This is an interesting piece to write about. In recent times, this has been the topic of discussion with many of my patients and we work on health maintenance and even disease reduction. Ayurveda, is the science of longevity and well-being. It is a not only a sick-care system but a healthcare and prevention system.

How it generally works is that there is an understanding in Ayurveda that there is a configuration of 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space) that is manifested uniquely within individuals and this creates the baseline constitution for each one of us. We generally know this and use these biological medical terms called Vata, Pitta, Kapha. The baseline constitution is known as Prakruti in Ayurveda. When we have deviated from this point of homeostasis, the biological baseline of our physiological make-up, we enter into what is called Vrikruti, the imbalanced state. For instance, there are 7 possible combinations of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. They are VP, PK, VK (most common and known as the dual-doshic types), V, P, K (least common, and primary types where these individuals are mainly just one, with little of the others); and Tridoshic which is VPK (least common and harder to manage as well.) The prakruti is established at birth. Vrikruti develops as a result of the right stressors, tension, and pressure, this relates a lot to diet, lifestyle, and state of mind.

Then, once we understand the constitutional factors we also look at the time of life an individual is in. These are called the Three Phases of LIfe in Ayurveda. Initially, everyone starts in Kapha phase of life. How do we know it’s kapha? Because the qualities of kapha are heavy, cold, moist, dense, slow, soft. Consider this, we are in a womb for an average of 8-9 months that is a water environment. Kapha represents two elements, earth and water. Therefore, childhood is where we come out of a womb that consists of amniotic fluid, a water environment and enter into the world (one way or another being natural birth or c-section.) During childhood, kids generally are mucus producing machines. Some more than others based on constitution. For instance, the Vata predominant kid would produce less mucus but it would be clearer. The Pitta predominant kid would produce some mucus and could be yellowish at times. The Kapha predominant kid tends to produce a lot of mucus and its often, thick, and whitish in color.

Next we progress into the Pitta phase of life which consists of when the endocrine system becomes more activated (puberty) and hormones cause the growth spurts and for lots of growth in many places. LOL Estrogen and Testosterone are doing their thing and appetite/metabolism shifts as well. We generally establish ourselves in the world with a certain fire, momentum, intention and inspiration/passion.

Lastly, we enter into Vata phase of life when life quiets down, hormones change again and we have menopause (cessation of menses, decrease in estrogen and increase in testosterone in women, generally) and andropause (the male menopause where testosterone decreases, and estrogen generally increases.) During this phase of life, we are more sensitive in many ways. Skin tends to be drier. Constipation may occur more often. Temperament changes. Appetite changes again. Energy changes. This is the period of wisdom, as I’d like to call it. It’s the time to reflect on the previous 50+ years and be open to what is still in store until we are complete on this planet.

So why am I mentioning all this?It is something to consider for sure. I have seen from my personal experience and my interactions with the countless patients that very often time follows us. What we do today can affect our tomorrow. Some things take time.

*As I remember learning through my schooling, that the body is a historical system and it requires consistency for health. How our mental and physical health has been established while we we young-ens will shape our future.

*Like Whitney Houston’s song says “the children are our futures” and I’d like to add that the children within each and everyone of us is in our future. I also say that whatever experiences we have had, that have been traumatic during our childhood, we spend the rest of our lives unpacking as adults…if we do the work to do so.

* I liked the saying “the child is father to the man.” Is this child integrated into the man/woman today or is it grabbing the adult of who we are today from a place of unexpressed pain and wounding? This will all spiral and influence how we are really taking care of ourselves, or not. To some degree, no matter what it looks like, we are all doing the best that we can AND can always do better if we are connected to that part of us that really wants us to do so.

*They say “youth is wasted on the young” and that may seem true but that also affirms that the older we get the more wisdom we get. I’ve seen how in older years that the quality of life “back then” could have possibly shaped a different future but the reality is that every moment before now brought us to know precisely the way it was meant to. Additionally, I have worked with many younger individuals ranging from childhood, to adolescents, to teenagers, to individuals in their early to mid-twenties and I’ve seen them develop conditions that are typically formed in later years. For instance, I’ve worked with guys who have had erectile dysfunction at the age of 22. Girls, who have had no menses or extremely uncomfortable menses at the age of 13,14,17, 20 and 21. Again, typically scenarios related to older women. How is this happening? So many factors to consider, but that’s another story, some with overlapping of the material presented as food for thought in this article.

*They say “hindsight is 20/20” and “if I knew then, what I know now” but again this is how experience gives us knowledge.

*How do we expect to have a larger outcome during our retirement years when the investment is minimal today? When some patients come in and say “how long will it take to get better?” My reply, which is typical of Ayurveda is, “it depends”. It depends on so many factors. To start with, I can do a dollar a day and see the savings grow to 30 in a month. Or I can do 5 dollars a day and see at the end of the month 150.00. It depends on what I can do, my willingness, and the practicality of what I can do. But, it is safe to say that the more I invest in myself, since I’m worth the sacrifice in the long-run, the more I will get out of it. Don’t you agree?

Constitutionally, traveling through time and space, through the different phases of life with the different experiences of life will all add to what is happening right now, and what we decide to do now will help or hurt our future. I have been my own work in progress for almost 20 years now with the strongest intentions to do so and health is a dynamic process. When patients come in to see me, I see all ages, I meet them where they are at. From the eastern perspective there is no such thing as too late, unless it is absolutely too late and even then, we can support the journey of life and where it is going. In eastern medicine, we can always find a way to support an individual where they are at, no matter what it is, and however big or small the influence. In some cases, 90 to close to 100% of healthy may not be regained, but maybe 20% of that could be. In other cases, there is a full re-connection to balance and symptoms go away. It can all be managed from any angle and various degrees so there is always some hope. In fact, when someone has an intention, hope-based goal, I hold the space for it and see what unravels in support of this journey. I take journey’s with each one, as they are personal and limited. In turn, this adds to the abundance in my life and depths of my own intimacy within my own experience of living in this body.

In regards to the idea of a health “retirement plan”, all this is what I am referring to. Where we are at in life, between phase of life, constitution, history/her-story, what we do right now can have the potential to “change” what we are walking in with into something different when we walk out the door. A shift in perspective is powerful. Holding an intention and space for ourselves and for others, in so many ways, subtle and overt, can have life-changing benefits. It is all amazing! So, what can we do better right now? What can we acknowledge right now that we are doing that is the best that we can do? Is there room? How slow can we become in this moment to really get the chance to be with ourselves and know ourselves and support ourselves. We can’t do this journey alone. We aren’t meant to, as much as we think our crazy mind can convince us of this. The only way out is in and by having the right support, by listening to ourselves and having others reflect for us, we can go far if we choose to and are open to it.

This article was intended to be a general discussion and observation from my recent reflections on such a topic. If you would like to explore more about these thoughts and around your own journey, please feel free to message me. Let’s go deep together!







DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


What’s in a reset? How often do you reset? How important is a reset? What is a reset?

We tend to know, in a general sense, what a reset looks like when it comes to electronics. In that, there are times when our computers, laptops, wifi systems, and cell phones require a simple shutting down for whatever reason. But how does this apply to us?

Some of us know that we benefit from certain kinds of “breaks” from our day to day routines. It can be a simple as winding down after a long day, taking a bath before bed, or going away for a weekend. But what is actually happening, and how can we truly optimize these breaks, recognizing them as “resets?” A reset is a point in time that allows us to decompress, to turn off, to change our daily patterns so that we can have at least a shift in perspective. This is very important for our nervous system and our overall being as a whole. It is a time to take space and reconnect with ourselves. It is critical for our well-being especially with the lives/lifestyles many of us tend to live. The hustle and bustle. The rushing around. The chaotic-ness of responsibilities and duties. The experience and notion of not having time for ourselves. It is this place where we have to slow down and make time for ourselves. Breaks/resets do this. They help us to have a different awareness and can be highly inspiring.

In the classical teachings of yoga, under Patanjali’s “8 step process of yoga” (Ashtanga Yoga) there is a differentiation and understanding that these steps are broken down into Outer Yoga and Inner Yoga. Within the category of inner yoga we have what is called Pratyahara which consists of a “drawing in of the senses.” This refers to a drawing in of the senses and withdrawing from outer distractions. Dharana is the focus on one object of consciousness. This one object allows us to withdraw and take space from other other sensory related distractions. Dhyana, which is typically referred to as Meditation, provides us with a depth that can leave a profound and simple feeling. Meditation is not something we do but something that happens when we are fully in the moment and not focused on any one thing but simply being with what is. Not being pulled in any direction and merely being.

In working with these practices, Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana, we can get more still and quiet in order to remember who we are at the core of our being. It’s this coming inward that invites us to take space and reset in many ways and on many levels. There are many ways individuals may consciously or unconsciously encounter resetting.

Here are some simple ways that we can or actually do take advantage of regarding resetting:


We can slow down to see how taking a break to take time to eat our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners cause us to take pause from our day by basically focusing on time to nurture ourselves by eating, which is a fundamental practice that fosters our well-being. Taking the time to eat is crucial as we can properly metabolize our food and cause the nutrients to fuel our cells.


Taking a break from food that we normally eat is great for the body. The body and mind are connected and therefore, if the body is feeling great, the mind can be less encumbered by what the body is doing. With these food practices, as we withdraw from foods that are typically harmful and replace them with more wholesome and cleaner foods, we have the great potential of resetting our metabolic functions and systems. And be honest, taking a break from the SAD (Standard American Diet) can provide a great deal of advantages in the long run. In Ayurveda, we know that healthy body helps with a healthier mind and a “healthier mind” helps with a healthier body. They work together. We can see the modern scientific discoveries of the “Mind and Gut” connection. Ayurveda has known this for millennia.


In some cultures, after eating lunch they take what is a called a “siesta”, which is not only beneficial for digestion by itself but also for our minds to take time from the day before resuming our working. This siesta isn’t like taking a nap or actually sleeping. It is similar to a gentle repose, with our eyes closed and senses drawn inwardly.

“Power naps” can psychically reset/re-inspire/recharge us to continue our days. Some of us may have sensitive nervous systems which can find this practice to be advantageous. Power naps consist of basically 10-15 minutes of simply going inward and powering down.

Sleep, which is our actual bedtime, is a way in which we turn off for 6-8/9 hours and go inward. We power down so that the different systems in the body can regroup from the daily activities. When done properly we can wake up feeling inspired, refreshed, rejuvenated, and recovered from the previous days. This is almost like re-birthing as we start a new day, open to limitless opportunities in each day. Each day is in fact unique! It’s amazing!


Changing up daily routines, without sacrificing meal times, sleep time, exercise time, can be great for our whole being. Taking some time to meet with friends in a restaurant or bar, even just being by ourselves in a cafe settings can be important to our own self-nurturing and exploring this simple reset. During our socializing time, we can utilize these instances not to completely engage and talk about work dynamics and switch gears by sharing lighthearted or deep conversations that are self-exploratory.


Getting away for a weekend, taking a hiatus, going on vacation for a week, even going on pilgrimages can be some profound ways to take space from our daily routines and reconnect with ourselves. We have opportunities for our senses to experience new sensations which can feed our consciousness and challenge us in amazing ways.

Equally, taking a walk in a park, going for a hike, camping, strolling around your neighborhood, can be some mundane ways of resetting temporarily. Nature, and the simplicity of being with it and within it (without the distractions of electronic devices) can be highly beneficial and “healing” for the senses and nervous system. By connecting with nature, we can reset on so many levels. Nature does us good!


Some people like to watch televisions, or listen to the radio, or sit with a cup of tea/coffee and read a newspaper or lovely book can be ways in which we have a mini reset. Making phone calls to friends and loved ones we haven’t chatted with in a while or chat with regularly are simple means to take space. Going to the gym or other fitness activities. Yoga classes. Meditation classes. Going to the movies. Other activities such as running, biking, and swimming can be ways individuals can take space as long as its rooted in pleasure and fun and light. Getting massages would be a fantastic way to have resets. Turning off our televisions, computers/laptops, cell phones, and anything electronic can be powerful for us as a resetting. (Personally, I highly recommend getting massages.)


Some modalities that support this inward, deepening and resetting experience, including and not limited to, are: a relaxing massage (swedish), Marma Therapy (“pressure point therapy”), Shirodhara (oil poured over the forehead), Abhyanga with Svedhana (oil massage and steam), CranialSacral, Shiatsu, Reiki, Thai Massage, Myofacial, Cryogenic Chamber, and sensory deprivation tank (also called Floating/Flotation Tank.) Whatever sessions provokes a stillness is a session to explore.

In conclusion, whatever we can do that allows us to withdraw, reconnect with ourselves and get to know ourselves better and more intimately, remember our joy, and simply turning in and turning on or tuning in and tuning out, we can come back into the world with a whole new perspective. This shift in awareness can help us greatly in our day to day experiences. The gift of life is in the mundanity of it, in each moment. Slowing down grants us passageway to greatness in the simplicity!













DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


Ayurveda, the science of life, has much to discuss about diet and fasting. It is understood in Ayurveda that natural observances of time of day and time of year can support the intention of optimal health, combined with knowing ones own constitutional needs. In knowing this, we can understand the application of fasting and how it can be optimized for based on who, when, how/what, and why.

The questions around this, as per an Ayurvedic practitioner, is who is fasting?

Why are they fasting?

What or how will the fast look like?

When will they be doing it?

As with any focus on prevention of disease, or maintenance of health, or even the potential resolution of a disease or imbalance, three primary concepts are strongly considered according to Ayurveda. These three concepts are Agni, Ama, and Ojas. AGNI, pertains to fire and specifically jatharagni is the actual digestive fire which involves the digestive enzymes and other chemicals to assist with digestion. AMA, pertains to unprocessed foods and emotions in the body, otherwise known as toxins. OJAS, is the outcome of the digestive process that is a result of the quality of food intake and absorption. Ojas can be observed in the body as the benefits of health, vitality, energy, inspiration, clarity, and overall immunity. This tissue can be found for instance in the plasma of the body where the white blood cells roam.

In Ayurveda, when addressing health and balance, or even disease re-balancing, we observe what is happening between agni, ama, and ojas. We know that when agni is balanced, then ama is low, and immunity is balanced. Similarly, when agni is low, ama is high, and ojas is low. An important consideration is knowing when an individual is affected by disease that there is an indication that agni is compromised somehow and that ama has been and is produced, which means that the overall sense of well-being is not as readily available. Simply, when we are feeling really good in our digestive system, and toxins are not overwhelming the system, then there will be an overall sense of health in body and mind. We know that these toxins can make their way to the brain and so many other areas of the body and then cause havoc.

Within his we can best formulate the best protocols based on the above questions. First, it is important to note that in Ayurveda, that the basic understanding of disease pathology is rooted in a malfunction of the digestive system. The digestive process contains two aspects to it. One, is the actual physical process of digestion where food is converted to usable resources of the body through the mechanics of the digestive system. Secondly, the mind has its influence and is woven into digestion. The mere social saying “you are what we eat” is actually changed in Ayurveda to “you are what you digest.” If you are eating something that appears to be cooked healthily but the mind is not in a peaceful place, then automatically what food enters into the body will become indigestion. This has already been verified according to modern research as per understanding a psychosomatic relationship existing inherently as humans.

Regarding fasting, Ayurveda notes that there are basically four times of day that we are supported by this. These three times of day are as such: first, between breakfast and lunch; next, between lunch and dinner; lastly, after dinner and before the next meal known as breakfast. Breakfast, when the word is split up, is “breaking” a “fast.” When western medical doctors desire to examine a full generally comprehensive blood panel they suggest not having anything to eat usually after 7 pm and then going in for lab work in the morning on an empty stomach. This can show lab technicians and physicians what the general state of health can be according to ranges of numbers that are considered appropriate, high, or low based on the findings. Similarly, the longest stretch of the day is night, for most people, and breaking a fast involves not having anything to heat until at least morning time., which allows for the natural physiological processed to do their job. For instance, the liver takes over at night in order to detoxify and support assimilation of overall nutrients for all the bodily systems and tissues. In Ayurveda, we say “ you must love your liver!”

Also, there is a time of year that fasting can naturally occur.. This is understood to happen in the late winter and spring (which is considered the Kapha time of year.) How a natural fasts occurs this time of year is simple when you think about it. Think about how things were before modern technology. Food was scarce this time of year. We were hibernating more. Inward more. Aligned with the natural stillness this time year. Though we have evolved to some degree to match the times, this doesn’t mean that on a deep cellular and genetic level that we don’t remember what it was like pre-modern conventions. The sun still rises and sets as it has always. The moon becomes full and wanes, as it always has. There are certain aspects of our biology like the inherently designed circadian rhythm that connects us as part of nature.

Due to this, this time of year through qualities that are present in the current atmosphere, the body is also following to some degree. So, if you’re still eating as much as you were during the summer, think again? Is it seasonally appropriate?


If we factor in what’s naturally happening this time of year, we measure it according to understanding what our constitution is which is a combination of Vata, Pitta, Kapha, and we factor in age, along with supply and demand, we can best understand how to increasingly support our health and well being.

In general, it is tricky to fast during the winter months because it’s not time, yet. Bears, deer, and other animals are experiencing scarcity. They are putting out less energy since it is cold and they are resting more. But, as the cold starts to warm up and thawing begins to occur, with the increase in sunlight we will notice a natural shedding that happens this time of year (unless food intake is excessive due to modern conventions and not being connected to nature’s guidance within.) There isn’t much food around this time of year but supermarkets are getting these shipped to us. Our cells know the difference even if our mind’s are trying to distract us and convince us that we can still eat mango’s and ice cream during this time of year when, not only is it not natural to our farming here but it’s also not natural to climate. Have you noticed how the mango from mexico doesn’t taste as good now in January/February as it does in July?

Fasting in the winter is like running into the middle of the woods with snow around and taking our coats off. It is common to put a few pounds during the winter, why? because we are supposed to store fat. We increase protein and fats this time of year to sustain us longer through the months since we don’t have as much access to the abundance of foods as you do in the warmer and summer months. See a correlation yet?

No, it’s not okay for Vata predominant individuals to start fasting during the winter months. Vata’s should hold on to as much kapha/healthy kapha (earth/water elements) as much in their body. Incidentally, ojas tissue is actually a kaphy tissue. FYI. Pitta’s don’t usually need to fast this time of year. Kapha’s should just be mindful of excess intake of foods that are heavy, such as pasta, cheesecake, ice cream (which is really a no-no for all three doshas and especially this time of year), cheese, dairy, and yogurt.

