Category Archives: wellness

AYURVEDA IN THE AGE OF FEAR AND LOATHING—WORDS OF WISDOM AND HOPE

Turmoil and uncertainty fill the air these days.  Seemingly irreparable divides fracture our politics.  Folks on both sides of the aisle experience aversion to those they disagree with.  Many of us are experiencing increased anxiety, insomnia and, often times, a … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Self-Care–The Key to Wellness

“Sama dosha sama agnishcha sama dhatu mala kriya; prasanna atma indriya manah svastha iti abhideyate.” (Sushruta Samhita)  “Balanced dosha, balanced digestive fire, balanced bodily tissues, elimination and function; contented soul, senses, and mind. These are said to constitute health.”    In … Continue reading

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Tis the season….

Tis the season to think about dieting.  Or is it?  Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions that revolve around weight.  Thinness is the Holy Grail of our time and there is immense pressure from the medical community, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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