Ayurveda

Winter Solstice Practices from Yoga and Ayurveda

Rebirth of the Light: Tending the Inner Fire at the Winter Solstice – New Year Inside the fertile darkness the light emerges... The Winter Solstice on December 21 is the darkest point of the year. At this time, ritual and celebratory fires are lit across the Earth. This includes Yule logs in Northern Europe and the [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Shinrin-Yoku: The Practice of Forest Bathing

For as long as I can remember, the forest has been a place of healing for me. As a child I would gravitate to the woods for hours. As an adult in this modern multi-tasking world, it has been harder to keep up the habit regularly. I mean, really - if you go outside, you [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Ayurveda|0 Comments

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

Choosing Oils for Self-Massage

  Because we absorb whatever we place on our skin, the Ayurvedic tradition places as great an importance on the oils themselves as on the act of giving or receiving a massage. Since oil not only evokes love but also nurtures the skin and deeper tissues, carefully choosing a therapeutic oil or blend is a [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

The Benevolent Consciousness of Reishi Mushroom: Spiritual Perception, Enhanced Immunity and the Energy of the Heart

  Reishi is a tree fungus that is highly revered throughout the history of Asian herbalism. Its Japanese name, reishi, is most commonly used. In China it is called lingzhi, and the Vietnamese name is linh chi; all of which mean “soul/spirit mushroom” or “supernatural mushroom.” Reishi is said to support a long, vibrant and [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|ayurvedic food|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

Ayurveda for Daily Life

Retrain your Taste Buds We are creatures of habit and our habits then perpetuate everything about us as a creature. For example, our relationship with our taste buds is in some ways a habit. We become habituated to taste and this affects how we we then make choices about what we eat based in part [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments