Ayurveda

Truth be told, I messed up my intestinal flora. I know it happens. But it really doesn’t “happen.” I caused a series of events that allowed dysbiosis “to happen.” This series of events knocked out my good intestinal flora. But since this blog post is a recipe, I’ll spare you the details. Here’s the keyword version of it: eating homegrown greens and veggies for five months > Yogidetox > juicing > enemas > eating fermented foods > travel/hotels > relocate to Mexican condo > stop eating fermented foods > get...

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on my love affair with chokecherries. Everywhere I turn I see superfoods. I feel hyper-nourished, and more than deeply abundant. It wasn’t always so with me. I used to look for my savior and salvation in an herbal concoction. I used to spend money on supplements. I can pick a pound of chokecherries in about 15 minutes. Most of my neighbors and friends here in the Tetons are surrounded by chokecherries and other superfoods that haven’t yet landed in the media as...

I lived in the Tetons for 15 years before harvesting chokecherries. I wish I’d known sooner! Chokecherries grow in insane abundance in this part of the world: You can pick pounds in an hour! I asked Indy’s grandparents who are from the area if they’d harvested chokecherries while growing up. When they said yes, I asked how they used them. They responded with nothing out of the ordinary, only mentioning they’d made syrup for pancakes. I’m not that into dousing wild natives in white sugar. So I figured you might want to...

Ayurveda, the folk medicine from India and sister-science of Yoga, optimizes your body to feel great and last a good, long time. Based on habits and rhythms Ayurveda understands human biorhythms inside and out. If your daily habits go against our primate-ancestral rhythms you will suffer and/or cut your life short. There are 10 key habits the yogis of yore relied on that couldn’t be more relevant to thriving today. Which of the habits do you need now? 1. Eat an Earlier Lighter Dinner Is lunch your main meal or do you do...

For the past 9 years, I have led a group through the nine month journey to living Ayurveda in daily life. For the 10th year of the course I scrapped the Living Ayurveda Course curriculum. I opened the doors to the easiest way to embody the 50 centuries of Ayurvedic wisdom into simple practice daily living skills to enhance modern life. Using collective leadership with students and course mentors we co-created the new curriculum. We scrapped our old book list and co-created the book list you see below. Here is...

As promised, I’m sharing pics from the facial experiment at the June Yogahealer retreat. We had 30 peeps under a big cottonwood near the raging mighty Teton creek. I first did a group facial in my yurt with 6 peeps. I set up stations and around we went. I asked Batool Merali, who has been a mentor in Living Ayurveda and a Yoga Health Coach, among a ton of other certifications. Batool is from India living in Rapid City and Miami. She has been my biggest cheerleader through all the commotion of starting...

You may have heard that meditation will help your relationship. Meditation makes you more present, more aware, more curious, more efficient, more available, more resilient, more skillfully communicative, flexible in how you show up and respond, more empathic (aka “nicer to hang with), smarter, more intuitive, less afraid, and more ethical. (For research see here.) Obviously, any one of those side benefits to meditation would drastically improve your relationship with yourself first, and with your partner second. But, know that when you become a meditator, all of these side benefits will...

  Guest Blog post by Living Ayurveda Course Member, Heather Stewart. To watch the intro videos for the Living Ayurveda Course, click here.   I’ll call this my year of firsts. Until now, I’ve never written a blog post. In fact, I’ve never even read one. Well, that’s not true. I read one once. That’s not my 1st first for this year though. This is the first year I’ve struggled with near-sighted vision. Oh, the joys of getting older. And not too long before that, I eliminated dairy from my diet for the...

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