Wellness Category

I’m not one for fad supplements. I don’t believe that there are any miracles cures beyond listening to your body and caring for it against the subtle imbalances we feel. But I can’t say enough about the amazing properties of Turmeric (aka Curcumin). This yellow spice, best known for its presence in curry, is a bit of a super herb. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-carcinogen. Renowned Ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Vasant Lad, once said during a lecture that Turmeric is one of the best things to takeRead More
For years, I was religious about my yoga asana practice. I woke up and first thing, practiced every day without fail. I had to. Somehow I felt wonky if I did not. My day would unfold more smoothly when I did, and I loved that feeling. Yoga and meditation provided (and still provide) an unequaled opportunity for centering, inner spaciousness and evolutionary support. But anything we do can turn from expansive to constrictive. Soon I began to feel confined by my yoga and meditation practice. In my highly disciplined HathaRead More
In the midst of ordinary life, finding time to answer a spiritual thirst can seem impossible. We are ‘too busy’, have too many calls on our time already and can be forgiven for postponing spiritual work until some mythical date when we will ‘have time’ for it. Besides, spiritual search can seem mysterious and heavy, as we carry our burdens into our quest. But there are things we can do that are nourishing to the spirit and can help us to move in our chosen direction. We can easily doRead More
There’s no worse feeling than dragging the past behind you without knowing how to shake it off. Fears, limiting beliefs, and other traumas can take years to heal—if it’s possible even then. Almost as bad as emotional baggage is the feeling that you’re not quite living up to your full potential. If you can’t quite see yourself succeeding, an internal sense of “stuckness” can make it hard to move forward or to claim the victories that are nearly within reach. Emotions are no simple matter, but therapists and laypersons aroundRead More
The warmer weather for me always starts a change in my eating habits. In cooler temperatures,  I love a great bowl of hot soup loaded with tons of veggies and quinoa. I truly could live off soup when it’s cold outside. The change in season brings with it not only the heat but a change in what I like to eat. This is a time to lighten up my meals. I crave leafy greens, cucumber, grated Kohlrabi, radishes, and grilled zucchini – anything quick to prepare, and easily digested. EvenRead More
The survival of ancient civilizations has a lot to do with the types of food they live off. It’s no wonder many ancient foods, like the coconut of the Pacific Islanders, have all the nutrients to sustain such robust societies. These foods are now called superfoods in today’s society, in contrast to villainous fast foods. However, these superfoods were considered the norm by history’s most productive civilizations. Coconut is a superfood in a class by itself because it contains saturated fat – yes, the fat we’ve all been told toRead More
As someone with pigmented spots, I try to be very careful about sun exposure. It is unfortunate that I find the sun so addictive. I don’t think there is anything more comforting than being swathed in the sun’s rays and feeling its uplifting brightness halo my body—you can see why I have pigmentation. Now, I have to admit that when I lived in Australia I got some pretty bad burns, and a lot of it had to do with a misconception of sun protection. I will begin by giving youRead More
A hatha yoga practice flowers from the inside out. It is never about how it looks from the outside in. Life itself grows from within. We often get caught up into thinking that the source of love we all want to experience is somewhere outside. So we push and pull at the moment, wanting to be somewhere else. All the while, the fullness of love we wish to find has been quietly waiting for our fluttering minds to grow quiet. In stillness, we see that love is like a seedRead More
That which we see and experience as life is really not solid and fixed. Life is the dance of pure consciousness arising. We often don’t understand this eternal truth, because we want to believe that the impermanent, that which is passing, will be permanent. So when moods change, people come and go, things break and fall away, we experience disappointment, heartbreak and pain. A certain inner space is required to recognize, see through and eventually let go of these temporary incorrect perceptions. That is where meditation comes in. The practiceRead More
If you’ve had any past experience with aromatherapy, you may already know that essential oils work on physical, spiritual and energetic levels. These plant essences, with their delicate perfumes, have an ancient history as medicine. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Native American tribes, essential oils have been revered and treasured around the world for the healing impact they have on body, mind and soul. The most potent essential oils can do more than relieve an upset stomach or take away a headache – although they do that, too. TheyRead More