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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

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Tomorrow Is the First Day of Autumn

Each season in the year is extremely important, beautiful and amazing in it’s own way but my heart has always been with Autumn. Fall or Autumn, whatever you like to call it is most definitely my favourite season of the year. After adjusting to this new school semester I am ready to fully “fall” into Autumn and enjoy every moment. Reading this article on MindBodyGreen really helped me decipher why I am so in love with this season.

Though it is  most often associated with death – the trees are shedding it’s leaves -we are losing minutes of sunlight everyday and the temperature is dropping, somehow Autumn makes us feel so good. Whether it is the clothes we are bundling up in or the delicious comfort foods we are enjoying there is something very cozy, restful and warm-spirited about fall. Here are some of my favourite things I associate with Autumn and why you should enjoy them as well.

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1) Chai Tea. I don’t drink this tea at any time of the year other than Fall/Winter. The warm, spicy taste brings me peace of mind and tastes amazing, whether it is plain or made into a latte. Ingredients such as black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and ginger. These are great for digestion, filled with antioxidants not to mention the other billion benefits of cinnamon. Right now my favourite Chai would have to be the Organic Tazo Chai Tea.

2) Apples, Pears and the other many in-season produce. Autumn is the time of year when apples are in full abundance. Pears, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Squash. Some of the best seasonal dishes are made in Autumn, like apple pie.

3) Knitting. As the nights are getting longer I am absolutely not ashamed to come home from a long day of books, put my sweatpants on and knit. This is my time to relax, and maybe even make something. Knitting is my moment of peace and creativity. (Occasionally frustration) Not only do I love to knit but wearing knits in general, Autumn is all about bundling up in scarves, long socks, toques and comfy sweaters.

Salad in a Jar

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I had about 15 minutes this morning eat breakfast and make lunch before I had to rush out the door for school. I figured it would be easy to toss a bunch of ingredients into a jar and call it a salad – so I did.

This is 1/2 cup of brown rice, along with some chopped spinach and all the fresh vegetables I could find in my fridge – tomatoes, green onion, green peppers, cucumbers and even some corn. This salad was not only extremely delicious but also very filling. Hopefully I didn’t get too many weird looks while trying to eat out of a mason jar.