Yoga

Yoga

Recover your true Nature. Know thyself. Love thyself.   Regain strength and flexibility in your body. Create clarity and peace in your mind. Celebrate freedom and joy in your Spirit.
Ayurveda

Ayurveda

Discover your true Nature. Find thyself. Know thyself. Learn to make simple life choices to create balance and happiness. Enjoy the practice of day to day living for a long healthy life.
Writing

Writing

Uncover your true Nature. Love thyself. Express thyself. Enter your heart space. Breath to breath and page to page. Dance with your pen. Be the author of your life. Find your heart…find your voice.
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Rock and Roll Saved My Soul

Rock and Roll Saved My Soul

How Porch Rockers and Cinnamon Rolls Recharged My Creative Spark     This Sunday I am relaxing like Homer Simpson at Big Sur. From lululemon photo shoots to Aveda events, the past two weeks have been full-on fun and excitement. Long days filled with heart-stoking work and short evenings spent with my pups and loved...
Ayurvedic Spring Cleansing Tips

Ayurvedic Spring Cleansing Tips

Unclog the Body. Defog the Mind This week marked the Spring Equinox. Winter took her final bow, and the curtain is now rising for Spring to take center stage. The change of seasons is a potent time to cleanse. Most folks spring clean their homes to clear clutter. Clearing out any physical or mental clutter...
Ayurveda & Yoga lululemon Ambassador

Ayurveda & Yoga lululemon Ambassador

 Ayurveda & Yoga Blossoms in Santa Barbara! The Santa Barbara lululemon store has asked me to be their Ayurveda & Yoga Ambassador! And of course, I said “Yes!” On February 26, I took my dogs Duke and Machi to Hendry’s Beach and met up with Assistant Manager Erin Clow, for what I thought was just...
Ayurvedic Perspective on Heart Health

Ayurvedic Perspective on Heart Health

Heart Is Where the Home Is     According to Ayurveda, the heart is the home for all life and happiness. The nutrient and oxygen-rich blood constantly flows through the physical heart. A key factor in immunity, ojas, is produced in the heart. All emotions are processed through the energetic heart. And the heart is...
Ayurveda. Yoga. Writing.

Ayurveda. Yoga. Writing.

The Holy Trinity of Spiritual Awakening   Body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda, yoga, writing. Ayurveda, yoga and writing help me experience greater ease, peace, and creativity in all aspects of my life. Writing was my first love. As early as third grade, I became totally smitten by the pencil and blank sheet of paper. By...
Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

 Fall in Love with Ayurvedic Self-Care Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve taught a few special Ayurveda Yoga events that focused on opening the heart center and practicing self-care. In these classes and talks I’ve shared Ayurveda, Yoga, music, tea, and inspirational writings…important elements that nourish my body and...
Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

  Shrug the Bug Stay healthy during cold and flu season using Ayurveda and Yoga! The first goal in Ayurvedic healthcare is maintaining a strong immune system, which basically puts up a “no vacancy” sign to the winter crud critters. Maintaining optimal immunity during cold and flu season can be easy and enjoyable when you...
Happy Holidays and Healthy Digestion

Happy Holidays and Healthy Digestion

Festive Digestive Ayurvedic Tips   We are full swing in the holidays. Tempted by delicious treats, folks tend to over indulge in foods, libations, and sweets. Suddenly indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and acid reflux roll into town like the Grinch who stole Christmas. The National Heartburn Alliance reports two out of three people experience stress in...
Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and The Glory Band

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and The Glory Band

The Glory Band of Roadtrip Angels    Just home from an epic road trip to Santa Cruz. A 72-hour adventure filled with music, friends, french toast with butter, tidal pools, redwoods, and elephant seals. I’m a Michigan expatriate. Since 1993 I have lived hundreds, and now thousands of miles away from family. I lived in...
Ayurvedic Date Shakes

Ayurvedic Date Shakes

  Happy fall y’all! Autumn has arrived. Trees are turning colors, daylight is waning, and the weather is turning cooler. According to Ayurveda, autumn is associated with the vata dosha. The gunas (qualities) of vata and fall weather are dry, hard, mobile, subtle, and cool. In the body, excess vata manifests as dry skin, cracking...
August Full Moon

August Full Moon

Moving From Madness to Radness   Today is the August full moon. I’ve read it’s an Aquarius full moon that has Jupiter squaring off with Uranus and the sun opposing Leo. I don’t know much about the astrological impact of it all; however, it sounds like some cool cosmic actions are happening in the celestial...
Yes or No? How About Maybe?

Yes or No? How About Maybe?

Jumping Fences Into Open Fields of Possibility   By Kellen Brugman August 5, 2013 for www.mariashriver.com Nothing feels freer or creates incredible potential for opportunity than being able to say “maybe.” A “yes or no” can create limitations. A hesitant “yes” can predetermine an outcome. A sudden “no” can limit an outcome. A confident “maybe”...