Category Archives: Green

More Yoga DIY: Make your own mat cleaner

It is shaucha time!

So by now your mat smells funny and you’re too lazy to bring it back home with you? Are you embarrased by the sour stench when the teacher comes to adjust you? Making your own mat cleaner is fun and really simple.

Many cold-pressed citrus oils have both antiseptic and fat dissolving properties

Many cold-pressed citrus oils have both antiseptic and fat dissolving properties

You will need the following:

- Sterilized water
- Essential oils
- A little spray bottle

You can play with it, but start adding just a few drops of the essential oils. Then test it and see how much of a scent you can take (and think of your fellow yoga mates… don’t go crazy on the oils).

The most important part is that you use essential oils with antibacterial/antiseptic properties, such as tea tree, cinnamon bark, clove, fennel, grapefruit, lemon, lime, thyme, oregano, pine, rosemary, etc. Once you find your favorite combination, fill the bottle, and whenever you spray your mat let it dry for a few minutes.

Living Yoga: The Life and Teachings of Swami Satchidananda

Watch trailer:

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The Lululemon Manifesto

via yogadork

Product Reviews: Travel

We receive a lot of “yoga related” products to review here at Elephantbeans and just when we think we have seen everything, ten new things pop up.  While there is a lot of useless junk made by companies seeking to bank on the yoga trend (translucent white yoga shorts?), there is also an exciting momentum around engineering more sustainable, durable, and convenient mats, clothes, and more.

While the extra seven plus pounds of mat plus awkward rolled appendage is a small price to pay considering the incredibly unhygenic state of many studio mat rentals, it is nice to have an alternative.

Gaiam Reversible Travel Yoga Mat

At first glance, the Gaiam Reversible Travel Yoga Mat is unconvincing.  It is a super thin cloth similar to a yoga towel or rug but with a slight stickiness so you know it is meant to be used as a mat/towel alternative.  Very skeptical, our review team threw down a mean primary series and even with the bone cracking rolls of garbha pindasana and neck ouching sarvangasana, the mat provided enough padding for an Ashtangi that appreciates a firm surface.

NOTES:
-Great for travel, folds up and is very light
-Absorbs moisture and is easy to clean
-Ideal surface for someone interested in practicing on a firm surface (you can really feel the floor
-Not good for anything that requires extra padding such as the exit vinyasas at the end of intermediate series
-Not sure this would be the right surface if placed on a carpet

The Ashtangites on our team are mostly traditionalists (or maybe just orientalists?) that take an unhealthy pride in their “authentic” cotton Mysore rug usage.  That being said, even the main shala in Mysore is carrying their own rendition of the yoga towel.

 

Manduka’s eQua Plus Towel

Manduka’s eQua Plus Towel reminded us of a pack towel and when we checked their website, indeed this was listed as an alternative use.  Mat towels are placed on top of your mat or your mat rental.  This towel is lighter and packs up smaller than a cotton Mysore rug, but it is also thinner.  If you want the extra cushioning that a rug provides, look elsewhere.

NOTES:
-Great for travel, folds up and is very light
-Absorbs moisture and is easy to clean
-Possibly not good for anything that requires extra padding such as the exit vinyasas at the end of intermediate series unless you pair it with the classic Black Mat® PRO
-Comes in bright vibrant colors
-The suede-like surface claims to be slip-resistant when moist, however, our reviewer isn’t the super slippy whining type so we can’t varify this
-New coconut technology claims to “spread and evaporate moisture and provide superior odor management by eliminating bacteria”

 

Slaughtering your own turkey

Video at the NY Times. Consumers are getting back to the land…

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/11/19/arts/1248069338605/slaughtering-your-own-turkey.html

Drug Studies: Alcohol most harmful and Pot Soda

From Discovery News

Alcohol More Harmful Than Heroin, Cocaine: Report

Alcohol is more dangerous than heroin, cocaine and other “hard” drugs, claims a new study published in The Lancet.

Researchers scored a variety of legal and illegal drugs on 16 criteria of harm, nine related to the harms the drug produces in the individual taking them and seven related to the harm to society. They studied substances such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD and tobacco.

full article

Marijuana Soda Provides a High Without the Smoke

One Colorado soda company has developed a line of sodas that have an unusual ingredient: marijuana. Dixie Elixirs has made their drinks available to anyone with a prescription for medical marijuana.

The drinks come in eight different flavors, including pink lemonade, root beer and grape. But if the company really wants to get their drinks into the hands of marijuana lovers, they may want to start working on pizza and nachos flavors.  full article

 

Veg does it

from cnn.com Ultra Man fuels on plant-based diet.

Added On October 29, 2010

A California lawyer transformed from coach potato to Ultraman competitor on a plant-based vegan diet.

link to video

Do you eat pork?

It turns out pig products are not just found in butcher shops.  From the shower to the human body, Christien Meindertsma traces the “afterlife” of pig 05049.

Yoga Now Poll


Some other answers:
-waiting for netflix to enjoy the view, but not the movie.
-I would not see the movie. Hardly liked the book.
-the book was so bad i can’t imagine wasting my time or money on the movie.


Some other answers:
-what guruji book?
-On my list, but not urgent.
-it was aight. i gave it away.
-ok, but boring


Some other answers:
-really good. will check out the other entries.
-Will read eventually


Some other answers:
-bad branding
-scam


Some other answers:
-Tank-top and leggings from any store. “Yoga clothes”? pffff…
-prana


Some other answers:
-all of the above
-too expensive and time consuming for me

How Soy Can Kill You and Save Your Life

“Eating soy will kill you!” Scan the media reports and surf the Internet, and you’re bound to come across scary claims that would lead you to believe this is true. You may have heard:

• Soy will give you breast cancer.
• Soy formula is dangerous to babies.
• Genetically modified soy foods may modify you.
• Soy foods block your thyroid function.
• Soy prevents the absorption of minerals and interferes with digestion.
• Tofu causes Alzheimer’s disease.

If you want an excellent, unbiased, scientifically sound review of all the relevant human data on soy, Dr. Hyman recommends reading the 100-page report from the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality entitled, The Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes, which reviewed thousands of studies based on rigorous criteria for scientific validity. Its conclusion was this: There is no evidence of significant benefit or harm based on the quality of evidence that exists today.

So what’s a confused consumer to do? Give up on soy until we know for sure? Or chow down on soy nuts? Don’t panic. There are some things we do know about soy, both good and bad. Read More