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Cinnamon Sugar Chickpeas

Okay. I might be a little late posting this, but technically it's still the weekend so it counts. December has been so busy! All the holiday shopping, gift wrapping, parties and get-togethers every weekend have really kept me on the go this month, on top of working and teaching at the studio and, of course, Mom-ing full time. I know I'm not the only one. So my healthy holiday treat this weekend is in perfect alignment with all the Christmas craziness: Cinnamon Sugar Chickpeas! It is unbelievably simple. Like, doesn't get any easier, really. Which is exactly what I needed this week. And this particular batch is a sweetened version, but you could season your chickpeas anyway for a nice little

Hip Openers for Achieving Full Splits

If you’re on the journey to achieving hanumanasana, or splits pose, there are certain poses you can practice to help you along the way. The splits require deep hip flexibility, particularly in the front of the hip (anterior) and the back of the hip (posterior). Think the psoas, quadriceps (rectus femorus specifically), and hamstrings. But yoga is a holistic practice, and even though we like to break up the body into separate parts, in reality it is all one connected entity, which means we cannot only practice working the front and back of the hip. We need to take into account all quadrants of the hips to have a balanced yoga practice and healthy splits. So I’ve formulated this little sequenc

Vegan-Paleo Gingerbread Cookies

I promise next weekend I will have a non-cookie item, but I just couldn’t help myself. These gingerbread cookies are super yummy and free from refined sugar, wheat, gluten, egg, and dairy so they’re perfect for those of us with intolerances and dietary limitations. For the record, I am not a paleo, nor am I a vegan, although I can understand why someone may believe that to be the case with all the recipes I post on here. But I do try to stay away from gluten and eggs and I limit my dairy intake due to the Epstein-Barr Virus. I also try to stay away from refined sugar because, well, that one is probably obvious. But I have to admit that staying away from sugar does not come naturally for me.

Get to Know your Teachers: Traci Andes

The newest interview is here and these answers are golden! Yoga Pulse family, meet Traci. Traci teaches hot yoga at 8:00am Saturday mornings and subs for our other teachers frequently. Enjoy :) 1. What or who inspires you to get up every morning? Iced coffee. 2. What brought you to the practice of yoga? Why did you start? Can you describe your first experience of yoga? I started practicing with a Groupon my friend suggested we both get. She moved on to Orangetheory Fitness or something, but I was hooked. 3. What does yoga mean to you? Practicing yoga is like going to couple’s therapy with you and you. It’s time spent recognizing what it’s like to be you and allowing you to be and feel thi

Vegan-Paleo Maple Syrup Christmas Cookies

Happy December! ’Tis the season for all things warm, cozy, and delicious. I don’t know about you, but our household absolutely loves cookies. Especially during Christmas time, when my mom and I bake up new yummy recipes every weekend. It’s always such a special treat to make homemade cookies from scratch with people you love... and way more satisfying to eat. This weekend I’m posting about the Christmas sugar cookie we made. It’s crisp, crunchy, semi sweet, and super addicting! I’m not going to tell you how many we ate… so don’t ask. So this is your classic, basic holiday sugar cookie. This recipe is great because it’s so simple, gluten and grain free, egg free, dairy free, and the sugar sou

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