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Vata, Pitta, and Kapha An Introduction to Three Energetic Forces of Nature by Banyan Botanicals Vata, pitta, and kapha—collectively known as the doshas—are one of the most foundational concepts in the tradition of Ayurveda. But what are they, exactly? In essence, the doshas are energetic forces of nature, functional principles that help us to better understand ourselves, and the world around us. To find out which of the doshas make up your constitution and state…

Vata, Pitta and Kapha- Ayurvedic Constitutions

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Our bodies have their own natural defenses, but sometimes need  some support. Here are four super effective Ayurvedic techniques.   Tongue Scraping You wake up in the morning and one of the first things you do is brush your teeth, but are you doing any thing for the tongue? Get in the mirror and take a good look at it, their are lots of things that can be learned about our health from the mouth.…

4 Self Care Techniques Your Probably Not Doing (But Should Be)

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  Join Rachel Hopkins, Rodan + Fields Consultant, and Fletcher Johnson owner of River Warrior Yoga for a free live online event. Rachel will guide us through the mask applications process, and Fletcher will be showing you how to make this a mindful and meditative experience. Click Here to Watch the Replay Now! Here are links to our Social Media Pages River Warrior Facebook Page or Rachel’s Instagram Page For more information about Rodan +…

Masks & Meditation (Live)

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by John Douillard Have you ever heard of ancestral or generational healing? Or seen a family where the same trauma pattern seems to mysteriously develop generation after generation? The Ayurvedic idea of samskarasalong with the science of epigenetics may shed some light on this mystery. According to Ayurveda, physical, behavioral, mental, and emotional traits can be carried through generations. If mom or dad carries stress, the associated behavior traits can be passed on for generations. These are called samskaras, imprints, carried to offspring.…

Inherited Stress (Samskaras) Explained by Epigenetic Science

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Isn' it curious how one bowl of soup can drum up so many memories? Santa Fe is known for many things: Like whether you prefer red or green chili sauce, how there are more healers there the 'regular' folks, it's rich culture, and so much more... But I always return to their take on chicken soup, Pozole.  Savory & Spicy  If you ever have a chance to go, make a reservation at Cafe Pasqual's. A…

The Taste of Santa Fe

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Sweet & Savory Summer Snack Mmmm this snack is oh so satisfying!   Every once in a while I just get a hankering for beets and olives. Usually when this happen's I make my way to the salad bar; pairing it with a hardboiled egg, chickpea salad, artichoke hearts, and some tuna fish over romaine. Yesterday I went to Chestertown's super cute wine and cheese shop. I got a black & Green olive medley, some…

Sweet & Savory Summer Snack

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Pesto Perspective There are a lot of great smells in the summer season, but fresh basil & garlic are two of my favorites. The aroma will permeate your house, enticing even those that might not be 'into that kind of stuff.' A weekend out of town and your basil plant begins to bud. Once that happens you might as well call it quits. To keep your plant producing those pungent leaves, give it a good…

Pesto Perspective

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The summer garden is bountiful, especially with squash... My husband came home from a cookout with tons of extra rotisserie chicken the other day. It was far more then we could ever eat, and I am not one to waste. I LOVE HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK ...and it is especially tasty when it is rotisserie and you have tons of herbs from the garden to enhance it! This light and refreshing soup took two days to…

Summer Soup with Homemade Stock

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Growing up, my cooking was experimental to say the least…. Frankly it years of trial and err. The thing is I like good food. So I learned~ as I am not one to waste, or eat something gross. Anyone that knows me knows that that I need regular ‘feedings’ or I get hangry lol. Eventually I figured out the flavor profiles that work well together. My mother is an excellent cook. So perhaps some of…

‘At One’ with a One Pot Meal

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 Royal Wedding Reflection Bryan and I got engaged the eve of Thanksgiving 2017. Harry and Meghan announced their engagement that same weekend.  During the period of time I was preparing for my own life transitions a lightbulb went off in my head. Marriage is the ultimate 'Yoga'. It is a sacred union. The root word of yoga means to 'yoke' together like oxen...Or like a beautiful horse drawn carriage seen in fairytales. My wedding was…

Royal Reflections & Tea Meditation

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  There is so much information out there these days. I wanted to give y'all a taste of my personal favorites and go to resources. Places that I believe to be credible sources of information. Yoga Sequence Wiz is a the program I use to create my lesson plans. They have the cutest little stick figures. Moreover, the have helpful article and videos. Yoga International has a wealth of information. I will frequently send clients…

My Favorite Resources

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