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Yoga Poses: A Path to Freedom

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A “Yogi 4th of July” is the perfect time to celebrate!

We all come to yoga for different reasons. We might practice yoga poses to find our center, connect with our body and stretch our limits. One thing we all agree on is it is how amazing it feels when you start to see evidence of your practice show up in your daily life.

one-legged-wheel-pose.jpgBy uniting our body, mind, and spirit through consistent asana practice, we nurture a sense of oneness. This feeling of connection begins to show up in our lives as a deeper empathy for all livings things. For example, off the mat, we connect with our bodies by eating healthful foods and behaving in environmentally responsible ways. When we’re stuck the traffic, far from our yoga mat, we can remain calm and loving towards other living beings — even when they cut us off.

Every day, on and off the mat, we celebrate the freedom we feel as a direct result of our dedicated yoga practice. So, on the day when America celebrates freedom, let’s show the world how a happy yogi stands up for freedom.

Make Mindful Preparations

In 2015, Independence Day falls on a Saturday. The temperature should be warm no matter where you are, and the weather may be clear enough for an outdoor picnic at the park. Here are a few of tips to take your yoga practice off of your mat and make your 4th of July picnic a karmic windfall:

  • Walk, ride your bike, or carpool to the park to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Bring water, lemonade or other drinks in re-usable containers to reduce the recycling and landfill trash.
  • Rely on cloth napkins and tablecloths.
  • Bring re-usable plates and cups.
  • Be respectful of the ecology of the park and keep pets within specified areas. If you have kids, talk to them about why this is important.
  • Make your own organic (and chemical-free) sunscreen and bug repellants with ingredients such as citronella, eucalyptus or lavender essential oils.

Celebrate Food Freedom

The discipline and awareness we gain from practicing our yoga poses often leads to a desire to eat healthy foods that support balance in our bodies and clarity in our minds. For many yoga practitioners this means eating a vegetarian diet or incorporating more vegetarian meals into your diet. Take your Fourth of July barbeque beyond hot dogs and burgers with these vegetarian options for the grill:

  • Skewer vegetables for roasting. Slide chunks of peppers, tomatoes, onions and squash alternately on a skewer, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
  • Use farm-fresh, free-range eggs to make deviled eggs. Try a little Greek yogurt and garlic instead of mayo to make the fillings.
  • Make organic red skin potato salad (with the skins on). Use mustard, Greek yogurt and a dash of olive oil. Add chopped kale, onions, celery, and peppers for a great side dish.
  • Produce an array of cold bean salads using black beans, pintos or green peas. One of our favorites calls for black beans, corn and finely chopped kale, all mixed with garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  • A Fourth of July dessert option includes blueberries, strawberries and apples mixed together for a red, white and blue delight.

After a loving meal with your friends and family, you may feel inclined to pull everyone together for a few yoga poses in the park

Happy Fourth of July! 

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