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The Yoga Joint’s

cover stories


Yoga and the “C” Word


Interview: Paige Held



Paige Held photos by Channing Coe

On my 39th wedding anniversary in 2016, the doctor delivered the news. Three words I will never forget. “You’ve got cancer”. My knees buckled. I asked all the questions: How? When? Where? And Why? by Michele Santom


Paige Held, full-time mom of four, business owner, and yogi, talks to Today’s Yoga Magazine about staying focused on what matters. with Lynzy Ferris

Paige Held and family

Joyful Yoga for Moms and Kids

For a mom who loves yoga, nothing is sweeter than sharing it with her kids. Yoga nurtures the joy of movement, without judgment. Getting down on the floor with your kids is an experience of oneness. by Louise Goldberg


plus . . . 9 Pose of the Month 20 Fit Queen Irene 21 Cosmic Update 22 Relationships 24 Fashion and Style 26 Food and Nutrition


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CONTRIBUTINGWRITERS Sunny Arfa is the founder of Feel Great Meditate TM. Sunny is an empowerment mind coach, educator, speaker, spiritual advisor, life transformational coach and provides many tools to activate spirit and balance energy within. She provides energy healing through yoga, breath-work, Kundalini, meditation and sound vibrational healing. Sunny is currently on tour in South Florida and also has private appointments on Skype. She is the author of Can You Imagine World Peace? and is the creator and voice behind the “Just Breathe” relaxation meditation CDs. Find out more at www.FeelGreatMeditate.com/free

TODAYSYOGA Executive Editor Julie Murphy

Managing Editor Lynzy Ferris

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Jolie DeMarco channels intuitive messages and is an advocate of high vibrational living (in other words, living happily). She is an inspirational guide, author and speaker, and the founder of My Flora Aura, a mindful healing center in Boca Raton, FL. People call Jolie a “Messenger of the Light” and as a mentor, medium, reiki master and crystal healer, she enjoys sharing her gifts with others. For more info and to contact Jolie, visit www.MyFloraAura.com

Scott Feinberg counts his blessings as a dad, writer, entrepreneur and dedicated yogi. He is the founder of Kula Yoga Shala, a donation-based yoga and healing arts collaborative in Jupiter, FL www.KulaYogaShala.com. Scott’s teachings are steeped in the merging of the philosophical with the practical, rooted in the intention to establish a strong connection to one’s inmost essence which can then become the foundation from which we act in the world. He has launched non-profit yoga outreach initiatives in over 100 cities across the world, and been a presenting faculty member at The Omega Institute, The Caribbean Yoga Conference and The Omega Yoga Conference in NYC. @mysticmuse108 Nikki ‘Harini’ Bruno draws her inspiration from the natural world. She has spent time as a marine biologist, trail hiker, science teacher, yoga teacher, writer, musician, and she regularly races sailboats. She is the director of Student Coaching Services, an education company that teaches students the real-life skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced world. She weaves lessons from science and yoga into her work, helping teens create balance in their lives.

Danielle Mercer graduated with Monica Schmidt at American Yoga in Deerfield Beach, FL with her 200-hour certification and continued her yogic education in India, graduating with her 500-hour and Yin Yoga certification. She enjoys travel and teaches both Yin and Vinyasa teacher trainings nationally and internationally. Catch her educated and dynamic flows at American Yoga and Awaken Hot Yoga.

Leslie Glickman is known for her passion for building community! Her mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone. She has been a teacher of teachers for over twenty years, a national presenter, guest speaker and community leader. Her vast involvement with the community makes her one of South Florida’s most recognized yoga personalities.


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Rina Jakubowicz is known for her vibrant and uplifting approach to yoga. She is an international bilingual yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, and author of Choose Peace: A Practical Guide to Consciousness. She has been a teacher of teachers for over 11 years, presenting at yoga conferences all over the United States and the world. Rina was Yoga Journal’s March 2015 cover model, and has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal Online, Today’s Yoga Magazine, and other worldwide publications. She also created Super Yogis’ Schoolhouse, a pioneering yoga curriculum for children and teens. Learn more at rinayoga.com. Eric Paskel is known for his rock ‘n’ roll personality in the normally quiet world of yoga. He’s an international yoga teacher, marriage-family counselor, and motivational speaker. He has been a teacher of teachers for over 16 years, presenting at events and festivals around the world. Eric is one of Gaiam TV’s featured teachers and created Yoga Journal’s 14-day program, Yoga Rocks. John Capouya, author of Real Men Do Yoga, used Eric as his inspiration for the book. Eric founded Yoga Shelter—a family of eight yoga studios—in 2004. Eric’s latest creation is his greatest masterpiece, Electric Soul Yoga. Learn more at ericpaskel.com.



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GOOD READS Lions and Tigers and Octopuses, Oh My! by Dindy Yokel


hen the Today’s Yoga Magazine team proposed that I review Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, I said yes without a nanosecond’s hesitation. No clue that this was about actual octopuses (and yes, this is definitively the plural of octopus) and that the metaphor was deep within the text, I started reading, and reading and reading. This is not a self-help book or other instruction manual for living. This is a book—a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Awards—by a renowned naturalist, Sy Montgomery, and yet it is funny, endearing and highly readable with gorgeous photographs, even in the digital version. Through exquisite prose, I met Kali, Octavia, Karma and Athena, “Here is an animal with venom like a snake, a beak like a parrot, and ink like an old-fashioned pen,” writes Montgomery. Yuck, was my immediate reaction accompanied by a full-body shiver. Was I really going to read an entire book about cephalopods aka octopuses, creatures with two eyes and eight arms and about a gazillion suckers? Yes, and I couldn’t put it down. “Instantly, both my hands and forearms are engulfed by dozens of soft, questing suckers,” writes Montgomery of her first visit with Athena at the New England Aquarium in Boston. “As I hold her glittering gaze, I instinctively touch her head…but to my surprise, her head is silky and softer than custard.” And suddenly, I got it. The Soul of An Octopus is about “the other,” which, in actuality, is each of us to each other. Terrifying at first glance—alien customs, strange eating habits, the ability to hide behind our masks (or in the case of an octopus a mask—truly astounding) and so forth. But, take the time to really see, hear and understand “the other,” and one realizes we are all the same under the skin—beings that want love, attention, nourishment, entertainment and in many cases offspring. Grasp the book and pull it close with your two hands—don’t you wish you had more hands, like Kali and her friends—read it and you will find yourself heading out to the nearest aquarium. About the Author: Sy Montgomery is the author of 20 widely acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the memoir, The Good Good Pig, a New York Times bestseller. A Naturalist and documentary scriptwriter, Montgomery is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Humane Society. For additional information visit www.symontgomery.com. The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Author: Sy Montgomery Paperback 272 pages $16.00




Retreat to Delray Beach


IAMI, FL — After four years of successfully helping people relax their minds and rejuvenate their bodies in Fort Lauderdale, the creators behind Thermae Retreat are expanding their healing concept further north to Delray Beach. “There is such a wonderful energy and beautiful sense of community in Delray,” says owner Kelly Doyle, of the reason she chose Delray Beach as the second location of Thermae Retreat, which is tucked away on Pineapple Grove Lane right off bustling Atlantic Avenue. Thermae is a departure from traditional “spas,” and was created to offer people a daily refuge where they can relax and benefit from preventative treatments, and treatments that help the body properly function and, if needed, heal. “Everyone should be coming into a Thermae-type place. People have forgotten how to be present and relax,” says Doyle. “We teach people how to be still. Treatments are purposeful, and everything is centered around the saunas.” Doyle, who’s been in the health and fitness industry for 15 years, discovered the benefits of saunas, especially infrared, after a month-long trip to Europe where she spent time in a sauna every day. “About three weeks in, my friend looked at me and asked, “What are you thinking about?” And for the first time, I could answer, “Absolutely nothing.” My head was completely clear. I came back a very different person.” When Doyle returned to the states, she opened Thermae Retreat in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with saunas as the key centerpieces. The intense heat of the Finnish Sauna offers a detoxing sweat session, while the Infrared Sauna offers a relaxing heat experience — both are separated by a cool-down shower.

