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Ritucharya–Honoring Seasonal Change

Ayurveda recognizes that we are creatures of our universe not apart from it—our bodies are exquisite symphonies of regulation, metabolism and structure interacting with the external environment.  That symphony takes its cues from the daily and seasonal light-dark cycle.  When … Continue reading

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Abhyanga–Love your Skin!

excerpted article also available on GoFitty.com and EverydayAyurveda.com If you have ever consulted with an Ayurvedic Practitioner, chances are that they recommended abhyanga to you.  Abhyangas are a prized therapy in Ayurvedic Medicine and can be received from a massage therapist … Continue reading

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Detox. Seriously?

These days the media waves are cluttered with diets and products that claim to aide in detoxification.  Modern medicine is contemptuous of these claims and is quick to point out that there is very little science to support claims about … Continue reading

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Gut Check: Biodiveristy in Your Own Belly

At your core, deep inside your gut, you have a garden…a plethora of bacteria creating your very own bio-network.  The health and happiness of this intimate ecology influences your health, your likelihood of being obese and a myriad of other … Continue reading

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It’s Spring, Time to Lighten Up!

It’s greening up outside and flowers are starting to blossom.   In Ayurvedic medicine, spring is the time to lighten up.  Diet, daily routine and exercise can help us enliven and blossom forth, shedding the heaviness accumulated during the winter.  Spring … Continue reading

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Haze of Desire–The Promise of Happiness

Dopamine.  The name sounds a little sinister like something someone might slip into your drink.  But no, dopamine is a neurotransmitter and is released inside our brains when there is a potential reward nearby.  It’s a key participant in the … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning….

Find yourself feeling achy, throat sore and coming down with something?  It’s early spring here in San Francisco—the first wildflowers are in bloom, plum trees are blossoming and Chinese New Year is right around the corner.  Early spring is a … Continue reading

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Too Much Holiday Cheer?

What to do when we wake up the next morning after too much celebration?  Ayurveda has some helpful suggestions for getting back to an even keel.

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Ayurdooda!?!

Yes, it’s true, when I tell people that I am an Ayurvedic practitioner, the most common response is, “A what?  What is that?”  So I thought I’d tell you a little bit about one of the world’s oldest medical systems—Ayurveda. … Continue reading

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Organic? Or not? That’s the Question at Hand

When I arrived in South Carolina this September, one of the first things my aunt told me over a meal was something like, “Well, did you hear the news that organic food is not that healthy after all—it doesn’t make … Continue reading

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