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Updated: 2017-11-10T03:23:31.886-08:00

 



A Break from C&Y

2009-01-22T15:52:31.779-08:00

It seems the gaps in between entries in this blog are getting bigger and bigger. I have given this a lot of thought and decided to write an entry on what's been going on in my head. I have been paying much more attention to my jewelry business and working very hard on getting the word out on my work and promotion and networking and yadda yadda yadda. It is not an easy task. As a result, my practice has faltered quite a bit. I still love yoga very much but right now, especially in these crazy times and the holidays coming, I have struggled to find that balance. It's not happening at the moment. Maybe in the new year once things quiet down a bit.

Where I am going is, I don't know how much more I can commit to updating Cupcakes & Yoga. I have tried other ideas I've had but they never quite panned out. The fact is I have been focusing more on my main blog and just can't bring myself to update two blogs on a regular basis, especially if I don't have much to say on the matter. I can't even make the time to write a decent review! I love this blog and I love the connection I've made with many of you and have learned quite a bit and I thank you so very much! This isn't a 'goodbye' as I said, I will still be blogging over at Pulp Sushi. Maybe once I start practicing again, I will post yoga updates on there as I don't just want my main blog to be a shop blog. I hope to see you there!

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9 cupcakes from Nine Cakes

2008-12-14T18:42:53.816-08:00

I went to a craft fair today and came home with some cupcakes. Don't they look yummy?



Gingerbread Yogis

2008-11-20T17:35:00.753-08:00

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Poor gingerbread men, they always seem so....stiff! They need to loosen up a little like these guys from Patti Paige Baked Ideas Custom Baking.  How wonderful!   The alignment is not too shabby either, always with a smile on their face. Now THIS is someone who has found enlightenment!   Nice considering they will eventually end up in someone's belly, OM.....



Owl-O-Ween Cupcakes

2008-10-29T17:50:30.456-07:00

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Chocolate! Lots and lots of chocolate! Visit this how to on Ezra Pound Cake to make these cute cuppies! Whoo! Whoo!



Top 100!

2008-10-20T17:49:55.356-07:00

I received some wonderful news today.  C&Y was included in a Top 100 Yoga and Meditation Blogs.  If you check it out, you'll see some other familiar names on there.  Very pleased for the recognition, thank you very much! 

Oh! I also wanted to share a necklace that I made for my Etsy shop. I usually wouldn't do something like this on here but I have to make an exception..

In case you're curious, you can see more details about it here.




Surya Yoga cupcakes

2008-10-16T07:57:53.513-07:00

I absolutely love Flickr, anything you want to find, you will find it here. Sometimes finding something related to both yoga and cupcakes can be a challenge but every now and then something pops up.

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Here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26458168@N08/2885036394/?addedcomment=1#comment72157608089316947

I am just impressed with the grass, sand, shells and eventually the yummy looking ocean, I'll have one of those!






You have got to be kidding...

2008-10-06T08:36:54.121-07:00

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I just came across this listing on Etsy from the shop Pamper Me Please. They're not cupcakes, they're bath bombs! How amazing is that?



Halloween Cupcakes

2008-10-01T17:07:06.786-07:00

My favorite time of the year is upon us. What better way to enjoy it than seeing some spooky cupcakes? Check out this great post from My Sweet and Saucy. Its all pumpkins and Fall leaves!



Jivamukti At Home

2008-09-19T08:04:41.902-07:00

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In finding more ways to develop a stronger home practice, I haven't ruled out yoga dvd's. It has been maybe a year since I practiced with a dvd (thanks Netflix!). I was very fortunate to have received some from the wonderful folks at Acacia. A dvd I had wanted to get for a while now was Transform Yourself with Jivamukti Yoga. I remember first hearing about a Jivamukti dvd coming out and not only was excited, I was curious to see how they were going to capture the vibe you get in a classroom setting and bring it into your home. The truth is they didn't, but that's ok and I'll explain in a bit.

