Wellness Category

An important part of preventing illness and infection is to provide the body with ample amounts of the nutrients it needs to keep the immune system strong. In late fall and early winter, it is critical to be thinking of prevention, before the cold or flu bug has a chance to settle in. Eating the right kind of whole foods, like those found in my “Immune-Building Brown Rice Congee” from my book Meals that Heal Inflammation, is a great way of doing this. Congee is a rice porridge commonly servedRead More
As the cold winter descends, I thought I would write about the beautifying and therapeutic properties of oiling your body for detoxification, rejuvenation and to combat the dry weather. Many of us view oil as “too heavy” or “clogging”, but in fact, oils are restorative for our skin as well as cleansing. Some oils are even used in Ayurveda to kill parasites internally and externally. It is also important to understand that each oil is unique: some oils stimulate, some oils calm, some oils rebuild tissue and some oils areRead More
The Various Kinds of Yoga Yoga is a 5,000-year-old life science and art. It touches upon many topics and areas of inquiry, such as herbal medicine, meditative and contemplative practices, ritual, chanting, astrology and sound – just to name a few. The yoga most commonly known in the West is Hatha yoga, a practice that cultivates the experience of a balanced and unified state of being through physical exercises. The Sanskrit word “yoga” means to join, to yoke or to unify. All yoga practices have the development of a harmoniousRead More
Meditation is very dear to me as it fuels my life and is the foundation of all I do. It is a deepening, ongoing process that continues to teach me the true value of life and love. In our active lives, meditation helps us step out of our business and see a bigger picture. I like to say that meditation is my medication: it’s my way of healing the neuroses of my mind. Our minds wander. They want. We can feel spontaneously happy then suddenly unhappy. Yet enlightened teachers tellRead More
Most of us would agree that when we are not feeling ill or don’t have pain, we think we are healthy. We don’t even think about it much and take it completely for granted that we wake up in the morning, are able to get out of bed and that everything works and functions as it is supposed to. Until it doesn’t. When something fails in the body, we go to a doctor and trust that he or she will tell us what is wrong with us and has theRead More
Have you toyed with the idea of improving your body for a while now? Whether your chief aim is to lose fat, improve your tennis swing, have more stamina in hockey or just feel better when your feet hit the floor in the morning, something has hit the fan to make you sense this time is different. This time, you will stick to your guns and make it happen. You must believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself to make the needed changes in your daily habits, youRead More
For years I have been asked, “Which diet should I follow?” Macrobiotic, Diabetic, Paleolithic, Vegan, Vegetarian, South Beach, Specific Carbohydrate, Low Fat, Fruitarian, Atkins, Low Cal, Raw, 100 Mile, Blood Type, The Maker’s, Weight Watchers; the list goes on and on. I can understand why people feel so confused about this subject. I do not believe that there is one generalized diet that is good for everyone. We all come with our own specific medical background that we need to pay attention to in order to know what we shouldRead More

Posted On September 16, 2011By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, Fashion, October 2011 - Activation

Beauty: Fall Beauty Care, by Kristen Ma

It’s official – summer is over (wah!). Unfortunately for us all, the sobering autumn weather has already set in. But September can also mean a new year, the start of being productive again, and beauty reinvention. Sometimes I think that the fall is even more of a “new beginnings” feel than January. So, below are some tips for feeling refreshed and beautiful this season. Though the summer usually means good times, its sun, fun and heat take a toll on our skin and bodies – we will need a bitRead More