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Viveka is the capacity to make distinctions. It is our discernment, our ability to perceive what is happening within us and differentiate it from what is happening around us. It's our ability to know the difference between an intuitive decision and a rational one. Khyaatih is insight or understanding. I bring up these two words because I experienced them this week. I went back to see my teacher, Eddie Stern, after a year of not practicing with him. I did not know what to expect as I had fallen off the planet. I was slightly scared to walk in. This past year was a bit of a life changing whirlwind. Since September of last year I ended a marriage, went to India, moved, applied for a green card,

Not Attached

What attitude do you bring to the mat? What do you step away from the mat with? Over the years, I've observed myself come to the mat with all sorts of emotions. Sometimes they are positive, sometimes they are negative, sometimes they are extremely negative. For the sake of this blog post, I'm going to focus on the negative ones. There have been mornings where I've felt: dislike, drag, indifference, repulsion, pain, sadness, irritability, soreness....the list goes on. These emotions have been towards myself, towards other and towards the practice. However, what I have come to notice, is that most of the time by the end of practice, no matter how hard my mind has been wanting to grip to the em

Healthy Apple Crisp

We went apple picking in Vermont over the weekend and got a bunch of delicious Macoun, Spartan and Honey Crisp apples. So it's time to bake! One of my favorite desserts is Apple Crisp. I particularly love Moosewood's apple crisp recipe because they don't add extra sweeteners in it. It's easy to make, fast and a healthy desert option! Here is the actual recipe, I usually just eye it, you can take away or add in things. Over the weekend we added some coconut oil to the crumble part, substituted maple for honey and used a mix of nuts. Enjoy, post pics of what you make and tag me to it so I can enjoy it with ya:) 8 - 10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped juice of 1 lemon 1/2 c. butter 1/3

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