31 December 2009

Dancing Feet

After the excting workshop that Talia and I presented on feet, I have become more obsessed than usual with that appendage (in a purely anatomical sense) and wanted to share this NYT article on the amazing foot in dance.

23 December 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I love winter holidays but DO NOT like snow! Living in Richmond is unsettling because there are no systems set up to deal with snow removal in a timely manner since we rarely have any accumulation. Besides, I moved here to get away from snow! They have a corner on the Christmas light market, however, and that makes traveling at night entertaining.
Snow is  pretty to look at and creates a stillness that is unmatched. I'll be heading north to Red Bank, NJ, where I was born.  If the Navesink River is frozen, ice boats will be sailing around and that is dramatic. I'll get to see mom and her cat, Mr. Zak, who she named after my father (the cat showed up right after dad died). My sister makes Christmas a special day - she's the queen of decorations and loves to give a party so we'll have plowed roads, plenty to eat, and maybe a ferry trip to NYC if the weather permits.

14 December 2009

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POMEGRANATE Punica granatum L.

I love pomegranates - they are sweet, tart, juicy and somewhat mysterious. The pomegranate grows naturally from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. Pomegranates grow in abundance in Afghanistan. The tree was introduced in California by Spanish settlers in 1769 and is still grown there and in Arizona.

When a pomegranate is cut, the seeds (arils) look like rubies and make a tasty, dazzling topping for winter salad greens. I read somewhere that every pomegranate contains exactly 840 seeds!
 
Many Persian recipes use pomegranate paste - one of my favorites is a dish called Fesinjan that also contains ground walnuts and the recipe linked also includes eggplant and a beautiful quote from Rumi.
 
Pomegranate juice makes a pretty non-alcoholic beverage when mixed with seltzer or gingerale and a wedge of lime. If you've never tried a fresh pomegranate, now's the time - they are in season here usually from October through January - enjoy!


07 December 2009

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Swami Satyananda Saraswati left his body on Saturday evening, December 5, while doing japa. Leslie Kaminoff has already put together a great post, so I am directing anyone who would like to read more about Satyananda to Leslie's e-Sutra blog.

Since meeting two of Satyananda's disciples, Murray Dow and Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, I have studied with them and have grown to love the teaching of this lineage. I received the gift of yoga nidra, which I continue to share with my students.  I owe him much gratitude for this gift. Hari Om Tat Sat

“Let the inner lamp grow brighter and brighter. Let the old leaves wither away. Lets the clouds subside. Let the great light prevail. Let the divine force rejoice in thee.”~ Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati

04 December 2009

Meet Your Feet!

Did you know that your feet are one of the first places to lose flexibility as you age? Did you know that you have 26 bones and 20 muscles in each foot? Talia Moser and I will be at Yoga Source in Carytown on Sunday, December 13, conducting a workshop combining yoga and reflexology and sharing lots of fun facts to help you take care of your feet.

Since it's holiday season, we decided to spread some extra cheer by holding a drawing at the close of this workshop - you may win a 1/2 hour reflexology session with Talia, a gift certificate from Nature's Intent Hand and Foot Spa, an instructional yoga cd, and other prizes. See you there!