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- Don’t let these tough faces fool you...I’m teaching these women how to oil pull! Thank you to those who joined me at @wmn_space today for Sacred Mornings, and for everyone who has joined me in the past to receive these teachings. Thank you for challenging me with your insightful questions, for showing me the many ways in which different minds learn, for inspiring me to continue to learn and grow so that I can share ayurveda as authentically as I possibly can. Thank you for bringing your friends to my classes, your partners to our one on ones, for buying tongue scrapers for your children, for gifting your friends massages with me, for sharing my events with your tribe. By sharing your excitement about ayurveda you allow more people to benefit from it, and ayurveda is meant to help everyone. I am truly grateful and really honored that you choose to learn from me. I do my best to live what I teach so that I can serve you from a place of deep knowing. Thank you thank you thank you. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine
- Don’t let these tough faces fool you...I’m teaching these women how to oil pull! Thank you to those who joined me at @wmn_space today for Sacred Mornings, and for everyone who has joined me in the past to receive these teachings. Thank you for challenging me with your insightful questions, for showing me the many ways in which different minds learn, for inspiring me to continue to learn and grow so that I can share ayurveda as authentically as I possibly can. Thank you for bringing your friends to my classes, your partners to our one on ones, for buying tongue scrapers for your children, for gifting your friends massages with me, for sharing my events with your tribe. By sharing your excitement about ayurveda you allow more people to benefit from it, and ayurveda is meant to help everyone. I am truly grateful and really honored that you choose to learn from me. I do my best to live what I teach so that I can serve you from a place of deep knowing. Thank you thank you thank you. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine
- Don’t let these tough faces fool you...I’m teaching these women how to oil pull! Thank you to those who joined me at @wmn_space today for Sacred Mornings, and for everyone who has joined me in the past to receive these teachings. Thank you for challenging me with your insightful questions, for showing me the many ways in which different minds learn, for inspiring me to continue to learn and grow so that I can share ayurveda as authentically as I possibly can. Thank you for bringing your friends to my classes, your partners to our one on ones, for buying tongue scrapers for your children, for gifting your friends massages with me, for sharing my events with your tribe. By sharing your excitement about ayurveda you allow more people to benefit from it, and ayurveda is meant to help everyone. I am truly grateful and really honored that you choose to learn from me. I do my best to live what I teach so that I can serve you from a place of deep knowing. Thank you thank you thank you. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine
- Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm teaching on one of my favorite ayurvedic topics: Sacred Mornings. While there's usually a little resistance to the early morning thing, those who do it love it. I get to witness their wellbeing and sense of self care and connectedness blossom. The initial effort becomes effortless rhythm and ritual. Should it resonate, you can join me at @wmn_space tomorrow from 11-1 to learn the wisdom! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #dinacharya
- Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm teaching on one of my favorite ayurvedic topics: Sacred Mornings. While there's usually a little resistance to the early morning thing, those who do it love it. I get to witness their wellbeing and sense of self care and connectedness blossom. The initial effort becomes effortless rhythm and ritual. Should it resonate, you can join me at @wmn_space tomorrow from 11-1 to learn the wisdom! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #dinacharya
- Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm teaching on one of my favorite ayurvedic topics: Sacred Mornings. While there's usually a little resistance to the early morning thing, those who do it love it. I get to witness their wellbeing and sense of self care and connectedness blossom. The initial effort becomes effortless rhythm and ritual. Should it resonate, you can join me at @wmn_space tomorrow from 11-1 to learn the wisdom! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #dinacharya
- Grateful to be of service. There are many ways in which I help women to find true wellbeing; find these Ayurvedic offerings on my website: One on one guidance Massage and bodywork Ayurvedic facelift massage Preconception cleansing and nourishing for couples Pregnancy care Postpartum care Workshops And announcing soon a very special retreat with a magical coteacher in a magical place...sign up for my email list to stay posted! ✨ Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #ayurvediccooking