“The health benefits are vast. I believe that disease stems from emotion. Stress, anger and guilt have huge effects on health,” says Doyle. “A big part of what we do is help people deal with stress.” Loyal clients will find the same effective treatments and services available at the Fort Lauderdale location now in Delray Beach, along with a few new treatments such as a Dry Body Scrub, where the body is exfoliated with a dry brush and a scrub mixture of salt, flower petals and essentials oils. There is also a strong focus on the property’s serene outdoor surroundings. Clients have access to a dream-team of healers, such as a Quantum Healer who offers low-level lasers, light therapy and biomeridian feedback, and a Shamanic Practitioner, who specializes in Crystal and Sound therapy, along with Sacred Body Work. “This is about bringing everything back to a simpler time. There’s nothing new here, it’s simply getting back to old ways, and giving your body what it needs,” says Doyle, who adds that Thermae also offers organic, cold-pressed juice from Delray’s Juice Buzz. For more, visit thermaeretreat.com.

POSE OF THE MONTH Send us your yoga photo! In your post, tell us . . .

How does yoga make you feel? How has yoga changed your life?

Krista Yapp completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Bali, where every morning

she’d sit in meditation and contemplate, “What has yoga done for me?” As she looks back on her yoga journey, she sees how it has brought her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. “I started yoga during a low point in my life . . . degree changes, job changes, relationship changes . . . yoga helped me through those times and taught me how to bring balance into my everyday life. I learned to love myself — I feel empowered. I learned to walk by faith and trust—I feel hopeful. I learned to connect with myself and others — I feel held and supported. I’ve built lasting friendships and I’ve learned to let go — I feel inspired, free and passionate.” You can find Krista at @sunkissed_yogi and @kulawellness

Post on Instagram/FB with #potmTY AND tag @todaysyogamagazine or email “My POTM” to editorial@todaysyoga.com We’ll feature one pose a month in print and we’ll select some pics for TodaysYoga.com

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Remain Calm Amid the Chaos by Sunny Arfa


ow can a stressed, busy parent find more balance in life when they have no spare time? The ability to bring more harmony into your life is closer than you realize. Regardless of how hectic life feels, you can learn to ENJOY MORE while completing your daily responsibilities. Start by thinking better thoughts. Turn on your optimism and position your mind to look at your outer world as a wonderful place that is only getting better. As you recharge you’ll increase mental clarity and create a positive attitude shift. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Breathing is the key to relaxation. First implement a few deep breaths while you work, socialize or take care of the kids. Inhale deeply through the nose and enjoy the pause at the top. As you exhale, let go of all worries. By consciously breathing deeply, you will notice a deeper state of relaxation in your body. Your brain is now recharging. The brain fog lifts. You feel aware and focused. This will help you stay present so you can remember to upgrade your thoughts to a healthier, happier, positive minded loving soul. You’ll remember to refill your cup before giving it away to others. Breathing is your brain charger! Start affirming your intentions out loud



while you work, clean or drive. You can even sing them! The kids will enjoy it, too. I started my kids off with affirmations at age three. I’d have them stand in their power and speak with zest for life! This is exactly how we have to say our affirmations and mantras; with a strong feeling of love within our hearts so we connect the heart and mind. Kids may think it’s silly at first but they soon realize they too can put themselves in a relaxed trance in minutes. When we feel calm, we make better choices, like what to buy at the store, and what to cook and feed our family. You will find yourself having more energy to get everything done in a day once your mind is focused and peaceful. Next, you can start to chant a mantra, which helps all other thoughts dissolve and you go into that space between thoughts. At last, the mind is silent! Mission accomplished. If you are interested in receiving the perfect mantra for your meditation and to start living your daily life like a meditation, please feel free to call me. I once heard a line in an uplifting spiritual song by the angelic Felicia Rose, “Live your life like one big meditation.” And when I heard it, something shifted. In that moment, I thought, YES! I need to live my life like a meditation! I want to live my life every day with this new awareness! I hope you feel inspired to incorporate some of these daily tools so you too can live your life like one big meditation.

With rays of light, Sunny

Yoga and the “C” word by Michele Santom On my 39th wedding anniversary in 2016, the doctor delivered the news. Three words I will never forget. “You’ve got cancer”. My knees buckled. I asked all the questions: How? When? Where? And Why? The oncologist delivered more bleak news. I had an aggressive type of cancer. Surgery was immediately scheduled, while the teachers and students at my yoga studio generously stepped in to help: “Tell us what you need and it will be taken care of.” And it was. The surgery went flawlessly. A complete, radical hysterectomy. I was 59 years old and had considered myself active and healthy. I had been a vegetarian for 30 years, and I had practiced yoga and meditation for almost as long. What had I done wrong? The blame and guilt started. I teach my students all about the wonderful gifts of yoga. How could they trust me again? I felt like a fraud. Wow. Snap out of it. I am a very upbeat, positive person. This is not me. I was right. It was not me talking. It was fear. More fear when we met with the chemotherapist who explained chemotherapy and brachytherapy (internal radiation) in explicit detail. I could see this woman’s mouth moving but could not hear a word. I told my husband I was not going to do this to my body. With tears in his eyes, he said whatever I decided he would be by my side. After much meditation and prayer, and speaking with people whose opinion I cherish, I decided to follow the protocol. Chemotherapy day arrived. Eight long hours sitting in a chair with an IV, with my sister there to support me through each treatment. I felt I was putting poison into my body, but my Reiki teacher turned this around; telling me to think of it as a beautiful, healing elixir. My hair started to fall out after the first chemo session and my husband helped me shave my head on Easter Sunday. My two beautiful nieces cut their gorgeous long hair to have a wig made for me. I was surrounded by so much love and support from my friends, family and yoga students. Shifting Perspectives My asana practice, which had been quite vigorous and intense, shifted drastically. I began a gentle practice, and my daily meditation, Yoga Nidra, and pranayama (breathing techniques) lengthened into a two-hour meditation. I went to the studio because I wanted to be with my students and pull from their strength. During my scans and chemo sessions, I found myself reciting mantras and practicing pranayama. When a fellow chemo patient started to have an anxiety attack, I offered to help and started to breathe with her. Her blood pressure lowered, her anxiety ceased, and she continued with her treatment. Wow, I was teaching yoga during chemotherapy, connected to an IV. Conquering fear makes us stronger. The full practice of yoga, not just the physical practice, helped me to overcome fear and I began to truly live in the present moment. I found a new love for life, and a stronger relationship with my husband. The whole of yoga was revealed to me. I found peace. Now I wanted to share this with the world, especially with people in “The Club” that I had never expected to join. Complete strangers had given me their love and support and I wanted to return it. I went to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health to study with Tari Prinster, the author of “Yoga for Cancer” and a survivor herself. I now offer a weekly Yoga for Healing and Cancer class. It is filled with survivors, caregivers, and even my regular students. I am currently getting back to my own physical yoga practice, while yoga continues to bring me peace and love in ways I had never anticipated. I know my healing would have been vastly different if not for yoga. To date, I am cancer free.

