What Is Ama?

What Is Ama?

What is Ama?

Ama is what we refer to as “toxins.”  What is it really? : the result of undigested, under-digested or unprocessed food/chemicals in the body.  Ama can clog the channels...

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Thanks & Giving

Thanks & Giving

Today I wanted to share with you what I’m most thankful for this year, 2020, the year that challenged the world and spared no one.  It is on the hardest days we grow the most. 
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Bright Skin, Smart Skin: What Our Skin Reveals About Us

Bright Skin, Smart Skin: What Our Skin Reveals About Us

When unbalanced skin can appear dull, sallow, ruddy, blemished, dry, pale, and puffy. This can be due to many factors from stress to an imbalanced Dosha
...
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Sweet Dreams -  Ayurvedic Sleep tips

Sweet Dreams - Ayurvedic Sleep tips

Sleep is central to our health and livelihoods. For Vata season, I share my top Ayurvedic sleep tips from breathing techniques to restorative yoga.
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Warming up to Fall

Warming up to Fall

Just as Doshas govern our bodies, they also direct the ebb and flow of seasons.  Here are our lifestyle tips allowing you to transition with the shifting qualities of the seasons helps reduce your risk of illness and feelings of...
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The Lady in the Moon

The Lady in the Moon

Discussing menstruation from an ayurvedic perspective. How to prepare your body to welcome this natural cycle and experience fewer side effects. Learning to appreciate these sacred days, check-in with yourself and renew.
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Yoga at Your Desk

Yoga at Your Desk

Five yoga stretches for desk-side days. Spending hours sitting at your desk can cause strain and pain in your body over time. Taking 5-10 minutes for yoga at your desk will have you feeling refreshed and loosened up in no...
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Transitioning into Vata Season

Transitioning into Vata Season

Just as we eat with the seasons, it is a good practice to transition with the natural progression of the climate where you live. Each Dosha aligns with seasonal qualities and as we transition into Vata we explore how to...
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Yoga & Mental Health

Yoga & Mental Health

My daughter’s car has been making a retched noise, loud enough I am certain the neighbors are ready to endorse a disorderly vehicle covenant.  We have had it in the shop several times, each time coming back “fixed”...

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The benefits of Jojoba Oil

The benefits of Jojoba Oil

Long used by Native Americans for skin healing benefits, Jojoba oil comes from mature seeds of the Jojoba plant which are found in the Southeastern United States and Mexico.

Jojoba Oil (which by definition...

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Marma Point Massage

Marma Point Massage

Regular massage, especially on the head, is known to regulate and balance Vata Dosha, while also promoting sound sleep, improving complexion, increasing skin elasticity, and reducing anxiety.


What is a Marma?

Marmas are...

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Be Your Own Ayurvedic Realist

Be Your Own Ayurvedic Realist

Catch up with last week's Ayurvedic blog here

Some of the reasons people believe Ayurveda will not work for them is because it’s...

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My First Soirée with Ayurveda

My First Soirée with Ayurveda

Catch up with our founder Tracy as shares her experiences of Ayurveda...

I remember the first time I was exposed to Ayurveda. At a backyard party one summer day, as I was making an impressive dent in my barbeque and...

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Can you Cleanse Safely?

Can you Cleanse Safely?

How to “Cleanse” Safely


I often get asked how to do cleanses.  “Cleanse” has a very broad definition to begin with, whereby some associate cleansing with simply cleaning up their diet while others dive headfirst...

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5 Steps to Self Care During Quarantine

5 Steps to Self Care During Quarantine

Five steps to surviving - and thriving - during quarantine.
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Kapha Diet & Lifestyle: Do's & Don'ts

Kapha Diet & Lifestyle: Do's & Don'ts

Kapha Pacifying Diet


Cereals

Consume:

  • Barley 
  • Aged rice (basmati)
  • Oats (not quick oats)
  • Millet

Avoid:

  • Recently harvested rice (jasmine): too dense
  • Wheat 

    Pulses

    Consume:

    • Kidney...
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    Ojas

    Ojas

    Ojas, is the most subtle and purest form of Kapha Dosha, and is our source of immunity, strength, and longevity.  Ojas is the end-product of digestion, is present in all our tissues, and is thought to be the glue that...
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    Pacifying Vata with Diet

    Pacifying Vata with Diet

     

    In Ayurveda, we emphasize diet as a means to manage one’s state of health. Following an Ayurvedic diet most appropriate for your body type (dosha) is beneficial for mind, body and emotional health. Here we examine the...

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    Ayurvedic Skin Care

    Ayurvedic Skin Care

    Our skin is a manifestation of our gut health and the purity and strength of our blood and lymph tissues. This blog offers an Ayurvedic perspective on how to maintain our own unique doshic balance which is ultimately the key...

