Faux Falafel Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Tzatziki

These falafel-style quinoa veggie burgers are brought to you in partnership with my friends Little Northern Bakehouse. As always opinions are 100 percent my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site and all my gluten-free vegan recipes possible!

I often get my inspiration from places rather than publications.

When I’m cooped up in my Brooklyn apartment for too many consecutive weeks I often find my cooking getting a little stale. You know, too many rotations of this or this.

But the second I step foot on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s like an invitation to experiment. What time I spend in the kitchen outside work can sometimes feel like an afterthought. But during the summertime on my favorite island, it’s the main event for my creativity.

Usually, I let what’s fresh at the seafood market be the cornerstone for the meal. But my dad has been making an effort to be even more plant-based than usual, so I took it upon myself this year to create a new quinoa veggie burger that is both low FODMAP (for me) and full of Middle Eastern flavors (for mom). 

The result were these falafel-like quinoa burgers with creamy tzatziki sauce.

Little Northern Bakehouse Buns

Though these veggie burgers are best crisped up in the oven to hone that falafel crunch, they are still perfect for summer entertaining. The batter makes 8 patties and since it’s completely plant-based, you can easily make the mixture a few days in advance of a party. They also freeze really well if you just want to have a homemade burger option on hand for when your vegan friends come to visit. 

As for the low FODMAP factor, you might be surprised to see these veggie burgers have a whole can of chickpeas involved. 1/4 cup of canned chickpeas is

7 Rose Quartz Beauty Products to Open The Heart Chakra

The soothing gemstone is known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.

7 Rose Quartz Beauty Products to Open The Heart Chakra

Rose quartz has been rocking the wellness scene for centuries. Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed with the stuff to harness its healing and anti-aging properties: stimulating circulation to deliver oxygen to the skin and clearing out tension, toxins, and impurities. The soothing gemstone is also known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.

  1. Dr. Brandt Neck Sculpting Cream with Rose Quartz Gua Sha, $95, drbrandtskincare.com 
  2. Aquarian Soul Rose Moon Tinted Lip Balm, $12, shopaquariansoul.com 
  3. Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller, $40, herbivorebotanicals.com 
  4. Glacce Crystal Elixir Water Bottle, $80, freepeople.com 
  5. Hellen Center Your Heart Bath Brew, $65, hellen.nyc 
  6. Pacifica Crystal Foam Sparkling Clean Face Wash, $10, pacificabeauty.com 
  7. Mama Malas Blissful Mala, $113, mamamalas.com

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A Yoga Therapist Shares The Truth About Trauma

Yoga therapist and psychologist Gail Parker, PhD, applies restorative practices in an innovative way to help people heal from racial wounds.

Gail Parker, PhD

Yoga Journal: Can you summarize your work?

Gail Parker: I’m a psychologist, a certified yoga therapist, and a yoga therapist educator. I am a lifelong practitioner of yoga. 50 years. As a practicing psychotherapist of 40 years, I pioneered efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance, and contribute to overall health and well-being.

I closed my psychotherapy practice four years ago, which allowed me to focus all of my attention on the therapeutic benefits of yoga, and in particular on how Restorative Yoga and meditation can be utilized and taught as self-care practices for managing ethnic and race based stress and trauma. I also teach mind-body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional trauma to aspiring yoga therapists in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in Royal Oak Michigan, the only hospital based yoga therapy school in the nation.

Yoga therapy is a type of therapy—grounded in the ancient philosophical teachings of yoga—that utilizes yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation as self-care strategies to improve mental and physical health and well-being.

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YJ: How do you apply this work to racial trauma (and can you define that term)?

GP: Ethnic and racial stress and trauma refer to the events related to real or perceived experiences of discrimination, threats of harm and injury, and humiliating and shaming events. The terms also apply to witnessing harm to other individuals caused by real or perceived race-related events.

Stress and trauma are stored in the body. Effective interventions involve physical engagement. Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that is not intrusive; …

Energy Medicine Yoga: This Variation on Cobra Pose Improves Circulation in the Subtle Body


Strengthen your subtle energy systems and step up blood flow with this variation from Lauren Walker.

Get both energy and blood flowing better through your body with a modified Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Here, Lauren Walker and Donna Eden—who co-teach our upcoming course, Energy Medicine Yoga—show you how to strengthen your subtle energy systems and step up your circulation with just a few simple additions to this yoga posture.

In YJ’s new online course, Energy Medicine Yoga: Transformation Through the Subtle Body, renowned energy healer and Eden Energy Medicine pioneer Donna Eden and Energy Medicine Yoga creator Lauren Walker lead an eight-week training that will shift longstanding patterns in your underlying energy, which affects your mind, body, and spirit. You will learn how to activate your innate healing for greater balance, vitality, and well-being. Find out more and sign up today!

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The Ultimate Amazon Prime Day Yoga Gear Wish List

Prime Day starts Monday, July 15 and runs through Tuesday, July 16. Here are the yoga essentials we’re hoping will be on deep discount.

Prime Day has quickly become one of the hottest shopping days of the year. But, this summer, Amazon is giving you two whole days to score mega sales online, and, in store, at Whole Foods

Discounts aren’t revealed until the sales go live on Monday, July 15, but you can start watching deals on your Amazon app right now. Here are two ways: go to “Today’s Deals” in the dropdown and and review “Upcoming.” Add items to your “Watching” list by tapping “Watch This Deal” to be alerted when it’s time to buy (make sure that your phone is set to enable notifications). Secondly, type “sneak peek” into your Amazon search bar and start scrolling, add any interesting deals to your watch list. Just remember, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to score these discounts.

Luxurious Mat: Manduka eKO Yoga Mat

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Class Carry-All: Ewedoos Yoga Mat Bag

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Perfect Props: Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block 2 Pack & Yoga Strap Set

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Sticky Towel: Shandali Hot Yoga Towel

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Bright, Sturdy Seat: Zafuko Foldable Meditation Cushion

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Budget Mat: TOPLUS Yoga Mat

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Shiny Pants: Alo Yoga Women’s High Waist Airbrush Legging

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Colorful Support: YogaAccessories Round Cotton Yoga Bolster

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Comfy Pants: prAna Cozy Up Pant

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Size-Inclusive Pants: Core 10 (XS-3X) ‘Spectrum’ Yoga High Waist Capri Legging – 19″

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Strappy Bra: Core 10 (XS-3X) Spectrum Longline Sports Bra

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Travel Mat: Gaiam Folding Travel Yoga Mat

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Cozy Cover-Up: Under Armour Women’s Modal Terry Open