The cover of the case says "Experienced beginners & beyond" so this is not exactly a dvd for brand spanking new yoga. But I guess you can see that just judging by the twist/balance pose on the cover. There is an introduction by David Life & Sharon Gannon, the founders of Jivamukti Yoga. They share their passion for yoga and the benefits this practice can bring to a more fruitful and happier existence. The session itself is only 60 minutes (a studio class is 1 hr 35 mins) and you can choose between instruction from David or Sharon. First I sat down and watched it, then I followed along.

Unlike other dvd's, but in Jivamukti fashion, they include chanting in the session but only briefly. The flow of the practice is fast paced where the longest you're holding a pose may be for only five breaths. They even instruct to not worry about the pace of the practice so much. If you do fall behind, you can catch up in Downward Dog. The practice includes standing, balance, twisting, backbends, forwardbends, and inversions providing modifications if you are not quite ready for the full pose. Another reason why this is for "experienced" beginners is the instruction isn't quite for newbies and at some points I noticed it was a little off but I was familiar enough with the sequencing to continue. It may not be the same for others. I think you have to be familiar with the asanas already as there is little instruction on the poses themselves. Come to think of it, they should just remove "beginner" from the title.

I know music is very important to the Jivamukti practice and the instrumental Raga music played thoughout the practice was wonderful. They had a Kirtan group playing their instruments in the room as they practiced. However, for some reason during Savasana they switch to a folky lyrical song which didn't fit at all and I ended up muting the television. Overall, it is a wonderful dvd to have to your collection.



Meet Even Keel

2008-10-20T17:32:42.468-07:00

(image) Elizabeth Matthews discovered the benefits of yoga during her freshman year of college and instantly became an avid yoga student. Throughout her growth, she continued to work in the profit and non-profit sector hoping to one day have her own business. Finally, Liz decided to pursue this desire and incorporate her passion for yoga and create something wonderful out of it.

Part hipster, hippie, athlete, do-gooder, and cynic, she wanted yoga gear that fit her personality and lifestyle. Liz recognized the need for unique, functional, and sustainable yoga apparel. "I've been practicing yoga for years and didn't adore any of the pants that I had in my closet", so with no background in fashion, Liz started Even Keel in December 2007 based on the philosophy of maintaining balance in our personal and professional life and all of the activities big and small that it entails.

The Even Keel’s styles are made with a sustainable blend of bamboo and organic cotton fabric which means it's produced without the harshness of chemicals and earth-friendly! This fabric blend is incredibly soft, lightweight and breathable. The bamboo has natural anti-bacterial and wicking abilities - important qualities in yoga and exercise apparel.

Now I can speak from personal experience, I received a pair of the Luscious Leggings to try out. Normally, I would prefer to wear something a little looser. Sometimes us curvy girls may not want to show off the curves but in the fairness of yoga journalism, I took one for the team. I put them to the ultimate test. I wore them to a sweat inducing Open Level class at Jivamukti in NYC, Russell Simmons was there ok??? I went with the lovely Mary from Om Bites. I was already sweating the first five minutes into the asana but my legs were feeling pretty good. The looseness at the bottom of the leggings enable me to fold them up to my knee without any tightness around the leg. The high waist is a definite plus as I'm always fidgeting with the back to make sure my underwear isn't showing. No worries with these leggings and the truth is, I didn't look bad in them at all! I'm a size 12, sometimes 14 depending on the store and a size L almost felt a little TOO big on me but I didn't want to chance it with a Medium. I would have taken a photo of myself modelling them but I sweated in them way too much to post on the internet but trust me, I was very happy with them and would gladly wear them again, curves and all!

As part of celebrating Yoga Month, all Even Keel products are 20% off from Sept 1-30, 2008. Use promotion code "NYM2008" at checkout. Offer valid only through EvenKeelYoga.com. Even Keel is also available at Jivamukti Yoga studios.



