Asana as Metaphor, Plus: a mudra meditation, another new recipe from The White Lotus Kitchen
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Everywhere You Go, There You Are

by Tracey Rich

Yoga pose as metaphor has meaning. How you are in your asana can pretty much mirror how you are in life. The expression, everywhere you go, there you are, is a great one to ponder.

Derek Walcott also has a beautiful line in his poem, Love After Love, that reads: "the time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other's welcome."

Seeing ourselves is part of the work of Yoga. Asana practice is a wonderful place to bring this awareness forward. Part of what our practice can teach us is to extend our perception, both inward and outward. Harnessing or yoking awareness of body, mind, and breath in unity involves...

Gratitude Mudra Meditation

with Tracey and Sven

It feels like time for another gratitude list. Life can be overwhelming at times, and it always helps to count your blessings. This is an invitation to join in a moment of silence, sitting, breath, and mudra to put you in the space of greater appreciation.

From our house to yours. Om Shanti.

Oh, and feel free to make that list when your meditation is over.

From the White Lotus Kitchen

Cauliflower, Capers, and Chili

Cruciferous vegetables remain in vogue. Hopefully, they will never be out of your daily diet. Whether choosing cauliflower, broccoli, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts or kale, these power-house veggies deliver. Members of the brassica family, they are noted for their anti-inflammatory and good-gut properties. In the White Lotus Kitchen, we just plain like them.

Here's an easy summer recipe for cauliflower that has a bit of a bite with the addition of chili flake or Aleppo pepper. The capers add saltiness and their own bite. You can eat this dish hot or cold, as a side, or toss it into pasta. Enjoy.