August 2013

Snap pea salad with lemon tahini dressing

Recipes by Sarah Miller

Send summer out with one last hur-raw and make this tasty raw snap pea salad.

A strictly raw diet may not be right for every person, but everyone can definitely benefit from adding more raw food to his or her diet. Not only does raw food allow you to absorb every enzyme needed for its complete digestion and absorption, as none are lost in preparation, it also creates an alkalizing affect to the body, which is the essential base for a healthy and energized body.

The ultimate guide to fresh herbs

General by Greatist.com

We never seem to be able to use our fresh herbs fast enough before they start to wilt or get moldy, so we were stoked to find this Ultimate Guide to Fresh Herbs from Greatist. It’s full of great growing and storage tips as well as a guide to the healthy benefits of many popular herbs. 

10 best colleges for yoga

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We spotted this 10 Best Colleges for Yogis article on YogaDownload and thought it was the perfect way to end alignyo’s college week. If you’re thinking of colleges to attend in 2014, debating on going back to school or just love reading about forward-thinking businesses and institutions who value mind-body wellness, you’ll love this list.

Did your alma mater make the list? 

Healthy foods worth splurging on while on a student budget

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We know that most college students are very strapped for cash and that when you’re just trying to survive, the last thing on your mind is expensive superfoods and fancy meals. However, there are a few things that are absolutely worth it to splurge on, and will make an incredible difference in your energy and ability to maintain a yoga practice, as well as your focus in lecture and study hall. 

Check out these 4 healthy foods worth splurging on while on a student budget:

Turn your dorm room into a yoga studio

General by Sarah Miller

Afraid you won’t be able to hit the mat often while at college? Think again. Sure, a dorm does present some space challenges, but Sarah Miller has a few easy tips on how you can still get your yoga on while living in a college dorm. 

Yoga Shelter's Transformation Train Retreat to Tulum with Eric Paskel

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How does a week at a beautiful eco-chic resort in Mexico with 2-3 yoga classes a day, vegan and vegetarian meals, spa services and trips to ancient Mayan ruins sound? Amazing, right?

Healthy college eats: Warm Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Quinoa Salad

Recipes by Sarah Miller

Quick and easy. Two words all college students crave, which doesn’t usually translate to the healthiest of meal plans. Good news: You can spend a half an hour, max, at your stove each week prepping some grains in bulk, and have a base for on the go breakfast, lunch AND dinner all week long.

Kim Cattrall loves Physiyoga

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Back in the day we looked to the girls of Sex and the City for what was hot in fashion, night life, and dating. Today we're looking to former Sex star Kim Cattrall for details on the newest yoga craze: Physiyoga, aka Fizzy Yoga. 

6 ways to find cheap yoga in your city

Yoga Lifestyle

We’re not going to lie – yoga classes can be expensive. But if you’re on a tight budget, don't let pricey studio memberships keep you from practicing! If you know where to look and who to ask, you just might find a few options for affordable or free yoga in your community. 

Here are 6 ways to find cheap yoga in your city: 

8 superfood seaweed recipes

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Let’s be honest: You’re probably not eating enough seaweed, right? Well, you should try to do something about that, because seaweed is a serious superfood! Go beyond nori sheets and simple seaweed salad and try making a few of these 8 superfood seaweed recipes from Blisstree.

5 things you need to know about Tibetan singing bowls

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Have you ever experienced singing bowls? We’ve been hitting sound healing, singing bowls and gong workshops at studios all summer to reap the benefits of this soothing experience. Originally used in Buddhist rituals, singing bowls are now used frequently at yoga studios for their incredible benefits. Singing bowls can help you to dive deeper into your practice as their vibrations can be very healing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  

If you've never experienced singing bowls, here are 5 things you need to know:  

The 22 best TED Talks for fitness, health and happiness inspiration

General by Greatist.com

Want to feel inspired (not pressured) to live your best life? Completely fascinated by research on how exercise effects the human body? Then you must check out this list of the 22 best TED Talks for Fitness, Health and Happiness Inspiration, compiled by Greatist. 

If you have access to the Internet, you’ve likely seen one: We’re talking about TED Talks.

Prenatal yoga: Going BEYOND the bump

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Pregnant yogis, rejoice! Beyond Yoga just released BEYOND the BUMP, their first line of maternity yoga clothing. Despite the growing amount of yoga apparel brands, few make clothing specifically for women who are expecting. The BEYOND the BUMP line was created to make expecting mothers feel just as comfortable and empowered practicing yoga during their pregnancy as they did before they were pregnant.

