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Roasted Pumpkin, Chestnut and Pine Nut Sharing Plate

Food that is shared takes on a special meaning.  It is an act of love, of gratitude, of belonging.   Sitting around a table, eating the same meal has a way of bringing people together that is unique and universal all at once.  Especially at this time of year, eating together can be a panacea for the colder weather and longer nights.   This sharing plate is one of my favourites.  The colours alone are a rich tapestry to liven up any table.  Pumpkin cut into wedges, slow roasted with maple syrup, cinnamon and sage leaves for a deep flavour and enticing aroma.  Chestnuts and pine nuts add a satisfying crunch and counter balance and jewels of pomegranate seeds make for...

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Self Care October Challenge

  With the official start of Fall underway, we are turning inwards and issuing a call for our Namaste Community to make this month all about Self Care. We know how busy life with its ever growing To Do List.  So often, we spend our time ensuring everyone else is taken care of, make sure our friends and families feel loved and cared for, help our colleagues out, and be the best partners we can be. We spend our time constantly giving outwards instead of inwards. This month we are putting the focus back on You.  We want to know how you explore Self Care in your #mynamastelife. Is it making time for your personal practice, a coffee date with...

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5 Ways to Use Back to School to Get Back to Yoga

(Hint: they all involve your yoga mat...) A distinctive return to structure resounds as sidewalks are filled once more with backpack-clad bodies returning to school. Wait — did we miss summer? How did that slip by so quickly? If the first month of back-to-school took you by surprise, a dose of summer serenity may be in order! Here are five ways to bring about a balanced fall flow. 1. Attention Shift  If your summer was full of appointments and social gatherings, returning a bit of time and attention to your yoga practice may be all that is required to restore a bit of serenity to your days. After months of engaging the body in other tasks, you may find it isn't...

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'Tis the Season to Twist Away Tension

The Holiday Season is a time for celebrating the gifts of life and being with loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a time of year where stress and anxiety are heightened. Whether shopping for gifts, travelling to see friends and family (both near and far), finances or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations, the holidays — while intended to be a celebration — can sometimes add unwanted stress. In the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it's easy to forget the meaningfulness of the season when holiday stress leads to impatience, feeling tired and being overwhelmed. It's also the time of year where there's a tendency to put our own health and wellness on the backburner until...

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