Eat for Your Health: Recipes from my Bulgarian Yoga Retreat

Last month I had the pleasure of going on the most rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat at the Bakyovo Retreat Center outside of Sofia, Bulgaria.  The weekend was filled with good company, self-reflection, healthy movement (ashtanga and yin yoga and hiking), meditation, laughter, relaxation and nourishing food.  It was the perfect addition to my month of rejuvenation in Bulgaria. Fortunately Albina, the chef at Bakyovo Retreat Center was kind enough to share some of her delicious recipes from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Move For Your Health: Yoga in Cancer Care

I spent 7 years working as an oncology nurse practitioner and have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects a cancer diagnosis elicits; for the person facing the diagnosis as well as loved ones.  Learning about any cancer diagnosis is psychologically distressing and the accompanying treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are both physically and mentally arduous.  Side effects following the completion of treatment may leave you frustrated, scared, angry and feeling as if you're a stranger in your own body. As if a tornado picked you up and spit you out, your mind and body whirl in contemplation of past experiences, prognosis, future events and a fight for remission.  That's probably an understatement.  No, definitely an understatement, which is why self-care during and after cancer treatment is crucial to help prevent and better manage treatment related side effects, facilitate healing and help navigate that inevitable emotional rollercoaster.

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