Michele Santom is a yoga therapist and 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching yoga since 2009 and studied under Joseph and Lillian LePage at Integrated Yoga Therapy. More recently, Michele studied under Tari Prinster, Y4C (Yoga for Cancer) and is a certified Y4C teacher. She is also a Reiki Master in two traditions; Usuai and Traditional Japanese, as well a member, practitioner and teacher for SARA Shelter Animal Reiki Association. For more info on yoga for cancer, please do not hesitate to contact Michele at True Nature Holistics in Delray Beach. Tel 561-504-3816 www.truenatureholistics.com

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Paige Held

Parenting, the Yogic Path, and Time on the Mat Interviewed by Lynzy Ferris


photos by Channing Coe

aige Held, full-time mom of four, business owner, and yogi, talks to Today’s Yoga Magazine about staying focused on what matters.

Q. You believe in “no excuses”. What is key to making time for yourself amidst a busy schedule? I was taught that ‘time’ is an emotion, a way of looking at life that provides an emotional state. WE put that busyness on ourselves. Look at your schedule and see what activities you can cut down on. You probably think you don’t have time for yourself, but do you waste time on phone scrolling or watching mindless reality shows? Do you say yes to everyone? Go to yoga, take a walk, listen to a podcast, read a book. You will start to feel like you have time when you prioritize, and cut down. This is how I have been able to have time for myself while nurturing my marriage, raising my children, running my company, and having a social life.


omparison is the thief of joy”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Q. Does taking time for a daily yoga practice make you a better mom and wife? Let me tell you something; by nature, I am a fiery, intense, strongheaded person with a temper. These personality traits have served me in areas of life like business. These traits have NOT served me when it comes to interaction with my children, husband, and friends. Yoga has tamed the beast inside, the self-deprecating talk that would bring me down all on my own will. My daily yoga asana practice taught me how to slow down, breathe, and be mindful of my surroundings. Saying that yoga makes me a better mom, and wife is an understatement. No words describe the love and respect I have for being a mom and wife. Yoga gave me that! Q. We live in a competitive society. How are you able to find contentment and acceptance in who you are, despite what the world presses upon us? A long time ago I learned that, “Comparison is the thief of joy”— Theodore Roosevelt. Being human, I do at times get caught up in it all. But I remind myself to “just keep swimming.” I think of the Niyama, the second portion of the Eight Limb path, Samtosha, which translates to contentment. As long as I am living my purpose serving people by



bringing them yoga, I feel content. As soon as I veer off that path I feel the opposite. It is a daily practice of self-love, commitment and dedication. In your classes you talk about the two voices in our head: the “mentor” and the “tormentor” can you tell our readers more about this concept? The yoga Yamas are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” My belief is that this starts within one’s self. When we break it down to who is holding the ‘mic’ in our thoughts we can smoothly navigate the ups and downs. When building any muscle in the body it takes time for what you are working on to become a habit. The more you habitually catch yourself when the tormentor comes up and switch to the mentor inside, the more you will find your actions are guided by compassion, and love, versus reaction. Q. We learn about ourselves and life through the yoga practice. What yogic wisdom have you passed on to your children? The biggest thing that I see my children doing is practicing mindfulness. We have a thing in our home called a “take two”. When the kids fight, or have a meltdown, within minutes they catch themselves, take a breath, and tell themselves to take a step back and choose an emotion that will provide a better outcome. I teach them that when we don’t breathe under pressure, it causes our body to go into fight or flight. We want to train ourselves to stay in the pre-frontal cortex of our brain. In yoga we call this our third eye. When we are under stress our body dumps cortisol, wreaking havoc. This seems like a lot to get children to understand, but I’ve been talking about this to them for years and at 10, 13, 22, and 23, they get it and it helps! Q. Why is it so important to involve our children in a practice like yoga? When we learn not only to get our bodies physically fit, but also mentally and spiritually fit at a young age, it impacts our lives positively. Imagine if everyone practiced self-love from the time they were born. Think of how different the world would be. Yoga teaches us to love. When there is disconnect from love it leads us down the path of selfdestruction. Yoga teaches us that we will fall, we will break down, we will make mistakes; but all these—if we are mindful—these will be the building blocks to happiness and success. Teaching our kids to be self sufficient in reading and writing would be fruitless without instilling in them the yogic path. Yoga takes care of their deeper fundamental needs, and the soul’s recognition to evolve. Paige Held is the owner of The Yoga Joint studios. She is also the co-creator of Hot Fusion Flow; a dynamic, all-levels, hot yoga class. Visit her at www. theyogajoint.com and through @paigeheldyoga and https://www.facebook.com/paigecoe11 early summer 2017


Leslie Glickman demonstrating and breaking down Bhujangasana

WHY take a workshop? by Leslie Glickman


s our Yoga community continues to grow and thrive the array of options and offerings available to you week after week, also grows. You hear about things like the chakras, arm balancing, dance yoga, and acro-yoga. There are trainings for specialties like chair yoga, Yoga 4 Cancer, Yoga for Kids, Meditation and Breath-work… How do you decide what to do? Do you ask yourself WHY you would even do such a thing on a weekend for a block of 2-4 hours or sometimes longer? Would it be worth the money and the time? Here are some of the reasons why these experiences are worthwhile. There is a focused topic – which means that you will cover the subject matter in more detail. There are times when you need more instruction than a teacher can give in a public class. A workshop allows for the breakdown of technique for the more complex poses like inversions and arm balances. These workshops can offer step by step instruction and can be playful and fun as well. Perhaps the topic is history, philosophy or Sanskrit which is not easy to discuss while you are moving through a fast paced class. So a workshop is a way of delving into these interests without committing fully to a 200 hour teacher training. Think of it as a mini training. As an example; breath work and meditation are becoming more popular but most studios don’t offer these in their weekly schedule so taking a workshop creates an opportunity to experiment with something new and experience another aspect of yoga. In most cases when you see a teacher who has taken the time and energy to prepare a specialty workshop, they are going to be quite passionate about the topic, which means they have spent extra time dedicated to studying and practicing this technique or subject. It could even be something personal for them in their practice that healed them or changed their life. One of my favorite reasons for taking a workshop is to slow down and fully understand the WHY. An example of this could be how the teacher healed from a trauma or how they healed a particular part of their body (lower back pain or tight hips), maybe something was blocked or a habitual pattern of movement caused an injury. Not only would you get to experience the poses and sequence that aided in their healing, but also the story and a deeper meaning behind the process. If you suffer with similar issues this could resonate with you and allow for a transformation in your own body and practice. So when you see the schedule of workshops around town, you may want to give a closer look. Make an investment of time and money in yourself and into the yoga that you love so much. For those that are practicing regularly it may be time to step out of the box and then step in a little more deeply to learn something beyond what you are getting weekly in class with your regular teacher.



