You Are What You Eat: 3 Ways Food Impacts Your Mood

(As published on Elephant Journal)

“You are what you eat.”

How often have we heard this phrase in regard to health, nutrition and wellness?

We read it in books. We hear it on TV. Maybe our own mothers remind us of this from time to time, too.

It might even make sense to us, on some level. And yet, what in the world does this phrase really mean, and how do we start to actually eat what we want to be?

Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of Yoga, holds the answers to this question and teaches us three potent ways that food can profoundly impact our mood.  Continue reading

The Awakening of Waking Up Early

(As published on Elephant Journal as a “Featured Wellness” and “Featured Yoga” Article and in the “Popular Lately” section)

One of the greatest gifts I have received from the great art and science of Ayurveda is connecting with the abundant blessings of nature early each morning. Ayurveda is all about restoring our harmony with nature. In Ayurveda, we understand “nature” as both the macrocosm (the wider world we inhabit), and the microcosm (our internal world of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations). Ayurveda teaches us that we are eternally connected to one another and to our universe at large. Therefore, in understanding our innermost nature, we can gain a deeper understanding of the nature of the world around us. Continue reading

‘Three Great Forces’ – and How to Overcome Them

Last Wednesday, we discussed a passage titled “Three Great Forces,” which were identified as anger, lust and laziness. I agreed with Neil that there were other ‘great forces’ left out of this passage – particularly fear (which I’ve written about more in another blog entry as well). Swami Sivananda has said that fear is the root cause of all the negative emotions. And at the root of all fear lies a fundamental fear, which is that of death. Fear causes people to do many things that they later regret. So many people, for example, stay in abusive relationships due to the fear of being alone. Fears around financial sustainability abound, and yet so many of the poorest people I have met have television sets and expensive clothing to address the fear of not fitting in without accounting for basic necessities like healthy food. This pattern also has to do with another great force: greed (which is connected to lust). It takes a degree of fearlessness to truly live simply and yet, when we live simply, all our needs stand a higher chance of being fulfilled. As Gandhiji once said,

“There is enough for human need, but not enough for human greed.”

Fear causes us to remain small and limited by the constraints of what we already know. Continue reading