August 2013

Inkyu JUNG: Off the Mat and Into the World

photo by i write light

When we first met Inkyu six months ago, he was a kind, shy, unassumingly polite young guy slaving away inside the walls of an English hagwon vying for a better TOIEC score. He was attractive, but inconsequentially so. What began as an initial quest for that highly coveted six-pack was the start of something greater what he could have ever anticipated.

Panko and Coconut Crusted Tofu by Joanna Tambakis



Tofu-2 blocks of firm, frozen tofu.

******I like to freeze tofu beforehand and then take it out of the freezer the night before allowing it to dethaw at room temperature. Freezing the tofu will make its texture denser. An added bonus is that the tofu will be easier to work with when you have to squeeze excess moisture out after unthawing.*******

For the tofu marinade:

  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water to thin the marinade
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • pinch salt
  • pinch garlic powder
  • pinch ginger powder

For the crispy batter:

Summer Can Be Hazardous to Your Health!

by Meg Rushbrook

Food as MedicineFor most people, summer means brews and barbecues. For others it means traveling. Traveling usually means little sleep and little water.  It goes without saying that all of these things are risk factors for ill health as they can damage and wear down a few key organ systems of the body. Dehydration and Hangovers go hand in hand. Dehydration and Summer go hand in hand. See a pattern?

The effects of dehydration and liver burden (caused from the over consumption of alcohol) can range from a simple cold or headache, to lethargy, to dehydration and kidney stones and hospitalization! Summer is a carefree time of year, but we shouldn’t be neglecting our bodies!

August: Letter From the Editor

You.IMPROVED Magazine is the work of partners Simon Kang and Mindy Sisco. Simon and Mindy have been co-proprietors of Kaizen Wellness Workroom (formerly Korean Kartel) for over four years. This magazine has been four years in the making but we couldn’t be more proud and excited to share our (Simon and Mindy’s) accumulation of learning, experience and passion with you. What began as a  fleeting interest in exercise and two years on the yearbook staff over a decade ago was the start to this labor of love before you. Both hail from (literally) different worlds; Simon: an introvert who’s entomology knowledge gets a little uncomfortable at times; Mindy: someone who’s been described as having a voice “that carries;” yet the have forged a collective bond set upon a passion for continuing to challenge the body, mind, and most importantly, asking of one’s self, “why?”

A Yin Yoga Sequence: Cultivating the Space Within

by Michael Hetherington


Yin yoga is a style of yoga that emphasizes long holds (around 3-5 minutes) of ground-based yoga poses that focus on lengthening the deep layers of connective tissues that run throughout the body and around the joints. Connective tissue is a like a plastic wrapper that encapsulates every organ, bone and muscle inside our body.

Contributors: August 2013

180479_10150091382737271_5725339_nJoanna Tambakis: Panko and Coconut Crusted Tofu

My name is Jo. I love making and sharing food with others. It’s kind of my jam. I am interested in all aspects of food, from the seed to the table. I value fresh, seasonal produce and eat a mostly plant-based diet. It makes me feel alive, light and full of energy. I have been playing around in the kitchen since I was a little girl. Unfortunately, most of my creations turned into mini disasters that my parent’s (cruelly) forced me to eat! But, I am grateful for learning never to waste food and I have not lost that sense of play I had as a child. I see cooking as a very creative, fun activity.

Getting Started with Meditation

by Jesse Diaz

Every aspiring meditator this day and age is beset by a crisis that would seem alien to truth seekers, ages back. The crisis I speak of is one of choice. Back in the day, choices of tradition or teacher were limited depending on one’s culture and good fortune to encounter somebody with skill, knowledge and the ability to instruct. Dubious teachers have always been hazards along the way for a determined aspirant, though usually for lack of options rather than a glut of them. Nowadays, however, it indeed seems that if you can dream it, you can buy it -to slightly modify Dr. Frank N. Furter’s inspirational adage.

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