Iron Cupcake

2008-09-07T09:28:40.236-07:00

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Did you know that there was an Iron Cupcake challenge going on in the cyber world? If you are familiar with the show Iron Chef then you know the jist of what this is about, if not, a secret ingredient is announced..well it's not so secret I guess, but once announced you have 4 weeks to prepare a cupcake using this ingredient and post it on your blog. Of course there are some serious cupcake prizes involved!

The current ingredient: BASIL!

Its not too late to join in on the fun, visit Iron Cupcake!



Yoga in Pink Heels

2008-09-02T14:07:07.307-07:00

Are you familiar with Pink Heels? It is an online social networking group set out to help empower women through their personal and professional endeavors. I can't exactly remember how I had learned about them, but I get their e-newsletters and this month especially caught my eye as it mentioned a recent blog entry, Through Yoga, Pink Heels Was Born. It is a wonderful entry which can tell the story of many, myself included. The notion of achieving success on your own terms is especially encouraging.

The home practice is going well, slow and steady. I am enjoying the calm I feel afterward, even if it's temporary until I go back to my frazzled state again, all the more reason to practice more. Mary from Om Bites is in New York and we are trying to arrange a yoga date while she's here.



Home Practice #3

2008-08-21T19:32:41.358-07:00

Ok so I skipped a day, I'm entitled! :) I don't expect to practice every single day for the rest of my life. Baby steps. Today I got on the mat again and followed another YJ Home Practice which turns out, I didn't follow much at all. I went off the page in a completely different direction and that's ok. The practice was Iyengar based which consisted the use to props, blankets, chairs and I didn't want to go there so I did variations of the poses. I was feeling pretty solid so I did a series of inversions and standing poses like Warrior 3 and Standing Split. It felt wonderful and I was so refreshed after my meditation.

As great it is developing a home practicing and kind of finding my way, I do miss the community feeling a classroom environment. There is a YogaWorks one town over that I think I will go check out next week. I would love to at least go to one or two classes a week for the instruction and then practice at home and work on my meditation more.

On the subject of home practices, Gaiam has a Yoga Club 12 Week Home Practice.

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Home Practice # 2

2008-08-21T19:31:25.860-07:00

This morning was already busy with some errands I needed to run. By the time I was finished, I questioned if I wanted to still practice today. Then I figured I was already sweaty from the cleaning I just finished doing so sure why not? Doing the same thing I did yesterday, this time I went back and grabbed the August 2008 Yoga Journal and opened to the Home Practice.

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Warm Up: Other than cleaning the bathroom? 5 rounds of Sun Salutations and my Tree Pose to regain focus.

YJ Practice: I did follow step by step this time and not skip anything. For the lunges I held for five breaths, forward bends eight. As you can see it all led up to Hanumanasana which was difficult since I only have one block and for this pose I usually use two.

Fun Time: I kept it simple today with a couple of forearm stands against the wall. Once down, did a Full Wheel for backbend and Savasana. After Savasana I sat for about a minute which felt like the cherry on top of a sundae.

Total practice time today was 20 minutes. I'm glad I went ahead and squeezed this in. The time certainly goes fast once you get going. Cindy from Yoga and a Latte wrote a great entry, Why a Home Practice? that is definitely worth reading.

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Home Practice Day 1

2008-08-21T15:43:27.738-07:00

Alright, so I have struggled with having and maintaining a home practice since I first started doing Yoga. It has been two weeks since I've been home and away from a studio so I decided that today is THE day to get my butt in gear and do something about that. As an added incentive, I will chronicle my progress here for anyone who might be interested.

One of the problems I've had practicing at home, besides actually doing it, is what to do? I acknowledge now that I have thought about this a little too much which is no fun, thinking sucks. At my finger tips I have a couple of years worth of Yoga Journal issues and every issue has a "Home Practice" section, duh! I need to take advantage of this. I began with the most recent issue #213 (September 2008) which I will tell you what it entails in case you don't have it in just a moment. Let's see if I can remember what I did.

