Rajas Means PASSION!

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela Let’s keep these gunas going! Ayurveda tells us that the three gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas) are subtle energy fields of the mind. These energy fields are…

Sattva: The Happy Guna

You know that feeling that washes over you during savasana after a great yoga class? Or when you are working on something that puts you in flow? How about when you finally get the house to yourself for an hour? That’s all sattva. Sattva is the peaceful, creative influence inside of us, and all around…

May the Force(s) Be With You: The Three Gunas

“It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” Obi-Wan Kenobi acquaints Luke Skywalker (and the rest of us) with the Force for the first time in Star Wars: A New Hope. The idea of “the force “resonated with me when I was young (and…

Love Your Body Larry

My toddler walks around with the best body alignment; I constantly marvel at it from my hunched over position. His shoulders are back, hips in line, confidently strutting. He, along with many babes, enjoys his physicality. He walks around proud, steady, and vibrantly strong, his body aligned under him (with frequent losses of balance as…

Oil Self-Massage (Abhyanga)

Massage has historically not been my thing. I have gotten a professional massage about twice in my life, and I hated it. They did it too hard (despite constant pleas to ease up) and talked to me the whole time, so I had to engage instead of relax. I have sharp words for anyone who…

Mastering the Big Lunch.

We had Thanksgiving dinner with just us this year (COVID). This was feeling ok as we spend the majority of the time “just us” anyway. I cooked for two days (with much chopping help), my big guy made pies, my little guy scattered flour, dumped milk, and painted both all over the floor. My husband…

Kitchari – The New Fast

When I first made kitchari, I was like “no”. No kitchari week-long fast. No kitchari every day for lunch. I will not eat it in a boat…not with a goat. Then I made it again for prudence sake, then for bragging rights, then to be pious. Then I made it because it tastes good and…

The Six Tastes

When I was ten, lonesome at my grandma’s, I discovered America’s Funniest Home Videos. I would HOWL at the baby ones; they would give baby a pickle and we would get to watch poor baby react. Baby would have a visceral reaction, but more one of surprise than distaste. So adorable (I have not done…

Sugar Detox

As a kid, eating dessert every night was a ritual. We made tea from the loose tea leaves that my dad brought back from Sri Lanka, brewed for precisely five minutes; then we’d dig into the cake or pie. After school, watching He-Man take on Skeletor, there was sugary cereal or brownies. At bedtime, there…

Balance Amid Busy

As I’m rushing out to the grocery store at 9 PM on a Monday, my 11 year-old, up in his bed, has big ‘ol tears in his eyes, a rare-ish phenomenon these days. We have barely seen each other for four days (I was working), and he looks so forlorn that I almost sob. I…