Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Five Things You May Not Know About Yoga

A random top 5 on the ins-and-outs of Yoga practice...

1. Yoga is great for your health overall. It's a holistic way of mixing and synching the mental, physical and spiritual dimensions of living. Yoga asana (physical practice) helps to create health in the body and reduce pain.
2. It's not all fairy-dust and infinite bliss, yoga is a serious practice that should be performed safely. Find a qualified or Registered Yoga Teacher near you to work with an educated guide.
3. You get the most out of Yoga if you practice at least 2-3 times per week at the minimum. Take a little time every day to breathe deep and be present in your body..
4. Yoga is a detoxifying practice. Asana can be like a massage to the tissues of the body while interacting with several organic systems (like the nervous system). Wait for atleast 30 minutes after class then drink two glasses of warm or room temperature water to rehydrate your body.
5. Your yoga practice should be all about you! It's one time in life when you're really invited to nourish the roots of your own being. Move a little slower if you want to. Hang out in child's pose for half the class. Be you... Yoga is about listening to your own being to create homeostasis. From that place of balance we are better partners, family, and friends to the people and communities we serve. Exercising through yoga or any other form several times a week is fantastic self-care that benefits the world around you! :-)

Article by Keri Marino owner of Yoga Unique. Check out the new website here: Yoga Unique

Monday, August 19, 2013

Delicious Berry Cheesecake

This recipes is dangerously good... so good that even my husband ate several servings of it throughout the week. That rarely happens when I make a health inspired dessert. ;-) It is actually creamy like a traditional cheesecake and full of flavor. Love this recipe!!! 

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Soy-Free, Vegan

1 c. almonds
1 c. pecans
1/4 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips
3 tbl. cocoa powder
pinch of sea salt
5 medjool dates
Fruit Mixture
1-1/2 c. fresh cherries, pitted
1-1/2 c. fresh organic blueberries

Cheesecake Filling
3 c. raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
2 c. unsweetened coconut milk (vanilla)
1/2 lemon
1/3 c. honey
pinch of sea salt
1 cup plus 2 tbl. coconut oil
3 tbl. arrowroot powder mixed with 2 tbl. cold water

1. Put all crust ingredients except medjool dates into a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add dates one at a time until coarsely chopped. Should be able to stick together when pressed between two fingers.
2. Press pie crust into a 6 inch spring form pie crust until it forms a thin layer around the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

Fruit Mixture
1.  Blend cherries and blueberries until thoroughly mixed. Pour into airtight container and place in fridge.

Cheesecake Filling
1.  Strain liquid from cashews. Combine cashews, milk, lemon juice, honey and salt in a blender. Combine arrowroot powder with water in a small cup. With motor running on low slowly added melted coconut oil and arrowroot liquid.
2. Remove 1/3 of the plain filling and store in the refrigerator until needed. Add berry mixture to the remaining filling and blend to combine.
3. Pour half the fruit filling over the pie crust. Drizzle maple syrup over then top with remaining fruit filling. Tap the mold to settle. Place in freezer for 20 minutes. 
4. Remove and top with plain filling. 
5. Place cheese cake in freezer for another 2 hours. Once solid top with pecan halves and fruit for eye appeal. Store in the refrigerator.
*Recipe and photos by Keri Marino.

 Keri is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Propmaker, and Yoga Therapist in training.  She owns and operates Yoga Unique LLC offering Private classes, Yoga Therapy and products. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area.


Monday, August 5, 2013

August Schedule

Private Yoga Classes and Yoga Therapy:
Private Classes and Yoga Therapy are offered 6 days a week in a variety of locations around the Greenville area for individuals, couples, families, and groups of all sizes. By appointment only, contact us for details.
Public Classes
NEW 10:45-11:45am Therapeutic Yoga $10

5:45-7pm Mindful Flow Yoga $10
 NEW 10:45-11:45am Therapeutic Yoga $10

12:30-1:45 Yoga for Cancer Survivors Free* (Last class on 8/11. New 8 week series begins on Sept. 10th)

5:45-7pm Mindful Flow Yoga $10

NEW 10:45-11:45am Therapeutic Yoga $10


10:45am-12:00pm Restorative Yoga $10 
2-3:30pm Mindful Flow Yoga $10 

All public classes at Greenville Yoga at the Augusta Road location.

*Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered in through the Greenville Hospital System's Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship in the mezzanine.