Warm up: 2 variations of Sun Salutations
-Downward Dog, plank, Chattarunga, Upward Dog, Downward Dog (5x)
-Standing Sun Salutation (5x)
-I like starting in Tree Pose because I really feel like it helps center my mind. Both sides for eight breaths.

YJ Practice: I didn't follow to the T, they were more like guidelines
-Baddha Konasana - YJ said hold for five minutes, I think I only did 1 minute
-Cowboy Negotiation Pose - I have never done this before but it feels wonderful if you have open hips. Five breaths on each side.
-Hammock Pose for eight breaths
-I skipped Horse Stance w/ Uddiyana Bandha, I just wasn't feeling an intense breathing exercise today.
-Virabhadrasana II on both sides for 10 breaths
-Transition into forward lunge externally rotating the arms behind you to open the chest. Five breaths on each side.
-A very awkward Rounded Plank Pose into Cobra for 10 breaths. For plank it says to "Draw your tailbone under and round your back as you bring your shoulders over your wrists". I think I was tucking my chin which made it feel funny.
-After Cobra is instructs to do "Rocket Cat" - what's with these names? Were there "Rockets" in India 5,000 years ago??? I digress.
-Finally came the "Slumpy Swami Twist" which is just that, a seat twist hunched over. Not recommended for people with lower back problems.

Fun Time: Now is where I get to play around with a couple of random poses
-Arm balance: Crow Pose
-Inversions: I tried a couple of times to kick up into Handstand but it wasn't happening today. It's been a while since I have done it. So instead I did a Headstand for 1 minute
-After I came down, I did only one Full Wheel just because I hate this pose and the way it makes my wrist feel but I still feel like I should do one pose I don't like.
-Finally Savasana for 5 minutes.

In total this turned into a 30 minute practice and I am feeling pretty good and accomplished. See you tomorrow!

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Cupcakes in Ice Cream

2008-08-08T10:26:55.267-07:00

Courtesy of Blondie & Brownie. Last month they posted about a Conecake sighting in midtown.

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Now my question to you is: Where the heck are the Treat Trucks when I'm in town??????

  • Treats Truck
  • Dessert Truck

    Do you have anything like this where you live?





  • Cupcakes from Juniors

    2008-08-05T13:35:29.151-07:00

    Think Juniors is famous just for their cheesecake? Check out these cupcakes on display at their Grand Central Station location. I confess that there have been days when I tried oh so very hard to walk past and not make a sharp u-turn to pick one up....and fail. The frosting is so overwhelming, the ratio is 80/20 frosting to cake!



    Tip Jar????

    2008-09-09T12:07:12.406-07:00

    WHAT IS THIS FOR?In the beginning of 2008, I accept a buyout from my 9 to 5 employer (sign of the times) and my last day was Friday, August 1st. Instead of being a Gloom & Doom Nelly, I'm using this time to pursue the things I enjoy the most and see where it takes me; making jewelry and blogging. Because this isn't the type of blog that has many flashy, animated advertisements (and I wish to keep it that way), I'm leaving a little tip jar for anyone who wishes to donate. No minimum has been set, 1 cent will make my day! Consider it a Cupcake Finding Fund, or a Caring Karma Kudos to the site. I would love to keep this blog going. I continue to be contacted by folks hoping to get a plug for a book, cd and I want to help as much as I can.So today is my first day of unemployment in over six years and right now I'm feeling pretty ok with it. I started the morning with a couple of Sun Salutations and standing poses just to get my joints to wake up a little. Then I went out for a little walk and enjoy the morning weather. I prefer the mornings when it is still quiet and cool out, not as crazy.[...]



