice and cool, nutritious and refreshing in this summer heat. Enjoy!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Take Trikonasana to the right side, with your left hand resting on the left hip.
Inhale, bend your right knee, and slide your left foot about 6 to 12 inches forward along the floor. At the same time, reach your right hand forward, beyond the little-toe side of the right foot, at least 12 inches.
Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor, and straighten your right leg, and lifting the left leg parallel (or a little above parallel) to the floor. Extend actively through the left heel to keep the raised leg strong. Be careful not to lock the standing knee: make sure the kneecap is aligned straight forward and isn't turned inward.
Rotate your upper torso to the left, but keep the left hip moving slightly forward. Beginners should keep the left hand on the left hip and the head in a neutral position, gazing forward.
Maintain the body's weight mostly on the standing leg. Press the lower hand lightly to the floor, using it to intelligently regulate your balance. Lift the inner ankle of the standing foot strongly upward, as if drawing energy from the earth into the standing leg. Press the sacrum and scapulas firmly against the back torso, and lengthen the tailbone toward the raised heel.
Maintain consistent breath. Stay in this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then lower the raised leg to the floor with an exhalation, and return to Trikonasana. Then take the pose to the left for the same length of time.Benefits
- Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine
- Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
- Improves coordination and sense of balance
- Helps relieve stress
- Improves digestion
Balance can be tricky in this pose for beginners. A wall is a useful prop, which you can use in one of two ways. Stand with your back to the wall, one leg's length away from the wall. Exhale and bend forward into a standing forward bend, then inhale and raise your left leg parallel to the floor and press the left sole against the wall. Start with your toes turned toward the floor. Exhale again and rotate your torso to the left; at the same time, turn the left leg and foot until the inner foot is parallel to the floor. Rest your left hand on the left hip. The pressure of the raised heel against the wall will help you maintain your balance. You can also perform the pose with your back to, and leaning against, the wall. These two options are best for pregnant women.
Friday, July 4, 2008
A good book is like having a garden in your Back Pocket
One day while drawing I came to the Zen realization that there is no art more glorious than the empty page. I set out to create handmade papers and books as a means of self-expression. A statement dwells in each particular pulp, each page. The integral content and suggestion of limitless potential lies in the dynamic space. A rustic method of breaking down organic matter to create something new and meaningful from what might be considered waste, has become for me a contemplative and intuitive process.
My books are made from a combination of handmade papers, and handcrafted imported papers made from organic and sustainably harvested plant fibers and produced by small family producers in India, Nepal, Brazil, and Japan primarily. I incorporate found objects from nature, tropical oilseeds from visits to Costa Rica and Brazil, fallen leaves from local New York maple trees, owl feathers, beads and seeds from all over the world, etc. Whatever I come across that inspires me gets incorporated into the work.
As an expectant and new mother there are so many joyous, eventful, uncomfortable, and blessed moments to record. During my pregnancy I wrote everyday, recording my thoughts, emotions, new sensations, fetal development, etc. I have a collection of these lovely books which will be a passed down to my son in his adult life. I encourage journal writing as a way to express your thoughts, but also to challenge your fears. Put it into the page.
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