Tag Archives: Ayurveda

Cucumber Raita

Raita is a delicious condiment in which  yogurt is the main ingredient.  In Ayurveda, yogurt by itself is sour, heating and difficult to digest.  However, when yogurt is watered down and spiced, as in a lassi, or spiced and taken … Continue reading

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Summer Dietary Modifications To Keep Your Pitta Balanced

In Ayurveda, summer season is the west is considered to be the pitta season dominated by the quality of heat. Likely you made natural adjustments to balancing this heat by wearing cooler clothes, drinking cooler beverages, spending time in cooling … Continue reading

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Mint Lassi – An Ideal Summer Digestive Drink

In Ayurveda healing,  it is recommended that meals you minimize your liquids and ideally take them warm or of a heating substance.  This means ideally you have a warm drink with your meal but the quantity should be no more … Continue reading

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Sweet Lassi – a tridoshic digestive aid for the summer

In Ayurveda healing,  it is recommended that meals you minimize your liquids and ideally take them warm or of a heating substance.  This means ideally you have a warm drink with your meal but the quantity should be no more … Continue reading

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Enhance Your Love Life With Ayurveda

I know, kind of hokey, but I’m going to talk about relationships for Valentine’s Day. I work with many clients using Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system, to better understand their unique selves and how to live in a manner … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Matar Paneer

Mater Paneer is a popular dish in Indian cuisine using paneer (fresh cheese) along with peas in a tomato based sauce and a garam masala spice mix. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I am always looking for ways to modify recipes to make … Continue reading

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7 Effective Strategies to Transform Your Bad Habits

January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and plan for what you want for the upcoming time. Whether for business or personal, use these seven strategies to get your best results. ONE: Quit multi-tasking your … Continue reading

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Navigate Procrastination Through Your Ayurvedic Inner Nature

pro·cras·ti·na·tion to defer action, delay; to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it. Procrastination is a topic that many … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Cool Down with Summer Foods

In Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system from India, maintaining good health throughout the year requires the ability to navigate through seasonal shifts by making small adjustments in your diet and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, food is looked at through the … Continue reading

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Barley Quinoa Kitchari For Spring Cleansing

Spring is nature’s season of cleansing and is one of the two main times in Ayurveda when more in-depth cleanses are recommended. The typical Ayurveda diet during is a cleanse is one that promotes minimal activity in the digestive system … Continue reading

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Simple Daily Cleansing Tools – Ayurveda Habits

This is the final part in the 12-part series for 2015 on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! In today’s … Continue reading

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Connect The Head & The Heart With The Samadhi Set

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Ayurveda is a science that … Continue reading

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Seasonal Shifts – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Ayurveda is a system of … Continue reading

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Bedtime Basics – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Part of the Ayurveda daily … Continue reading

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Clients’ Creative Self Care Tools

One of the many aspects I love about working with clients is the brilliance I get to witness in their ideas and creativity.  As each of you has your own best answers, my job is to paint a picture of … Continue reading

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Integrating Self Care – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! It is by conscious design that … Continue reading

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Use the Power of Sound – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Our entire universe is in … Continue reading

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Beets & Greens

A yummy natural pairing of beets with their greens – a part that is often left off but so full of nutrients and the astringent and bitter tastes which are needed in our diet. Beets are considered to have a sweet … Continue reading

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Basil Sautéed Zucchini

A great summer recipe when the zucchini plant is bursting with abundance.  Last summer during this time I literally ate a zucchini a day for a couple weeks! Although zucchini are found on the Kapha avoid or minimize list in … Continue reading

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Abhyanga Self Oil Massage – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! “Oleation therapy is the best … Continue reading

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Tap Into Your Inner Healing Resources

Your state of health comes down to how you are living on a day-to-day basis and what self-care resources you have integrated into your life. While that statement is straight-forward and simple, putting it into action may not always feel … Continue reading

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Kapha Support Products for Spring Support

In Ayurveda, each season is energetically linked to one or more of the doshas.  What this means is that the qualities of the season affect each of our internal energetic balances – potentially raising the doshas of vata, pitta, and … Continue reading

