Children Have Doshas Too

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 10, 2012. Whenever I pass a schoolyard or a playground, I always play the Dosha Game. It’s a made-up game where I try to spot the little Vatas, Pittas, and Kaphas. It’s a perfect place to hone your Ayurveda skills because it’s easy to differentiate the […]

Why Following the Ayurvedic Clock Changes Everything

I spend a good part of every day (and night) observing myself and others in an Ayurvedic light. I can’t help myself. I really can’t. It has informed and changed me that much. Here’s why following the Ayurvedic clock changes everything. When I walk the streets of NYC it’s a veritable schoolhouse for observing the […]

Puzzling Out Fibromyalgia and The Epstein-Barr Virus

Two years ago I finally sat down and wrote a lengthy article about my healing journey from fibromyalgia. It had been over a decade since that morning when I woke up with “pain all over” and about four years since the pain had subsided. I guess I needed time to ruminate about it. It seems […]

Pitta Season How to Keep Your Cool

Pitta Season How to Keep Your Cool Pitta Season has officially arrived here in the Northeastern US. When I returned from relatively cool Scotland I was greeted with a blast of heat and humidity. My Vata-Pitta body said, “Oh boy, here we go.” Of course, it’s back down in the 50’s right now and more […]

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 […]

Why Expelling Excess Summer Heat Leads to a Healthier Fall

The junctures between the seasons are the perfect time to cleanse the body of any excesses which might have built up, both in the body and the mind. Failure to do this is an invitation for diseases to set in, if the body/mind is in a weakened state. Why Expelling Excess Summer Heat Leads to […]

August Don’t Forget Your Dose of R & R!

By now you might know about my penchant for rowing boats. Not the racing kind, but the slow, gliding across the lake, looking at the clouds kind of rowing. It makes my heart skip a beat just to know that I’ll be heave-hoing in just a few days. I had a taste of it last weekend […]

Staying Cool, Calm and Collected During Pitta Season

Pitta Season is just around the corner here in NYC. We’ve had a few hot days but also lots of cool windy ones. My guess is that all of a sudden we’re going to be in the middle of a heat wave and I want to be prepared. I know that many of you reading […]

Why Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution Is so Important

Ayurveda teaches that we are all born with a set constitution called Prakriti (means nature or first creation in Sanskrit) which is determined at the moment of conception. Determining factors are: The constitution of both parents (genetics) The state of health of the mother throughout her pregnancy Environmental factors such as the season and even time of day when conception […]

Hoping April Showers and May Flowers are Here to Stay

Depending on where you live in the world there are certain months that have always been just plain WET. I grew up in Michigan and live in NYC where both climates are pretty similar. We always like to say “April showers bring May flowers” as we endure soggy rainy days (hopefully not too cold) with […]

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 […]

A Year of Living the Ayurvedic Way

Happy 2014! What do you say? Are you ready to give Ayurveda a try in 2014 after reading all the articles I wrote last year? It really did revolutionize my life, so I thought I would throw the idea out there to all of you. Many healthy tips we hear nowadays have their roots in […]

Staying Cool The Ayurvedic Way

“Even after all this time The Sun never says to the Earth ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that It lights the whole sky.” – Hafiz This poem by Hafiz is one of my favorites. The sun tirelessly gives to us day in and day out. It warms us, energizes us, […]

Pitta Season: It’s Finally Here!

Today is the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in New York City where I live, the weather bounced back and forth like a ping-pong ball for several weeks. I love ping-pong, but my body had a really hard time adjusting to all of the weather fluctuations. In the […]

The Transformative Power of Spring

My favorite spring flower is the ranunculus! Ever since I’ve been a student of Ayurveda, I’ve begun paying more attention to the nuances of the seasons. It has changed my life so profoundly that frankly, I want everyone else to jump on board! Just the simple act of aligning with Mother Nature can reverse health […]

Kapha Season

According to Ayurveda, the 7,000-year-old system of mind, body, and spirit holistic health, if you’re anywhere in the world where winter is transitioning into spring, it’s Kapha season. Here in the Northeastern United States where I live, the transition is evident. Although there’s still a lot of wind (Vata element) we’re seeing more moisture in […]

All Exercise Is Not Created Equal

According to Ayurveda, exercise is not a one-size-fits-all activity, and too much rigorous exercise can be just as harmful to the body as not enough. If you know anything at all about the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, it won’t be difficult to discern who’s likely getting too much exercise and who’s not getting […]

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 […]

Kapha Season 2

“Kapha is the biological water humor, also translated as phlegm. It means ‘that which holds things together.’ Kapha dosha provides substance and gives support, and makes up the bulk of our bodily tissues.” – Dr. David Frawley I recently discovered that there is a meteorological date for the first day of spring (March 1st) and […]

Listening to Our Bodies The Ayurvedic Way

I slept for 12 hours the other night! I’m not sure whether to brag or feel guilty about it. How about neither? Instead I think I’ll just pat myself on the back for listening to my body and giving it what it needed. I’m an avid follower of Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old medical system from India which […]

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 […]

It’s All About Perception

My article titled “It’s All About Perception” was recently featured on energy healer Deborah King’s website. You can read it here. I would love to hear your thoughts! Here is an excerpt below: Since studying Ayurveda, I’ve learned that before I cast judgment on someone’s reaction, I do a quick “dosha assessment” and then usually […]

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