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ROO #72: Patrick Beach on the Connecting Power of Yoga and Social Media

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Patrick Beach is an international yoga teacher with a widely-followed Instagram of over 182,000 followers.

In this episode, Patrick recounts his first-ever yoga class and how he fell in love with handstands. He discusses the teachers that inspire him and why he became a yoga teacher. Patrick explains what is behind his unique teaching style. He reflects on how his Instagram account with over 182,000 followers has changed his life and connected him with a global community. Patrick reveals what he is working on in his own yoga practice, on and off the mat. He tells the story of how Carling, his wife, and him met. Lastly, Patrick gives his perspective on the future of yoga in the next 25 years.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease in early high school, I was sad about all the foods I would miss, including my favorite tabbouleh from the Armenian market near my house (tabbouleh is traditionally made with couscous or bulgur). This past year, I discovered a gluten-free tabbouleh recipe in Brendan Brazier incredible Thrive Energy Cookbook. I adapted the recipe and would argue that it is even tastier than the tabbouleh of my youth!

To learn more about Brendan Brazier, the mind behind this recipe and former professional Ironman triathlete, check out his conversation with Rich Roll (another amazing plant-based author/athlete) on Rich Roll Podcast #101!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of of cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Mediterranean red pepper paste
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped (the white part)
  • 6 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, packed
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Recipe:

  1. Cook quinoa and set aside
  2. Heat a wide pan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil, until melted.
  3. Add onions and stir frequently for 10 minutes.
  4. Add cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and red pepper paste, salt, and pepper. Stir frequently for 4 minutes.
  5. Mix quinoa with the paste mixture and set aside.
  6. Combine tomatoes, green onions, mint, parsley, lemon juice, tamarind paste, and grapeseed oil in a large bowl.
  7. Add quinoa-paste mix to bowl, combine everything, and enjoy!.

(Serves 3-4 people)


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ROO #71: Sally McRae on Overcoming Mental Obstacles in Running

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Sally McRae is a professional trail-ultra runner, endurance sports coach, and mother.

In this episode, Sally discusses her background in athletics from collegiate soccer to training for her first marathon. Sally explain why she was drawn to the trails and the 100-mile distance. She shares the biggest personal challenge she has overcome. Sally recounts her three 100-miler experiences, including how she has overcome mental and physical challenges in her three races. She reflects on her recent top-10 finish at the Western States 100 and three things she will do differently in her training for Western States next year. Sally reveals who inspires her and how she balances motherhood, training, and coaching. She gives the inside scoop on her relationship with yoga and upcoming projects and races on her schedule.

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ROO #70: Blake Russell on Balancing Professional Running and Motherhood


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Blake Russell is a professional runner, Olympian, mother, and writer.

In this episode, Blake discusses her background in running and how she navigated the transition from high school to collegiate running. She recaps a breakthrough race in the 1500 from her time at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Blake recounts of her experience competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She reveals how she dealt with the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Team. Blake offers three lessons she has learned from her renowned Coach Robert Sevene. She provides tangible tips on proper running form. Blake explains how she balances motherhood and training. She shares her favorite workouts and upcoming races on her calendar. Lastly, Blake gives her perspective on strength training: a little bit can go a long way!

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Tuesday Truth: You Are a Spark of Divinity

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“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar

* On August 20th, 2014, B.K.S. Iyengar died at the age of 95. Iyengar was considered one of the central pioneers in bringing yoga to the Western world. Deep pranams to an amazing teacher!

{Photo taken in Venice Beach, California in July 2012 by Liza DeWitt}


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ROO #69: Andy Wacker on the Power of Motivation in Running and Racing

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Andy Wacker is a Boulder-based professional road and mountain runner.

In this episode, Andy discusses his background in running from why he started running in middle school to competing in high school. He recaps the transition from high school to collegiate running and recounts his biggest breakthrough race in college where he ran 13:41 in the 5k. Andy shares three central lessons he learned from Mark Wetmore, his renowned coach at the University of Colorado. He explains how he stayed motivated on a long-road back from an injury. Andy reveals why he started mountain racing and reflections on his recent third place finish at the Pikes Peak Ascent. He offers his favorite running spots and reads, including the craziest animals he has seen on a run! Lastly, Andy previews upcoming races and goals.

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ROO Video: Yoga For Runners – A Dynamic Cooldown

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When I tell runners I teach yoga, they often respond, “I can’t do yoga, I am too inflexible” or “I can’t even touch my toes!”

Runners are not meant to be super flexible– with many miles of running, runners’ bodies adapt to the repetitive motion and their hamstrings, hips, and more contract. I believe that the proper amount of tightness, matched with strength, stability, and mobility, can give runners the explosiveness they need for a powerful stride.

That being said, yoga is an incredible asset to runners’ training programs, when used at the right time. Runners should practice yoga after runs to aid recovery, promote mobility, improve balance, and strengthen areas of the body that running does not access.

Yoga should not compete or serve as a workout, but instead aid one’s running.

This Yoga For Runners: A Dynamic Cooldown video is meant to serve as a 40-minute yoga practice post run or done on a recovery day. It is focused on opening the hips and elongating the side body with twists.

I just returned from Green Mountain Running Camp in Vermont where I was a yoga teacher and running counselor. It was such an honor to get to introduce many high school runners to yoga and numerous campers asked me to make a video. I also plan to record other yoga for runners videos, focusing on restoration, visualization, and targeting other major body areas, such as hamstrings and back.

Let me know if you have any requests or feedback on this video– feel free to comment on the YouTube video or on this post directly.

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