Why does this apply as such? This has partly to do with agni. As we mentioned before, Agni plays a key part in health and disease. According to Ayurveda, there are four states of agni: SAMA= balanced digestion (which consists of very little to almost no digestive disturbance), VISHAMA = vitiated, and this usually pertains to Vata having variable digestion and digestive symptoms such as gas, some bloating, indigestion, mild constipation or some diarrhea, TIKSHNA = sharp, and this applies mainly to Pitta having strong, hot, overly-accelerating digestion burning up nutrients before they can actually be absorbed, and, MANDA = sluggish, for the Kapha predominant type where their symptoms are exactly that which is slow. This means that food is processed slowly and stores more and more and more.

During the winter and colder months in general, between cold and dry qualities and wet and cold qualities, it takes more energy to fire up the digestive system. Imagine a house and how more energy has to go into the furnace to keep the temperature in the house at a certain level. The body is this way. Incidentally, this is one of the main reasons why taking in cold, icy, frozen foods and beverages is contraindicated year round because for healthy functioning the body holds itself at and around a specific temperature for a reason. Changes to this, affects the system negatively and is considered a stress and thus causing a compromise of sorts.


Since it is Kapha time of year, here are some important considerations to honor what is happening in this climate. As mentioned above, we know it is mainly Kapha season because Kapha’s primary qualities consist of Heavy, Cold, Moist, and Sluggish. Does this seem familiar? Does it seem harder to get out of bed? Do you feel like you want to take more naps? If you answer yes to the last two questions, then you have a general sense and connection with Kapha. Kapha predominant individuals will feel it more than Vata and Pitta predominant individuals. Kapha’s have to push themselves harder to keep things moving so that they don’t end up feeling heavier and inviting in conditions that are common this time of year due to their similar qualities as mentioned before. Some of these imbalances include overall heaviness, weight gain, depression, upper respiratory issues such as colds, bronchitis (of kapha cause), even pneumonia (of kapha qualities), and asthma (of kapha qualities.) Vata’s could also be affected but their colds are more about dry coughs, minimal and clear mucus like a post-nasal drip, and minimal congestion. Vata’s could have aggravated asthma as well. The reason for the change but similar affect for Vata predominant individuals is due to the fact that one of Vata’s primary qualities is cold, so cold increases cold and cold can either be wet or dry.


1) Know your constitution.

2) Know your state of agni, ama, and ojas.

3) Honor the cycles of the day where there is a break in between actual meals, such as the time between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, and then the long haul over night. Over night is the best time to let the body’s systems “do their thing” and support the body in homeostasis.

a) Consider the importance of breakfast being a light meal (if any) by 8, lunch being the main meal around noon(ish), and dinner being half of lunch, supplemental = supper time (noting that the later the meal, the lighter it should be due to lack of digestive availability)

b) Vata predominant individuals should eat smaller meals and possibly as part of small meals throughout the day, honoring the times of the average meal time. Pitta predominant individuals have a strong appetite and 3 meals is adequate, as long as they are also nutrient filled. Kapha predominant individuals should eat smaller meals, still with lunch being the main meal. In fact, Kapha predominant individuals could afford to lighten up and even skip breakfast and/or lunch depending on several factors.

c) It is important to note a recent rise in this new-ish diet called “Intermittent Fasting.” They are still pulling together the data and haven’t had long term studies validate their current findings but are amazingly speculative. With this, and a review of this type of diet, it isn’t far from what Ayurveda considers a “Kapha reducing diet regimen.” There is much overlap around what Ayurveda suggests for detoxification/fasting purposes. Following fasting times, eliminating certain components of the diet, and supporting an exercise regimen is essential to balance overall.

4) Know why you’re actually doing a fast.

5) Know how long you’re doing it for.

6) During the fasting periods during the day, do your best not to cave in to cravings. Have some sort of tea instead.

7) Regarding cravings, ask yourself these questions:

a) did I sleep well last night? Sleep affects digestion and energy levels. Poor sleep increases inflammation and increases the chances of craving sweets and energy boosting substances.

b) was my previous meal balanced? If there was adequate protein, carbs/legumes/grains, veggies, and oil intake, then there shouldn’t be much of an issue with cravings after the meal.

c) am I properly hydrated? The same mechanism in the brain that determines hunger also determines thirst. Test your level of hunger by having a cup of tea and waiting 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry, you’ll know it. But if you’re not, then you know you were dehydrated.

d) what is going on emotionally/mentally for me? If all the above are in check, then this will stand alone. There is emotional eating and the cravings are coming from a deeper need to satisfy/pacify some emotional experience you are having. You could either entertain it or not. Just know that giving in could cause you to gain weight, commonly.

e) can I wait? A craving will spark your interest. This happens naturally during the break times of the day, between meals. This is also a designed response of the body indicating glucose is needed somewhere, usually the brain. Once you allow your body to simply wait around 15-20 minutes, the craving will subsided because the body will take care of itself. For instance, the liver will become activated in a way to help transform the proper resources into usable fuel. This is where the body becomes fat-burning. This is great for the body! Versus giving into the craving and the body continues to store this instead.

8) Supply and Demand, Energy In and Energy Out. This is another pertinent factor to consider. If you aren’t very physically active, then food intake should be lower. The supply has to meet the demand. If it doesn’t, anything that isn’t used gets stored. Sometimes this is why a fatty liver develops, or fat in general. Sometimes, this is why constipation can happen, for instance. How much energy, physically, are you putting out that it requires the proper nutrient intake to match it? Remember, bears aren’t as active and are resting more but when it gets warmer out, they start to eat lightly to clear their lymphatic system and get things moving where they shed a few pounds and muscle increased again.

Lastly, fasting is about detoxification and allowing the body’s natural processes to do their job. The liver and kidney’s are primary organs of detoxification. If they are functioning optimally, then fasting during the natural fasting times of day is optimized. There isn’t too much of a need to do an extreme detox when the body is supported generally and fairly regularly. A regular practice of mindful eating, per constitution, with appropriate physical activities, and some herbal support as supplements (supplementation) can go a long way before the necessity of aggressively changing a diet or radically depriving the body. Where’s the mind in all this, and is it happy doing? Is the detox/fast meant to be a quick fix? (hint: the answer is no) Does the body need to detox? yes, but the how is key here.

Remember, that when we fast, it is a detox process. In Ayurveda, in order to detox we are practicing the “three R’s”: Regulate Agni, Remove Ama, Rebuild Ojas. Digestion is the key component for homeostasis. You can read more about supporting digestion in the article referenced below “Digestion and Disease Prevention.”

In Ayurveda, we strive to address both the body and mind simultaneously, with the least amount of stress. Meaning, Ayurveda is about the long-term, not just short-term and immediate gratification. We want something sustaining for many years to come with the least amount of casualty, while knowing that maybe those things you gave up were really for the best. How do you know? You’re body will thank you and your mind will feel more balanced. Win-win!








DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


The lull of the post-holiday celebrations tends to create an opportunity for any number of issues to arise such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, emotional drain, financial drain, colds, flu’s, and other ailments associated with this time of year. It’s already happening. I am noticing people getting sick pretty quickly, feeling tired, feeling like the holiday’s should already be over while the holiday’s were only half-way through. There is a way to manage all of this so it doesn’t develop or deepen. In fact, Ayurveda can even help turn things around pretty quickly, if the right practices are set in motion to do so. It is only in certain instances that we have to simply ride out the momentum, created by our running away with tasks, until we can finally take pause and regroup.

Ayurveda teaches us that health is primarily contingent upon a “cause and effect “relationship with ourselves and the choices we make. Ayurveda is also a system of natural medicine focused on understanding how cause and effect can help us to prevent the development of various pathologies. This path of mindfulness is profound, because we can take better control of ourselves and improve upon the quality of our health. In following some simple (for some, not so simple) practices, we can curve what’s already happening now by having amazing tools, such as Ayurveda, available to us next year so we can prevent these downward spirals. It is also important to note that this time of year tends to challenge us emotionally for many reasons some of which include the simple change in how much light we have and low Vitamin D levels, stress with work responsibilities and deadlines (which can’t be prevented but managed as best as possible), the simple effects that holidays bring which by virtue pulls on the heart strings and brings to the surface deeper emotions, and even just the natural sense that nature is hibernating this time of year and we are going against the flow by opposing the hibernation and running around/staying up late etc.

Some of my patients have asked me if I get sick. I tell them “I get sick of people but not from people” and then we laugh. There is some truth to this and Ayurveda can explain. In Ayurveda, we understand that if a persons immune system is strong, then an individual can avoid getting sick. This category of immunity is called Ojas. A strong immune system depends on healthy and balanced digestion called Agni (Jatharagni.) If Agni is balanced, then Ama wouldn’t be present. Ama involves toxins accumulated in the body. When ama is high, agni is low, and ojas is low. When agni is high(strong and balanced), ama is low, ojas is high. These three principles are what get factored into designing protocols for healthcare, prevention, and sick care. What does your agni feel like this time of year? Ama? Ojas?

I wrote an article listed below, regarding seasonal transitions from summer to fall. Many of the suggestions can apply now because, in Ayurveda, we understand that January is generally the window in which we transition from early winter to deeper winter/early spring which is considered the Kapha time of year. It is known in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine that most people tend to become ill during the transitions of seasons. There are things we can do to prevent this as much as possible.

With specific regard to this time of year, it is important to notice how the depth of winter contains a heavier quality than that of fall. Snow will be more common (here in New England at least). Cold makes things contract and feel heavier. Holidays are over and now the recovery begins. Rest is a good way to honor and regroup. Foods should be warmer, spicier (not too spicy for the Pitta predominant types), easier to digest and moderate to lighter. Lighter for the Kapha predominant types or individuals with a Kapha imbalance. As well as hotter spices, and definitely cooked. They should also eat less because their digestive systems are slower which means food will accumulate in the body faster. For the Vata types or individuals with Vata imbalance, food should still be cooked, warm, less pungent, easier to digest, and moderately heavy since these individuals have a sensitive digestive system. Pitta individuals or individuals with Pitta imbalances can handle this time of year easier. Staying warm is key, regardless. Getting enough rest but not too much, for the Kapha individual as this will make them heavier, slow down digestion, and increase imbalances like heaviness, fatigue, depression, and even upper respiratory issues. Exercising, hot stone massage, lymphatic drainage sessions, dry steam rooms, and any stimulating activity is great for the Kapha individual in general but especially this time of year. Avoiding foods that are heavy like carbs, sweets, breads, cheeses, pastas, and yogurt. If these are to be indulged in, then proper spices should be added and the foods should be taken in smaller quantities and not after dark. Additionally, ice, cold, and frozen anything should be absolutely avoided. Colors such as red, yellow, orange, and any other uplifting and stimulating color can be great this time of year, as a general recommendation. Aromatherapy scents such as frankincense, myrrh, orange/tangerine, tulsi, sweet basil, cinnamon, and sandalwood can be beneficial for the mind.

If you’d like to learn more about this, and then some, I am re-posting links to previously written articles that can help you to help yourself by not only understanding what happens this time of year but also things you can do to make some change.

HERE ARE THE LINKS: ( I hope you enjoy them)









DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


I was inspired to write this article due to my recent conversations with a few patients who are feeling overwhelmed as the holidays approach. Isn’t it ironic that during a period of when we are meant to feel joy, gratitude, abundance, pleasure, and even sweet nostalgia that there is this accompanying feeling of anxiety and overwhelm? It it is with my experience in the past few years that I have chosen to purposefully slow down as the holidays speed up. Being present more so in the present moment versus entertaining the worry of what has yet to come or be accomplished on a never ending list of supposed duties and responsibilities. I actually want to enjoy the holidays by slowing down with them because once the momentum has taken off sometimes its easy to get “caught up” and over a sudden….it’s all over and I’ve been left feeling depleted, lethargic, and even run down, maybe sick. This is common for many of us during this time of year and I have written about this in my most recent article (HERE) and past articles around the effects of how running around during this season can create more stress and compromise our immunity.A few years ago, I attended an initiation and training for a specific modality and it was there that I felt inspired to rename my practice “Still Point Ayurveda.” The reasons for this are several but one primary feeling behind this is that I reflected on what it means to sit with the intimacy of stillness.

One of my favorite explanations for describing this still place is "Stillness has the power to heal the body and to awaken a higher energy and awareness in the mind. Such yogic stillness, however, is not an enforced stillness born of personal effort but a natural stillness born of deep relaxation."- Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) Furthermore, I learned in one of my first meditation classes that meditation can be described as “an interrupted flow of awareness of one object of consciousness”, as stated by Dr. Nischit from the Himalayan Institute. This one pointed-ness exists closely to the “still point.” In expanding upon this wisdom, I have shared with my clients that there is a similarity between karma, as I understand it, and the breath. Let’s begin with looking at the breath more closely. There are four parts to the breath. First, we have the “inhale” itself. Next, there is a “junction,” a point at the top of the inhale where the breath is paused for a fraction of a second just before it enters the exhale. Following this, we have the “exhale.” Lastly, we have the “junction” that is at the bottom of the exhale where the breath is paused for a fraction of a second just before it returns to the inhale. Dr. Vasant Lad has stated that “when we organically spend time in the pause between the breaths, the longer that pause will exist and eventually God’s lips will touch ours and we can be enlightened in six months of this natural process involving awareness.” It may sound poetic but I imagine the possibility of some level of truth around this. Try it out and let me know what you think! In yogic philosophy, the inhale resembles the future because it is of things to come still, and the exhale represents what has passed. It is common to experience anxiety and its parallel relationship to worries about the future, being part of the inhale. Whereas, with the exhale, what has passed is what we tend to let go of but what we don’t let go of becomes something that is heavy and keeps us de-pressed/depressed.

This is where we can expand this relationship of breath and karma. From my perspective, karma is generally understood per “cause and effect.” Also, with how the ego identifies itself with circumstances associated with time, the ego will either think futuristically or mull over the past, preventing itself from actually settling into the present moment. In the present moment, the ego doesn’t really know how to wrap itself around reality which is happening now. This is where many of us have or continue to become uncomfortable. This is the place the still point lives and it is sometimes even unbearable to really truly stop in the right now. It can feel scary. In the now, the ego actually comes to a halt. It’s unsettling here and therefore it will find some distraction, considering that it is a “Master Shape Shifter, and find something else to perpetuate its existence and create scenarios of suffering. Within traditions such as yoga, there are pranayam techniques (breath supported/controlled/disciplined exercises to manipulate the breath and in doing so these techniques anchor us in the moment. It inherently gives the mind something to do since that is its nature. The mind/ego want to be kept busy, otherwise they find ways to consume us. Furthermore, I see karma like the swinging of a pendulum. When the pendulum swings forward it represents the future and when the pendulum swings backward then it represents the past. When the pendulum stops swinging, at the center point/still point, it is in the present moment. When the mind goes into story-telling the pendulum has begun its movement yet again. If we notice the stories occurring, notice how its an interpretation of what is being experienced in the moment, and question what the story(ies) are coming up as by asking “is this true?” I like this exercise because Byron Katie has taught that the unraveling of the mind and understanding of what the mind is happens when we ask the simple question “is it true?”

There are a few modalities and techniques that I have come into contact with over the years that have the effect of inviting an individual to connect with a “still place.” Here are a few of them: Shiatsu, Thai Bodywork, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, CranialSacral/Visionary CranialSacral Therapy, and Shirodhara. It is even safe to say that at the ending of a general yoga class savasana (corpse pose) is another opportunity to explore this ‘Still’ place. Even massage offers this where at the end of the session you are left there to relax and integrate the session. Most often than not, this moment brings people to a deep state of relaxation, to the point of even dozing off or a deep sleep. Additionally, as part of traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and the Quaker culture, sitting in silence, sitting in meditation can be another way to explore stillness. Simply going into nature and connecting with any or all of the five elements can allow us entry way to stillness. This is a form of meditation. Please know that there are many other cultures, practices, and traditions that exist globally which can support this intention of stillness and therefore is not limited to the short list I’ve provided.

In conclusion, consider these words as the holidays roll in and you find yourself in the chaos. There is a choice on some level where slowing down is even an option if you heed to the silent whisper. Slowing down makes it easier to hear this whisper. As mentioned above, there are many modalities and techniques to choose from to help with this. These tools serve to remove the distractions so we can see what’s present when we are liberated from as many distractions as possible. In doing so, we’ll find more peace in our mind and nervous system, peace in our digestion, and overall we’ll have stronger immunity and feel happier. Start somewhere and practice makes perfect over time. Slowing down allows us to connect to a deeper part of ourselves. Can we make space for this? What will you find when you allow yourself the opportunity to slow down? What will you see? What don’t you want to see or feel? Check it out. Your inner you will thank you for doing so and for wondering about all this.

Finding the stillness may actually be something that happens not because you did something but because you chose something else to open up to what’s been here all along. It is similar to meditation where meditation is not something we do but something that happens as a results of not doing or not doing the things that actually prevent us from experiencing what is happening here in the moment when we slow down to it.

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


So many events are happening this time of year. We are transitioning from Fall into winter, Daylight Savings Time, holidays within various transitions, and we are headed into the darkest time of the year with less sunlight. There’s a lot to stay on top of and digest here. Digestion is the key to maintaining balance through these numerous changes and, in Ayurveda, it is understood that digestion is the key to health, disease prevention, and returning back into better health.

Digestion has to aspects to it. The first and primary source of digestion involves the actual digestive tract that consists of the mouth to the rectum and everything in between. The second component to digestion is the mind and what information it has to transform. Current science, has been validating the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda as it supports the understanding that the mind and digestion/gut/stomach are connected. We know that there are 80% of the serotonin receptors present in the gut and that this has an overall influence upon the mind.

In Ayurveda, it is taught that the state of mind influences whatever we are putting in our mouth. For instance, if I am eating while I am anxious, my digestion will respond to this mindset and influence the quality of digestion by causing it to be disturbed. Similarly, if I am depressed or angry or eating on the go (which is a nervous/unstable type of eating pattern), then my digestion will be influenced as such. Malabsorption will be one symptom, along with various others such as gas, bloating, mild constipation, indigestion, sluggish digestion, hyperacidity, and heaviness.

