Ayurveda

Which Ayurveda are You into?

Old school vs. Avant Garde. Living foods vs. cooked foods. Which side of the fence are you on, or are you straddled?There is an evolution gaining mometum in the Ayurvedic community. It's called Living Foods Ayurveda. Most schools aren't teaching it yet. Most practitioners aren't practicing it yet. The leaders in the community are Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Shantree Kacera. It's all living foods - enzymes intact - pranically intact, not dead food.When I went to Ayurveda school I never heard mention of it. That's not entirely true. I heard mention...

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Raw Corn Tacos

I keep eating these and thought you might enjoy them too. They take about 5 minutes to make  - perfect for end of summer. Perfect for those transitioning to a living foods diet (out of  a pranically -dead foods diet).What you need:3 sprouted corn tortillas (check fridge at Wholefoods) some creamy dressing ( I make a southwestern Caeser from the Rebar Cookbook) chopped cilantro sliced cucumber raw salsa (I know - nightshades. Ugg. But just a few bites - nothing to get all inflammatory about)! raw cheese (I get...

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Where to go for Ayurvedic Ed

About once a month I receive an email asking where to do go school to become an illustrious Ayurvedic Counselor, Practitioner, or Educator. What is so terribly exciting about the question is the sheer number of schools that have appeared or further developed their programs since I asked the very same question in 1997. Not only is the ancient wisdom being kept alive, the conversation is rising to embrace our postmodern challenges. Yet another example of how Ayurveda is intrinsically Integral - transcending and including that which has come before.Here...

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Rules and dogma

A few times a week I run into a certain prejudice surrounding Ayurveda - usually in conversation with the modern western yogi.  Here is an email from last week (I'll add bold text for those who skim):Hi Cate,I"m leaning towards doing the ALC (Ayurvedic Living Course) and had a question for you.  My understanding of ayurveda is that it is really rigid as a belief system.  While I'm really interested in learning about it and incorporating, at least parts of it, into my life, I don't want to be bound...

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In all the wrong places

I used to look to my husband to support my meditation practice. Not just support, but foster, boost, amplify, etc. One of my Integral friends pointed out to me that my husband didn't feel the drive to meditate as strongly as I did - therefore he didn't meditate as much as I was desiring to meditate myself. Funny place to look for support.Now you might think I could have figured that out for myself, but you would be wrong.My shift in where to look for support in new frontiers of...

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Do you rub your mother’s feet?

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 ...

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