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 […]

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 […]

Why You Need to Cool Your Body NOW

Here we are again, approaching the juncture between Ayurvedic seasons. The heat of Pitta Season will soon give way to the cold and windy nature of Vata Season (Fall/Early Winter). Ayurveda cautions that this seasonal shift is a tenuous time for our health. While it’s still terribly hot and humid here in the NYC/NJ area, […]

Why Jamie Fraser Is the Perfect Pitta Male

Well, the 2015 Emmy nominations just came out and the cast of my favorite TV show, “Outlander” got snubbed. Boo. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever paid such close attention to the Emmy nominations. Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies and everyone else involved are spectacular. And, oh, there’s Scotland, which almost steals the […]

My Bike Is My Muse

My bike is my muse. I had this thought the other day while riding my twenty-something-year-old PINK Giant mountain bike. It seems like all I have to do is hop on her and the ideas start to flow. Sometimes they flow like a river, sometimes they drip like a faucet, and sometimes they flood my […]

Ayurvedic Tips to Avoid Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

“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, and keeps […]

Cool Your Pitta Fire

Cool your Pitta fire by favoring cooling foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent Good food choices are: Sweet Fruits: melon, mangoes, pineapple (only if sweet), apples, watermelon, cucumber (yes, it’s a fruit!), etc. Milk (drink it alone with Pitta-pacifying spices like saffron and turmeric). Raw milk or at the very least un-homogenized milk has the most […]

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 […]

What Does Ayurveda Have to Do with Pizza?

What Does Ayurveda Have to Do with Pizza? I was watching a segment on CBS This Morning where the subject of childhood obesity and pizza was being discussed. Because of pizza’s prevalence in the American diet, especially with kids, a recent study was published in the journal Pediatrics which compared caloric intake, fat and sodium, when […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Coconuts to Cool Your Pitta Fire

I love coconuts, especially during the summer months. From coconut water to coconut ice cream, there’s something about them that’s synonymous with hot weather. As always, Mother Nature has provided a good reason. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and low on the glycemic index. I have had a few unlucky incidences of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pitta Season The Heat is On!

“Pitta is the biological fire humor, also translated as bile. Its meaning is ‘that which digests things’. Pitta dosha is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations in the body. It also governs our mental digestion, our capacity to perceive reality and understand things as they are.” – Dr. David Frawley It’s that Pitta time […]

Don’t throw out those tops!

At what point did it become the norm to only eat the roots of the radish plant?  Don’t throw out those tops! When fresh off the farm, this noble member of the mustard family (a close relative of turnips, cabbage, cauliflower and kale) offers wonderful nutrition in both the root and the greens.  In fact, […]

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