Food

An Ojas Building Shake

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor.

It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

LYD has an ever-lasting gratitude to Christina and her amazing health and wellbeing services. Her loving services and nourishing dishes are truly a blessing during grief and trauma recovery.

Balancing Vata During Seasonal Change

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

This morning I watched Vata blow in, signaling the continuing change of seasons, and I was reminded by my dear friend Christina from SimpleVeda, that when we grab the fall hoodie it’s also time to check the summer routine at the door.

*Here are some helpful hints to keep Vata from sneaking out of the house!

About the Author: 

A scientist by nature, a business executive by design and a Teacher by tragic blessings, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTD with a focus on Environmental Science and Business Management.  I started my professional career as a medical assistant in Denton, then ran business operations for a hospice in Missouri, and finally moved back home to Dallas for a career in finance & sales operations in the software industry during the booming late '90s.

I began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014. I continue my yoga education through the Himalayan International Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy, and am continually fascinated by the power of what the Yogis have been doing for thousands of years.  I enjoy practicing ViniYoga, ParaYoga, and Yoga Nidra to support my personal development. 

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30. I lead various workshops, including the New Moon Women's Circle, Yoga Science & Philosophy classes, Ayurveda consults and group trainings.

Please contact me at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or my personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

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.

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