- Grateful to be of service. There are many ways in which I help women to find true wellbeing; find these Ayurvedic offerings on my website: One on one guidance Massage and bodywork Ayurvedic facelift massage Preconception cleansing and nourishing for couples Pregnancy care Postpartum care Workshops And announcing soon a very special retreat with a magical coteacher in a magical place...sign up for my email list to stay posted! ✨ Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #ayurvediccooking
- Grateful to be of service. There are many ways in which I help women to find true wellbeing; find these Ayurvedic offerings on my website: One on one guidance Massage and bodywork Ayurvedic facelift massage Preconception cleansing and nourishing for couples Pregnancy care Postpartum care Workshops And announcing soon a very special retreat with a magical coteacher in a magical place...sign up for my email list to stay posted! ✨ Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #ayurvediccooking
- I used to cringe at the word routine, which I had come to associate with a lack of freedom. I've since come to know routine intimately (the tongue scraping, the oil pulling, the abhyanga, the rhythms of food) and now realize that routine gives me freedom...most importantly freedom of mind and spirit. Being established in my body has allowed me to expand in my awareness and my spirituality. This is what yoga teaches: first, you must learn how to sit still. Only then can you go inward and meditate. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #dinacharya
- I used to cringe at the word routine, which I had come to associate with a lack of freedom. I've since come to know routine intimately (the tongue scraping, the oil pulling, the abhyanga, the rhythms of food) and now realize that routine gives me freedom...most importantly freedom of mind and spirit. Being established in my body has allowed me to expand in my awareness and my spirituality. This is what yoga teaches: first, you must learn how to sit still. Only then can you go inward and meditate. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #dinacharya
- I used to cringe at the word routine, which I had come to associate with a lack of freedom. I've since come to know routine intimately (the tongue scraping, the oil pulling, the abhyanga, the rhythms of food) and now realize that routine gives me freedom...most importantly freedom of mind and spirit. Being established in my body has allowed me to expand in my awareness and my spirituality. This is what yoga teaches: first, you must learn how to sit still. Only then can you go inward and meditate. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #abhyanga #dinacharya
- Knowing your nature || There’s a reason why we feel so much ourselves again when we swim in the ocean or sleep under the stars. We’re actually A PART of nature; not APART from her. Communing with mother nature is like going home. It's harmonizing our elements, our air, space, fire, water and earth with hers; opening up to her cosmic force and readjusting our own internal clocks to the one that she follows, without fail. I recently read a study that after just one week of camping and taking a break from lights and electricity, campers were able to reset their body clocks and naturally started waking up 2 hours earlier than before. In just one weekend, campers got 69% there. Imagine how just a few hours outside each day might make you feel more like yourself. All of this magic happens when we're outside, in nature. Our bodies better understand what to do and how to work. Excuse me while I close my laptop and go spend some time outside :) || Photo by @photoandflow at @flowwestfest || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #naturelife
- Knowing your nature || There’s a reason why we feel so much ourselves again when we swim in the ocean or sleep under the stars. We’re actually A PART of nature; not APART from her. Communing with mother nature is like going home. It's harmonizing our elements, our air, space, fire, water and earth with hers; opening up to her cosmic force and readjusting our own internal clocks to the one that she follows, without fail. I recently read a study that after just one week of camping and taking a break from lights and electricity, campers were able to reset their body clocks and naturally started waking up 2 hours earlier than before. In just one weekend, campers got 69% there. Imagine how just a few hours outside each day might make you feel more like yourself. All of this magic happens when we're outside, in nature. Our bodies better understand what to do and how to work. Excuse me while I close my laptop and go spend some time outside :) || Photo by @photoandflow at @flowwestfest || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #naturelife