The Seaside Sutras

By Nikki ‘Harini’ Bruno

Smile Now, Sail Later


learned a powerful lesson last month. It wasn’t groundbreaking in theory, but to experience it so clearly was something else. In the field of physics is a theory called the ‘butterfly effect.’ It states that when a butterfly beats its wings, it sets in motion a chain of energetic events that can influence the path and strength of a hurricane. Moral of the story: what might appear tiny and insignificant in the present moment can create change on a massive scale. Yoga philosophy often speaks of similar principles. Whatever energy we project or pay the most attention to, positive or negative, becomes magnified. It’s hard to always consider how every moment of your day can have a significant impact on your future. It might even induce anxiety or guilt. Yes, it’s true, whenever you complain or act out of frustration towards someone, it will come back to bite you. But, if you build in small acts of kindness every day,

it will come back to reward you. So, I was at a regatta in Miami in February, hanging around the sailing club at the end of the day. I saw someone I knew but didn’t interact with very often. We weren’t in the same social circle but we’d seen each other at plenty of events. I would have just walked on by, but something compelled me to stop for a moment and make proper conversation. It wasn’t a long one, just a ‘hey nice to see you, how are you doing, and, what did you think of the sailing today?’ Then I smiled, wished him a safe trip home, and went on my way. A couple of weeks later he messaged me on Facebook. He needed a crew for a regatta. The catch—the event was in two days, and in the Bahamas. If I could make it on such short notice, he’d pay for everything. What followed was a trip to an island I’d never been to, where I enjoyed turquoise waters, lovely hosts, and four nights of delicious dinner parties. I met a new group of

fun sailors, who within minutes of meeting me offered a free place to stay and a car to borrow when I go to Colorado for a conference. They asked me about my student coaching business too, and took a bunch of my brochures to pass out to their friends at home! I fully believe my luck manifested from that split-second decision—to spend a minute being friendlier than usual. That moment set off the butterfly effect and lead to travel expenses being eliminated, new friendships being formed, possible new business, and a heck of a good time! If I’d never said hello, I might never have been on the top of his mind, and none of this would have happened. So, when you’re faced with the choice to beat your wings, make sure you are fluttering in the direction you want to go. As I learned, it only takes one moment to create a thousand more like it!

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The Eight Limb Path to live your life as a yogi… Santosha: Finding Contentment in a World of Change


here once lived a farmer in an Afghan village many years ago who led a simple and peaceful life attending to his crops and enjoying his family. One morning the farmer woke up and looked out his window to see his horse lying on the ground, hurt. His neighbor ran over in a panic, saying, “My friend, what are you going to do? You needed that horse to tend to your crops!” The farmer replied, “We shall see.” The next morning the farmer awoke and looked out his window. Low and behold, a strong stallion had wandered onto his farm. His neighbor came running over, shouting, “My friend, how blessed you are! This horse is even better than your last one.” The farmer replied, “We shall see.” The following morning the farmer peered out his window to see his son lying on the ground in severe pain, holding his leg. His neighbor ran over in utter disbelief saying, “My friend, your son fell off the horse and broke his leg. He is the only one strong enough to ride that horse. How can you tend your crops now?” The farmer responded, “We shall see.” The next day, the farmer looked out his window to see his neighbor walking over to share the news that all the young men were being called to battle in a tribal war that would mean certain death. But he said, “Your son will not have to go because his leg is broken.” The farmer replied, “We shall see.” Are You the Neighbor or the Farmer? This story has no ending. It is simply a story of our lives. We’ve all experienced reacting



to life’s inevitable twists and turns as the neighbor. And through the maturation of our spiritual practice we learn to adopt the more equanimous and accepting perspective of the farmer. In the yoga tradition, this practice is called Santosha, which speaks to our capacity to find an enduring contentment in a world of constant flux. Santosha is the second of five niyamas or self observances from the classical Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. It is most often translated as contentment. At first glance it seems pretty straightforward: Just be happy with what is. But of course, this is easier said

by Scott Feinberg

than done, because most of us are wired to seek happiness by trying to align our circumstances with our desires. There is nothing inherently flawed in having desires. It only becomes a problem when we make them the basis of our happiness. The flaw in this strategy is revealed when we recognize the inherently fleeting nature of all things; how nothing is permanent. Every situation, every mood, every breath, every thought, every moment, is going through the same three phases of arising, abiding and passing. Only when we employ discernment (viveka) are we able to detach from depending on the impermanent for our happiness, and reconnect to our indwelling Self. This, say the teachings, is our unchanging ground of being, which doesn’t need to become content because its true nature is already so. The farmer represents our ability to see through the illusion of momentary circumstance and into a deeper essence and acceptance. When we are in this place, we are able to meet the inevitable joys and sorrows of life with a skillfulness that doesn’t seek to grasp onto them nor push them away. Rather, the practice of contentment is what allows us to be with what is, without needing to change it in any way; connecting to the deep, abiding peace within us, and entering into the flow of life with greater ease and acceptance. The beauty of this practice we call Yoga is that it doesn’t necessarily change the way things are, but it changes the way we are with things. Give it a try and you too, shall see.

by Briana Zonas

DIY Terrarium


errariums are making a comeback from the ’60s and ’70s. With their growing popularity, even artist Paula Hayes has exhibited her art terrariums at MOMA in New York City. Terrariums allow you to bring a little bit of nature indoors, they are low maintenance, and you can create your own little fantasyland. You can find different types of clear glass containers, in any hobby or craft store. I like to visit thrift shops or garage sales where I find unusual, interesting and affordable containers. Whatever beautiful, artistic vessel you choose, will create an important foundation for your terrarium. For a deep container, fill it about one quarter full with sand. You can find a variety of colored and natural sand in any craft store, and for a larger amount for several terrariums or a bigger terrarium, try a hardware store. Then, I like to sprinkle a little activated charcoal powder over the sand—in case you over-mist your air plants, the charcoal will keep the extra moisture from creating any mold. Many craft or gardening stores carry activated charcoal powder. Your next layer would be pebbles or small stones, available in different shapes, sizes and colors at a craft or hardware store. Be creative—whatever you think would be visually interesting! Once you have your groundcover down, start to play with your miniature fantasyland. You can add dollhouse items, old toys, or trinkets. Any items that are visually interesting at arts and craft stores or junk shops. One benefit of living in south Florida is that air plants are plentiful, as are shells and sand. When I first moved to Florida and I saw air plants growing independently on my wooden fence, I was instantly intrigued. While air plant terrariums are sold all over the country, we can just walk outside and collect air plants from trees or find them rolling over the grass. Often you can find small ones already attached to little twigs that you can use in your terrarium. So while on your next walk, take notice of the details of what surrounds you. For the final step, you will need a small tube of odorless, clear silicone, which you can find at a craft store. Move your items around

before making your final decision as to where they should stay. Maybe think of a theme that will help you tie it all together. Once all of your terrarium ornaments are in place, put a dab of silicone on each item to fix it in place. Voila! You have your own little fantasyland. Your new air plant terrarium will need to be spritzed with water approximately 2–3 times a week, depending on the temperature and humidity in the immediate vicinity.

