Ayurveda

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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Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 2: Systems Theory

I find the crux is in keeping perspective. In the last lesson I waxed poetic on the importance of keeping a flossed inner body throughout the day - an expanded physiological reality. In this lesson I drive home the necessity of tapping into and maintaining a ginormous cosmos-centered perspective. Odin figured this out. Not the dog…but the Norse God - the father of Thor -the god of the mysterious realms of wisdom. ...

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Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 1

The first story is the Before-I-had-much-education-on-my-sacred-anatomy story. It starts with a kick-me-when-I'm-down story. I think we all have a kick-me-when-I'm-down story. A dark night of the soul. A wake up call into a reality our ego would like to take a raincheck on. Some of us take it as a personal assault from the divine. This batch of folks falls into the demise of those with victim-mentality. I knew enough to know better. Maybe....

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Ode to my Grandmother: Investing in An Evolutionary Strategy for Your Aging

There is a humility to our bodies aging that bewilders me. How can I make the best of this precious vehicle - this holy abode - for up to 60 more years? This is the question. I wrote a blog post naming some of the bigger issues and opportunities I see with aging. My sense is it comes down to how we invest. Invest our awareness, which is our time. Invest our dollars in that which inspires us to take up better ways of being in a body. Invest in communities...

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Pranayama

In this 20 minute video Dr. Claudia Welch and I discuss the basics of diaphragmatic breathing that must proceed the practice of any kind of conscious breathing practice. I also delve deep into the dangers and benefits of pranayama. And talk about balancing on your thumb....

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Raw Foods Ayurveda vs. Traditional Ayurveda

Raw or Cooked Ayurveda First off, press play and watch my silly cartoon. Vatas can't go raw. Or can they? In yoga and Ayurveda circles there can be an unfriendly, and sometimes uninformed bias against raw or living foods. One of the main arguments is that raw food creates a vata imbalance. And I agree, this does happen. Yet, in an attempt to bridge two forward thinking, even potentially evolutionary communities,  we want to understand, as yogis and as ayurvedic practitioners how to intelligently and seasonally prepare living foods. Ayurveda doesn't prejudice climates, ecosystems,...

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Raw Food & Yoga Day

“Hi Cate. Thanks so much for a great weekend of yoga and wonderful food. I am definitely inspired to continue incorporating more yoga into my routine and more living foods into my diet. I am so glad you incorporated the wild foods into the discussion. Why make a smoothie with an expensive green food powder when you can blend the weeds in your own yard. I’m 3 for 3 with backyard green smoothie breakfast since returning, mint/clover/nettle/thistle/dandelion definitely provide a kick that is very much of the local ecosystem and the...

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