- Knowing your nature || There’s a reason why we feel so much ourselves again when we swim in the ocean or sleep under the stars. We’re actually A PART of nature; not APART from her. Communing with mother nature is like going home. It's harmonizing our elements, our air, space, fire, water and earth with hers; opening up to her cosmic force and readjusting our own internal clocks to the one that she follows, without fail. I recently read a study that after just one week of camping and taking a break from lights and electricity, campers were able to reset their body clocks and naturally started waking up 2 hours earlier than before. In just one weekend, campers got 69% there. Imagine how just a few hours outside each day might make you feel more like yourself. All of this magic happens when we're outside, in nature. Our bodies better understand what to do and how to work. Excuse me while I close my laptop and go spend some time outside :) || Photo by @photoandflow at @flowwestfest || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #naturelife
- Kitchen confidence || When I first started cooking, I followed recipes to a T. If I was missing just one ingredient—say cumin in refried beans—I thought I couldn't make the recipe at all! As I've developed confidence in the kitchen, I've learned that there is no such thing as a perfect recipe and that one missing ingredient doesn't necessarily matter. ALL recipes can be altered a million ways, making delicious incarnations of the original. This might sound obvious but it truly brought freedom to my kitchen experience. I'm not a master chef, and I'm not obsessed with making perfect food. I aim for tasty simple food, what some friends have coined "Julie food" and "temple food". In a recipe with 10 ingredients, I'm likely to swap out 5 for whatever's in my fridge. Then I taste. Is it missing something? Does it need a little salt, fresh pepper, or a squeeze of lime? Is it pretty? Could it use a sprinkle of cilantro so that my eyes like it as much as my tongue? This is how we learn how to cook. Confidence comes with practice and letting go of perfection. The most important ingredient, after all, is love. I try to relay this in my ayurvedic cooking workshops, as I think this is a common experience. Is it yours? || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedafood
- Kitchen confidence || When I first started cooking, I followed recipes to a T. If I was missing just one ingredient—say cumin in refried beans—I thought I couldn't make the recipe at all! As I've developed confidence in the kitchen, I've learned that there is no such thing as a perfect recipe and that one missing ingredient doesn't necessarily matter. ALL recipes can be altered a million ways, making delicious incarnations of the original. This might sound obvious but it truly brought freedom to my kitchen experience. I'm not a master chef, and I'm not obsessed with making perfect food. I aim for tasty simple food, what some friends have coined "Julie food" and "temple food". In a recipe with 10 ingredients, I'm likely to swap out 5 for whatever's in my fridge. Then I taste. Is it missing something? Does it need a little salt, fresh pepper, or a squeeze of lime? Is it pretty? Could it use a sprinkle of cilantro so that my eyes like it as much as my tongue? This is how we learn how to cook. Confidence comes with practice and letting go of perfection. The most important ingredient, after all, is love. I try to relay this in my ayurvedic cooking workshops, as I think this is a common experience. Is it yours? || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedafood
- Kitchen confidence || When I first started cooking, I followed recipes to a T. If I was missing just one ingredient—say cumin in refried beans—I thought I couldn't make the recipe at all! As I've developed confidence in the kitchen, I've learned that there is no such thing as a perfect recipe and that one missing ingredient doesn't necessarily matter. ALL recipes can be altered a million ways, making delicious incarnations of the original. This might sound obvious but it truly brought freedom to my kitchen experience. I'm not a master chef, and I'm not obsessed with making perfect food. I aim for tasty simple food, what some friends have coined "Julie food" and "temple food". In a recipe with 10 ingredients, I'm likely to swap out 5 for whatever's in my fridge. Then I taste. Is it missing something? Does it need a little salt, fresh pepper, or a squeeze of lime? Is it pretty? Could it use a sprinkle of cilantro so that my eyes like it as much as my tongue? This is how we learn how to cook. Confidence comes with practice and letting go of perfection. The most important ingredient, after all, is love. I try to relay this in my ayurvedic cooking workshops, as I think this is a common experience. Is it yours? || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedafood
- I came to ayurveda a bit of a mess. I had unprecedented breakouts, twice monthly periods, horrific digestion...the best I knew back then was to see Western doctors, who I had always resisted anyway, and they were of no help. Thank god for ayurveda. With some small changes and some serious work on my self love, I got better, and have stayed better. It's easy to share something when you KNOW in the depths of your soul that it's real, it works, and that it can help others, too. I absolutely love sharing ayurveda's wisdom with you here, in workshops, and one-on-one in Malibu. If you'd like to join me in circle to simmer in ayurveda's wisdom this month, find me at @wmn_space on Sunday Jan 21 for Sacred Mornings and at @goorusyoga on Saturday Jan 27 for Restful Sleep. You will love these rituals! || photo by @gongdess at @wmn_space || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #wmnspace #selfcare