    Flip Flops from a yoga mat

    2008-08-01T16:39:38.001-07:00

    From Threadbanger.com, it is a tutorial on How to make Flip Flops from an old Yoga Mat. The video is about 3 minutes long but it looks SO easy, that's about all the time you need really. Great idea! All you need is an old mat, a pair of scissors, and a glue gun. You can also find the clip on YouTube

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    Milk Chocolatey Meditation

    2008-07-26T06:46:40.910-07:00


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    There's a brand new CD out entitled “The Chocolate Meditation.”


    It is our bhakti yoga offering to the world…..chocolate and consciousness! As passionate chocolate-lovers, and inspirational teachers, we created “The Chocolate Meditation” to use the imagery of chocolate as a multi-sensory spa-like experience to provide balance and harmony in today’s fast-paced world.


    The CD is endorsed by one of the most recognized and honored yoga instructors in the U.S., Shiva Rea, and by an award-winning Food Network Challenge chef. The use of chocolate evokes a sense of playfulness and child-like joy, and, when combined with the ambient music and relaxing voice, creates a luxurious vacation from the frenetic pace of life.

    Even better, proceeds from the sales of The Chocolate Meditation, go toward a monumental peace project that is taking the makers across the country to offer satsang and healing meditation events to yoga studios, universities, churches, shelters, hospitals, and even prisons.

    The CD is in pre-sales right now, as the press release goes out next week, and it’s available on our web site: http://www.truedivinenature.com/, and digitally at: CD Baby, Amazon.com, and itunes.




    Flower Cupcake

    2008-07-17T13:26:01.772-07:00

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    There is a great tutorial on how to perfect this lovely flower pedal look for your cupcake over at My Sweet and Saucy There are some GREAT photos too!



    Darn those Weeds!

    2008-07-09T07:28:37.797-07:00

    I love to share the little stories that my teacher gives during class. Recently she compared yoga to weeding. Weeding, as in going through your garden and pulling out those pesky weeds. I don't know how many of you are gardeners, but this isn't something that gets taken cared of one time and you don't have to worry about weeds growing ever again. Once you pull the weeds from one spot, the next day you'll see them appear some place else, so you pull those out, the next day they're over here, now they're over there!! Ugh!!! How does this compare to yoga? It's very easy. One day we struggle doing a pose, the next it may come easy but we find another challenge instead. We feel something here, then we feel a pull there, or a cramp here. It's different every day.

    So don't be too hard on yourself when you can't do a handstand today (but I was able to do it yesterday!!) Every time we come to our mats is an opportunity to witness what is going on in our bodies and in our minds, sometimes we're not even aware of it until we're doing something like a Revolved Triangle. It's not something we plan or can anticipate. We may go to class feeling tired but all of the sudden perk up after a few Sun Salutations. So what if you're having a rough day, there's always tomorrow...or even better, there's always that next breath.



    Special offer from Gaiam

    2008-07-02T10:51:12.150-07:00

    I am really excited to annouce that Gaiam is offering a special promotion set up for just C&Y readers that will be valid until July 31st, 2008. 15% off any purchase $50 or more by entering code SSYB.

    Restrictions/Disclaimer
    Enter offer code at checkout Step 1: Billing in the Catalog Key Code / Web Code box located to the right side of the page. Not valid on previous orders, Go Zero tree donations, eGift certificates, select renewable energy items or combinable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

    They also just launched an innovative online yoga program, Gaiam Yoga Club with world-renowned instructors Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. This twelve-week program enables you to take a self-paced online class with these amazing teachers right in the comfort of your own home! The program features 9 online videos, and over 60 yoga and meditation podcasts, along with a community that members can share their experiences with. So there you have it, another option for practicing at home!




    Ice Cream Cupcake

    2008-06-09T10:52:18.890-07:00

    I am stuck right in the middle of a heatwave as I write this. It is time to think of ways to keep cool but kind of spoil yourself at the same time. Lo and behold!

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    I just discovered this today, but a couple of weeks back, Joy The Baker posted a great recipe for Ice Cream Cupcakes but remember, it's Summer so they're melt quick, eat up!