Tomorrow is the Indian festival called Holi, the festival of color. On this remarkable day, children and adults alike revel in the streets throwing colored powder and water balloons, smearing each others’ faces with color, covering everyone in bright colorful hues. Traditionally, this festival marked the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Held … Continue reading The Need for Play
In the past year, as I have slowed my life way down to make room for my own healing, I have gained new eyes for the fast pace and incredible complexity of our modern society. The number of projects simultaneously up in the air, the quantity of communications that must happen in a given day, … Continue reading The Anti-Resolution: The Hidden Promise of Stopping
It’s one of my missions to help women sneak a little self-care into their daily lives. It can be tough to keep sane this time of year - the Vata-deranging qualities of winter push us towards the edge physically and mentally, even without the holiday frenzy on top. Now’s a great time to take matters … Continue reading 5 Best Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday
This is a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. You might ask it of me, as it’s been quite some time since I’ve written here. I’ve been on a sabbatical of sorts, albeit an unintended one. A foray into mysterious and murky terrain, seeking those bright nuggets worth the effort to bring home. … Continue reading “Where have you been?”
The elephant-headed Ganesha is revered by many yogis and Hindus around the globe. Most well-known as that force that removes obstructions in our path, his commitment and steadiness make him the perfect ally in facing the challenges and fears that arise through the course of life. Ganesha “Chaturthi” (which literally means the fourth) refers to … Continue reading Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!
On Monday, a full solar eclipse will be dramatically visible as its path reaches across the entire United States. At its peak, the moon will line up directly in front of the sun, turning the day progressively darker until its pinnacle in the middle of our daylight hours. The path of the full eclipse will stretch … Continue reading The Energy of Eclipse
So we've made it to the dog days of summer. As the heat and humidity reach their pinnacle in the world around us, so does Pitta within us. Have you felt any of the following signs of high Pitta recently? Rashes or redness in the skin Hot flashes Impatience Acid reflux or heartburn Irritability over … Continue reading 10 Ways to Pacify Pitta NOW!
Earlier this week, I discovered I had a groupon that was about to expire for a restaurant I hadn't tried yet. It was late, and I was tired – but I was also hungry, so I hopped in the car. I generally eat dinner around 6, but due to a late meeting it was now … Continue reading The Beauty of Kapha in Balance
Well, it's hot in Texas. There's no doubt about that. The people in both places are truly welcoming and friendly. And cows are important (in rather different ways, admittedly...). This spring, I immersed myself in the study of the local Texas medicinal herbs. While my training in Ayurveda gave me a beautifully comprehensive system to understand the effects of … Continue reading How Texas is like India
May Day conjures up images of maypoles and children frolicking among sweet new spring flowers. Last week, I came upon the following scene at the American Botanical Council's annual Herb Day. I snapped this shot after the interweaving dance had progressed quite far, and the adults were having to bend down to weave under each other's … Continue reading Weaving A Life