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
Vidya Cleanse Recipes
Nourished Kitchen (vata-balancing)
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
WEBSITES + PRACTITIONERS
Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton | Shadow Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Buddhism
shunyatayoga.com and doctorblossom.com
Octagon Community Acupuncture, Oakland
Kate Truka | Chinese Medicine & Yoga, San Francisco
Alejandra Siroka | Language Alchemist
Adrienne Shamszad | Voice Coach
Shadow Yoga & Nrrta Sadhana
downloads + RECIPE ESSENTIALS
*Please do not redistribute any of the below without Kate's permission.
Food Combining Basics - COMING SOON
Simple Vegetable Soup - COMING SOON
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