Yoga

The Truth About Core Stability

The Truth About Core Stability

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Thereforeread more

Why I Don’t Want to Be Enlightened

Why I Don’t Want to Be Enlightened

The thing about a series is that you always know what’s coming next. Comforting in some ways, but also potentially unnerving—especially when what’s at the end is at the end for a reason. That’s how I’ve felt the last few months as I’ve explored theread more

The Ayurvedic Self-Care Toolkit

The Ayurvedic Self-Care Toolkit

Ayurveda is all about having just enough of what you need, which can make it hard when people want to buy you gifts. There’s nothing wrong with acquiring things that make you happy without a specific purpose, but we can also derive a lot ofread more

The Space

The Space

“Holding space”—a task given to many a yoga teacher and holistic practitioner, a responsibility and a blessing that gives us a sense of unity and connection and safety. I spent many years leaning on my teachers to hold space for my personal healing, whether itread more

The Yoga of Reading

The Yoga of Reading

This week, I read a book. A fairly unremarkable statement from someone whose life has been defined by books, by stories, by reading and writing, and yet at this particular moment it feels like something to pay attention to. Like many of us, I’ve beenread more

The Three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha

The Three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha

In nature, the five Ayurvedic elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—very rarely exist on their own. Instead, what you see are beings and creatures that are combinations of elements, usually all five if they are alive. This is especially true in us humans, for withoutread more

Your Cycle, Nature’s Cycle: An Ayurvedic Guide to Making Friends With Your Period

Your Cycle, Nature’s Cycle: An Ayurvedic Guide to Making Friends With Your Period

Vata, Pitta, Kapha: The Ayurvedic doshas are part of our vocabulary usually thought of as yet another label we can put on our personalities, body types, and diets. “I’m so vata,” you might hear from your friend who can’t keep a lunch date or constantlyread more

Can You Be a Catholic and a Yogi?

Can You Be a Catholic and a Yogi?

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.… I sit on my yoga mat, ankles crossed in a Half Lotus pose, eyes closed and struggling to form the shape of these foreign sounds in my mouth. Horns blare and headlights shine dimly through the gossamer-curtained window—the thinnest of veilsread more

Teacher’s Pet: Or, What I Learned from Pain

Teacher’s Pet: Or, What I Learned from Pain

If I had had a different sixth grade math teacher (or, while we’re going here, ninth grade biology teacher or twelfth grade English teacher(s)), my life would probably look much different than it does now. It was in Mrs. C’s “honors” math class that Iread more

Home Retreat

Home Retreat

“Have fun on your retreat!” I’ve heard this countless times over the past six months during which I’ve been a student at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. The 650-hour certification program to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor is split over six ten-day modules, four toread more



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