Collard Greens & Red Quinoa Fried Rice

I know it’s Fall but I haven’t gone all “root vegetable, squash this and soup that” just yet. There are still beautiful fresh greens to be found, albeit the heartier type. Enter Collard Greens.

I whipped together this quick fried rice for lunch post Hatha class the other day and it’s an instant winner. It’s great as a side or serve as a main dish for dinner. And, with the addition of red quinoa, it packs a powerful nutritional punch.

Happy Fall and enjoy!

2-3 cups leftover brown rice (I used an organic basmati rice)

1 cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions

1/2 bunch collard greens, chopped

1-2 scallions, chopped (green parts too)

1 large clove garlic, chopped

2 eggs, scrambled

Vegetable Oil

Tamari or Soy Sauce

Chili Pepper Flakes (Optional)

Add oil to a pre-heated skillet. Add onion (save green parts until the end) and garlic. Saute until onions are slightly transparent. Careful not to overcook the garlic. Add collard greens and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Make a well in the center of the skillet to scramble eggs. Mix eggs in with the vegetables. Mix in rice and quinoa. Add Tamari or Soy Sauce to taste. Optional: Add a few sprinkles of chili flakes to spice things up!

Photo Gallery- bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat “haven” Costa Rica 2015

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Thank you to our amazing yoginis who shared loads of light with us at our “haven” home, Casa Puros Dieces in Tamarindo, Costa Rica! Words can’t say enough about our experience, so I’ll let Bruce Almighty’s photos tell the story.  Pura Vida and Be Well!


Photo Credit: Bruce Dunkins Photography

A little break in Sedona, Arizona

I took a much needed, all to quick break after fantastic bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat haven Costa Rica (Blog + pics to come!) and headed to majestic Sedona, AZ last week with Bruce Almighty for our friends’ wedding, a visit with family and friends, and some much needed rest. Honestly, I can’t say that I got much rest, but I did have a great time!

I’m back in New York now and feeling even more grateful, loved, loving, recharged, and ready to offer up some more light. So, stay tuned! September is National Yoga Month and I’ll be on the mat with a few new classes and workshops. Also, look forward to a few fall recipes and goodies to help you ease into the new, much cooler (nice way of saying cold)season.

Here’s to rest (well, sort of!).

GETAWAY to bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat “haven” Costa Rica

bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat “haven”

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

August 22nd-26th

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“The yogic experience (including meditation) was the best I’ve experienced. And it didn’t hurt that every meal of every day was fresh and delicious. Tracye and her team made us feel like family. They thought of everything – from lavender-scented moist towels at the end of each practice to a custom, taste-tested menu for each meal – allowing you to leave your worries state-side and concentrate only on relaxation.If you have the chance, I strongly recommend treating yourself to one of Tracye’s yoga retreats. You will appreciate the experience for many years to come.” – Andrew T.



a place of refuge or rest; a sanctuary.


Join us for bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat “haven”, August 22nd –August 26th, Tamarindo, Costa Rica. An exclusive yoga and culinary journey awaits you in beautiful Costa Rica where you will be served and pampered in tropical luxury at our stunning home away from home Casa Puro Dieces. Translated “Pure Tens”, this modern marvel nestled on the hillside, with its Pacific Rim tropical design and Balinese inspired architecture, helps to conjure the “Pura Vida” way of life and serves as the ideal setting to immerse yourself in the bytracye retreat experience.

You will explore your yoga practice, your way, while nourishing your body and awakening your taste buds with the best cuisine Costa Rica has to offer. You will rest, relax, and be catered to in all of the exquisite ways you deserve. Welcome to haven.

