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Full Moon Ghee ayurveda medicinal food one habit to thrive recipes vata Oct 11, 2022

Tonight is the Full Hunter's Moon, which means it's time to make Full Moon Ghee!!

In Ayurveda, it is said that making ghee on the full moon infuses the ghee with soma, or the nectar of immortality. It makes it us more vibrant and glowing. Making ghee on the full moon can be a beautiful...

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Vata Season Tips = Balance autumn gunas imbalance self-care vata Oct 03, 2022

Each season carries with it distinct qualities. These qualities show up as descriptive words like Autumn is cool, Summer is hot, Spring is wet.

GUNA is the Sanskrit word for "quality."

As we move into Vata season of Autumn, we will experience more of the qualities, or gunas, of Vata: cold, dry,...

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Vata Season Tips = Connection autumn community detox equinox vata Sep 26, 2022

Sometimes we need to feel invited.

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...

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Appreciating Ancestors autumn detox gratitude reflection vitality circle Sep 19, 2022

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...

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Vata Season Tips = Warmth autumn ayurveda detox vata Sep 19, 2022

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...

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Zoodles and Pesto recipes summer Aug 28, 2022

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...

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Ama Leads To Drama! detox digestion imbalance pitta summer Aug 21, 2022

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...

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Relaxation is Medicine ayurveda meditation Aug 14, 2022

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.

But,...

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Medicinal Culinary Herbs for Summer ayurveda digestion herbs medicinal food pitta summer Aug 07, 2022

I am sometimes asked about the difference between herbs for cooking and taking herbs for specific health benefits.

From the Ayurvedic perspective, food is medicine, so whether you are cooking with herbs or taking them as a formula, they can be beneficial to your health.

Summer is governed by...

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Struggling with Anxiety and/or Depression? anxiety ayurveda depression imbalance medicinal food meditation mindset sensory sleep vitality circle Jul 31, 2022

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...

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Your Thoughts Are A Powerful Asset habit evolution mindset reflection Jul 24, 2022

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...

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Let's Do Some Summer Cooking! recipes summer Jul 17, 2022

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.

  1. In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil....
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How do we experience Freedom? ayurveda reflection Jul 03, 2022

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...

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Wonderful Weeds: Lamb's Quarters garden lamb's quarters recipes wild weeds Jun 26, 2022

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...

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Gifts From The Masculine gratitude pitta purpose summer Jun 19, 2022

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...

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