Ayurveda

Self-Massage Guide to Ayurvedic Oil Abhyanga for Self-Care

  When you want a quick and easy way to feel like you’re at a spa every day without leaving your home, schedule an appointment for an Ayurvedic self-massage.   Abhyanga is the Sanskrit term for this ancient Ayurvedic practice that nurtures the body, softens, smoothes and hydrates the skin, stimulates the lymphatic system, lubricates [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Ayurveda|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

Travel Tips: 10 Ways to Maintain Vitality While on the Road

  As someone who is frequently on the go, I have developed my top travel tips 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 [...]

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

An Introduction to Ayurvedic Detoxification

As the cold and wet winter transitions to the lighter, warmer, and drier spring we experience a time of rebirth and growth as nature comes back to life. This season can also inspire us to think about physical detoxification, ridding ourselves of the excess heaviness and sluggishness that might have accumulated since the holidays. The [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Shilajit: The Resin of Life in Ayurveda

Shilajit (pronounced shee-lah-jeet) is a nutrient-dense humic resin derived from the high Himalayan Mountains of India and Nepal. It is famous throughout Indian history as a rasayana. This is a Sanskrit term for substances and herbs that enhance overall health, such as superfoods and adaptogens. (Adaptogens are stabilizers of homeostasis that increase resistance to stress.) [...]

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

Ayurveda and the Five Elements

Ayurveda is translated as the “knowledge of life” (ayus: life, veda: knowledge). The Indian holistic medical system first mentioned Ayurveda with yoga in the Vedas around 3,500 years ago. It is considered the healing side of yoga, and the practice of yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both strive to help us stay connected [...]

By | November 6th, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Ayurveda for Travelers

Cinnamon Tea is a powerful Ayurvedic remedy for traveling.   When we’re flying through the air (sometimes literally) one of our greatest challenges is to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques from Ayurveda for travelers. The teachings of Ayurveda tell us that the fall [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Demystifying Tongue Scraping and Neti Pots

Practices for a Supportive Daily Routine Tongue Scraping How often do we really observe our tongues?  This may not be a common habit for most people but Ayurveda believes that the tongue reveals information about our internal health; and in the daily practice called Dinacharya, the observation of and scraping of the tongue is as [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Six Tastes in Ayurveda

In 1990, I was a culinary student at the Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and worked for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. My goal was to study and work in France and ultimately I spent a year-and-a-half honing my craft in Paris and Provence. With all my formal education I must admit that [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

The Wheel of Wellbeing: 8 Spokes

Attention to all 8 Spokes on the Wheel of Life is Important for Wellbeing   The Wheel of Wellbeing is our internal navigational device. Learning how to steer it confidently to our intended destination ensures security, accomplishment, and happiness for ourselves as well as for those who rely on us. This wheel consists of eight [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments