Catching Up: The Winter Blahs, I Has ‘Em

My little kitchen will have to do for now.
My little kitchen will have to do for now.

So, wow, it’s nearing the end of January and the last blog post I made was right before Thanksgiving.

And I never posted pictures.

Sadly, it’s because I never took pictures. For all the excitement I had leading up to Thanksgiving, the day just kind of fell flat. The food turned out well, but by the time it came to eat, I wasn’t feeling very well. I ended up going to bed around 7pm.

All in all, this has been a tough winter for us. It was the first Christmas without my mother in law, and it really hit my husband hard. As for me, the older I get, the more the cold, dreary days of winter seem to get to me.

My job has been going well, but keeping me very busy. My yoga teaching has been going well, too. I’m hoping to expand on it to teach more classes and private lessons. As for our plans to buy a house, my husband and I have decided to wait a bit longer for that. We want to focus on paying our student loans off as soon as possible and put them behind us. We also are considering a move to a different city. I’ve lived in Louisville my entire life, but I’d like to give another city a chance. (I’m very inspired by Luminous Vegans’ cross-country move.) I need to stay at my current job a few more years, but it would be pointless to buy a house now.

All that being said, I’ve let this blog fall to the back burner and I hate that. I’m not going to promise frequent posts, but I promise to get back to blogging more often. I’ve got a few ideas for new posts and just need to get back into the swing of things and create a blogging schedule.

Anyway, I hope you all are well and are having a wonderful 2014 so far. I apologize for the personal, no-so-food-related post, but stay tuned for more foodstuff. Stay warm!!

Ahimsa and the Link to Veganism

Jainism-Ahimsa-Hand-iconHave you ever noticed that a lot of yogis are either vegetarian or vegan? This actually isn’t a coincidence. Sure, yoga and vegetarianism/veganism complement each other well in that they both are great for your health. But for those yogis who closely follow the Ashtanga teachings, there is actually a reason for their leading a meat-free lifestyle.

While pursuing my yoga teacher certification I studied the eight limbs of yoga. These are included in Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra.”

The first of the eight limbs, Yama, includes five guidelines or practices for how we should conduct our lives. The first of which is Ahimsa, which is Sanskrit for “nonviolence.”

While many yogis view the nonviolence part as human to human, many others take it to mean nonviolence against all beings. I became vegan well before I started practicing yoga, but, for my own practice, I take it to mean nonviolence against all beings. I just don’t know how you can separate the two. But the great thing about yoga is that there is no right or wrong; it’s all what you want for your own practice.

As a side note: This is my first in what I hope to be many yoga-related posts. As I mentioned earlier, I believe that veganism and yoga complement each other, so it’s a way for me to provide more content on the blog, in addition to the food-stuff, which I hope to have more of soon with my next grocery trip. I also plan to change the site design a bit to reflect both the vegan and yoga aspects.

I hope you all are well!

Taking a Hiatus (but Good Things Are on the Horizon)

Hey there. I haven’t been much of a blogger lately. I’m still cooking, but just haven’t had a whole lot of time to take pictures and write about it. And from the looks of things, it doesn’t look like I’m going to have a lot of time for it in the near future, either. For one, we’re heading to London in a little over a week and I can’t tell you how giddy I am just thinking about it. It’ll be our first time there and I’m sure we’re going to freeze, but we seriously cannot wait. (Also, if you have any suggestions for vegan restaurants in London, I would so love to hear. We’ve found a few but are always looking for more.). We feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to go.

Second, after lots of thought, I have decided to pursue yoga teacher training, which starts in mid-March and will last through June. I’ve been practicing for a couple of years now, but the idea of becoming a yoga instructor has been a dream of mine for many years; I just never had the courage to try. I’m nervous and scared and excited, all at once. It’s going to be challenging, for sure.

Anyway, I hope you all are well! I’ll try to post here and there when I can, and I may even throw in a yoga-related post or two.