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Barley Kitchari for Spring

In most areas of the United States, spring is considered the kapha season with a higher amount of moisture in the air, spring showers and gray clouds.  It can be a nice time for anyone to integrate some kapha reducing … Continue reading

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Paneer

Paneer is a soft milk cheese and makes a nice vegetarian protein.  It is very easy to make and versatile in recipes.  My favorite way of using it is to make it then sauté the curds in ghee with Mum’s … Continue reading

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The Benefits of the Ayurvedic Application of Herbs Through The Sinuses

The nasal passages are the doorways to the mind and senses, and are the first site where Prana, or life force energy, is absorbed through breathing. The nostrils also serve to purify the air so that it is better able … Continue reading

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Quinoa Flour Blondies

Unlike many gluten free recipes, this one uses quinoa flour instead of some of the starchier flours like rice.  Quinoa has more protein and along with the almond butter, it makes for a nourishing, grounding treat that suits vata and … Continue reading

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Easy Rotating Whole Grain Pilafs

One of the things I see over and over in my practice is the dependency in the modern diet on processed grains without a lot of  comfort in using and familiarity with whole grains.  This is why I have so … Continue reading

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Slowing Down – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Originally I was going to … Continue reading

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Chapati: the everyday flatbread

Several years ago I took a cooking class and learned how to make this simple Indian flatbread.  I bought a special pan from the Indian grocery store, which I later discovered I really didn’t have to have.  And promptly proceeded … Continue reading

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One Ayurvedic Habit a Month to Support Your New Year Intentions

For better or worse, this is the time of year when many commit to New Year Resolutions or set intentions for what they would like to be different.  Intentions to make your life better are great!  And even better are … Continue reading

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The Power of the Little Burp – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being.  Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! To start your healthy year … Continue reading

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Hearty Vegetable, Barley, Lentil Soup

Soups bring a much desired warmth to the chill and bitter cold of late fall and winter. Soups are not only great for a lighter dinner when the digestive fire is lower, but can also make a great lunch.  But … Continue reading

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Healthier Gingerbread Kids Cookie

This season when you go to make your holiday cookies, enjoy a treat with an extra dose of balancing health with a recipe inspired from Amadea Morningstar. Using whole grains and natural sugars supports greater health.  The spices support your digestive … Continue reading

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Holiday Ayurveda Bodywork Specials

My gift to you this season is one of health and rejuvenation. Whether you are looking to give to yourself during this busy time of year or to that special person in your life who needs some extra TLC, don’t … Continue reading

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Rejuvenating Benefits of the Ayurvedic Body Therapies

As a twenty plus year massage therapist veteran, I have yet to come across a style of bodywork that I don’t enjoy and appreciate when done well!  And today I want to share about some fabulous, health balancing body therapies that … Continue reading

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Leveraging the Cycles of the Day

Lifestyle, specifically a balanced daily routine, is the cornerstone of health from the Ayurvedic perspective. Traditionally, we lived in harmony with nature, following not only the rhythms of the day but of the seasons. With modern developments such as electricity … Continue reading

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Technology Tools for Meditation & Mindfulness

From the Ayurvedic perspective, I would consider many of our technological advances to be part of our ongoing environment of imbalance and overload.  The perception that one needs to be available 24/7, hooked up or stuck in front of a … Continue reading

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Freedom in our Food

Several things have been showing up in my life around the past couple months around the idea of freedom.  So despite the fact that the 4th of July was a couple weeks back, I feel inspired to share with you about … Continue reading

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Great Granola

This recipe is one of my favorites.  I first learned in when my kids were in the Waldorf School as part of a fundraiser we were doing.  I’ve since made my own adjustments to suit my dietary needs and tastes, … Continue reading

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Whipped Frozen Bananas

This summer I’ve been teaching a wonderful new class called Healthy Weight, Healthy You.  The focus is on developing a healthier diet and lifestyle and a more positive relationship with food, your body and weight.  A big part of the … Continue reading

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Sprouted Grain French Toast

This simple recipe using sprouted grain breads makes for a lighter and healthier alternative for a sweet breakfast than pancakes or white bread French toast.   Sprouted bread has several benefits.  According to the Department of Agriculture, sprouted grains contain … Continue reading

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Cilantro Quinoa Zucchini Corn Fritters

