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Much has been written in the last decade about diet and depression. This connection seems obvious to anyone who has ever radically shifted their diet and experienced a whole new way of being. Often in cleanse courses I teach many people awaken to the same realization - when they simply cleanse or liquid fast for a few days they awaken to their inherent inner joy. Better than dark chocolate. No really. This connection is the basis...

Having an understanding of constitutional (prakruti) tendencies can greatly improve your ability to connect with your students. If we don't understand constitution often we just project our experience of yoga onto our students. For example, if you're strongly driven and have pitta tendencies and you notice one of your students continually seem distracted and can't link instructions within their own body, you might feel disconnected from them. Simply using your drive to connect intuitively...

The current alternative medical model copied the western medical model in treating the individual. This misses the greater context of the individual being part of a family organism. Most individuals who I see want to spend our limited and precious time together talking about themselves, but I encourage talk about their children, mates, and parents. In gaining a larger perspective of a client’s relationships and the lifestyle and meal patterns of the family I am...

The two main systems of understanding the 18 month process of growing a baby and nourishing a newborn could be simplified to allopathic and holistic. As these two systems arose out of different paradigms, cultures and eras, the language both use to describe a healthy pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience differ tremendously depending on what lens your seeing through. Most western empowered women today would be surprised that they are even looking through an allopathic lens....

As my group of ninety yogis gracefully moves through their spring cleanse I've been reading a multitude of cleansing theory. What jumps out is the difference between dieting, which just seems so '80's,  and cleansing. I'll take a moment for a brief comparison. In a typical diet we restrict ourselves with certain foods for a few reasons: (1) to change our body and body image (2) to lose weight (3) to improve health (avoid heart attacks,...

I first started offering cleanse course in a reactionary response to the high expense of traditional ayurvedic detoxification methods. They aren't expensive in India due to the vestiges of the ancient caste system coupled with a population explosion that renders labor cheap. Traditional ayurvedic cleansing from India (aka Pancha Karma) may last 30 days and involve a few care-givers (massage therapists) rubbing various herbs, oils, and other substances into your skin, applying heat, leeches or...

Enlightened Health Care As Americans, we’re aware how our health care system may not serve our evolving exploration of wellness. From my perspective two of the biggest shifts from conventional medicine and conventional holistic medicine into enlightened health care are: 1.         Taking a family-based approach as opposed to an individual-based approach 2.      Education as opposed to treatment You have probably shifted this in your life to some degree already. I’m inviting you to incorporate the shift your...

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