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your creation! Materials needed: • Glass container • Sand • Pebbles • Activated charcoal powder • Terrarium ornaments and trinkets • Odorless silicone • Twigs • Air plants

Briana Zonas’s early artistic studies took her to the metropolises of Paris, London, New York, Athens, and Hong Kong, where she engaged in diverse creative experiences that include painting, photography, screen printing, and rug design. She combines her life as a yoga instructor with her practice as a visual artist and art teacher, bringing the two disciplines into conversation. She lives and works in Boca Raton, Florida with her two children. early summer 2017


Joyful Yoga for Moms and Kids

Cultivate Your Child’s Love for Yoga at All Ages and Stages by Louise Goldberg


or a mom who loves yoga, nothing is sweeter than sharing it with her kids. Yoga nurtures the joy of movement, without judgment. This gentle practice helps children explore the rhythm of the breath, while feeling safe. Partnering teaches social-emotional skills, such as taking turns, listening, and developing empathy. Getting down on the floor with your kids is an experience of oneness. Yoga is suitable for children of all ages and abilities. Start with short sessions, emphasizing comfort rather than form, and offer lots of encouragement. Discover the fun of practicing yoga with your child!

Partner Tree: Building trust and connection. Stand side by side, holding hands. Find a spot on the ground about four feet in front of the child for her to focus her eyes. She places her outside foot in tree pose. If possible, you do the same. Press your outside palms together and lift. Switch sides. Now shake everything out!

Seesaw: The rocking motion is soothing; the push-pull promotes sensory integration. Sit cross-legged, face to face, holding hands. Rock slowly forward and backward, singing “SeeSaw” or “Row Your Boat.” Now faster! Then slower.

Lawn Chair: Experiencing Oneness (For sensory sensitive children, place a bolster between your bodies.) Sit back to back, legs straight or crossed. Breathe together. Come slowly into a forward bend, while your child leans against your “lawn chair.” Let him know that you have his back; he is safe. Slowly switch, and rest gently on your child’s back—careful with little ones. Tell him how much you appreciate his support.

Flying Bats: A challenging pose, promoting strength and balance. Sit face to face, with both feet on the ground. Holding hands inside your knees, touch the sole of your right foot to the child’s left foot. If you can, lift the legs. Release and try the other side. If you are feeling adventurous, lift both at the same time! Take care not to force.



Louise Goldberg has been teaching yoga for all ages and abilities for over 35 years. She’s the new owner of the oldest studio in the area, Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach; offering 200, 500, and 95-hour teacher training. Louise is the author of Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs (2013) and Classroom Yoga Breaks (2017), published by WW Norton. She leads retreats and trainings in Creative Relaxation® yoga for children internationally. Please visit her at yogacenterdb.com or www.yogaforspecialneeds.com

A Crate of Home Product Goodness N

ecessity is truly the mother of invention, and luckily, for Mia Gomez, there was no inventing needed. All this mama had to do was rely on plant-based natural goodness to develop healthy alternatives to familiar home products. Mia started her company, My Lemon Crate, to put consumers in control of the products they use daily in their homes, substituting them with quality, affordable, all natural choices—free of chemicals, additives, and fragrance. It takes just 26 seconds for chemicals in personal care items to enter your bloodstream, and it’s My Lemon Crate’s mission to offer consumers safe alternatives as well as information on how the ingredients affect whole body health.

Every month, customers receive a crate full of goodies to easily incorporate natural wellness and organic ingredients into the home. Choose from a Do It Yourself Crate or a Ready Made Crate, with three to five full-sized products beautifully packaged in recycled materials and reusable and durable containers. Past crates have included natural laundry solutions, organic beauty items, back to school kits, travel essentials, and even perking up your routine with coffee in a skin rejuvenating scrub. Recipe cards with step-by-step instructions are included, as well as helpful information on specific ingredients and their benefits. Products are never repeated, so there’s always an element of fun as you unwrap your My Lemon Crate surprise for the month. More information at www.mylemoncrate.com and Instagram @mylemoncrate.

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Interviewed by Lynzy Ferris

an you elaborate on doing yoga as a workout, versus practicing yoga as a lifestyle? People find yoga for many different reasons, and I believe whatever gets you on the mat is wonderful. Originally I practiced yoga as a workout, but over time I realized that I was missing the philosophy that has now become so important to me. Yoga is so much more than just a physical workout. It should also be a workout for the mind by asking us to take a deeper look at who we are and what we are doing with our lives. I used to practice yoga to be fit, but now I use it as a spiritual practice that can take me closer to my higher self.

In our practice, how can we decipher between the ego voice and our higher self, which exist within all of us? It isn’t always easy to decipher which voice is which, but usually the ego voice comes from a place of wanting more or not being enough, while the voice of our higher self comes from a place of love and connection.

Why is it important to recognize the difference between these two voices? The ego is a defining voice that can easily take over our minds. When I listen to my ego I am unfulfilled, but when I listen to my higher self I am connected and at peace. It takes practice to learn which voice is which, and for me the practice of yoga and self-reflection has helped me see my ego for what it is. As a human, it’s impossible to completely detach from the ego. It’s what makes me take care of myself and recognize myself as an individual. But it is important to remain grounded and seek the truth that our higher self offers, and this is the path that I am on. You broke part of your wrist to the point that multiple surgeons questioned your future in practicing yoga. What would you tell someone who might be experiencing an injury that leaves them feeling hopeless? The most important thing is to do what you can, even if some days that means doing nothing but sitting, reading, and reflecting. My injury has been my greatest teacher, because it reminded me that asana is only 1/8 of the 8 Limbed Path. It also taught me that no matter how injured I felt, there was always something physical that I could do, even if it wasn’t what I was used to. It gave me the chance to try new things, and revisit old ones, too. It showed me parts of myself I never knew, and how strong I could be. How can we cultivate self-love as we move on our mats? Self-love can start as self-reflection and acceptance. Allowing your yoga practice to show you all parts of yourself, without judging them or needing to change. I had to overcome attachment to results in order to truly love myself. For the first few years of my practice, each day my mood depended on how well my physical practice went. If I was able to do the handstand. I was happy; and if I couldn’t, I was sad. This was the way I was living my life, easily swayed by the circumstance. Through practice, I can remain in a place of peace even when I crash and burn, knowing that nothing is permanent and everything is constantly changing. Lastly, self-love is rooted in gratitude. Finding a place where we are grateful for what we have, instead of longing for more, is one Irene Pappas (center) of the greatest gifts my yoga practice has given me. Connect with Irene Pappas at www.fitqueenirene.com and Instagram @fitqueenirene

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he energy of the planets and stars can affect the Earth’s atmosphere, which is the aura of Earth. We as humans are susceptible to this. Planetary movements can change our emotions, thought processes, and sometimes our physical bodies. Everything that is energy can be affected! These changes can help us positively or, they can create moods swings and awry behaviors. May, June, and July bring an exciting summer! Just a bit of knowledge on the cosmos can ease your dealing with life’s cycles. Late May: At the New Moon on May 25th, your energies are touched with wanting to start creating something great. Be inspired to embrace new opportunities and welcome success. As we move into June, you experience childlike feelings. No matter what age you are, June helps you express your “fun” side, with no major planets confusing you. It is time to get busy with creative ventures and flow freely with them. This should be a day you feel like hosting a party or embracing that silly inner child. HOWEVER, Saturn turned retrograde on April 6th and this baby lasts about 140 days! Yes. The KING OF KARMA a.k.a. Saturn will have us learning “lessons” and relearning “lessons” until August 25th!