- I came to ayurveda a bit of a mess. I had unprecedented breakouts, twice monthly periods, horrific digestion...the best I knew back then was to see Western doctors, who I had always resisted anyway, and they were of no help. Thank god for ayurveda. With some small changes and some serious work on my self love, I got better, and have stayed better. It's easy to share something when you KNOW in the depths of your soul that it's real, it works, and that it can help others, too. I absolutely love sharing ayurveda's wisdom with you here, in workshops, and one-on-one in Malibu. If you'd like to join me in circle to simmer in ayurveda's wisdom this month, find me at @wmn_space on Sunday Jan 21 for Sacred Mornings and at @goorusyoga on Saturday Jan 27 for Restful Sleep. You will love these rituals! || photo by @gongdess at @wmn_space || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #wmnspace #selfcare
- I came to ayurveda a bit of a mess. I had unprecedented breakouts, twice monthly periods, horrific digestion...the best I knew back then was to see Western doctors, who I had always resisted anyway, and they were of no help. Thank god for ayurveda. With some small changes and some serious work on my self love, I got better, and have stayed better. It's easy to share something when you KNOW in the depths of your soul that it's real, it works, and that it can help others, too. I absolutely love sharing ayurveda's wisdom with you here, in workshops, and one-on-one in Malibu. If you'd like to join me in circle to simmer in ayurveda's wisdom this month, find me at @wmn_space on Sunday Jan 21 for Sacred Mornings and at @goorusyoga on Saturday Jan 27 for Restful Sleep. You will love these rituals! || photo by @gongdess at @wmn_space || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #wmnspace #selfcare
- Cooking with love || Of all the complex elements of ayurvedic cooking, the most important is to cook with love. I only enter my kitchen to cook when I'm in a good, or at worst, neutral mood. The few times that I've cooked while angry I've burnt the food with my negativity! Imagine how that digests. Not well. I just made this batch of my signature warrior truffles for tomorrow's ayurvedic self care workshop at @sohohouse WeHo while listening to mantras—one way to make sure that the cacao is saturated with good vibes! || #ayurveda #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedalife #ayurvedafood
- Cooking with love || Of all the complex elements of ayurvedic cooking, the most important is to cook with love. I only enter my kitchen to cook when I'm in a good, or at worst, neutral mood. The few times that I've cooked while angry I've burnt the food with my negativity! Imagine how that digests. Not well. I just made this batch of my signature warrior truffles for tomorrow's ayurvedic self care workshop at @sohohouse WeHo while listening to mantras—one way to make sure that the cacao is saturated with good vibes! || #ayurveda #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedalife #ayurvedafood
- Cooking with love || Of all the complex elements of ayurvedic cooking, the most important is to cook with love. I only enter my kitchen to cook when I'm in a good, or at worst, neutral mood. The few times that I've cooked while angry I've burnt the food with my negativity! Imagine how that digests. Not well. I just made this batch of my signature warrior truffles for tomorrow's ayurvedic self care workshop at @sohohouse WeHo while listening to mantras—one way to make sure that the cacao is saturated with good vibes! || #ayurveda #ayurvediccooking #ayurvedalife #ayurvedafood
- Learning how to breathe || Seems silly, right? But so many of us breathe incorrectly. Either we tighten our bellies with fear and stress, straining our lungs and making our minds anxious, or we hold our breath often, restricting the free flow of prana. Or we breathe through our mouths, robbing our nostrils of their air-filtering power, and drying out our upper respiratory tract. Here's how to check if you're breathing correctly: Sit naturally and place your hands on your belly. First of all, notice if you're holding your breath. If you are, let go. Secondly, check that you're breathing through your nose. Thirdly, become aware of your belly. Is it moving? It should get bigger as you breathe in (the inhaled air pushes your diaphragm downward, causing the belly to expand). If you're sucking in your belly as you inhale, you'll need to correct this habit. Fourthly, notice what's happening with your shoulders. They should remain steady. If they lift as you inhale, you're breathing from your chest or throat rather than your belly. I love sharing this practice with my clients who are learning healthier breathing: lie on your back and place a light book on your belly. Slowly breathe in through your nose, lifting the book with your belly. Purse your lips and breathe out through your mouth, like you're breathing through a straw (this makes it easier for those who struggle to exhale slowly). Your belly will lower. Practice this rhythmic, relaxed, fluid breathing for 3 minutes a day. Gradually, you'll develop better breathing habits. It's also great to do in bed just before sleeping. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #pranayama #ayurvedala #ayurvedicmedicine