With all the different experiences happening this time of year, the mind is surely going to be affected by this. One way is skipping meals, or eating on the go, or eating quick foods that provide quick fixes such as foods containing high carbs and sweet tastes. Anxiety increases this time of year. Depression tends to be present for some. This can be due to many reasons such as being nostalgic and revisiting past memories or simply low levels of Vitamin D. Stress overall increases as holidays are demanding, the temperature has been variable and therefore affecting what we eat and how we dress, along with when and how much we even sleep. Stress can also influence our hydration. We may have more cocktails, increase smoking tendencies ranging from cigarettes to even marijuana. Drug use tends to increase this time of year as well.

According to the disease pathology in Ayurveda, we look at digestion first to see what is out of balance or what became out of balance in order to figure out how to regain balance. With all diseases, Ayurvedic management involves assessing digestion as this is the first foundation to correct. Digestive symptoms as mentioned above are indicators of what is going on and how to help resolve the situation as best as possible.


1) Eat consistently and around the same time of day. Ideally, 2-3 meals. It’s okay to skip or have a very light breakfast if you’re feeling heavy in the morning. (Read more about the details in the article below on Digestion and Disease Prevention.) Here’s a fun image involving the general Ayurveda Clock (photo credit HERE)

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2) Food should definitely be warm and cooked this time of year.

3) Staying adequately hydrated is important. Drink teas, warm water, generally throughout the day.

4) When eating, sip a warm beverage with the meal. Don’t guzzle the liquids after eating as this will suppress digestion and increase indigestion.

5) Wait at least an hour to hour and a half after meals to put anything in your mouth, including food and beverages. Let digestion have time to do its thing.

6) Determine whether you have more acidity or more mucus in your digestive system. A test that Dr. John Douillard has shared in the past to assess this involved apple cider vinegar and then baking soda. It goes like this: If there is too much acid, mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a cup of water and drink before a meal. If you feel relief from the baking soda – which is extremely alkaline – you have too much acid. If you feel too little acid, mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and drink before a meal. If you feel relief, you have too little acid. Here’s his article for more on this.

7) Don’t fall asleep after eating. A light rest is ok, and not for too long since this suppresses digestion as well.

8) Vigorous activities right after eating should be eating. This negatively affects digestion too! So no work outs or yoga class for a couple hours.

9) Late night meals should be avoided but in the cases that it can not be avoided then Ayurveda suggests the later the time you’re eating, the lighter the meal should be. Remember, digestive enzymes are strongest and peaking around noon time. These enzymes are least available in the morning, and around half as much as they are from lunch around dinner time. Don’t stress digestion.

10) Eat when you’re hungry versus skipping the meal or supplementing with something quick and unsustainable. In Ayurveda, we know that skipping meals or eating foods that aren’t sustainable affect the overall digestion and this also affects all the other systems such as immune system and nervous system. Additionally, the endocrine system, which involves the hormones, are affected.

11) Be mindful of emotional eating, especially with the holidays around us.

12) Get adequate rest and at the right time. Ideally, optimal sleep happens between 10 and 6. I generally tell my patients that 11 is ok and up by 7. This is pushing it slightly. The later we stay up, the more inflammation can increase. The later we sleep in, the heavier we feel and this will begin to show up not only in digestion but also the lymphatic system (which is dependent upon digestion and exercise.) Vata predominant individuals, should have around 8 hours sleep. Pitta’s around 7, and Kapha’s around 6, according to Ayurveda. It’s usually the case that Vata’s can’t or don’t sleep as easily, but Kaphas sleep a lot and want to sleep more. This will only increase the pre-existing qualities of the constitutional make up of the individual.

13) Continue to exercise if you already are and, if you aren’t, then this is a great time of year to make sure you are raising your heart rate by exercising and other cardiovascular activities.

14) Sleeping too long during the day, if you’re not a night worker, can also affect digestion.

15) Make sure you’re pooping daily. From 1-2 bowel movements throughout the day, with the first one being within the first hour of waking.

16) Getting oiled up, inside and out is important to keep things from drying out. Kapha’s benefit from less or light oil. Pitta’s from moderate oil, and Vata’s from more oil but not too much depending on how prevalent Vata is. Then there is always the type of oil, along with the fact that all oils applied topically should be warm, never cold! Internal application involves administering oil to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and even rectum in some cases. Additionally, internal use of massage includes cooking with certain oils like ghee and coconut.

17) Massage is important as it helps to manage the stress of the mind and body. Get one as soon as you can and regularly.

18) Avoiding as much as possible anything cold, frozen, and icy. This is just not good for the digestive system and body overall for so many reasons. Read THIS article on the harm of bringing anything cold into the body.

19) Meditation is a great tool to help manage the mind stuff. There are many types of meditative practices and meditation can work for everyone when you find the right technique that can keep your attention. Research and try different techniques and you’ll eventually find the one that works for you in the present moment and is your tool to manage the mind and its thoughts. Some examples of such tool are art, drawing, nature hikes, focusing on a candle, yoga nidra (a technique you can find on YouTube), sitting in a quiet space, dancing, observing the space between objects, and self-help or philosophical books (to engage and disengage the mind.) I remember my first meditation teacher saying that meditation was defined as “an interrupted flow of awareness on one object of consciousness.”


Digestion and Disease Prevention- CLICK HERE

Seasonal Transitions- CLICK HERE and HERE

Managing Colds and Cold months- CLICK HERE and HERE and HERE

Feeling Anxious- CLICK HERE

Seasonal Depression- CLICK HERE

Story of Disease- CLICK HERE

Importance of Massage- CLICK HERE


DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


Here we have it. Summer is over and fall has just begun. The summer has given way to autumn and nature is helping us to wind down from the summer heat and encourages us to begin our way inward as the outer temperatures change. We are going from a warm climate to a cool, and soon to be cold climate. The windows or air conditioning systems are shutting, and the heating systems of the home will turn on. Summer clothes shift to warmer garments and layers. We go from feeling hot to cooler/cold.

The fall brings us the qualities of cold, dry, and light. The air gets thinner and colder. Dryness starts to occur as the fall foliage changes and trees become bare. Nature goes into hibernation, and the animals are starting to save food for the winter months ahead.


It is normal this time of year to notice an increase in food cravings. This is the time of year, menu wise, that we focus on increasing protein and fats. The lining of our entire digestive system acclimates to the climate change as the microbes shed its current layer and form a layer that is prepared to handle the summer harvest and wintery foods such as apples, pears, figs, dates, pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, and other ground veggies. Digestion itself has a centripetal force about it. During the summer months as heat is prevalent in the atmosphere, the body adjusts itself so it doesn’t overheat by focusing the blood away from the summer, centrifugally, which is the direction of center towards extremities. Whereas, in the colder months the force is now centripetally where the blood is more centered around digestion and the core of the body maintains homeostasis during the winter months to keep us warmer and to digest and store foods accordingly. The body is amazing at self-regulating itself!


This is where it can get trickier. The increase in cravings for foods and certain foods that are savory and fatty can become more obvious this time of year as the body wants to store but there is also the mental component that the mind seeks to balance itself by grounding itself in ways through these foods as well. The nervous system, which is governed by VATA according to Ayurveda, is affected more this time of year since Vata becomes vitiated in its own season. It is not uncommon that people, especially of Vata Dosha or with a Vata imbalance, that they have an increase in anxiety, insomnia, dryness, and constipation.

Let’s also mention that summer ends when people return from summer vacation, and children go back to school. There is a lot of rushing around to get supplies, meetings, classes, work, etc. and then the holiday’s start to roll in which means an increase in activities inwardly (versus summer which involves more outer activities of a different quality and nature) and holiday parties, holiday’s in general. A momentum begins right as summer begins its transition and this momentum picks up speed until around the first or second week of January, where at this point, after all the holiday’s, spending, eating, drinking, meetings, and parties that many people are exhausted, depleted, lethargic, even depressed (due to the rush coming to a halt after all the months of festivities, people looking at bank accounts to see how much was spent during the holidays’, and even less sun exposure which causes SAD “Seasonal Affective Disorder” for some individuals that are that sensitive), and people simply crash and become ill. This isn’t coincidental because we are at that point transitioning into the next phase known as late winter/early spring which is governed by Kapha.


Body and mind can work together or separate. The goal of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Holistic Medicine overall is to help regain the balance between the body, mind, and spirit. It is mainly when all three are out of balance that people generally incur imbalances. By aligning with nature which includes cycles of the day that involve the natural 24 hour cycle of dawn (sunrise), peak sun time (at lunch), and dusk (sunset), and by connecting with the cycles of the year as per the seasons and seasonal transitions, then people can remain more on steady water with health.

It is when people sleep when they should be awake, or when people skip meals when they should be eating, or when people stay awake when they should be eating, or when people are eating cold and raw foods during cold months when warm foods and beverages should be taken, and countless instances such as these that increases the chances of disease manifesting. The body is our guide and when people are in balance….we will know it by how great we feel. When people are out of balance, the body tells this story as well through symptoms. The body communicates through symptoms and it is our job to pay attention to however big or small the symptoms are BUT more often than not, the mind creates a distraction or is easily distracted and takes the attention away from the body. Don’t worry though, the symptoms of the body will only continue to get bigger until it grabs our attention enough as it is screaming for help. That’s the short of it. That’s the simplicity of this unique system we all possess. Amazing is the intelligence of the body! The mind is very intelligent for sure but it makes a better servant than master.

In my practice, I work with many many patients on all of this, and then some. I discuss with my patients, from day one, about proper diet and lifestyle changes/adjustments that have a major impact on everyone ranging from simple health issues to complex health issues. I get to have the chance to witness over and over and over how profound Ayurveda is with its wisdom and then I have the passion to share these tools with countless others in order to help so many people find balance in their bodies and in their lives. In working with my patients we don’t only address the body and symptoms but we also work together on the mind-stuff that can be symptomatic and problematic. This journey starts even before I offer suggestions on herbs and the various treatment sessions.


1) CONSTITUTION: Learn what your constitution is and how far you have deviated from that natural level of homeostasis that your body was born with. This can occur through a lengthy consultation. This becomes the personal road map to your health and is a vital tool that you can carry with you day to day to become more in charge of your health and well-being. Knowing whether you are Vata, Pitta, or Kapha and its several configurations will tell you more or less how to navigate each season, time of day, and period of your life personally.

2) MINDFULNESS: A) Once you’re aware of your constitutional needs you can make choices that best support you. B) Take a pause and look at where you are in this moment. Notice if historically you tend to be that person that gets sick this time of year or just after December/January. Ask yourself what you have done to become ill in the past around this time of year and see if there are other choices you can make that involve doing something differently so that you have a different outcome. I know some people still say “I’m going to die from something anyways so why bother?” My response has always been, “yes, that is true, but we don’t necessarily have to fall apart getting there.” Health, for the most part is a choice. Even if there is some circumstances that created ill health, there can be some choices made to reduce the discomfort around such experiences. We are going to die for sure but we can go out slowly, one way or another. The health of this body also depends on mind, and with the right mind we can make better choices to take care of ourselves the best we can and reduce afflictions.

3) SLOW DOWN! SLOW DOWN! SLOW DOWN! What’s the rush anyways? When we don’t take the time to slow down, whether when we are chewing food or really being with what is right now, we not only get indigestion but we also get an upset mind, which then spills over into the body and this creates a vicious cycle. Not to mention that if people aren’t taking care of ourselves as we should, especially by heeding the warning signs of the body and whatever symptoms may be produced or producing, the body will will and eventually cause us to not only slow down but eventually stop, maybe not death just yet (though sometimes illness can make us feel that way) but definitely having us bedridden for days or weeks. Ironically enough, some people in this situation curse and yell at the body say it’s an “inconvenience” to get sick or to get sick right now, but the reality is that the body has been tell them all along to slow down and take care of the little things so that they don’t develop into bigger things. When the time is taken to attend to the little things, the body will bounce back quicker because it was acknowledged and cared for. Why create what can seem like an enemy relationship with the body when we have the opportunity to have a loving relationship instead?


Feeling Anxious? Read THIS article on Anxiety.

Would you like better health? Read THIS article on Digestion and Disease.

Wanting to get more into rhythm with nature? Read THIS article on Ritucharya.

Wanting to get more into rhythm with the daily cycle? Read THIS article on Dinacharya.

Concerns around Colds, Flus, and Viruses? Read THIS article on catching a cold.

Seasonal Allergies? Read THIS article on Seasonal Allergies.

Concerns around Dryness? Read THIS article on catching dryness.

Concerns around sleep? Read THIS article on sleep.

Want to learn more about how your body is your guide? Read THIS article on it.

Want to know more about balance? Read THIS article.

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 


I am proud to share the second part of this article that was originally written as a 42 page paper for the California College of Ayurveda. This topic touches me deeply and personally on many levels. See part one below.

This article was reformed into the current article and is posted with permission from the Ayurveda Journal of Health.


Ayurveda Journal of Health

Summer 2018

Volume 16, Issue 2 ISSN 2372-1804

***Beginning on page 19



In part 1, I discussed Dinacharya (See link HERE) which involves daily practices according to Ayurveda that helps us to remain in balance. It is also important to note that this understanding of the importance of the daily rhythms coincides with the current science around Circadian Rhythm. By aligning with this natural rhythm there is an increased level of success regarding well-being and balance. Ayurveda and Yoga both emphasize the importance of being connected to nature for health and well-being. The practices around Dinacharya (daily practices/rituals) and Ritucharya (seasonal practices) is a sacred practice because it reminds us of and aligns us with the nature on many levels. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine both state that it is generally the result of being out of touch with nature that disease has an opportunity to express itself and by reconnecting with this we can regain a significant amount of our health, if not potentially fully restore it or at least come close. 

Ritucharya is defined in Ayurveda as “Seasonal Practices”. What does this mean? We know that there is a general rhythm, regardless of where we live, that seasons/times of the year change.  When we pay close attention, we can see how one season gives way to the next. Winter transitions into spring, spring transitions into summer, and summer transitions into fall. It’s a natural cycle. In Ayurveda, we are aware of what I like to call “windows” where there is a small period just before the full onset of a given season that thing’s get a little unstable as the season transitions from the previous one to the next one. There are “three windows.” 

In observing the current season of summer and as it is slowly transitioning into fall, September is a “window” whereas the summer is ending, and the heat starts to lighten up, the cool breezes of autumn slowly start to creep in. The qualities of dry and cool start to infuse into the atmosphere. This tends to be the time of year when people get sick because they are still acting as though it is summer rather than prepare for the next season. It is important to treat each day uniquely as the season transitions because by not doing so a stress occurs and the body is compromised. Common ailments are allergies, colds, flu, and similar conditions. Anxiety is common and increases for some during these upcoming months.

As Fall enters into the winter months, the next window consists of the period around the month of January where the qualities in the atmosphere are heavier, denser, and colder. This is another time of year where individuals are getting sick/sicker with the common conditions like asthma and upper respiratory infections. Seasonal Affective Disorder also plays a role for some during this time of year due to the lack of sunlight and Vitamin D deficiencies. Anxiety may still be present for some and/or it may become depression of sorts around this time of year.

The following window occurs around the month of May where the qualities in the atmosphere consist of warming up and lightening up, as we transition back into the summer months that bring either dry heat or humidity.  Allergies are common, colds, flu's, other types of viruses, and even rashes or other inflammatory conditions may increase for some during this period and as we continue into summer.

This is a breakdown of how a season appears according to Ayurveda:

Vata Season → Fall/Early Winter

Qualities = dry, cold, light


Pitta Season → Summer

Qualities = hot, moist, light or heavy (depending on geography)


Kapha Season → Late Winter/Spring

Qualities = Heavy, cold, moist

It is important to note as part of being harmonious with nature that the lining of the digestive system, that is amazingly rich with numerous microbes, sheds its lining and prepares for the next season. Indigestion can typically occur when we eat foods and take in beverages that are not aligned with the harmony of digestion/constitution. According to Ayurveda, it is understood that disease manifestation generally begins with digestive disturbances.  It is understood in Ayurveda that there are four many types/qualities that define and describe digestion/metabolism/digestive fire (jathar agni). 

These four are Sama Agni (Balanced Digestion, Vishama Agni (Variable Digestion), Tikshna Agni (Sharp Digestion), and Manda Agni (Sluggish Digestion). Balanced Agni is when there are minimal to no digestive symptoms. Variable Digestion involves an imbalance of digestion that typically consists of gas, bloating, distention, mild to moderate constipation. Sometimes the person with this appetite wants to eat, forgets to eat, doesn't eat much, eats a lot, eats on the go,  eats inconsistently and at inconsistent times (aligned with Dinacharya practices).  This category of digestion is associated with Vata Digestion. Imagine cooking on a low flame, with the fan blowing. What happens? Food is not cooked properly. 

Pitta Digestion is that of Tikshna, which is sharp. Sharp means that the fire is very high and metabolism is basically too much and breaks down food faster than the body can process.  Imagine cooking on a really high flame. What happens? Food gets burned. Kapha Digestion is Sluggish. Imagine cooking on a really really low flame, a large pot of stew. It takes forever to cook and is much heavier in quality. 

To follow Ritucharya Practices, here are some things that can be done.


1) PRACTICAL On hot days, still, dress and eat accordingly. What does that mean? Generally, lighter and shorter, cooler clothing, along with juicier and cooler foods. On cooler days, dress and eat accordingly. This means generally dressing warmer and eating warmer foods. 

2) DIGESTION: Know what your constitutional tendencies are and how they correlate with the seasons.  Does your digestion feel a little better, as a Vata type, in the summer? Worse in the fall/winter/spring? Does your digestion feel better, as a Pitta type, in the fall/winter/spring? Does your digestion, as a Kapha type, feel worse in late winter/spring and better in the summer? There's no coincidence. The elements know themselves and it is typically the opposite qualities that bring harmony to a digestive system out of balance. By watching this relationship with food and seasons you can get a pretty good idea of what your digestion is like and what it needs in order to feel better. If you're willing to listen, that's a different story.

3) SUN, MOON, AND SEASONS: Remember the sacredness of the changing seasons in general. It is truly a treasure to be living in a human body and experiencing life and our connection as part of it. The seasons, the rise and fall of the sun ((solar cycles that include the yearly calendar and the sun going from shining longer in the sky to less in the sky (such as equinoxes), as well as sunrise and sunset), and, the moon (lunar) cycles. Meditation on such concepts, taking time to reflect and really notice what is changing and what remains can be a powerful practice that helps us to  connect with nature and balance our well-being. 

