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Ayurveda's 10 Pair Of Opposites – The Delicate Dance Of Balance

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Prani Lifestyle Consulting

Everything you see around you, and everything you don’t, can be described by 10 pair of opposites. In Sanskrit they are called gunas (qualities, or attributes).

  1. Heavy/Light
  2. Dull/Sharp
  3. Cold/Hot
  4. Oily/Dry
  5. Smooth/Rough
  6. Dense/Porous (or liquid)
  7. Soft/Hard
  8. Still/Moving
  9. Gross/Subtle
  10. Cloudy/Clear

Look around you to find examples. No recall how these qualities have been present in you, across the majority of your lifetime.

About the Author: 

Prana is a Sanskrit word that means the smallest unit of life - it is the breath that moves in us and animates us.

A Prani is a being who is animated by this breath of life.

We are all Pranis. And there are written guidelines in Ayurveda that teach us how to live our best and healthiest life.

Prani Lifestyle Consulting uses the science and philosophy of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta to navigate more skillfully in the world, and promote material, physical and spiritual wealth and wellbeing.

Kirsten Joy Burch is the founder and lead consultant for Prani Lifestyle Consulting, located in Oak Cliff / Dallas, and is available for private consultations, workshops and corporate events. contact: Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com

Simple Almond Rice Breakfast Cereal

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Kirsten Joy Burch

Breakfast is an important opportunity to set the tone of our day and nourish our senses and tissues, yet we usually don’t make time, or choose easy and quick over simple and healthy. Try an option that's easy, quick AND healthy!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting - a resource to help modern people solve ancient problems to support a healthier, happier life. She is a certified ayurveda lifestyle counselor and studies at the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy and with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga. She is certified in Yoga4Cancer, Yoga for Anxiety & Depression, and Ayurvedic Yoga.

She is also the owner of Living Yoga Dallas and hopes to bring support to those who want to develop, sustain or transform their personal practice.

Mindful eating: a powerful practice in transforming your relationship to food

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Valerie Love

Six years ago, I went to visit a friend from college who was teaching English in Kyoto, Japan.

A day or so after I arrived, she took me to an outdoor market in the city.  Wandering together through stalls of artwork, antiques, handicrafts and food, I was drawn to a table where a woman was selling daifuku, sweet rice cakes filled with red bean paste.

As my friend spoke Japanese and I did not, she kindly did the work of ordering one for me.

About the Author: 

Valerie Love’s passions in life are yoga, food, and travel. She also believes in trying to make the world just a little bit better. You can find Valerie on the mat teaching Yoga for Relaxation on Sunday mornings at Powa Centre and all levels classes at various other studios and gyms in Wellington. A recent transplant from the US, she blogs about yoga and her adjustment to life in New Zealand.

Cardamom makes coffee exceptional

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Used as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries, this aromatic, green (and brown) spice turns your coffee into a medicinal treat to counter negative effects of caffeine, while boosting digestion, increasing energy, and reducing pain. It brings light, dry, clear and pungent qualities to life.

A member of the Ginger family, Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for over 5,00 years – the ancient texts laud its ability to break down difficult-to-digest foods, and enhance taste, turning ordinary into exceptional.

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies kundalini tantra at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and is a ParaYoga MasterStudent with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, and founder of Prani Lifestlye Consulting - helping people navigate life through ancient, holistic practices.

Kirsten teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing, and Oak Cliff Aikikai. She takes consults privately for meditation, yoga, and diet/lifestyle enhancements.

Dude, there's ayurvedic spice in my chocolate.

Authored By: 
Yogi LJ Hash

Ayurveda doesn’t say ‘no’, it says when and how. Local yogi Katherine Clapner uses asafoetida, black cardamom, apricot and rose hips in her recipe for Soraya 3.0 – The Soft Butter Toffee. What does Ayurveda say?

About the Author: 

LJ dove into practice at Down Dog and Uptown Yoga and was asked to be a sub. In 2007, he took over at their Trophy Fitness gig. He completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Chidananda Sheri Cherokee at Alpha Omega Yoga, Vinyasa with Seane Corn and currently studies ParaYoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

Lj's personal practice is traditional, including a daily focus on ayurveda, meditation, and pranayama, as well as asana to improve energy and stay flexible. His goal is to share the humble practice of Patanjali, stilling the changing states of the mind.

-tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam-

-When that is accomplished, the Seer abides in its own true nature-

Arugula & Asparagus Pesto

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Kami Miranda

I love spring for many reasons—two of them are asparagus and arugula. When I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and I asparagus hunting, and then we would enjoy the bounty.

Each spring, arugula (or Eruca sativa, also known as rocket, rucola, and rucoli rugula) pops up everywhere in my garden, like a weed. My favorite kind of weed. I anxiously await its arrival to toss onto every meal I make, with a touch of olive oil and lemon.

About the Author: 

Kami is the Mistress of Magic at Gina Cucina and she loves making real food straight from the farm.

She started out as a massage therapist, birth doula and bilingual Montessori toddler teacher. Kami, her husband and their two children have lived between Colorado and Venezuela since 2001. Together they have started and sold a water buffalo dairy, a renewable energy installation company and a citrus orchard and gardens.

When Kami wasn’t homeschooling her children, processing coffee, cacao, yogurt, cheese and other fermented products, she could be found in the gardens or kitchen. She returned to the U.S in 2014; her children started school and she eagerly jumped on board Gina Cucina… a perfect ideological fit.

Gina has been passionate about food since she was a little girl.
Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was what she was meant to do. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho home town and headed off for culinary school in Italy.

She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular brand.  Early on she created sauces and soups for a small basket business in Los angeles, later, being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, CO with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since!

Her husband, Rod Stryker is a renowned Yogi, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades. About 11 years ago, Gina started catering for them.  Gina Cucina is the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years.  Both sets are the most discerning of customers!

No matter how many places at the table, Gina has rules: use only the freshest, local ingredients… season judiciously (light on the salt!) and let all the natural flavor shine through. Make her a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Enjoy Gina Cucina's Soup of the Month Club - Made with Love!

Ayurveda Basics – learning to understand, love and heal

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The life science of Ayurveda explains that we are born perfect creations, with a unique balance of space, air, fire, water, and earth – the 5 basic elements of all things. This is our Prakruti. Then life happens, - the food we eat, coupled with our activities and environment skew that perfect balance. This is our Vikruti. Imbalance leads to illness, and when we can’t curb the illness, it can lead to chronic disease that we are taught to live with, such as arthritis, allergies, thyroid problems and inflammation.

About the Author: 

Kirsten began studying ParaYoga in 2013 and was initiated into the tradition of Himalayan Masters in October 2014. She continues her training at the Himalayan Institute and as a student of the ParaYoga Masters program. She has earned specialties in Yoga for Anxiety & Depression and Yoga4Cancer.

Certified as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor through NAMA recognized Om Yoga Journey, she continues her studies with Master Teacher, Arpita Shah.

Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting, and a member of the Modern Widow's Club. She provides private yoga, meditation and ayurveda counseling, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and Oak Clif Aikikai at Tyler Station.

In Search of Sattwa –or- The Evolution Revolution

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The Bhagavad Gita tells us that humans, as well as all other things in Nature, have a mixture of Sattwa, and its companions, Rajas and Tamas. These three Maha Gunas (qualities) determine our behavior, actions, thoughts and emotions.

Sattwa is clarity, light, purity and wakefulness. It is stability, essence, compassion and love. Sattwa is required for our mental and physical health, and is the path to personal evolution and spiritual maturity. 

About the Author: 

Self described Green Thumb, Poet Seer, Sun Worshiper, Sitter, Thinker, Writer, and Embodiment of Light, Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, and is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.

She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and enjoys helping people find health, happiness and transformation through the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta.

Spiced Stuffed Dates - A Vitalizing Snack

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor. It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

5 Aromatic Herbal Teas To Match With Your Yoga

Authored By: 
Ronald Mccarthy

There's nothing more soothing than a warm drink after a long, tiring day. Not only does it make you feel good inside but it also helps get rid of any physical pain you might be having. Besides, it is also good for de-stressing.

About the Author: 

Ronanld McCarthy is a  fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He uses his interests to share valuable insights through his writings. His aim is to spread knowledge to a larger audience by writing for some of the authoritative blogs around. For more updates follow him on Twitter @RonaldMcCarthy.

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