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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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Recipes: Spring Beluga Lentil & Beet Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette

Hello Spring! As I lead a global group through our third annual spring cleanse, I have food on the brain…quite literally! This post explores the subtle layers of cooking and how the tastes of each food creates not only a physical experience, but a mental/emotional experience as well.

Ayurveda explains that there are six rasas or tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. Each of …

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Ayurvedic Vinyasa Yoga, Chai & Chat

Join mother-daughter teaching team, Claire Ragozzino and Kamala Santos, to explore the Ayurvedic approach to creating a personal yoga practice. Learn a series of Ayurvedic Vinyasa sequences, as taught by Mukunda Stiles, that will balance each dosha. During this practice you can uncover your predominant constitutional quality (Prakruti), while balancing Vikruti (current imbalance) so that you are better able to adapt to the everchanging influences of life.

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Recipes: Winter Kitchari for Digestive Renewal

As we move from the holidays into the New Year, you may be feeling the residual effects of endless grazing on holiday fare now. That feeling of bloating, slow digestion and low energy can be a sign of accumulated toxins, known as ama. As a result of rich ingredients, poor food combining, lack of sleep and stress, we weaken our digestive system and in turn our immune system. But …

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Yoga: Achala Agni Mudra

In this new series, I’m introducing everyday yoga therapy practices for bringing balance into your holistic health routine. As a part of this series that combines mindful movement and meditation, one element will include simple mudras for directing your attention/intention. Mudras are gestures of the hands, face and body that promote balanced health on all levels. When these gestures are used consciously, their healing potential is powerful. Though the work itself …

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Living Ayurveda: The Art of Abhyanga

Ritual is a way of imbuing meaning into each moment of your life. It’s a way of elevating those everyday, mundane moments into the sacred and meaningful. The Ayurvedic ritual of daily self-care, known as Dinacharya, is a way to infuse intention into seemingly ordinary acts. A staple act in a daily dinacharya practice is Abhyanga, self oil massage. It’s interesting that the Sanskrit word Sneha can be …

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Recipes: Rainy Day Herbal Chai

I’m writing you with a mug of chai in hand, wrapped cozy in a blanket while a fierce rain falls outside. We’re going on day 4 of April showers here in the great plains of Oklahoma, and while the land dearly needs this water, my body is swimming in what we Ayurvedic yogis call Kapha energy (ie. lethargic, heavy, slow, sleepy).

Ayurveda, which translates to the science of life, is the …

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Recipes: Creamy Saffron Tea Latte

As an entrepreneur, my schedule varies each day as much as the weather does here in Oklahoma. And with a strong vata constitution, structure and stability is something I have to work extra hard to create to keep my flighty tendencies in check (ie. I’d be floating off into the ether right back to Tulum if the wind blew me in that direction!). So I’ve made peace with early mornings …

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Recipes: Maca Maple Amaranth Porridge + Rosemary Red Juice

In September, I was given the task by my Ayurvedic practitioner to avoid cold, raw foods in my diet until spring. That meant no more giant green smoothies bowls for breakfast (gasp!). As a former raw food chef, I would have protested this request and refused the notion that the very thing I believed to be most nourishing could actually be creating imbalance in my body!

I first began my raw …

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