Welcome Debra Steinhauer to McAllister Yoga Program

Welcome Debra Steinhauer to McAllister Yoga Program

Hi Yogis,

I would like to introduce you to Debra Steinhauer. She will be offering yoga classes at McAllister Center in 2013. She is a certified yoga teacher and practices yoga with me at McAllister Center.

Here’s a little bit about her:

Originally drawn to yoga as a way to quiet the mind, I’ve been studying and practicing yoga since 1997. In February 2012, I completed my yoga teacher training at All People Yoga Center in Indianapolis and am registered with Yoga Alliance. The style of yoga I teach blends the influences of the many wonderful teachers with whom I have studied.

She will be offering Beginner, All-Level, and Continuing yoga.  Please refer the the schedule page for more information

Peace and joy,




Yin/Yang Yoga Class Sat. 12/1 10am-12pm Morton Center

Hi Yogi,

Join us for a Yin/Yang Yoga Class.   Practicing Yin and Yang styles together complement each other. The long passive holds of a Yin practice help to prepare the body, mind and spirit for the more active Yang Practice.  We’ll end with another sweet Yin segment to soothe and calm the body, mind & spirit.
  • Sat. Dec. 1
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Morton Community Center.
Please call 765-775-5120 to reserve your spot.
Peace and Joy,

Thank You Yogis!

Thank you to our wonderful and generous yoga community for their donations to the Red Cross Disaster Relief.

We had a full house at our yoga class.  As always we want the benefits of our practice to ripple out beyond our mat into our community and out to the world.

Peace and Joy!





Donation Class Sat. 11/3/12

Hi Yogis,

Come join me on Sat. 11/3/12 from 10:00 – 11:15am for an All-Level yoga class at Morton Community Center.

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes, regardless of experience, fitness, or income level. Fees are by donation. The suggested donation would be appreciated, but if you are on a tight budget, just pay what you can afford. Please call the Morton office at 775-5120 to reserve your spot, if you are interested, since space is limited. Since donations will be collected in class, we will not be able to accept credit cards. Please make donations in cash or check made out to City of West Lafayette.

Peace and Joy

Yoga Reading – UBUNTU “I am because we are”

We could take a lesson from these children.

“An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)”

Lisa Nail -Celebrating 20 years as a Yoga Teacher

My mentor and friend, Lisa Nail, is celebrating 20 years teaching yoga.  She has been an inspiration to me both on and off the mat.

I’m looking forward to many more years of mat time and friendship with this gifted teacher.

Check out one of her classes at Morton Community Center. Visit yogabalancewl.com for her schedule. She has the best voice in yoga. Her shavasana is truly “yoga dessert”.

Check out the article in today’s (8/28/12) Journal & Courier.




Stability Quote

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.”

Tom Robbins

Protein Bars

Protein Bars

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005


  • 4 ounces soy protein powder, approximately 1 cup
  • 2 1/4 ounces oat bran, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3/4-ounce wheat germ, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ounces raisins, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 1/2 ounces dried cherries, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 ounces dried blueberries, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 1/2 ounces dried apricots, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package soft silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/2 cup packed
  • 2 large whole eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • Canola oil, for pan


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly coat with canola oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, oat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ, and salt. Set aside.

Coarsely chop the raisins, dried cherries, blueberries and apricots and place in a small bowl and set aside.

In a third mixing bowl, whisk the tofu until smooth. Add the apple juice, brown sugar, eggs, and peanut butter, 1 at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add this to the protein powder mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 205 degrees F. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Calories: 167
Total Fat: 5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Total carbohydrates: 23 grams
Sugar: 14 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Cholesterol: 18 milligrams
Sodium: 79 milligrams

Shari’s notes:  Might be a bit of an investment on ingredients but this is my third batch and I think I could easily make a couple more with them.  I cut these in small bars and keep some in my fridge and freeze the rest.   Also, no competition (just like in Yoga Class!) with Doug’s Cookies just another healthy snack option.

Check out http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/protein-bars-recipe/index.html for comments and variations from others


Doug’s Cookies

Whole wheat-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies – AKA – Doug’s Cookies


1 ¼ cups    whole wheat flour
2 ¾ cups    quick-cooking oats
½ cup        whole flax seeds
½ cup        brown sugar
2 tsp        baking soda
1 tsp        ground cardamom
1 tsp        ground cloves
1 tsp        ground cinnamon


3 cups of    raisins, dates,
apricots, blueberries,
cranberries, etc.
(or any mixture
of these).


1 cup    water
3 oz    prunes
2 tsp    lecithin
2    egg whites
1    whole    egg
1 tsp    vanilla

1. Thoroughly blend dry ingredients except raisins

2. Puree prunes with water, lecithin, eggs and vanilla

3. Mix dry ingredients with pureed ingredients

4. Mix in raisins or other fruit

Bake at 375oF for ~20 minutes.    Makes about 60 cookies