Safe, Effective Aromatherapy

Fresh baked bread, lily of the valley, homemade spaghetti sauce bubbling away on a slow simmer. Warm, melty chocolate chip cookies (I’m drooling). Frankincense, patchouli, lavender, ylang ylang. Your grandma. Smells are powerful. They can jettison us back to the past – to home, dad, a special trip taken. Scents can calm us down, rev…

‘Tis Vata Season

Thank God for old friends at this time of year. They are THERE for the mid-morning-drive-up-toddler-dump and the long, loud sob sesh. First, they nod (in unison), trying not to look alarmed as you mutter/scream incoherently. Then, they let you play with their dogs. Finally, a ping-pong match and Talking Heads. Tornado, dispersed. It’s vata…

Kundalini Yoga is Magic

Twelve years ago, I randomly ordered a Kundalini Yoga DVD while browsing on Amazon. I liked the picture on the front – the instructor was beaming, looking genuinely relaxed and happy. I started using the DVD, and was quickly dug out of a hole of sleep-deprived despair and post-partum depression. It was a helping hand,…

Did Someone Say Something About Food?

In an early post, I mentioned that food is huge in Ayurveda. Since then, I have ignored it, because I eat like the cornfed, beer and brats Midwesterner that I am. I haven’t made kitchari in ages. We stock up on red meat every time we go to Costco. There is a bowl, nay, a…

The Law of Attraction & Meditation = Mighty Changes.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could say to the Universe: “Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher” (or that dream job or that soul mate), and the Universe would reply “As you wish” and hand it to us on a silver platter? What if that could actually happen? There’s this whole Law of Attraction thing…

Ayurved-ish Foot Care

Summer (it’s still summer, I insist) is a good time to discuss feet, because they are out and about! It’s all sandals and bare feet around here. Maybe you resent your feet because they are too big, too small, too sweaty or too stinky. Maybe your toes are weird. It is astonishing how much some…

Please Leave So I Can Miss You

Introversion, HSP’s, Ayurveda Out of the blue, Derek gave me the greatest gift: 2 days alone at home. He offered it up and I was like: “You see me.” After I was introduced to Derek, I canceled four times before we finally went out. And I liked him! I wasn’t doing it to be flirty,…

Aging

Today I was at the park with Ray (age 2) and there was a group of kids there who looked to be in their late teens, playing basketball. I said to the one girl: “Did you guys just graduate?” Meaning, from high school (there’s lots of signs up in the neighborhood). She was like “No,…

Pitta Season: Full Swing

Lately, each morning I wake up and pull my blackout curtains back to a blinding, relentless sun. I squint at the glare and I moan and I groan. Happy first day of summer! I love being outside, crave the sun on my skin. But lately that sun is a lot. I feel a bit crispy,…

Ama

Did you see Sharp Objects (HBO)? That show is probably an example of disturbing media that I shouldn’t subject my psyche to, but it’s wicked good! Don’t tell Momma! Anyway, this post is not about the character Amma, but rather about another friendly Ayurvedic term, ama. What is Ama? No matter how healthfully we try…