Fear in Fibromyalgia and How Ayurveda Can Help

It was quite a while after I’d healed from fibromyalgia that I happened upon something Louise Hay, one of the founders of the self-help movement, had said. “Fibromyalgia is fear showing up as extreme tension due to stress.” – Louise Hay Well, I didn’t know about the fear factor in fibromyalgia at the time, but […]

Is Optimism a Choice?

Many years ago someone said to me “You’re always so pessimistic.” Frankly, it took me by surprise. After all, I’m a Sagittarian, and by nature, we’re pretty darn optimistic. To make matters worse, this was a Virgo (notoriously one of the most pessimistic signs in the Zodiac) saying this to me. For some reason I […]

Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Who went and put the holidays smack dab in the middle of Vata Season? This year, armed with my ever-growing knowledge of Ayurveda, I am facing the holidays with a new sense of understanding, freedom, peace, and CALM. Usually, as soon as Halloween is over, I’m filled with panic and dread. The holidays seem to […]

Cold Windy Weather, Anxiety, and Vata Season

Here we are again, at the juncture of the seasons. Where I live in the Northeastern US, it seems as though the high heat and humidity will never leave. Elsewhere, hurricanes are raging. All of a sudden, it’ll be hat and scarf weather. Windy, cold and wet. Vata season. At this time of year, it’s […]

Even Storm Clouds Are Beautiful

That heavy feeling creeps in permeates your mind/body, and makes you want to crawl back under the covers…or reach for a drink, or a smoke, or maybe a box of chocolate chip cookies. Maybe even all three. Most of us are downright terrified of this feeling. It’s so damn uncomfortable. It might be depression, anxiety, […]

What I Learned Last Year

I cringed a little starting this newsletter because one thing I’ve been doing over the past few days is clearing out my own inbox, ruthlessly unsubscribing and attempting to back away from the computer. So, the thought of my email landing in your likely-crowded inbox gave me pause. But I decided to go ahead with […]

Anxiety Alert! The Arrival of Vata Season

Here in the Northeast where I live, the heat of Pitta Season is slowly waning. Temperatures are fluctuating from day to day, turning cold and dry, and the wind is beginning to blow. Vata Season (fall/early winter) is making its appearance. The Arrival of Vata Season Anxiety Alert! Autumn has always been my favorite season. It brings […]

Learning What I Teach

Have you heard the saying “You teach what you need to learn”? What a truism that is! I’ve written so many articles about feelings and stress and breathing and meditating that I’ve lost count. Learning What I Teach Now I’m in the midst of chaos. I’m moving after being in the same apartment for many many […]

Moving On!

Yesterday I signed a lease on a new apartment in Jersey City. Really, I did. This is not another false alarm like my almost-move to Asheville in the fall of 2012. I am a bit terrified to report that this is the real deal. Moving On! This MAJOR life event unfolded in less than a week. […]

‘Tis the Season for Nurturing

I’ve been looking at this photo of my beloved cactus that I’ve decorated the last couple of years for inspiration/motivation. It’s been like pulling teeth getting me to put up any decorations this year. The “H” word still provokes feelings of intense anxiety for me. I was in a store at the end of October […]

Vata Season: Part Two

Vata Season has hit me hard this year. I love fall and seeing the trees bursting with color, but my nerves are begging to be plunged into a vat of warm Vata oil. In lieu of that happening, I’ve been treating myself to almost-weekly abhyanga massages at a local Ayurvedic spa, and doing self-massage in […]

Transitioning into Fall Vata Season

“It is the summer’s great last heat, It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.” – Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt Transitioning into Fall Vata Season Here in the Northeastern US where I live, fall is in the air. Well, sort of. It’s ever so subtle, but you can sense it. Apples have arrived at the […]

Striving for Balance Not Perfection

Ahh, the P word. Perfection. I never realized what a perfectionist I was until I started writing this newsletter. One night I was drifting off to sleep after having completed and scheduled a newsletter to go out the following morning. Suddenly, I bolted awake and rushed to my computer (had to turn it back on) […]

Conquering My Fear–I Did It! (And So Can You!)

I mentioned in my last post Loving My Introverted Self that I had received an email several weeks ago asking me to conduct an interview and I was terrified. Well, guess what? I did it! All the extroverts out there are probably thinking “Big deal,” but I know my fellow introverts are giving me a […]

Holiday Self-Love

It seems that every year when December is just around the corner and the holiday frenzy is underway, the subject of self-care shows up. Recently, during a conversation with a friend, I gently suggested that she might feel better if she focused a little more on herself and her own needs rather than on everyone […]

The Calm Before, During, and After the Storm

A Fire, a Hurricane, Meditation and 6.8 Million Lives My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones or their homes in Hurricane Sandy. Although affected by the storm, I still have a sturdy roof over my head and was unharmed. This past month has been full of challenges here in NYC and I […]

Approaching Vata Season With Care

Autumn has always been one of my favorite seasons–sunny days, sweater weather and the breathtakingly beautiful changing leaves. But for as long as I can remember it has also been a time of agitation. I would experience uncertainty, anxiety and an overall feeling of being unsettled. This seasonal shift confused me for years, until I […]

Don’t You Ever Smile?

Don’t You Ever Smile? I remember hearing those four words cut through me like a knife. I was around 15 years old and working a summer job at Dexter Chevrolet in Detroit, MI. I was quiet, shy, introspective and a bit sullen (I was a teenager after all), but nowhere near equipped to toss the […]

Taking Charge of Our Own Health

“Within all of us is the archetype of the Divine healer. This Divine healer is the true healer in all beings, not any particular individual or special personality. To heal ourselves we must set this Divine healer in motion within ourselves.” – Sri Dhanvantari Namah In the wee hours of March 31, 2012, I awoke […]

Staying Healthy When Traveling 2

Staying Healthy When Traveling 2 This is a re-post of an article I wrote last September after a year of unexpected travel. I hope some of the tips are helpful for all of you summer travelers! Preparation is key to staying healthy when traveling Up to a week in advance, make a list of everything […]

Asheville Here I Come (Gulp!)

Full confession–it’s been easy for me to write on this blog about change while I sit comfortably in my home of roughly eleven years. I’ve had my fair share of major change in my life, but it’s been awhile since I have been faced with uprooting myself. In the blink of an eye, I remembered […]

A Season For Giving (to Yourself) 2

 Here’s a re-post of an article I wrote two years ago. I hope that this Season For Giving to Yourself 2 self-care tips help you breeze through the often chaotic month of December. I will be taking my own advice this year as the anxiety starts to creep in! The holiday season is all about […]

Staying Healthy When Traveling

I think I traveled more this summer than in the rest of my life combined! Travel is fun and exciting but if you’re not careful it can leave you feeling drained and exhausted. Here are some tips to feeling good when on the go. Preparation is the key to minimizing stress to staying healthy when […]

Vata Season is Approaching!

According to the science of Ayurveda, pitta season will soon give way to Vata season.  This usually happens in late September, as summer turns to fall, but the effects can be felt as soon as the days start to shorten, the temperature drops and the wind begins to blow. Here in the northeast, after just […]

Fear of Flying

I am here to tell you that you can get over your fear of flying. I vividly remember landing at Chicago O’Hare Airport years ago with my family. As the plane pitched from side-to-side approaching the runway in the Windy City, every nerve in my body stood at attention. “Why is the pilot speeding up […]