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Mama Medicine: Fevers

This is the first in a series of posts on “Mama Medicine.” Each of these posts will offer an overview of a common childhood illness along with some suggestions for supporting the body in implementing it’s own healing wisdom. I am happy to try to honor suggestions or requests at any time. Also, if you have some wisdom to add, please feel free to comment below.


According to Ayurvedic legend, the god Shiva in his wrathful form as Rudra, gave birth to fever after a long spell of meditation. His focus had been disturbed by demons and in frustration he opened his third eye and burned them up with it’s laser-like beam. This points to the role of fever in burning up pathogens and other bodily burdens.

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Dinacharya: How Daily Routine Connects us to Life

Sometimes freedom reveals itself in our ability to choose NOT to do something even more than in our ability to choose to DO something.

The practice of hatha yoga aims to deepen our experience of connection to the reality of the universe. The path of hatha yoga uses the tools of our senses to perceive our life and the world around us as it changes, expanding our sense of familiarity with Nature. When we “practice” asana or meditation we have the opportunity to practice becoming more and more embodied, more and more sensually connected to our life. The longer and more attentively we practice, the more this embodiment carries over into other parts of our life. Read more »

Water Element: Connecting to Nourishment

SpaceWindFire WaterEarth

This is the fourth of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My last post was on fire element.

Water Element

As nature flows into more material manifestation—space gives rise to wind which gives rise to fire—the elements take on more tangible form. As the spreading quality of fire slows and cools, water element is born.

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Fire Element: the Principle of Transformation

SpaceWind Fire Water – Earth

This is the third of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My previous posts were on space element and  wind element.

Fire Element

The friction created by the movement of wind element gives rise to fire. The transformative nature of fire  liberates the potential power and energy of wind.

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Wind Element: The Source of All Power

Space – Wind – Fire – Water – Earth

This is the second of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My last post was on space element.

Wind Element

As the potential within space element moves into action, wind element is born.

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Space Element: The Place Where Things Happen

Space – Wind – Fire – Water – Earth

These are the names of the 5 elements of the manifest world as taught to us by Ayurveda. Their combination and interaction with each other provides all things their unique expression. The elements themselves are unseen, but they are the source of the qualities, or gunas (there’s our word gunas again), that we can perceive.

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Understanding Your Constitution: Vata Dosha

In my last post, I talked about how to start to tune in to your unique experience to discover your constitution. This post is the first in a series of three in-depth discussions of each of the three building blocks of Ayurveda: dosha.

There are a two ways of understanding dosha: how it expresses when it is healthy and in balance, and how it expresses when it has gone out of balance.

Vata dosha is made up of space and wind elements.

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What’s My Constitution?

When I’m wearing my Ayurveda hat, the thing I’m asked most frequently is:

“How do I figure out my constitution?”

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Sexual Healing: Sex as Nourishment

The 3 pillars of life are: Food, Sleep and…Sex?

Food and sleep are pretty straight forward—or at least we talk about these things openly (and probably a bit too much) without a lot of discomfort. Why is it hard for some of us to experience sex as one of the pillars of our life?

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Ayurvedic Travel Tips

I have been a traveler for a long time. When I travel, I am inspired by new sights, sounds, flavors and ideas. I feel renewed by shaking my old routine. I’ve always loved meeting new people and being surprised by what the world has to offer.

But, why do I sometimes feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation?

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