Shake What Your Mama Gave You

(and move that Kapha!) When all is going wrong and you’re scared as hellWhat you gonna do? Who you gonna tell?Maybe a hundred bad days made a hundred good storiesA hundred good stories make me interesting at parties A hundred bad days made a hundred good storiesA hundred good stories make me interesting at partiesYeah,Continue reading “Shake What Your Mama Gave You”

Insomnia: Decoding Why We Wake Up at Midnight, 2am, or Dawn

Sleep, I love you so much, and yet, I fear you. Sleep is king; the power sleep lords over us is greater than all the gold ringing in the coffer. We need it desperately, requiring sleep in order to function in every single way. To be able to navigate the world without snapping, crying, orContinue reading “Insomnia: Decoding Why We Wake Up at Midnight, 2am, or Dawn”

Don’t Panic: Essential oils saved us once, surely, they can save us again!

Make Your Own Super-Charged (and historical) Hand Sanitizer Hand-sanitizer?! A year ago, you couldn’t pay me to put that stuff on my skin. I would watch in wonder as I witnessed colleagues and Ayurvedic cohorts dousing their hands and feet (after yoga) with the stuff. Laden with a whole slew of seemingly inimical ingredients, IContinue reading “Don’t Panic: Essential oils saved us once, surely, they can save us again!”

Sometimes You Have to Eat Meat…

Sometimes you have to eat meat. Some days you wake up speckled with ghastly bruises, like you’d been thrashing around in a Lamb of God mosh pit all night. Other mornings, you feel like each leg weighs 10 stones. Anemia, low red blood cell count, everlasting fatigue, ugh.  I love animals, I did my best.Continue reading “Sometimes You Have to Eat Meat…”

The How and Why of Tongue Scraping

Are you a devout tongue scraper? This ancient practice has been gaining a lot of attention as of late. The dental care aisles are brimming with various tools to clean the gunk off your tongue. So what’s this all about? Overnight, as the body processes everything that was ingested that day, toxins (or ama) willContinue reading “The How and Why of Tongue Scraping”

Kitchari- The Savior of Ayurveda

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food.– Hippocrates Holy smokes the holidays are here! I don’t know about you, but I am still feeling like a stuffed animal post-Thanksgiving fiesta. Fine, I admit it, I may have snarfed down the majority of the rosemary brown sugar walnuts I made as a “gift”.Continue reading “Kitchari- The Savior of Ayurveda”

Ginger Bomb Your Way Through Fall

Does the moon play only silver When it strums the galaxy Dying roses will they will their Perfumed rhapsodies to me -Joni Mitchell  Here we are again. The days are getting short, nights epically long. Really, how is it dark at 6 PM? And how did we ever get used to this piercing cold last year? No joke, twiceContinue reading “Ginger Bomb Your Way Through Fall”

CCF, the Miracle Tea of Ayurveda

Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wineYou taste so bitter and so sweetOh, I could drink a case of you, darlingAnd I would still be on my feetOh, I would still be on my feet– Joni Mitchell  I know, I know, miracle is a pretty lofty word to be throwing around. But truly, thisContinue reading “CCF, the Miracle Tea of Ayurveda”

D.I.Y. Rishi Ginger Turmeric Tea

I learned that every mortal will taste death.But only some will taste life.-Rumi This weekend I had the honor of assisting Hilary Garivaltis, the founder of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, as she led a group of fellow Chicagoans through a simple Ayurvedic cleanse. Being a huge fan of the kitchen, I eagerly offered to helpContinue reading “D.I.Y. Rishi Ginger Turmeric Tea”

Use Your Voice- Udyana Vayu

If you can walk you can dance.If you can talk you can sing.-African Proverb Singing therapy, my latest kick. Can striving to be like Maria Callas create a change in the matrix of your life? I say yes, absolutely. It is my personal opinion that the majority of us walk around with a constricted throatContinue reading “Use Your Voice- Udyana Vayu”