- Learning how to breathe || Seems silly, right? But so many of us breathe incorrectly. Either we tighten our bellies with fear and stress, straining our lungs and making our minds anxious, or we hold our breath often, restricting the free flow of prana. Or we breathe through our mouths, robbing our nostrils of their air-filtering power, and drying out our upper respiratory tract. Here's how to check if you're breathing correctly: Sit naturally and place your hands on your belly. First of all, notice if you're holding your breath. If you are, let go. Secondly, check that you're breathing through your nose. Thirdly, become aware of your belly. Is it moving? It should get bigger as you breathe in (the inhaled air pushes your diaphragm downward, causing the belly to expand). If you're sucking in your belly as you inhale, you'll need to correct this habit. Fourthly, notice what's happening with your shoulders. They should remain steady. If they lift as you inhale, you're breathing from your chest or throat rather than your belly. I love sharing this practice with my clients who are learning healthier breathing: lie on your back and place a light book on your belly. Slowly breathe in through your nose, lifting the book with your belly. Purse your lips and breathe out through your mouth, like you're breathing through a straw (this makes it easier for those who struggle to exhale slowly). Your belly will lower. Practice this rhythmic, relaxed, fluid breathing for 3 minutes a day. Gradually, you'll develop better breathing habits. It's also great to do in bed just before sleeping. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #pranayama #ayurvedala #ayurvedicmedicine
- Learning how to breathe || Seems silly, right? But so many of us breathe incorrectly. Either we tighten our bellies with fear and stress, straining our lungs and making our minds anxious, or we hold our breath often, restricting the free flow of prana. Or we breathe through our mouths, robbing our nostrils of their air-filtering power, and drying out our upper respiratory tract. Here's how to check if you're breathing correctly: Sit naturally and place your hands on your belly. First of all, notice if you're holding your breath. If you are, let go. Secondly, check that you're breathing through your nose. Thirdly, become aware of your belly. Is it moving? It should get bigger as you breathe in (the inhaled air pushes your diaphragm downward, causing the belly to expand). If you're sucking in your belly as you inhale, you'll need to correct this habit. Fourthly, notice what's happening with your shoulders. They should remain steady. If they lift as you inhale, you're breathing from your chest or throat rather than your belly. I love sharing this practice with my clients who are learning healthier breathing: lie on your back and place a light book on your belly. Slowly breathe in through your nose, lifting the book with your belly. Purse your lips and breathe out through your mouth, like you're breathing through a straw (this makes it easier for those who struggle to exhale slowly). Your belly will lower. Practice this rhythmic, relaxed, fluid breathing for 3 minutes a day. Gradually, you'll develop better breathing habits. It's also great to do in bed just before sleeping. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #pranayama #ayurvedala #ayurvedicmedicine
- What is ayurveda? || It's poorly understood in the US. It's even poorly understood in India these days, believe it or not! Ayurveda is not just massage or just nutrition or just skin care. While the answer to "what is ayurveda" is a very long one, I'd like to share with you its definition, as described in Charaka Samhita: "The science that describes what is advantageous and disadvantageous, what are happy and healthy or unhappy and sick states of life, and the guidelines for what is essential and what is irrelevant for a long life, and everything about life, is called ayurveda". It is so incredibly vast and all encompassing—really and truly, ayurveda is everything about life. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #charaka
- What is ayurveda? || It's poorly understood in the US. It's even poorly understood in India these days, believe it or not! Ayurveda is not just massage or just nutrition or just skin care. While the answer to "what is ayurveda" is a very long one, I'd like to share with you its definition, as described in Charaka Samhita: "The science that describes what is advantageous and disadvantageous, what are happy and healthy or unhappy and sick states of life, and the guidelines for what is essential and what is irrelevant for a long life, and everything about life, is called ayurveda". It is so incredibly vast and all encompassing—really and truly, ayurveda is everything about life. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #charaka