4) HERBS: Here are some herbs that are great for balancing changes/stresses and can be generally beneficial when transitioning from seasons.  Adaptogenic, circulatory stimulants, immune tonics, even nerve tonics.  It is also important to note that checking with an Ayurvedic practitioner can make sure which ones are best based on your constitution.  These herbs are Ashwagandha, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Guduchi, Amalaki, Triphala, and Brahmi/Gotu Kola. Some vitamins such as Vitamin D with K3 and Vitamin B Complex can be helpful. In fact, Vitamins A, B, C, D are great! but definitely Vitamin D and B Complex.

5) SEASONAL COOKING: To add to point # 1 above, Eastern traditions such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, emphasize eating according to the seasons. Within this, Ayurveda adds that we should eat according to not only the season but also with the understanding of what our individual constitutions and quality of digestion in mind, as mentioned in #2 and the above note discussing the four types of digestion.  Knowing this in and of itself is a profound hallmark contribution of Ayurvedic medicine in understanding not only disease management but healthcare and disease prevention.

6) OIL THERAPY: Ayurveda takes pride in understanding how important the skin is for health and immunity. Certain practices involve massages and application of oil to various points on the body are conducive to health. See this LINK for more details. 


DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 




I was recently inspired by a couple of my patients to write more about massage, it's importance and my personal relationship with it.

You see, within the past couple weeks, one of my patients who was in his mid 80's started to come and see me a year ago.  He would thoroughly enjoy his sessions and felt great benefits on many levels.  I admired this patient because he was a very gentle soul, with a kind heart, a brilliant smile, and loving touch when he would shake my hand hello and goodbye. It was truly an honor to work with him. Unfortunately, he suddenly died, unexpectedly. This brought me great sadness for many reasons. Upon meeting his family at the funeral proceedings a couple of his children (one being a current patient of mine, and dear friend) came to me and said "he really loved coming to see me. He looked forward to his sessions."  This touched me deeply to know that seeing this amazing man every couple of weeks for a year would have such lovely things to share around it with his family. I was humbled by this.

A week after his funeral, his daughter-in-law spoke of my giving him massages and how happy he felt from receiving them. She then stated how important it is to get a massage and how so many people go without that contact, that connection, that full-body loving touch. I agreed. I relate as my body is designed in a way that contact is extra important for me and my nervous system but not just any contact, loving contact. Full attention. Few and far between are these experiences. I offer this through all the hands-on sessions I conduct daily. It's an asset I bring to my practice.

For me, massage has been a part of my life for a very long time. How long? Honestly, this is the truth. I have been massaging since I was 5 years old. How so? My stepfather introduced me to massage and would have me practice on him as he would work on me. This continued into my teens and I was massaging my mom's and brother's friends regularly. Then, I was in undergrad and as part of exchanges for rides and dinners, I would massage my friends. One of my dearest and closest friends encouraged me after completing my bachelors to get a quick certificate somewhere so that I can legitimately do the massages. So that's what I did. I started a shiatsu school and continued to build on that for many years to come.  Read more about me through my bio HERE. 

In all my years of doing massage, it has and continues to bring me great pleasure. It is another way for me to connect with individuals. My hands love the feeling of the oils meeting the body and exploring the terrane of a being who is open to receiving. There are so many benefits to touch and it surprises me when I still hear of an individual who has never had a massage.  The kings and queens of old times (and probably still until this day) recognized the benefits of regular massage.  

Massage is more than just about luxury. Is really taking care of yourself considered a luxury or is it a necessity (that brings great pleasure and benefits)?When individuals tell me that they can't afford it I ask them "is there really a price too good health?"  From my experience, massaging regularly (self-massage and receiving sessions) can increase health and longevity. The aging process slows down since oils are therapeutic, especially when designed for the individuals' constitution and warmed up, and the manipulation of the body's tissues supports digestion and lymphatic health. Not to mention the benefits on the nervous system by encouraging the body to relax.  Getting a massage helps to ground us in our bodies. It helps to connect the body and mind, and by relaxing, we get into the heart of the matter by coming into ourselves more fully. Massage is a profound practice!

I highly recommend that everyone gets at least 1-2 massages a month, if not weekly.  I have touched hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bodies. It brings me great pleasure to do so and to hold a presence for anything to unfold as you are supported with loving care, and non-judgment.  It isn't uncommon to have deep releases such as tears, fear, and laughter as part of the session as this is the body releasing whatever exists in the tissues and nervous system, causing you to feel lighter and more balanced, more connected, and more at home within your own body. Why not? This is your home, your temple, untill the last breath. Why not enjoy what's in it? Your body will thank you!

Taken from a recent article I wrote HERE (called Optimizing Health Through a Tripod of Health Support: Yoga, Personal Training, and Massage)


Massage is an interesting and important asset to the practices of yoga and personal training. Yoga and personal training sessions involve a certain level of proactive engagement for the most part. In that, when moving through the exercises of yoga (except for moments of savasana, the relaxation pose) and when engaging in workout techniques there is an actual involvement.  Massage, on the other hand, you're simply laying on a table, breathing, and focusing on letting go and surrendering while someone is working with the body. This in and of itself is an important act because it encourages a level of relaxation and integration that is provided by another individual, as well as a different type of molding to the body. While on a massage table, the lymphatic system can be encouraged in a different way. The muscles after firing can come into a calm and quieter state. The parasympathetic system is strongly supported when an individual can surrender and let go.  "Working out the kinks" is usually easier when on a massage due to a hands-on approach. This increases overall functionality and efficiency of the body. 

There are many types of massages ranging from subtle to deep techniques; such as Swedish, intuitive, shiatsu, Thai, rolfing, and deep tissue.  Finding a massage therapist that you can connect with and that has a holistic approach and/or works well with holistic approaches can best meet you and support the desired outcomes. 

Lastly, If you are reading this article and are one of those people who has never had a massage, please contact me for an appointment and mention that you haven't. I'll discount your first session to the same special for the Birthday Rate.  See HERE.  Once you get started you'll wonder how you hadn't done this before and how you can continue to do so. This is why I'm happy and grateful to be here now, and many years to come!


DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed by a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 


In Ayurveda, it is understood that health depends on the quality of health within digestion. Digestion has two aspects to it which include the body (the physical part of digestion itself) and mind (being that the mind is processing/transforming/absorbing/integrating information.) What we put into our bodies via the mouth is equally as important as what we expose our mind to. The building up of the body occurs with proper nutrients. The strengthening of the mind depends on practices that help to bring balance to it as much as possible.  Ayurveda has much written on this and can be explored at a later time.  Suffice it to say, the health of the skin has many contributing factors. We could also include in this the understanding that genetics plays a role. Ayurveda would go as far as asking "what foods did the parents ingest?"  Additionally, it is understood in Ayurveda that even though there may be a genetic predisposition towards some condition, what is it in a person's diet and lifestyle that would contribute towards increasing the likelihood of that condition manifesting based on a gene expression? Just because there's a tendency it doesn't mean it actually always has to develop. What allows it to? That's what Ayurveda has us think about.  Also, it is accepted in Ayurveda that even if all efforts have been made to prevent something from developing that if something still persists or exists, then this is part of the individual's inner work to find balance with and accept as part of their human journey. Yoga and Ayurveda can certainly help with all this. 

I remember many years ago a patient came to me for Ayurvedic Facial treatments because she noticed that she had many wrinkles and wanted me to help her to get rid of them. She mentioned that she recently started smoking (after the age of 50) due to her divorce from a marriage that ended after almost 25  years.  She said "I know you're going to tell me to stop smoking but I'm not willing to. I just want you to help me with the wrinkles." I told her we would do her best and that there was no point in me telling her that smoking wasn't a good idea because she already knew that. What I wanted to do was to support her in understanding the root cause that drove her to smoke and to redirect her stress in a different way, as we worked on the skin issue she came in with We started with her diet, which is where any kind of healthcare should be addressed. 

Skin is a very meticulously complex system like much of the body. It is the largest organ of the body. This includes the lining of the digestive tract starting in the mouth and ending in the rectum, transitioning to the outside of what we see. It has an average weight of around 12 pounds.  It is also an organ of immunity, breathable, and an organ of absorption.  The health of the skin will determine the overall health of an individual.  Beauty comes from the inside and makes its way outside. This makes sense considering that the body and its organs, tissues, and cells are made up of what we put into our body.  If we want to understand the health of an individual, we can see what foods exist in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Similarly, when we want to understand the health of an individual we assess what they are putting into their bodies. 

Tvak Sara loosely translates to "healthy skin" in Ayurveda. What is the general definition of healthy skin according to Ayurveda? Ayurveda says "Excellence of Rasa Dhatu. The excellence of skin can be characterized by unctuous/oily, softness/smooth, clarity of complexion, glow, and fine deeply rooted lustrous hair."  It is important to note that the word Rasa has several meanings and in Ayurveda one of them refers to the skin because it relates to plasma formation which is a vital nutrient of the body in which other cells and tissues require for health. 

According to Ayurveda, we can classify skin types based on general constitutional considerations like this:

Vata skin tends to be dry, cracking, cold, rough, flaky, scaly, thin, and with small lesions. Complexion tends to be dull or dusty.

Pitta skin tends to be moist, prone to red rashes, hot, red, inflamed, smooth, and moderately thick. Complexion tends to be rosy or ruddy.

Kapha skin tends to be moist, prone to pustular lesions, cold, smooth, mainly thick. Complexion tends to be pale. 

For the purposes of this article, here are some considerations to have in place to best support the health of the skin:

1) PROPER HYDRATION. Not just water but also electrolyte boosting beverages that are like natural "gatorade's." Proper hydration also includes knowing how much fluid intake based on your constitution, as well as understanding factors that involve whether you're working out and sweating a lot, or not. Whether you're in the heat a lot, or not.  Overly hydrating with water can have a depletive quality as well, as this puts stress and strain on the kidneys and cells overall. 

2) PROPER NUTRITION What does the food look like? Is it full and bountiful? Are you getting the adequate protein, carbs, veggies, fiber, and oils? Are you eating on the go or sitting with your food? Are you distracted while eating? Overeating? Undereating? Eating healthier foods or eating fast foods? Are the foods highly processed? Whole? 

3) PROPER EXERCISE. Supports oxygenation and strength to the skin and all connective tissue. Of course, over-exercising can also cause stress and strain on the body which will have negative consequences on the skin. Overly sweating can also cause harm internally and therefore external what we see, as a result of dehydration and depletion.  There is a perfect balance and your body will tell you in many ways.

4) PROPER REST/SLEEP. This is a rejuvenative process for the body and stress reduction. Sleeping is a natural anti-inflammatory process (usually and ideally.) Staying up late at night increases inflammation and increases aging, due to the various levels of stress. Daytime sleep lacks the adequate and full qualities of sleep that nighttime sleep can offer.  Simply following our internal clocks, known as the circadian rhythm, can be our guide. Trust it! It's been around for millennia and since the dawn of "human." Check this article HERE for more sleep information

5) ALCOHOL consumption and excess consumption can be an accelerant in aging.  It is depletive and consumptive overall, like adding fuel to a fire that causes the breakdown of tissues.  The body tries to remove alcohol as fast as it can from the body through sweating and urination.  This tends to be why we pee a lot when drinking, usually. The body views alcohol as a type of poison, especially in excess.  Due to this, the body ages faster over time. Therefore, avoid or really minimize alcohol intake. Properly hydrate the body when alcohol is being consumed but remember that too much fluid intake of any kind will also wreak havoc in the body. Alcohol is acidic and affects the pH levels of the body which not only puts stress on the liver and kidneys but the whole body.  There is no judgment of drinking but Ayurveda would ask the question "what is the root of the drinking?" and "what is it about drinking that acts as a supplement and support for something else going on in the deeper terrain of being human and consciousness?"

6) SMOKING, in general, but specifically cigarettes we know also increases aging as well as this prevents the strengthening of tissues, as well as compromising the oxygen resources in the body.  The elasticity of the skin is lost over time and based on the amount of smoking.  Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and reduces blood flow and oxygen to the skin which means the skin lacks nutrients for strengthening and building.  The lungs support oxygenation of the blood which feeds all cells in the body and compromising such a vital part of existence causes severe harm. There's no way around it. There is no judgment around the smoking but a question Ayurveda asks is "what is the smoking a supplementation for?" and "what is at the root that causes an individual to smoke?" Smoking is a learned behavior. It is not one that comes naturally. 

7) Oils and Oil therapy is highly recognized in Ayurveda as being a major asset to supporting immunity, vitality, peace of mind, and healthy skin.  Ayurveda suggests the proper intake of oils via ingestion and via topical application. Oils should always be applied warm, and based on constitutional necessities. Remember, the skin IS an organ of absorption and anything, I mean ANYTHING, we put on the skin is getting absorbed. There is a saying in Ayurveda that "If you're not able to eat it, then why would you put it on your skin."  Technically, any oil is good but the best oil is the oil used as per the constitution. For the purposes of understanding internal oil suggestions consist of: Fish Oils, Flax Seed Oil, Ghee, Coconut Oil. External topical oils that are really good include Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Sesame, Coconut, Olive, and Almond.  Within this category of oil therapy we can add how amazing and vital it is for the body to get massaged regularly.  This has so many benefits, including how it helps the skin to be healthier, but also involves contact itself. A loving touch can help the skin and overall mind and body to feel amazing!

8) HYGIENE/SKIN PRODUCTS that aren't natural should be minimized or avoided completely.  I'm sorry to say but this is for your own good. The typical products such as deodorants, hair sprays, colognes/perfumes, laundry detergents/softeners,  powders like talcum, and any other products that are meant to treat the skin, should be considered harmful if it's not natural. The body is made of nature, natural elements and minerals. When we apply substances that aren't pure and natural we are force-feeding the body to eat junk which has an overall negative influence on health and vitality, causing stress and inviting harmful conditions in many ways.  How do we deal with this? See point #7 above.  If you're one of those individuals that says "using natural products doesn't feel the same" or "doesn't work" or "doesn't work the same"...then Ayurveda says see point #1-7 for understanding.  It is very difficult to treat the external parts of the body when the internal balance hasn't been established.  It's like putting on a new fresh coat of paint on a wall that's peeling or a wall that the sheetrock is slowly crumbling. It just can't be done, but people try. Nature always wins in the end, so why not give it more of a chance and look at the internal landscape so that the outer architecture can be amazing?!

9) AVOID SUN during peak times as the sun can be damaging and cause the skin to breakdown. We know that many forms of skin cancers develop as a result of consistent and direct sun exposure, especially when the proper measures aren't taken such as using appropriate sunscreens (which tend not to be natural in the source but helpful with regard to protecting the skin probably better than natural sunscreens.)  Collagen breaks down. Damage occurs at the junction of the epidermis and dermis resulting in an inability of the cells and microstructures to receive proper nutrients.  Also, too much UV-B radiation affects DNA causing mutations that lead to cancer. It is also important to note that there are several skin types that range from pale to olive skin to dark and darker skin.  This also plays a role in protection from the sun due to melanin (skin pigmentation) and the lighter the skin the more prone to skin damage and other issues with aging skin, such as wrinkles. 

10) SUPPLEMENTS can be helpful as well, but again, this is optimized when diet and lifestyle are being supportive. Supplements like Vitamin A, B, B-complex, C, D, E, Magnesium, Zinc, and Iron help on many levels and contribute to the whole package of well-being. If you're not sure of your levels in the blood, there are lab tests to examine this and determine what vitamins and minerals may be lacking. Or, the alternative is to slowly introduce one of these and spend an extensive time with individual ones and determine what you're feeling like. No one knows you better than you when you tune in and trust the inner physician and inner wisdom. The body knows best!

11) COFFEE can also be harmful, in excess.  The western dosage of coffee has exceeded the normal quantity that the body can actually handle healthily. A good example of coffee consumption is by observing traditional European countries.  They don't have 8-12-16-20-30 ounces in one sitting.  These amounts are highly toxic for the body. If there is pre-existing inflammation, coffee will only magnify this. If there isn't pre-existing inflammation, then the excess consumption of coffee will create inflammation. Coffee is acidic and reduces the pH in the body and has a rippling effect overall on health.  Ayurveda would ask "why is this much coffee needed?"  We would determine where the imbalance is and what coffee is doing as a supplement for this.  What is lacking? Not enough energy? No time to eat? (because coffee is an appetite suppressant.) Is it used to stay up late? Is there an emotional comfort around it? Is it just the taste and smell?  A little bit goes a long way. Ayurveda would also suggest coffee based on an individuals' constitution.  For instance, Pitta predominant individuals would benefit from less coffee for sure. Pitts predominant individuals are heated naturally and coffee is heating due to its acidic nature. Vata predominant individuals should generally stay away (especially if they have anxiety) since they are naturally stimulated and coffee is a natural stimulant. Kapha predominant types would benefit from some, but not too much as this negatively affects the fat/adipose tissue, as well as sugars/glucose/insulin relationship.  European dosage, which consists of infrequent small cups is best, if consumed at all. 

12) TO STRESS OR NOT TO STRESS! It is already is known that stress is considered the number one killer. Stress affects everything, body, mind, and spirit. This has to do with mind.  As mind is agitated, so shall digestion be.  As mentioned before, when digestion is compromised, then what happens internally will express itself externally. Yoga, massage, meditation are all great tools to de-stress. Seeing a therapist or counselor/couch of sorts as well.  Connecting with nature, either camping, hiking, or simply being outdoors and around less technologies, less people, and more with critters, plants, trees, lakes, mountains, and the beauty of sunrises, sunsets and everything in between can all be helpful methods of supporting de-stressing by decompressing and discharging these highly sensitive and highly charged up nervous systems.

Ayurveda is not a system of "spot treatments", "spa treatments", or "quickies/quick fixes" around getting optimal health.  It is a system of holistic medicine that requires investment and discipline to a certain degree. Sometimes simple antidotes can be successful but that is simply a moment of grace.  Usually, the right foundation has to be established in order to obtain the desired results that are expected of the body and mind. 

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed by a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 



I am proud to share this article that was originally written as a 42 page paper for the California College of Ayurveda.  This topic touches me deeply and personally on many levels. 

This article was reformed into the current article and is posted with permission from the Ayurveda Journal of Health.


Ayurveda Journal of Health

Spring 2018

Volume 16, Issue 2 ISSN 2372-1804




I remember many years ago, the first time since I was in undergraduate, I set foot in a gym to work with a personal trainer and have had over a decade of experience with yoga. I walked in and told the trainer what my goals were which were to simply build some muscle and gain more tone. I told him that he shouldn't work my body like he does other clients due to the efficiency my body has access to due to my yoga and Ayurvedic practices. He looked at me with inquisitiveness and some disbelief. This trainer began his protocol with me and within a couple sessions, he had noticed how quickly my body was responding to the exercises he was suggesting. He was surprised and asked me how I was able to do all this. I reminded him of my strong foundation in yoga and Ayurveda.  Yoga provided tools needed with breath, body, and mind. Ayurveda created a context of understanding my constitution and the best diet aligned with the physical exercises for both the yogic aspect of my practice as well as the personal training exercises. 

