Yogasmoga: A Review

I’m on a mission to find a great pair of American-made yoga leggings that can withstand the sweaty rigor of a hot yoga session. So far, I’ve come up short. I’d had great hopes for Outdoor Voices, which used to make all of its clothes in the US. I loved their Steeplechase bra and planned…

What short hair is teaching me 

I cut my hair last weekend. While I understand this isn’t earth-shattering news, the big chop was momentous in my world. Not momentous in the getting married or having children kind of way, but momentous in its own way. It was an outward sign of my personal growth — of my decision to be myself…

Non-obvious ways to use your yoga wheel 

Yoga wheels seem to be gaining popularity among yogis and athletes alike. I bought my Dharma Yoga Wheel last year and loved the stretch it gave me during chest openers. However, there are many other ways to use the wheel, not all of which are totally obvious. Here are a few of my favorites: Abs…

Sour Patch Smoothie

I did not mean for this turn into a food blog, but this smoothie, y’all! It has that tart, biting flavor of some of my favorite childhood treats, like Sour Patch Kids and ginger chews. The truth is, those flavors still get my tastebuds going, though I’m no longer a fan of eating sticky treats…

Recipe Roundup! Two Recipes for Your Food Processor

I mentioned last week how much I love my new Ninja blender system. Although I mostly use the smaller blender component (like, almost every day), I’m also getting a lot of use out of the food processor. Below are two recipes (with my adjustments) that I’ve tried with my food processor recently, and that will…

More about the blender I can’t stop using

 The one ingredient that can make or break your smoothie is your blender. Find the perfect ingredient and the leafiest veggies become smooth as a milkshake. In contrast, sub-par blenders create smoothies with flecks of greens that must be chewed rather than sipped.  That’s why I was elated to find a great blender in the…

Green Smoothie How-to

​A couple of weeks ago I finally bought a blender to replace the one that went kaput sometime last summer. Since buying the blender, I’ve been a bit fanatic about my green smoothies. With warmer weather, I find that smoothies make the best breakfasts — they aren’t too heavy, but with the right ingredients, they…

Engaging your belly bandha (with video)

When we think about yoga poses, we often imagine pretzel-limbed yogis bending their bodies into seemingly impossible shapes. But the physical practice of yoga is as much about finding strength and stability as it is about deepening flexibility. Undergirding much of this strength is the belly. Engaging throughout the abdominal core helps stabilize us in…

Easy Thai Curry

I Iove Thai curry, but replicating that delectable spice combination is beyond my level of expertise. Good thing there is something called curry paste! This tasty little condiment makes recreating a Thai take-out favorite within reach. This recipe guide was inspired by a Blue Apron recipe a friend gave me. I’ve made it my own,…

Instagram and authentic practice

Instagram is one of my favorite places for yoga inspiration; I follow several yogis and watch them bend, contort, handstand, and wax philosophical. However, part of me thinks that Instagram gives me a somewhat distorted idea of asana practice. I see people pressing into handstands with ease and forget that my own millisecond hold is…

Get thee to massage therapy!

I went to a massage therapist yesterday for the first time in about three and half years, and as my therapist worked out a massive knot in my shoulder, something dawned on me: asana alone is not enough to maintain physical health. Well, duh, you might say. But I’ve relied on this practice to work…

Worth the splurge? Liforme mats

I’ve written before about my favorite yoga mats, but I’d like to add another to the list: the Liforme mat. I shied away from the Liforme for years; the $140-plus price tag seemed way too steep. Plus did I really need all those alignment doo-hickeys etched on the mat? And was it truly as grippy…