Lean Against a Tree and Let Nature Heal You

I have my pink writing crown on (for real – I found it in a shop in Upstate NY last year) and still the words are struggling to show themselves. I’ve been absent from my blog for too long, and with each passing day I seem frozen in a strange waiting mode. I’ve noticed that […]

Easy Ayurvedic Tips for Cleansing the Body and Mind in March

March roared in like a lion this year for those of us in the NYC area. The wind was gusting up to 50 mph and the temperature has been like a teeter-totter – 70 degrees yesterday and dipping down into the 30’s tomorrow. Typically a sorry and dreaded month, March seems to be even more […]

Kitchari for One

Kitchari is Ayurveda’s ultimate version of a vegetarian chicken soup. Kitchari for One is my recipe for those of us who don’t need a whole big pot. This easy recipe is great during periods of cleansing, illness, or whenever your digestion needs a break. It’s a perfect meal during Kapha Season as it gently helps detoxify […]

Be the Cherry Tree

“Because we are formed from nature and have a sympathetic resonance with her, only nature can heal us when we become ill. When we eat when we are hungry, rest when we are tired, and create when inspiration comes, we live in sync with nature’s tempos. Disease will not last in a body-mind that is […]

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, […]

Bitter is Better

There’s a famous Ayurvedic saying – “Bitter is Better.” Our ancestors knew that food having a bitter quality helped with sluggish digestion and cleansing fats from the blood and liver. Our modern diet is seriously lacking in the bitter taste. Sweet, sour and salty are the tastes most of us gravitate towards. The less we consume of the […]

Be Mindful as the Season Shifts

There are three seasons, according to Ayurveda, which revolve around different harvests. Vata – fall/early winter Pitta – late spring/summer Kapha – late winter/early spring Here in the Northeast where I live, and in many other parts of the world, we are transitioning from Vata Season to Kapha Season in mid-January. Vata and Kapha have very […]

More on Kapha Season

“Solid as a rock, cool as a glimmering stream in the white moonlight; such is the essence of Kapha. Kapha is the archetypal Mother Earth.” –Maya Tiwari If you live anywhere in the world where it’s late winter, then this information will apply to you. And if you’re one of my friends around the globe […]

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 […]