Seasonal Cycles :: Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: 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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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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How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

Of course we all occasionally have a night where we can’t sleep very well. But when a lack of sleep becomes a more regular occurrence it can create all kinds of issues with your mood, immunity and hormonal system. If you can’t lose those extra pounds, if you tend towards anxiety, or depression or if you wish your skin would clear up you’ll want to watch this.

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The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

My dear friend and Ayurvedic practitioner Talya Lutzker, asked me to speak in her online wisdom interview series all about Ayurveda recently. We had a lovely conversation all about how to find more consistency, calming and grounding in your life. Talya is a total gem, and I'm happy to share the interview with you here!

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Ayurveda and the genuine difference it’s making in people’s lives. Ayurveda is not just the latest fad. It's a time-tested system from ancient India, and its rising popularity comes at a needed time. A time when our society is desperate for more accessible, honest health care.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Did you know this is the best time of year to get the heaviness of winter moving again? Right now in the northern hemisphere its spring. New green leaves are popping up around us and everywhere there’s new growth.  During the spring there is a gradual moving up and out. Spring is a time when we move from the internal focus of winter to the expansiveness of summer.

In the Chinese system this is the time of the wood element - its a time to find clarity around our direction and vision. A time when we can invite more creativity into our lives, and a time we can release stuck emotional patterns.

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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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Wellness Wednesday :: Building Immune Strength

Wellness Wednesday :: Building Immune Strength

The season of fall is a time when the strength of our immune system can be especially important. In fact, ancient eastern systems named the season of autumn as the time of year when protecting our immune system was particularly important. In today's video I discuss how to keep your immune system strong and how to stay healthy during this seasonal transition.

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New Yin Yoga Practice Video

New Yin Yoga Practice Video

In a yin yoga style practice postures are softly held (mostly on the floor) for long periods of time. 

Holding a yin yoga posture creates circulation in the tissues and joints keeping them flexible and supple, calms the nervous system, and increases circulation of Prana or Qi in the energetic channel system of the body.

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2 Powerful Herbs to Boost your Energy

2 Powerful Herbs to Boost your Energy

One of the most common complaints I see in my private practice is fatigue. Many people feel they don’t have enough energy to get through the day or they finish their day exhausted.

There are many different reasons why a person can have low energy. In today's video I focus on depletion of energy in the body and what you can do about it. But remember - when addressing low energy in the body herbs are only a part of the healing process - read and watch to learn more:

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