A Great Thinker

Every time I read any work by Jane Jacobs I am struck by her ability to describe the systems of our world so clearly.  She has written about architecture, urban theory, sociology, public policy and so much more.  She was an activist in every sense of the word, living her life true to her beliefs and values.  In my mind she was a true yogi.  Jane Jacobs once wrote, “The precept ‘know thyself’ includes knowing the scales with which one weighs actions and attitudes in the great world of work outside oneself.” She asks us to take responsibility for understanding our biases and prejudices and how these influence our actions with the world around us.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities  by Jane Jacobs

The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs

Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs

Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs

Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics by Jane Jacobs




Sometimes what is a small gesture of kindness on our part can make a world of difference to someone else.  It is my belief that within the yama of ahimsa (yogic moral guideline of non-violence) one will find compassion, kindness and generosity.  By practicing ahimsa in all it’s many depths and manifestations the world not only becomes a better place but our lives grow fuller and more joyful.

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Pranayama Smiles

Today I spent all day at a Pranayama workshop.  I feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach what I love.   Fellow Shanti staff member, Lori Tindall, and I were all smiles.

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 5:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Food and Depression

My friend and fellow yogi, Lori Tindall, is a wealth of knowledge.  With her Masters in Holistic Nutrition, I know she has the information I need to help me figure out what to eat.  OK, some of you may think duh, what do you mean “figure out what to eat”, but I must admit that I find this one of the biggest challenges in my life.

Having a mental illness means having to pay special attention to all aspects of self-care.  Of particular importance is nutrition, for what is more personal than what me take into our bodies.  I thought some of you may also find Lori a useful resource. Below you will find an excerpt from her monthly newsletter (including a tasty recipe) and her contact information.

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”~Edward Stanley

Please feel free to email Lori with any of your questions at: LDTindall@gmail.com

Holistic Nutrition
Did you know…….
Several nutritional related causes of depression:

  • suboptimal nutrition
  • disturbed blood sugar balance
  • lack of omega 3 fats
  • low serotonin
  • over production of histamine
  • adrenal exhaustion
  • food allergies/sensitivities
  • hypothyroidism
  • hormone imbalances

95% of serotonin is manufactured in the gut. Heal the digestive tract & improve liver function! The liver is the most overworked organ some of what is does: breaks down many hormones (including testosterone, estrogen etc.), regulates blood sugar levels, processes all food, nutrients, alcohol, caffeine, drugs/medications, etc. A liver can lose as much as 70% of its capability and not show diagnosable liver disease. If the liver functions are not working ideally, or it’s toxic load is too high, free radicals can build up in the body and cause additional oxidative stress–thereby increasing the nutritional requirements substantially. To learn more & schedule a consultation, email me at: LDTindall@gmail.com.

Lori’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

This was a hit at a “foody’s” house party….

Steam or roast 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of cauliflower heads, tender but still a little firm, set aside. Mash & chop fresh garlic (1-2 tablespoons) and set aside to “rest”.
Saute 2-4 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil, 1 red onion, dash of sea salt to help to sweat the onion, then add 1 1/2 (+) tablespoons curry, red pepper flakes to taste, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander. Then add garlic, 1/4-1/3 c. of apricot or peach preserves, juice of 1 lime, fresh herbs (1-2++ tablespoons) chives or cilantro, add cauliflower and toss. Garnish with cashews or sunflower seeds, and gomashio. YUM!

Please feel free to email with any of your questions etc. at: LDTindall@gmail.com

Published in: on October 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NAMI Walk brings out hundreds for mental illness awareness

Video & Article Link: <a href=”http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/NAMI-Walk-brings-out-hundreds-for-mental-illness-awareness-130915483.html

Article by Justin Corr can be found on it’s original website at the above link.

Below I have included just a few excerpts from the article.

BOISE — Eight hundred people gathered in downtown Boise Saturday morning to bring more awareness to a problem that affects Idahoans, their families, and their communities. It’s a problem they said is often misunderstood.
Angela Bryson has had her own battles with bipolar disorder, but was helped through by NAMI. “Externally, they might be putting on a good show, but if you’re sensing something is not quite right, and you can be of some help, definitely, stepping forward can change somebody’s life,” Bryson said.
“Whatever someone needs to feel better, that’s what they should do,” says Campbell. “Talk about it, get the help they need, and their recovery is very, very possible and very hopeful.”
As the biggest ever NAMI Walk came to a close, organizers hoped that awareness of mental illness, and the importance of treating it, will only grow.   If you’re looking for more information on NAMI, click here.


Tomorrow morning I will be rising earlier than usual to join others in the NAMI Walk.  Not much will get me out of bed before 10:00am on a Saturday (or any day :)) but joining with others to show solidarity and fight stigma is well worth it.

