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Recipes: My Favorite Kitchari Recipe + Ume Pickled Radishes

A simple sattvic kitchari recipes for all three doshas.

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Interview: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of A Book

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKING OF A BOOK 

I can tell you the exact moment when I decided that I wanted to write a book. It was New Year’s Day of 2010. My family and I were journaling together in our annual dreaming exercise (every new year we revisit the Five Book to massage out our intentions for the year), and in a question asking about long-term dreams, …

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Ayurveda: Building Immunity in Home & Heart – A Downloadable Guide

Dear Community,

How are you? What a tremendous time we have all been thrust into, the whole world turned upside down overnight. If you’ve been feeling scattered, anxious, overwhelmed – please know, you are not alone. I’m most certainly feeling the effects of such a global shift and the looming sense of uncertainty that lies ahead. Right now, I am choosing to take extra moments of pause, refocus my efforts and show up …

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Natural Beauty: My Skincare Routine + Shankara Giveaway

My food and lifestyle practices are rooted in the philosophy that less is always more. Slow down, simplify, create more space. My skincare routine reflects this philosophy, especially when it comes to choosing products. Skin is more than just a barrier to the outside world, it’s an organ that absorbs a majority of what we put on it. So when I’m selecting skincare products, I always look for quality, organic …

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Recipes: Asparagus & Barley Bowl

Have you noticed? Ayurveda is starting to gain more momentum in the mainstream–from Goop to Hillary Clinton to Oprah–people are curious what this science is and how it applies to their health. There has been a great run of new books coming out this year exploring food and self-care, and there are two that have really caught my eye: Laura Plumb’s Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners and …

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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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Natural Beauty: Herbal Facial Steam + Province Apothecary Giveaway

I take choosing my skin products just as seriously as I take shopping for food. Since skin can aborb up to 70% of what we put on it, selecting a quality skin care line that is free of synthetic ingredients, dyes and perfumes is essential. I often use simple plant-based oils, like untoasted sesame in the fall and winter time for reducing vata or cold-pressed coconut in the summer for …

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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 …

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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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