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Monday Manifesto: Thanks to Lorraine

August 8, 2011 / Aaron

Last week, Lorraine posted this on Facebook and I loved it so I just had to share. Happy Monday!

"Any yoga teacher can show you what they can do. A master yoga teacher shows you what you can do. Thank you, Yoga Belly, for having some master yoga teachers." --Lorraine G. Moore

I did a quick online search and couldn't find anyone to credit for that quote, does anyone know where it came from? Or are you just that good, Lorraine?


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What's in Your Blender: In the Kitchen with Jeff

August 4, 2011 / Aaron

Or, as I've begun to think of it, Protein 2.0. I tried this smoothie this morning, and it tastes like dessert! But, according to Jeff, it's actually really good for you. In his own words:

"This recipe was adapted from Timothy Ferriss' book, The Four Hour Body.  The purpose of this shake is to speed recovery after strenuous workouts.  There's an incredible amount of protein and Omega-3's in this (as well as fiber if you're using Hemp Protein Powder which I highly recommend).

The two egg yolks have high cholesterol which, according to Ferriss, is essential to producing testosterone which speeds muscle recovery.

Chia seeds are a super food!!  Amazingly high in omega-3's which help the body to repair and keep inflammation down.  They also contain a tremendous amount of antioxidants.

Cinnamon is a natural way to help control blood sugar and as this shake is already low sugar, unlike many smoothies out there, it's safe for most diabetics.


Jeff's Protein 2.0 Super Smoothie:

  • 16 oz. milk of your choice (almond, soy, whatever)
  • 4T almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2T chia seeds
  • Pinch of vanilla powder
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • Scoop of protein powder OR two raw eggs (make sure they're fresh!)

Combine in a blender and process until smooth

Hump Day... and a Retreat!

August 3, 2011 / Aaron

Hello lovelies,

First, some eye candy:

Then, some info about the YB retreat this weekend!

For the bargain price of $200, you receive room and board (including all meals from Friday night dinner - Sunday afternoon lunch). There will be yoga, hiking, hot tubbing, margaritas, and long naps in the sunshine whenever the heck you feel like it. The event will be held at The Spirit House in Woodacre, be sure to email Aaron or Will at to reserve your spot!


Oh Happy Day

August 2, 2011 / Aaron


Two weeks ago, New York legalized gay marriage, and 300 couples tied the knot that day in City Hall. New York Magazine took photos and interviewed the happy couples, and, I have to warn you, some of the stories are tear jerkers.

Way to go, New York! You love warriors, you.

Monday Manifesto

August 1, 2011 / Aaron


"You cannot do yoga.  Yoga is your natural state.  What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state."  ~Sharon Gannon

Eat Your Greens: Who Knew Dandelions Packed Such a Punch?

July 29, 2011 / Aaron

Edna sent this along to encourage us all to try her smoothie with dandelion greens... a vegetable that I have never once before purchased, but did show up in my CSA box one time and I had no idea what they were. Now I know!

Just a preview:

By Peter Gail

Suppose your doctor tells you, on your next visit, that he has just discovered a miracle drug which, when eaten as a part of   your daily diet or taken as a beverage, could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you. If he gave you a prescription for this miracle medicine, would you use it religiously at first to solve whatever the problem is and then consistently for preventative body maintenance?

All the above curative functions, and more, have been attributed to one plant known to everyone, Taraxacum officinale, which means the "Official Remedy for Disorders." We call it the common dandelion. It is so well respected, in fact, that it appears in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union. It is one of the top 6 herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, "Composition of Foods" (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. Minnich, in "Gardening for Better Nutrition" ranks them, out of all vegetables, including grains, seeds and greens, as tied for 9th best. According to these data, dandelions are nature's richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.


What's In Your Blender: In the Kitchen with Edna

July 29, 2011 / Aaron

Dearest yogis!

I can't believe it's already August. I grew up in the Sacramento Valley (read: 112 degree summers) so it feels like summer should be coming any day now, rather than ending in a few weeks. So, to celebrate the last third of my favorite season of the year, with bikinis on the brain, and because the instructors at Yoga Belly are easily the hottest people I know (except for my honey, of course : )), here's the start of a little blog-lovin'.

I give you: the "What's In Your Blender" series. For the next few weeks, I'll be bugging instructors for their favorite bootylicious blended recipes, and sharing the nutritional wealth with you. Because I love you. And because you're beautiful. And because, as Will so eloquently laid out, "I do yoga because I want to be hot forever."

Kicking off this series is none other than our very own Edna Barr... take it away, Edna!

In her words:

"I pretty much throw whatever is laying around in the blender!

Kale Smoothie (can use dandelion greens as well)

water (can use coconut water for better hydration or half water/OJ)
lime or lemon (no skin, seeds ok )
fruit - any combination will work: TJ's frozen mango,pineapple, banana, tangerine, strawberries. Any fresh fruit getting over ripe; toss it in there!

Depending on how much frozen fruit you used, add a few ice cubes. I just have a low end cheapo blender that works fine; you just have to let it run for a good minute. Otherwise you end up chewing your smoothie. It really is fast & easy to make; no need to chop anything. Just throw it in the blender!"

Mmmmm... happy eating/drinking, and happy Friday!

Vacation is Bad for my Practice

July 28, 2011 / Aaron

During the summer, I find myself traipsing to and from vacations, weekend getaways, the occasional bender... not that I'm complaining! And, in the summer, my body confronts various maladies that don't seem to affect it during the rest of the year: poison oak, sunburns, mosquito bites. They have kept me out of the studio for whole weeks! It feels like I take three giant steps backwards by the time I get back to the studio, even if I've only missed a few days. But, I don't think saying no to adventure is the answer! It's just that, even away from my Yoga Belly home, I need to take the time to stretch. To relax. To breathe.


In this spirit, I hope you all...


Public Displays of Yoga

July 27, 2011 / Aaron


In honor of hump day...


Chakra Cheat Sheet

July 26, 2011 / Aaron

A little "chakra-for-dummies" for those of us who could use a reference : ) Bigger-ize it to find out more.

Happy Tuesday!

Thanks to YogaDork