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Swami Kriyananda in his book, Ananda Yoga® for Higher Awareness, explains that although Hatha yoga (postures) benefits the body tremendously, its original purpose was to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Paramhansa Yogananda said: The ordinary person’s energy is locked in his body. The lack of availability of that energy to his will prevents him from loving the Lord one-pointedly… Only when the energy can be withdrawn from the body and directed upward in deep meditation is true inner communion possible. This is why, for new medit ..

Serving 3-4 Time 10 min INGREDIENTS 1 1⁄2 cups basil 2 -5 garlic cloves 1⁄4 cup pine nuts 1⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1⁄8 cup lemon juice 1⁄8 cup olive oil Direction Mix everything together in food processor except the oil and lemon. Once everything is mixed well, drizzle with lemon and oil. Mix until well blended. Serve on pasta or just about anything that needs a pick me up. Will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Enjoy! http://www.food.com/recipe/basil-pesto-8650  ..

Whether you’re practicing intense Power yoga or slowing it down with Hatha or Yin, a healthy diet is key to having both the energy and the focus to make it through your practice. It’s important that your diet is balanced and full of nutritious foods high in fiber, vitamins, healthy fats, and natural sugars to keep you satisfied and grounded. Here are 10 great foods to support your yoga practice that will give you a boost without having you bouncing off your mat. 1. Dark Leafy Greens From kale to collards, mustard greens to arugula, dark leafy greens ar ..

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar 2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil PREPARATION Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Process until smooth. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ginger-sesame-dressing-238744  ..

WHEN DID YOU START YOGA AND WHERE? My first class was about 10 years ago at the camp and I would practice off and on but was never really consistent. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA? I try to go M-F The silent music class is always amazing. Hmm silent music.. WHY DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA? I’m trying to avoid neck surgery. I was told that I need a three level fusion in my neck because my spinal cord is 50% compressed. Rather than doing the surgery I’m trying to straighten my spine to relieve the pressure. WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY BENEFITS YOU EX ..

Hometown: Huntington Beach Childhood aspiration: When I was little I wanted to be a Fire Woman or a Painter when I grew up. When and where was your first yoga class: I was around the age of 16, I went to Yoga Works in downtown Huntington Beach. Who is your most influential teacher and why: Although I have practiced at a number of studios, I have felt most at home with Yoga Tribe. Jason has been such an inspiration as a teacher in the classroom as well as during teacher training. All of the teachers I have met so far at Yoga Tribe have been such a positive ..

WHEN DID YOU START YOGA AND WHERE? Growing up, my mom was very active and she kept me active as well. I went to my first Vinyasa yoga class with her. Later, I went to Bikram yoga for about 2 years, off and on. When I moved to Huntington beach (almost 4 years now), I started to going to Yoga Tribe. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA? I try to practice 3-4 times a week at Yoga Tribe. Sometimes I do a class they offer at Equinox that involves yoga with weights. WHY DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA? I like to weight train, so for me I feel that combining yoga with weight training  ..

Hometown: Anaheim Childhood aspiration: When I was in elementary school I wanted to be the first female professional baseball player When and where was your first yoga class: In June of 2007 here at Yoga Tribe, formally Huntington Beach Hot Yoga. Who is your most influential teacher and why: I have only practiced yoga here at Yoga Tribe. All teachers I have had here have had influence on me, but mostly Jason Wilkerson, Lindsay Hill and Kelly Trettin. When was the defining moment when you realized you wanted to teach yoga: I had wanted to teach for y ..

Prep 10 min Servings 6 Total 3 hrs Ingredients 2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced* 1/3 cup cider or white vinegar 1/3 cup water SAVE $ 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Chopped fresh dill weed or parsley, if desired Steps Place cucumbers in small glass or plastic bowl. In tightly covered container, shake remaining ingredients except dill weed Pour over cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours to blend flavors. Drain cucumbers. Sprinkle with dill weed. Store covered in r ..

Hometown: Lakewood, CA Childhood aspiration: I knew from a young age I wanted to do hair & makeup. It was either that or a Jazz singer in a smoky basement bar haha When and where was your first yoga class: I believe it s was 2007, here at Yoga Tribe. A friend drug me to a 5:30am 90 min class. I'm NOT a morning person!! I told her I'd go 5 days in a row with her. Each day I felt so great after. I was going regularly for a few years. Took a year off to see what else was out there. Nothing compared & I came back full force. I did teacher training a yea ..