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living the yoga in the present

how life pans out and the vision you have created in your mind aren't always the same. so make your vision your reality by looking around and experience your present moment, you might even like how the story turns out better than the one you made up in your mind.

embrace the now.


pretty places & poses: katonah yoga & mandala vinyasa

today i finally got around to checking out the (somewhat) new studio, katonah yoga, in nyc.  it's located on the cusp of chelsea and the meat packing district on a rather quiet block with shady trees (a nice reprieve from the 90+ degrees that nyc has been for the past week).  the studio is quite, with a lightness to it - probably due to the very white, but also very soothing decor - my favorite part being the sky blue ceilings and honeycomb-esque cubbies for your stuff.  i took david reglin's class, which was as always an intelligent sequence that kept me focused, with a few sprinkles of sarcastic humor. today's class was an especially sweaty, slow flow. basically it was perfect for the hot weather and for slowing down the week. 

since i purchased the new student 3 class pack (3 classes for $30; mat included), after class i began browsing the website to check out the other instructors on the roster.  that's when i stumbled upon this youtube video of taylor flynn.  i'm not really going to say more much about it other than it mixes mandalas and yoga magic.  yes. magic.  happy weekend!


foodie penpals: the june 2012 reveal

this month is officially my third month of foodie penpals (check out april and may)! and this time my special delivery was sent to me from minnesota!  sharon, who writes the blog 'adventures in ordinary,' sent me some yummy local goodies, including maple syrup and blue corn flour.  while i've never tried blue corn flour for pancakes, sharon's suggestion in her note has inspired me and hopefully once this heat wave ends and I can actually think about turning on the stove, i'll give it a go! 

she also sent me some wild black rice, which i am excited and a little initimidated by because my cooking weakness is rice - i know that sounds kind of pathetic, but it's the truth - so if anyone out there (sharon included!) has as handy tips on cooking rice - successfully - please share them with me in the comments!




my foodie penpal recipient (the one i sent goodies to this month) is elizabeth (follow her on twitter @Elizanewidomy). she  lives in the south, but asked for some local street 'treats' from nyc like a hot dog or pretzel.  since i didn't think those would make the trip, i got her some locally made condiments including this super cool - and scoopable, spiced ketchup made in nyc (no corn syrup included, just some good ol' suga):

and brooklyn-made relish, a local company that i first taste-tested at the brooklyn flea a couple of years ago (and now they're in whole foods!):

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fancy your feet in a flash (sale)

scrubba dub dub, give those yogitoes some love!  as yogis, we rock barefeet on the regular all year. so when you combine that regular nakedness with summer's wear and tear on the tootsies (hello, flip flop abuse), it's important to pamper your peds.

i stumbled upon this brand new line, me & the girls, while i was 'on the job' at a recent trade show and had the pleasure of testing out its products that are loaded with great ingredients and work great too!  the scrubs are hands-down a new fave on my list (and i'm pretty picky about my scrubs). 

the scrub formulations by me & the girls are super moisturizing because of rich ingredients like coconut oil and Cupuacu Seed Butter, and yet the fine-grain organic sugarcane base allows them to get down and gritty. 

the result?  baby soft feet.

the yogadeal:  enjoy a flash sale (hurry, i'm not sure how long it will last) of lavandula revive foot scrub for only $15 (reg $24).


playing in headstand [video]

gain new perspective on the same old same old. try something new when you're right side up or upside down. then see if you can maintain your breath - easy in, easy out. when you can do that, you'll be better prepared for the random situations that enter your world, or that turn it upside down...


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