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Living Ayurveda: Making Ghee

Making ghee is more an act of sacred ceremony than it is cooking a simple 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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Film: Sadhana

Sadhana. The Sanskrit word itself has many translations, but in its simplest definition it means a personal daily practice. For me, it means doing something every day that connects me to my wholeness and moves me beyond my thinking mind. My daily practice provides a moment of suspension, a sacred pause of stillness so I may simply be instead of do, so that I may connect in with the highest truth in my heart, and …

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Yoga: Vata Balancing Yoga Sequence

Last month, I traveled out to the Berkshires with Free People to lead our collaborative Fall Ayurveda Awakening Retreat. We focused on mover slower, establishing daily rituals of self-care and eating a nourishing kitchari diet. This sequence I’m sharing today on the FP blog was one we began our retreat with as we arrived to the center, unwinding from work and long days of travel.

As you move through …

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Yoga: Yoga Nidra & The Art of Slowing Down

Last summer, I found myself completely and utterly exhausted. As a yoga teacher with a business based on wellness, you would think I’d have my personal wellness plan figured out all the time. But I’m human, too, and fell into the trap of wanting to achieve more, work harder, play harder.  And in my mind, I was eating all the “right things” and doing all the “right practices”, but …

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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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Recipes: 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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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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Yoga: Pratipaksha Bhavana & The Power of Narratives

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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