This lovely, cooling recipe is wonderful as we move into warmer weather.   Thank you to Elise Cantrell whose original recipe I have modified here and this is one of the recipes that is used in the 40 Days to … Continue reading

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40 Days to Enlightened Eating

JOIN THE JOURNEY – TO A BETTER WEIGHT, BETTER HEALTH, A BETTER YOU! June 17th – July 29th from 6-7:30 pm 7 – 90 minute classes $185 + $21.99 for required book “40 Days to Enlightened Eating” Location: Kanyakumari Ayurveda 6789 … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Benefits of Yogurt & How To Make It

With all the availability of yogurt in the stores, you might ask “why even bother making yogurt from scratch?”   My simple answer is… It is so easy You can control what goes in it, especially the added sugar It’s … Continue reading

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Ayurveda Warm Oil Massage Now Available Weekdays

Ayurveda Wellness is excited to announce expanded service options for the Ayurveda warm oil massage, Abhyanga. Abhyanga is a soothing and luxurious warm oil massage which uses generous amounts of herbal oils with specific strokes over the skin and energy (marma) points … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eye On The Ghee

This week was time to make my next batch of ghee.  And this time around I was determined not to almost burn it like I did last month.  In fact, last month was the first time I have ever come … Continue reading

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Curried Yellow Dal Soup with Cilantro Cream

This VPK balancing soup is a tasty bowl of nourishment. Be sure to use real coconut milk, unsweetened, not a “coconut cream” product. Serve over your favorite whole grain or with a nice whole wheat tortilla or chapati. PrintCurried Yellow … Continue reading

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The Role of a Cleanse in Disease Prevention and Health

In many traditions, including Ayurveda, cleansing protocols are used to not only support health but to treat conditions of illness and disease.  To take advantage of the benefits of a cleanse within a balanced and safe structure, consider some of … Continue reading

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Spring is Coming…and so is Kapha

Although the temperatures may not reflect it here in Wisconsin, Spring has officially started and Kapha is on its way. In Ayurveda, the change of seasons is significant because of the impact it can have on one’s body and mind. … Continue reading

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French Vegetable Stew

This lovely stew is a wonderful dish for fall or winter and is generally balancing to all three doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The Bragg Aminos, spices, vinegar and stock provide a rich base in which the flavors of … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Ultimate Relaxation

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic medicine from India, offers a range of nourishing and relaxing body therapies to pacify aggravated internal energies, calm and soothe the nervous system, and generally restore health and peace to the body and mind. I had … Continue reading

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Natural Bristle Body Brush

Part of Ayurveda daily self-care is caring for the skin. Using a dry brush to lightly brush the skin exfoliates and tones the skin, increases circulation and helps the lymphatic system remove toxins.  Once finished, oil is typically applied in … Continue reading

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Neti Pot

Neti is a process of cleansing and irrigating the nasal passages and sinuses.  To do this a small pot called a net pot is used. The neti pot has a spout that fits into the nostril and allows you to … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Tongue Scraper

Part of the daily routine in Ayurveda includes tongue scraping. This is an important part of daily hygiene, just like brushing your teeth, and can provide information about your health and your habits. Benefits: Removes ama and bacteria from the … Continue reading

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Rosewater Eye Drops

For best results, this product should be used under the guidance of a certified Ayurveda practitioner Rose is a cooling substance with a special affinity to the eyes.  This product puts rose essence in saline water. Daily or regular use soothes redness, … Continue reading

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CCF Tea

Cumin Coriander Fennel Tea is a good basic tri-doshic tea to take after meals to balance digestion.  It also provides a gentle detoxifying action.  This is a loose tea which requires a tea strainer to make. Ingredients: dry roasted cumin, coriander … Continue reading

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3 Month Personalized Ayurveda Wellness Program Payment Plan

This program is ideally suited for committed individuals who are looking to address mild to moderate symptoms and health conditions with natural resources, develop a healthy lifestyle to prevent future imbalances, and maintain  health with age. Select Your Payment Now Appointments … Continue reading

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Super Nasya Oil

Nasya is a powerful Ayurvedic treatment which uses the therapeutic application of medicines into the nostrils via herbalized oils.  Treatments work directly on the entire head region, supporting balance in the nervous and mental system directly through the brain, supporting sinus … Continue reading