Retreat will include:

• Premier concierge service
• Morning & sunset yoga and meditation classes bytracye (All levels)
• Private yoga consultations, instruction and practice resources
• Three customized, gourmet, locally sourced meals per day featuring world-class haven private chef Jean-Luc Taulare*
• Fresh cooking demonstrations
• Costa Rican raw chocolate making workshop by internationally acclaimed chocolate maker, Henrik Bodholdt
• Massage
• Group Excursions & Activities
• Private Local Transportation
• Private Costa Rica Airport Transfers**

*Alcoholic beverages not included

**Airfare not included.

Sample Daily Schedule

Pre-Yoga Early Morning Coffee/Tea, Fruit Smoothies & Pressed Juices @ Poolside

Morning Yoga Practice @ Poolside

Communal Breakfast @ Poolside

Group Excursion or Workshop/Demonstration or Yogi Foodie’s Choice

Group Lunch Excursion

Sunset Restorative/Meditation Practice @ Poolside or Roof Deck

Communal Dinner @ Poolside


Retreat Investment:

• Master Suite – Ocean View/Poolside (2 Guests Minimum) $3300 per person NOW $1980 per person
Premier Double Share – Ocean View/Poolside (2 Guests Minimum) $3050 per person SOLD OUT
• Couple Share – Partial Ocean View/Poolside (2 Guests Minimum) $2500 per person SOLD OUT
• Couple Jr. Suite – Ocean View (2 Guests Minimum) $2825 per person NOW $1515 per person
• Double Yogi Share (2 Guests Minimum) $2250 per person  One (1) available space in this room for a female guest NOW $1575 
Single (1 Guest Maximum) $2950 SOLD OUT


We recommend flying into Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica. As well, and to be safe, we also recommend purchasing travel insurance with your flight.
Private Airport Transfer (in Costa Rica)

Once you are confirmed for the retreat and have booked your flight, our logistics coordinator will contact you to book your shuttle from Liberia to Tamarindo, as well as your return trip. Your airport transfer is included in your package. NOTE: Your private airport transfer is only included from and to Liberia (LIR) airport.

Cancellation Policy:
A $100 administration fee is non-refundable for all registrants.
A 50% refund will be issued for those canceling prior to May 8th.
A 30% refund will be issued for those canceling between May 29th.
No refunds will be issued after June 6th.

Space limited. Click here to register today!

Behind the Scenes: Solstice & International Day of Yoga in Times Square

Another year, another summer as webcast co-host and VOG (Voice of God) for Solstice in Times Square: Athleta “Mind Over Madness” Yoga. And, what a day it was!

Bruce Almighty and I woke up early that Sunday morning to a steady light rain with a forecast of thunderstorms all day. Not good! We really were unsure if all of the 15,000 registered yogis and yoginis would even step foot onto the mats to practice. But, Mother Nature, decided to offer up the sun and the heat, at least for most of the day (Sorry for the down pour Rodney & Colleen!).

It’s a 14-hour day for me (and Bruce who never stops snapping away) of instructor and sponsor interviews, announcements, introductions, etc. But, this year, I actually had the chance to get on the mat and practice with co-founder of the event Douglass Stewart. During his practice thousands of us paused to join dignitaries and co-founder of the event and Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins at the United Nations, live via satellite, to celebrate the first annual International Day of Yoga with one united pose. And following our practice, those same dignitaries and guests joined us in Times Square to share their thoughts on the day.

What a joy it is to be a part of something as special as this event. It really doesn’t get old for me. I’m always so excited to greet the day, show up to “work” to talk about yoga, talk to yogis and yoginis, and to share the message that yoga and the joy it brings to mind, body, and spirit is so very cool. Oh yeah, and to share that New York rocks!

I could go on, but really, Bruce’s photos tell the story better than I ever could. Enjoy the photo gallery as much as we did the day!

And, if you missed it you can still check out the interviews and classes at Solstice in Times Square Webcast. Also, if you were there or watched the webcast, would love to hear what you thought of the experience in the comments below.

Happy Summer!

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Check out the live webcast highlights at  Solstice in Times Square Live Webcast

Photo Credit: Bruce Dunkins Photography