Wellness

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!

Karma is like a tube of toothpaste

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The word Karma in Sanskrit translates as ‘action’.  Your karma is determined by your actions and also by your reactions to stress. When thought, word and deed are virtuous, virtuous actions (karma) are returned to you. When you move in non-virtuous patterns, then the results can be less than savory.

To say that another way: when you freak out and do hurtful things, hurtful things happen. When you chill under stress and do nice things, the world is a much nicer place to live.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a writer, photographer, yogi and chaser of the Sun. She studies under the lineage of the Himalayan Masters, teaches public/private yoga & meditation and is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor.

Creativity as Self-Expression

Authored By: 
Dr. Paula Joyce

Self-Empowerment Tip

About the Author: 

Dr. Paula, The Life Doctor, is a best-selling author and top ranked radio host. She did her post-doctoral studies at Yale University and has been in USA Today, the Dallas Morning News and on national radio and television. As a Leading Expert and Life Coach, Dr. Paula will help you create the life you want.

14-year Old Boys, My Ass!

Authored By: 
Katherine Galligan

As yoga class was called to order, I couldn’t help but notice the group of us present for early morning Ashtanga class were all women over the age of 30. In fact the average age amongst the group that stepped forward into Samisthiti was 45 years old. More than half were mothers with kids at home.

About the Author: 

Katherine Galligan, RYT500, E-RYT200, is the owner of Yoga Chikitsa (formerly Beach Mat Yoga), a yoga and ayurveda wellness center in Richardson, Texas.

Meeting people exactly where they are in their life journey with compassion is Katherine's biggest joy in life. Her passion is guiding individuals to better health, whether it be thru yoga or ayurvedic living. 

How to survive Texas summers – An Ayurveda 911

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

It's Texas, it's Summer and it's dang HOT! Ayurveda gives us the tips to surf through the end of the season with a healthy glisten rather than an angry sweat!

About the Author: 

Kirsten Joy received her Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification through Arpita Shah of Om Yoga Journey and continues her studies under their mentorship program. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Tantra, Meditation, Yoga Nidra / Guided Relaxation and helps people develop, sustain and transform their home practice through her knowledge and experience of the Vedic traditions.
She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing and hosts workshops for Yoga & Ayurveda Education.

10 Steps to Staying Inspired and Manifesting Your Intentions

Authored By: 
Tracee Stanley

Staying inspired isn’t always easy. Sometimes just completing our daily mundane tasks- taking care of our kids, going to work or school- can seem like a grind. So how do we stay inspired to attain the goals and dreams that we have set for ourselves?

1. Imagine:

About the Author: 

Tracee Stanley, ERYT, teaches yoga and meditation, specializing in Tantra and Para Yoga.
She delivers practices to help people live more expansive and fulfilled lives. 

She has appeared in many international magazines and is featured in Yoga Journal’s “Yoga as Medicine” by Dr. Timothy McCall. She leads workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally.

Tracee lives with her family in Topanga California where she also produces transformational media.

Check out her Empowered Life cards - 40 days / 40 questions to change your life!

Dosha Love – Kapha Style

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

OMGoddess, I just met the most “Kapha-rific” man! What does that mean?

Well, let me share... I am in for some great snuggling, hand holding, and attention. We will go for dessert, enjoy time with his friends (because everyone will LOVE him in his friend group), and he might even suggest we make a project to clean out my disorganized car! The saying, “Netflix and Chill” was definitely coined by a kapha – I LOVE KAPHA.

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 25 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical therapeutic techniques. Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute teaching the Dual Certificate 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with directing her own 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs around the country, The Deeper Practices YTT.

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. 

Fear & the Spiritual Practice

Authored By: 
Rachael Patterson

My son is such an inspiration for me.  He is practically fearless.  It doesn't matter how many times he falls, he loves to climb.  He would stand on the back of the couch to look out the window before he could walk.  He climbs chairs, tables, his crib, anything he can hoist himself up on. He grins from ear to ear when he conquers a new piece of furniture.  I watch in wonder as he climbs up, up, up, and it makes me ponder the fear I feel as I watch him.

About the Author: 

Rachael is a young mother, yoga instructor, priestess-in-training and long-time writer.  As a young woman, she developed a love for people and writing and is now combining her talents to offer yoga & writing workshops in Dallas, Texas. She is also the President and Founder of Kutumba Yoga Dallas, a non-profit that is uniting the Health & Wellness Community in DFW behind charitable organizations in the area. 

You can read her blog, check out her social media, and book appointments with her at YogaByRachael.com.

Anxiety of Loss - How Yoga & Ayurveda Helps

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

Dear Ayurvedic Abbie,

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I am taking medication prescribed by my medical doctor. I don’t like taking medications and I was wondering what ayurveda says about treating anxiety.

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma.

As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

She is founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, and their AHC Program. Kathryn just launched The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating yoga,psychology and Ayurveda forProfound Healing. She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system.

Kathryn is a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International website, a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador, and a guest blogger on several healthcare websites. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Find her LYD Member Profile here...

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