Category Archives: AYURVEDA

New Year, New Opportunities!

If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that human beings are hard wired for evolution. There is nothing static about us, except our beliefs, and even those change over time. That is why, after 14 years of running the ISHTA Yoga studio, my job description is changing. I am honored to…
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Remembrance

Image by Robert Sturman Sometimes we forget that we are not quantifiable. We forget that there is not an external force deciding our worth based on a number or a final outcome. We forget that life is not a competition or a race or a score, but that we are are actually here to remember the source from which we…
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Nourishment

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, Fall is the season of Vata, where the elements of air, space, and wind are most dominant within and around us. Anxiety, insomnia, and lack of focus are all symptoms of a Vata imbalance and one of the most effective ways of coming back into harmony is by nourishing…
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Embodiment

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” -Buddha The spiritual path is one that can lead to constant seeking. If we are looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment, we will look for it in everything: our jobs, our relationships, our material wealth, and…
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The Journey In

"And you? When will you being that long journey into yourself?” - Rumi Here we are, one month into 2021 - ready for new beginnings, leaning towards hope, and desperate for our world to heal. I’m sure I am not alone when I say that this year so far has been exhausting. I often find…
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Conscious Creativity

Our creativity is born from our desire to perpetuate life. When we create something, whether it be a piece of music, a gourmet meal, or a social media post, we are affirming to the universe that we are capable of manifestation. It is the life force energy, or prana, that rides on our breath and is…
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Lessons and Blessings

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say.” -Alice Walker Gratitude is not only healing, it is the pathway to abundance. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, it is easy to put a lens on what isn’t right this year. Many of us aren’t traveling, communing with family, or…
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Fierce Compassion

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” - Dalai Lama We often think of virtues like love and compassion to be qualities of softness and receptivity but there is a fierceness we need to abide in them fully. To anchor ourselves in the space of our hearts is…
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Breaking Open

Dear Friends, "You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”  - Rumi Just because our hearts break does not mean they are meant to close down. The breaking is what cracks us open. Loving is not always easy. It requires a capacity to feel a whole range of feelings and not shut down as…
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Where the Light Comes In

“The wound is the place where the light enters you” Rumi One of the things that inspires me most about yoga postures are that they are a powerful metaphor for life. Some poses elicit feelings of joy, comfort, and ease while others can bring up frustration, fear, and anxiety. The poses themselves are neutral but…
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