Thursday, December 26, 2013

Turn Your World Upside Down

Last weekend, a dear friend of mine took me to the ocean. Even through I have lived in Los Angeles for almost four years, somehow I NEVER make it to the beach. Every time I venture back onto the sand, I wonder, "why don't I come here more often?" Sometimes seeing the world through a clear blue sky, feeling buttery sunlight streaming down onto your face, and hearing the ocean waves crashing against shore, puts the world back in perspective. You take a few moments to notice that some things are meant to be truly savored, some things demand your full attention, some things are worth slowly down to really examine and explore. Try, in this very moment, to find something in your life worth really slowly down for, and find a way to put more of that delicious goodness into your everyday life on a regular basis. I'll try and do the same!

Note to self: Downward facing dog, in the sand, while the waves kiss your toes and staring at the clearest blue sky up beyond you, could change the way you see the world. It's changed mine. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

A little bit of yum for your holidays

Last week, I took a small moment in the middle of my day to stop off at a small French cafe before work. I needed something delicious, somewhere I could sit quietly in the sun and take a moment to breathe in something beautiful. I savored every bite of my cauliflower quiche. I went home lusting for the quiche, so I found a moment to make something beautiful and yummy at home. I hope you find a moment to breathe, to rest, and eat something delicious this week.

2 pre-made pie crusts (you can totally make this from scratch, but for time saving just pick up from the grocery store) 
1 lb. of fresh baby Swiss cheese (the better quality cheese, the better the quiche) 
1 pint of Half and Half 
8 oz of milk (any kind of regular milk) 
10 eggs
6 strips of turkey bacon 
1 large cauliflower (broken into small pieces) 
5-8 Baby Bella mushrooms 

Place the dough into two pie dishes. Set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Cook the turkey bacon until browned to the desired degree. While the bacon is cooking, begin shredding the Swiss cheese. Set cheese aside. Then, cut up the cauliflower and baby Bella mushrooms to the desired sized chunks. I diced the mushrooms and broke apart the cauliflower. 

Beat the eggs, half and half and half of the milk together in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper into the egg mixture to the desired degree. Lay the shredded cheese into the crust, making sure the cheese is even in each dish. Sprinkle the turkey bacon over the cheese and add the mushrooms and cauliflower to the dish as well. Then, pour the egg mixture over the cheese and other ingredients. Make sure the milk mixture has a bit of space before the edge of the pie crust. This will prevent the pie from overflowing in the oven when it rises during baking. Add more milk if necessary to fill the crust completely. 

Place the filled pie dishes into the oven at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the center of the crust is firm. If the crust gets too brown too soon, turn the temperature down, place foil over the edge of the crust and cook until done. 

Happy Holidays!!! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Spaces: Liberation Yoga

Liberation Yoga welcomes you into the studio the minute you step off the street. There is a front desk directly through the front doors and signing up for my first class was as easy as filling out a waiver and putting my name on a sign up sheet. There are two large studio spaces, lovingly titled "Cave" and "Garden", both rooms have hard wood floors. They have a filtered water station, with cool, refreshing water near the front door! They have a very limited retail space and a small bench to wait for class to begin. There are no lockers, but there is plenty of space for your belongings. Just double check that your electronic devices are on silent, as your bags will be in the space where you and others are practicing.

I took Antonia's Flow and Restore Class in the Garden on Friday from 4:30pm-6pm. The Garden studio was really an oasis from the noisy and overwhelming store front on La Brea Ave. It was quiet and there was a small fountain which filled the space with sounds of a trickling stream all throughout class. It was very easy to become immediately present and at ease with the space. I would recommend bringing a light layer if you tend to get cold easily. I was happy to be in the outdoor space, but also happy that I had a small sweater nearby! Antonia's challenging flow was set to music. I wouldn't recommend this class to a beginner, as the peak postures were handstand and half moon, but every movement held space for a deeper connection and intention. The 90 minute class really allowed us the time and space for a flow that built slowly and mindfully to several peak postures and ended with an extended savasana. It was a beautifully calm and centering class from start to finish. During class, the traffic level outside the studio often found it's way into the space, which caused a minor disturbance to the final resting poses of class, but didn't ruin the overall feeling of the class. This studio offers a wide variety of class for every level. And what have you got to lose? The first one is FREE!

Additional Information:

Website: Liberation Yoga for all class schedules, pricing, and special events/workshops

Location: 124 South La Brea Ave. Between 1st and 2nd Street (Meter Parking on La Brea and Surrounding Neighborhoods, restricted hours during the mornings and evenings)

First Time is FREE for New Students
Lots of New Student Specials, including a 10 Class Pack for $105
$12 Weekday Drop In Class
$15 Weeknight and Weekend Drop In Class
Special Discounts for Qualifying Membership Programs (check website for details)
A variety of class packages, memberships, and workshops are available

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