Food

Before and After: Transformation

Authored By: 
Jen Malloy

The before and after photo collection is everywhere these days: here I am, fit and fabulous; here I was, overweight and unhappy. I have them too. I have a lot of them. For my late 20s and early 30s, I was overweight - anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds overweight, depending on when you knew me. Five years ago, when I switched from a vegetarian to a vegan lifestyle and (temporarily) gave up drinking, I lost a ton of weight. And since I started practicing yoga more consistently, I've gotten stronger every day.

About the Author: 

Jen Malloy is a vegan food blooger, recipe developer, and yoga teacher living in Fort Worth, Texas. 

How a Mom of 4 Followed Her Passion & Started a Thriving ‘Seed-to-Table’ Family Business

Authored By: 
Gina D'Orazio Stryker

I grew up in a tiny mountain town in Idaho, population 724. To this day it is the kind of town where most children of the community stick close to home, close to their roots. But, I had always dreamed of a bigger world, more to explore. So the minute high school graduation culminated, I found myself on a plane to Florence, Italy to study cooking. I was the first of my family to fly commercial, the first to have a passport.

About the Author: 

Gina is Founder and Recipe Artist of Gina Cucina.

Gina just loves feeding people. Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was her calling. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho hometown and headed off for culinary school in Italy. She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular culinary style. Early on she created sauces and soups for her own gift basket business in Los Angeles.

Being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, Colorado with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since!

Her husband, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades, so about 12 years ago Gina started catering for the retreats. Gina Cucina was born out of the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years. Both audiences — the most discerning of customers! Gina’s non-gmo and organic food line has the healthiest nutritionals on the market today.

Make Gina Cucina a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Costa Rica Tacos, and Yoga

Authored By: 
Jennifer Malloy

I think yoga should be the prescription for everything in life. Addicted to food? Try a little yoga. Get caught speeding? Instead of a fine, go to 5 yoga classes. Going through a divorce or life change? Find a killer counselor, and practice yoga. Related to Donald Trump? Try yoga. Busted with marijuana? Why do we even care anymore? Why did we ever care? Oh, and sure, go take some yoga.

About the Author: 

Jen Malloy is a vegan food blogger and devoted yogi currently living in Fort Worth, Texas. You can follow her blog at WayfaringVegan.com to see other healthy vegan recipes posted weekly, including restaurant picks throughout the United States, and a little dose of living your best life mantras. 

The Ayurveda of Millet - Breakfast for your Kapha

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Millet is truly an underappreciated grain. It’s a small seeded grass, cultivated over 10,000 years ago and grown in developing countries. That's Old School food...

Millet is perfect for the Kapha in your family - light, clean and easy to digest - check it out.

Here are the top 10 reasons to love Millet:
1. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for gluten sensitive individuals.
2. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent), making a valuable addition to a vegetarian diet.

About the Author: 

Kirsten has her Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification and studies Ayurveda with Arpita Shah of Om Yoga Journey.  She teaches yoga and meditation publically at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing and conducts workshops, private group classes and see clients for Yoga, Ayurveda and Wellbeing.

Reach her at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com

Diet & Lifestyle to support our Monthly Cycle - Ayurveda for Women

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The science of Ayurveda comes from ancient texts of India called The Vedas. Regarded as humanity’s oldest literature, they were written over 5,000 years ago and give insight into the purpose of life, how to be healthy and how to live in harmony in our surroundings. It’s not a religion, but rather the oldest philosophy on how we got here, where we’re going and why.  It provides the ‘Handbook for the Human Condition’ and is the original holistic medicine.

Here are some basics:

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies full time in the ParaYoga program and is a student of the Himalayan Masters.  She has received her Ayurveda Lifestyle Certification with Om Yoga Journey / Aripta Shah under the tradition and texts of Dr. Vasant Lad.

Travel Tips to Stay Well

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

I almost titled this article "Why are the airlines trying to kill us?”… but then I remembered, they just don't know better…

I'm not sure why this holiday season's travel hit me as hard as it did, I've been all over the globe by myself without a hitch.  Maybe it’s possible that my perspective has changed in the recent past...now that I've experienced what a healthy doshic balance feels like, travel induced Vata derrangement is like a bucket of ice water to the face!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga.  She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing, and is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.  

She graduated Magna cum Laude at the University of Texas Dallas with a focus on business management and environmental science.  She retired from the corporate world in 2012, where she worked as a director in the field of accounting, finance, sales operations, internal audit and process improvement.  She acquired Living Yoga Dallas in the fall of 2015 and finds joy in sharing the knowledge of yoga & ayurveda to the metroplex and encourages every yogi, teacher and practitioner to always keep growing.  

"Life is short, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from some great Teachers and living Masters - there's always a chance to Level-Up!"  --Kirsten Joy Burch

When Healthy Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession

Authored By: 
Lisa Breitenwischer HHC, AADP, E-RYT500

Orthorexia Nervosa:
When Health Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession.

The term Orthorexia was coined by Steven Bratman, MD. in 1997. He started using it with patients that were overly obsessed with healthy eating. The word Orthorexia is derived from anorexia and “ortho” meaning straight or right. But unlike anorexia which focuses on restricting food intake in order to become thin, orthorexia restricts foods that are insufficiently clean, healthy or wholesome.

