Poses: 29/52: Sirasana A

July 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Yes, that’s me…doing half lotus in a HEADSTAND. I know, I know, I can’t believe it myself. It was a year next month that I finally started headstanding. So crazy. So happy. I will never ever tell a student that fear is not real….because it IS. It held me back for many years. However, I’m glad it did. Because now that I’m not as scared, I’ve got all the other pieces of the puzzle. My core strength is there, shoulders, balance, etc. So it’s play time….near a wall of course. C’mon, I’m not totally cured yet!

I’ve never really followed yoga celebrity Tara Stiles. This week I listened to an interview with her that I really enjoyed and I liked her approaches to headstand.

Headstanding is so rough. Yes, it’s considered “the king of all asanas.” But man, it’s so scary! I have mad respect for anyone who is scared of it…because it is scary. Also, it’s not safe for everyone. I think it’s important to be very cautious with this pose.

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Real quick–in other news, we now have official Yoga on Capitol Avenue studio shirts available!

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These are super soft, American Apparel tanks and tees. Tanks are $15, T-shirts are $20. Even if you’ve never been to my studio, live out of town, etc… but like the shirt, send me an email at yogaoncapitolavenue@gmail.com and I’ll give you all the info!

 

life is better with…jason mraz

July 22, 2014 § 3 Comments

I know, duh right?

Jason Mraz. I didn’t use to care one way or the other, but with each new album he grows on me. I kind of love him I’ve decided. I mean, he’s a yogi and lives on an organic avocado farm. What’s not to love?

I can’t stop playing this song off his new album. It’s just so good. Yeah I know it might not be edgy, super cool music, but in my opinion, it’s just good. Period.

oh the fair

July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The county fair was in town last week. The fairgrounds is across the street from my parents’ house, and now since we live on the same street, of course, across from our house.

Growing up, my brother and I worked all week at the fair. Great family friends of ours operated the largest local (and best IMO) concession stand…right under the grandstand. Best location ever! When they tired of doing it, it was passed on to our family. Funnily enough, selling cokes, cotton candy, hot dogs, and popcorn paid for our college! It was fun, but after several years some of us had had ENOUGH.

Needless to say, I hold a fair amount (see what I did there?!) of sentimentality towards this week full of tractor pulls, demo derbys, and country music.

Over the weekend, I went to the fair with Rachel and company. It was overcast and cool–totally weird for the fair! And with the smoke from the tractor pull billowing over top, it looks like we’re in a war zone! It was fun and I got some adorable photos of the girls.

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New House Wish List: Lighting

July 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Let me be clear…this house doesn’t need anything.

It is absolutely beautiful and all the finishes are very nice. However, there are just a few things that I can’t wait to change and because it’s twice the size of our house now, furniture will definitely be needed.

First thing that I want to think about is lighting. There is awesome recessed lighting throughout the house, which is great. But there are a few light fixtures that I want to change. Here’s what I have my eye on now for four different spots: a hallway, over the dining table, above the stairs, and above the tub

1. 5 Jar Chandelier from West Elm
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2. ALÄNG ceiling lamp, IKEA

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3. Irving Burlap Lamp shades from World Market

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4. Edison bulbs from Restoration Hardware

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5. Panorama Chandelier from West Elm
I‘m the only one who approves of this one…both Andrew and my Mom think it’s “trying too hard.” ?!!? I love it…but I also kinda know what they mean. It’s a little too….something. But I had to share it.

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For economic reasons I’m leaning toward the World Market shades for the hanging fixtures and IKEA one for ceiling mounted ones. But I’m not opposed to single hanging Edison bulbs…we shall see!

 

 

 

 

Green Gazpacho

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I love love love love love gazpacho.

While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, my host family made the traditional tomato variety all the time. It was so refreshing. Which was good because there were several occasions I might have been sitting on a street corner, slightly under the weather due to too many sangrias…like in this photo I unearthed while packing yesterday:
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ANYWAYS…

While eating at Curate during my last trip to Asheville, I ordered their Ajo Blanco, or White Gazpacho, which was insane–chilled almond and garlic soup with cucumber.

I recently threw together a green gazpacho here at home. I’ve seen similar recipes around, but I made this one up. So easy. All the ingredients are to taste and texture, so just keep adding until it’s just right for you.

Green Gazpacho

Ingredients

ripe avocado
cucumber, seeds removed
baby spinach leaves
chopped fresh basil, dill, mint, and cilantro
couple heaping spoonfuls of greek yogurt (2% fat or full fat)
clove or two of garlic
kosher salt + coarsely ground black pepper
splash(es) of red wine or sherry vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
ice cold water

Throw all ingredients except for the oil into a blender or food processor. Be conservative on the amount of water you add in at first. You can always add more if needed. Blend. It should have the consistency similar to a smoothie. With blender or food processor running, begin to slowly drizzle in olive oil. This adds richness. I suggest maybe 1/4 cup for a blender full of soup. If the soup is still too thick for your liking, add more water.

Refrigerate for a few hours, season to taste, and then garnish with more fresh herbs.

 

Poses: 28/52 : Chaturanga Dandasana

July 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Ahhhhh yes. Four-Limbed Staff Pose, the old standby, Chaturanga Dandasana. I’ve shared them before, but I love Ryan Conrad’s yoga illustrations. It is the building block for all other strength work in yoga (in my opinion). If you’re just starting yoga and want to get stronger, work this pose like crazy. If you practice Ashtanga, that won’t be a problem because you’ll do at least 60 chaturangas  in the primary series alone (!!).

I find this pose to be one that scares off new students. When first instructed to do this, most people laugh and say “yeah right!” However, with a little diligence, it’s easier than you think. Shoulder alignment is so important to do this pose safely. Because it is repeated so much in most vinyasa classes, it’s important to be mindful of alignment. Here’s a good article from Yoga Journal on this.

The other most important thing in order to master this pose? A sense of humor. For example, I really want this tank top

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GRP is 1!

July 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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My nephew, Graham is one today! Cannot believe! Happy birthday happy boy!

You’ve probably read about Alex & Kayla (Kaylex) and Graham before on this blog, but those who don’t know, Alex is my older brother and Kayla is his wife. Graham is about the sweetest baby ever. I still have never seen him cry full out crazy hard. It’s insane! He’s always smiling. I unfortunately can’t make the trip to Cinci with Mom to see them today, but will hopefully get up there soon. Given that we’ll be moving, I’m assuming I’ll need to do an IKEA run! Ha!

Can’t believe this kid’s already one, it’s sounds silly to type this, but seriously, where does the time go!?!

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