This has been an article in the making for some time but recently I have felt inspired to complete it and put it out there. Over the years, I have worked with many individuals that have been personal trainers and/or seeing personal trainers. With this experience I have been able to support them with their optimal goals of health and fitness, maximizing the potential, and increasing the effectiveness of their intentions, exponentially.  I have had the honor of supporting individuals in gaining amazing results with simple considerations and some "tweaking" here and there as a means of refinement.  Trainers that I have worked with had their diets cleaned up. I initially noticed significant deficits in this department that have shown up as specific symptoms such as digestive symptoms, sleep issues, bad breath, inflammation, and overall nervous system and mind agitations/afflictions as a result of the general regimens supported. Patients I have seen would carry out this pattern as well. 

I truly love the intention of increasing awareness about health and yoga and Ayurveda has been highly valuable and unique, providing a profound approach to health and well being.

This "Tri-Pod of Health Support" concept and practice has been my own creation based on my numerous experiences.  The Tri-Pod consists primarily of Yoga, Personal Training, and Massage.  Since my yoga training is strongly interwoven with Ayurveda, based on classical training, the components of Diet and Sleep automatically fall into the Tri-Pod by nature. Ayurveda is a vast complete holistic science and art of living.  Furthermore, Ayurveda brings with it a whole body of knowledge and experience that takes everything to a whole other level of consciousness and effectiveness, by far and more than any other system available. 


Most people are familiar with yoga but the yoga I am referring to is more of the traditional uses of the asana's (physical practices) that aren't rooted in outward intensity or goal-driven practices such as obtaining abs; let alone the yoga that reflects gymnastic/olympic/athletic type of protocols. Yoga as a serene practice for increasing and/or heightening a persons inner and outer experiences with the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga in the form I am referring to involves a different quality that invites us to really get to know ourselves and cultivate our inner wisdom. The many asanas of yoga are designed to access different parts of our body that no other physically driven practice has been devised.  Yoga is a complete practice, especially when it is connected with Ayurveda, in many ways that grant us an ability to maximize our performance when combined with other regimens and traditions. I encourage it to be a firm foundation for other practices to combine with it. 

Within yoga, there are various forms.  Generally, Ayurveda would categorize practices according to an individuals' constitution. For instance,  Vata and Pitta predominant types benefit best from Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative. Kapha predominant types are best served by Kundalini, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Hot Yoga.  It can be more specific than this based on individual needs and desires but still integrated with the principles of Ayurveda in order to optimize the approach to balance and well-being.  When we get more into the idea of intensity type of practices than there are various degrees of how this can be interpreted. For instance, a Pitta predominant individual may resist a balancing practice that isn't as intense because of the like intensity. This intensity for them could further imbalance them. Additionally,  a calming practice could seem to be challenging since these individuals enjoy the intensity and the opposite quality can seem less so, but it is ironic to consider the understanding that an intense person would be challenged by slowing down. Hence, why Ayurveda would say this is better. This is a different interpretation to "personal training."


Personal training offers many benefits that are different in ways to yoga.  Personal training helps with increasing mobility, building muscle, strengthening cardio function through vigorous exercises, tones muscle and burns fat, and addresses metabolism in its own way. Within the model of personal training there tends to be a diet/nutrition component as well that is typically rooted in FDA approved standards and general modern scientific and time-tested contributions. Individuals that tend to follow personal training sessions also have a generally good outlook on themselves and life. They may have higher self-esteem and confidence as a result of seeing how their body changes with some diet and exercise programs. Within the model of personal training, there isn't the understanding of individual constitutional needs as indicated in Ayurveda but an overall assessment is done with the individual to match the needs of the individual and the determining qualities that a practitioner of this model would be driven by that sculpt the overall path for the individual to follow. 


Massage is an interesting and important asset to the practices of yoga and personal training. Yoga and personal training sessions involve a certain level of proactive engagement for the most part. In that, when moving through the exercises of yoga (except for moments of savasana, the relaxation pose) and when engaging in workout techniques there is an actual involvement.  Massage, on the other hand, you're simply laying on a table, breathing, and focusing on letting go and surrendering while someone is working with the body. This in and of itself is an important act because it encourages a level of relaxation and integration that is provided by another individual, as well as a different type of molding to the body. While on a massage table, the lymphatic system can be encouraged in a different way. The muscles after firing can come into a calm and quieter state. The parasympathetic system is strongly supported when an individual can surrender and let go.  "Working out the kinks" is usually easier when on a massage due to a hands-on approach. This increases overall functionality and efficiency of the body. 

There are many types of massages ranging from subtle to deep techniques; such as swedish, intuitive, shiatsu, thai, rolfing, and deep tissue.  Finding a massage therapist that you can connect with and that has a holistic approach and/or works well with holistic approaches can best meet you and support the desired outcomes. 


Yoga has Ayurveda for diet. Yoga by itself is traditionally emphatic of being vegetarian. Yoga with Ayurveda says that this may not be true for everyone and that individual needs are met based on the understanding of an individuals constitution according to the three Doshas (biological humors) called Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Configurations of these doshas vary and in addressing them an individual can develop an ideal plan that fits their uniqueness. Diet is an important contribution of Ayurveda because of this, and within the context of diet, metabolism can be properly supported. In Ayurveda, when the proper diet is in place then there is no need for medicine. Ayurveda has it figured out! There is no one size fits all approach because of the awareness around Vata, Pitta, Kapha. There is a common saying that "you are what you eat" but in Ayurveda it is corrected to "you are what you digest." Ayurveda isn't focused on caloric intake, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats/lipids. It is focused on seasonal eating, eating per your constitution which also takes into account metabolism.  Metabolism is about transformation.  It is the dividing factor between Anabolism and Catabolism. Anabolism involves the building up of something and Catabolism is about breaking down. Transformation, which is Metabolism, can be guided to either the direction of building or reducing of tissue.  Hence, why any type of physical (and even mental activities) can be converted for one thing or another. 

So much of Ayurveda goes into the breakdown of diet and nutrition. Ayurveda does not focus on calories, fats/lipids, protein, and carbohydrates.  There is so much more to diet than these simple categories can account for. First is foremost, in Ayurveda, we look at who is coming in to see is.  We determine their constitutional configurations of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  We assess what is predominant and this will lead us practitioners to understanding the basic foundation of an individual's metabolic constitution. This is the platform we spring from in order to move forward and create a holistic approach and protocol to increase balance.  Vata predominant individuals tend to have a variable appetite.  Pitta predominant individuals have a strong steady and reliable appetite. Kapha predominant types have a sluggish appetite.  

Within the model of personal training, the idea and intention are to somehow meet individuals where they are at and have them meet a certain standard that is equal across the board, more or less.  This, according to Ayurveda, has the tendency to miss the understanding who the person is and what they are individually capable of. In Ayurveda, we believe that there isn't a set standard or one-size-fits-all approach.  Additionally, in attempting to do so, other imbalances can more likely occur later on down the road. 

The usage of protein powders and synthetic fillers to give the individual that extra boost or push in their body is actually contraindicated in the natural performance of the body.  When the metabolism isn't truly seen for what it is in the individual, when this piece is missing from their overall assessment and protocol, then imbalances are more likely to occur. I have worked with many personal trainers that have symptoms that are based in unclean digestion. Unclean digestion can come from poor sleep habits, poor eating habits/regimens, and the quality of food/nutritional support is actually at a deficit. I have worked with trainers that may look great on the outside but their insides are rotting. Their breath would smell foul,  indicative  tongue coating, there was an increased level of inflammation and acidity, sleep disturbances, restless mind, digestive symptoms such as constipation or loose stools, even a slight to moderate discoloration in their skin.  These are all symptoms of significant imbalance and as Ayurvedic practitioners, we seek to prevent and undo such symptoms because we know that the long-term effects of such things can spiral into other health issues.

Simply regimenting the meals according to proper times of days that have already been created by nature, and by following the natural flow of the day itself and aligning with the circadian rhythm can also invite an optimal foundation for health.  For instance,  here are some basic points to consider and guidelines to follow in order to better serve overall health with the intention of deepening into balanced practices:

1) Breakfast is not the main meal of the day. Breakfast is about "breaking a fast." This fast has occurred as a result of the natural 24-hour cycle of the day where the last meal was around 7 pm the night before.  Those following hours that lead up to rest, include rest, and exist around waking time, are the natural breaks in a day to help encourage metabolism. You see, when we first awaken, the body detoxes the remaining residue that the body didn't need from the previous day. On another level, this is a way the body encourages letting go of the past, becomes more present, and paves the way for the future. When we first wake up in the morning, ideally, we poop, we pee, we spit up things like mucous, we cleanse the body through baths/showers, and we begin a whole new day.  Breakfast is light in order to support this process, if at all. Vata predominant types can/should eat a small balanced meal. Pitta predominant individuals can eat a heartier meal. Kapha predominant types can either skip breakfast (having tea, broth, or a very light type of meal.) The  best time for breakfast is by 8 am (plus or minus.) The digestive enzymes are weak in the morning after a night of processing yesterday's stuff and rest. 

2) Lunch is the main meal of the day and the most important. It has been too often the case that individuals have told me that they skip lunch, or that they have a smoothie or power bar to supplement lunch, or even do yoga or exercise during lunch time. This is counter-intuitive to the body and very harmful in fact. Lunch is the main meal of the day.  Digestive enzymes are at its peak at this time and if we override this natural process of the day and replace it with any activity that is other than a meal, then we have created a huge window for imbalances to lead to disease.  The window for lunch is between 10 and 2, ideally noon (ish.) Smoothies with protein powder do not count as meals. Nor do power bars or any other power drink.  This is not correct information for the body to receive. The cells tell the story over time of such neglect. Smoothies in the case of personal training could be okay in between meals when necessary but that is based on a case by case basis.

3) Dinner is a lighter meal. Ideally, no later than 7 pm. Should dinner be later, then it should also be lighter in order not to interfere with metabolism that occurs from the last meal of the day to the first meal of the next day, which brings us back to breakfast.  I've told many patients to consider dinner as a mini lunchtime. The digestive enzymes are not as strong as lunch, usually, but are stronger than breakfast time enzymes, and therefore, the volume at mealtime should be half of whatever lunch was.  Additionally, the later the meal, the lighter it should be.

4) Liver time is to be loved.  The liver becomes very active at night time around 10 pm, which is why it is ideal to be in bed around this time in order not to impede upon its job which is to clean up the day for us and get us ready for the next one.  Dr. John Douillard, a colleague, and teacher of mine shared a story about the liver saying that the liver at night is like the night time janitor that is designed to clean up the office building after a long and busy day, but when business meetings are still happening the janitor will either come back later or not at all and the building will not be cleaned up for the next day. Similarly, staying up at night into the later hours has been shown to affect metabolism by decreasing it, and in increasing inflammation to say the least. Additionally, this has also been found to affect the quality and duration of sleep, which will be discussed in the next section.  Late night eating isn't ideal. Eating heavy meals isn't ideal. Check out this article HERE to learn more about how a daily structure can be created to optimize performance of mind and body, and prevent imbalances from developing. 

5) Fasting occurs naturally during the daytime, three times a day. Breakfast as previously mentioned is an example of the natural fasting time that happens between the last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day, while we are sleeping and the liver is metabolizing. The next fasting period is between breakfast and lunch, and generally consists of a time span of 4 hours. Then, the next fasting period occurs between lunch and dinner, which ranges anywhere from 4-5 hours from lunch.  During these periods the body may signal that it is "hungry" and in Ayurveda we observe this and question with these three questions: did I have a complete and balanced previous meal? (yes or no) Am I adequately hydrated? (yes or no)  If I'm not sure of the difference, then drink a mug of warm water. If the feeling of hunger disappears, then it was thirst. You see, the same mechanism in the brain that determines hunger determines thirst.  If the feeling of hunger remains, then the previous meal wasn't balanced. Did I have good sleep last night? (yes or no)  Good sleep supports optimal digestion. Poor sleep negatively affects digestion, causing hormonal imbalances, cravings for sweets or any substance that "boosts" energy. Additionally, poor lunch meals can also affect hormones, increase cravings, and affect sleep. HERE is a article I wrote recently regarding dieting/fasting/detoxing. 

In giving in to the cravings, the body's fasting period is thwarted.  The laziness of waiting some time for the body's' natural processes to kick in can cause long-term harm. If we wait 20 minutes for the feeling of hunger to go away, the body will kick in to metabolize and convert the necessary supplies into usable forms of fuel.  The body actually wants to do this. It tends to store what it needs from our nutrient intake for later to be used as needed. This is how the body is self-regulating and amazingly efficient. The body has an amazing intelligence if we give it a chance and learn to listen to it better. 

6) Exercise and diet must be balanced. Exercise of any kind is imbalanced without an adequate diet. Similarly, diet alone can not fully balance the body when exercise is missing. They are mutually inclusive and necessary for our overall well being. There's not getting around it or avoiding it, if we are honest with ourselves. The current state of the typical westernized lifestyle is lazy. More eating happens, while more sedentary practices grow. This is not correct. The body is meant to be engaged on many levels.

7) Frozen beverages such as smoothies with ice are counter-intuitive. Once the ice is added to any beverage then we have now weakened digestion. It's like putting a wet blanket on a fire. Digestion is a fiery process and putting anything cold in the body creates an enormous amount of stress for the body, compromising health on so many levels. Just have the smoothie without the ice and it will make a huge difference.  Check out this article HERE regarding ice and cold foods and beverages. 

8) About smoothies, there is an understanding in Ayurveda that there should be more vegetables to fruit. Too much fruit can cause issues with blood sugar, even though exercise helps with metabolizing sugar. Why add any un-needed stress to the body and support its performance by helping it to work less hard.  For instance, to make 16 ounces of carrot juice, it takes (depending on the size of the carrots) a whole bag of carrots, but you wouldn't eat a whole bag of carrots in one sitting (usually), so why would you expect the body to take it in juice form. It's too much. We live in a culture of too much. Less is better than more.  Additionally, it is also important to remember that generally when smoothies are made they have either frozen fruits/vegetables and/or ice added. This is highly contraindicated and creates a serious metabolic dysfunction.  Ice is usually added as a filler but causes so much harm. Why would you want to put all that work into such a good workout and yoga practice but then add ice to a smoothie and undo a lot of that work on a digestive and cellular level?

9) Protein Powders are normally synthesized. On a fundamental and basic level of cellular intelligence and nutrition, the body really doesn't recognize most of the store-bought GNC protein mixes formulated in laboratories. It doesn't actually make sense to the body when we listen to it, versus force the issue and "force feed" the body to do something that it knows isn't ideal for it. There are natural protein powders that are manufactured that are healthier for the body. Even simply adding nuts to a smoothie can add protein naturally.  The body will express the difference and in the long run thank you in so many ways, one being great health inside and out. 

10) Portions are important during meal times. We get more nutrients absorbed into the body if we simply chewed more of our food, versus shovel and swallow.  By following better practices for eating,  the yoga practitioner and personal trainer, and personally trained individual will find amazing results with even less effort. Check out these guidelines for healthy eating HERE.

11) Incompatibility of foods is another important contribution of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has a great deal to share how foods are compatible with one another. For instance, cheese and sauce do not go together. Or, most fruits and yogurt do not work well together. It is a common idea that we must have fruits in our diet and think to take it with something like yogurt in the form of a smoothie but on a microcellular level, this can cause inflammation to develop and or increase due to the inherent qualities of fruit versus dairy. For the purposes of this article, I am referring to the incompatibility of meals and smoothies. On many occasions, I have seen clients of personal trainers and even personal trainers themselves indulging in the intake of having a smoothie with a meal. This is incorrect according to dietary guidelines and healthy eating practices of Ayurveda. First, because often is the case that smoothies are with ice and as we learned earlier that ice should not go in the body. Ice is mainly added as a thickening agent for smoothies otherwise smoothies would be more expensive.  Secondly, the damp cool/cold qualities of a smoothie combined with say an omelet or a sandwich (for that extra protein) is incorrect because, again, it's like putting a wet blanket on a fire and overwhelms digestion. One meal at a time. Meals themselves should be balanced, consisting of various ratios of proteins to grains to legumes to veggies. Too much is too much!

12) Supply and Demand is something essential to consider  with regard to observing progress and great health.  What is the food versus physical demand? Are you eating more and working out less? Are you working out more and eating less? Are you eating less and working out less? Are you eating and not working out? Are you working out and not eating healthily? What does the body need and what are we getting out of it?  Is the body getting less than what it needs in nutrition while physically active? If so, where is the nutrition coming from if it's not coming from food. More often than not, the body will take from itself what it isn't getting externally? We can determine the quality of healthy, inside and out, by how we treat ourselves. How we treat ourselves is rooted in how well are we able to truly listen to ourselves. This isn't about what we think but really from what we feel. We can use the mind to navigate us to those experiences that can support us if we listen quietly and closely.  What symptoms are present? This can tell us a lot.   HERE is an article about supply and demand, and how your body is your guide HERE. 

13) In this order, yoga can start the day to open up and warm up the body. Next can be the practices at the gym. Lastly, massage wraps it all up and integrates it. Diet is in between, and sleep pulls the entire day together.


Everyone needs it and there isn't anyone that doesn't, but it's not as simple as just going to bed anytime.  It's actually very specific.  Sleep is essential and getting to bed around 10 pm (no later than 11) will provide great balance to the body. The later someone stays up, the more the natural rhythms of the body are thrown off and the more this affects tomorrow by disrupting metabolism, increasing hormonal issues, cravings, and even affecting the next nights' rest. Sleep is a profound reset for the mind and body.  It's the place that we get to turn inward and let go of yesterday as we surrender into the unknown. Sleep brings us balance when it is adequate. Daytime sleep does not possess the same qualities of nighttime rest. There is no substitution for it.  HERE is a simple article I wrote on sleep some time ago.  

