Always Now

It is Always Now

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What are we doing when we spend time on a yoga mat?   What are we doing with our attention? And where’s our attention the other 23 or so hours of each day?   Yesterday, just before a memorial service for a friend’s bright 17-year old daughter, someone shared this clip by Sam Harris. In five well-spent minutes he addresses the big picture of how we invest our attention, and whether our thoughts are about someday or about now. It seemed like an appropriate prelude to the message the minister... 

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Bicycle Yoga: Peddling into the Dark

Monday, September 2, 2013

It isn’t always easy to see the signs. But if one day I become a wise old yogi, I imagine myself saying to a student, “Did I tell you about the time I rode 10 miles to get to my favorite Yin yoga class? In Florida? In August? In the rain? Over sand? And in the PITCHBLACKDARK of night where I nearly ran into a wild animal right in front of me on the side of the road? It started harmlessly. After a sweaty, but sunny hour’s ride to the studio, I spent another hour in deep Yin folds and holds until I cried... 

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Iyengar Yoga in Action

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ever have one of those days when you just need a little more fitness motivation than usual? Christina Sell posted this incredible video of BKS Iyengar in action at age 59. If you watch only minute 13, that should do the trick.  Read More

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Costa Rican Fresa Fresca

Friday, July 5, 2013

With 24 hours to entertain an adventure hungry 13-year-old in Costa Rica, I pointed us north of San Jose to the sulpherous clouds of Poas crater where a 6.5 earthquake rocked the scales just two years ago. On the agenda: a zip through a cloud forest canopy (complete with an unexpected tarantula sighting and a lightening bolt finish), a cozy stay at the pastoral Poas Volcano Lodge, and high expectations for volcanic crater viewing (breathtaking in a very literal way). Not planned: hummingbird gardens, the richest coffee... 

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Taste of Cannibalism for Vegetarian in Paris

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It isn’t easy to be vegetarian in Paris. I learned this the hard way with my first café lunch, Salade de gésiers confits, which I quickly discovered means salad with preserved gizzards. Why would anyone go to the trouble of preserving a gizzard, much less putting it on a lunch plate? Well, taste is a very personal thing, and as it turns out Parisians have a history of eclectic cuisine including one that trumps escargot, fois gras and whispers of horse meant: human flesh. As recently as 2010 French prisoner Nicolas... 

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Destinations

Reality Check, Jamaican Style

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Boarding a non-stop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, I never imagined landing at a destination as polished as my grandmother’s silver. Round Hill resort and spa is nothing like the swanky, sexy, urbane retreat depicted on it’s website. It’s been around since 1953  hosting VIPs with names like Kennedy and emblems like Polo, and a […]

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Recipes

Coco’s Thai (Vegan) Curry

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Until now, I’ve never attempted a Thai curry sauce from scratch. Just opening a coconut is an intimidating prospect. But when allowed to help out in a tropical kitchen among the pros at Finca Exotica, Costa Rica, who could say no? So, after a lesson with a machete and  several coconuts, and an orientation to […]

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Yoga

It is Always Now

Always Now

What are we doing when we spend time on a yoga mat?   What are we doing with our attention? And where’s our attention the other 23 or so hours of each day?   Yesterday, just before a memorial service for a friend’s bright 17-year old daughter, someone shared this clip by Sam Harris. In […]

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Health

Bicycle Yoga: Peddling into the Dark

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It isn’t always easy to see the signs. But if one day I become a wise old yogi, I imagine myself saying to a student, “Did I tell you about the time I rode 10 miles to get to my favorite Yin yoga class? In Florida? In August? In the rain? Over sand? And in […]

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