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Moon Salutations (with video)

Many women come to me with reproductive-system issues. Whether it’s an irregular cycle, difficulty getting pregnant, painful periods or uncomfortable peri-menopausal symptoms, it seems that most women deal with some difficulty when it comes to their reproductive systems.
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I’m a Yogi and I Eat Meat

Once upon a time, many years ago, in far off India, I worked as a sort of governess/one-room schoolhouse teacher for a group of expat families. One of the mamas invited me to have dinner with them one night. “Just to let you know, it’s a meat night,” she warned me.

Two years before, her previously strict-vegetarian Indian partner had decided (upon discovering that she was anemic during her pregnancy) that if meat would be eaten in his house, he would prepare it and he would eat it.

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Mama Medicine: Herbs for Colds and Flu

As much as we might hate to admit it, the main reason we get sick, is that we’re human. That doesn’t mean you have to get sick every time flu and cold season hits, but it does mean that it will happen sometimes.

And, in fact, most of the symptoms of the “common” cold are actually just the reactions of your immune system pouring white blood cells and secretions into your body to flood out the invaders.

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Jook: It’s What’s for Breakfast

We’ve all heard words of wisdom regarding breakfast. Some call it the most important meal of the day, and in many ways it’s true. Breakfast sets the tone for the entire day. A favorite in our house in the autumn and winter is something called Jook, or Congee (or even Konyi, in South India).


One of the big mistakes that we often make with breakfast, is choosing something that essentially breaks down to sugar by the time it reaches the stomach. While your brain is actually fed by sugar, it’s much better for your body and the mind when that sugar is produced through the work of breaking down fats and proteins. Fats and proteins are long-term energy storage.


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Beet and Beef Borscht

Autumn has fully fallen in the Hudson Valley. The trees are aflame. Food-wise, this is my favorite time of year. It’s all about soups and stews…long, slow cooking and rich, deep flavors. Read more »

Winter Squash Soup

Ok, so you all know how I feel about bone broth, and while I think that it tastes great as a snack or a side dish to a meal, it also happens to be a super-delicious flavor and nutrition booster for any soup you make with it.

This time of year, with the abundance of winter squashes of all sorts, I love to make a blended soup. My favorite is a combination of butternut squash with a few other veggies, but kabocha, acorn, hubbard, delicata–any squash with flesh that gets smooth when cooked–will also taste great. Read more »

Sex and Ayurveda

As I have written about before, loving, connected sex can nourish us very deeply. But, as with anything under the sun (and moon) Ayurveda offers some guidelines about when it’s a good time to get funky, and when the cost may not be worth it.

Let’s look at the mechanisms of sex from the perspective of Ayurveda. I’m gonna have to use some terminology here, but the vocabulary itself isn’t too important for understanding the essence. If any questions pop up for you, don’t hesitate to comment below. Read more »

Abhyanga: Nourishing from the Outside In

As the wind whips up and sniffle season sneaks in, Ayurveda recommends preparing our bodies for the drier, colder weather of autumn and winter. Abhyanga, or oil massage, becomes more important than ever at this time of year.

As part of a daily routine, abhyanga can offer pretty wonderful benefits. It cleanses and nourishes the skin (our biggest organ of elimination!) and helps to regulate the doshas and move excess dosha back into the digestive system. Read more »

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.

Fever

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 »