If you cannot eat it, don’t put it on your skin. A DIY mask

One of my favorite cleansers, for years, has been plain, full fat yogurt. The lactic acid in the yogurt is a great, mild, skin brightening and anti-inflammatory cleanser for sensitive pitta skin.  Whenever I’ve needed to re-boot my skin I’ll return to cleaning with yogurt or I’ll make an easy non-invasive scrub by mixing ground oatmeal into the yogurt and applying to my face.read more

Surviving the winter months with Ayurveda

IMG_1954The winter months in the cold weather can truly take a toll …. we’re cooped up, inundated with more than a few heavy dark days and its our nature to retreat.  Kapha season brings with it the qualities of kapha which are heavy, moist, cold, wet and dense.  If you think about the weather and what happens this time of the year (in the Northeast at least) it makes perfect sense.  The snow, the cold, the darker days of winter bring these qualities into our everyday life so its important to balance accordingly.

All too often if we’re susceptible to it this is the time of year many see excess weight gain, a tendency to hibernate and hunker down indoors foregoing their normal activities, cravings for heavy comfort foods and more sad days and depressive tendencies.    To best counter the heaviness of the season I shared a few tips at a local workshop recently and wanted to pass the information on to you as well.read more

Turmeric, the golden spice

 

I’ve been sharing this information and recipe with several people lately from friends and family to the clients I work with and it finally dawned on me that I should share it with you as well.  The more I learn about turmeric the more I realize we all can benefit from having it in our diet on a regular basis.

Known in India and Ayurveda world as the golden spice or the spice of life it has been said that is it an all purpose cleanser for the body.  Also used in Chinese Medicine turmeric is an orange/yellow root in the ginger family with the active healing ingredient curcumin.read more

Tomato soup, a creamy vegan version

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Love tomato soup? Love creamy tomato soup?  As indicated in my post from last week,  I’m incorporating warm nourishing food options so I’ve been on the hunt for some new-to-me soup recipes. read more

Must haves for the fall season

fallmusthavesCovers up to my eyes holding me down urging me to stay while I decipher the sound of the alarm and just how serious I am about that early morning workout, between the darker mornings and the extra chill in the air I’m finding it very difficult to get out of bed these days.

If you’ve been reading my work for a while you’ll know the importance I place on keeping a schedule, a daily routine, to keep the body and mind in rhythm with exceptions of course.  The past couple of weeks have proven to be challenging for me no doubt due to the change of season and increase in vata qualities (light, mobile, dry, rough, cold).  Ayurveda teaches that like increases like so to level myself I’ll need to incorporate more qualities that are the opposite of vata.

I thought I’d share with you my favorite fall must haves to help you navigate this new season at your best.read more