Happy or Bust!

It is taking over the Internet. It is creeping across the walls at yoga studios. It is infesting the TV and books that we consume. And we are pouring time, money and energy into catching it: HAPPINESS!

The signal pulsing the following message at us is becoming oppressive: If you are not happy, something is wrong with you.
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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Albondigas-Lentil Soup

Today’s quick and easy recipe is loaded with protein, veggies and is paleo (well, almost).

For lunch, I wanted something to really fill me up after a good workout, so needed a wide range of nutrients in my meal. That means it needed to have a lot of protein, a good amount of carbohydrates and some healthy fats. After working out I’m big on eating a full meal, I find that this helps reduce muscle soreness the next day and helps my muscles grow lean and strong.

Here’s what you’ll need in order to make this meal which will last you 3-4 servings;

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos I: The Social Rules of Yoga

In last week’s blog Yoga: Expectations and Assumptions I discussed our mind’s tendency to set preconceived notions around future events or people and how doing so dilutes our experiences and pulls us out of the present moment.  Today, I’d like to go further into assumptions around a modern yoga practice.  Many years ago my friend Brian and I would go to yoga class together then head out to Newport Beach for “Taco Tuesday”.  At the time we were new to yoga and to the preconceived notions of how a yoga practitioner should eat, behave and live.  We didn’t see anything wrong with going to yoga then eating tacos and having some beers (and I still don’t). The apparent hypocrisy to some didn’t even cross our minds until one of our serious yogi friends said: “What the heck are you guys doing, yogis don’t eat tacos!”

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.