Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into Winter

At this time of year, water turns to ice and plants store their energy in their roots. Winter is considered a time of reflection, deep receptivity, and a time of building potency. The season of winter asks us to slow down and store up. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy. Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation, and overwork. And so during this time of year it’s especially important to rest and rejuvenate and nourish new seeds of potential. This is also a wonderful time of year to focus on internal practices like meditation and contemplation.

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Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine. The Lung is considered the most sensitive organ and is very closely connected to immunity so this time of year is a great time to boost the immunity to protect the lung. The Large Intestine is also important this time of year so doing a colon cleanse or a cleanse that has a focus on fiber which will help to clean out the intestines can also be beneficial.

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Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutrient deficiencies are very common and can lead to all kinds of problems over time. So herbalists turn to tonic herbs that are nutritive as a way to provide a power-packed whole foods solution. You can think of herbal medicine of this type as a healthy foundation to all the other more specific herbs. Generally, plants in this category can be used more casually and regularly to support the bodies overall functioning.  

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Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Spring is a such a wonderful time for a fresh start! Just as the buds burst through the ground, and the trees start to open, so do we! 

As the season changes, it can be a powerful time reevaluate our habits. I've seen time and again how simple daily practices can transform health and increase wellbeing. And when you create regular habits you see the best results.

So I created 7 Days of Spring.

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Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

A few months ago I had the honor of being interviewed by my dear friend Talya Lutzker. Talya is an amazing human and her light shines through in this interview.

A few things we talk about:

  • How gut health directly affects your emotional wellness and positive state of mind 
  • How to protect and nourish your primary energy centers 
  • Healing tips and food therapy strategies for improving your mood and gut health 
  • Which herbs and practices naturally enhance your vitality 
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Meals in Bowls : 4 Quick and Easy Recipes

Meals in Bowls : 4 Quick and Easy Recipes

The struggle to find healthy ideas for meals is a big one. In fact, it's one of the most common questions I get in my private practice. The thing is, eating healthy and on the go, can be easy. Oftentimes, it just means simplifying. For years I've been making meals of combining basic ingredients in a single bowl. I've seen this called many things, and some of my favorite restaurants even have their favorite twist on this tried and true technique. Recently, I even saw a book on this very topic. The book "Whole Bowls" from yummybeet author Allison Day provides plenty of inspiration!

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Pickled Ginger Carrots

Pickled Ginger Carrots

My team and I recently completed another Yoga Cleanse Retreat here on Vancouver Island. We had an amazing time full of laughter!

During my cleansing retreats, we enjoy delicious freshly made juices, which means multiple fridges packed with veggies! It's always a little hard to gauge how much juice we'll be making throughout our time together and this year, in particular, we ended up with a lot of unused vegetables! That meant we needed to get creative and try a few new recipes so that we could continue to enjoy all the beautiful fresh veg without it going to waste.

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Seasonal Cycles :: Expand into Summer

Seasonal Cycles :: Expand into Summer

According to Chinese Medicine the season of summer is related to the fire element and Heart energy. Ayurveda (the medical system of India) also tells us there is an increase in pitta or fire this time of year. Fire is the most yang element. It is connected to heightened activity, expansion, connection and expression. The Heart which is related to fire governs the spirit and circulation of blood. When the Heart or fire element is disturbed we may experience anxiety, insomnia, a feeling of heat or skin eruptions. 

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Yoga Cleanse Retreat Metchosin 2016

Yoga Cleanse Retreat Metchosin 2016

My next Yoga Cleanse Retreat is here!

I've offered Yoga Cleanse Retreats in places such as Costa Rica and Vancouver Island. They offer an opportunity for participants to relax and rejuvenate while at the same time going through a process of cleansing. This year a wonderful eco-therapy practitioner will be joining me too. 

These retreats involve beautiful nourishing meals and guidance from experienced practitioners. Basically when you sign up for a Yoga Cleanse Retreat you can rest assured you'll be in qualified and caring hands!

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