Therefore, with the level of importance that sleep possesses, it is contraindicated to work out at night. You see, the body begins to increase levels of melatonin around 2 pm and it peaks/surges in the body around 10 pm just as the liver becomes active. This is one of the main reasons why it is important to be in bed around 10 so that the natural sleep chemicals and processes are minimally disturbed. The liver increases its duties around sleep time.  We come inward to turn off for the day, while certain systems turn on to reorganize, recuperate, and realign for the next day. In the old days, before electricity was harnessed, there was a natural settling down for the day around the time of sunset.  Studies have shown that when people travel into nature and go hiking and camping, that the body naturally resets itself and becomes more harmonized. Stress levels come down as health and happiness increases. 

With the right exercise, in the right place during our daily routines, we can actually have better sleep.  It takes energy to fall asleep.  Ideally, according to Ayurveda, the best time to have a good work out is in the morning. The most efficient time of day to build muscle is before 10 am. 

Vigorous exercises and stimulating activities, that include intense yoga practices, late night yoga practices, non-calming/non-restorative yoga practices, and gym based/fitness based practices, at night time cause the body to go into the sympathetic response (flight or fight). Whereas, winding down for the day supports a parasympathetic response (unwind and harmonize.)  Many times, I've had friends say they do their workout at night and feel really good. I ask about sleep and they say that's good after a night workout BUT when I point out that they are straining the adrenals and causing depletion over long-term and connect it to why they feel deeply relaxed or an induced tiredness, they rethink it (usually) because they then learn that the tiredness is from fatigue and not a genuine usage of the body and honoring of its natural rhythms.  The quality of sleep is different when depletion has replaced the natural cycles of melatonin, serotonin, and cortisol responses to stress. 

It is important to note that if sleep has been inadequate then it is contraindicated to do any form of exercise, including yoga and any vigorous activities, but massage is good.  It is a priority to make sure rest is sufficient before any exercising regimen. Doing otherwise would cause more harm to the body than good.  Just get some rest firs! The body will be more productive and your health will be a sign of thank you in return.

In conclusion, integrating principles and practices of Ayurveda can optimize health in so many ways. By having a "Tripod of Health Support" consisting of yoga/Ayurveda, personal training, and massage, a complete integrated and holistic approach can be put in place to best support your life and keep things running amazingly for years to come. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you!

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed by a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 



Here we are again! It's that time of year and many individuals have been, are, and will be suffering from seasonal allergies.

You see, seasonal allergies are deeply rooted and not very simple of an issue to be addressed. According to Ayurveda, allergies generally are a condition of poor digestion, poor diet, poor lifestyle. Even with the understanding that there may be a genetic predisposition to allergies Ayurveda says that it is generally through diet and lifestyle that determines whether a gene is expressed or not. Similarly, a modern scientific approach to this concept is through Epigenetics. What are allergies? This is one way that Ayurveda defines them: the body's response to a substance(s) ("allergens") that are perceived as harmful and the body reacts to it by producing "antibodies." This is the "allergic reaction." Symptoms are then produced.

Often, it can vary how the body responds based on an individual's inherent constitution and whether there is already pre-existing toxicity in the body. If our digestion (Agni) is balanced, our toxins (Ama) are low or not present, and our immunity (Ojas) is healthy and strong, then health issues are least likely to occur. 

It is mainly through diet and lifestyle that we can become more susceptible to all sorts of conditions. In fact, this is another example of how we are a product of what we eat. Food can be either medicinal or poisonous depending on how it is taken, for who, and the when. Lifestyle is a whole other beast in and of itself. The irony is that if we have a stable diet, which should be the concrete part of our lifestyle that we don't sacrifice, then the lifestyle will have fewer consequences to experience. But when the diet is off in addition to the lifestyle, then it is no surprise that conditions arise as they do!

Lifestyle has a momentum that is based on the investment we have put into it. Lifestyle can be a part of how we live this human precious experience or it can be that dynamic of our human experience that shortchanges our health, even robbing us of it.  So often is the case that we don't have the time or make the time to take care of ourselves and then when we get hit with something we blame the something that happens versus take responsibility for the choices we make around not taking better care of ourselves. We are all doing the best that we can but one thing that Ayurveda teaches us is to use our health as a guide to determining our overall well-being and how it aligns with lifestyle. There is no blaming, only the opportunity to take a look at how we are feeling right now and how we would like to feel. Then assessing how it is that we can achieve a state of being better. What are we willing to sacrifice? Our health or aspects of our lifestyle that aren't serving us? It's not always easy to sit on this pivoting point but a good reminder is that we are good enough and deserving to feel amazing. Somewhere deep within is this desire. Therefore, it is up to us to make the choices and stick with them as much as possible. Right?

As far as seasonal allergies are concerned, this falls into the category of respiratory/upper respiratory ailments. Food sensitivities/allergies and other types of allergies are still influenced by the quality of digestion, as well as genetic factors, and stress. Ayurveda looks at the state of mind and digestion as being key components to understanding the nature of such conditions. Here's a link to another ARTICLE I wrote in the past about seasonal allergies. 

Here are some other key points to consider with regard to seasonal allergies:

1) DRYNESS is a factor and this begins as early as the beginning of winter when we are closed up indoors with heaters that are drying and humidifiers (hopefully cooler ones, versus warmer ones) are providing moisture in the atmosphere. This affects the mucous membranes of the entire body. In and out. The longer the exposure, the deeper the roots into pathology and when we emerge into the warmer air we see this deep dryness surfacing and attracting more of itself. Pollen is drying and can suck up the moisture in our sinus and on our skin.

2) COLD/FROZEN/ICE beverages are also actually astringent. For instance, after drinking a cocktail with ice (especially) the mucous membranes of the mouth are dryer. This leads to the tickle that is often felt in the back of the mouth, or even in the ears where we get that sort of itchy sensation. Cold/frozen/Ice anything also affects digestion but putting a damper on things and significantly reducing if not halting enzymatic activity causing food to be malabsorbed and turned into toxins. The liver is also affected. Immunity is affected. The respiratory tract is affected being that is it lined with millions of cells that are moist. COLD and DRY is what gives way to getting colds, cases of flu, viruses, and then some!

3) HEAVY diets can also suppress digestion and increase the likelihood of toxins. The lymphatic system gets backed up and like a house with the drainage systems being inundated the house itself suffers.

4) ALCOHOL consumption, especially as mentioned above regarding cold/ice/frozen, has a negative effect on health and immunity due to its fermentation and excess sugar combination. This alone increases, if not creates, an inflammatory process.

5) SMOKING..yes I had to write this, and not so much because of cigarette smokers that I know (even though it is common they suffer from seasonal allergies) but my pot smoker friends. Whether cigarettes or pot smoking, even vaping, this compromises the entire respiratory tract for too many reasons to list here but it's self-evident. Smoking anything dries up mucous membranes. Mucous membranes are there for many reasons such as protecting the tissues of the body, lubricating, thermoregulating, immune-regulating, so on and so forth.  Additionally, even the fact that smoke is heating as it is being taken into the mouth, throat, lungs, causes an increase in inflammation as well as dryness.

6) HYDRATION is important but doesn't happen with cold beverages and it doesn't completely occur with plain water. Plain water is a great anti-inflammatory and purifies the cells of the body but to fully hydrate some natural salt should be available. Water goes where salt goes. Salt takes water in and out of the cells and helps to hydrate the cells more effectively. Therefore, drinks that are like natural (I emphasize natural) gatorades and lemonades/limeades, even pure juice (1/4) to water (3/4) with 1/2 tsp. of sea salt is a better way to hydrate.

7) OIL everywhere. Oil is a fluid. The body is made up mostly of liquid but not all this liquid is actually water. Cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, interstitial fluid, cellular fluid, digestive fluids, blood-related fluids like blood itself and plasma, and lymphatic fluids, to name a few. Oil has an affinity with all these tissues and connects with phospholipid layers. Therefore, having proper oils in the diet such as ghee, coconut, flax, and olive are great sources. Some foods have natural fats such as butter, and some animal protein based foods. Additionally, supplements such as Fish Oils can be amazing in the right quantity and regular basis. Amazingly, Ayurveda applies oils in the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, on the skin, and even in the rectum for medicinal purposes. Check out the above link for more details.

8) EXERCISE gets things moving and this includes strengthening immunity. Overdoing exercise or doing the types of exercises that aren't aligned with an individuals constitution can also have a negative effect on health and cause immune and digestive compromise (though, both are interconnected.) According to Ayurveda, exercising in the morning and earlier part of the day is optimal.  The later the exercise, especially when it's contrary to the body's wisdom, such as after 8/9/10+ at night, this will increase inflammation, depletion, and hormonal imbalance in the long run.  Yet, proper exercise helps to regulate the whole body and strengthen immunity. 

9) ANXIETY has a drying effect. I have never heard anyone say "I feel warm and fuzzy while I'm anxious." Anxiety can also increase if there is dryness in the body. Then we are left with "what came first?" Anxiety is light in nature. It is ungrounded of an emotion. This can deplete the tissues. 

10) ANGER, due to its heating nature, can also be drying and overall consuming, causing the body to turn against itself if it isn't expressed properly. This suppressed heat is like the rubbing of two sticks to create heat as per the friction. Similarly, this inner pressure can cause dryness and increase inflammation.

11) MUCOUS is not necessarily the enemy!  The body has a lot of natural sources of this. Usually, a post nasal drip is the body's response to the root cause which is the dryness. It is the body's natural way to remedy the dryness. If you address the dryness, the mucous will balance itself. Here we can examine even the quality of the mucus. If the mucus is clear and lighter, this is more of a Vata type of mucus. If the mucus is thicker and yellow/green, this relates to Pitta and indication of infection. (Especially if there is blood in the mucus)  If the mucus is thicker and more white, this is Kapha type of mucus. Assessing the mucous can be a beneficial way of getting to the root of imbalance and remedies for health. Furthermore, when inflammation is being created or provoked, the body's natural response is to produce mucus to resolve it and attempt to regain homeostasis. If the root of inflammation is addressed, the mucus will balance itself out in the long run. 

12) SLEEP is a natural anti-inflammatory when we are asleep at the right time which involves being in bed around 10 (optimally.)  The later we stay up, the likelihood of increased inflammation since we are stressing the liver and nervous system. This also affects immunity. It compromises our diet/appetites, increasing cravings for things such as coffee, sweets, treats, and general comfort foods.  The body is compensatory and is always looking to maintain homeostasis which includes even looking outside of itself when it can't find within itself the resources it needs or the resources within that it can not for some reason access. Sleep reorganizes the body. According to Ayurveda, Vata's benefit from around 8-9 hours sleep (but not always easy for the Vata predominant types to access it. ) Pitta's benefit from around 7, and Kapha's around 6 hours. It's easy for Kapha predominantly types to sleep more. Pitta's can benefit from 7-8 and this helps them to feel calmer, and cooler (but not if they're up until midnight or later)  Daytime sleep has nowhere near the quality or benefits of nighttime sleep. So make sure that the rest is taken into account as a priority. 

13) GENERAL REMEDIES include being mindful of and avoiding the root cause or causes that create the opportunity for such conditions to arise.  Balancing DIET, Balancing SLEEP, Balancing EXERCISE, HERBS (such as Ashwagandha, Licorice, Guduchi, Haritaki, Amalaki, Triphala, Turmeric, Ginger, Manjistha, Goldenseal, and Echinacea.) Vitamins such as D, B-Complex, C, can be helpful in immune strengthening. Minerals such as zinc, iron, and magnesium are helpful overall. Even cultivating sexual/creative energy can be helpful in the long-run to the balance of an immune system and nervous system regulation.

Health is in the palm of our hands and at the tips of our fingers. If we make the choices that support it, then the body and mind will support us back with the feeling of well-being. When we deviate from ourselves, when we allow ourselves to let our "lifestyles" to take us away we are on some level even responsible for this through the choices we make or don't make, we will experiences this as a rippling effect into consequences or benefits. The body is an amzing indicator of whether we are in balance or imbalanced. Listening to it, taking time for it, loving it can ensure less health issues.

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.


    What does Spring Cleaning really mean? Doesn't it feel natural that this is the time of year that we would feel inspired to "Spring Clean"?

     There's no coincidence! This is the time of year that nature starts to rebirth itself into a new chapter. It's the beginning of the year to come, and we start off with remembering that winter is the time to come inward, reflect, and be dormant as an internal energy and intention is cultivated. Then, spring rolls around and life begins to sprout. The atmosphere starts to change again from a cold dry to a cold wet, to a thawing out as the sun increases its light upon us with each day.

     The little critters of nature make their way about and a sense of renewal is happening. This is the time of year that a natural and inherent wisdom reminds us to detox, to let go of what was and to embrace what is here now, and what has yet to come. 

     Nature is whispering in our ears what it means to live according to the seasons and that by doing so we can remain ahead of the disease game (not that it's actually a game.) We spring clean so that we can get the circulation going so that the blood can get moving. Foods such as beets, celery, cilantro, limes, chlorella, carrots, and sprouts of all kinds help to stimulate not only the liver but also lymphatic functions. It is this time of year that we are in a window where the food has been scarce (typically back in the day) and we start to see new life sprouting to start the process of eating cleaner and lighter. This is after a heavy winter that nature encourages us to lighten up. 

     But, this isn't the only place that we are reminded to "lighten up." Some of us tend to spring clean our homes/offices, this time of year especially. There's no coincidence with what happens internally and in our minds, and with our external environments. Our homes are a reflection of our inner dwelling. The next closest experience to being inside of ourselves is being inside of our homes.  I remember learning in holistic school years ago two important thoughts for consideration and application: 1) We can tell the quality of a persons' healthy (usually) by what the person has in their kitchen cabinets. 2) We can usually tell how a person thinks and lives in their minds/hearts by what their home looks like. 

       There is something very powerful to be said when we understand cleanliness and organization and how this reflects us and upon us. There is also something to be said when we open up our kitchen cabinets and see what stares back at us, in the sense that good, wholesome and natural foods, versus packaged, cartons, canned, and even what medicines (spices and herbs versus aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, Nyquil, and other over the counter and/or pharmaceuticals.) I remember learning that the kitchen is the first pharmacy, but that's another article I'll write in the future.  It is possible to have a balance with fresh and not so fresh but come to my cooking classes and you'll learn about this, or wait until I write an article on it. 

     It is this time of year that the carpets get shaken, the windows will start opening, the birds will be seemingly chirping louder and more. Dusting will happen. Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming to the level of a deeper cleanse (which is the house's version of a detox.) I remember growing up that my mother would also change the furniture around. It was kind of exciting and provided a different perspective, sort of a new way of looking at things.  We would be listening to Italian opera with the doors and windows open. The smell of cleansers, the sound of the washing machine washing the winter bedspreads and curtains, as the new ones for spring were placed in position. 

     Nowadays, as I cleanse my home, I use all natural cleansing agents. The sheets and comforter are replaced per season.  Incense infuses the air, as chanting/mantras fill the atmosphere. (Though, this is done regularly, but you get the point.)  A sense of freshness and cleanliness resides here.  When anyone visits the first thing they usually say is "your place feels so calm" and/or "your place feels so light and clean."  I take pride in this for sure. As I shower regularly, I also detox as needed, and my home, car, and office reflect that. That's just me though. 

     In both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are sciences that govern placement and directions (North, South, East, West, and directions in between.)  In Ayurveda, the science is known as Vastu and in TCM it is known as Feng Shui.  Both systems are considered to be helpful in understanding the "personality" of any space that is occupied by us. Did you know that? Our personal spaces do in fact have personalities. Some that may align with us and others that may not be supportive.  In both Vastu and Feng Shui, there are some guidelines in regards to cleaning up and discarding your space, "does it serve a purpose?", "is it used", "is it benefiting you?", or "do you need it?"  Based on your honest answers these guidelines can help you to make decisions in how to let go of things.  Personally, I've always supported the notion of Zen as much as possible and when it has been practical.  A minimalistic approach creates a sense of lightness, especially when the attachment is as heavy anymore.  This applies inwardly and outwardly. (Food for thought.)  Oprah would talk about organizing and cleanliness. She would say "compartmentalize, compartmentalize, compartmentalize" meaning that things of like nature belong together and that this was a great way to keep order. 

     Ayurveda speaks a lot about the "5 Senses" and the 'healing" thereof. The 5 senses are smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch. Each of the 5 senses corresponds to the 5 elements, which are Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space.  The relationship of the elements to the senses is Earth = Smell, Water = Taste, Fire = Sight, Air = Touch, and Space = Sound.  For our spirit, the 5 senses are the primary ways we interact with the world.  They are the means in which something as subtle as spirit can play as humans, having a human experience. It is understood in Ayurveda that by supporting the health and well-being of the senses we can support our overall health and well-being. Additionally, Ayurveda suggests that the easiest way to do this is by spending time in nature as much as possible.  I would add that bringing nature into our homes is just as equally as important being that generally, we spend much time there than anywhere else, usually. 

     With regard to the 5 elements and the Doshas, the relationship is as such: Vata = air and space, Pitta = fire, and water (a little bit), and Kapha = water and earth.  Vata predominant types tend to be erratic, ungrounded, unstructured, and mobile. This is the nature of the wind. It is unpredictable and benefits from being grounded more, with and through some structure. Pitta predominant types tend to be structured, controlled, and focused. The nature of fire is to be warm, sharp, and piercing, and benefits from being softer, more fluid, and patient.  Kapha predominant types tends to be stagnant/sedentary, grounded, heavy, and hard to motivate, and benefits from being pushed (being strongly encouraged), overall increased movement and stimulation of all sorts.  


1) TOUCH AND WHAT'S INSIDE: It is a good time of year to go through closets, draws, and any other space where things may be stagnant and to thoroughly discard anything that isn't serving any longer.  This applies to things in the kitchen cabinets and closet(s), along with the shelves in the refrigerator; creating the opportunity to invite new things in as the old things go out. Moving things around and/or out can be very positive and uplifting stimulating certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health. Additionally, the quality of products that you put on your skin such as natural fabrics, natural oils for perfume, natural soaps for cleansing, natural shampoos, natural deodorants, and any natural hygiene products all affect the sense of touch and will have an benefit depending on quality. In Ayurveda, we say "if you wouldn't eat it, why would you put it on your skin?" Substances that touch the skin, that are positive and uplifting stimulates certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health. 

2) SMELL:  Light some incense. Get some candles (more natural in smell but not with all those fake  chemicals that smell like spring.) I know it can be a little costly but breathing in such toxins may cost you more in the long run, so spending a little now saves you spending more later. Isn't your health worth it? Alternately, you can also purchase aromatherapy oil burners or diffusers that release lovely scents in the air.  Scents that are positive and uplifting stimulates certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health. 

