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ISHTA Blog

Forbidden Black Rice

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Bored of brown rice? Okay, I love the stuff but sometimes I just need a break. So lately I’ve been all about Forbidden Black Rice, which is every bit as cool as it sounds. Cultivated in China, this rice is composed of a natural purple pigment—the same pigment found in blueberries and acai—that is said to be high in antioxidants called anthocyanins. It’s also a whole food, meaning it hasn’t been refined and contains the bran, germ and endosperm.

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Conversation with Peter Ferko and the Average Guy about the Upcoming Workshop: Yoga for the Average Guy

Peter Ferko

Average Guy: My girlfriend said I should take this workshop. What is it?

Peter: Lots of women love yoga, but I don’t see as many men benefiting from this powerful practice. I wanted to make it easy for men to give yoga a try, so I created the Yoga for the Average Guy workshop.

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Creamy Kapha-Balancing Lentils

Red Lentils

Welcome to Kapha season! Kapha (or spring) is a time of year known for wet, damp, warm weather. When in balance, this season can bring on a sense of peace and wellbeing. Kapha individuals are even known to be loving, loyal and patient. But when out of balance, we may be prone to feeling congested, lethargic and lazy (read: too much Netflix!).

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Seasonal Cleansing for Good Health

Blossoms

What seems like a new approach, or possibly, a new fad to health care is actually a common practice grounded in Traditional Medicines from many cultures. For thousands of years seasonal cleansing techniques have been incorporated into health care regimes to strengthen the immune system, rid the body of chronic conditions such as allergy symptoms, aches pains and inflammation and also to prevent more serious conditions that occur with aging like arthritis and to brighten the spirit.

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ISHTA Cooks: Menu Planning 102

Menu-Planning-102

Now that you have an organizational tool in place you can continue to collect recipes so you’ll never have to say, “What am I going to make for dinner?” You should also know which days you are prepared to cook and which are not. If you got this far, I have a gold star for you!

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ISHTA Cooks: Menu Planning 101

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I like to think of menu planning as a balancing act—like Tree Pose. Because it’s not just about deciding what to eat on a given day, it’s about organizing your schedule, recipes, ingredients and time in a way that makes cooking (and eating) nutritious, exciting and easy! In other words, it’s tough (and it’s why most people have a pizzeria in their Fave 5). But today, I’m going to give you the framework, and the little-known chef secrets, for creating menu plans like a pro. It may still seem like work in the beginning, but once you get these steps down pat, you’ll never go hungry!

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ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: Distractions

ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Hibernation

Happy Healthy Hibernation

As I write this I’m sitting on a cushion, swaddled in blanket next to a portable heater. My DVR is cuing up movies and my fridge is full of food. I don’t have many plans to leave the house—for the rest of the season! Winter is a tough time for socialization and activity. Like bears, humans naturally hibernate in the colder months and “spring” out again when the temperatures start to warm up.

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Practice Small Balancing Acts of Kindness

Balance

Inspired by the wisdom of nature, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. The word ‘Ayurveda’ comes from ‘Ayus’, meaning life (mind, body, senses and soul) and ‘Veda’ meaning science or knowledge. We can translate Ayurveda as “Science of Life”. According to this science we are all microcosms of the natural macrocosm. The five great elements found in nature are also found in each of us. We are all unique combinations of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

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What is alignment, anyway?

Esther Palmer

Alignment is a bit of a buzz word in yoga these days, which makes me wonder what is alignment? Is it whatever a particular teacher or lineage says it is? Well, these days, yeah, it kind of is. Which I think is great, as long as those using the system understand the objectives of the alignment guides. “Alignment” as a category is an organizing principle within a system that keeps that system operating smoothly.

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