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    Skin Anatomy & Health: A Western Overview

    Skin Anatomy & Health: A Western Overview

    Before we can properly care for our skin, it is important to understand how it functions.  Traditional skincare involved categorizing skin into subtypes and treating accordingly.  However the current emergence of precision based skincare and innovative ingredients aims to...
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    Circadian Rhythm vs. Biological Clock

    Circadian Rhythm vs. Biological Clock

    As with all things Ayurveda, Dinacharya is an ancient ritual we use in our daily lives to promote balance, maintain health, and align our body’s rhythm with the natural ebb and flow of nature. Having a regular routine...

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    Kapha Season

    Kapha Season

    The days are finally getting longer and warmer. Winter’s ice and snow is melting and giving rise to a fresh season of greenery and new growth. Spring is a season of rebirth, new beginnings, and renewal, both on...

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    Types of Pranayama

    Types of Pranayama

    Pranayama has a multitude of benefits for both you and your Yoga practice, including increased focus, proper posture, and regulation of your sympathetic nervous system. Sounds pretty great, right? We’re reviewing the types of Pranayama and how to incorporate...
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    Pranayama: The Basics

    Pranayama: The Basics

    Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling one’s breath. Prana is a Sanskrit term translated as “breath” or “life force”. Other meanings of Prana include vigor, spirit, energy, and respiration.  Yama means “to control” or “restrain”. Essentially, Pranayama is a set of breathing techniques...
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    Ayurvedic Treatments For The Body

    Ayurvedic Treatments For The Body

    Body treatments are not only luxurious to receive but are an integral part of Ayurvedic therapy and Panchakarma. Treatments are frequently used in conjunction with diet, herbal therapy, and customized detox to re-balance Doshas. When Doshas are out...

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    Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

    Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

    The Pitta Dosha is responsible for metabolism and transformation. The way it accomplishes these tasks is through heat. In Sanskrit, the word “Pitta” comes from Tapa, which means “to heat”. Pitta means energy that creates heat in the body. Made up...
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    Vata: Leader of the Doshas

    Vata: Leader of the Doshas

    Although we cannot exist without all of the Doshas, Vata is considered their leader, because it governs all movements. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, respiration, and the movement of thoughts across the mind.  Consisting of the Air...
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    The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

    The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

    As with all things Ayurveda, each of the Six Tastes (Rasas) have specific qualities (Gunas). The Six Tastes are a guiding principle in Ayurveda, which states that like qualities increase each other, whereas opposites promote balance. 
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    The Gunas

    The Gunas

    According to Ayurveda, all organic and inorganic substances, as well as thoughts and actions, have twenty definitive attributes that are categorized into ten opposing pairs. The ten opposing pairs are the manifestation of male and female energies and give...
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    Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

    Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

    The holidays can be a joyous time of year as we reunite with friends, family, and colleagues. Spirited settings filled with decadent food, drink, and entertainment are delightful, but the endless party parade and shopping brigade can trigger bedlam in...
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    Getting Real with Yoga

    Getting Real with Yoga

    Twenty years ago, you had to search high and low to find a Yoga class. Nowadays you need only look as far as the next block or two and you’re sure to find something Yogish-related.
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    The Doshas: A Brief Overview

    The Doshas: A Brief Overview

    Ayurveda is built on the principle that the mind, body, and spirit are united at the level of the consciousness, and Manas truly controls the body. However mind, body, and spirit all affect each other. One cannot be affected without somehow...
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    We Are Real

    We Are Real

    We are Real.

    We are moms and wives, sisters and friends, corporate types and homemakers. We are educated and wise, and though we strive for a simple life, it is far from it.

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    Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

    Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

    We have heard that Ayurveda and Yoga are related, and know that each of these sciences have been for thousands of years. But if you are like me, you have wondered how these two forces hooked up before dating...
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    Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

    Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

    According to Ayurveda, the principles Ritucharya of advocate living one's life according to the flow of the seasons. ‘Ritu’ means ‘season’ and ‘charya’ means ‘regime’. The energies of nature change along with the seasons. For example, flowers bloom in spring...
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    Managing Holiday Stress With Ayurveda

    Managing Holiday Stress With Ayurveda

    With parties to attend, gifts to buy, dinners to plan and cook, and family and friends to spend time with, the holidays can leave you feeling scattered and stressed. When routine goes out the window, it becomes difficult to...
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    Ayurveda: History, Philosophy, and Why I Practice

    Ayurveda: History, Philosophy, and Why I Practice

    Is Ayurveda an art, a science, or a philosophy?  Is it a form of medicine dug up from ancient texts to indulge the minds of current folks fed up with the current healthcare system?  All of the above are...
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    The Wisdom of Abhyanga

    The Wisdom of Abhyanga

    In Sanskrit, "Abhyanga" means "loving hands."  In Ayurveda, we massage regularly with carrier oils infused with herbs and/or essential oils specific to our current needs (vikruti).  "Sneha" refers to "oil" or "love".  Such as the experience of being loved, receiving Abhyanga can bring about the feeling...
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