3) SOUND AND WHAT WE HEAR:  Play some happy, light, "sacred" music to help cleanse the spirit of the home.  Remember that the sounds that we infuse in our homes will hover over us like a cloud. What sounds come out of your mouth? What sounds fill your home? Are they more positive than negative? Sounds that are positive and uplifting stimulate certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health.  

4) SIGHT AND WHAT WE SEE: What do you see? How about buying some plants, or more plants. How about adding some freshly cut flowers or flowers that you can plant outdoors later? Not to mention that some flowers may emit a certain aroma and this adds to the scent category.  Things you see that are positive and uplifting stimulates certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health. 

5) TASTE AND WHAT WE TASTE: What you put in your mouth can either be considered medicine or a poison. What are you eating? What are you drinking? What is the quality of both? What's in your refrigerator. Is the food fresh or old? Are you planning a detox? Things you eat, that are healthy, positive and uplifting stimulates certain brain chemicals that promote optimal health. If you'd like to know more about detoxing the physical and mental body, check out this article HERE.


DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 


My first yoga teacher gathered us at the end of class and asked us questions, one of them being to guess how old she was? We thought she was in her mid-50's and she said she was 87. We were in awe. She exuded this glow and this presence that was palatable.  Every time we would meet with her she had this constant presence.  A few years ago I researched into her whereabouts and when I contacted my old undergrad campus to inquire about her I was told that she had retired a few years ago and died within the past couple years.  She kept teaching until she was 103. Amazing! She lifted the bar, of what had inspired me to pursue yoga, to a whole other level.

I am passionately driven to write this article based on the many patients I have seen in my practice, and the individuals I have seen outside of it, that are yoga teachers but imbalanced.

You would think that this wouldn't be the case but unfortunately, yoga has gone far and wide in this culture and there has been a dilution of the practice.  I have worked with many teachers who have been burning themselves out, suffering from digestive issues, rupturing or causing bulging discs, sleep issues, join issues, skin issues, mental unrest, and other ailments. I would ask myself "how can this be?"  

Just because you might be flexy-bendy, or have tighter abs and gluts as you're doing yoga doesn't mean that you're actually balanced internally. If anything, such physical transformations, though not guaranteed for everyone, are sometimes the by-products of the practice but not the designed goal.  The yoga practice was originally a way to become intimate with ourselves, not create a more competitive model, nor comparative one.

I remember doing one of my clinical's in India many years ago and the other Ayurvedic doctors were laughing at how yoga has made its way to the west and that it has been causing an increase in yoga-related diseases and imbalances.  I also learned that in recent times, a new chapter has been added to the materia medica of Ayurveda that addresses such diseases. Never has this been an issue before. So, how amazing is it that after thousands of years that such a holistic medical practice has existed and now there is a new chapter to address something that wasn't an issue before?

Yoga practices were designed to support the health of the body so that an individual can develop a sense of connection between body-mind-spirit.  In tandem, Ayurveda assisted the side of yoga with diet, per and individuals constitution, along with understanding what the best asana, pranayama, meditation practices, for each individual. Originally, yoga and Ayurveda were not systems rooted in the mentality of one size fits all. Additionally, Ayurveda made sure of this. Ayurveda has been making its way west for the past 30 plus years, after yoga, but in India, they were born together and mainly practiced together.  This provided the ultimate holistic approach and protocol to healthcare, disease prevention, disease management, and overall balance.

When I was learning the integration of Ayurveda and yoga, it was repeated over and over again that yoga practiced without Ayurveda is only half a science, and Ayurveda practiced without yoga is half a science.  I don't know any Ayurvedic practitioners that aren't versed in yoga but I know many yoga teachers not versed in Ayurveda. 

That being said, it would make sense that these yoga teachers that I mentioned above are imbalanced. They tend to teach 20-30 classes of yoga a week. How? Where does the shakti (energy) come from? Yet, digestion is disrupted, and sleep is disturbed, at least. 

There is depletion. Ayurveda qualifies the energetic properties of yoga asanas and pranayama practices according to Prana, Tejas, and Ojas.  Prana is the principle that governs the energy, life-force, air, chi, and inspiration. Tejas is the principle of illumination, fire, and clarity. Ojas is the principle that governs overall vitality, immunity, strength, earth, and groundedness.  The overall intention of a balanced practice is to cultivate all three evenly but too often it is the case that yoga practitioners, not just teachers but also students, that they have High Prana, High Tejas, and Low ojas. Without ojas, there's no point to the practice. High prana suggests too much air which is drying, stimulating, and depleting. High Tejas suggests too much fire, which is drying, stimulating, and depleting. Low Ojas suggests ungrounded, low immunity, and lower quality tissues and cellular quality due to stress.

Without being grounded there's no point in thinking integration when someone is burning up their life-force and increasing too much heat. How do we know when this is happening? Simple, these yoga practitioners are tearing tendons, stressing, straining, and injuring cartilage. They are having insomnia. They have imbalanced digestion. They have dry skin, and lackluster.  These are all signs of depletion.  I had one yoga teacher that was around the age of 25 and he taught 25 classes a week, was driving around a lot to go from studio to studio, had burning indigestion and was staying up late. He said he loved to teach. I wondered where he was actually getting the energy from since these symptoms were all signs of an imbalanced lifestyle. How can a yoga teacher/practitioner be inspiring and depleted at the same time? I remember telling him that traditionally when a mantra was being passed along it could only be passed along when the energy existed behind it. From there, the energy would sustain and have the ultimate healing properties. Similarly, I said, that teaching yoga is like this mantra practice. We can only give what we have. We can't fake it, though many do or try to.  Therefore, how can a yoga teacher pass along such sacred and profound tools of inspiration and transformation when the place that it's coming from, the well is dry? 

I've had many yoga practitioners/students come to see me and tell me that breathing practices weren't emphasized during the actual practice of the asanas or that there wasn't any actual rhyme or reason for how the breath was connected to the overall practice, let alone have it follow a yoga practice to lead one to meditation.  Classical yoga practices such as the design from Patanjali, suggested the Ashtanga Eight Limbs/Model. Ashtanga in the sense of the traditional practice and not the modern-day spin-off or dilution or even style that exists commonly today. Ashtanga (Ash-tan-ga) means eight and the Ashtanga practice consists of the Eight-fold pathway to yoga. Yoga itself means union, merging, oneness. Yoga is the Science of Self-realization. Ayurveda is the Science of Longevity. The eightfold pathway consists of the Yamas (five points of ethical behavior and how we conduct ourselves), Niyamas (five points of self-discipline molding our morality and behavior), Asana (means to sit but is generally stood as the physical exercises associated to yoga), Pranayama (breathing practices), Pratyahara (drawing in of the senses), Dharana (focusing on one point/concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (awakening/enlightenment/absorption). Here's a LINK to read these for more details. Additionally, here's a simple beginners BOOK to learn more about the tradition and integration of these profound teachings. 

Yoga teachers that don't understand or aren't interested in practicing per the design of their constitution (according to Ayurveda) are causing harm to their body's and potentially their minds. Yoga teachers that are teaching students without the understanding of this model of constitutional design are causing harm. How do we know? Because when we take a closer look at the students, we can see it. Now, it is important to mention that there is a natural inherent intelligence or wisdom that when we can pay close attention to it it will guide us in choosing what seems best. I've had patients come in and say that they tried a particular yoga but didn't feel good from it or that something didn't seem right, and when I explained the dynamics according to Ayurveda they were like "ah! makes sense." These aha moments are far and few in between. There are also some yoga teachers that are "tapped" in and are "intuitive" and grounded enough in the practice of yoga that are able to inspire and help deepen individuals in an amazing yoga practice. What I would say here is that that's great, but why not go deeper by knowing the foods that are best for their constitutional design? This is lacking still. So many yoga teachers are suggesting cleanses and detoxes but not really understanding who should do it, based on their constitutional design, or the when part. Check out THIS article for more details about diet and detoxification. 

Lastly, it is an honor to mention that there is a recently new category of healthcare, aside from the AD (Ayurvedic Doctor) field that is developing in the USA, as per NAMA, the National Ayurveda Medical Association. This new arena which has also been created and defined by NAMA is known as the AYT, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.  It is the next step from YT, known as the Yoga therapist, created by the IAYT, the International Association of Yoga Therapists. The YT uses a combination of the yogic practices and techniques along with western criteria and management of health issues.  The AYT uses not only the yogic techniques and practices but also a larger portion of Ayurveda, not as advanced as the AD or BAMS (Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, classically trained doctors of Ayurveda) to make the practice truly a holistic protocol for healthcare, sick care, and prevention. More details can be read HERE on AYT.  

Here is a brief summary of categories that are currently present in the USA:

1. AYURVEDIC YOGA THERAPIST: newly developed; has working knowledge of Ayurveda with its application through the usage of Yoga therapy, which involves the usage of asana practices and other yogic techniques, in support of the holistic approach to health and well-being. The AYT has the most advanced training and perspective in support of a total holistic regimen. This field is uncovered by insurance at this time. These practitioners do not diagnose but can work with diagnoses where applicable.

2. YOGA THERAPIST: has been up and coming in recent years; that involves the usage of asana, general dietary considerations rooted in minimal (compared to AYT and AD) Ayurvedic practices, and its application to individuals who have been given a western diagnosis. This field is uncovered by insurance at this time. YT has a more holistic approach to the management of physical and mental imbalances. They can not diagnose but can work with diagnoses where applicable.

3. PHYSICAL THERAPIST: has been around for a few decades and is in alignment with the western and allopathic approach to physical well-being and recovery from physical ailments. The PT practice is covered by insurance. It doesn’t have a holistic approach but there are PT’s that study holistic approaches and integrates them into their own practices. They can use billing codes to determine what somato-dysfunctions are present but directly are not qualified for any other medical diagnosis.

It is important to note that PT’s are also capable of “treating disease”, whereas the AD, AYT, and YT are not qualified. Though, the AD, AYT, and YT have their own qualifications of assessment based on the Ayurvedic/Yogic model.

In conclusion, the intention of this article isn't to make anyone feel bad or create any sort of judgment. The intention is to increase awareness. I understand everyone is doing the best that they can and there is always room for improvement. It is important to look at your yoga teacher and to look at yourself and question whether you are experiencing the long-term benefits that yoga has to offer or are you noticing an increase in symptoms. Are you doing yoga as part of the fad movement or are you doing it because you're seeking to go deeper and tap into a part of life that is calling to you? 




     This is the time of year that the idea of detoxing, resetting, and dieting are slowly creeping in. It actually makes sense because this seems to be a very dense time of year and there is an inherent wisdom that recognizes this and attempts to balance itself by changing the diet. 

     Naturally, in olden times, food was generally more scarce and basic foods and vegetation were relied upon. Incidentally, this supported the inherent design for detoxing the body and begin its journey to lightening up through digestion. In Ayurveda, this particular time of year is known as the Kapha phase/season. The qualities of Kapha are primarily Heavy, then cold and moist. This creates a heaviness and sluggishness in the digestion. Even the little deer know that and try to support its own lymphatic system by chewing on bark and and possible baby sprout/green formation. Nature is wise!

     These next few months involves the very process of rebirthing and awakening, as the sun continues to increase its light upon us with each day that passes, delivering us to summer time.

     In Ayurveda, when we think of Detox, we ask "what are we trying to do?" and "what will it take to get the body ready for it and to optimize its overall performance?" (giving us the desired outcome of feeling less toxic). There is something very important to consider here. It is great to support this internal wisdom to detox but we tend to have many justifications and definitions of what that looks like. There are also so many types of diets. Ayurveda teaches us to detox as part of the season and takes into account the reality of what our constitutional design is (Vata, Pitta, Kapha.) The adjustment of detoxification happens specifically and accordingly.

     First, in Ayurveda, we know that Vata predominant types or those with "Vata Vitiation" have a variable digestive system/metabolism. Pitta predominant types or those with Pitta Vitiation have a very strong and steady digestive/metabolic system. Kapha predominant types or Kapha Vitiated types have a slow and sluggish digestive/metabolic system.

     The detoxification happens based on this principle of Agni (digestion/metabolism) and determination of Ama (toxicity), along with what the state of Ojas (immunity/strength) of the individual. It is contraindicated, unless properly supervised, for an individual to detox if they are weakened in energy and immunity and vitality. Palliative procedures are put in place in order to strengthen the individual before detoxification is actually considered. These palliative protocols are called Shamana Chikitsa in Ayurveda.

     Next, when the individual is deemed ready to undergo detoxification, this can range from light to intense. Light is usually recommended when someone isn't able to really fully take off from the daily typical responsibilities. Intense is when someone can take off from usual responsibilities and dedicate the time and discipline to detox. A little bit over time can go a long way, just take longer. An intense detoxification can happen within a months time and produce a more immediate result, that unravels with time.

     The common error that happens with detoxing/dieting is that individuals say they are detoxing and remove certain aspects of food/beverages from the diet and optimize with what supports the detox but then after they are all "cleaned out" the return to eating what they were before hand. This can have a damaging effect on the body. The ideal situation is to detox and then slowly ease in foods that match the state of digestion, minimizing the foods that may not be ideal, but not to fully return to eating the same stuff that cause the toxins to develop in the first place. 

     In today's day and age, it can be challenging to do so especially with the western patterns of duties and stressors.  I remember one of my first teachers giving an example of detoxing. He said "imagine having a glass full of muddy water and you take a grain of sand and pour it in, but you don't notice it. Slowly, you begin to pour in clean water and watch the mud slowly turn clear, and then add the grain of sand. Now you can see the grain of sand. The glass of water is more sensitive now."  Similarly, detoxing the body removes the toxins and when we re-expose the same toxins right back in the body is more sensitive to this.  

     Additionally, as mentioned previously, the diet/detox can range from light to intense depending on the individual's capacity to do so, time availability, level of discipline, and practicality overall, along with the ultimate intention and goal of doing so. What is essential to note here is that the digestive system requires a specific quality and type of attention to really feel supported. It requires focus and simplicity. There is an innate intelligence of the digestive system to do its job if we all the space for it. If someone is working an intense job schedule, for instance, and they are doing an intense detox, the fruits will be short-lived and/or not fully achieved because the body has to produce energy to support the outer experiences and engagements versus focus on its duty to detox. In other words, stress will inhibit the metabolism and prevent it from being fully effective. In these instances, it is best to simply do a palliative/light diet by removing basic offenders instead of doing intense protocols like "liver flushes", "enemas," or "kidney flushes." The flushes would be more harmful to the body if the body isn't properly supported. There's no quick fix! There's no magic diet or pill to take the toxins all away. Slow and steady wins the race, and produces better outcomes. 

     This is all meant for consideration as the idea of wanting to move forward with any sense of detoxing/dieting proceeds.  It is great to consider wanting to do a detox/diet because the body and mind has somehow communicated this need. Listen to it and give it what it deserves. Giving the body the attention it needs will not only help you feel better in your body but will also add a sense of stability and happiness in your mind because the toxins aren't clouding your perspective as these free radicals float around clogging the mind.

     Fat burning is an essential component to any good detox. It is typically in the fat that toxins are stored in. For instance, when eating store bought milk or using milk from dispensaries such as Starbucks or other coffee shops that aren't using organic, it is understood in modern science that the hormones and pesticides gather in the fat of the milk. Similarly, toxins are stored by the body in the fat of the body. With any good detox, we want to ensure that the body is returned to its former glory which involves it being a "fat burning machine." How do we do this? In day to day living, we honor the times of day that are designed to burn fat. When are these times? In between meals is the answer. What does that look like? The answer is between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and dinner and between dinner and breakfast.  This means no snacking. This means that the last meal of the day is the last meal and should be before 7pm (ideally.) 

     The liver becomes active after 10pm and if we are still awake into the late night hours we are actually borrowing energy from the liver to stay away and inhibiting its capacity to actually detox the body and brings things to order as it organizes what happened during the day, preparing us for the next day.  This delivers us to breakfast and when we break down the word break fast this is "break(ing)" a "fast."  The morning is when we remove the toxins from yesterday by urinating it out (which is why the urine is usually darkest in the morning) and we poop (ideally before breakfast and within the first half hour of waking.) We rinse our mouths, noses, shower/bathe, and we are cleaned up from the inside out from yesterday to begin anew. When this process of the natural fasting is disrupted we prevent the toxins from being adequately being discarded from the body. This is just the reality and how nature created it. There's not tricking it. The body knows best and what to do when get out of its way. 

     When we stop the snacking in between meals we allow the body to use its own resources to metabolize accordingly. When we have that craving for something to eat we are simply dis-empowering the body in doing what it was meant to and we pacify it by catering to our mental needs. Sure, there is sometimes a genuine need the body expresses through cravings but we have to look at the root of the cravings to determine what are they really saying. Typically, cravings come from an emotional/mental/stress need, a need of the body itself from inadequate meals, and poor sleep patterns. Additionally, if we are craving something, we have to ask if we are properly hydrated. The same mechanism in the brain that determines hunger also determines thirst so making sure that hydration is substantial is a key component. If you're not sure, have a cup of hot water when you have that craving. If the desire for food is there, then you're body wants a food substance. If not, then the craving goes away.  

     Instead of giving in to the craving, try not to create them by disrupting sleep, and missing or having inappropriate meals. Let the body have that craving, then wait 20 minutes (with or without having the hot water or a cup of tea) and the craving will most likely go away which means the internal process of metabolism has been turned on and now the body is going into fat burning mode. When we cater to the craving we are simply being lazy and somehow fear that discomfort feeling associated with craving and eat something instead which prevents the body from fat burning and ensure that it is fat storing. 

     A general good practice with or without the intention of dieting/detoxing, is sipping (not guzzling) hot water throughout the day. Why is this good? Imagine trying to wash a dirty dish that has grease on it. Does the grease come off with hot water or cold water? Right, you guessed it. Hot water helps it to dissolve. Similarly, hot water in the body ensures that we are fat burning and helping to breakdown foods. Tea and hot water have a similar effect as long as the water is hot, but drinkable. 

    Next what should a general detox look like? It is safe to say that certain things should be removed, or eliminated and this is a basic guideline, whether it is for the intention of a light detox/diet or intense one.  Here are some guidelines: (note that the first four have been outlined by Dr. Suhas from his book the Hot Belly Diet.)

1. Cut refined flours, processed carbohydrates, and some starches. These can tax the system. We want to minimize stress on the body and support its intention to digest. 