July: July 3rd the Earth is at Aphelion, meaning Earth is furthest from the Sun in its yearly orbit. July brings the need to balance your male and female sides, also the dark and light sides of you. This derives from the Capricorn full moon on July 9th. Be kind to yourself. Keep yourself in check; meditate often –a polarity session would help. Notice when your darker side arises and allow yourself to sweep out the old dark and negative thoughts. Work on enhancing the true you to shine with extra star sprinkles on top. July 23rd is the New Moon. Use your unicorn energy and place a zebra agate crystal on your third eye (6th chakra). Sleep divinely as your stone’s energy works with your bodies. Jolie DeMarco channels intuitive messages and does not claim to be a doctor, nor financial advisor. Please seek professional help for these issues. Contact Jolie at www.MyFloraAura.com or visit the Mindful Healing Center & Crystal Metaphysical shop in Boca Raton for intuitive readings, energy healing, oxygen bar, salt room, and organic teas. Tel. 561-901-5808. Jolie DeMarco a.k.a. Galileo’s scribe, Messenger and Crystal Junkie!

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June: June 9th is the ‘micro’ Full moon. It is furthest from the Earth and appears smaller. June 21st is summer solstice in the northern Hemisphere; this is the longest day of the year! June 23rd is the New moon, manifest new beginnings and start something you have never tried or thought of before. This can be from the smallest of things from baking a cake from scratch or creating a newly desired empire!

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“Maybe You’re Right.” These three little words could save any relationship! But how? Let’s first assess what causes chaos and disharmony in a relationship. Usually one person has a belief or expectation of how things should be while the other person has another. These perspectives and expectations come from years of conditioning, environmental influences and desires of an ideal that each person has adopted and believes wholeheartedly to be true. This forms a strong ego in each person … an identification with the way they see themselves, others and the world. A happy relationship starts with one person saying, “Maybe you’re right.” What this means is that the person saying these three words in the relationship is willing to put themselves in the other person’s shoes and consider that the other person’s truth is real to them, regardless of whether it’s right or wrong. Eric has a saying, “No ego, no problem.” When we use the phrase, “Maybe you’re



right,” it pushes the ego aside, making space to be of service, to truly listen and to minimize our own preferences and opinions. When we increase our desires and we are selfish, our ego gets bigger, which is the opposite of a yogi’s mission. Without ego, there is nothing of value to defend, protect, or get upset about. And if you just thought of examples of “things that matter”, we invite you to reflect and ask yourself, “Do they really matter? To whom do they matter?” Be objective and think about how different an argument or discussion might be if you said these words to the other person and how it would feel for both of you in the end. Being right creates nothing worth talking about but an isolation from others, while being wrong can bring about freedom, compassion, understanding and truth. What do you have to lose in considering that, “maybe we’re right” and finding out for yourself if this holds true? Share your experiences with us! Let us know when you used these three words and how they worked out for you. www.rinayoga.com www.ericpaskel.com @ericpaskel @rinayoga

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NEWS • NOTES A Refreshed Delray Beach Visitor Information Center Opening This Summer


Delray Beach Honored as 2017 Playful City USA Community

his summer, Delray Beach visitors and residents will experience a refreshed and renovated Beachside Visitor Information Center at 2 S. Ocean Blvd. After 12 years, and more than 200,000 visitors, the Downtown Development Authority – who manages the Center – decided that it was time for a makeover. When it reopens, the Center will have tripled in size with new floors, ceilings, windows, doors and signage. The new Center will have 40 ft. of wall space which will house brochure and magazine racks, providing Downtown merchants with more visibility. Other exciting additions include: a new fountain outside of the center, a new public art component, a historic display, enhanced digital signage, opportunities for digital advertising, and a large map of the area. The renovated Center will be designated as the Official South Palm Beach County Visitor Center by Visit Florida.


he City of Delray Beach is proud to announce that the national non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the second time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents. “The City of Delray Beach is proud to be recognized as a 2017 Playful City USA community,” said City of Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein. “The City values the recreational and leisure pursuits of our residents and visitors and currently has 24 playgrounds located within our wonderful park system. In addition to our current play spaces, the City is working together with community partners to expand our play space inventory and will install a fitness park and new boundless playground before the end of the year. The City of Delray Beach is committed to providing quality places for our residents and visitors to ‘Get Out, Get Up, and Get Active’ in our community.” To see the full list of Playful City USA communities and to learn more about making play the easy choice for kids, visit kaboom. org/playfulcityusa.

Celebrate World Oceans Day at Boca’s Gumbo Limbo!


isit Gumbo Limbo Nature Center June 8-June 11 to celebrate World Oceans Day by participating in themed programs and activities. Learn about great ocean garbage patches and what you can do to prevent plastic pollution. Guess how many plastic bottles are in the “Great Gumbo Garbage Patch?” Enter to win a Sea Turtle Adoption. Our Oceans… Our Future! June 8-June 10, 9:00 am-4:00 pm and June 11, Noon-4:00 pm • www.gumbolimbo.org Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton FL 33432 (561) 544-8605

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FASHION • STYLE Oka-B! Comfortable, color-fast & crazy cute are how we affectionately refer to the perfect summer sandals from Oka-B! Pick from an array of pleasing summer hues and take solace in knowing your slipping your tootsies into clouds of ergonomically cushioned, fashion forward, summer must-have footwear. Did we mention they’re durable, so durable that when you come back from that long, relaxing day on the beach, you can throw them in the washing machine, even dishwasher (yes, dishwasher)! How’s that for functional fashion? https://www.oka-b.com

Moms and Daughters Stretch It Out with Stylish Activewear There’s nothing more fun than family fitness together, so this summer celebrate fitness and empowerment with matching mommy and me activewear by Jill Yoga. Spend extra mommy-andme time in the vibrant, bold colors and styles of Jill Yoga while stretching outdoors, playing in the park, or warming up with yoga together. Sizes start at six months old! https://jillyoga.com

Harts & Pearls adds a cool-girl vibe to any outfit with its bohemian chic head wraps. Elevate your summer style with handmade, fashion-forward designs that add versatility to the modern woman’s closet. Harts & Pearls headbands made of an organic bamboo knit blend, each band is moisture wicking and perfect for a night out, the yoga studio, or the busy mom looking for a quick and easy hairstyle. Designer Desiree Burgess began her passion at the birth of her daughter to follow her dreams of being a successful, creative stay at home mom. https://www.hartsandpearls.com

