Sun Protection: Skin Savers for Sunny Days

  Whether we’re planning on playing in or on the water, taking our fitness to the beach, or simply going on a dog walk, making sure that we are protecting and nourishing our skin throughout the summer will positively impact the health of the largest organ of our bodies.   Start with Sun Protection According [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

The Cosmic Origins of Reishi

  Mushrooms, including reishi, are also known to affect the psyche and perception in ways that aren’t yet fully documented or understood scientifically. Reishi does not induce psychotropic experiences, but it appears to expand perception. Let me attempt to explain some possibilities for this potential, as well as delve into many mysteries around the origins [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Ayurveda|0 Comments

“I Love You…” Santa Barbara: A Romantic Weekend and the Three Words that Make a Relationship

  We had been dating for several months and it was time to take the next relationship step. The words had been dancing in our minds and even out loud (he let it halfway slip out when saying good night on the phone—that slip let loose released a flood of butterflies in me). We were [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

10 Tips for Travelers: Maintaining Vitality While on the Road

As someone who is frequently on the go, I have developed my top tips for travelers to maintain vitality on the road using the wisdom of Ayurveda. These simple yet life-saving practices help me stabilize the body during times of change—changing location, time zones, routines, and more. From the perspective of Ayurveda, the energy of [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Vedic Astrology July and August

  Just as the months of summer can be a time of increased warmth and intensity, some of the Vedic astrology aspects active in July and August also reflect the energy of combustion and heat in various parts of our lives. Be aware of your triggers, slow down and be more intentional with your words, [...]

By | July 1st, 2017|Astrology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vedic Astrology June 2017

A number of stress-inducing configurations in Vedic Astrology June 2017 require us to develop greater understanding of ourselves and to increase our ability to cultivate self-control. A predominant theme is to continue to connect with devotion and love and to allow those emotional states to fuel our actions. Have courage and practice the art of [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Astrology|0 Comments

The Magic of a Morning Routine

  Kelsey Patel and the Magic of Morning Routine No matter what type of sleeper you are or how much you love (or don't love) mornings, everyone can agree that how you spend this time can impact the flow of the rest of your day. In my own life, I love bringing the [...]

By | May 30th, 2017|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

Vedic Astrology May 2017

According to Vedic Astrology May 2017 is a month of shifting energies and planets. Support yourself through the fluctuations of the universe by connecting to the source of love that is your true nature. Connect to your devotional heart through practice and action. As Mercury moves direct, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy forward [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|Astrology|0 Comments

Esalen Update: from Rain to Renewal

View at Esalen; photo by Ira Israel After weeks of rains it was extremely sunny on the south side of the Julia Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur on Sunday, February 12, 2016.  Which made it even more surreal when the California Highway Patrol officer told us that we would probably have to [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

Earth Day tips for Water Saving Garden Design

      On Earth Day and beyond, implement some the following landscape tips for water saving garden design.   1. Be conscientious with your sprinklers: Staying on top of your irrigation is always important, but it’s crucial in a drought. Overwatering is unnecessary, and easy to avoid. 30% of the average American family’s water [...]

By | April 23rd, 2017|home & garden|0 Comments