Spring Sprouts New Beginnings for Breakwater Yoga

I truly believe that as shifts occur outside in the natural world, they are also happening in our internal worlds.  Spring is such an amazing time to observe these changes as winter slowly releases her frozen grip on the earth and life once again starts to emerge from its slumber.  After a long winter of contemplation, the freshness of spring has invited me to take on a new adventure. Continue reading

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Receiving the Magic in Your Daily Life

TrilliumEvery day is a gift and an opportunity to begin anew, a chance to forget about what happened yesterday, stop worrying about tomorrow and simply live in the present moment.  I know, I know, it’s so easy to say.  But why is it so darn difficult to do? Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Jalapeno Brownies and a Partner Yoga Pose to Open Your Hearts

I am going to make this short and sweet because I am sure you have better things to do than spend more time on the internet on Valentine’s Day.

I had an experience in college that changed the way I look at brownies forever.  I had been told about the jalapeno brownies at Gringo’s, the local burrito joint.  I finally decided to give them a try.  After the first bite, I couldn’t imagine a future brownie without jalapeno. Continue reading

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Grounding for the New Year: Yin Yoga and a Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie

This past holiday season was a blur with all the traveling Rob and I did over the past two months.  Thanksgiving brought us to the Upper Peninsula, while the Christmas season carried us to Maine and back to the UP.  Rob caught a cold.  I got sick.  As lovely as it was to take a break from the norm and spend some quality time with friends and family, I have to say I am happy to be home and back to my routine.

After feeling somewhat ungrounded for a month and a half, I wanted nothing more than to spend some time on the floor in my practice space and to eat a home-cooked, comforting-yet-nourishing meal.  Yin yoga and chicken pot pie came to mind. Continue reading

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Homemade Almond Milk

Almond MilkIt’s fall.  There is a dusting of snow on the ground.  I like to spend larger portions of my day in the kitchen during the colder months. It’s warm in there.  It smells amazing.  And I know I can feel good about the food that is coming out of the oven and going into my belly.

Stews and breads are a staple on the dinner table on a pretty regular basis, but over the last couple weeks I have experimented with making my own nut milk.  Without a Vitamix.  Yes, with just a good old blender. Continue reading

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Preserving the Harvest- A Sauerkraut and Apple Butter Recipe

Apples in freezerThe apples are amazing this year.  So amazing that we just can’t keep up with them.  I spent some time yesterday raking fallen and rotten apples into piles.  I glanced up at their mother trees and noticed how much fruit was still hanging on.  I thought about the bags of cored and sliced apples that filled the chest freezer for winter-long baking.  Not to mention the number of apples I have simply plucked from the trees and shared with Bodhi.

I have always dreamed of making homemade apple butter.  What a great way to use a lot of apples with only a little bit of effort!  Really, it’s all about the crockpot and letting it do the work while you sleep. Continue reading

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Autumn Ayurveda to the Rescue- tips for Vata Season

pears and applesAutumn is here.  Warm, sunny days, cool nights, leaves transitioning from their green summer wardrobe to a rainbow of oranges, yellows, and reds.  Apples are heavy on the trees here in Northeast Ohio and there are an abundance of fresh, local vegetables at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores.  Although I love this time of year, it can be easy for my body to become imbalanced as the weather cools.  Fortunately, Ayurveda comes to the rescue again and offers me multiple tools to be able to transition from summer to fall with comfort and ease. Continue reading

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