How much water do I really need?

My daughter turned 13 two weeks ago. Last week at the breakfast table, she held my large measuring cup filled with water and a red drinking straw. "So, this Youtuber says I should drink 2 litres of water a day. I tried it but I had to stop because I thought I was going to throw … Continue reading How much water do I really need?

Buddhism & Ayurveda Agree: the answer is opposite

We sometimes use the word opposite as if it has a negative connotation. But often opposite is the medicine you need. In Ayurveda, India's 5000-year-old science of life and sister science of yoga, the 3 doshas (comprised of the 5 elements) make up each person's unique constitution: vata (air and space), pitta (fire and water), … Continue reading Buddhism & Ayurveda Agree: the answer is opposite

My detox supplement of choice: not for the faint of heart

As we begin our group spring detox this year (based on my book, Nourish: Ayurveda-inspired 21-day Detox), I picked up the one supplement that boosts my program, naturally. Nourish is not just about food. Nourish is about creating a daily self-care ritual based on what I've found to be some of the most beneficial practices … Continue reading My detox supplement of choice: not for the faint of heart

Morning Ritual: connecting mind and body

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson Practices come and go over the years but some stick around. One such practice I enjoy each morning is a blend of Spring Forest Qigong and Ayurveda. As soon as you wake (and decide it's time to … Continue reading Morning Ritual: connecting mind and body

The Secret to Success in Life

Years ago, I was sitting cross-legged on the floor in a seminar in Albuquerque, and I realized something. I love Ayurveda, but why do I love it? It has many nourishing practices and addresses the whole individual, but that isn’t why I love it. What I realized in Albuquerque was that I was in love with … Continue reading The Secret to Success in Life

Yogi Chia Pudding

Taking the Chai Chia Pudding one spice higher. In this recipe, chai tea meets health rockstar: turmeric Intended as a sweet treat, I prefer to call it breakfast. Also a satisfying afternoon or evening snack. Yogi Chia Pudding Into the blender: 6 dates 4 cups strong chai tea Soak dates for 30 minutes (to blend … Continue reading Yogi Chia Pudding

3-Day Reset

Creative projects are on the rise – spilling out around the house – and I notice the trips to the pantry to sneak a handful of dark chocolate chips has steadily increased while yoga has decreased as my source of fuel.   Rather than plow through and set myself up for a full detox, or set … Continue reading 3-Day Reset

All Natural Mouthwash: An Ancient Practice with a lot of Flavour.

Simple, easy and most likely all ingredients are already in your pantry. Many traditions have used various vegetable oils as mouthwash. In ayurveda, sesame oil is used. A small amount is all that is needed to swish around vigorously in the mouth. The longer you swish, the more the oil mixes with saliva, drawing bacteria … Continue reading All Natural Mouthwash: An Ancient Practice with a lot of Flavour.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind & Spirit

December is a magical month. An ideal one to detoxify the body and eliminate residue accumulated over the past year. Ayurveda refers to this residue as ama: a buildup of waste in the body; products not used up or transformed from their old state to a new one via digestion or metabolism. Accumulation of ama blocks the … Continue reading The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind & Spirit

Queen of the Chakras

When working with the 7 main energy centres of the body, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to focus your work. It would seem that root chakra, first chakra, is a good starting place. Perhaps not always the case. In Ayurveda, the 5,000 year-old sister science of yoga, there are … Continue reading Queen of the Chakras