About the Author: 

Lisa Breitenwischer is a Certified Health Coach and has been empowering people to make changes in their life over the last 4 years. If you are looking for change with your diet and in need of finding balance in your life contact her today at lisa [at] balancingenrgy [dot] com. To learn more about Lisa click here.

The Power of Ayurveda: 3 Ways to Beat the Late Summer Heat

Authored By: 
Sarah Guglielmi

As summer’s nearing end, I find myself and the world around me entering a season of change – back to school, vacation’s over, and the lush vibrant greens of midsummer are now showing browns and yellows at the edges.  Just today I saw a hint of red coming forth!

No matter where you live geographically, your internal “nature” experiences the change of the seasons.
Summer is the season of heat.  The sun is close, and the element of fire is predominant in nature.

About the Author: 

Sarah Guglielmi has been on a personal journey of healing and spiritual growth for over 15 years. She has taught yoga since 2002 in corporate, studio, and clinical settings. Originally drawn to yoga practice to relieve chronic stress and illness, Sarah has not only regained her health, but has discovered a spiritual dimension of life she finds rich and inspiring. Sarah serves on the teaching faculty of the Himalayan Institute and is the Professional Education Manager at their headquarters, where she has lived in residence since 2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Delaware, and completed an eight-year engineering career with W.L. Gore and Associates, prior to joining the Institute.

5 Ways Nature Shows Us How to Keep "Your Cool" in The Summer Heat.

Authored By: 
Kendall Inman

I am fascinated with Ayurveda.  Often referred to as the sister science of yoga.  The science of life, longevity and vitality.  An Ayurvedic lifestyle is all about living in alignment with nature.  The nature that surrounds us and the nature within us. 

About the Author: 

Kendall was born in Idaho where her father was stationed in the Air Force. She spent half of her growing up years in Idaho and the other half in California. Eventually graduating from UCSD in LaJolla, California with a degree in political science. Kendall always wanted to go to law school and end up a juvenile court judge. She wanted to be in a position to help at risk teens with alternative ways to incarceration. Finances and test taking anxiety put that dream on the back burner but Kendall has always been intrigued with alternative ways to help others, so it isn’t ironic she finds herself using alternatives like yoga and Ayurveda to help others find a life a balance, happiness and joy!

You might recognize her as the founder of Living Yoga Dallas where she is considered a leading presenter of yoga events throughout the U.S. and Mexico. She has extensive background in corporate marketing and sales. Her work with fashion leaders like Guess Jeans, Donna Karan, and Tommy Hilfiger has provided her the business and marketing expertise to become a leading resource to the yoga community in Texas.

In 2001, Kendall began teacher training in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. She has studied with the world’s finest yoga masters such as: Pattabhi Jois, Judith Lasater, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Beryl Bender Birch, Dr. Rosy Mann and many more. Kendall utilizes her substantial training to instruct classes throughout Texas and Playa del Carmen, Mexico and is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Himalayan Institute specializing in Ayurvedic Yoga instruction. Kendall has dedicated her life to helping people. She’s passionate about inspiring others to live a healthy and peaceful life. She provides private consultations, group classes, healthy cooking workshops and is a speaker at corporate seminars. She lives in Dallas, TX and Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her son Jake and their cat Tiger.

If your current diet and lifestyle no longer serve you and you are interested in understanding how you can align yourself with the nature around you and your own true nature,  you will want to book time with Kendall. She is kind and nurturing and masterful at helping you uncover the ways in which your current lifestyle and habits no longer serve you. Ayurveda looks at the whole person and provides tools to individualize diet and lifestyle so that you may live the life you have always dreamed of and be the person you really want to be: full of life, vitality, resilience and joy!

When she is not changing lives at LifeWorks, she is enjoying the company of her son, Jake – a high school student/actor/model and their groovy, laid-back cat Tiger. Kendall is also loves taking spin classes at her fave rave local studio, scuba diving, practicing yoga or cooking up a storm.

Meet Kendall for an ayurvedic consultation and intake $150 for an initial 90 min consultation and follow up sessions at $125. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (214) 306-8117 or email her at kinman [at] wefixbrains [dot] com

Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Authored By: 
Mallory Trumpfheller, RYT200

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and celebration, right? But so often it can be tough to get in the spirit as you juggle a mile-long To-Do List and a full activity calendar, all while fighting the threat of getting sick. Here are 6 things you can do to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday season:

About the Author: 

Mallory Trumpfheller is a RYT200 yoga teacher, graphic designer, and Embody Love Movement ™ Inner Beauty Shop Facilitator. Mallory stumbled upon yoga 2 years ago at the gym and decided to give it a try. After discovering the many benefits it had for her mentally, spiritually and physically, she decided to become a RYT 200 yoga teacher in 2014 to share the gift of yoga with others. Mallory studied under Shanon Buffington’s 9-month In-Depth Studies & Yoga Teacher Training program, being trained in Anatomy & Physiology, Vinyasa Krama, Pranayama, Yoga History & Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mantra & Meditation, and Yoga for Special Populations. She is also training under Sadie Nardini to become a ‘Total Transformation/Core Strength Vinyasa’ Yoga Instructor. She is especially passionate about teaching yoga to the average person, using simple but powerful techniques to help them relieve stress and improve mental and physical health.

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