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Living off the Grid

So we live in a yurt, off the grid. Technically off the “powerline grid”; however, not quite off the “petroleum grid”. It’s a solid yurt, beautiful cedar in and out, 31 feet in diameter inside. My partner Eric built this yurt 2 and a half years ago on the San Juan Ridge about 23 miles […]

December 11th, 2010 | Comments (0)


Mantra:: A chanted sound, syllable, word, or prayer (Sanskrit: “man-“=mind, “-tra“=tool). Mantra is generally connected with the Sanskrit language, which is an energy-based language as well as a meaning-based language. Chanting words, especially with intent, create vibrations that have the power to transform. One of the most recognizable and simple mantras is the symbol “OM”.

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (1)


Sattvic:: Sattva (n) refers to a quality of existence. Related to food, it means: pure, light, fresh, providing the highest vitality. A sattvic diet includes whole, organic plant foods and fresh, organic dairy products, and is a nutritional approach to achieving higher consciousness.

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (1)


Veda: Knowledge, wisdom. The “Vedas” are the ancient texts of India containing the scriptures of Hinduism. They are the oldest extant text on the planet today (they came to us in written form 4000-6000 years ago).

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (0)


Prana: Life-force, life-breath, vital energy. It is the kinetic force of the universe, similar to chi in Chinese Medicine.

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (0)


Dharma:: Life-purpose, the mission of our spirit. According to Yogic philosophy, when a soul descends into a manifested body, it has a reason for doing so – to fulfill it’s dharma. We can uncover our personal dharma by asking the questions, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is my life purpose?” Discovering our […]

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (1)


Namaste’:: A traditional greeting in India and Nepal, it is similar to “aloha” in Hawaiian, as it symbolizes hello, good-bye, blessings, peace, a shared compassion. Typically, the hands are placed palms-together in front of the heart or forehead, eyes are closed briefly, a slight bow is made, and “Namaste’” is spoken. Namaste’ literally means “I […]

December 10th, 2010 | Comments (0)

Exotic cardamom…

A member of the ginger family, cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is an ancient, beautifully fragrant, unique spice that once you discover, you’ll be hooked! Origin and History Wild and native to India and Sri Lanka, cardamom has been used since ancient Egyptian times, as well as Ayurvedically in India and in Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will find […]

December 3rd, 2010 | Comments (0)

Featured activities during the February 2011 “Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life” retreat!

Two months away ~ Time to commit! We’ve just booked some amazing additions to the February 2011 workshop at Kalani  Oceanside Retreat! These experienced practitioners have been selected to expose participants to some alternative ways of healing, meditation, or relaxation. We’ll have kirtan, watsu, and more. (Read on, it’s ok…) Monday evening, we’ll begin our […]

December 3rd, 2010 | Comments (0)

All I want for Christmas…

This year when your friends and family ask what you’d like for a Holiday gift, have them donate to your Ayurvedic journey toward balance and health, by giving “gift certificates” toward the February workshop in Hawaii! (Have them email me for instructions.) Gosh, if family spends a couple hundred dollars on you each year, that […]

December 3rd, 2010 | Comments (0)

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