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ISHTA Blog

Seasonal Cleansing for Good Health

Blossoms

What seems like a new approach, or possibly, a new fad to health care is actually a common practice grounded in Traditional Medicines from many cultures. For thousands of years seasonal cleansing techniques have been incorporated into health care regimes to strengthen the immune system, rid the body of chronic conditions such as allergy symptoms, aches pains and inflammation and also to prevent more serious conditions that occur with aging like arthritis and to brighten the spirit.

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ISHTA Cooks: Menu Planning 102

Menu-Planning-102

Now that you have an organizational tool in place you can continue to collect recipes so you’ll never have to say, “What am I going to make for dinner?” You should also know which days you are prepared to cook and which are not. If you got this far, I have a gold star for you!

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ISHTA Cooks: Menu Planning 101

Menu-Planning-101-recipe-box

I like to think of menu planning as a balancing act—like Tree Pose. Because it’s not just about deciding what to eat on a given day, it’s about organizing your schedule, recipes, ingredients and time in a way that makes cooking (and eating) nutritious, exciting and easy! In other words, it’s tough (and it’s why most people have a pizzeria in their Fave 5). But today, I’m going to give you the framework, and the little-known chef secrets, for creating menu plans like a pro. It may still seem like work in the beginning, but once you get these steps down pat, you’ll never go hungry!

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ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: Distractions

ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Hibernation

Happy Healthy Hibernation

As I write this I’m sitting on a cushion, swaddled in blanket next to a portable heater. My DVR is cuing up movies and my fridge is full of food. I don’t have many plans to leave the house—for the rest of the season! Winter is a tough time for socialization and activity. Like bears, humans naturally hibernate in the colder months and “spring” out again when the temperatures start to warm up.

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Practice Small Balancing Acts of Kindness

Balance

Inspired by the wisdom of nature, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. The word ‘Ayurveda’ comes from ‘Ayus’, meaning life (mind, body, senses and soul) and ‘Veda’ meaning science or knowledge. We can translate Ayurveda as “Science of Life”. According to this science we are all microcosms of the natural macrocosm. The five great elements found in nature are also found in each of us. We are all unique combinations of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

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What is alignment, anyway?

Esther Palmer

Alignment is a bit of a buzz word in yoga these days, which makes me wonder what is alignment? Is it whatever a particular teacher or lineage says it is? Well, these days, yeah, it kind of is. Which I think is great, as long as those using the system understand the objectives of the alignment guides. “Alignment” as a category is an organizing principle within a system that keeps that system operating smoothly.

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The Influence of the Moon

Chandra Moon

Unlike Western astrology, which is Sun based, Vedic astrology is a Moon based system. The Moon or Chandra in Sanskrit, meaning illustrious, is considered supremely important because it is the indicator for the sub-conscious emotional mind. The Moon is who we think we are, but as we evolve, we come to realize that we are not our mind and we are not our emotions. The Moon is a reflection of the power of the soul or Atman, as represented by the Sun or Surya.

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ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: Samadhi

ISHTA Yoga Sutras

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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Study Group Chili

Study-Group-Chili

My husband Josh and our friend, Patricia, hosted a Yoga Study Group at our apartment last weekend. While they organized, I offered to do the cooking! I made my go-to Vegetarian Chili, along with Vegan Cornbread and Brown Rice. I served the meal family style, and we ate seated on floor pillows and bolsters. (That’s my idea of ambience!)

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