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Summer Solstice Sadhana

The summer solstice marks the high point of the solar cycle of the year and offers us our longest day. Traditionally this day has been celebrated as a time of joyfulness and a recognition of the fertility and abundance of the earth. Though the solstice is not a recognized holiday for most of us, I have always found that the practice of sacred timekeeping, or of honouring the passage of time with simple ritual, deepens my connection to the natural world and offers me insight into my own changing experience.....
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Cooling Coconut Treats for Summertime!

Summer is the season of Fire & Water, or Pitta, according to Ayurveda and so cooling summer treats are on the menu in my house. Coconut is considered a cooling food and so is ideal for the summer diet. It is also high in good quality fat, is a source of protein, and is naturally sweet which is fantastic....

Ayurvedic Seasonal Wisdom for Autumn

As the second full moon of August waxes towards the first new…

The Art of Slowing Down & Diving Deeply

The golden summer weather of yesterday has shifted to a cool breeze that is whispering through the trees of mysteries to come, and I feel a call to stillness that reminds me of slower seasons and quieter days.....
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Spring Cleanse Recipes

Here are some of my favorite spring time recipes that I have been making lately while spring cleansing. Cleansing does not need to be an exercise in deprivation but rather can be a celebration of the lighter, brighter spring season. All of these recipes highlight the spring tastes that assist our body in releasing the heaviness of winter, support our bodies in detoxing naturally and nourish us with prana.....

Spring Wisdom for Vibrant Health and Wellness

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According to the science of Ayurveda each season is ruled by two of the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The spring season is characterized by an excess of Earth and Water (Kapha Dosha) and has the qualities of coldness, heaviness, and dampness. So even though the cherry blossoms are out and the days are longer there is still a winter chill in the air on most days, the spring rains are heavy, and the ground is wet and cold....

Cleansing Comfortably in January

To support you in making lifestyle shifts that will support your overall health and wellness in 2012 I’d like to offer the following tips on how to cleanse safely and comfortably in January. Keep in mind that seasonal cleansing is ideally done in Spring and Fall when nature supports us in eating lighter so January can be a challenging time to lighten up, especially if you live in a cold climate. These guidelines offer some very simple tools that can support you in releasing excess and up leveling your overall wellness though the next month...
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Ayurvedic Tips on Cleansing

November is 30-Day Challenge month in Tofino and many of the…

Fall Cleansing

It's time for fall cleaning in my household. Every spring and fall I do a major cleaning and organizing of everything in the house. I get rid of anything that is not necessary or isn't being used, and I clean every corner and cupboard. I know it's time to do it again because I feel like I can't get on to any new projects until I clear out the clutter from the last four busy months of summer activity.
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Fall Cleansing

This week is the third week of the Illumination Series and the theme for the week is Purification. On the physical level this means making dietary shifts that encourage balance- more home cooking, less eating out, more whole foods, less packaged junk, more movement, less couch time, etc.