Category Archives: Healthy Living

Ayurvedic Facial Diagnosis: What are the Lines on your Face Revealing about your Health?

Although they say you should not judge a book by its cover, it is true that you can read a lot into one’s health by examining the lines on their face.  In Ayurveda, facial diagnosis is a common practice and powerful diagnostic tool, just as reading the tongue, nails and pulse.  Often this is done as a complimentary practice to confirm ideas and findings, but also can reveal hidden secrets that may not have been so clear.  By reading the lines on a person’s face, one can reveal current disorders, past history of disorders, or even potential disorders to come.  Since the lines do not tend to appear overnight, these telltale signs are often revealing chronic (long-term) issues such as malabsorption, low liver energy, weakness in the kidneys, adrenal fatigue and even emotional disturbances such as unresolved grief. Continue reading »

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How to Give Up your Daily Coffee Habit with Ayurveda

If you are like most individuals, giving up your daily coffee habit is not an easy task to accomplish.  Of course there is the physical addiction and dependency that the caffeine creates, the mentally addictive aspect, and simply the ritual around drinking that warm cup each morning to start your day.  Even the aroma of coffee may spark your nostalgic desire for this all too popular beverage.  With all of these factors, along with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can last 7-14 days on average, it is no wonder why giving up coffee is such a hard goal to tackle (and unfortunately often failed). Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

healthy holiday tipsHolidays are a special time of year for family, friends and celebration.  Unfortunately it also can be a time for over-eating, over-drinking, over-working and over-stressing.  Between the endless shopping adventures, traveling, pot-lucks and parties; one is likely to spiral themselves into a season of out-of-control food, drink and stress binge.  Continue reading »

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An Ayurvedic Nighttime Routine for a Calm Mind and Sound Sleep

calming-bathJust as it is essential to have a consistent and healthy routine for the daytime (known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda), it is equally as essential to have a soothing nighttime routine in order to wind-down and de-stress each night before bed.  By welcoming in calming activities in the evening time, we are allowing the energy to ground and the mind to quiet.  The stress that has accumulated throughout the day is able to be processed and released, allowing us to sleep deeper, longer and more soundly.  With sleep disorders being one of the most prevalent issues I encounter as a practitioner, this article should be able to help those of all ages and body-types as we bring a bit more intention and attention to our nightly habits. Continue reading »

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11 Ayurvedic Tips for a Fall Cleanse

fall cleanseAccording to Ayurveda, Fall is one of the best times of the year for performing a cleanse.  In fact, a traditional Ayurvedic cleanse is only performed during the transitional seasons of the Spring and Fall, and otherwise avoided during the more intense months of the summer and winter.  Since there are countless ways to perform a cleanse, it is extremely important to take into account the seasonal elements in order to perform a safe, healthy and efficient cleanse.       Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Ignite your Sexual Energy with Ayurveda

male and female energyAlthough we are considered a sex-driven society, it seems almost an oxymoron to think that one of the most common issues I see on a regular basis is sexual dysfunction.  Whether it manifests as a low sex-drive, vaginal dryness, impotence, premature ejaculation or just a general disinterest; these are all implications of depleted Ojas, hormonal imbalance and weakness in the reproductive tissue.  Even further, these common disorders are often a red flag that there are imbalances in other areas of the body that have led to the decreased sexual energy in the first place. Continue reading »

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How to Perform a Kitchari Cleanse

kitchari cleanseThe Kitchari cleanse is a very mild version of the traditional “Pancha Karma” cleanse and can be safely performed at home with minimal guidance.  This particular cleanse is suitable for all body types, as it can be modified to fit everybody’s individual needs.  This cleanse consists of taking in a mono-diet of the classical Ayurvedic dish, Kitchari, which will allow the digestive system to take a much needed break, giving it new light and the ability to properly flush out toxins in the system.   Continue reading »

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