9 Ways You Can Manage Your Pain Starting Now

I come across a lot of clients experiencing chronic pain and while there is a lot that can be done with holistic therapeutics, there is also a great deal that people experiencing pain can do at home to begin the process to recovery.  If you’re one, read on.

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photo credit: Lisa Larsen

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The Science of Om

If you’ve walked into a yoga class and seen a fancy looking Sanskrit character on the wall or done what feels like new-agey chanting at the end of your practice, then you’ve already met “Om.”  Let’s get better acquainted.

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Photo credit: eilseleiram tumblir

Om is one of the most common mantras, or healing tools of sound, utilized in chanting and is thought to harness and unify the individual energy with the universe, creating balance for the internal environment of the body-mind while facilitating a sense of connection with one’s external environment.  According to yogic thought, the body is compressed energy that can be affected by thought and sound.  Om is known as the primordial sound of the universe and contains its energy of the natural flow and cycles of life, which is ultimately healing in nature.  Mantras resonate throughout the entire body, some resonating more so in particular cavities than others, and create a chain of events or physiological processes in the body.   Continue reading

What’s there to love?

I know that many people are focusing in on or thinking about the love of a significant other when it comes to the holiday of Valentine’s Day but I’d like to take a minute to check up on the measurement of love and how we quantify it or qualify it in daily life.

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photo credit: Tibetan Buddhist Altar

Sure, the love of a significant other can be a wonderful, mesmerizing feeling, bringing on an intimate exploration of the world or worlds and their depth that can exist between two people.  Maybe you’re looking forward to a day dedicated to this kind of love, maybe you’re trying to avoid any thoughts connected to it, or maybe you’re apathetic. In any case, why not explore all the ways you can love in your daily life? Continue reading

On Holistic Health and the Gandhian Child

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To me, holistic health is a concept that takes into account not only the interconnection of all parts of the human but all parts of our world as well.  It is the health of the whole of the individual, the whole of a community, and the whole of our global culture and environment.  I consider myself to be a holistic health activist, invested in the health of the world as it manifests on all levels, from the largest scale to the smallest, as I recognize myself as a part of the interconnection of all beings.  Continue reading

Climate Departure: A Look at Climate Change & Your Holistic Health

I have been enjoying the crisp, blue-sky winter days and the soft fluttering of snowflakes gently finding a home nestled in a tree or adding hats to lanterns.  Bold statement I know- considering the chill of windy Chicago.  However, the snow has not been the only thing on my mind with regards to weather.

Photo credit: Esther Kovacs

Photo credit: Esther Kovacs

I recently read an article in Nature Magazine regarding the cities that climate change will hit first and the concept of “climate departure.”  There is a lot of controversy over climate change but I would like to take this blog post to discuss the findings of this article and their relevance from an Ayurvedic perspective.  Lastly, I will offer some gift ideas to support organizations working to protect the environment. Continue reading

Fighting off the Flu with Ayurveda

Along with the colorful changing of leaves and the crisp smell of autumn days comes also the need to make sure we’re keeping our bodies charged and ready to prevent illness.  Following are some tips from Ayurveda on how to build up the strength of your body:

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How to Use Holistic Medicine

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In a culture strongly focused on instant gratification, navigating holistic medicine takes shifting into a different mindset. If you have thought about exploring the many systems and modalities of holistic medicine, here are a few insights highlighting some of the general inner workings to make the process easier and a bit more transparent: Continue reading