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Udana Nasya

Nasya is a powerful Ayurvedic treatment which uses the therapeutic application of medicines into the nostrils via herbalized oils.  Treatments work directly on the entire head region, supporting balance in the nervous and mental system directly through the brain, supporting sinus … Continue reading

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Prana Nasya

Nasya is a powerful Ayurvedic treatment which uses the therapeutic application of medicines into the nostrils via herbalized oils.  Treatments work directly on the entire head region, supporting balance in the nervous and mental system directly through the brain, supporting sinus … Continue reading

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Almond Oil

Ayurveda Wellness carries a pure and refined almond oil – perfect to use with vata needs when the sesame oil is too warming or heavy.  It is also nice to use when getting out of the shower when you haven’t … Continue reading

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Sunflower Oil

Ayurveda Wellness carries a pure, semi-refined and certified organic sunflower oil well suited to pitta. Sunflower oil, though slightly warming, is lighter by nature and less heating than sesame oil.  These properties make it good for pitta constitutions who don’t … Continue reading

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Sesame Oil

The most traditional of all oils used in Ayurveda, sesame oil is considered an elixir due to its numerous healing benefits such as: Due to its warming, sesame oil is particularly good for balancing the cold qualities of vata and … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha Bala Oil

This oil is specifically suited to support the dry and depleted vata, nourishing and strengthening specifically the muscles.  Whether one’s muscles need support from active use through athletics or are weakened by illness or old age, this herbalized oil helps … Continue reading

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Brahmi Oil

Brahmi is an herb that actually no longer exists.  Rather two herbs, having similar action to the heritage herb, are used today – bacopa moniera (usually what is referred to as brahmi) and centella asiatica (usually referred to as gotu … Continue reading

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Nutty Banana Muffins

Inevitably when buying bananas, my household ends up occasionally with a few brown ones that cry out to be made into banana bread or muffins.  With all things baked – due to the heavy nature of wheat flour, butter, and … Continue reading

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Ayurveda, Panchakarma & India

JOIN ME FOR A DISCUSSION! Join me, Jamie Durner Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, on Wednesday September 4th at 5 pm CST for a webinar discussion that I’d love you to come to. This is a great opportunity if you want to: • … Continue reading

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Fall Programs at Ayurveda Wellness

What’s the next step in your wellness journey? You are reading this because you want more health and harmony in your life in some shape or form.     And the good news is that Ayurveda Wellness has three great options to support … Continue reading

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What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is part of a three-fold cleansing and rejuvenation process to remove toxins and excess body energies (doshas), seen as the roots of illness and disease in Ayurveda, in order to rebalance the bodymind system and restore optimal health. The … Continue reading

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Freedom Through Discipline

One of the things I have struggled somewhat with in my twenty years study of the Vedic sciences of yoga and Ayurveda is how the concepts of discipline and freedom fit together.  It wasn’t until the last year or so … Continue reading

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What Is the Sum Total of your Health?

Are Your Health Results Not Adding Up The Way You’d Like? Do you feel like you’ve made lots of changes in your lifestyle? That you’re eating healthier? That you’re doing more and more self-care? And yet still not where you … Continue reading

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Healthy & Natural Summer Fruit Treats

I love frozen treats, especially ice cream.  And no time is this truer than in the summer. However, while I still enjoy ice cream occasionally, I don’t want the heavy dairy and sugar load or the empty calories on a … Continue reading

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Quick Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding

In my household, rice is a regular staple.  My family’s favorite is moist Jasmine rice with ghee, salt and pepper but I prefer the drier Basmati rice and Lundberg’s brown rice and wild rice blend.  Inevitably when making rice for … Continue reading

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Oat Waffles

This is a favorite breakfast recipe that I pulled out again today.  It provides a yummy way to eat whole grains in a waffle form that is good for balancing kapha with it’s drier nature yet still moist enough to … Continue reading

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Creating Health & Harmony

A supportive and practical self-care program to understand and integrate the primary tenets of wellness through the healing system of Ayurveda in order to enjoy wellness in your body, mind and spirit.   Tuesdays, September 16th – November 18th (no class Sept 30 & … Continue reading

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