- What is ayurveda? || It's poorly understood in the US. It's even poorly understood in India these days, believe it or not! Ayurveda is not just massage or just nutrition or just skin care. While the answer to "what is ayurveda" is a very long one, I'd like to share with you its definition, as described in Charaka Samhita: "The science that describes what is advantageous and disadvantageous, what are happy and healthy or unhappy and sick states of life, and the guidelines for what is essential and what is irrelevant for a long life, and everything about life, is called ayurveda". It is so incredibly vast and all encompassing—really and truly, ayurveda is everything about life. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvedicmedicine #charaka
- Conscious cooking || Everything we do in ayurveda has a reason behind it. Nothing is done haphazardly—it's the science of conscious action. Even covering a pot is a choice: cooking without a lid makes food lighter, cooking with a lid makes it heavier. That means lidded cooking is better for in winter and for those with strong digestion; without a lid is better for summer and those with weak digestion. Just one way to bring ayurveda into your kitchen for conscious cooking! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #khichadi
- Conscious cooking || Everything we do in ayurveda has a reason behind it. Nothing is done haphazardly—it's the science of conscious action. Even covering a pot is a choice: cooking without a lid makes food lighter, cooking with a lid makes it heavier. That means lidded cooking is better for in winter and for those with strong digestion; without a lid is better for summer and those with weak digestion. Just one way to bring ayurveda into your kitchen for conscious cooking! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #khichadi
- Conscious cooking || Everything we do in ayurveda has a reason behind it. Nothing is done haphazardly—it's the science of conscious action. Even covering a pot is a choice: cooking without a lid makes food lighter, cooking with a lid makes it heavier. That means lidded cooking is better for in winter and for those with strong digestion; without a lid is better for summer and those with weak digestion. Just one way to bring ayurveda into your kitchen for conscious cooking! || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #ayurvediccooking #khichadi
- Why self care matters || I know it can feel like self care takes up so much time that it's just impossible to do. Here's where we need to get clear: what is self care? It can definitely be something luxurious like getting a massage or treating yourself to a pedicure. But self care in my eyes is the very very basics of caring for the body that actually take up no time at all. For example, peeing when you have the urge to pee, or drinking room warm water instead of cold. It's eating lunch at lunch time, and resisting the urge to overeat. This way of self care generally takes up no time at all, but it does require a minimal amount of mindfulness. Most of all, it requires motivation to treat the body well. And where does that motivation come from? The desire to become a better human being. When you take care of your body, you have the energy and clarity to do your soul work, whatever that may be. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #selfcare #abhyanga
- Why self care matters || I know it can feel like self care takes up so much time that it's just impossible to do. Here's where we need to get clear: what is self care? It can definitely be something luxurious like getting a massage or treating yourself to a pedicure. But self care in my eyes is the very very basics of caring for the body that actually take up no time at all. For example, peeing when you have the urge to pee, or drinking room warm water instead of cold. It's eating lunch at lunch time, and resisting the urge to overeat. This way of self care generally takes up no time at all, but it does require a minimal amount of mindfulness. Most of all, it requires motivation to treat the body well. And where does that motivation come from? The desire to become a better human being. When you take care of your body, you have the energy and clarity to do your soul work, whatever that may be. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #selfcare #abhyanga
- Why self care matters || I know it can feel like self care takes up so much time that it's just impossible to do. Here's where we need to get clear: what is self care? It can definitely be something luxurious like getting a massage or treating yourself to a pedicure. But self care in my eyes is the very very basics of caring for the body that actually take up no time at all. For example, peeing when you have the urge to pee, or drinking room warm water instead of cold. It's eating lunch at lunch time, and resisting the urge to overeat. This way of self care generally takes up no time at all, but it does require a minimal amount of mindfulness. Most of all, it requires motivation to treat the body well. And where does that motivation come from? The desire to become a better human being. When you take care of your body, you have the energy and clarity to do your soul work, whatever that may be. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #selfcare #abhyanga
