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Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce by Veronica & Dave

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This works great for a delicious lunch or dinner. It may seem like a lot of steps, but this is actually fairly easy to make. Feel free to experiment with the spring roll and peanut sauce ingredients. This recipe makes 8 spring rolls, which is good for 2-3 servings.

Ingredients for spring rolls:

8 Spring roll wrappers
1 cup rice or 8 oz. rice noodles, cooked and cooled to room temperature
1 cucumber or carrot, peeled and sliced into thin strips
½ sliced avocado
¼ cup of fresh cilantro or parsley
8 oz. firm or extra firm tofu
High heat oil such as olive or avocado

Ingredients for peanut sauce:

¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar (may substitute rice vinegar)
1 tsp powdered ginger
¼ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp warm water

Directions for Spring Rolls:

Cut tofu into 8 slices roughly ¼-inch thick. Press tofu slices between multiple layers of paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Pour oil into a medium-sized skillet to roughly a ⅛-inch depth and heat on medium. Once oil is hot (not smoking), add tofu slices. Cook tofu until golden brown on one side (roughly 4 minutes), then flip to cook other side in the same manner. Once cooked, remove tofu from pan and allow to drain on paper towels.

Soften a spring roll wrapper by submerging it in warm water for 10-15 seconds. Lay the wrapper on a cutting board, and place a portioned amount of each of the spring roll ingredients in the middle of the wrapper. Wrap the ingredients by folding the bottom up, then the sides, and then roll it away from you to close the wrapper. Repeat for other 7 spring rolls. The wrapping technique takes some practice, and it may be helpful to watch a video of how it’s done before you try it:

Delicious Date-Nut Balls by Veronica, adapted from a recipe in Eat Taste Heal: An Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living

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Delicious Date-Nut Balls

These date-nut balls are great snack and a delicious way to add some protein to your diet! This recipe makes 10-15 balls, depending on the size.


⅓ cup blanched almonds
⅓ cup shelled walnuts
⅓ cup sunflower seeds
10 pitted dates, preferably Medjool
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp powdered ginger (optional)
¼ tsp vanilla

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until it’s thick. Put the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for an hour. Using a spoon or disher, form the mixture into bite-size balls and place them on a plate or tray. Enjoy!

My True You Hot Yoga Experience

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Hi, I’m Will Phung. I’m a Sacramento-based educator, digital storyteller, adventurist, and most importantly, lifelong learner. I wrote this blog to tell you about my experience at True You Hot Yoga.

I first learned of Bikram Yoga in 2010 when one of my high school classmates raved about the new studio that had opened in Stockton. She enthusiastically recalled the hot temperatures, deep stretches, and took pride in the fact that she “felt like she was a pig sweating out all of her fat.” My interest was piqued.

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Can I do Yoga if I am not Flexible?

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You may have a few concerns about whether or not yoga is right for you. Flexibility being one of them. But flexibility is not a prerequisite to beginning a yoga practice. And good news, you are not the only one that might be wondering whether or not you can do yoga if you are not flexible. The short answer to this question is: Yes, you can do yoga if you are not flexible. If this is one of the reasons holding you back from beginning a yoga practice, I would like to share with you why beginning a yoga practice might be just right for you.

Flexibility is important for your mobility as you age.

According to the Harvard Health Letter, stretching regularly is important for our "mobility and independence" in the long run. By stretching you are keeping "the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy". We need flexibility to maintain range of motion for our joints, otherwise our muscles may "shorten and become tight". Without maintaining our range of motion, we put our bodies "at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage." "For example, sitting in a chair all day results in tight hamstrings in the back of the thigh. That can make it harder to extend your leg or straighten your knee all the way, which inhibits walking."

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True You

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Hello! Welcome! If you're reading this, it probably means that you're interested in beginning a yoga (or pilates) practice. Let me just say for all of us at True You, we are thrilled, and so grateful to be accompanying you on your journey to better health! We wanted to put together a little something to help you prepare for your first few classes at the studio, and to overall give you a better understanding of what exactly you're getting yourself into!

Let's start with the basics...

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The Top 3 Reasons to Practice Hot Yoga in Fall

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In the past couple of weeks you've probably noticed a shift—the temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting slightly shorter. It's officially Fall and with the changes in temperature and daylight, our environment is also drier and windier. These conditions not only affect what you decide to wear, but they also affect your body and mind. It's common to get aches in your joints, to become constipated, and to feel anxious or depressed. The good news is that, your yoga practice is here to support you through all of this!

Here are the top three reasons to practice in the Fall:

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Week 11: Live Your Yoga with Svadhyaya

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Good Morning Everyone and Happy Last Week of Pure Vida...

This week is about "Self Study." This subject is near and dear to me. When I look back on all my years of wanting to improve myself, I lead myself to believe that Self Improvement was Self Study. At this point, however, I feel they are quite different indeed.

To truly know yourself is a difficult task. It is so easy to lie to ourselves about what our personal truth is, but as the old saying goes: "The truth will set you free." In a society where so many are still trying to be good and trying so hard to present themselves as good, the idea of self-study gets lost in translation.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing in this whole wide world worth more than trying to be good, but no one learns by doing things right all the time. So why do we cherish being right the way we do? Is it that we do not want to own up to the dark sides of ourselves? Is it because we are afraid we cannot be dark, wrong, or different in our society? Or do we feel that being wrong is wrong indeed?

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Week 10: Live Your Yoga with Ishvara Pranidhana

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This week is about Surrender. In many ways I have no right to write about surrender and in many ways I have completely earned the right to write about it. I have this little rule: "You cannot teach what you have not experienced." I am not sure I am your teacher here, but nonetheless the rule still applies. Surrender has been a very tough subject for me to live. Being a recovering control freak, I am the epitome of non-surrender. For me learning to surrender hinges on trust and allowing my circumstances to be dictated by God. When we are young we are in the back seat while God is driving. Eventually we get to be in the front seat not to drive, but to get a front seat view as a passenger. One might think being a passenger is too passive, but living in a state of surrender is about knowing you’re better off letting your higher power drive.

My teacher used to always say to me if you get out of the way, "God will create circumstances that you could not have dreamed of." When we get in the way, we can alter and screw up the very blessings that were meant to come our way. Forcing, rushing, and manipulating God’s plans for us because we believe our two cents are needed, or to insure we get our way.

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Week 9: Live Your Yoga with Tapas

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This week’s assignment is about Self-Discipline. Yes, the everyday you gotta do what you gotta do self-discipline, but also so much more. We are talking about the self-discipline that not only gets the job done, but also refines and redefines you along the way. This is the type of self-discipline that defines the quote "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen". Of course, this crowd does not get out of the kitchen. We stand in our fire knowing full well what the fire was made for...transformation.

For a Yogi to "show up on the mat" is so much more than a few hours away from home. It is to offer ourselves to something a little grueling at times so that we may become a higher version of ourselves. Our practice does not need to be grueling everyday, it can be rather fun and adventurous for sure, but either way it should be done with self-discipline in mind. Stepping on our mats is an investment in our future. We are investing in the only home we will ever really have, mind and body.

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To the courageous and inquisitive: True You Hot Yoga is the healthy commitment that teaches discipline is the pathway to freedom.

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