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"The American lifestyle generates an enormous number of sick people, and there's a huge cost to repair them. We're constantly looking for high-tech solutions - a new magic pill, a new surgical procedure. But what is we went low tech instead, giving people yoga strategies. It would be the biggest bang for the buck in terms of making an impact on the world." Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa  (Yoga Journal, May 2010) I love this idea-  calculating...

A main struggle of yogis on the path is narcissism.  The same struggle goes for  vaidyas (ayurvedic practitioners). The paths of yoga and ayurveda intrinsically invite us to greater and more subtle degrees of self-care (eat a sattvic, high prana diet, practice yoga  asana, pranayama, meditation, study, inquire and  contemplate ...

I came up with a great idea or so I thought to set up an affordable holistic model clinic, here  in the therapy rooms at my yoga studio (YogaTejas). The model was this: a variety of practitioners would use the space one or two days a week  for a low price (ex. $100 for Mondays). Practitioners gain access to the local Yoga community in the valley who are interested in wellness, and have a centralized,...

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,...

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