Wishing You Sweet Healing Dreams

I’ve been wanting to write about dreams for the longest time. I’m no dream expert and am lucky if I remember bits and pieces of them. I’ve learned to keep a dream journal by my bed but even that is no guarantee that the dream won’t evaporate quickly. On Friday, I’d just bought a new […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Have Sign Up Itis?

Do You Have Sign Up Itis? I know I do. I just can’t seem to resist those beautifully marketed web programs. I think I need an intervention. Ayurvedically speaking, Sign-up-itis is the curse of the Vata-type person. We’re not the best when it comes to self-control, we get seduced by creative shiny packages, we love […]

Here Are My All Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Many many years ago my doctor said to me “You really should be on medication. You have too many highs and lows.” I stubbornly refused, telling her that the waxing and waning of my moods in many ways reflected my rhythm of making art. Some of my best work was created during the lows, some of […]

Remembering Ralph

I’m not someone who remembers dates. Let alone what day of the week it is. But May 5th is a date I don’t forget anymore. My partner, Ralph, died four years ago on that day. Cinco de Mayo. Remembering Ralph. If you have a healthy grieving process, you move forward, you move on, you heal. And […]

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 […]

Use Your Senses to Stay Balanced

Each dosha is connected to one of more of the five senses Vata (air/space elements) = hearing and touch Pitta (fire/water) = sight Kapha (water/earth) = taste and smell Use Your Senses to Stay Balanced We obviously use all five senses, no matter what our constitution is, but a particular sense (or senses) will be […]

How the Doshas Play a Role During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again and I am trying to keep the panic at bay. The holidays seem to be all about staying organized, time management, scheduling, and upsetting your regular routine. Finally, I understand why these holiday months have always derailed me – they went and put the holidays smack dab in the […]

Early to Rise is the Second Half of the Equation

Last week’s Ayurvedic Tip was about the benefits of getting to bed before 10:00 p.m. (Pitta time). Today I want to explain why Ayurveda believes rising with the sun is such a good idea. Early to Rise is the Second Half of the Equation 6:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. is Kapha time. Remember when I said […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Children Have Doshas Too

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 doshas. Children Have Doshas Too Truth be told, we are not exactly […]

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 […]

Change is Just a Six-Letter Word

 I recently spent a week at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY where, in addition to spending time in nature away from the city, I was enrolled in a workshop entitled “Coaching the Artist Within” with creativity coach Eric Maisel.  Becoming a health counselor and all that it entails had become just one more reason […]

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