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December 14th, 2012

Happy Birthday To B.K.S Iyengar!

Happy Birthday Mr.Iyengar!

"The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

Thank you for helping us remember our inner song.

#Practice Gratitude

December 13th, 2012

Top 5 Detoxifying Foods For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

Here we are at the beginning of the month, with more super fun holidays up ahead, and more temptations readily available for us to eat at home or at the office. It’s difficult to keep it together during the holiday season with so much deliciousness surrounding us, everywhere we go. No doubt we should be able to have a treat when we want, but the truth is, one treat is just NOT enough {or maybe that’s just me}. A great way to keep meals balanced is by adding foods that will assist in removing toxins from the body.

While there are many detox plans out there, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified health-care professional before starting a detox regimen. In order to not have to go into full “detox” mode, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet to give your body a chance to recalibrate:


1. Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy. Adding lentils to salads or having a cup of lentil soup can give you the balance you need.

2. Grapefruit: Sweet, tangy and fiber-rich fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system. Best when enjoyed for breakfast as a fresh squeezed juice or fruit bowl.

3.Cauliflower: Cruciferous veggies are great for detoxifying the body. This anti-oxidant rich vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Enjoy a batch of steamed cauliflower as a side dish or raw in a mixed green salad.

4. Broccoli: Neutralizes and eliminates toxins while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins. Broccoli is a versatile veggie that can also be added to salads or enjoyed raw.

5. Cucumber: Nutrient dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body. This is one of my favorites. You can enjoy cucumbers in salads or toss it into the juicer to give your juice more nutritional value.

One of the best ways to begin to feel better instantly is by cutting sugar {this means cookies, cakes, and pies go bye-bye} from your diet. Also staying active will keep you motivated as the holidays approach. Exercising and keeping your body hydrated will also help move any toxins out. During this special time of year, remember to stay positive, enjoy yourself, your family and your friends.

Happy Holidays!!!

December 10th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Sheri

Meet Sheri.

She was used to being great at things. Running, swimming, water polo – Sheri was tough to beat. But yoga was another story. When Sheri tried it, she wasn't good at it, so she didn't like it. Funny how things change.

A bridge that many competitive athletes have to cross is how to treat their bodies after an injury. Yoga can be a beautiful tool for recovery. Sheri turned to yoga to soothe her aching joints and bruised muscles. And it did soothe her body. Then it changed her perspective about it. She went from using diet and exercise to tell her body what to do, to listening to it and giving her body what it needs for holistic balance. If her body needs to go for a run, she does, but if it’s asking for some ice cream, then she does that too.

Sheri's not "perfect," and she accepts that. But she's happy, and able to be of service and kindness to others. And that's perfect. That's Sheri-perfect.

We loved getting to know Sheri. And we’d love to get to know you, too! Tell us about yourself on our You Series page, at Manduka.com/You.

We can’t wait to meet you!

November 29th, 2012

Healthy Eating For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

With all the holiday happenings like shopping, sending cards, planning parties and eating…one can get easily frazzled and overwhelmed. These are the moments to which overeating and overindulgence sadly takes feat. It is unfortunate that this time of year usually results in an extra pound or two. It is so easy to fall prey to all the delicious and rich holiday treats that surround us this time of year. There are many things that we can do to keep it together during this time. Below are some ways I’ve found helpful to keep it healthy during the holidays.

1. The Reality Of It All: Now is NOT the best time to try and “diet”:
That’s the truth, you know...and I know it. So instead of creating a world of anxiety for yourself just try to be conscientious about where you currently are, and where you want to be in regard to your health. Enjoy yourself; don’t fret if you decide to indulge here and there. Stay present with it all, instead of telling yourself “Ugh, I shouldn’t have eaten that…” don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead try this, “I ate it, I enjoyed it” be kind to yourself. Every moment is a new moment to try and do better next time.

2. Relieve Holiday Stress:
We all know that now is prime time for some yoga. A little stillness and a little mind silence can work wonders this time of year. If you have a regular practice or exercise regimen try to keep it up during the holidays. This is a great way to prevent any extra lbs. and perhaps work off some of that delicious pumpkin pie.

3. Don’t Focus on the Food:
Rather than focusing on the plethora of holiday treats, turn the focus on an activity. It is a great time for family, friends and community. Perhaps play a board game, make wreaths, or even a gingerbread house. These are fantastic ways to enjoy what the holidays are actually about: spending time with people who you love.

4. Overeating Quick-fix:
If you happen to overeat during a meal, go light on the next one. It takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound, and unless you ate dinner at Paula Dean’s house…one piece of pie is not going to make you gain weight. Don’t worry, but refrain from eating the entire pie.

5. Check The Menu Beforehand:
If you show up to a dinner party hungry, it is inevitable that you’re going to fill your plate to its circumferential capacity. It’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry, which is never a good idea. Before you begin to fill your plate, check out what is being served. Include veggies and fruits to keep your plate balanced and avoid foods that aren’t necessarily your favorite.

The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the holidays. This is one of the few times of the year when you can really enjoy all the sweet treats without feeling like you’ve fallen off the wagon. If you happen to over-indulge, be honest and loving with yourself and treat yourself with compassion . We are all entitled to live a little. Remember that a healthy lifestyle means nourishing your body and your mind with everything it needs when it needs it.

Keepin’ it Light: Organic Mexican Girl Favorite Holiday Recipe

Here is one of my favorite salads for the holidays. My Granny used to make it every year.

Ensalada De Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)

*Vegan, *Gluten-Free, *Vegetarian and 100% Delicious!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons organic orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 bag of mixed green salad
1 cup of spinach
2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 oranges, peeled and segmented
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes (or canned)
2 beets, cooked and cut
1/2 cup raw almonds sliced

Directions:

1. To make dressing, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, salt, and cilantro in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Arrange the mixed greens on the bottom of a glass bowl and layer fruit and beets over it.

To learn more about Rosie , and for more delicious recipes, go to: www.organicmexicangirl.com

November 26th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Bobbie

Meet Bobbie.

Yoga was her 50th birthday present to herself. And it's been an amazing gift. Even after that very first yoga class, she knew her world was going to feel different.

Her practice is "the best thing ever," having eased her joints, given her infinite encouragement and a tranquil home anywhere she chooses – especially the yoga studio. While rock climbing will always be her "first love," yoga is her partner, helping her climb more than mountains. Recently, she climbed the wall, kicking up into her first headstand with the help of her teacher – she couldn’t stop smiling knowing that yoga had both literally and figuratively turned her world around.

“Yoga has been a huge help with my whole life. I love the energy I have after a good hard class. I love the serenity that comes a little later and how all my joints feel fresh and ready to take on the world. I spent some time away from the mat. The day I went back to class I couldn't believe the relief I felt. While I was just resting in easy posture I started crying and didn't stop until half way through. Life is good with an active yoga practice.”

We loved learning about what yoga means to Bobbie. And we’d love to learn what it means for you! Tell us your story at Manduka.com/You.