5 easy ways to use hemp seeds

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Hemp seeds are one of our favorite sources of plant-based protein, but their health benefits don't stop there. These little seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than any fish, which is crucial for keeping our brains firing and our hearts strong. Their essential fats are also beneficial for glowing skin; they prevent wrinkle formation and even slow skin thinning that comes with aging. If that isn't enough to convince you to eat hemp seeds more frequently, hemp seeds also play a part in preventing cancer as they reduce inflammation in the body. 

Revitalize your skin with GO ginger skin care

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You know ginger is good for digestion, but did you know it’s great for your skin, too?

GO, the new skin care line from the Ginger People, is the first all-natural skin care line to use ginger to help revitalize and clarify the skin while fighting free radicals and protecting your skin from environmental pollutants. 

Three years in the making, GO was developed by The Ginger People and natural skin care expert Yanne Clerc. This unisex skin care line has a cleanser, moisturizer, serum, eye cream and balm.

3 healthy Ayurvedic spices to add to your diet now

Yoga Lifestyle by Ali Cramer

What’s an easy way to incorporate healthy Ayurveda lifestyle habits into your daily life? Spice up your food! Here, Ayurveda practitioner Ali Cramer fills us in on three simple, easy-to-find spices that have big health benefits. 

Rise + Shine yoga event in Brooklyn this Saturday

Local Events - NYC

Yogis, head to Brooklyn this Saturday, August 24, at 10:30am for yoga, culture and fun at RISE + SHINE at the Afropunk Fest. Presented by Flavorpill, RISE + SHINE gets you ready to party, with yoga, dance, meditation and good beats courtesy of Faith Hunter, DJ Drez, Natasha Blank and Bradley Raider.

Tempeh tacos recipe from the 21-day Vegan Blueprint

Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

Vegan chef and healthy coach Jenné Claiborne is getting ready to launch the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint, an easy to follow program with recipes, meal plans, healthy living tips and videos to help you transition to and maintain a healthy plant-based diet. Here, she shares one of the recipes from the program, Tempeh Tacos. For more info about the Vegan Blueprint program, don’t miss Jenné’s free preview call on Wednesday, August 21st.

Ginger goodness on the go

General

Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the awesomeness of ginger. The spicy heat of the ginger root works well in both savory and sweet dishes and its anti-inflammatory, packed with antioxidants and great for digestion.

Yoga therapy for insomnia

General by Erin Polychronopoulos

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist Erin Polychronopoulos recommends trying these gentle yoga poses to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

3 ways to power up this week

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The secret to a great week is a little preparation. So starting today, try integrating these simple mind-body habits into your routine. Center your mind with a quick meditation from Deepak Chopra, do these five core-sculpting yoga poses to strengthen your center and let Tara Stiles guide you into a restful sleep every night. Friday will be here before you know it. 

Boost your mind-body connection this week: 

Choosing the right essential oils for you

General by Charlynn Avery

For this week’s blog, aromatherapist Charlynn Avery talks about how to choose the right essential oils for you. It’s like a quick-start guide for a healthy aromatherapy lifestyle. Don’t miss the next Aura Cacia Facebook chat, this Monday, August 19 at 8pm ET on chakras and aromatherapy.

Rebecca Pacheco: My best diet advice

General

We just had to share this blog on diet and body image from Boston-based yoga teacher and the woman behind popular yoga website Om Gal, Rebecca Pacheco.

Benefits of spirulina + superfood cookie recipe

Recipes

Spirulina is not only a nutrient-dense superfood but is often called a perfect food. Why is it so beneficial to incorporate into your diet? Spirulina, a blue-green algae that grows in alkaline lakes, contains over 65% complete protein and is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It contains iron, sulfur, probiotics, chlorophyll, healthy fats, and antioxidants. 

Best edible plants that can be grown indoors

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We dream of having an organic garden full of beautiful flowers, plants and veggies. The problem is, as city yogis, we’re not sure if the little plot of land behind our apartment is capable of growing anything. Thankfully, Greatist came out with this guide of edible plants that can easily be grown indoors to help you nourish your green thumb and join the locavore movement. 

5 ways to take your yoga off the mat and help others

Yoga Lifestyle

We truly believe in living your yoga off of the mat and are always moved by those using yoga to help improve the lives of others. How can you use your passion for yoga to make a difference in your community? Here are 5 ways to get started.  

