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If you are looking for a dish to take to a 4th of July picnic, I've got just the thing for you! A delicious massaged kale salad - full of vibrant energy and phytonutrients to enjoy along with perhaps less prana-rich fare.
For those of you who have heard my warnings about eating...
Do your eyes tend to get irritated and more inflamed in the summertime?
If you answered “yes” to that question, you are not alone. Summer is the season of Pitta dosha, where fire element is predominant. One of the organs of Pitta is the eyes, comprising the Alochaka Pitta subdosha....
It’s Father's Day!
I think it is so fitting that Father's Day falls right before the Summer Solstice, a day when we honor Father Sun as he shines his light on us for the longest period of time each year (in the northern hemisphere).
I invite you to feel the warmth and long days...
Asparagus season is not to be missed! High in insoluble fiber and nutrients, asparagus is a nutritious and tasty treat.
If you are someone who enjoys this amazing early summer vegetable (despite it making your pee smell funny), then I invite you to dig into the following recipe.
I just returned home after teaching yoga at Penland School of Craft. It was such a treat to teach yoga in person, especially to people who were making art all day long.
Being around so much concentrated creativity is certainly inspiring. Each year I return to Penland,...
Spring has unfolded its vibrant hues, and we find ourselves in the enchanting embrace of late spring. As the days grow longer and the world bursts forth with newfound energy, we have a unique opportunity to observe and align ourselves with the bountiful wisdom of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian...
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...
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...
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 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...
"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine." - Dwight L. Moody
We have explored managing Pitta Imbalance with food. As a review, Pitta Dosha is comprised mainly of...
“Of all the fires, love is the only inexhaustible one.” —Pablo Neruda
What are you in love with these days? Love brings peace and ease into our lives which can be a great antidote to the intensity of Summertime.
I have been loving sharing so much about Ayurveda and Mindset...