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Here are some insights, thoughts, and memorable moments I felt inspired to share…

Identities - December 10th, 2016

Many moons ago, I found myself in a field of 800 or so yoga practitioners dancing wildly to live music. As I observed the crowd, it occurred to me that most of the dancers were nearly indistinguishable from each other. The hair, clothes, temporary tattoos, all the way to the body mechanics were carbon copies. Now, I understand that being mindful and environmentally conscious about our choices means that we end up shopping at some of the same places, but this gathering seemed to represent something beyond coincidence. I suppose it’s possible that each one of the 800 or so…

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FOMO - April 20th, 2015

I guess I have been living under a rock, because it was just last week that I was introduced to the urban Acronym FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out. I chuckled for a couple of reasons:        1. Of course there is an Acronym.        2. I used to have FOMO. Actually, I suppose I still have an occasional Facebook-inspired flareup, which is immediately followed by resentment and guilt. Yeah, it kind of sounds like an addiction. I guess I should go ahead and say it: My name is Kate, and I am a recovering Fear-of-Missing-out-er. I…

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The Wallenda Factor - March 27th, 2015

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

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

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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