Seasonal Changes

As we enter summer I reflect on Ayurveda’s way of looking at seasonal changes. Kapha moving into pitta or what we know as spring moving into summer gives us an opportunity to reflect on how our habits should change to meet the seasons. For instance in the winter I am inside more, I tend to ...

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Atha

Atha, the first word in the Yoga Sutra is filled with a depth of meaning. It implies beginning an endeavor we want to learn or experience and the willingness to put forth the effort to receive the gift of that knowledge. The ability to learn can start and continue throughout our life and is not ...

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Karuna

“karuna” Compassion for ourselves and those around us. This concept comes from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra I.33. Let’s make 2017 the year of kindness. We often think of compassion as something we do for others. In order to have compassion for others we must first show compassion towards ourselves. Self-compassion or kindness starts with awareness. It is only ...

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Olympic Spirit

I was watching the Olympics this week and noticed how people from almost every nation in the world joined together for one common goal – to be the best in their sport. What truly struck me was how everyone was getting along and supporting each other. Countries let go of their differences and the spirit of competition was ...

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Be Present

I have been reflecting lately on the first sutra -  atha yoganusasanam. It invites us to be present. Looking at where we have been and where we want to go. If I am ready I can be open to learning and growing. Like so much of life, if we are stuck in a pattern or ...

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Yamas

OK, this is going to really date me. I was at the first Earth day. Growing up on a farm we were always recycling but didn’t call it that.We threw out table scraps into the orchard for compost, burned our paper in the burning barrel. There wasn’t any plastic back then. Milk came in glass ...

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What is Stress?

Our days are filled to the last waking hours with things from the never-ending to-do list. We lie awake at night, unable to sleep thinking of what we didn’t get done or just thinking of one thing after another. We hear about the negative effects of STRESS. But what is STRESS? Simply, it is a response ...

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Falling Leaves

This time of year I notice my senses come alive. The crisp, fresh smell of the air, the soft light that the sun casts and the beauty of the trees as they begin to turn color and release their leaves. The world seems a little quieter and less harsh than the summer. With the season’s dramatic ...

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Shared Dharma

Throughout our lives we find ourselves with different roles and responsibilities. Dharma, a Sanskrit word with many meanings often refers to these roles and the duties they involve. Our first dharma is to maintain our own health and well-being and to care for our families. Lately I’ve been reflecting on another dharma we all share, ...

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Kindness in Action

A couple of weeks ago I came across a news story that deeply inspired me. Apparently, a two year old child was running down the street headed straight for a busy intersection. The mom and dad were nowhere in sight. A car pulls over and a man jumps out and runs in front of the ...

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