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Living out of sync with the body's natural rhythms often leaves people feeling physically depleted and disconnected from their true needs and desires. The ever-present stress of modern life can take a major toll on women's health in particular.

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CC image courtesy of chriswaits on Flickr

CC image courtesy of chriswaits on Flickr

Your body naturally goes through a cleansing cycle in the springtime. Similar to the process of snow melting in nature, any stagnation that has accumulated during the colder months begins to thaw and circulate throughout the body, looking for a way out.

Since we all have unique constitutions and life circumstances, the cleansing process should look a bit different for each person. Some people need a big burst of lightness and activity to shake off the heaviness of winter while others need continued attention to grounding and nourishing as they cleanse.

Kate Schwabacher’s explanation of how different types of cleanses work best for different mind-body constitutions is one of the most helpful articles I’ve seen on the topic. A week of seasonal, home-cooked, whole food meals and lots of rest will give good results for most people without the side effects of a more austere regimen. As popular as juice cleanses are these days, I agree with Kate that they are often too depleting.

To gently support the body’s natural detoxification process this spring, follow these lifestyle tips: (more…)

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what one of my mentors said. Paraphrased, it goes something like this: the body has an innate intelligence. Our role is simply to remove the obstacles blocking the flow of that intelligence so healing can occur naturally.

What does this look like from a seasonal health standpoint? We’ve now entered late winter, which is generally wetter and less cold than early winter. It’s the time of year that the channels of the body can start to feel a bit boggy or sluggish.

Perhaps it’s more difficult for you to wake up, or you’re noticing more respiratory mucus in the morning. Richer foods and decreased physical activity during the past few months may have slowed everything down, and now it’s time to shift gears with the changing seasons by giving some TLC to your lymphatic system. (more…)

CC image courtesy of *Kicki* on Flickr

CC image courtesy of *Kicki* on Flickr

Ever since I began studying Ayurveda, I’ve found it odd that people allow themselves extra sleep, comfort foods and general coziness in November and December and then when January comes along, all those things go out the window.

In the new year, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the myriad promises of a brighter, shinier you. People embark on rigid diets, commit to intense workout regimens and deny themselves the sensory pleasures of the previous months.

You know what? The only thing that has changed is the number on the calendar.

The weather certainly hasn’t changed, and the body’s needs for warmth, nourishment and grounding (to fortify the immune system and insulate against the cold) haven’t changed either. (more…)

CC image courtesy of susivinh on Flickr

CC image courtesy of susivinh on Flickr

It’s that time of year again.

Traveling to visit family and friends over the holidays can be enjoyable, but it also brings its fair share of stress. Disrupted waking and sleeping times, increased traffic, flight delays, unfamiliar foods and dry, recirculated air can all put a strain on the body and mind.

From the Ayurvedic standpoint, being on the move and off your normal daily rhythm increases vata dosha in the body, which has the qualities of coldness, lightness, dryness, mobility/instability and roughness. These qualities translate into physical challenges like dry skin, gas and bloating, constipation, cold hands and feet, worry, anxiety, insomnia and mood swings.

Although unpredictability is part of traveling, there is much you can do to make your upcoming trips go more smoothly. (more…)

My living room the night before I left for my birthday trip

My living room the night before I left for my birthday trip

This is what my living room looked like the night before my husband and I left town for a couple days to celebrate my birthday.

If you look closely, you’ll see crumpled clean laundry on the couch buried beneath pillows, blankets and assorted papers. On the table are multiple days of tea mugs, unopened mail, checks to deposit, a stack of books, an apple I meant to eat for a snack two days earlier, a pair of glasses and an aromatherapy spray bottle. On the floor are more books, assorted receipts, bags, paperwork and several pairs of shoes.

I’m posting this photo here on my website (somewhat sheepishly) because as I stood in my living room and surveyed the damage, it reminded me of something important: I’m never going to get to the end of my to-do list, and that’s okay. (more…)