Growing up with digestive issues, holidays were a notorious struggle for me. I loved the social experience of coming together to cook and share a feast around the table, but the food invariably left me feeling less than great. I would loathe the questions about why I wasn’t eating meat or couldn’t do the gravy on the mashed potatoes. One Thanksgiving, my sweet mother announced I could plan the …Keep Reading
Put down those smoothie bowls and cold kombuchas, vata season is here. In Ayurveda, everything in nature – from our bodies and minds, to the seasons around us – can be categorized by three primal energies known as the doshas, which consist of the five elements. Vata Dosha is the element of air and ether, it governs the season of fall and early winter. The qualities of vata and fall are alike – dry, …Keep Reading
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 …Keep Reading
It’s the last days of summer here in Oklahoma. Though technically we’ve passed the equinox and are fully into fall on the calendar, there’s always this lingering heat the last few weeks of September and early days of October here. Plus, I’m packing up to leave for Malibu next week, where I’ll be cooking for a 4 day retreat by the ocean and I …Keep Reading
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 …Keep Reading
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