June 2010

Home-made Ginger Ale Recipe



  • ⅓ C peeled, chopped ginger
  • 2-3 Tbsp.  water
  • ¼ C fresh lemon juice
  • 4-6 Tbsp. honey
  • 2-4 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 liter sparkling water, chilled
  • -Place ginger and water in a blender and pulse a few times. Then, blend at high speed until mixture is as smooth as possible.
  • -Line a strainer with cheesecloth and pour the blended ginger through. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and squeeze firmly to extract as much juice as possible. (i use a very fine metal sieve…like a tea strainer…or a re-useable linen tea bag works great)
  • -In a small pitcher, mix together the ginger juice, lemon juice, honey, and agave nectar until well blended.
  • -Pour about ¼ C of the mixture into each of four glasses and add chilled, sparkling water.
  • -Serve with ice cubes if desired
This drink tastes so fresh and delicious — great on a hot summer day!
I got the recipe in Yoga Journal.  It is originally in The Balanced Plate, by Renee Loux (Rodale, 2006).
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How To Get Started With Yoga


With the availability of so many types of yoga, it can be challenging for newbies to decide where to start.

The Mayo Clinic has published a succinct article about yoga:  what it is, how it works, the benefits, and a guide so that you can decide which style of yoga, teacher, and class is right for you.

At Evergreen, we take special care with the beginning students so that the first experience with yoga is a positive one.  The foundation for new body/mind understanding is important, so our classes typically run in an 8-week series so that we start at the beginning and each week builds on the previous week.

Our teachers take regular classes themselves and practice yoga on their own.  Our method of choice is Iyengar Yoga, as taught by BKS Iyengar.  All of our teachers practice and study in the Iyengar tradition.  The certification process for Iyengar teachers is rigorous and takes many years to accomplish. Evergreen’s Leah Bray Nichols and Becca Franklin are pursuing certification with the guidance of Senior Iyengar Teachers who have been teaching for 20 and 30 years.

We love working with beginners and seasoned practitioners alike.  And look forward to meeting up with you for your first class!

If you have a friend who is curious about yoga, send them a link to this blog article.  Encourage them to check out the Mayo Clinic’s guide as well.  It’s a great start!

Iyengar Yoga Helps Heal Depression

depressed-brainThese were the findings presented at the American Psychological Association conference held recently.

The small study was headed by Chris Streeter, MD, a psychiatrist at Boston University School of Medicine.  Studies like this are important because it’s a way for Western doctors to receive scientifically-backed data on alternative practices.

It’s a way of translating the legendary benefits of yoga into the language of science spoken by medical professionals.

The anecdotal evidence that we’ve “known” for years, will be backed up by scientific studies.  The APA has called for more studies on how yoga effects mental health.

Then more doctors can recommend yoga to their patients.  Before long, we’ll be practicing yoga and feeling better.

To read the complete article at WebMD, about how study participants reported a decrease in anxiety and depression by practicing Iyengar yoga, click here.