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YogaVive Apple Chips Review! September 29, 2009

Filed under: product review,vegan,yoga — Jenny @ 1:50 pm
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Who needs 100-calorie snack packs when you can enjoy YogaVive’s Organic Apple Chips?

The truth of the matter is, I’ve never been a fan of snack packs. I usually find them unsatisfying to both my craving and my hunger. However, where YogaVive Apple Chips are concerned, this is so not the case. First of all…. I. LOVE. APPLES. And not just any apple. I. LOVE. FUJI. APPLES. I eat one almost every day. So you can only imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to notice right off the bat that these yummy snacks are made from USDA approved organic Fuji apples. They come in five flavors: Original, Caramel, Cinnamon Apple, Strawberry and Peach. It’s hard to pick just which is my favorite, but if you’re going to twist my arm and force me to, I’ll narrow it down to Original (can’t fight the natural flavor of Fuji Apples!) and Cinnamon Apple (there is nothing cinnamon can touch that does not turn to yum.)

There is a lot to love about these snacks. Besides the aforementioned Fuji-appleness of it all, I love the quick read that is the ingredients list. Take for example my two favorites:

  • Ingredients for the Original flavor Apple Chips: Organic Fuji Apple
  • Ingredients for the Cinnamon Apple flavor: Organic Fuji Apple, Organic cinnamon

That’s what I like to see, friends. A short list of words I can pronounce.  Just how all food should be. And of course, I’ve gotta love all their certifications: USDA Organic, EcoCert, Kosher, Halal, Gluten Free and Vegan. (Certifications list longer than ingredients list! YogaChips FTW!)

The other thing I like is how satisfying these little things are. I brought them to work with me or ate them as a quick afternoon snack before teaching yoga and they were consistently just what the doctor ordered. I mentioned before my disdain for snack packs. I was always still hungry and my craving was never satisfied. But YogaVive’s Apple Chips are in a category all their own. Before I tried the first pack, I had a hard time believing this little .35 oz, 35 calorie pack was going to feel like anything more than chewing air. But hey- I’m a yogini, okay? I work on detaching from my ego. And so I am totally okay with admitting it- I was wrong. They are deceptively satisfying! And what’s more, they have a really great texture. They’re just puffy, chewy and crunchy enough and they really are the perfect thing if you find yourself on the go and need to hold your hunger off til you can eat your next meal. (Something that, for me- a vegan in nearly-rural Western Kentucky/ Southern Indiana- is very important to have.) I really was happy to discover that they really did hold me over until I could get home for meal time.

Unfortunately these little gems aren’t so easy to run out and pick up in my area. (You can visit the YogaVive website to see if the chips are available near you.) However, they are also available online (for what I think is a really bargain price!) at the following vendors:

Amazon.com
Kosher.com
DrSoda.com
Pangea
FunkyFoodShop.com

I am officially a huge fan of YogaVive’s Apple Chips and plan on keeping my yoga bag consistently stocked with these babies. For a girl who lives life on the go (like so many of us do) Apple Chips are really a wonderfully healthy, yummy, satisfying and easily transportable snack to keep around for whenever hunger strikes!

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Peace September 15, 2009

Filed under: playlists,Uncategorized,yoga — Jenny @ 2:56 pm
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In honor of International Day of Peace, coming up on September 21st, I created this playlist for teaching yoga this week. I’ve called it simply, Peace.

1. Omiya – Mychael Danna

2. Mahadev – Ranga

3. Tiffany’s Party – Ranga

4. Knockin on Heaven’s Door – Avril Lavigne

5. Let it Be – The Beatles

6. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

7. Redemption Song – Bob Marley

8. Give Peace a Chance – The Beatles

9. Examining, Examining – Mychael Danna

10. Within You, Without You –  The Beatles

11. The Times They Are A’changing – Bob Dylan

12. Peace Train –  Cat Stevens

13. Imagine – John Lennon

14. Twameva – Jai Uttal

15. Om Namo Narayanaya – Deva Premal

 

The depths of Silence September 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jenny @ 7:50 am

Out in the bluffs, far away from everything else, there is a special type of silence. Silence at home still includes the humming of the computer and other electronics. It includes cars driving by, cats running and playing. You know how in yin yoga, sometimes, you’re in a posture and you start getting fidgety and moving around and you can’t sit still? Your mind starts working and thinking and buzzing. Silence at home is like that sometimes. It wants to be silent, it’s trying to be silent, but silence is sometimes uncomfortable and it makes life fidgety. And so the computer continues to buzz and nothing is ever quite settled down, it seems.

But when you leave and you go out into nature, you experience Silence. This is the kind of silence that makes you feel like your ears have  had all the air sucked out of them. Your ears feel like they’re reaching for noise, desperate for something to hear. And what they find is nothing and everything at the same time.

Then the sun goes down and it is the eyes’ turn to let go. The true darkness of night is upon you and the eyes have no more work to do until you lay on your back, look up at the sky and you can see… Everything.

The stars.

Millions of stars. Big, small, shooting, flickering. In studying them, trying to comprehend the vastness is almost overwhelming. When you come close to exploring how great the universe is, the enormity takes your breath away and you have to imagine the stars as two dimensional, just to keep your sanity.

As you lay there, you breathe. You lose yourself in the stars. The eyes are no longer seeing, they are simply receiving. The ears are still not hearing, and they’ve long ago stopped trying. And this is it. This is when you become awake to the realization that Silence is not silent.

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True Silence is felt, first. Laying beneath the stars, fully present, you can begin to feel the vibration running through you. As you lay there with the vibration you become aware that this vibration flows not just through you, but the people laying next to you as well, and you are connected. You are one. And the vibration is in the trees, and the earth and the animals, and the wind and the water. And you are connected. You are one. You are the pulse of life. You understand what immortality really means.

It’s then, from your heart, your soul, your Truth, that you begin to Hear. It comes from inside and outside of your body simultaneously. You recognize this is the sound of the vibration. This is the sound of inter-being. It seems to be a simple sound. But in the three syllables you Hear/Feel rests the truth of life. To attempt to explore the depth of this sound is similar to exploring the depths of space. You feel you might explode trying to comprehend such vastness.

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The sound never ends. It never wavers. It continues ceaselessly.

Close your eyes.

Hear it.

Feel it.

It is…

Aaaaauuuuuuuummmmmmmmm

AUM

 

Vegan Hope Interview September 2, 2009

Filed under: vegan — Jenny @ 4:33 pm
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Recently I made the acquaintance of @veganhope on Twitter. One tweet led to another and it came to be that she granted me the privilege of being interviewed for a series she is doing in reference to the positive health changes people have experienced by becoming vegan. I’m honored that I was able to be a part of this (and of course happy that I experienced such wonderful changes to my health by being vegan!) So I share with you all the interview and I hope that you’ll continue reading both this series and the rest of Natala’s blog:  Vegan Hope

 

Note to Self

Dear self-

If you’re looking for something external to change what’s going on in your head and/or life, I’d kindly like to suggest that you let go of that tactic. I’m pretty sure you know better than that.

Go inside, please.

Sincerely,

Your Higher Self