10 Reasons to Do Yoga At Home

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1. It’s free.

2. Skip all your least favorite poses.

3. Avoid the rain, snow, sleet, hail, apocalypse.

4. You pick the music.

5. No need to make sure your clothes match.  Or are clean.

6. 30 minute savasana?  Yes, please.

7. Your pet’s love for you will reach a whole new level.

8. You can keep your dinner plans and get your practice in.

9. There’s alway enough space.

10. You will deepen your practice.  Having time to sit in a pose and feel it out is important.  Take the cues from class and repeat them at home.  Listen to your body and flow with the rhythm of your heart.  Play a song on repeat.  Spend half an hour on balancing.  When you practice at home your time is just for you.

Starting a home practice can be a daunting task.  If you are looking for tools to take your yoga with you and are located in the Central Jersey area, join me for a Home Practice Workshop.

Located at HIP Lifestyle Studio
Somerville, NJ
Sunday February 16th, 11:30-1:30
Call 908-672-2758 or email kimakje@gmail.com

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Homemade Hummus [recipe]

A quick and easy hummus recipe.


1 can of chickpeas (drained)
Juice of half a lemon
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
1 garlic clove, peeled and pressed (optional)

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I use a Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender for this recipe.  It comes with a mixing cup that is the perfect size and seems to smooth the hummus better than a food processor.  You can find one of these online or I got mine at Kohl’s.  It is my favorite kitchen tool.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a food processor.

1) Place all the ingredients in the food processor or a bowl.  I use about 2 Tablespoons of oil and 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar.

2) Mix until smooth, adding more oil as necessary to smooth the mixture out.

This creates a very tangy, simple hummus.  The garlic is fairly strong.  You can add many other ingredients to this recipe.  Traditionally, tahini is added.  This will give it less of a tangy flavor.  You could also add roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes or a plethora of spices.



Sweet Chili Guac [recipe]

Here’s a simple guac recipe that I just love as an afternoon snack with some crackers or chips.


1 avocado

Thai sweet chili sauce (usually found in the asian section of the store)


onion (chopped)

cilantro or parsley

1.  Cut the avocado in half and take out the pit.  The best method for this is to hold the half with the pit in one hand and then whack the sharp edge of the knife into the pit so it sticks.  Twist the pit using the knife and pull out.

2.  Squeeze or spoon the flesh into a bowl and mash.

3.  Add some chopped onion, sweet chili sauce and tahini.

4.  If you like add some chopped parsley or cilantro.  Both of these herbs have multiple health benefits and add some taste to the guac.

5.  Enjoy with some gluten-free Mary’s Gone Crackers or Way Better Chips!

Challenges I’m following this February!

Here are the challenges around the internet that I will be following this month.  Let me know in the comments if you are following as well and I will follow you on instagram or become your friend in challengeloop!  Also if you know of any other awesome challenges, send them my way!

ChallengeLoop Challenges

Let the Soul Shine: 28 days of meditation – Meditate once a day everyday for 15 minutes.

2013 Yoga Challenge – It continues into February with new prizes!

February Instagram Challenge

from @beachyogagirl.

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Follow me @jelise22

Good luck! Namaste!

Kale Slaw [bonus recipe]

This is one of my tried and true faves.

Rainbow Kale Slaw


Kale (chopped)
6-8 Mushrooms (sliced or chopped into large chunks)
1/4 red cabbage (thinly sliced)
1 carrot grated
*feel free to add other veggies such as red peppers or sundried tomatoes

1. Chop all veggies.  Place them in a large bowl and toss the veggies. Set aside.



Dressing Ingredients:
1-4 garlic cloves (depending on how much you love garlic)
1/2 cup or so of tahini
Few squirts of amino acids
Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Using a garlic press, press the cloves of garlic into a bowl.

2. Pour in the tahini and amino acids.  Mix.

3. Pour in the apple cider vinegar until the dressing becomes a thin paste (it should run slightly but not be too watery).

4.  Pour the contents over the veggies.

5. I recommend you use your hands here to massage the dressing into the greens.

6.  Place in the refrigerator.

7. Enjoy!

A note on Tahini: Tahini is my favorite ingredient.  It is ground up sesame seeds to make a paste.  It can be found in most grocery stores now-a-days.  Mine has a few brands over near the peanut butter and a fancy brand in amongst the greek marinated artichokes and mushrooms.

A quick and hearty miso soup [recipe]

I love miso soup.  So when I found a miso soup broth at Whole Foods I was super excited.  I used it to make a non-traditional miso soup with lots of flavor!  This recipe is vegan and can be gluten free with the right miso broth.

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1/2 an onion (chopped)
1 tomato (diced)
3 leaves of kale (ripped into large chunks without stems)
tofu (cubed) *
a dash of Liquid aminos
1/2 box Miso soup broth
1 bunch of bean thread noodles
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1. In a medium size pot, over medium heat saute the onions in oil until soft.

2. Add the tomatoes and stir occasionally until tomatoes start to fall apart.

3.  Add the tofu and kale.  Let the kale become bright green.

4.  Add a dash of liquid aminos (about three good squirts) and you can add agave or maple syrup for a little sweetness.

5.  Cover the veggies with broth (I used half a box of broth and some water, the flavor was still strong).

6. Bring the liquid to a boil.

7.  Turn off the heat.  Place the bean thread noodle bunch in the soup and push it under the liquid.  Cover the pot and let sit about 5 to 10 minutes.

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