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 […]

Loving Your Belly

I used to have that kind of relationship with my belly until I was introduced to two similar modalities that gave me a whole new outlook on this vastly under-appreciated part of our body. Here’s a description of both techniques by Dr. Gabrielle Francis, the Herban Alchemist. Mayan Abdominal Massage “This is an ancient massage […]

Less is More Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

I remember many years ago a friend telling me she had started eating two tablespoons of chia seeds each day, an amount that is commonly recommended on many health websites. Chia seeds are very rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and have a host of other health benefits. But according to Ayurveda, my friend […]

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 […]

Eat your Healthy Fats!

One of the silliest trends to come out of the 1990’s was the low-fat, no-fat craze and I bought into it hook, line and sinker. I drank skimmed milk by the gallon and ate low-fat potato chips (together, I might add) and thought that anyone who didn’t was crazy. Although much has been written regarding […]

Energy For the New Year

The New Year is upon us and people everywhere are thinking about their resolutions. Whether it’s losing 5 pounds or giving something up, making too many specific goals sets us up for disappointment. This is especially true when your goals involve going without something you love or forcing yourself to do something you hate. A […]

What Goes in MUST Come Out

We all do it, we all hate to talk about it, and we all need to know more about it. What Goes in MUST Come Out! Probably one of the most dreaded subject matters is the bowel movement. Nothing causes embarrassment more readily than the act itself and all things associated: flatulence, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and […]

Simple Ways to Improve Your Colon Health

What goes in, must come out. If you are not having regular bowel movements (3 a day is optimal), try these Simple Ways to Improve Your Colon Health tips to get things moving. Water! Water softens the food we eat and just like in plumbing, keeps everything moving along. Water is best ingested alone, away […]

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