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Tame That Bitch

You know, the one that lives in my head — and maybe yours, too. I get to Starbucks for my morning Americano and sigh while waiting in line. Why is everyone else up so early? My drive to work is filled with complaints about all the construction I...

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Entry – 9 – Tears in Heaven

2:39 was a significant number in our home. It was my mom’s best time when she won the NY City Marathon. As I spent those days as my mom’s care giver, there were choices I needed to make about work. I had several events lined...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 8 – Circle of Life

The hospice nurse came to drop off some meds for my mom and found her lying down in between the coffee table and couch. I had just seen my mom a week ago and although she was walking slowly, she was somewhat self sufficient. The...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 7 – Love is Everywhere

  We've been on a roller coaster ride over the last seven months, since my last entry. My mom was slowly healing and getting her strength back after the ordeal in the hospital. She was continuing her treatment of afatinib and erbitux. The side effects were...

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your meditation practice: a beginning

What is meditation and why should I practice it? Meditation is a simple yet powerful tool to release stress, cultivate peace, and is ultimately a journey inward to discover who you really are. Many of us associate ourselves with the roles we play each day (parent,...

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Roasted Kabocha, Purple Cauliflower & Cherry Tomatoes

I love reading cookbooks, especially on a Sunday while leisurely flipping through beautiful images of food and sipping on my second americano. This recipe was inspired by "Plenty More", a vegetarian cookbook, I've been reading like a novel. My mom used to make kabocha regularly...

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Chickpea Kale Masala

I'm in love with kale and am always looking for new ways to use it. Here is a recipe inspired by an Ayurvedic cook book, "Eat. Taste. Heal" using garam masala. I grew up watching my baba (grandmother in Japanese) work in the kitchen. She...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 4 – “The Hospital”

My mom’s recent cat scan had shown significant growth in her liver and she was not coping with the side effects of the afatinib tablets. The doctor initially put her on 40mg daily. Within a few days her face had completely swollen up so much...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 3 “Total Resentment”

Remember when I mentioned I let go of the role of irritated daughter and embraced compassionate caregiver? Well, I reversed the roles again. There is a Japanese expression called “wagamama”, meaning spoiled brat, which is what I will use to call myself periodically. It is also...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 2 “I Am Not My Hair.”

“I am not my hair. I am not my skin. I am the soul that lives within”. – India Arie Tarceva was the miracle pill that extended my mom’s life for another year with minimal side effects. We had started to see another doctor in Bellingham...

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Mom’s Got Cancer – Entry 1 #fuckcancer

My mom, Michiko (Miki) Suwa Gorman was diagnosed with metastasized lung cancer four years ago. My mom is a two time Boston and New York Marathon winner and author. You can read her bio on Wikipedia. I’ve started documenting my mom’s journey for my own therapy...

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This Week’s Focus at CYC – Karma

This week our classes at our Vancouver and Toronto locations will be themed around the spiritual law of karma or cause and effect. The law of karma states that there are an infinite amount of choices available to us in each moment. Some of our...

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Sunday Night Dinner

Sunday night at the nagel bagels! Try this quick healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy. Kale salad dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette with saffron polenta. Recipe below!         a few handfuls of organic kale, arugala and basil avocado tomato mixed bean sprouts pomegranates bocconcini (optional) garlic dijon mustard balsamic vinegar extra virgin olive oil Finely chop...

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Breathe Mama!

In lieu of Mother’s Day, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on motherhood and how yoga and meditation has helped me breathe a little deeper. As moms, our days start pretty early, usually before 6am, regardless of what we did the night before. And...

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5 Tips for a Healthier New Year

Originally posted by the Huffington Post The New Year is a time where many of us reflect on the previous year and set intentions for drastic change. Often these intentions are for reasons that are not powerful enough to follow through with the dedication and commitment...

