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Ayurveda tips

Ayurveda-move with winter season!

Kapha energy is prominent but if your winters are dry and cold Vata will also be important to balance.

Our digestive fire is the strongest in winter, so we need enough food and nurtrients to keep warm. So that means larger portions of food focused on warm cooked, slighty oily foods.  Meals that have spice and involve the six tastes.  

Try to avoid iced or chilled drinks.

An amazing digestive tea which can be drunk after meals and throughout the day  is blend of water with ginger, cinnamon, and clove.  

Try legumes well cooked, well spice with a dallop of Ghee.  Drink less dairy but treat yourself to a glass of dry red wine.  

Move a bit slower, and try not to rush during the Kapha winter season.  Try not take naps during the winter.

To help with motivation try a 20 minute self massage with sesame, olive or coconut oil in the morning.

Sleep in a little later, Wind down when it is dark allowing the cooling, calming effects of the body to kick in. 

And feel free to have a bit more sex!

Great recipe for Kapha energy 

Red Lentil Quinoa Fritters

3/4 cup quinoa
1/3 cup red lentils
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1/8 cup fresh cilantro (optional)
1/8 cup tahini
1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin and coriander
dash nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Soma salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/8 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup chickpea flour

– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
– Rinse and drain lentils and quinoa. Place in a pot with the water or broth and bring to a boil. Turn to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
– Put the quinoa-lentil mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the spices, cilantro, tahini, mustard, and lemon juice. Combine so all the ingredients are well incorporated.
– Add the cornmeal and chickpea flour. The mixture should easily come together to form patties without being too sticky. If needed, add more chickpea flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach the correct consistency.
– Bake for 15 minutes then flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve warm with other side dishes or cool and serve in a pita bread or wrap. Can also serve with a tahini or yogurt sauce

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A consistant diet is important. Eat three meals a day and try to eat them at the same time.

Follow the Pitta-Vata Diet

Favour warm cooked wet foods like stews and soups; avoid cold dry light foods like crackers and dry cereals.  Favour sweet salty tastes and avoid spicey foods.

Really stay hydrated

Lots of water

Do Abyanga; self massage!

Use oil for your dosha and give yourself a warming massage before a shower or bath.

Slow down your Yoga practice

Try doing some Restorative Yoga or Yin Yoga to relax the body and mind.

Diffuse Peppermint and Lavender oils

Also Sandlewood powder and rose work well rubbed on the temples.