8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Organs

8 Steps to Spring Clean Your Organs

Spring is ruled by the organs of liver and gallbladder, our main organs for cleansing and processing toxins. Our liver processes allergens that come from pollen and pollution, but if our liver is taxed, it has a hard time working as smoothly. It's time to give these organs a little break. Think of it like an oil change for your body.

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FALL(ing) into balance

FALL(ing) into balance

I'd been teaching yoga for about 6 years when I’d had my first panic attack. My 34-year-old sister-in-law had died recently and I’d gone to help pack up her possessions.  On the way home, I felt like I myself was about to die. Driving from Maryland to New York City, my arms went numb, I became dizzy and short of breath, my vision blurred and my muscles were shaking and weak. I was sure I was having a heart attack.

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A Delightful Summer Retreat Menu You Can Make at Home!

A Delightful Summer Retreat Menu You Can Make at Home!

Kripalu's Chef Deb Morgan writes: "Summer salad season is upon us! The popular, light salads below are easy to make, save well in the refrigerator, and are very versatile, not to mention nutritious. Serve any of these salads over a nice plate of field greens or even cooked greens with a light soup and/or your favorite whole grain bread. Leftovers can be used the next day to fill a whole wheat or vegetable wrap—just add fresh spinach or lettuce and roll it up. For a gluten-free treat, use a large lettuce or kale leaf as your wrap. Get together with some friends, make these salads together, sit outside—and enjoy."

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Yoga to Help You Lighten Up!

Yoga to Help You Lighten Up!

Last year, Prevention magazine called me to help on the article, “Yoga For Weight Loss.”  

Ugh. I paused and immediately imagined the magazine rack at the supermarket checkout line fighting for attention. Headlines that promise quick fixes are preying on our national sense of inadequacy, assuring us that, 'we could be happy if...'

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FIRE UP YOUR DIGESTION + TRY THIS AGNI STOKING Elixir

FIRE UP YOUR DIGESTION + TRY THIS AGNI STOKING Elixir

Digestion, in Ayurveda, is a cornerstone of well-being. From the lens of Ayurveda, every disease is believed to arise from inefficient digestion. Agni, the fiery metabolic energy of digestion, allows us to assimilate food while ridding the body of wastes and toxins. Agni transforms dense physical matter into the subtler forms of energy the body needs to be healthy, generate warmth, and also sustain a balanced mood and clear mind. 

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6 Tips to Balance Your Vata Everyday

6 Tips to Balance Your Vata Everyday

I know I’m not the only one who is challenged by the cooler months… After all, according to Ayurveda (a 5,000 year old holistic science from India) autumn through early/mid winter is Vata season.  

Vata is the principle of movement, coolness, and wind. Therefore the energetic quality and weather conditions of the season cause most of us to agitate more easily, become more anxious or “spacey” than usual, and have a harder time feeling grounded and calm.

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