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How to Overcome Stress Over the Holidays

The holidays are a time where we can recognize and appreciate the beautiful people in our lives. Families and friends make time to get together and it can also be a time to reflect on the past year. However, many of us may find it...

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Feeling Stiff at Your Desk? Try Some Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a great introduction to yoga, especially for those who don’t exercise on a regular basis. Chair Yoga is not only for people who are new to yoga but great for the seasoned practitioner who spends a little more time sitting then they...

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The Seawheeze!

Outdoor yoga session for the Seawheeze half marathon with lululemon at the Convention Center, in Vancouver, BC....

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5 Poses to Help Mommies stay happy and healthy!

1.Easy Seated Pose with “Success Breath” Multitasking can easily become overwhelming. Try this simple posture for a few minutes to ground your thoughts and slow your heart rate down. •Sit in a comfortable position, either on the floor or a chair. •Rest your palms on your thighs or...

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Corporate Yoga

Hi-tech yogis/graphic design artists from Strutta and Mobify practicing yoga at their lunch hour. Thanks Carmen Ip and Lululemon for providing the fabulous mats!...

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Building a Community One Move at a Time

“This is It!”  Northshore Elements YYoga A bunch of dancers and yogis came out Saturday night to funk it up to Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” and Rihanna’s “Only Girl”.   The dancers walked in reluctantly, not knowing what to expect, hesitant to make any conversation...

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Baby Arugula, Roasted Red Beets and Blue Cheese Salad

My favorite leafy green is baby arugula, which is rich in vitamin C and potassium and is also considered an aphrodisiac In this recipe, the strong peppery taste of arugula is balanced out with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy! 4 medium beets (about 1 pound...

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Make a Connection

To read the full article by beautiful Yogi Shawna, click http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/make-a-connection/...

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Earth Day Yoga Article

Check out the link below to read an article I wrote on Earth Day for fitness goop magazine. http://www.fitnessgoop.com/2010/04/earth-day-yoga/ www.fitnessgoop.com ...

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Long Time Sun

Here is a preview of Will Blunderfield ‘s album, which is scheduled to release in June.  It was such a joy to work on this project with singer/songwriter Will and producer Mike Southworth. Two extremely talented, gorgeous and fabulous boys! I took a hiatus from...

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Earth Day Yoga!

Come join us for a special outdoor yoga class this Thursday, April 22nd, in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 8:30-9:30am. Let’s come together to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. See you then!...

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ask a yogi: what to eat

To read my answers and post your comments, check out lululemon.com! http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/ask-a-yogi-answers-what-to-eat/...

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Dark Green Kale and Shitake with Quinoa

We have so far been blessed with two girls who love to eat everything we eat. (I have probably just jinxed myself and from tomorrow on, will have two picky eaters). Gabbie, our three year old, loves tofu.  Fried tofu would have been a great...

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Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh

Gloria Latham and Gurmukh at City Center Semperviva I truly believe that things come to you when we are ready to receive them. If I had been introduced to Kundalini yoga a few years ago, I would not have appreciated this practice of Hatha yoga. For...

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Granola

Now that we are coming into spring, I enjoy having granola with unsweetened soy, rice or almond milk.  I will usually double or triple this batch since I love giving bags of granola out to friends.  This recipe is to all my friends who have...

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Happy April Fool’s Day! I decided to have a little fun with my hot class tonight at Flow. After the chair series, I instructed the class of 50 students to find a partner, extend their arms out and give their partner a hug. The entire...

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Coconut Mochi

Coconut Mochi Whenever I bring coconut mochi to a party, people ask me for the recipe.  Scott grew up in Hawaii, and as I mentioned, I lived there with him for a couple of years, pre-babies.  Your life changes drastically after having kids that you can clearly divide...

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Hello!

I am very excited to have my website up and running and starting my first blog post!  For starters, I will have two blog sections, “the practice” and “tabemono.” The practice blog will cover a wide range of yoga and yoga-related topics including discussions regarding recent classes,...