Photo courtesy of NAMI

I will be walking with the Region IV Stigma Stompers and would love to have you join us.  Even if you can’t join us you may consider making an online donation.  Below you will find all of the information you may need or you can visit the NAMI Walk website directly www.nami.org/walk

NAMI Boise

NAMIWalks, Changing Minds … One Step at a Time, celebrates hope! NAMIWalks’ momentum is unstoppable! NAMIWalks brings together 750 participants walking shoulder to shoulder in support of children and adults living with mental illnesses and their families.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Cross of Idaho will be providing free depression screenings, and the Saint Alphonsus mobile mammography unit and Lion’s Mobile Screening Unit will both be at our walksite offering free screenings beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 noon. Please bring your used glasses, glass cases, and hearing aids for donation to the Lion’s Sight & Screening Foundation.

On October 1st, take your first step along with 749 others to raise the public’s awareness of mental illness and break down the stigma surrounding it.

Happenings at Albertsons/SUPERVALU headquarters–With a festival atmosphere, the walk site at 250 East Parkcenter Boulevard will feature Mac Daddy’s Mobile Music and free food and water. Create signs and get your face painted in the kid’s tent. The Speedy Foundation will kick-off the walk!

The proceeds of NAMIWalks will be used to: 1) provide free education classes to families in the Treasure Valley; 2) facilitate support groups for people with mental illness and their families; 3) conduct an anti-stigma campaign; 4) advocate for improved education, employment, housing, and community services; and 5) promote resiliency and recovery for children and adults living with mental illnesses.

Walk with us on October 1, 2011, and Change Minds … One Step at a Time.

Please Mail Matching Gifts and Offline Donations To:NAMI-Boise
4696 W. Overland Rd., Ste. 274
Boise, ID 83705
Location: Start at 250 Parkcenter Blvd.
Boise, ID
Date: October 1, 2011
Distance: 1, 3, 5 K
Check-in: 9:00 am
Start Time: 10:00 am

For more information about this event, please contact:

Carla Young, NAMI-Boise Walk Manager
Phone: (208) 376-4304
FAX: (208) 376-9029

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Angela Davis my Namesake

I just returned home from a visit with my family.   It is heartbreaking to now live so far from them.  When I say ‘far from them’ I am not only referring to geographical distance, but also lifestyle.  It is challenging to connect to those we love when they live so differently from ourselves.  I find it is of utmost importance to celebrate whatever has brought them happiness and joy.

Visiting with my family and spending time in my old hometown also made me think about my roots and beginnings.  Those of you that know me now might be surprised to hear that I was not a very happy child.  My mental health was always a challenge.  Bi-polar made it particularly difficult to ever have a strong sense of identity.

Luckily, with age, experience and proper treatment of my bi-polar I have come to discover my authentic self.  I finally feel able to be a strong woman with the ability to defend what I believe in.  These are the same characteristics I am so proud of in my parents.  Every year I discover more about them that I am not only proud of, but also intrigued by.  I think it says a lot that my mother named me after Angela Davis. “Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author.” Many of you probably will recognize her for her amazing hair!  I know I will never have the hair, but I will do my best to have her passion and determination.



Published in: on September 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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iPhone Addiction?

Yogi gone wild....

I spent years as a technophobe.  I was practically a Luddite, ready to smash machines and only use what I could make by hand!  I am currently writing this post on the first and only computer I have ever purchased.  Well, with that said…I have to admit that I have totally given up the fight.  Some might even say I have ‘drank the kool-aid‘ without looking back. (by the way how did Kraft ever come up with that strange name for a drink mix?)  I would like to hear your opinions.  How do you determine when too much ‘connectivity’ is too much?  When do you find that smartphones, computers, televisions, etc. have become an unhealthy buffer between you and the world in your immediate presence?



Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Therapeutic Yoga Class

Tomorrow is the first class of Yoga for Life’s new Therapeutic Yoga class.  I look forward to seeing the class grow and would love to see you there.  This restorative yoga class will include supported postures, breath awareness exercises and guided meditation.  The sequencing, pace and tone of the class is specifically designed for those who are in the process of healing or have ongoing health challenges. This class is perfect for those with Fibromyalgia, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Arthritis, Asthma, other autoimmune diseases or in recovery from illness or surgery.  It is recommended that you consult your physician previous to starting and during class always listen to and respect your body.

Location: Yoga for Life

Time: 5:30-6:30pm Fridays

Cost: Punch Card: 10 classes for $75.00,  Unlimited Yoga classes for $60.00/Month, Walk-ins: $10.00 per class

Free Kid’s Yoga

Saturday, May 28 · 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Settlers Park, Meridian

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class will be next to the musical instruments at 1 pm please bring a mat if you have one…..ages 5+ if younger parent can practice with with/next to them, No experience necessary!
Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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