Okay let's talk caffeine...the world’s most loved and socially acceptable drug. This is one that I have such a complicated relationship with. On the one hand, the high it gives you is amazing! I become superwoman and can do and accomplish everything, but in excess it makes me incredibly anxious and I quickly experience burnout. So let's talk about why this is (both from a Western and Ayurvedic perspective) and what some alternatives are.Read More
On of my goals this year is to enter into the next level of finding harmony and balance by connecting more deeply to the earth and to her natural rhythms. This includes my own natural rhythms as well as the rhythms inherent within the seasons.Read More
It's time. After having been thoroughly distracted for a while it's time for me to recommit to my morning practice. There was a point in time when I was really good about waking up and meditating first thing every morning. But it's been a while since I've consistently taken the time to meditate before starting my day. And I've missed the sense of groundedness and deep connection it brought me. So last week I re-committed. And just for fun, I decided to experiment by adding in sun salutations before sitting down to meditate. I've never had a consistent sun salutation practice but the idea has always been appealing. I mean, you've got to admit, there is something beautiful about the idea of waking up and greeting the sun each morning.Read More
I swear these days it seems like everyone and their mother, sister, little brother, cousin, and distant relative all have some sort of digestive issue going on. Leaving aside the debate over why this is the case, I've put together a list of the 10 things I've learned keep a tummy happy.Read More
If you've taken my class this week you know I've been sequencing around what I call "summer tired." I LOVE summer. It's an energetic and playful season. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and all I want to do is play all day long. What this means is that I'm out and about working harder (squeezing in extra hikes, runs, bike rides, taking extra yoga classes, etc) while also sleeping less since the sun gets up early and goes to bed late. The result.... Summer Tired. I wake up in the morning super excited that the sun came up and I have another day ahead of me, but I feel tirrrredd!!! My body is drained and just can't keep up with me. So when I woke up feeling exhausted and like I was seriously out of balance where did I go? My yoga mat....
I started my practice off in child's pose. Doing nothing but breathing. Sending the breath fully into my back body and slowly slowly exhaling out, establishing 1:2 ratio of inhale to exhale. I then began to slowly move into Moon Salutations.Read More
Yoga is interesting and unique in so many ways. Even the language around the practice indicates that there is something different about it. For example, if you are a soccer player you say “I play soccer.” If you are a runner you say “I run”. If you are a yogi you say “I practice yoga.” Note the use of the verb “to practice.” This alone I think speaks a lot to the way in which yoga isn’t just physical movement. It’s also a way of training the mind and opening yourself to life. It helps us learn to listen, to let go of the ego, to become gentler, to become more compassionate, to find more joy, and so much more. Recently I’ve been reflecting on this idea of yoga being “a practice” and the way it has taught me that, in essence, all of life is really just one big practice.Read More
Just look at that color!!! I so so love golden milk 😋😋😋 Why? Because it's warming, nourishing, grounding, and brings just as much joy to the drinker as one would expect from such a bright sunny yellow drink. Cinnamon, ginger , cayanne and black pepperare AMAZING warming spices (My vata* friends you here me when I say I rely on these spices), ginger also aids with digestions while cinnamon is an excellent resource when it comes to balancing blood sugar levels. He Shou Wu is a Yin tonic, helping to build and nourish the blood (fun fact, it's also been known to reverse the effects of aging, which includes turning previously grey or white hair back to its original color). Turmeric is one of the world's strongest anti-inflammatory agents (the black pepper helps to activate the turmeric). And finally, the turmeric and the ginger, being roots, also make this drink incredibly grounding.Read More
What do you get when a need for protein meets a need for chocolate meets a cold rainy day and nothing to do because all your clients are away on spring break? AMAZING super food protein chocolate cookies.
Gluten free, Sugar free, Fat Free, Oil Free, Grain Free, Protein richRead More
All hands on deck!!!
It is way to beautiful outside for me to be okay with the idea of being stuck inside sick. That’s why I am whipping out my entire arsenal of immune boosting and cold fighting agents. These are the key players in my attack against this bug. If I consume these in high quantities when I see the first few signs of a cold, plus take the time to rest, I can usually stop a cold from becoming full blown.
- Source Natural’s Wellness Formula Herbal Defect Complex
- Soothing Herbal Throat Spray
- Nettle Tea
- Manuka honey
Below is a description of why I have chosen these as my 4 go-tos and the recipe for my herbal throat spray. Read on if you are curious or feel free to skip to the recipe at the bottom :)Read More
This is just a quick announcement. Although I have been honored and blessed to teach Teen Yoga at Yoga Source the studio has unforunately decided to cancel the class. That being said, if you or your child is still interested in either group or private lessons I am more than happy to work with you privately. Email me for more information.
Rainy day remedy: Reishi and Cocoa tea super-boosted with He Shou Wu, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cadamom, and Vanilla then slightly sweetened with Amazake (a fermented rice sweetener that has this wonderful light almost vanilla taste). Below are a few fun facts about He Shou Wu and Reishi, the two herbal stars of this drink!!
He Shou Wu
- Nourishes the blood
- Strengthen hair and skin. Has been known to reverse the greying process of aging hair and supports hair growth
- Enhances immunity
- Increases stamina
- Supports the endocrine system
- He Shou Wu is a tonic so it is most effective if consumed regularly
- Improves circulation
- Boosts Immunity
- Calms the body
- Improves liver function
- Regulates inflammation
- Decreases the production of histamine in the body (histamine is responsible for allergy-type symptoms)
- Similar to He Shou Wu, Reishi is most effective is consumed regularly
Exciting announcement, I have started teaching Yoga For Teens at Yoga Source in Palo Alto every Saturday! This is really such a special class to me, and in order to explain why let me start by explaining exactly why teens need yoga. Then later on I'll explain why this teen class is so special and why it's absolutely worth it for a teens to attend a "Yoga for Teens" class, rather than your average all levels public class.Read More
Okay, confession, I'm obsessed with my spiralizer. Summer squash plus my spiralizer are a match made in heaven. I swear, almost every meal I've create this summer has featured the beautiful veggie curls that result when I put my spiralizer to work. And there really is nothing better than enjoy the freshest of summer foods under one of my favorite trees, while listening to the little birdies chirp and watching the squirrels play.Read More