Do some yoga with kids at a boys and girls club 

Read this yoga book before summer is over

Yoga Lifestyle

As summer winds down, it’s important for us to find the time to enjoy the warm weather, get some sun (safely, of course) and dive into a great book.

Yeah Dave wants you to take a chocolate break today

General

Do you remember what you did a week ago Monday? If not, it might be time to start taking a moment for yourself everyday. Dave “Yeah Dave” Romanelli has the perfect way on how you can take back your life and live in the moment now: Eat Chocolate. “Everyday you’re entitled to a little vacation. A moment where you step away from the chaos and savor, cherish and celebrate.”

Breaking down Forearm Balance with MyYogaWorks

Yoga Lifestyle

So much more than just an online yoga video site, MyYogaWorks is a hub for great online yoga classes and in-depth knowledge on how to take your practice deeper. We love this Breaking Down the Pose: Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance) blog post.

 

What we want now: New yoga clothes from Cozy Orange

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Regular alignyo readers know that we love Cozy Orange. The Aquarius Leggings are currently in heavy rotation of things we love to do yoga in. We were just perusing the Cozy Orange site when we spotted the new Pisces Yoga Tank.

Watch this video of a guy doing yoga with his cute chihuahua

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Cute alert! Our hearts melted after watching this video of a handsome Italian man doing yoga with his Chihuahua. Watch below as this adorable dog shows us how updog and downdog is done. It’s hands down the cutest yoga class we’ve ever seen. 

Essential oils & nourished yoga feet

General by Charlynn Avery

Keep your yoga toes soft and smooth with these tips from aromatherapist Charlynn Avery on how to use essential oils for nourished yoga feet.

We connect to the earth, ground ourselves and stabilize or anchor for a stronger base in our yoga practice on our feet. It seems that given the importance of the feet to our practice, we should do our best to care for them.  

How to dress for hot yoga

Yoga Lifestyle

Considering trying out a hot yoga class or new to the practice? Check out these tips on how to dress for hot yoga from Blisstree.  

My friends that take care of themselves are all obsessed with Bikram or hot yoga. Bikram is basically Hatha in a room that’s 105°F and 40% humidity. Have you done it? It is a nightmare, but feels weirdly great. It’s totally understandable how people get hooked and do it everyday. I’ve considering challenging myself to a month of it.

47 ways to boost brainpower

General by Greatist.com

Who doesn’t want to be smarter or more mentally fit? Check out these 47 ways to boost brainpower from our pals at Greatist. Some of the picks, like flossing, might surprise you.

Summer vacation is in full swing, but that's no reason to let the brain veg. To keep that noggin in tip-top shape, we've put together a list of new and creative ways to boost our brainpower, like golfing, mowing the lawn, and munching on pumpkin seeds. Read on for more easy ways to hit genius status pronto. 

Fitness

10 high protein vegetables

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Any vegan will tell you that you can get plenty of protein on a plant-based diet. Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 high protein vegetables, courtesy of our friends at Blisstree. 

You can absolutely get “enough protein” while meatless because animal products are not the only sources of protein in the human diet. Just think about Popeye; that sailor man was not chowing down on canned chili, but delicious greens. Do you think the Jolly Green Giant got so giant and green by enjoying T-bone steaks in lieu of cruciferous vegetables? Think again, dummy.

6 yoga moves to do after sitting at your desk all day

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While we would love to work from our yoga mats, we at alignyo spend much of our days at desks to bring you this site. By the time we finish our work, our neck, shoulders, back, and even hands (from typing) are a little sore. Sound familiar? If you are often sitting at a desk and working at a computer, relieve tension after your long day with these refreshing poses. 

Try these yoga poses after work:

Take flight at NYC's AcroFest, August 10-11

Local Events - NYC

Take your practice to new heights this weekend at NYC AcroFest happening at OM Factory on West 37th Street. If you're a seasoned flyer you will love AcroFest's creative and challenging workshops like "Pop It Like It's Hot", and if you're new to AcroYoga the fest is a wonderful opportunity to further immerse yourself in this style of yoga as workshops are being offered for all levels.

Access intimate interviews with your favorite yoga gurus free of charge

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How can you get access to intimate conversations with your favorite yoga celebrities free of charge?

#ShareYourOm in Bryant Park

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On Thursday, August 15th, Share Your OM at a special 6pm class at Bryant Park taught by Alie Carey Flynt of YogaWorks. Before and after class, #ShareYourOM style by striking a pose with your friends. Sport matching tops. Rock a tutu (or two). Take pictures. It's all on your OM terms so let loose! Participants have a chance to win a $200 shopping spree at Athleta's NYC stores. Register here.

