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There are many wonderful perks to practicing yoga such as strength, balance and flexibility. I love that it requires very little space allowing you to practice just about anywhere. Let’s talk about how you can create an environment that is appealing and motivating, to really inspire your practice.
*If you can, devote a low traffic room or section-off part of a room to be your own exercise and meditation space. Then, make it your very own! Personalize it with color, art, fabric, pillows, a spiritual icon and things that you find beautiful. What brings you peace and inspiration?! Once your sacred space is staged it makes it easier to show up and unroll your mat.
* A non-slip surface is best for your mat, like hardwood or a firm rug. Light a candle or use a diffuser with a blend of essential oils to add an extra layer of happiness to your practice. Hide your phone (unless you’re using it for your practice). Place your computer/phone on a small table at a good height for viewing. Have the room at a comfortable temperature – avoid a cold room if you can. Fresh air and natural light are best but try not to be in the direct sun.
*Keep this significant space free of clutter and clean so that your mind can relax when you are there. Stow your pretty mat, blanket and props in a basket or cupboard for convenience.
*Follow up your yoga class with a meditation. You may sit or lie on your mat. (Do not lie down on your mat if you think you may fall asleep.) Instead, sit upright in a comfortable chair with your feet planted squarely on the floor. You may not be able to practice yoga each day ( 3 X a week is a good start) but do your best to find a little time each day for meditation.
OK! Get started and be awesome!
This is easy peasy vegetarian recipe!
1 T – EVO
2 fresh garlic cloves, pressed
1 small sweet onion finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 – 32 oz. box organic vegetable stock
1 – 14.5oz can of Italian style stewed tomatoes (Costco has these at a good price)
1 t. dried oregano or 1 Tablespoon fresh
8 oz. pkg of Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini
2 handfuls of fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
water if needed
Saute’ garlic and onion in EVO in your soup pot until onion is tender. Then, add box of chicken stock, can of tomatoes and oregano to the pot. Stir, cover and heat to a simmer. Add tortellini to simmering pot, cover and cook about 10 mins or until Tortellini is tender. At this time you may want to add a cup or so of water, if the Tortellini absorbed too much of the liquid. Add spinach and Parmesan cheese, gently stir. Let simmer about 2 minutes more, until spinach is wilted, (don’t over cook the spinach). Serve in a pretty bowl with cracked pepper and a little more Parm on top if you’d like! Great with a side salad and warm crusty bread!
(Other items I’ve added to the soup before are: 1 chopped yellow zucchini, chopped jalapeño peppers sautéed in with the garlic and onion. Chopped fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden.)