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Living Ayurveda: Making Ghee

Making ghee is more an act of sacred ceremony than it is a simple cooking condiment. Though ghee itself is a diverse staple in the modern home kitchen and medicine cabinet, the process of making ghee has ancient roots. In Vedic culture, ghee has been celebrated as a symbol of nourishment and health, and touted as the food of the gods in the Vedic texts.

“Tongue of the gods,” “navel of …

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Recipe Box: Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal

Before I left for Kauai, my mom came to visit and provide her loving motherly support in my move.  As all doting mothers do, they cook and clean and just generally make life better. Love you, Mom. For several mornings in a row, she kept offering to make me her favorite new oatmeal creation for breakfast. I resisted and resisted, insisting that I really didn’t eat oatmeal any more for XY&Z …

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Kitchen Apothecary: Ayurvedic Sleep Tonic

I’ve recently rekindled my relationship with a regular Mysore practice. It’s safe to say Ashtanga was my first real love and gateway into the yoga world. Well, technically it was my mom when I was 7 years old who took me to a gentle hatha yoga class at our local fitness club in the early 90s. Or you could say it was the Jivamukti DVD I did …

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Natural Beauty: Infused Body Oils

Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic practice of oil massage, it’s one the essentials in a daily self-care routine. This self-massage technique has a soothing effect for the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and bring grounding to our bodies and minds when over-stimulated. The oil nourishes the skin, penetrates into the muscles and joints, and provides lubrication to the deeper tissues of the body. With the intention to move …

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Recipe Box: Cardamom, Rosewater & Sweet Cherry Lassi

Our FP Escapes Ayurveda Awakening Retreat is right around the corner, and I’ve been sharing recipes and wellness practices on the Free People blog this summer to give a peak inside our weekend of restoration. This month, Free People has teamed up with Banyan Botanicals to share a series of articles on the essence of Ayurveda – from beauty, self-carefood and herbs.  …

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Living Ayurveda: Cooling Tips for Summer

There’s a point in summer where the heat loses its magic and allure. That point usually comes early August for me, with signs of bloodshot eyes, red skin and a little less patience for the people around me. I often say yes to too much, and end up pretty burnt out by the end of September. To avoid the burn out, here are some essential tips to beat the …

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Healing Yoga: Sama Vritti Pranayama

In the Healing Yoga series, I share everyday yoga therapy practices to bring balance and depth to your holistic health routine. I believe a great amount of our daily nourishment happens beyond just the food we eat. In Yoga, we use our breath to increase our vital energy and life-force. We direct and strengthen the flow of this energy, prana, through the practice of conscious breathing, pranayama.  Dr. David Frawley reminds us that, “Prana …

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Healing Yoga: The Power of Narratives & Pratipaksha Bhavana

Last month, I went through a painful break up after learning my partner had been deceptive and dishonest through our relationship. To say the least, I broke down completely and went through a period of deep processing – not just our relationship, but my greater personal patterns in relationship and redefining how I want to show up in the world. I’ve never been one to share much of my …

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Recipe Box: Spring Beluga Lentil & Beet Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette

Hello Spring! I’ve been hibernating the last month, and by hibernating, I mean going inward into my emotions and doing some deep internal work. I’ve been quiet in blogging recently, taking a brief creative hiatus to explore patterns I’m releasing and growth I’m welcoming in to my life.  I’m emerging now from this season of the sleepy bear and ready to share with you my inward journey and reflections …

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