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Melting Boundaries

January 31, 2012

For many, yoga is about breaking down physical and mental walls. It rarely happens all at once; we hone our practices and eventually notice that our postures are improving, our hearts expanding and our minds opening. We start to notice wonderful side effects like more mindful eating and a greater sense of gratitude that permeates so many aspects of our lives. It’s this melting effect that keeps us thirsting for more.

Downward dog is a staple of many yoga practices. Teachers and advanced practictioners make it look beautiful, easy, and effortless but it takes mindful repetition and time to fully develop. In this article from Yoga Journal’s Jason Crandell, downward dog is taught with variations to work up to the full expression of the pose by focusing on different sensations.

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1978

 

J.C. Peters—yogi, poet and spiritual romantic—has a knack for words that soothe the soul. In this blog post on SpiritualityHealth.com, she argues that self-expression is a reward we should all be thankful for. She encourages us to take a step back, ensure the message aligns with our core values and share away. When we question our expression due to controversy or negative pushback, we can find solace in the simple knowledge that we’ve been heard.

http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/blog/how-to-tone-a-flabby-heart/

 

Raw, vegan lifestyles are gaining popularity for their focus on whole ingredients and mindful preparation. Eschewing eggs, butter and added sugar can be daunting for home cooks, but dessert is a great place to start. This simple, healthy brownie recipe “cooks” in about a quarter of the time as traditional brownies.

http://www.acouplecooks.com/2011/09/raw-brownies/

What You Need
1 cup walnuts (unsalted)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
1 1/4 cups Medjool dates (about 12)
1/4 cup almonds (unsalted)
Cinnamon

1  Remove the pits from the dates. If the 1/4 cup almonds are not already chopped, place them in a bag
and hit them with the back of a spoon to break them into pieces (we’ve found this is easier than chopping).

2  In the bowl of a food processor, place 1 cup walnuts. Process on high until the nuts are finely ground.

3  Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt. Pulse to combine.

4  Turn on the food processor. As the processor is running, add the dates one at a time. Once all the dates
have been added, the mixture should be crumbly but easily formable (it may form into a ball depending on how
long you process it). Throw in the almonds and pulse a couple times to combine (if a ball has formed, you can
also mix in the almonds in a bowl).

5  Form the brownies: Line a small square dish with wax paper and press into the desired thickness (don’t worry
if it does not fill the entire pan; the brownies are easy to shape). Alternatively, press the brownies into a
mini-muffin tin or other mold. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up; they can
easily be cut when cold.

To serve, dust with cinnamon. (You also could add a bit of cinnamon to the brownie dough if desired.)

Compiled by Courtney Sorrell

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 9:50 pm

    These look delicious! You should try Living Intentions Raw Brownie cake mix. I just made some addicting brownies yesterday w/goji berries!! so good. i’ll need to put in some nuts next time like yours 🙂

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