2. Cut out foods that are manufactured and called "fat-free", "sugar free", or "light." These are so processed that even though they seem healthier, they are more stressful on the body to metabolize on a microcellular level. Filler foods, are just processed in a way to appeal to the tongue but not really add joy to the later parts of digestion and overall well-being.

3. Avoid red meat, and other heavier meats, along with full-fat dairy.  All this is heavy and harder for digestion.

4. Remove white sugar and artificial sweeteners, including those such as Truvia and Splenda. You can use pure raw honey and Stevia instead.  The fake sugars are exactly that because they are so processed and designed to trick the body, but there's really no tricking the body.

5. Remove alcohol and marijuna. Both are stressors on the body and both prevent the full process of metabolism. Know that marijuana is a great herb for those of you that engage, but it affects the nervous system and metabolism. Both digestion and the mind will find it offensive, contrary to common belief.

6. Make sure the food is pure, wholesome. Minimally processed. Not from a box or can. Not from take out. As much as possible. Home cooked! Not microwaved (as much as possible and ideally.)

7. Eat only until you can sense that you feel slightly full. Anything more than that will suppress digestion and start fat storage versus fat burning. Check out this article on Guidelines for Healthy Eating HERE. By simply even checking out these guidelines you will benefit in the long run.

8. Avoid heavy foods and processed sugars. This includes breads, pastas, noodles, baked goods, chips, cookies, muffins, pizza dough, cakes, donuts, cheese, sodas (even "diet/zero calorie"), fried foods, ice creams (any kind,) energy bars, power bars, fruit bars, snack bars. 

9. Avoid cold, ice, and frozen anything. This will shut down the digestive fire and eliminate the power of metabolism. It is contraindicated in general but especially during the revamping process of optimizing metabolic performance. It seems silly to add something so cold to a system that is designed to be hot.  Check out this article HERE for more information on ice and cold.

10. Greens. Greens. Greens! Increase  your veggies. An average of 1-2 cup per serving. This time of year the veggies should be more on the cooked side.  This is good for vitamin/mineral intake, as well as fiber. Beets, Daikon Radish, Celery, Carrots, Parsley, and Cilantro are especially good veggies to introduce as they support lymph drainage, kidney function, and some of them support chelating your liver so that heavy metals can clear from the body better.

11.  Spice it up! In Ayurveda, everything should have some sort of spice as this is like adding kindling to a fire. Cumin, Mustard seeds, Coriander, Turmeric, Oregano, Salt (moderate), Cinnamon, Ajwan seeds, Fenugreek, Ginger, and Black Pepper are some examples of spices that should be included regularly into foods to support digestion, not to mention that the are also considered herbs and have medicinal properties. 

12. Food for Thought! The digestive system does better with a simpler diet. This is one of the reasons why a mono-diet is supportive of detoxification and resetting digestion.  Think of it this way. When the body knows what is coming, when the digestive system has an idea of what meal is in store at the next meal time, the body is preparing the enzymes for metabolism of this meal. For instance, in the morning you say to yourself "I'd like to have rice, beans, veggies, and some other protein for lunch, and you have an idea of how you're making it or where you're buying it from. As soon as you have this thought, your body is slowly gearing up the juices for it. BUT, say you had this in mind and then a co-worker says at lunch time "let's go eat something else," the body was already prepared for the other meal but in changing it now the body has to play catch up which increases the likelihood of malabsorption. This last minute change in mind has now causing a stress. Simpler diets are more effective because the body is better prepared to digest. 

     Since we now have a general understanding and format for the "diet", this will automatically support detoxification without even having to think about purging and flushes.  But, this isn't enough! Exercise is a key component to supporting lymphatic movement. Exercise where we can raise the heart rate for good cardiovascular practices gets the metabolism going and juices flowing in the body. It will maximize your efforts with diet because diet alone can not undo diabetes and being overweight, not to mention how it affects the mind positively when the oxygen increases in the system and moves the fluids in the brain for brain health. Similarly, exercising alone without the proper diet wouldn't fully benefit the body and mind.

     To go deeper, a yoga class and meditative practices can optimize performance overall and create a whole holistic feel.  The mind and heart are intimately connected. A happy mind is a happy heart. A happy heart is a calmer mind. When this is experienced, the body can feel supported and aligned. Balanced and integrated. 

     Lastly, Ayurveda has an understanding of how important it is to following a regimented overall routine. This creates a foundation for health because the health of the body/mind is dependent upon consistency. The body is a historical system and thrives on consistency. There are some key elements that are the touchstones of the day designed already by nature that if we follow them then we are ensured that health will be better supported, before and after conditions have developed. Life can happen in between these key times of day and when there is enough of a consistent pattern that the body can trust then when life actually happens and things come up the body will be least encumbered and rebound quicker when the regimen is resumed. Check this article HERE on what they daily ritual can look like. 

     Following even these suggestions will create a simple reset for you and your menu. Considering these mentioned tidbits will help set the stage for your intention of dieting/detoxing without going to far or deep or even having to enroll in any major program. Just applying the above concepts, walking the talk, you will start to notice weight loss and increased energy. Yet, if you want to go deeper it is encouraged that you seek out a professional versed in dieting/detoxing that can guide and support you. 

     Other diets tend to leave you hanging, stressed, or even returning full force to what you were doing before the diet which means the body wasn't really met in a way that completely supported it so much so that the body now compensates extremely. This is the point that people say "the diet didn't work for me" or "I put more weight on."  Individuals feel disappointed, sad, even depressed with themselves which wasn't the point of the diet to begin with. With Ayurveda there is more of a natural alchemy and individuals end up happier in the long run. For instance, if you wanted to go deeper, Ayurveda has a whole protocol for dieting and detoxification where there are mainly three phases that promote the most optimal results based on your intentions and constitutional design. Phase one generally involves what's mentioned above which includes removing offenders to metabolism. Phase two involves the actual detoxification protocol around using the body's natural systems/organs to remove toxins through the digestive system. Herbs, spices, and other therapies such as oil and steam therapies are included here.  Phase three is the slow integration of regular foods that honors the inherent power of metabolism so that it can perform in a way that you can enjoy with the least amount of digestive disturbance. This latter process is profound because it really encourages mindfulness around food that can help you to feel happy while you're doing it because you've gone through the first couple phases and become very intimate with knowing yourself. 

     Ayurveda is not a diet but a way of consciously living as it is aligned with nature and its natural rhythms. You can't go wrong but you can feel right simply by making the right adjustments. It's an amazing journey.


DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 


It's that time of the year again when it seems like a lot more people are getting sick with colds, other upper respiratory ailments, and various versions of stomach bugs; with all this seemingly having a lingering effect.

To Ayurveda, this makes sense and particularly why this time of year seems to provoke such complaints. Ayurveda has the understanding around the why it happens and what to do about it either to prevent it from occurring or managing it quickly, compared to allopathic medicine. 

Last year I wrote an article for exactly this time of year and it couldn't be any more perfect for understanding this in depth. Check out the link HERE

That being said, here are some simple practices to strengthen immunity on both sides of the fence, whether you're sick or want to prevent getting anything. 

1) HYDRATE! Stay properly hydrated. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water BUT make sure 1/2 of that is actually warm water and the other 1/2 is some electrolyte boosting beverage such as a limeade, a lemonade, a little juice in water with a pinch of salt, a packet of Emergen-C, or even just coconut water. Make sure it's all above room temperature this time of year.

2) WARMTH! Warmth increases metabolism and cold decreases it significantly. Following up on the previous recommendation, AVOID ice and cold beverages. This has an astringent quality and dries out the mucous membranes in the mouth and sinus' which is primarily where the root of these seasonally related health issues evolve from. A compromised digestive system and compromised mucous membranes can wreak havoc on the body and immunity.  Read HERE for more details on how cold affects the body negatively when internalized. 

3) LUBRICATE! Yes, the skin which is the largest organ in the body and weighs an average of 12 pounds alone, covers the outside of the body, the mouth to the rectum (the inside), and a lot of in between in various forms. Keep it all running smoothly by properly lubricating. How? Internal oleation. How? Simply ingesting/cooking with oils daily. An average of 4 tbs., maybe a little less for Kapha predominant types. GHEE is #1! Coconut oil is next and great! Olive oil and Flaxseed Oil too.  See HERE for an idea on oleating externally.  (If you're not able to come in for a session, then administer a self oil massage (Self-Abhyanga) and then take a hot shower.) Follow the idea from the link for your model.

4) NASYA! Which is the nasal administration of a medication or even simple oil can significantly help with keeping the nostrils and sinus passages from drying and cracking which is highly problematic, especially this time of year.  Click HERE and look at some of these companies that sell or next time you see me ask me to make you a personal bottle of nasya.

5) FOOD! We are entering into the thick of winter. It takes more energy to increase metabolism and therefore it is imperative that we are mindful of our digestive capacities. Don't overeat as this will shut down the digestive system and after a week or two, if not sooner, you'll notice yourself catching not only what may be floating around but also creating your own inner state of disease.  Check HERE for an article on digestion and disease prevention. 

6) EXERCISE! As always, exercise is crucial, year round but especially this time of year when winter demands our hibernating. The problem that occurs is that unlike bears that store up food before the sleep, we store up on food by eating a lot and sleeping a lot, this is counter productive and counter intuitive which will add to hardship in the digestive system and slow down the lymphatic systems which is responsible for removing toxins from the body and from being optimal in its function with immunity.  It takes more effort to get out of the house when it's extremely cold and icy out. Not to mention the safety issues when there is ice, and extreme cold. So, join a gym and get to it when you can. When you can't, turn on youtube and look up yoga practices or other cardio/aerobic activities while you're home and do this for your health management. A good diet alone isn't good enough when there isn't adequate exercise in place. This is really what gets the juices flowing and metabolism running optimally. No and's, if's or but's! Stay active. Rest in between. Try not to be too sedentary and if you are then you must eat less. Supply should be low when demand is low! Read HERE for more details on supply and demand for the body. 

7) REST! Speaking of...adequate rest supports proper immunity and efficient metabolism. Following the natural cycles of the day that have been in place since the beginning of humankind (and before) encourages health on so many levels. Loss of sleep can cause detrimental consequences to health. Irregular sleep patterns or staying up late an also add to other mental and biological issues.  It's all connected! Read HERE for more on sleep. 

Here's another article to help with other ideas. Click HERE.


     You may wonder what this article has to do with regarding a "health tidbit" that I typically write about but as you continue to read further you will see the point and how this is aligned with the intention of being a health tidbit. This was inspired by recent numerous conversations with my patients around the idea of "spiritual practices." This is a timely discussion and worthwhile pondering during this time of year as holidays are occurring, and time seems to speed up with some much going on. 

     The ancient yogis knew that as time progressed and we evolved that there would be many more distractions that could potentially cause us to lose ourselves even more so. They encouraged the idea of spiritual practices through yoga, that also involved the various aspects of breathing techniques and meditation, along with the asanas (physical exercises), and then some (too much to mention.)  In fact, some of the yogic literature suggests that there are infinite techniques in order to correspond with the varying degrees of human experiences. 

     One of the main points essential to the "purpose" of spiritual practices is to help us to connect ourselves through a focal point that represents/reflects/aligns us with some sense of divinity (sacredness, or what have you). When we get lost between the vacillation of the pendulum involving the past in future we are taken away from the present moment. The basic intention of spiritual practices is to help us become more anchored in the present moment. The more we connect the spiritual practices through continuity and regularity the higher the likelihood we decrease the sense of feeling lost in life or to life and that we could remember who/what we are when we slow down to what is present in the now.  What is useful to know is that religions can serve us as a means to feel connected to something that shows/reminds/reflects/encourages us of something this is "bigger as or than ourselves."

     Essentially, all the major traditions of the world share this philosophy that there is some sort of apex that spiritual practices are designed around, whether we are reading from one holy scripture or another, meditating in a cave or a forest or on a plane or in bed. Wherever we are.

     The understanding is that the continuous practice acts to help us be here now. There is a term in yoga called "Abhyasa Yoga," which is defined as the yoga of continuous practice. Eventually,  as the practice(s) advance, what tends to happen is that life starts to unfold in a way that shows us that each moment is unique and connects to the next moment but in reality, simultaneously, there is only one moment which is now. Time disappears as we know it. There is both a nothingness and fullness, at the same time. These spiritual techniques serve to remind us of the moment, over and over and over again. Inevitably, connecting every experience to a sense of oneness and the simplicity that life is happening. This is how we can see the analogy as a mala bead creating a mala. 

     You may ask "what is a Mala bead?" A mala bead is one of the beads that appear to be strung together as either a necklace or a bracelet. It is commonly seen in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. You could even go as far as saying that the Catholic rosary beads individually are beads like mala beads. Each mala bead is strung together creating a mala. Each rosary bead is strung together connecting as a rosary.  When Buddhists or Hindus use a mala, typically they are chanting a mantra with each passing of the bead. Similarly, a Catholic says a prayer at a specific bead. With the rosary, there is usually a space between a grouping of beads and a single bead but with the mala there is no grouping, simply one whole strung necklace/bracelet of beads. The purpose of using the bead is to focus on the sense of one-bead-at-a-time with a specific intention, called a prayer/mantra/invocation to the divine presence (or whatever.) 

     Moments add up to a day. Many days add up to year. Time passes and suddenly time melts together and years aren't clear anymore. Similarly, one bead, then the next and the next, add up to a whole mala, and suddenly you're engrossed in the presence of time dissolving and your connection to something bigger feels more present. The overall analogy here is that life is like a mala bead/a prayer bead that connects to a sense of oneness. Each moment connects to create a sense of a "oneness of life." The bead is designed as a tool to help us to be present and go one-by-one, to be present in the now, one-moment-to-the-next. Not getting lost in the idea of future or past. Simply experiencing each moment as a connection to a whole. If you are reading, then just read. If you are crying, then just cry. Don't try to fix or alter it. If you're just having a conversation with a good friend, then just be with the conversation. If you're just eating, or just pooping, or just showering, or just walking in the woods, then just be with that in that moment. It may seem that the "just" is just minimal but it is in the mundane that we can have profound experiences if we allow ourselves to be with it.  Whatever you are doing/feeling in the moment be as fully present with it, even if it is uncomfortable. Do you're best, because fundamentally we are all doing our best and we can't push anything faster than it will happen even if we think we can or are. 

     As we approach this holiday season, and beyond, the lesson to take here is that spiritual practices support us in being more present by making us aware of how sacred the moment is. Spiritual practices can help us to find more of ourselves by limiting our distractions to extraneous things that keep us from ourselves. The techniques eventually melt/merge together as the moment reminds us of how its been here all along, and as we continue to take this journey in these vehicles known as the body, each moment seems to become the never ending mala. The practices themselves are no longer being practiced, as the idea of "doing anything" dissolves away and what is left is the sense of being..."Be-In" the moment of now. We go from a doing to a being, which exists free of time in a timeless state and yet so much can be experienced. 

     The gift to take away from this article as a "health/mental health" tidbit is that as things seem to get revved up with life, being in each moment to the best of our ability is important in order to not get lost in the chaos that ensues when we are chasing situations and scenarios around.  In each moment. Treasure it, like one mala bead at a time. Honor the prayer of the breath in the moment, of whatever is present. Accept fully and as much as possible exactly that which is occurring right now, in each instance of now, regardless of what it is or looks like.  Resistance to what is actually happening right now is what perpetuates our sense of suffering. We can all benefit from this "practice of continuous practice." Magic is in the mundane. Slow down. The gifts are revealed however small or large they may appear. Just don't look for them because again that's "doing" something, which prevents us from truly experiencing them because we get in our own way as we seek.                                                                                         

     Showing up and being present with whatever and whoever is a great gift to offer ourselves and others. Slowing down helps us to minimize stress, which can create health issues and spiral out of control.

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions. 


The wheels are turning and like a rollercoaster, we are beginning to head to the top where we plunge on a momentum that speedily takes us into the upcoming months filled with festivities.

This is the Vata type of year (early Fall to the beginning of winter).  Qualities of dry, cold, light, and mobile. These are the exact factors that can cause Vata to elevate in all of us. We get busy with meetings and holidays. We see increased strain, sensitivity,  sleep disturbances, digestive disturbances such as gas, bloating, mild-chronic constipation, anxiety, dry skin (internally and externally), allergies (due to dryness and issues with digestion), and SAD which affects mostly Vata/Kapha types more than Pitta, because Pitta is about fire, metabolism, and circulation and therefore not normally prone to SAD but if Pitta is too pushy it can cause depletion of hormones which regulate mood.

Here are some simple Tidbits:

1) Oil up!

          a) Sinus passages with Nasya or simple ghee, daily, nightly.

          b) A drop of ghee or sesame oil (warmed slightly) in each ear before bed.

          c) Oil pulling each morning before breakfast and after brushing. 2tbs. of sesame oil (Vata/Kapha) or Coconut (Pitta)

           d) A drop of ghee in each eye (slightly warmed) before bed.

           e) Self-massage with constitutionally appropriate oil, before the shower. Banyan has a simple formula. 

          f) Warm baths regularly and even before bed to help calm the nervous system and support sleep. Add epsom salt (2 cups) with lavender oil (30 drops) essential oil. 

           g) Here's a simple recipe to cut the edge of stress/anxiety/dryness/sleep: 


2)    Simple food for thought...thoughts:

                   a) Forget what you heard! Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. Lunch is!

                   b) Chew more, eat less. Less food is better than more food in one sitting.

                   c) If you're not hungry for breakfast....DON'T eat! Have tea or a light soup/broth.

                  d) Minimize/avoid snacking so that the body's metabolism can burn fat instead of store it! Drink tea instead.

                   e) If you are having cravings, question whether they are due to an inadequate meal at lunch. Or, if you stayed up late. Or, if you're lacking something from your overall diet. Or, if you aren't properly hydrated. 

3) Issues with bowel movements? Evaluating any of the below categories will start leading you in the better direction, even before herbs/supplements.

                   a) Do you have enough fiber in the diet? Or too much, if you're Kapha?

                   b) Do you have enough oils in your diet? 

                   c) Are you hydrating enough?

4) MOOD CHANGES? With less sunlight exposure and other biochemical reasons, SAD takes its toll on many this time of year.

                   a) Vitamin D supplement. Average 5000-8000 IU daily.

                   b) Color therapy, with red/gold/yellow, green, and orange.

                   c) How is the liver? If it's  working under stress then converting Vitamin D leftover from the summer can be challenging. If the liver is boggy/stagnant, then there will be mood-related issues.                     

Here are some past  articles that are a must read:






DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.