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The Wallenda Factor - March 27th, 2015

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On Becoming a Leader is an excellent book written by leadership guru Warren Bennis. In his book, Bennis references a theory he has labeled as “The Wallenda Factor.”  Bennis says:  “Shortly after the great aerialist Karl Wallenda fell to his death in 1978 while doing his most dangerous walk, his wife, also an aerialist, said, ‘All Karl thought about for months before was falling. It was the first time he’d ever thought about that, and it seemed to me that he put all his energies into not falling rather than walking the tightrope.’ If we think more about failing at what we…

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The Breath vs The Pose - December 1st, 2014

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Last week, I conducted a research project measuring the benefits of yoga asana vs the benefits of breathing. Specifically, I wanted to see which element of a yoga practice was more effective in ameliorating the symptoms of stress and anxiety in the body and mind. I compared a basic vinyasa practice to a practice that only included breathing (and no asana) to see if they were equally effective or if one was more effective than the other. Being a breath junkie myself, I hypothesized that the breath was going to emerge triumphant. My observations were focused on changes in the experience of…

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Spiced Almond Milk and Raw Cinnamon Rolls - November 3rd, 2014

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As far as spices are concerned, fall flavors are my favorite. Here is a recipe that incorporates some of my favorite fall flavors into every day almond milk. It makes my morning bowl of somewhat boring bran flakes taste much, much better…. Spiced Almond Milk Ingredients: 2 cups of almonds soaked overnight 6 cups of filtered water 5 pitted dates 2 vanilla beans (scraped) or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of sea salt Directions: Add all ingredients to a high-power blender. Blend for 3-5 minutes, or until even in color and texture. Pour mixture through a…

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Hawaii Inspired - June 4th, 2014

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A beautiful little film celebrating the Hawaiian life came across my facebook feed yesterday, and it made me miss my island days. Yes, Hawaii is paradise, and those that are fortunate enough to live there, even for a moment, are truly blessed. Life seems to feel pale in comparison to the simplicity and beauty of the day to day Hawaiian existence, but, the truth is, the island way is available everywhere. It is a state of being as much as it as a geographical location, and I strive to capture the essence of Hawaii wherever I am in the world, even…

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In honor of Mother’s Day… - May 11th, 2014

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I wanted to share this essay in honor of my mother on this very special day…  At the awkward, insecure age of fifteen, my family was shattered. It was the typical divorce story; after 25 years of marriage, my dad fell for his youthful secretary. He cheated for a couple years, and then left my mom, sister, and me for his shiny new life. To say I was damaged would be an understatement; his actions greatly contributed to a dark and difficult road that stole nearly a decade of my life. In the wake of betrayal, however, my mother chose…

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