* P.S. All attending will receive a special treat from Athleta!

La Vie Boheme yoga mats

General

We recently took class at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles and spotted some supercute yoga mats in their boutique by the LA-based company, La Vie Boheme Yoga. We especially heart their Navajo print mat, so naturally we just had to get one. Not only are the mat designs second to none, but they’re also great to practice – so they’re able to boast form and function. LVBY has two other well-designed mats: The Mandala Yoga Mat and the The Warrior. (Accessories and apparel are coming soon).

Aligning your yoga & your diet, pt. 3: Making it a lifestyle

General by Sarah Miller

Food not only nourishes us from a physical standpoint, it also does so on a spiritual level. Meals shared among friends and loved ones is something that has been a longstanding tradition since the beginning of humanity. So, after taking about a month of extremely intense focus to align your yoga and your diet, you have either discovered a deeper appreciation and joy in the rippling effects of slowing down your diet, or you simply want to just go back to living your life.

Spreading positivity - one hug at a time

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Have you ever had someone give you a hug when you were having a terrible day? Chances are it completely changed how you were feeling. In his new show, Yeah Dave shows that a one-minute hug can have an immediate and positive impact on your relationships and on your own wellbeing. “There are 1,440 minutes each day,” he says. “Do you dedicate at least one to love?” 

Collin Farrell goes to yoga in LA

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Collin Farrell was recently spotted heading into a yoga session in Los Angeles with his sister. The 37-year-old actor sported a headband à la Bruce Springsteen circa 1984.

Farrell, once know as one of Hollywood's bad boys, says he now prefers to drink water after a tough yoga session rather than drinking mass amounts alcohol. He was quoted saying: “I enjoy the work more, I enjoy being a dad more, I enjoy doing things that I never thought I'd enjoy – like yoga.”

 

Eric Paskel: The biggest threat to the human family

General by Eric Paskel

While on a trip to see gorillas in the wild in Africa, Yoga Shelter founder Eric Paskel found himself reflecting on his own family and recent divorce. Read his thoughts below.

5 myths about yoga

General

What excuses do your non-yoga-loving pals give you for not practicing? I would like to do yoga but I'm not flexible at all. I want to do yoga but it's so expensive. Being in the yoga biz, we've heard it all. That's why we loved Huffington Post's recent article that busts the most common myths about yoga. Not only does the post prove that yoga is for everyone, but the cat photos show that we yogis can laugh at ourselves, too. 

56 healthier burger recipes for summer

General by Greatist.com

Whether you prefer a patty made of beans and grains or a more traditional version, you’ll find a burger that fits your fancy in this list of 56 healthier burger recipes for summer (and a few great tips on how to make them even healthier) from Greatist. Fire up the grill and enjoy.

Another reason why breakfast is the most important meal of the day

General

Do you skip breakfast? New research shows once again that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially for men. 

Demi Moore spotted leaving yoga in LA... again

Local Events - LA

Demi Moore was recently spotted leaving yoga in Hollywood…again! As you can see, the 50-year-old actress was so blissed out that she didn’t even mind the paparazzi.  Read more about our coverage of Demi Moore and yoga in Los Angeles.

Don't miss the Recipe for Life Food and Yoga event

Local Events - NYC

Looking for the secret hot spot to practice this weekend? We found it! And it just so happens to be in the serenity of an Upper West Side backyard with the lovely Amanda Rose Walsh.

Manduka acquires Yogitoes

Yoga News

The latest news from the yoga business world: Manduka Yoga now owns Yogitoes.

Take Your Yoga Practice on a Road Trip with MyYogaWorks

General

A weekend jaunt to the lake? A quick getaway to the hills? A two-day beach vacation? It's not too late to roll the windows down, feel the breeze in your hair, and hit the road this summer. But don't leave your yoga practice at home - here are 5 tips to help you keep up with your practice while you're on the go, plus a video from MyYogaWorks teacher, Jesse Schein, with her two favorite road trip poses.

Aligning your yoga & your diet, pt. 2: Consolidate and Evaluate

General by Sarah Miller

So, you’ve gotten through making a food journal. And you’ve looked it over. Please give yourself a high-five, because that’s a feat. Chances are a lot of patterns are clearer now that you’ve heightened your awareness. Either you’ve noticed meals are often on the go composed of small snacks and power bars of some sort, or they aren’t complete, and are often interrupted by kids, work, or stress. Or your meals are uninterrupted, but not composed of what you’d like them to be.