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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal December 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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United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Active Interest Media
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1 Min.
yoga’s new horizon

YOGA IN AMERICA COULDN’T LOOK much more different today than when it originated more than 5,000 years ago in Northern India. So what could possibly be next for the ancient practice? You tell us! Yoga Journal is seeking ambassadors to explore the future of yoga for our third annual Live Be Yoga Tour across the United States, with a bonus stop in London for a glimpse of how our neighbors across the pond practice. Ideal candidates will be aspiring photographers and/or writers with a passion for storytelling and genuine enthusiasm for connecting with other avid yogis. Intrigued? Learn more and apply today at livebeyoga.com/apply.…

2 Min.
sesa o’connor

I grew up around the spiritual philosophy of yoga. My parents got into bhakti yoga back in the ’60s, and my godparents made their house like an ashram, so that anyone who was searching could come and live for free as long as they partook in chores. I can probably count on two hands the number of times I did asana growing up, because they’re not required to progress one’s spiritual life—they’re there to keep the temple of the body healthy as a means to continue to live out service. I got pregnant unexpectedly at 21, and I started practicing asana to keep my body fit and ready for the labor process. That’s when I realized that even though asana have nothing to do with the grand scheme of yoga, they…

2 Min.
q any advice for sticking to your yoga practice during the hectic holiday season?

I find it helps to set daily intentions rather than looking at the entire holiday season. So I wake up and set an intention every day to fit yoga in, and then I’ll even put it in my calendar as a reminder. Getting to the mat is the hardest part; once you’re there, you’re like, “Oh, thank God I made this decision!” Sesa O’ConnorYoga teacher, surfer, and creator of our balance-bringing Home Practice on page 69 I always have a travel mat with me, and I try to grab any 5- to 15-minute window of time that presents itself throughout the day and do whatever practice feels best at that moment: meditation, asana, study, etc. Often, my family members want to join in, and it becomes a great way to be together…

5 Min.
the art of impermanence

MIAMI BEACH IS NOT A PLACE you’d expect to stumble upon a gathering of Tibetan monks. But one New Year’s Day several years ago, during the final weeks of a dissolving four-year marriage, I did just that. My wife and I had planned to fly to Miami from Manhattan—our fiveday trip to warmer climes intended as a last-gasp attempt at reconciliation. But, long story short, I ended up spending the holidays in South Beach alone. Boy, was it depressing. On the day I found the monks, I had barely eaten. After trudging for hours along the deserted dunes, bundled against a surprisingly chilly wind in a wool sweater and faded jeans, I peeked into a small community center on the beach near my crumbling art deco hotel. A sign above the entrance…

6 Min.
elemental gifts

JUST AS BALANCING YOUR doshas in Ayurveda can improve your health, having the right mix of the five elements— ether, air, fire, water, and earth—in your home can elevate how you live, says Kathleen Cox, a renowned expert of Vastu (an Indian system of design) and author of Space Matters. People with a lot of airy qualities, for instance, might benefit from a grounding, earthy gift that eases frenetic energy; fiery folks who work and play hard might love a dose of soothing water energy. With Cox’s expert advice, we gathered creative gift ideas for each element that can be offered as medicine for the spirit. Tap into intuition, harness intention, and surprise loved ones with these attentive offerings. Ether Gifts to promote divine essence, Brahma (Lord of Creation), the unseen, original…

2 Min.
treat yourself

cream scones with lemon curd MAKES 24 “I love these scones along with a cup of tea or coffee for brunch. They have a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the lemon curd adds just the right blend of sweet and tart flavors. The curd tastes best when chilled for a few hours, so I recommend making it a day prior to baking the scones.” 4 eggs, divided 2½ sticks cold butter (10 oz), divided 1¼ cups sugar, divided ½ cup lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest 4 cups flour 2 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup currants 1 pint heavy cream (I use heavy whipping cream) 2 tbsp turbinado sugar In a bowl, whisk 3 eggs. In a heatproof mixing bowl, add 1 stick butter, 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and zest. Gently simmer water in a double boiler or a saucepan.…