My intent for the month of November is to “fill my cup”. This is a way of saying that when I practice, it will be for myself. When I sit on my mat, I will breathe deeply and connect to all the things that will nourish my spirit for that day, and I will promise to provide that for myself.
Whether it’s as simple as pork and water in a pot or as complex as mirepoix and deglazing, our food skill article / recipe shows you that there’s no one right way to braise a pig. I personally have used the “Intermediate” stage for some of the best tacos of my life. As always, have fun with your food.
When people ask me questions about pigeon, I tend to answer with something like, “That depends,” or “Which pigeon?”
Pigeon, or Kapotasana, means different things in different styles of yoga, and in Forrest Yoga alone, I’ve encountered 18 pigeons. 18!
In my mind, I group the Forrest Yoga pigeons into 3 families:
Straight Ahead PIGEONs
After 16 years as a professional cook, I cook mostly by feel and taste, rather than recipes.
When I was a studio manager, one of the things I enjoyed most was meeting brand new yogis. It is such a privilege to be with someone at the very beginning of their yoga practice. To see where they start and wonder where yoga will bring them. One of the questions I was asked most frequently was, “How often should I practice?” It’s a surprisingly tough question.
“Using props doesn’t make you a yoga wuss, it makes you smart" -Ana Forrest, Cody App
Oh, how I hated yoga props, when I first started yoga. They got in the way, they halted my “flow,” and they were certainly a down level of which I would not permit myself. This last bit would be the biggest hurdle in my acceptance of yoga toys.
You may have heard me say in class, “We come to yoga to learn all the things we already know.” Usually I’m specifically referencing things like left and right, up and down, bent and straight, etc. I’m probably smiling when I say it, but it’s not really a joke to me, because it’s how I feel in my own practice. Yes, I know left and right, but do I really know it?
I am not a runner. As I write this I am training for a 36 mile trail run, but I repeat, I am not a runner. I despise running, and I know darn well it’s not good for me. For 5 out of the past 6 years, my family and I have participated in the Rachel Carson Challenge. The afore mentioned 36 mile trek is something I have a love/hate relationship with, and as it might be my last attempt at it, I’d like to go out with a bang.
Coffee and yoga. Do they go together? That all depends on who you listen to, or if you listen to anyone at all. Before deciding to embark on a partnership with Luna Caffe, I had a few things to think about.