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Bear It or Bare It?

Bear It or Bare It?

Hard to believe we're into the seventh month of the year. And what a year it's been! As I've been hearing from many of you as well, this year has been a doozy for me. Health issue after health issue, carefully crafted plans getting demolished, a lot of personal...

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It’s always something

It’s always something

Do you ever feel like it's just "one thing after another?" Or have you heard yourself say, with some amount of sourness, "it's always something!" Of course you have. You're human and all kinds of things happen in life. (I hope you haven't felt like that recently.) I...

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Cozy Tea Time

Cozy Tea Time

Mmmmm, there’s nothing like a warm, comforting cup of tea on a winter day. Personally, I love chai. It’s my coffee (since I don’t like coffee). And chai spices have their medicinal benefits. Fennel, cardamom and coriander are great for digestion and black pepper and...

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The energetic snow globe

The energetic snow globe

The holidays can be particularly challenging for introverts and empaths. If you are exhausted by large groups or tend to pick up other people’s energy easily, parties can be a real drag. Especially in the winter, most gatherings take place inside and it’s harder to...

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue

You may have heard of compassion fatigue as a condition used to describe the stress associated with working with people who are in crisis, trauma or suffering. Think of people in caregiving or helping professions like nurses, doctors, therapists, veterinarians and...

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Pitta Project

Pitta Project

Summer Solstice Here we are at the peak of summer -- the summer solstice! It's the longest day of the year, and the official first day of Summer. For many people, there's a felt difference in their energy, urges, even physical and mental states in the different...

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Unsupportive Resources

Unsupportive Resources

If you recognize that your main resources are unhealthy or harmful, like social media, video games, alcohol or other substances, here are a few things to consider. First, know that it's totally normal to self-regulate! You aren't bad because you utilize a way of...

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One Thousand Degrees

One Thousand Degrees

Well, that's what they feel like...those first few hot days after the gentle fluctuations of spring. To combat the afternoon slump, I like to take the dog for a walk around the block after lunch. Today she got so hot that every patch of shaded lawn was the only place...

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Amazing Ants

Amazing Ants

New York City is a wonderful example of how no system works in isolation. (We'll get to the ants in a minute.) The city of Manhattan, like all cities, has main systems that keep things running smoothly -- water, garbage, sewer, electricity, import/export and traffic,...

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7 New Habits for Earth Month

7 New Habits for Earth Month

Many of us consider every day to be "earth day." Still, it's good to have an even brighter spotlight on ways we can improve. It's easy to get down about the state of the environment, so I go back to a trusty mantra and tell myself again and again, What You Do...

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3-step morning routine

3-step morning routine

It has come to my attention that not everyone scrapes their tongue first thing in the morning. And that they might be interested in learning about such things. So for you curious, voyeur-types, here are the three things I do every single morning. BONUS that you...

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My sleep test

My sleep test

Tired of being tired For years I have dealt with insomnia. Some of it seemed "normal" -- anxiety over buying my first house, restlessness before an early flight, worried about a meeting the next day. Those temporary and situational bouts of sleeplessness were...

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manage your waste line

manage your waste line

This was the clever title of an article in the SF Chronicle this past Sunday. Molly de Vries, from Mill Valley, is a self-described "passionate advocate for living a (nearly) non-disposable life." Though she refreshingly admits, "I'm not a minimalist. I'm even a bit...

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cold care protocol

cold care protocol

After almost two years of not getting a cold, last week I had one. But it was mild and short and I fully believe all my "woo woo" oils and herbs and "face rubbing" (as my guy says) made the difference. After sharing pieces of what I do to keep immunity high, I thought...

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a personal steam

a personal steam

As we covered last week in the Sad News for Smoothies post, winter is the season of the kapha dosha in Ayurveda. This season is characterized by heaviness, dryness (and wetness as we get more into spring), slowness and potential stagnation in digestion, mental...

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bad news for smoothies

bad news for smoothies

Smoothies in the news A few years ago there were different versions of a popular post going around called Why Your Smoothie is Making You Fat. The articles all talked about how smoothies are generally larger than we plan, more calories than we know, full of sugar and...

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winter care

winter care

If you think about winter in elemental or weather terms, our climate here has been cold and dry. Hopefully we're are headed into some wetter months ahead, which will change how we ideally care for the physical body and our overall health. There's a system of health...

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two new workshops

Workshops in the works! Two upcoming offerings... Seasonal Care : Winter to Spring Address the unique symptoms that can arise from the upcoming seasonal transition -- colds, mucous, sluggish energy and digestion -- using the accessible tools of Ayurveda and Yoga....

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