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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal April/May 2017

Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

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get more yj

April 21 DIVE DEEPER WITH DEEPAK Craving a connection to universal peace and harmony? Then you won’t want to miss meditation expert and best-selling author Deepak Chopra, MD, at his YJ LIVE! keynote address, April 21, in New York City, where he’ll share insights from his new book, You Are the Universe. (yjevents.com/ny). And don’t stop there! Put this science and higher knowledge into practice with Chopra’s exclusive, new online course, Finding Connection Through Yoga. Along with his yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, Chopra will share a seven-week plan for turning your yoga practice into a powerful tool for developing a transformative connection with yourself and the universal energy that unites us all. The course launches on May 3—register today! (yogajournal.com/chopra) May 15 MASTER CLASS IS IN SESSION Lifelong yoga students, this is for you! We’ve…

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on the road again

Last year’s Live Be Yoga Tour was so inspiring, we’re doing it again—only this time it’s all about capturing a snapshot of the unique yoga culture in each city we visit. To help us out: our intrepid new ambassadors, Rosie Acosta and Brant Williams. They’ll spend the next six months crisscrossing the country to meet and practice with fellow yogis in 22 different cities. Join them for some yoga if you can! But first, get to know them below. CARIN GORRELL When did you first start practicing yoga? BRANT WILLIAMS My first day of my freshman year of college. I signed up for yoga class thinking it would be an easy A, but I quickly realized that the days that started with yoga were always better than the ones that didn’t. ROSIE ACOSTA…

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how do you extend ahimsa (nonharming) to the planet?

“Begin a love affair with the land. Explore the woods and streams. Let the practice of yoga and embodiment help you feel your place within the web of life. Only from this place of relationship can we begin to act on the planet’s behalf.” Micah Mortali Director of the Kripalu Schools “I think it’s the little things, and becoming aware of how every action has a result, whether it’s local or global. Kindness toward the planet begins with kindness toward others.” Tiffany Russo SmartFLOW yoga instructor and this month’s cover teacher (Try her core-building practice on page 66) “Ahimsa begins with yourself. The planet is your extended body: The air is your breath; the trees and oceans are your lungs; and the earth recycles your flesh and bones. Self-compassion is the beginning of compassion…

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we are one

CARIN GORRELL In your YogaWorks bio under “Why I practice,” you say: “To reconnect with my most truest me.” Who is your “most truest” you? TIFFANY RUSSO I’m this bright-eyed, playful, cheery girl who just wants to explore life; I’m constantly curious, always wanting to learn. But at the same time, there’s got to be some good laughter and some sort of beach scene that goes along with that—I’m an LA girl, born and raised. CG You study with Annie Carpenter and teach her yoga system, SmartFLOW. Why does it resonate with you? TR SmartFLOW is a practice that asks you to pay attention—not just to the alignment of the poses but to who are you every time you arrive on your mat. The poses stay the same; it’s how we respond to…

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power greens

When stocking up on spring greens at your local farmers’ market, keep an eye out for tiny shoots labeled “microgreens.” The seedlings of vegetables and herbs like arugula, cabbage, cilantro, spinach, and radishes are popular with chefs and nutritionists alike thanks to their unique flavors, vibrant colors, and powerful health perks. For instance, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that microgreens often contain about five times higher concentrations of vitamins, such as C and E, and cancer-protective carotenoids than their mature counterparts. “They’re great on salads and blended into a pesto or smoothies,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a nutritionist based in Chicago and author of The Superfood Swap. Or try one of her favorite power breakfasts: sprouted whole-grain toast topped with kale microgreens, avocado,…

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yummi yogi board

Bring a little Tree Pose to your table with the Yummi Yogi Yoga Cutting/Serving Board, made from ash wood and perfect for everything from chopping veggies to sharing your favorite finger foods ($5o, yummiyogi.com). WEAR For Love & Legacy Belt Buckle Go West(ern) with this solid brass belt buckle. The designs are hand-sculpted then cast into talismans of the spirit world ($249, forloveandlegacy.com). EAT 4th & Heart Ghee Butter Made with milk from grass-fed cows, this line of artisanal ghee comes in a wide variety of modern flavors like truffle, garlic, and vanilla. Enjoy the wildly indulgent tastes and medicinal benefits: Ghee helps boost digestion and nutrient assimilation. Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Yoga Gives Back organization ($15, fourthandheart.com). PACK Saje Pocket Farmacy You’ll love toting this alternative-wellness arsenal, a stylish case filled with five…