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How to Thrive for Vata, Pitta, & Kapha

Dear my special peeps, I finally got around to making the Dosha *THRIVE GUIDE* Cheatsheets. You can use them seasonally. Or you can use them to manage your constitution. You can even print them for your friends or yoga students to help them thrive. Use the Thrive Guides For Your Constitution:If you are spontaneous, a worry-wort and tend towards constipation or bloating: Print How to be a Vata  If you're intense and easily overheat physically and emotionally: Print How to be a Pitta If you're chillax and easily get pudgy,  Print How to be a Kapha Use the Thrive Guides...

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Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 3: Sacred Chemistry

Sacred Chemistry is what happens when we perceive the transmutations and subtle gradients. We allow and observe the energetic transfers between energy (prana) and matter (everything prana can influence). The hard scientists may cringe. Cringe away - we hippie-dippies don't care. And check out the genius work of Dr. John Hankey who is mapping Ayurveda out in hard science. Liberated from a more material approach to chemistry, we are free to see why indeed Ayurveda has been around so damn long and just won't quit....

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What your allergies are trying to tell you

Are you allergic to Nature?Ever step outside and have a respiratory attack or mucus-removal fest? While it may appear you are allergic to Nature, chances are you're out of sync inside your body. My experience is that out-of-sync bodies become reactive bodies when an internal tipping point is reached. This tipping point is often reached when seasons change....

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Winter Solstice Ojas Building Rituals

The rhythm of the Winter Solstice is slow and inward. The slowing down builds ojas, the subtle energy of Kapha dosha. Kapha means to nourish or nurture, and is the growth and repair mechanism in our cells. Winter is the time to build our annual ojas, and the Winter Solstice is the kick-off event for this cycle.Ojas is your immune system. From Ayurveda, ojas is like a subtle gel of connective consciousness which contains the raw energy and intelligence of prana and inspired glow of tejas throughout our body. When...

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Woman are Water, part 1

Women are Water The big realization that upleved my family’s bliss in the past year was that I set the rhythm. I set the rhythm whether I’m conscious of it or not. I imagine most of you are saying, “yea. Duh.”But I’m wonder if you, like me, forget to actually own the implications.For those in my prenatal/postpartum online course, you’ve been ingrained with my matrika “mother as the midline”.  My sense is it also works as “woman as the midline”.In tantric language, perhaps we might see shakti dancing in the center that keeps drawing shiva’s attention to circle around her.The many residual shadows in our subconscious from the remnants of patriarchy may lead us to believe it’s the other way around.  About a year ago, in a fit of not knowing what to do next (a.k.a. surrender), I cultivated a new depth of my own center and let the chips fall where they may.What that looked like in reality is that I stopped cooking for my family. How un-Ayurveda of me, oh my! (Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t let my 2-year old starve). I decided to listen to what my body needed for optimization. I would consciously do this before I asked others about their needs and wants.Revolutionary, I know. It became my 10 x daily practice.. moving against female conditioning.Why is this crucial?  Why me before you?The most fundamental explanation lies in the energy field. Let me break it down:
  • Woman’s bodies have more water element (kapha, moon energy).
  • Men’s bodies have more pitta (fire, sun energy).
  • Water is receptive and morphic (changes to take the shape of the container it's in). Water also gets polluted very easily. In Ayurvedic terms, water element is chemical energy. (Fire has radiant energy, air has kinetic and electrical, earth has magnetic).
  • Fire element is radiant, or moving outward from center, and therefore less sensitive to other’s bodies. (Of course this sensitivity is developed by our lovely consciousness practices)
When a woman puts other’s needs before her own she invites outside energy into her field before her field is protected, grounded or balanced. Doh. If she forgets to clear, nourish and protect her receptive energy body nobody wins in the long run.And I keep hearing this from different experts. Bridget Brennan,bestselling author of Why She Buys, encapsulates corporate strategy into this sentence: “The lesson is this – when you make women happy, you make everyone happy.”How do we make women (ourselves) happy? We start by owning our water body. When women know how to keep their watery bodies uncongested, unpolluted and grounded, guess what? Not only is the woman happy. Everyone is happy. She glows. Everyone notices and attunes.
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What is a living foods Ayurveda Cleanse?

Grab your free week 1 - pre detox guide - print & post on fridge!I first learned how to cleanse from Ayurveda world. This entailed drinking ghee (clarified butter), eating kitchari (rice, mung beans & curry spices), purging with castor oil, snorting oil up my nostrils, doing herbal and oil enemas. I’ve taught this way of cleansing for the last decade because of it works. It works for a lot of people. And it doesn’t work for a lot of people.I hypothesize kitchari cleanses don’t work for those people for two...

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