Warming Winter Lentils

Lentils and rice are a fantastic combination for this time of the year when, as the air gets drier, our bodies need foods that contain moisture. This is my go-to lunch for late fall. It’s vegetarian: a good balance for those meat-heavy holiday meals. The spices are warming and stimulate good digestion. You can eat … Continue reading

Observing Our Losses and Our Gains

Lately I have this desire to get rid of things—it’s not a familiar sensation. I’ve always admired the adventurous types that can pack their lives into compact suitcases; the people who are ready to get up and go at a moment’s notice, who aren’t afraid to leave where they’ve been in order to go where … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Walk

This Monday’s Mantra is for all of you who walked yesterday for the People’s Climate March. This mantra is also for all of us as we take each step into Autumn. “Your smile proves that you are not a colony, that you have your sovereignty over yourself, that you are doing your best. Events carry us away, we … Continue reading

Hot and Cold, Finding Balance in Summer Extremes

Growing up in the Midwest, I learned to love the summertime thunderstorms that are particular to that region of the country. There is something so wonderfully exhilarating about watching a huge storm roll in across a field, visibly churning up the atmosphere. The feel and smell of the air changes, the sky darkens, and suddenly … Continue reading

Preserving Practice

Preserving a daily meditation practice is tough. You would think that teaching yoga would instill a staying drive and discipline in you, but I have to say, while teaching has deepened my personal practice on the mat and sharpened my awareness off of it, I have not yet solidified a regular meditation practice for myself. … Continue reading

Study Sessions: Brianna Goodman

Mindbodybrew is ultimately about providing a space for written reflection at every step along the yoga path. We hope that by sharing assignments from our Teacher Trainees, we can expand their deep investigation into community-wide dialogue. The following is a piece written by one of our newest, current trainees, Brianna Goodman, regarding a mindfulness meditation … Continue reading

Off the Grid: Louisiana

It’s always amazing to me how markedly our surrounding environments affect our bodies, minds, and spirits. Whether visiting another city or escaping to the wilderness, I find that my city grip is loosened, maybe not completely but certainly significantly, when I get out of town. My mind can become cavernous (space to truly focus and … Continue reading

Polar Vortexes, Flu, Oh My!

This past week I’ve been in bed battling the flu, one of the worst of the seasonal viral bugs floating around, if you ask me.  Completely unable to really do anything except lay down, sleep, and watch movies like someone was paying me to, I essentially missed out on almost five days of my life. … Continue reading

Facts (and Snow) on the Ground

Last week I intended take a morning Yoga with Mind Body Dancer® class at Steps on Broadway. I woke up early, packed up for the day, and set out into the snowy morning with a skip in my step.  Unlike a majority of New Yorkers, it seems, the sight of falling snow instantly lifts my … Continue reading

Becoming Your Winter Self

As we enter the winter juncture period before the season begins, have you noticed any changes in your body?  Whether your nature thrives during the winter season or not, what is happening to the condition of your hair, skin, and energy level? Over the last few years, the process of watching how the nature of … Continue reading

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