Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parks on Tap: Paine Skatepark

Parks on Tap travels back to the Schuyllkill River this week! Join Anisha at Paine Skatepark for yoga on August 27th at 12pm! The yoga class is "pay what you can" and stick around afterwards for food and drink specials for all yoga participants!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Blue Lagoon

So don't get me wrong, I still love my daily green smoothie and will not be retiring it anytime soon, however, lately I have been itching to switch up my smoothie game and maybe add a new seasonal one into the rotation.

Well, I've found it, mostly just because it looks great! Right? Also, it sounds delicious! This smoothie, named the Blue Lagoon by the folks over at Broma Bakery, is a blend of greek yogurt, blue-green algae, blueberries, chia seeds, and coconut.

What's your favorite smoothie recipe?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yoga Pose of the Week: Reclined Lunge

reclined lunge (eka pada sukha balasana)
(from reclined mountain)
  • Bend left knee to chest, interlace fingers around left foot - shin vertical. Flex foot. Straighten arms.
  • Stay here or bend elbows and bring left knee to floor outside torso (more doable: bend right knee).
  • Press hands, top foot together.
  • Squeeze left hip, right inner thigh toward each other.
  • Tighten glutes, lift tailbone, tone abdomen.
  • Press right heel down, in.
  • Lift chest, stretch spine.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Parks on Tap: Penn Treaty Park

This week Parks on Tap heads north to Penn Treaty Park! Join Chae this week on August 20th at noon for 60 minutes of vigorous alignment focused yoga! All classes are pay what you wish! See ya there!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My blackberry bush has been wildly prolific this Summer so, I've been on a constant search for delicious blackberry recipes and can't wait to try this one that I just found posted on Cup of Jo today! Doesn't this just look scrumptious?

Blackberry Crumble Bars
By Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery

Serves 9

You’ll need:

For the blackberry jam:
16 ounces blackberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the bar:
1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup old-fashioned oats

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the blackberries, sugar and water for 15 minutes. Mash the blackberries as they cook to help them break down. You know the mixture is ready when it resembles the texture of jam and pulls away from the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350F and line a square 8-inch glass pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract for another minute.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture, along with oats, into the wet ingredients.

Place half of batter into prepared pan, spreading to the edges. Add a dollop of blackberry jam. Break remaining oatmeal batter into pieces and place over jam. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the bars comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Yoga Pose of the Week: Triad

triad (triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana)
(from staff)
  • Lean to left hip, bend right knee and hold right ankle with right hand. Place right heel against right hip. Point right foot and place top of right foot and shin on floor. Point right knee straight ahead.
  • Bring inner right heel against outer right hip; point foot (more doable: sit up on a block with inner edge of foot against block).
  • Bring hands to floor next to hips, torso upright.
  • Flex left foot.
  • Stay here, or hold left foot with both hands; straighten arms, look straight ahead (more doable: bend left knee, bring thigh and torso together).
  • Stay here, or bring chin, tip of nose to shin; point elbows out (more difficult: hold back of one hand with the other - point palms out).
  • Round back evenly.
  • Before folding forward, the low back must curve in. If the low back is rounding even slightly, keep torso upright; do not fold forward.
  • Tone left thigh, tighten kneecap.
  • Press straight leg down; make thigh heaviest part of pose.
  • Press hands, foot together.
  • Tone abdomen.
  • Extend elbows out.
  • Stretch spine.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Parks on Tap: Playing Angels

Come practice yoga along the peaceful Schuylkill River this Saturday, August 13th at noon! Caitlin will lead the group through a 60 minute balancing and invigorating vinyasa practice! After, stay for a drink and/or a snack!