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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 ..

Yoga for Meditation

By Jen Wozniak Late last summer, I began a regular practice of meditation in a desperate attempt to rid my life of too much stress, too much work; and frankly, too much of life’s many distractions in general. Most troublesome for me was an inability to maintain regular sleeping patterns as I often found myself lying in bed into the wee hours of the night trying to pacify my racing mind. Work, bills, that fight with the boss. You name it. I was a mess. Determined to alleviate my plight (and on the recommendation of a tip acquired at a work party), I began stud ..

Coming Home

By Joe Daly To say that I was nervous was a monumental understatement. This morning, after nearly three months off, I returned to hot yoga. Didya miss me? The epic sabbatical was entirely unplanned. For the past few years I worked from home, during which I practiced yoga several times a week, at all hours of the day, as my spacious and uncluttered schedule allowed. Then I took a 12-month contract with a business near Sorrento Valley, and with that job, my free time all but vanished. Between slogging through a 40 hour work week, a soul-whipping daily commute and my busy wri ..

March 21 Day Challenge

Challenge Yourself This March challenge yourself to 21 Yoga Tropics classes in 21 days. Discover what a consistent practice can do for your life! Proven benefits include: increased strength, improved flexibility, better sleep, stress reduction, possible weight loss, improved focus, increased energy and immune system. Free Manduka (http://www.manduka.com/us/) Gift & More Participants receive an eQua® Hand Towel (http://www.manduka.com/us/shop/categories/products/towels/equa-hand-towel/)* from our friends at Manduka! (http://www.manduka.com/us/) Plus, we'll be giving aw ..

Benefits of Hot Yoga

BENEFITS OF A HOT YOGA PRACTICE: Increased Flexibility – Yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised. Increased Lubrication (of the joints, ligaments and tendons) – Hot yoga poses massage and improve circulation to alleviate stiffness from under use or long hours of sitting or bending. Increased Awareness – One of the far-reaching benefits of yoga is the uncanny sense of awareness that it develops in the practitioner of an impending health disorder or  ..

India - Elia's Blog

Elia’s India Blog (http://eliasindiablog.com/?p=49) Posted on May 14, 2013 Greetings and Salutations!! I hope this post finds all of you and your families healthy and happy! Thank you for stopping in and accompanying me on this so-called journey. It is a pleasure to share what my senses are taking in and my heart is feeling. I have had it in my mind and fantasized about coming back to India since my first trip here 2.5 years ago. As some of you already know, the two months I’ve spent here before were like reading the introduction to a book and then just pla ..

Yoga for Runners

By JOE DALY I was such a snot. A good two years before I took my first hot yoga class, my best friend had become a full-blown hot yoga junkie and as we sat outside eating breakfast in La Jolla one morning, he peppered me with wild tales of heat, strengthening poses and all of his cool new yoga friends. I poked at my pancakes, stared off somewhere over his shoulder and waited for the inevitable entreaty, which soon arrived. “Dude, you should try it. Hot yoga, that is.” My retort was already locked and loaded. “I would dude, but I just can’t  ..