- Blessings for Mother Earth || At the beautiful despacho ceremony at @nativehotel last Saturday, gorgeous @hannahrae led us in a practice to cleanse our communal energy. Sitting with our eyes closed, we sent our heavy energy down to the earth and invited in light energy from above. She explained that Mother Earth cannot only receive our heavy energy (which is not considered negative, but what I felt to be tamas) but she’s nourished by it. She’s such a giver...she gives us food and air and water and shelter and everything we need, and still she gives by soaking up the heaviness that we don’t need. I bow my head in gratitude, thank you thank you thank you Mother Earth. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #despacho #malibu
- Blessings for Mother Earth || At the beautiful despacho ceremony at @nativehotel last Saturday, gorgeous @hannahrae led us in a practice to cleanse our communal energy. Sitting with our eyes closed, we sent our heavy energy down to the earth and invited in light energy from above. She explained that Mother Earth cannot only receive our heavy energy (which is not considered negative, but what I felt to be tamas) but she’s nourished by it. She’s such a giver...she gives us food and air and water and shelter and everything we need, and still she gives by soaking up the heaviness that we don’t need. I bow my head in gratitude, thank you thank you thank you Mother Earth. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #despacho #malibu
- Blessings for Mother Earth || At the beautiful despacho ceremony at @nativehotel last Saturday, gorgeous @hannahrae led us in a practice to cleanse our communal energy. Sitting with our eyes closed, we sent our heavy energy down to the earth and invited in light energy from above. She explained that Mother Earth cannot only receive our heavy energy (which is not considered negative, but what I felt to be tamas) but she’s nourished by it. She’s such a giver...she gives us food and air and water and shelter and everything we need, and still she gives by soaking up the heaviness that we don’t need. I bow my head in gratitude, thank you thank you thank you Mother Earth. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #despacho #malibu
- While I wrote yesterday that I promise to rest more this year, I'm also really excited to share all the events I've lined up for January. Should one resonate, I'd love to see you/meet you! There's an ayurveda self care workshop at @sohohouse in WeHo on Jan 10 (full but you can hop on the waitlist), a Little India field trip Jan 14 (message me to join), a favorite Sacred Mornings workshop at @wmn_space Sun Jan 21, and another fave Restful Sleep @goorusyoga Sat 27. If you're in need of relaxation (who isn't) I'm also offering Ayurvedic Facelift Massages at @wmn_space on Jan 26 and in my space in Malibu always! ⠀ Rest and relax while I smooth away fine lines, depuff, and create a natural glow. Thank you for opening your heart and mind to all the wisdom ayurveda holds. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #morningritual
- While I wrote yesterday that I promise to rest more this year, I'm also really excited to share all the events I've lined up for January. Should one resonate, I'd love to see you/meet you! There's an ayurveda self care workshop at @sohohouse in WeHo on Jan 10 (full but you can hop on the waitlist), a Little India field trip Jan 14 (message me to join), a favorite Sacred Mornings workshop at @wmn_space Sun Jan 21, and another fave Restful Sleep @goorusyoga Sat 27. If you're in need of relaxation (who isn't) I'm also offering Ayurvedic Facelift Massages at @wmn_space on Jan 26 and in my space in Malibu always! ⠀ Rest and relax while I smooth away fine lines, depuff, and create a natural glow. Thank you for opening your heart and mind to all the wisdom ayurveda holds. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #morningritual
- While I wrote yesterday that I promise to rest more this year, I'm also really excited to share all the events I've lined up for January. Should one resonate, I'd love to see you/meet you! There's an ayurveda self care workshop at @sohohouse in WeHo on Jan 10 (full but you can hop on the waitlist), a Little India field trip Jan 14 (message me to join), a favorite Sacred Mornings workshop at @wmn_space Sun Jan 21, and another fave Restful Sleep @goorusyoga Sat 27. If you're in need of relaxation (who isn't) I'm also offering Ayurvedic Facelift Massages at @wmn_space on Jan 26 and in my space in Malibu always! ⠀ Rest and relax while I smooth away fine lines, depuff, and create a natural glow. Thank you for opening your heart and mind to all the wisdom ayurveda holds. || #ayurveda #wmnspace #ayurvedalife #morningritual
