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I don't know about you but my New Year's Eve usually consists of a lot of planning, cooking, getting dressed up, and getting somewhere to spend the last night of the year with friends and family making toasts and watching fireworks. The next morning involves some sleeping, some cleaning and eventually I make it outdoors. This is lovely, but what if I could do it differently and really start off a new year with intention and sense of being grounded? At Yoga Tropics, we're offering a couple of really neat opportunities to make your New Year's extra special: Midnight Practice: Drift in ..

Looking for a healthy dessert for New Year's Eve? Try our raw, vegan black magic cheesecake, it's healthy, vegan and really easy to make: Ingredients: 1 Cup - Pitted Dates (soaked in warm water for 5 min) 1 Cup - Raw Walnuts Organic Blackberries 1.5 Cups - Raw Cashews 1/2 Cup - Coconut Milk 1/3 Cup - Melted Coconut Oil 1/2 Cup - Raw Honey Crust: Blend your dates and walnuts in a blender or food processor. Use a cupcake tin or a cake pan and fill the bottom(s) with your crust ingredients. Filling: In a blender or food processor, mix your cashews, coconut milk, ..

The holiday season can bring love, cheer, and merrymaking, but with that, the stress of frantic, last minute holiday preparations. I found myself in one of those frantic moments yesterday as I got caught in traffic and was extremely late for a holiday gift exchange. I had made grand plans to go the grocery store and make a beautiful holiday appetizer, but had to think on my toes if I was going to make it at all. I went through my kitchen and was able to rustle up: 1 can of organic garbanzo beans your favorite olive oil sea salt & pepper 2 cloves of garlic 1 jar of pit ..

Start Loving Your Dog: Many of us have a love/hate relationship with Downward Facing Dog. It can be a euphoric release of back tension, open the hamstrings and flood your brain with delicious, oxygenated blood reducing anxiety and increasing calm. However, if your body is on the tight side and your alignment isn't quite right, this pose can feel strenuous and very uncomfortable. Here are a few tips that may help you come to love this pose. photo credit: Theresa Conahan 1. Spread Your Fingers This little change has huge effects: think of a circus performer laying across a bed of  ..

The Best Cup of Chai

We don't get the most drastic weather changes here in our beloved San Diego, but for those of us not accustom to cold winter weather, the smallest chill in the air gets us to the bone. Warm your bones and spirit this winter with the best homemade Chai tea. Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Ingredients: 2 Tea Bags (any kind but I like Irish breakfast or Rooibos as they're nice and rich) 2 Cinnamon sticks (or powdered cinnamon, 1 teaspoon should do it) 1 Tsp of ground Cardamom 1 Tsp of ground cloves 1 Tblsp of brown sugar (or add honey at the end to avoid su ..

6 Traits of People Who Live Longer with Less Disease There are 5 regions in the world where people live longer, disease free lives. The demographic work of Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain identified these regions and found the 6 common characteristics that tie them together. (See more about Blue Zones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Zone)). These 5 regions include: Okinawa, Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinawa_Prefecture) Sardinia, Italy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardinia) Loma Linda, California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loma_Linda,_California) (7th Day Adventists (h ..