Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Journey to the Heart

Ahhhhhhh yoga saved my life again today. =)

Just when I thought I hit the wall and was going to have to break the rules and lay down for awhile, I plugged in a Yoga to the People online class and just took out all my exhaustion and anxiety on my mat. The classes are all 60 minutes in length (I did number one today but have tried them all) but when the class was over, I kept my practice up for an extra 15 minutes or so doing my own sequence of three full wheels (10 breathes each), headstand, shoulderstand, plow pose and finally savasana and some seated meditation listening to my “relaxing music”. This was the cd that Kishan played all last weekend during my yoga workshop and now that I have downloaded it from itunes, I’m hooked. I don’t have any other music like this at all, but its so relaxing and just makes me want to stretch in downward facing dog.

After yoga I felt like a new person. My mom and I were talking the other day and we both wondered how in the world we survived without it! It is such a saving grace. For dinner I made some simple malsoor dal and had it with half a whole grain naan and a salad made with arugula, tomato and blue cheese with Annie’s woodstock dressing on top.



Malsoor Dal

Serves 2

1/2 cup dry red lentils

1 3/4 cup water

1/4 cup minced onion

1/2 cup diced tomatoes (I used a canned kind)

1/8th tsp turmeric

1/4th tsp garam masala

1 tsp sea salt

1/4th tsp powdered ginger

pinch hot pepper flakes

In a large pot, combine all ingredients except for garam masala and turmeric. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat, add the remaining spices, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils have soaked up all the liquid. Serve with hot naan bread or basmati rice on the side.

And you know it——warm rice pudding with cinnamon for dessert:


Tonight I’m taking a different approach to falling asleep. I am not going to even get in my bed until 7:30 and then read for 1 hour before turning off my lights. Last night I was so focused on having to get to bed asap and then I couldn’t fall asleep because I just dwelled on it to the point of a panic attack. Since I have had less than 8 hours sleep combined in the past two nights, I SHOULD be more than ready tonight. If not, I guess I’ll just catch up on my sleep tomorrow night since I don’t work Friday, Saturday or Sunday due to graduation.

I hope everyone has a lovely humpnight and I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon!

Here’s a quote from my little daily meditation book I read. I thought it was very fitting—

“Be sensitive to the changes both subtle and dramatic around you—-and in you. Give yourself time and freedom to adapt to these changes and figure out what they mean to you. Give yourself time to catch up. Be gentle with yourself. Listen to your needs. Let yourself adapt to the changes that are right for you.”

Its from “Journey to the Heart” by Melody Beattie. I LOVE this little book. I ordered it off amazon a couple years ago when I had a yoga instructor quote from it and the quote was just so beautiful and touching that I knew I needed the book myself. For some reason, her writing is such a comfort to me and I look forward to reading a passage written by her every night before bed. I highly recommend it!

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  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I have that devotional! My mom gave it to me, and it seems like I always find fitting readings in my life when I need it the most. Seems like that happened to you too!

    I don’t know how you couldn’t have a more restful evening, between your reading, dinner, yoga and comforty dessert! Sleep well!

  • Meg
    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing that quote. I have read several things by Melody Beattie and I just lover her!

  • Fitness Surfer
    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I was sick last week and did a 60min stretching sequence, after my trainer recommended it to help my immune system. I immediately felt better, and healthier, and more energized. I followed thru with plenty of water.

    I think tonight after i put the kids down I’ll do one of my Yoga journal videos their quite the workout, but very calming, energizing, and all the other great yoga stuff. Thanks for sharing your yoga experiences with us.

  • Maggie
    January 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    My mom and I say the same thing to each other all the time. Aren’t those TttP podcasts awesome?? I just found them 🙂

  • Mel
    January 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks awfully good!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing that quote – so fitting for your situation. Listen to your body. Might take a while, but you will adapt to your new schedule. I think your plan of reading for a while in bed is a good idea.

    Yoga + Naan + warm rice pudding = a good day! 🙂

  • Julie
    January 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    That’s a wonderful quote. It fits your situation to a t. I hope you get a good nights sleep tonight, you need it!!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Yoga + Dal = life is good 🙂 And THANK YOU for sharing that quote!!

  • Sharon
    January 14, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful day you had! Hope you have a good night’s sleep tonight! Rest!

  • HangryPants
    January 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    First, what a great quote. I am guilty of quick reactions without taking the time to think and feel everything about a situation. Wonderful.

    Second, I wish I enjoyed Yoga to the People, but I found it really lacking in direction. Does it get easier to follow? I am pretty familiar with the names of poses and positioning, but that wasn’t the problem. It was more that the instructor would just not give any kind of real guidance for what to do.

  • kristen
    January 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    That looks delicious!! Do you have the recipe for the rice pudding?

    • jenna
      January 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm


      The recipe is a la kozy shack. They are the best and super gourmet 😉 haha


      Hmmmmmm you think? I actually never got that vibe. I really like those classes because its sort of just like being in a class! I would suggest yogadownloads if you want more guidance…they are pretty good about it!

  • caroline
    January 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    My instructor reads at random from the same book! It’s incredible!

  • K
    January 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Great quote, Jenna! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Thank you SO much for the recipe, it sounds so easy!

