Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad
- thinly sliced red onion
- cotija or feta cheese (omit if vegan or raw)
- avocado cubes
- mint and/or basil
- sprouts or small salad greensdressing
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
- optional - 1 clove of garlic, smashed (remove it before using)
- salt & pepper
Sunny Yogi’s Guide to Headstands: Inversions do take a lot of time, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do it! I would also advise this to do this by a wall incase you need help balancing :) Good luck!
Step One: Child’s Pose
Start out in child’s pose. This pose is great for lengthening your spine, and giving it a nice stretch before you go into an inversion :)
Step Two: Get on your knees and forearms, clasp your fingers together.
Build a strong foundation for your headstand! When you clasp your fingers together your elbows will slightly splay out. Ground your hands, and elbows to the ground.
Step Three: Place Head in Palms.
You want to put the part of your head in your palms, where it start to curve to the back of your head. I really hope this makes sense. Try to put your forehead on ground and roll the head rest of the head to fit the palms. If this still doesn’t make sense, play around with your head positions and find a positioning that is supportive.
Step Four: Extend out your legs.
If you are a beginner, make sure you have this step down before you continue on with the rest. When you extend your legs, go on your tippy toes and straighten out your back. Your back should be perpendicular to the floor. Usually for me in this pose, when I’m on this step, I can feel my body trying to find it’s sense of balance.
Step Five: With control send one leg up.
Again, if you are a beginner, you might want to practice this a little bit. Make sure your core is engaged.
Step Six: Slowly lift up other leg. Find your balance!
Use this step to make sure you are properly balanced. Make sure your arms and core are engaged. Make sure your back is straight, and your head and neck feel comfortable. If not, get out of this pose, you don’t want to hurt yourself!
Step Seven: When ready, straighten out your legs! Extend!
Engage that core, make sure your elbows and hands are rooted. When you get here you might sway a little bit, but don’t be scared. Just try to use your legs/feet to try to balance you :)
Good luck with this pose! Remember, don’t be discouraged if you can’t do this pose. Do NOT try to force your body to do something it’s not ready to do. Core exercises and arm exercises are a great way to get your body ready for inversions.
Feel free to send me pictures/videos/ comments of your progress. Also let me know if you need further help! Namaste :)
Gonna try this! Thanks
America was built on free labor. Not working people. But I liked the rest of it.
'Tell me what happens the first time you see a woman naked.'
'The first time you see a woman naked will not be like you imagined. There will be no love, no trust, no intimacy. You won’t even be in the same room as her.
You won’t get to smile as she undresses you and you undress her. You won’t get to calm her nerves with nerves of your own. You won’t get to kiss her, feeling her lips and the edge of her tongue. You won’t get to brush your fingers over the lace of her bra or count her ribs or feel her heartbeat.
The first time you see a woman naked you will be sitting in front of a computer screen watching someone play at intimacy and perform at sex. She will contort her body to please everyone in the room but her. You will watch this woman who is not a woman, pixelated and filtered and customized. She will come ready-made, like an order at a restaurant. The man on the screen will be bigger than you, rougher than you. He will teach you how to talk to her. He will teach you where to put your hands and he will teach you what you’re supposed to like. He will teach you to take what is yours.
You must unlearn this. You must unlearn this twisted sense of love. You must unlearn the definition of pleasure and intimacy you are being taught. Kill this idea of love, this idea of entitlement, this way of scarring one another.’
Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.
Kind of a personal update: I’ve been doing a bit of yoga before bed and some mornings for the past few weeks. I’ve always been pretty embarrassed to go to a class for fear that everyone else would be great and I’d just be the one who fills out her yoga shorts but couldn’t keep up. So I’d be doing some videos at home, after I saw how much yoga has helped Eric, and I’m pretty stoked with my personal progress. I still can’t do any crazy moves but I am more aware of my breathing throughout the day, and I’ve gotten more strength and can hold poses longer. It’s also really helped me go to sleep easier at night without taking any medicine.
So yeah I guess if you’re reading this, I really recommend trying it out. There are also tons of plus size yoga videos that have been really helpful in modifying poses so that when I do start going to classes I’ll know how to personalize it to fit me, and that way I’ll feel more confident.
Lemongrass and Coconut Curry with Summer Vegetables
You can use any combination of long beans, summer squash, peas, or bell peppers to adapt this recipe to the vegetables you have on hand. Any type of Thai curry paste will work, too, depending how much heat you prefer. Red is the mildest; green is much spicier.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons (or more) Thai curry paste
5 scallions, thinly sliced, white and pale-green parts and dark-green parts divided
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1-inch piece peeled ginger, thinly sliced
6 cups mixed 1/4-inch-thick sliced vegetables (such as Japanese eggplant, long beans, summer squash, and bell peppers)
2 lemongrass stalks, bottom third only, tough outer layer removed, bruised with the back of a knife or a rolling pin
2 cups (or more) vegetable stock
1 13 1/2-oz. can light unsweetened coconut milk
2 sprigs basil plus leaves for garnish
1 tablespoon (or more) fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam; optional)
Steamed rice (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)
Canned light unsweetened coconut milk is available at Indian, Latin, and Southeast Asian markets and many supermarkets. Fish sauce is available at Asian markets, some specialty foods stores, and in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp. curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add white and pale-green parts of scallions, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring often and reducing heat if necessary to prevent browning, until softened, about 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium; add vegetables and lemongrass. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just beginning to soften, 5–10 minutes. Add broth and coconut milk (add additional broth if needed to cover vegetables) and bring to a simmer. Add basil sprigs; very gently simmer. Add 1 Tbsp. fish sauce, if desired. Season to taste with salt or more fish sauce or curry paste for extra flavor and spice, if desired. Garnish with dark-green parts of scallions and basil leaves. Serve with rice and lime wedges for squeezing over, if desired.