December 31, 2018

Choosing Succes

A couple of years ago, at the end of the first segment of my Ayurveda workshop an overwhelmed student say’s “so you’re telling me I have to start eating this and that and stop eating that and this and…” I replied “Yes, if you want to set yourself up for failure that’s exactly what you need to do. But if you want to set yourself up for success wait for the second segment of my presentation when I teach an auspicious process. ”  

Auspicious: The Word

Defined as conducive to success, auspiciousness is about creating favorable environments. It reminds us that it’s not what we do or even how it turns out that makes something auspicious, it’s rather how we do it and how we perceive our experiences.

“Success is liking yourself. Liking what you do and liking how you do it.” 
                                                                                                Maya Angelou...

December 19, 2018


As the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice brings a period when the days are getting shorter, which represents a downward, inward, dark, contracting and *nourishing cycle and as the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice brings a period when the days are getting longer, representing an upward, outward, expansive, light and cleansing cycle. If you are familiar with yoga language, Summer Solstice is symbolized as Prana moving down the Sushumna and Winter Solstice is symbolized as Prana rising up the Sushumna. 

Plays of Oppositions

Both upward and downward energy or experiences have their challenges and joys.  For example, if you’re a cyclist, think of the invigorating challenge of going uphill and in the same manner think of the invigorating challenge of going downhill. Different challenge, different invigoration and both have value and risk. The same is true with the opposition of inward and outward experiences. Think of the beauty and value of a sunrise (outward) and the...

December 11, 2018

The smell of a yogini's home is often a blend of incense, essential oils and aromatic spices such as the one's found in this decadent yogi tea recipe. (I was introduced to this recipe in the 90s in my 3HO Kundalini Yoga days). 

With this heavenly yogi tea not only will your house smell divine but your taste buds and those of your guests will be dancing. And, the blend of spices increases our physical and mental energy and improves our digestion. Two things that can really enhance the holiday season. Plus, the yogi tea is so rich it feels like a treat! 


4 Mugs

24 ounces of water

10 cloves

12 cardamon pods

12 peppercorns

2 sticks of cinnamon

12 ouces of soy or almond milk

3 slices fresh ginger

Black tea 1 bag

Honey or maple syrup (optional)


Bring spices to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or longer. Add milk and black tea and let simmer for another 20 minutes or so. 
Optional - Add sweetner when serving. 

If you know me, you know I don't measure. Once you feel comfortable w...

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