- Undoing || I'm tempted to write pages of intentions for 2018 as I usually do with each birthday and new year. I'm very much in a stage of doing, of extreme motivation, of making things happen. But somewhere along the way I've lost the art of just being, of relaxing, of really and truly living in the flow. Do you ever feel this way? It seems to be part of the American makeup...or at least the LA makeup...always working toward the next thing rather than just sitting with enjoying what is. While I'll probably still set a hundred expansive intentions for the year, my most important is to make time to just be and not do anything at all. Wishing you a beautiful year full of the same. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #intheflow
- Undoing || I'm tempted to write pages of intentions for 2018 as I usually do with each birthday and new year. I'm very much in a stage of doing, of extreme motivation, of making things happen. But somewhere along the way I've lost the art of just being, of relaxing, of really and truly living in the flow. Do you ever feel this way? It seems to be part of the American makeup...or at least the LA makeup...always working toward the next thing rather than just sitting with enjoying what is. While I'll probably still set a hundred expansive intentions for the year, my most important is to make time to just be and not do anything at all. Wishing you a beautiful year full of the same. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #intheflow
- Undoing || I'm tempted to write pages of intentions for 2018 as I usually do with each birthday and new year. I'm very much in a stage of doing, of extreme motivation, of making things happen. But somewhere along the way I've lost the art of just being, of relaxing, of really and truly living in the flow. Do you ever feel this way? It seems to be part of the American makeup...or at least the LA makeup...always working toward the next thing rather than just sitting with enjoying what is. While I'll probably still set a hundred expansive intentions for the year, my most important is to make time to just be and not do anything at all. Wishing you a beautiful year full of the same. || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #intheflow
- Creating karma || There are three ways in which we create karma: through our actions, through our words, and through our thoughts. Karma is not a bit**—it’s not some negative curse to fear. It is simply action and reaction. Everything taking place in our present life is the result of our past actions, words and thoughts. Everything we do, say and think in the present will have some future effect at some unknown time, in some unknown place. Once I learned this philosophy, I found so much peace in the "good" and "bad" in my life; finally understanding that it is all my own doing. That’s a lot to take in for many people, but I believe all challenges are blessings; opportunities for growth. I, and you, have the capacity to shape our lives through dharmic living: being mindful of how our actions, words, and especially thoughts will affect ourselves and others. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #karma #livingwithintention
- Creating karma || There are three ways in which we create karma: through our actions, through our words, and through our thoughts. Karma is not a bit**—it’s not some negative curse to fear. It is simply action and reaction. Everything taking place in our present life is the result of our past actions, words and thoughts. Everything we do, say and think in the present will have some future effect at some unknown time, in some unknown place. Once I learned this philosophy, I found so much peace in the "good" and "bad" in my life; finally understanding that it is all my own doing. That’s a lot to take in for many people, but I believe all challenges are blessings; opportunities for growth. I, and you, have the capacity to shape our lives through dharmic living: being mindful of how our actions, words, and especially thoughts will affect ourselves and others. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #karma #livingwithintention
- Creating karma || There are three ways in which we create karma: through our actions, through our words, and through our thoughts. Karma is not a bit**—it’s not some negative curse to fear. It is simply action and reaction. Everything taking place in our present life is the result of our past actions, words and thoughts. Everything we do, say and think in the present will have some future effect at some unknown time, in some unknown place. Once I learned this philosophy, I found so much peace in the "good" and "bad" in my life; finally understanding that it is all my own doing. That’s a lot to take in for many people, but I believe all challenges are blessings; opportunities for growth. I, and you, have the capacity to shape our lives through dharmic living: being mindful of how our actions, words, and especially thoughts will affect ourselves and others. || Photo by @kristine.lo || #ayurveda #ayurvedalife #karma #livingwithintention

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