An Ode to Rodney Yee

I apologize for not writing for awhile as work has had me busier than ever! But now that I have a minute, I’d like to take a moment and express just how much Rodney Yee and his yoga DVDs have changed me.

I used to be a ‘free weight’ girl as lifting weights made me feel powerful. But I have to admit, I have fallen in love with yoga. Not only does it make me feel strong and powerful, but I feel centered, calm, and at peace! I can finally have a moment where all thoughts stop racing around in my head and I can just ‘be’. Be still, be quite, be at peace. The calmness, yet strength I feel after a Rodney Yee workout is truly amazing. As I progress with his DVDs, I find myself yearning to learn more about this art and all the wonders it can do with my life. Yes, I am becoming more fit, but also, my mood has improved, as well as my posture, and my stress level is almost non-existent just after a few minutes of one of his sessions. I just took the leap from beginner to intermediate and although my flexibility is improving, I still have a long way to go. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I feel good, and my family and co-workers get to benefit from it too! :)

All in all, I am feeling better than I ever had before, and I owe it all to Rodney Yee. Rodney, your voice, your tone, and your instructional teaching have made me fall in love with yoga and I am forever grateful. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Namaste.

Pumpkin-Spice Pancakes!

I really wanted to try something different for breakfast on my off days from eDiets and I came across this wonderful fall recipe.  It’s not perfect, but it’s not bad for you either.  Pumpkins are filled with beta-carotene which can protect against cancers and heart disease.  This recipe also has vitamin A , potassium, and tons of flavor!  If you don’t have access to fresh pumpkins it’s OK!  Canned pumpkins are almost equal in nutrients.  I hope you enjoy…I certainly did!

SERVES 4 / PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES OR LESS / TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES OR LESS

Ingredients:

 1 egg

1 cup baking or pancake mix, such as Bisquick

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat (1%) milk

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground cloves

Pinch ground nutmeg

Directions: since cooking directions for each brand of pancake mix can vary slightly,prepare pancakes according to the directions for 1 cup of mix before adding the pumpkin and spices.

In a bowl, beat egg. Add baking mix, milk, pumpkin, pecans, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon,cloves, and nutmeg.

Lightly coat a nonstick skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray and heat to medium.

When a drop of water sizzles when it hits the pan, it’s ready.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet for each pancake. When the bottom is golden, turn over and cook the other side.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until insides are cooked through and pancakes bounce back when touched.

*The inside of these pancakes will take a little longer to cook through than regular pancakes, so it might be necessary to turn down the heat to avoid overcooking the outside before the inside is done.

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