Archive for November 2015

It is impossible to be bad at yoga

It is impossible to be bad at yoga
I had my 20-year high school reunion this weekend.  After the usual “How are you?”  and “Where do you live?” Yoga often came up. (Thanks to Facebook). Not only this weekend, but often when I meet others that are interested but intimidated by yoga, I hear the same answer. “I am not good at yoga.”... Read more »

An interview with my ten-year-old on his birthday

An interview with my ten-year-old on his birthday
One decade ago today at 10:27 a.m. my son was born.  The past ten years have gone by very fast, yet at the same time I wonder how my baby has turned into a smart, kind, sensitive and funny little man. This morning over poached eggs and chicken sausage, I asked him these annual questions.... Read more »

I am grateful to my yoga students

I am grateful to my yoga students
My yoga students often thank me at the end of class and while I appreciate their gratitude, I often think I am the one that should be thanking them. My students get me in my yoga clothes and to class every day.  I know they are getting out of their cozy pajamas to come to... Read more »
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What are Shopkins?

What are Shopkins?
My daughter’s newest obsession is Shopkins, the little plastic objects with faces and creative names. I think I am on board with this fad as I would take it any day over American Girl and both of my children creatively play for long chunks of time with these little figures. I asked local Mom, Katherine McHenry, owner of Building... Read more »

A fun yoga drawing

A fun yoga drawing
I stumbled upon this drawing by Gemma Correll as I scrolled through Facebook this morning and consciously went back to look at it a little closer. Obviously, the ultimate goal of rest, savasana and relaxation is to completely let go and have no thoughts. It is euphoric to get there, but to be authentic and... Read more »

Seven things you must see at The Art Institute of Chicago

Seven things you must see at The Art Institute of Chicago
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and the first of many days off of school during the month of November in Chicago.  We decided to utilize the still-warm fall weather and take public transportation downtown to The Art Institute of Chicago. Sometimes my kids and I both get overwhelmed in massive museums as there is so much... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: Creamy Vegan Zucchini Soup

Meatless Monday: Creamy Vegan Zucchini Soup
The weather is cooling down and it is almost officially soup season.  Food & Wine shared this deliciously simple and silky soup by Chicago chef Grant Achatz. I still cannot believe there is no cream in this bowl. The only ingredients needed are zucchini, garlic, onion, butter, olive oil and vegetable broth.  Also, the versatile veggie-packed soup... Read more »

Asana of the Day: Savasana or Corpse Pose

Asana of the Day: Savasana or Corpse Pose
Savasana may look like the easiest asana of a yoga class, but is surprisingly very challenging and one I struggled with for many years. The last pose of most practices is more than simply lying on the back. For many it is harder to be completely still than in motion.  It takes awareness to get... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Healthy Ramen Noodles

Meatless Monday: Healthy Ramen Noodles
I love ramen noodles.  The kind that got me through college at only .25 cent per meal are very bad for us.  Despite that, I still love warm soup with thin noodles and salty broth.  Luckily, I found a healthier alternative. Lotus Foods Purple Potato and Brown Rice Ramen with Vegetable Broth uses real ingredients... Read more »
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