Celebrate International Yoga Day with Flexi Lexi Grab your mats, International Yoga Day is coming up! Brush up on your Balasana or perfect your Plank in flexible, fitting, and comfortable clothing from Flexi Lexi. Add some flair to your fitness with funky fruit and original ombre designs, and beautiful bralettes from this yogi-obsessed brand. http://www.flexilexi-fitness.com




by Julie Murphy Today’s Yoga Magazine Executive Editor

Dress for Success!


ll that is required for bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, is an open, loving heart. This includes selfless service, when we experience the joy of helping others. Dress for Success is a perfect showcase for Bhakti Corner. Julie Murphy spoke to Executive Director, Mary Hart, about how the organization opens doors of opportunity for women around the world. Imagine you’re unemployed, struggling with the challenges of being a single mom, and your self-esteem is at an all-time low. One of the things you need most in the world—a job and steady income—seems hopeless, as you don’t even have the spare cash to buy a pair of shoes for an interview. Enter Dress for Success, who for 20 years has been waving a magic wand and sprinkling stardust over women in precisely this situation, with a dramatic and positive effect on their lives. Yes, you shall go to the ball, and yes, you shall nail that interview. With offices in 25 countries, from Brookhaven in New York to Rotorua in New Zealand, Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence. It begins with boutiques filled with gently-used clothing, providing interview outfits—including shoes, handbags, jewelry and makeup. A personal shopper helps select different items “until they see that smile of excitement about how they’ll look for their interview.” First impressions count and if the job seeker doesn’t look the part, the decision not to hire is often made within seconds. When I ask Mary Hart about the top three things that Dress for Success offers, she answers, “Confidence. Confidence. Confidence.” She adds, “The transformation is amazing. It’s never really just about the clothing; it’s much more than that”. Through mentoring and coaching programs, interviewees come to understand their strengths and their value to a potential employer. Job readiness exercises provide guidelines on resume writing and interview skills, as well as mock interviews to help prepare for the real thing. Stories from Dress for Success graduates are consistent: they have a clearer sense of their own direction, and a stronger belief in themselves. The boutique I visited in Lantana, FL is decorated with bold and positive words such as INSPIRE, and IMAGINE; creating an atmosphere of possibility and hope. 60 to 70% of those who go through the program become successfully employed, and receive a week’s worth of working clothes, so that they can start their job without worrying about spending money on their wardrobe. I teach mindfulness and yoga at St Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, and the staff jumped at the chance to contribute to Dress for Success. An employee clothing drive produced multiple boxes of outfits, which I happily took to the Lantana boutique, touched by their generosity. It’s easy to join in and help women prepare for their fresh start. There are volunteer mentor and coaching opportunities and if you’re a yogi clearing out your closets, you’ll get the added bonus of practicing aparigraha, non-possessiveness. Smile at the thought of how your clothes will find their way to someone in need, lighting up her face as she gets ready and dressed for success. For more details on how to volunteer at Dress for Success Palm Beaches, visit www. palmbeaches.dressforsuccess.org, or contact Colleen Fitzgerald at palmbeaches@ dressforsuccess.org tel. 561-249-3898, Instagram @dfspalmbeaches

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Salad Pizza

By Barbara Seelig-Brown

This recipe combines two of my favorite dishes, pizza and salad. You can make the pizza dough and top it with your favorite sauce and cheese, or top it with the salad for a change of pace. If you make it with sauce and cheese use the salad recipe for a side salad.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Yields 2-3 personal size pizzas, one large pizza that will serve 12, 16 dinner rolls, or 12 sandwich rolls. I use my food processor with steel blade to prepare the dough and do the kneading. Try to find the white whole wheat flour, as it is lighter in color, texture and taste than traditional red whole wheat. Measure the temperature of the water with a meat thermometer. When working with yeast, water temperature is critical for proper rising. The correct temperature is 110-120 degrees. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups white wheat flour 1 tablespoon active yeast 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 – 1 ½ cups tepid water (water between 110-120 degrees) 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil Place all dry ingredients in the food processor bowl. Pulse a few times to blend well. With the machine running, add 1 cup of water in a slow and steady stream. The dough should form a ball. Clean the sides of the food processor. If it seems too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough is perfect when it is no longer sticky and feels as smooth as a baby’s bottom. If it is too sticky or wet, you can more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Place dough in a large bowl with extra virgin olive oil. Turn dough to



completely cover with oil and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour. A good place to rise is in the oven with the oven off and the oven light on. After the dough doubles in size, punch it down and let it rise again for as long as possible, at least one hour. I am a huge fan of the longer rise for lighter dough, especially when using whole-wheat flour. For the salad pizza you will need to bake the pizza dough before placing the salad on top. Preheat your oven to the hottest temperature, using convection if you have it. Coat the baking pan with extra virgin olive oil and pat the dough to desired thickness. Bake until golden.

Pizza Topping

3 cups baby greens ½ cup chopped plum tomatoes 2 sliced scallions sliced thinly on the diagonal ½ cup thinly sliced black olives ¾ cup finely chopped fresh mozzarella ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely minced Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper ¼ cup fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, or Asiago Red pepper flakes (optional)

Prepare vinaigrette:

Whisk together vinegar, a pinch of sea salt, a grinding of pepper, and the garlic clove. Slowly whisk in olive oil to taste. Prepare individual pizza crusts. Mix together greens, tomatoes, scallions, olives and mozzarella. Toss with vinaigrette. Place salad ingredients on top of cooked pizza shell. Sprinkle with Parmigiano, Pecorino or asiago cheese. Sprinkle with optional red pepper flakes. Barbara Seelig-Brown is a chef, culinary educator, published cookbook author, food and wine columnist, and the TV host of Stress Free Cooking on PBS and FoodyTv. An Italian-American who learned cooking hands-on with her mother and grandmother, Barbara wanted to recreate her treasured experiences around the table for others. Barbara’s dedication to a healthy lifestyle includes teaching yoga and cooking classes. www. stressfreecooking.com

Protein Packed Tuna Burgers (Includes Vegan


By Peter J. Palladino


ith plenty of protein and little fat, tuna is one of the best foods for muscle growth and recovery. By combining the canned fish with a few simple ingredients you can make a delicious burger in a matter of minutes—one that packs more health benefits than a beef or turkey version. Another bonus to the tuna burger: tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid, which supports muscle growth, helps cut your risk of heart disease, and boasts anti-inflammatory properties! Ingredients: • 1–2 cans chunk light tuna or albacore in water, or equivalent amount of raw tuna Please choose eco-friendly tuna—see the Tuna Shopping Guide at www.greenpeace.org. You can also substitute with any type of fish e.g. packaged/canned or fresh salmon. • 1 cup steel cut oats • 1 egg • 1/3 cup minced onion • 1/3 cup minced celery • 1/3 cup any type of bell pepper • 1 cup of your favorite type of beans • Salt and pepper to taste For a vegan burger: replace the tuna and the egg with: • 1/4 cup silken tofu blended until completely smooth • 1 teaspoon of flax seed and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (for the healthy fats) Directions: 1. Combine the tuna, oats, and egg. Stir in vegetables, beans, salt, pepper, and add hot sauce if spice is your thing. 2. Form mixture into patties. 3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add patties when hot. 4. Cook until egg and any raw tuna is done and patties are solid, OR bake at 415 degrees until the outside is golden brown (aprox. 30-40 mins) Serves: 2 Happy Eating. Peace, Peter.

