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recommendations to support a balanced life


Organic Triphala Tablets by Banyan Botanicals

Neti Pot by Banyan Botanicals

Nasya Oil by Banyan Botanicals

Woman Power Body Oil by Sarada's Ayurvedic Remedies

Sochi Nourishing Oil by Sarada's Ayurvedic Remedies

Garshana Gloves (for dry brushing) by LifeSpa

Kleen Kanteen Thermos



Ayurveda + WORLD

Wild Vedic Living 

Food: A Love Story

Fran's House of Ayurveda 

Amy Chaplin 

Adena Rose Ayurveda

Vidya Cleanse Recipes

Hale Pule Recipes

Nourished Kitchen (vata-balancing)

Hey MonicaB

Daily Ayurveda

Eden Ayurveda

Noah Volz, Rhythm of Healing 

Alex's Ayurveda & Life Blog 

Madhuri Yoga & Ayurveda 



Eat-Taste-Heal by Yarema et al

Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha & Vasant Lad

Ayurvedic Cooking Made Easy by Kumuda Reddy

Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar

Touching Heaven, Tonic Postpartum Care & Recipes with Ayurveda
by Ysha Oakes (excellent e-book for balancing Vata dosha) 

Tassajara Cooking by Edward Espe Brown

Easy Green Organic by Anna Getty

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman



Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga by Zhander Remete

Yoga Makaranda by Sri T Krishnamacharya 

Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater

Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda

Ayurveda for Women by Robert Svoboda

Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Claudia Welch

The 3-Season Diet by John Douillard

Vastu: Breathing Life Into Space by Robert Svoboda

The Power of Vastu Living by Kathleen Cox

Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh



Ayurveda with Scott Blossom on Pranamaya

Hatha Yoga with Mark Horner on Pranamaya

Yoga and QiGong with Matt Pesendian on Yoga Anytime



Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton | Shadow Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Buddhism and

Octagon Community Acupuncture, Oakland

Kate Truka | Chinese Medicine & Yoga, San Francisco

Email: ktruka[at]

Alejandra Siroka | Language Alchemist

Adrienne Shamszad | Voice Coach

Shadow Yoga & Nrrta Sadhana



*Please do not redistribute any of the below without Kate's permission.

Dosha Test by Kate 

Ayurvedic Meal Planner

Food Combining Basics - COMING SOON

Dinacharya (Ayurvedic Daily Routine) for Yoga Practitioners

How To: Abhyanga

Digestive Tea for Vata: Ginger-Fennel

Digestive Tea for Pitta: CCF

Digestive Tea for Kapha: Ginger-Turmeric 

Ghee (Ayurvedic Clarified Butter)

Kitchari (Recipe + Video) 

Gold Wellness Drink + Broth of Life

Simple Vegetable Soup - COMING SOON

Kate's Golden Turmeric Milk 



Sanskrit is a language full of depth, complexity, and contextualization. Words in sanskrit often have six or more meanings, not all of which could I list here. What you find below are what I feel will be most useful to you as you explore the blog and my classes. 

Yoga | (1) "a spritiual system that deals practically with the process of enlightenment." ~ Zhander Remete in Shadow Yoga. (2) "skill in action" ~ The Bhagavad Gita

Hatha Yoga | Ha meaning Sun, and Tha meaning Moon. Uniting or balancing the opposing energies of the body through persistent practice of postures and breathing practices. 

Vinyasa | to be placed in a particular way or order often with a desired rhythm 

Asana | posture or seat characterized by sthira or stability and sukha or good space/ease/naturalness

Uddiyana | the bandha or internal lock that is most associated with the navel center

Prana | (1) the vital energy of one's being often associated with though not limited to the breath. (2) the desirable alternative to Vata dosha

Agni | literally meaning fire. Generally referring to the digestive fires of the body of which there are 13. "Agni" is most often referring to Jataragni, the digestive fire of the gut responsible for breaking down food. 

Ayurveda | the science of life and longevity originating in India around an estimated five thousand years ago

Prakriti | (1) "first reaction": the way an individual's body and mind first react to stress. (2) "a person's characteristic physical and mental constitution" ~ Robert Svoboda in Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity (3) ratio of doshas that represent your innate constitution

Vikriti | an individual's current state of body and mind health, often oriented around dosha(s) that may be present

Doshas | (1) the three biological humors of the body and mind (2) "things which cause choas" ~ Robert Svoboda

Vata | the dosha characterized by the qualities of air & ether. Sometimes referred to as the "wind dosha". Related to the internal & external movements of the body and mind. 

Pitta | the dosha characterized by the qualities of water and more predominantly, fire. Related to the process of digestion & transformation of food, ideas, and life experience. 

Kapha | the dosha characterized by the qualities of earth and water. Related to stabilization of the mind & body and physical tissues or hatus.

Vayu | "wind". Often referring to the 5 vayus (winds) or sub-dosas of Vata Dosha: prana, udana, samana, vyana, and most importantly apana. 

Dinacharya | "daily routine". Recommended practices and observances to assist the body and mind in reestablishing harmony with the natural world, naturally leading to greater health and longevity for the individual. 

Abhyanga | the practice of applying oil to the body, an important part of dinacharya. Can be performed by another as a treatment and can be done to oneself. 

Vastu | (Vastu Shastra) the Vedic art & science of architectural and spacial orientation. Often referred to as Indian Feng Shui