Going with Nature: How to Cook without Recipes

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If you’re anything like me, you 1) want to cook, and 2) love wandering through the cookbook sections at your local bookstores, BUT 3) cannot figure out which book is best. Or, perhaps you just don’t want to be chained to someone else’s ingredients list, and would rather build a meal from the bottom up, using those dried herbs you’ve had for a year and whatever’s hiding at the bottom of your pantry. Cooking without recipes is freeing. There are no expectations about how a dish should turn out, so you can’t fail (unless you set off the smoke alarm. Be…

September 2016 Astrological Forecast

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September proves to be an interesting month, with both Mercury retrograde and two eclipses! The first eclipse is September 1st and the second one is September 16th. During the eclipse season, we are in a blind spot. Things can happen with our knowledge. You may be unaware of something relevant going on in your life. The eclipses also bring things to light, so you may be aware of something now that previously you did not notice. It also is a time where people leave. Recently we lost Gene Wilder.  So there may be some people you are ready to say…

The Missing Element: Crisis

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In this excerpt from her book, The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition, author Debra Silverman explains why crisis are the gateway to growth, understanding and reason to search for our missing element… Sad but true, we all grow out of the soil of pain…The crises that arise in our lives are here to serve us, not to hurt us. As counterintuitive as it sounds, crisis is nothing more than your own soul trying to get your attention, to show you your path. The soul uses pain, crisis, and trauma to wake us up. Who made that up?…

3 Ways To Get Your NY Attitude On, Healthfully

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My first job after graduating college was as an Advertising Admin at a big, well-respected Agency. I started at the bottom, earning $16,000 and working night and day (sometimes pulling all-nighters). I commuted from Brooklyn (before Brooklyn was hot), and worked nights at the Blue Note waiting tables to make ends meet. While living with two guy roommates I barely knew in a railroad apartment, I received a call from a cousin offering me the opportunity to take over his rent-stabilized apartment on the upper west side.  I had no idea where the upper west side was, and too green…

Spirit Interview

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New York Yogis: An Interview with Sri Dharma Mittra Brazillian-born legendary yoga teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra shares the importance and purpose of his yoga practice and the influence that yoga has had on his daily life. Founder of one of the earliest independent schools of yoga, Sri Dharma first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608…

Convenient Mason Jar Meals to Try

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Preparing meals in a convenient way is the only solution that helps with my on-the-go lifestyle. Switching between work and school becomes a challenge when I have to fit lunch or dinner in. If you’re anything like me, you need convenience! Preparing meals in mason jars is an easy way to transport and consume your food on-the-go! Once filled, every layer added inside the jar is visible from the outside enticing that appetite! Mason jars or any type of jar with a lid could be purchased in your local supermarket or reused from a product you have previously  purchased and…

Is the Yoga Aesthetic Inviting or Intimidating?

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I began my yoga journey before social media.  My teachers taught from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and from The Bhagavad Gita.  The physical poses were about challenging the mind to stay focused and present, about listening to the body and accepting its limitations with compassion and intelligence. I was studying through my body, by experiencing what was taught, as my internal sense was awakening.   As I reflect back on how the practice being taught has evolved through the years, I find myself feeling nostalgic and sentimental, even as I know I’m romanticizing the truth quite a bit.  Of course, there…

Building your Salad from Bland to Tasty

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When you hear someone order a salad what comes to mind? A boring plate of lettuce? A dieter’s meal? Going out to eat with friends and choosing a salad might trigger your friends to roll their eyes and it shouldn’t! There are a variety of ways to be creative and dress up your salad allowing it to become more nutritionally dense while adding flavor and color. Choosing a Base: There are a many different bases to choose from. Some different vegetables to name are iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, kale, arugula, romaine, red leaf lettuce, and radicchio. To obtain this variety, you…

Deva Premal & Miten: Next Stop, New York City!

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It’s been a whirlwind year for Deva Premal & Miten. When the mantra music superstars released a new live album, Cosmic Connections Live, in May, it hit #1 on the iTunes world music charts in the US, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. They’ve toured Europe extensively, and they’re coming to the US on September 2nd for the East Coast leg of their 2016 World Tour. Miten is releasing Temple At Midnight, his new album of intimate, original songs, on September 9th via the couple’s independent record label, Prabhu Music (available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon). And he has already received accolades from legendary record producer…

Peace for all

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No eye for an eye, no tooth for a tooth. Violence is not the answer. We should use our voices to be heard not our fist or our guns. Violence just causes more violence. We should not be angry or show hatred to the ones that do us wrong. Once you show anger and hatred the devil laughs at us. That is what the devil want. He wants us to start a war. So remember anger and hatred are not the way. Peace is the way. Go out there and vote and make your opinion count. Raise your voice to…

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