  • Leslie
    January 14, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Good luck with the sleeping! I am the same way… when I used to get up super early for a job I would stress out about falling asleep the night before because I knew I had to be up so early. After awhile I adjusted though, so I’m sure you’ll get into the swing of things!

  • Erin
    January 14, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I read a quote from Jack Kornfield’s “Buddah’s Little Instruction Book” every morning and night before bed. It give me something to meditate on when I am dozing off or waking. It’s such a good idea to begin and end each day with a positive thought:)

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    January 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Your yoga talk is so tempting, really. I need to learn how to stop moving all the time! Maybe I’ll try one of those free downloads this weekend.

  • Ashley
    January 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Great quote jenna! and that rice pudding looks delicious… i’ve never tried it before, but you are making me verrrryyyy interested 🙂

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    January 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing that quote, Jenna. That actually really, really hit me hard! I posted the same quote on my blog today, mainly so I’ll have it nearby to remind myself. 🙂 Thanks again!

    Hope you’re sleeping better tonight!

  • Shelby
    January 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm


    I really like the recipe, do you think it would work with regular green lentils? I don’t have any red right now and I want to make this soon!

  • Sarah
    January 14, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    mmm i love indian! can’t wait to try your recipe!

  • LaughingLindsay
    January 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Girl…

    Quick question in light of yoga.. We have a studio here in Denver that will be holding a retreat that sounds similar to yours. It is pretty intense and requires quite a bit of a time commitment, like yours did.
    Question is, it’s almost $700 for Friday night, all day Sat, all day Sun. Does that sound about right? That’s just pretty huge investment. I’m a little nervous. What do you think?

  • CR
    January 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Someone may have already suggested this – I don’t have time to look through all the comments (gotta get to sleep myself!) – but I wanted to suggest that you turn your clock around before you go to sleep so that you can’t see the time. Or even put it on the floor or something. I’ve struggled for a long time with waking up numerous times in the middle of the night. Glancing at the clock and keeping tabs on the time would always make me WAY more anxious and unable to sleep. I read in several magazines to turn the clock around – and I did – and it TOTALLY helped. Give it a try!

  • Ali
    January 14, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I hope you are sleeping soundly right now. I am a total night owl and have the worst time falling asleep ever. But I just wanted to tell you that I finally caught up with your blog today after having a crazy hectic weekend, and I LOVED learning about your yoga sessions. So much interesting information… thanks for passing it along!
    Hope the new job is still fabulous!

  • emily
    January 14, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    On the same theme as your post, I don’t think you read my blog so I wanted to let you know here, after I read your yoga story I felt really inspired and I actually tried another class at Crunch and LOVED it! I’m so sore I can barely walk and I’m still smiling every time I think about how fun it was. Thanks for being a good influence.

  • Marissa
    January 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yummy! I love arugula!

  • Elise
    January 14, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I tagged you on my blog!!!!!!

  • Beadie
    January 15, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Wow, Jenna, that quote really speaks to me today. Thanks for posting that, I need to get that book.

  • fitforfree
    January 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Love the quote. hope you got some rest!

  • brandi
    January 15, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I hope the new sleep schedule works for you – it sounds like a good plan!

    Thanks for posting that quote – I’ll have to look for that book.

  • Rebecca
    January 15, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Aww, I hope you you were able to get a lot of sleep!!!

  • A
    January 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    How many servings does the Dal recipe make?

    • jenna
      January 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm


      2 🙂


      Ughhhh??!! That sounds odd to me unless its something where you are actually staying there and they are feeding you all your meals. I think you could actually go to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica for that amount! The total cost of my workshop was only $100……if that gives you some sort of idea. For $700, you could just about get certified to teach yoga yourself! haha


      Sure but it won’t be as “creamy” aka thick. Red lentils turn sort of to mush when you cook them whereas green and black lentils keep their shape. It would be an interesting variation!

  • SandyS
    January 15, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Hi Jenna

    I just read the other day that we shouldn’t put an electric clock/radio anywhere near us when sleeping because it is supposed to interfere with our sleep!I am guessing you prob already knew that, but I didn’t and I ahve had my mini clock radio alarm plugged in beside my bed for YEARS!Better switch to battery clock huh? Too bad ’cause i love switching on radio in bed to catch weather etc before rising…

    I just love your yoga thoughts, quotes, recipes and outlook. To be honest I am very surprised because you seem very free although you are big into bible study.Refreshing to see,because unfortunately the people I have met that are into their bibles don’t have the same broad views as you.It has opened my eyes to not judge people so much or to stereotype.
    But I would have never guessed you were a bible studying,Jessica Simpson music listening and Republican !Yo are a fascinating and DIVERSE person(and we only get to seea tiny part of you through a blog!)

  • Allison K.
    January 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    ooh! That recipe looks amazing. I’m going to try it next week.

  • Nicole
    January 16, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Good luck with the sleep tonight!

  • Melissa
    January 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for this recipe, it looks yummy! I will have to try it this next week.

  • Megan
    June 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This is way after your post, but I thought it might help anyone that stumbles on your recipe (I found it on Good base (I liked that I didn’t need to add broth)! I added a clove of garlic, ground coriander, and more garam masala. Additionally, I cooked the onions and garlic in olive oil first.

    August 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    actually, it called masoor dal, not malsoor.