A former Div. I Collegiate Athlete, Peter understands what a commitment it is to show up every day and take care of yourself physically, nutritionally, and mentally. After more than 35 years of training his body to its physical limits, he decided he needed yoga in his life. Peter has certifications in the Barkan, Annanda, and Baptiste lineages. He has developed his own yoga style and teaches at Yoga Palm Beach, as well as Yoga South and Yoga Aura, both in Boca Raton, FL. Peter honors with gratitude the wisdom his teachers have shared with him.

The Summer GreenMarket in Delray Beach The Summer GreenMarket started in 2015 as a scaled-down version of the Winter Market to provide an all-year round market for Delray Beach. This year they feature 30+ different vendors including:

What’s in Season? Watermelon! Did you know that watermelon are about 92% water? The high water and electrolyte content of watermelons make them ideal as a refreshing summer thirst quencher. They keeps us hydrated, our skin fresh, and can clean the kidneys of toxins.

The Green Owl Reopens The Green Owl, a longtime fixture in Downtown Delray Beach, opened its doors on May 16th at the newly built out location at 11 SE 4th Avenue, just steps south of Atlantic Avenue. The Green Owl is open for business Tuesday thru Saturday 7 am - 2 pm, Sunday 8 am - 1 pm, closed on Monday.

Jerry’s Here Produce, Counter Culture Kombucha, Exotic Fruit Stand, Independent Seafood, Juice King, Smack Attack Honey, Tweedle Pet Treats, Laurie’s Pantry, Bistro Blends Olive Oils and Vinegars, Paella Chef, Fun with Food Bakery, Master Gardner, Taste of Africa, Eddie’s Chocolate, Ceviche, Guacamole, Pasta Amore, Crafted House Nut Butters & Jams, Michelle’s Organics, Frik & Frak Sauces, Touch of Spain, Two Cousins, Mother Earth Artisan Foods, Nisha’s Indian, Gratitude Garden, Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue, Dr. Pickle, Anita’s Guacamole and more! The Market is open every Saturday at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in The Set (201 West Atlantic Avenue) from 9amNoon, and features live music, and of course the Market is always pet friendly!

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Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.” C. ASSAAD

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Yin Is In! But What Exactly Is Yin Yoga? Part I: Fascia by Danielle Mercer


o most of us, Yin yoga is somewhat of a mystery. I initially categorized Yin Yoga along with taking a nap or lying on the couch. I just didn’t see the value! I always felt well rested and peaceful after a Yin class, but I never fully engaged in my Yin practice because I never understood the point. A few years later after researching and training under some great Yin Yoga masters, I admit I was wrong! Yin Yoga, as defined by Wikipedia is, “a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time”. This definition is fundamental, but doesn’t explain why we would ever want to hold these uncomfortable postures for long durations. The reason behind Yin Yoga’s long holds is the tissue we are working with, called fascia. This is the connective tissue that surrounds our muscles and joints and it is much harder to stretch than muscle. Our muscles stretch similar to rubber bands. After stretching, our muscles return back to their original shape. Fascia is more similar to a thin plastic in its structural makeup. It is possible to bend

and reform plastic, but it takes longer, and requires much more stress to have any effect. Once stressed, plastic materials retain their new shape. When you look at the deep holds from this perspective, Yin Yoga can be very useful to someone who is looking to increase their mobility. It makes much more sense to stress fascia, rather than muscle, if your goal is to ultimately improve your range of motion. One of the most common misconceptions about Yin Yoga is that we work on stressing/ stretching the muscle. Apparently, when we cyclically stretch or stress a muscle, we

make it longer, which is what increases our flexibility over time. Research suggests that we actually do not lengthen a muscle when we stretch. We can eventually move deeper into poses because over time, we relax the nervous system’s response to the stretch. Your body adapts, the muscles relax, and eventually you are able to move deeper. It’s that plastic tissue, fascia, surrounding and interconnecting the muscle that we need to stress if we want to improve our flexibility. The body is great at reabsorbing old, worn out, and unused cells. If you only use your body for particular movements, the fibers rearrange themselves to support that movement, and are reabsorbed from the areas in the body that are stagnant. This explains the issue of tight hips in our society. A lot of us sit for the better portion of our day. Over time, the fascia surrounding the joints can become tight from limited movement. Eventually it’s difficult to even sit cross-legged. It’s important to remember this process is gradual. This tightness does not show up overnight, so we can’t expect it to leave us overnight. This is why a regular Yin Yoga practice is so important if the intention is to increase your mobility.

Yoga As A Tool For Transformation by Michelle Tamblyn RYT 300


ne of the most rewarding aspects of teaching yoga is seeing how yoga helps people to transform difficult parts of their lives. It is as simple as showing up and doing the practice. Yoga creates a space within ourselves for the awareness of what we need to concentrate on. The changes that we need to make will become clear through consistent focus and dedication. It may take some time before we make the shift, but eventually the changes will start to happen. We cannot remain stuck in the same place forever. Yoga does not have to be complicated or challenging. When I first started practicing yoga on a regular basis, I would do thirty minutes in the morning every day. It was a beginner level class, with basic poses, but it was everything I needed. This small change in my routine made such a difference in my overall mood and ability to handle the stress in my life at that time. I noticed on the days I didn’t practice I would feel more irritable and have less energy. This was the beginning of my own transformation through yoga. One of the ways yoga helps us to transform is by assisting us in releasing whatever it is we are storing that is holding us back. We may be carrying physical tension in our bodies, or our minds are racing with constant stress and worries. If we haven’t done any release work before, old emotions from past experiences will begin to surface. Yoga is a way of taking care of ourselves and allows the space for self-healing. This may happen gradually, or it might provide the catalyst for a greater transformation. Your perspective will start to shift as you open up to new



paths and ideas. Yoga can be empowering. On a physical level, some of my students are amazed at how far they have progressed since they started. They feel stronger and have greater flexibility than before. Poses that seemed impossible at the beginning are within reach, and what was once very challenging has become easy. Gaining confidence in yoga can carry over to other parts of your life, giving you the courage to make positive changes. Sometimes we already know what part of our lives needs to change, but we feel overwhelmed, and as a result do not take any action at all. Slowing down and becoming present, focusing on the breath, and releasing tension can create a space for a smoother transition. We are able to take small steps towards a larger goal. The mind becomes quiet and we have greater clarity about what is important, what our priorities are, and where to focus our energy to create happiness and a more peaceful life. My own practice has transformed many times and gone through different stages. I expect it will continue to change as I learn and explore, discovering and rediscovering myself. Michelle Tamblyn was first introduced to yoga while earning her Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She specializes in deep relaxation through Restorative and Yin Yoga and also teaches meditation and is a Reiki Master. Originally from NH, she loves the outdoors and does nature photography. Michelle can be reached at michelletamblyn10@gmail.com

early summer 2017




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Todays Yoga Magazine - Early Summer 2017  

Todays Yoga Magazine - Early Summer 2017

Todays Yoga Magazine - Early Summer 2017  

Todays Yoga Magazine - Early Summer 2017