Cold Shower? Seriously?

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I absolutely ADORE this picture! This is how I first felt when it was suggested I try cold showers in the morning. First of all I’m a predominately Vata dosha physically. That means I’m naturally cold, light, airy and dry if I don’t keep myself in balance. So the thought of stepping into a cold […]

My Favorite Kitchari Recipe

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About a month ago, I did an Ayurvedic cleanse. I was required to eat kitchari every day since it has a ton of protein but it’s so easy to digest. I spent time searching through recipes so I wouldn’t get bored. Since then, it’s become a staple in my diet. It’s something I look forward […]

Dosha Think It’s Time You Learned About Ayurveda?

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If you’ve been around Joyful Yoga for any length of time, you’ve probably heard words like “dosha” and “Ayurveda” within our classes or spa rooms. Do you REALLY understand what they mean? Why they are important to you and your life? Come to find out more about this ancient science and how it affects your […]

The Perfect Poop

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It is often said that a classic sign of old age is when we start talking about our poop. Maybe it’s just a sign of growing wisdom, as evaluating a bowel movement can reveal much about one’s health. I recently had a patient say that her doctor told her that moving her bowels once every […]

Gotta Lotta Vata?

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As the cool chill of winter descends, do you find yourself more anxious, flighty, or forgetful than usual? It may be more than the holiday frenzy that’s got you feeling frantic—it could be that your vata dosha is out of balance. The most likely of the doshas to slip out of balance in any season, […]

Living in Harmony with the Fall Season

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With fall’s arrival, it’s an excellent opportunity to make some lifestyle adjustments that honor the changes occurring out in nature. A few examples include: going to bed a little bit earlier each night, slowing down and doing less activity in general, wearing warmer clothes and scarves, saying yes to creative projects and hot baths, strengthening […]

Vikruti: Shifting into Spring

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In Ayurveda, we use the word Vikruti to acknowledge your current health condition, which may be affected by seasonal changes, a visit or move to a new geographical location, or the shift from one phase of life to another. Even though your original “yogic DNA” (called Prakriti) will never change, the changes you notice from […]

Yoga for Your Dosha

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I am doing my umpteenth Chaturanga Dandasana at the Dancing Shiva Studio in Los Angeles and I am sweating–a lot. The room has beautiful, dark beechwood floors, the natural light is seductive, and soothing chants play in the background. However, I don’t like any of it. The aggravation of saltwater running down my face is […]