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Now that it's Autumn (Happy Equinox, this past Thursday!), we all need to be more aware of the effects of the changing seasons, moving from Pitta to Vata predominance in the environment.
One of the aspects of Vata is feeling separate, alone, and...
Autumn is a time for us to harvest the lessons we have learned from the preceding seasons of our lives.
It's also a powerful time to honor our ancestors, those who came before us, like our grandparents.
Today (September 11) is Grandparent's Day and therefore, I would like...
We had such a wonderful Autumn Equinox Retreat yesterday! I do hope you will join us next time, if you weren't able to this time. Here is a little of what we learned about in our discussion of changing seasons.
Autumn is VATA Season, comprised of the elements Air and Ether (Space). The qualities...
Happy end of August!
Do you have too many summer squash/zucchini on your hands this time of year? Here is a great recipe to make amazing noodles with squash and a cooling mint pesto.
Zucchini Noodles & Mint Pecan Pesto*
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t. lemon zest
1/2 c. fresh mint
1/4 c. basil
1/4 c olive...
Are you feeling gassy, bloated, or acidic?
As we draw toward the end of summer, digestive strength is weaker and you may find that you are experiencing new digestive issues.
We all know what gassy feels like (hard to suppress the upward or downward flow of air in the system. Bloated...
Do you feel tired?
One of the teachings in Ayurveda is: "Don't suppress natural urges.”
We often can honor this teaching when it comes to sneezing, burping, farting, or needing to use the bathroom. Holding any of these natural urges “in” causes energy blocks in the body.
In the past, I have struggled immensely with anxiety, sometimes with depression, and even had a couple of panic attacks when I was in college.
I was medicated for anxiety for a short time in my mid 30's which caused all sorts of other health issues for me.
This is all to say that anxiety and...
Our thoughts are our most powerful assets. What we believe about ourselves, each other, and the world creates our reality.
I used to think this was cliché, and yet the more I experience life and realize my constant choices in how I think, and perceive the world, the more I see it as...
Quinoa Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
2 red bell peppers
1 c. quinoa
½ c. red onion
¼ c. goat cheese
4 cloves garlic
2 t. tarragon1 t. ghee
1 T. slivered almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil....
Happy 4th of July!
On this day, I like to focus on Freedom and Interdependence. We need each other to truly be free!
As Maya Angelou says,"The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free."
In a world with so much pain and uncertainty, how can each of us contribute to...
If you have been in this community for a while, you know that I am a supporter of eating weeds for your health and wellbeing and the sustainability of the earth.
Today, I would like to introduce you to my friend, Lamb's Quarters.
Lamb's Quarters thrive in disturbed soil, so they often come up in...
Happy Father's Day!
Here is a recent picture of my dad, Rob Levin, and me.
He is a glassblower, sculptor, musician, and an awesome father.
My daddy-o also introduced me to herbal medicine, yoga, and using food for healing.
When I was a kid, my dad would make lots of home remedies to heal me...
Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere and it is a powerful time to connect with the sense organ related to pitta dosha (fire/digestive energy): the eyes!
In Ayurveda, sensory organ self-care is one of the best tools we have for aging gracefully and keeping the nervous system in balance. ...
Summer is almost here and travel is becoming more widespread.
Travel can be super fun and inspiring AND it can knock you off kilter with digestion, sleep, and energy because it elevates Vata (the energy comprised of air and space).
There are many simple things we can do to alleviate some of the...