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Spring Skin Care

When you start shedding layers of your winter clothing upon spring’s arrival, you may notice that your skin and scalp are shedding too. While the winter was drying your skin, spring wants to detoxify it. The way to bring your skin back into shape is through cleansing your body internally and exfoliating your skin. Toxins can accumulate in your body in other seasons, but in the spring these toxins want to come out. The warmth of spring starts to melt these accumulated toxins (ama), which then clog the channels […]

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Radiant Skin at Every Decade: An Ayurvedic Guide

Your skin is a complex organ that changes constantly throughout your life, depending on your age, diet, lifestyle choices, and many other factors. From the perspective of Ayurveda, the skin’s texture and appearance also change as we move through the different phases of life: childhood (Kapha kala), young adulthood (Pitta kala), and middle age and beyond (Vata kala). With these different transitions in mind, here are some Ayurvedic guidelines for healthy, glowing skin at every decade. Teens: A Healthy, Pitta-Pacifying Diet + Stress-Reduction Throughout childhood, most of us enjoy […]

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Vocal Toning for Health and Healing with Michael Gallelli

Join Michael Gallelli, a shamanic practitioner and sound activator, for a communal circle of Vocal Toning. Michael will share the basics in the personal practice of toning and lead several rounds of toning for energetic cleansing and harmonic toning with the group. Vocal Toning is a unique form of meditation. It can be practiced in a group or alone. Group toning is energizing, empowering and easy to do. Participants create tones and basic vowels sounds that resonant with themselves. In a group circle, each person adds to his or […]

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The Gap Between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The change from summer to fall is a period of time called Ritu Sandhi in ayurveda. It refers to the gap between seasons. This is a delicate time for the digestion, because the doshas are fluctuating and digestive capacity can also waver. This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body, and ayurveda suggests that we make good use of the natural tendency of the body to cleanse itself. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends favoring lighter, warmer foods and skipping heavier foods during the few weeks when one […]

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Focus on Fall Health

As the dog days of summer wind down and a hint of crisp fall weather cools the night air, you might find yourself suddenly looking forward to going back to school or picking up the pace at work after a lazier summer. The seasons affect us. A saying in Maharishi Ayurveda, “As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm,” captures an important principle: the outer environment affects our inner state of mind and body. When the weather is hot and humid during Pitta season (July-October), those Pitta qualities of […]

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Your Best Foot Forward: Ayurvedic Foot Care

If there is one part of your body that works hard for you, it is your feet. Every day, walking and other activities bring the weight of your entire body to bear on your feet. And that workload may come with a cost — your feet are the area of your body most subject to injury. Yet most of us pay little attention to our feet, unless of course there is an injury or imbalance. Here are a few tips to give your soles some love and avoid hot, […]

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7 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on beauty products to prevent their skin from aging. Yet keeping your skin youthful takes much more than applying a moisturizer. Knowing your skin type, eating the right diet, and daily cleansing are essential for fresh and young-looking skin. Protect yourself from the sun In our world of ozone holes and 30+ sunscreens, many people have come to think of the sun as an enemy to the skin. Yet the sun, besides being the source of energy for mind and body, also […]

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Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions An interview with Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — except when those fiery Pitta emotions flare up as a result of too much heat. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers easy, natural remedies to keep you cool as a cucumber this summer. In the interview below, we delve into the topic with top integrative physician and Ayurvedic expert, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. Dr. Lonsdorf was named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by The Chicago Tribune. vpk: Could you explain why, from the perspective of Ayurveda, we might tend to feel more irritable or short-tempered […]

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