Wellness

Cardamom makes coffee exceptional

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Used as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries, this aromatic, green (and brown) spice turns your coffee into a medicinal treat to counter negative effects of caffeine, while boosting digestion, increasing energy, and reducing pain. It brings light, dry, clear and pungent qualities to life.

A member of the Ginger family, Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for over 5,00 years – the ancient texts laud its ability to break down difficult-to-digest foods, and enhance taste, turning ordinary into exceptional.

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies kundalini tantra at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and is a ParaYoga MasterStudent with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, and founder of Prani Lifestlye Consulting - helping people navigate life through ancient, holistic practices.

Kirsten teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing, and Oak Cliff Aikikai. She takes consults privately for meditation, yoga, and diet/lifestyle enhancements.

Dude, there's ayurvedic spice in my chocolate.

Authored By: 
Yogi LJ Hash

Ayurveda doesn’t say ‘no’, it says when and how. Local yogi Katherine Clapner uses asafoetida, black cardamom, apricot and rose hips in her recipe for Soraya 3.0 – The Soft Butter Toffee. What does Ayurveda say?

About the Author: 

LJ dove into practice at Down Dog and Uptown Yoga and was asked to be a sub. In 2007, he took over at their Trophy Fitness gig. He completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Chidananda Sheri Cherokee at Alpha Omega Yoga, Vinyasa with Seane Corn and currently studies ParaYoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

Lj's personal practice is traditional, including a daily focus on ayurveda, meditation, and pranayama, as well as asana to improve energy and stay flexible. His goal is to share the humble practice of Patanjali, stilling the changing states of the mind.

-tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam-

-When that is accomplished, the Seer abides in its own true nature-

Arugula & Asparagus Pesto

Authored By: 
Kami Miranda

I love spring for many reasons—two of them are asparagus and arugula. When I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and I asparagus hunting, and then we would enjoy the bounty.

Each spring, arugula (or Eruca sativa, also known as rocket, rucola, and rucoli rugula) pops up everywhere in my garden, like a weed. My favorite kind of weed. I anxiously await its arrival to toss onto every meal I make, with a touch of olive oil and lemon.

About the Author: 

Kami is the Mistress of Magic at Gina Cucina and she loves making real food straight from the farm.

She started out as a massage therapist, birth doula and bilingual Montessori toddler teacher. Kami, her husband and their two children have lived between Colorado and Venezuela since 2001. Together they have started and sold a water buffalo dairy, a renewable energy installation company and a citrus orchard and gardens.

When Kami wasn’t homeschooling her children, processing coffee, cacao, yogurt, cheese and other fermented products, she could be found in the gardens or kitchen. She returned to the U.S in 2014; her children started school and she eagerly jumped on board Gina Cucina… a perfect ideological fit.

Gina has been passionate about food since she was a little girl.
Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was what she was meant to do. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho home town and headed off for culinary school in Italy.

She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular brand.  Early on she created sauces and soups for a small basket business in Los angeles, later, being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, CO 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, Rod Stryker is a renowned Yogi, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades. About 11 years ago, Gina started catering for them.  Gina Cucina is the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years.  Both sets are the most discerning of customers!

No matter how many places at the table, Gina has rules: use only the freshest, local ingredients… season judiciously (light on the salt!) and let all the natural flavor shine through. Make her a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Enjoy Gina Cucina's Soup of the Month Club - Made with Love!

Ayurveda Basics – learning to understand, love and heal

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The life science of Ayurveda explains that we are born perfect creations, with a unique balance of space, air, fire, water, and earth – the 5 basic elements of all things. This is our Prakruti. Then life happens, - the food we eat, coupled with our activities and environment skew that perfect balance. This is our Vikruti. Imbalance leads to illness, and when we can’t curb the illness, it can lead to chronic disease that we are taught to live with, such as arthritis, allergies, thyroid problems and inflammation.

About the Author: 

Kirsten began studying ParaYoga in 2013 and was initiated into the tradition of Himalayan Masters in October 2014. She continues her training at the Himalayan Institute and as a student of the ParaYoga Masters program. She has earned specialties in Yoga for Anxiety & Depression and Yoga4Cancer.

Certified as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor through NAMA recognized Om Yoga Journey, she continues her studies with Master Teacher, Arpita Shah.

Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting, and a member of the Modern Widow's Club. She provides private yoga, meditation and ayurveda counseling, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and Oak Clif Aikikai at Tyler Station.

My Relationship with Self-Care

Authored By: 
Jordan Jones

A lot of what I do professionally centers around the concept of self-care. In particular, how to empower those I teach to take care of themselves. Everyone's self-care routing is as unique as their fingerprints. Even if two people need the same thing, the way they approach it and their reasons for doing it can be miles apart. There is a lot of dialogue around the why, what and how we should take care of ourselves - sleep hygiene, meditation, diet - but I feel there can be a lack of follow up.

About the Author: 

Jordan’s yoga practice has allowed her to heal a number of emotional wounds that were affecting her everyday life. Years of dealing with ADHD symptoms, anxiety, and self-doubt have slowly melted away as she has spent more time on her mat, with her teachers, learning how to serve herself and others with this practice.

Yoga, to her, is an expression of self-care. We create our own medicine through taking the time to mindfully move our bodies. The physical postures we practice on the mat act as counterbalances to our days spent sitting still and rigid. On the mat, we can nurture qualities of strengthand softness to carry with us when we leave class. It is through yoga that we cultivate tools that allow us to mindfully move through the stress of our every day lives.

Jordan’s classes are crafted around nurturing the mind-body connection of her students through movement, mediation, and breath work. When Jordan teaches, her goal is to support a nurturing space for her students to cultive both sweetness and strength as they explore their personal practice.

The Importance of Powering Down to Focus on Ourselves

Authored By: 
Kacey Mya

The Importance of Powering Down to Focus on Ourselves
How much of your life do you spend plugged into technology? If your phone is what you end your day with and the first thing you reach for in the morning, it’s time to reevaluate your need for such devices.
Most of the time, you see the time you spend online a way to remain interconnected. Yet, all of that time spent on your phone is sucking up your energy, leading to less than beneficial outcomes for mind, body and spirit.
More Time Online Means Less Sleep

About the Author: 

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

When The Heat Is On

Authored By: 
Steven Brice

As I stepped into this tremendously hot room barefooted, I was carrying the stress and concerns of my world on my shoulders. My ministry & nonprofit initiatives were looking faint, business goals seem to have invited me into the galaxy in order for me to reach them, my finances moved out of my bank account home to reside in the accounts of bill collectors, and it seemed as if the world had slowly chewed me up, and spit me out like sunflower seeds.

About the Author: 

Steven says:
The Young Lion ~ "The Young Lion", prince of the Jungle. A young man with greatness in mind.

The Young Sheep ~ I cannot make it without my Shepherd. Lord, whatever your doing, please don't do it without me.

When you put it all together, you will come up with: "The Young Sheeion"

I am The Voice, who when living from the core of my heart is growing with the gift of listening to the outcast in the context of their mess while connecting as a friend.

In Search of Sattwa –or- The Evolution Revolution

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The Bhagavad Gita tells us that humans, as well as all other things in Nature, have a mixture of Sattwa, and its companions, Rajas and Tamas. These three Maha Gunas (qualities) determine our behavior, actions, thoughts and emotions.

Sattwa is clarity, light, purity and wakefulness. It is stability, essence, compassion and love. Sattwa is required for our mental and physical health, and is the path to personal evolution and spiritual maturity. 

About the Author: 

Self described Green Thumb, Poet Seer, Sun Worshiper, Sitter, Thinker, Writer, and Embodiment of Light, Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, and is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.

She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and enjoys helping people find health, happiness and transformation through the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta.

Beginning Meditation – Month 1

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Learning to sit….

1. Environment matters
Find a clean, quiet space in your home where you can sit undisturbed, away from the distractions and pressures of the external world.
The air should be clean, fresh and well ventilated but not breezy.

2. Cleanliness is a factor
Your face, hands and feet should feel clean and fresh, adding a certain respect and vibrancy to your practice. If you practice meditation in the morning, you will want to evacuate your bladder and bowels first.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a teaching practitioner of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and can be contacted for private consultation. She studies under Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy.

Try her guided Breath Awareness Practice for free - a great way to relax before sleep!

Spiced Stuffed Dates - A Vitalizing Snack

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.

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