5 ayurvedic tips for insomnia

Ayurveda agrees with many conventional practices for improving sleep hygiene: establish a bedtime routine; wake up and go to bed at the same time every day; avoid taking stimulants (like caffeine) or eating a large meal before bedtime; exercise vigorously earlier in the day; avoid napping and get adequate exposure to natural light. But Ayurveda …

debating philosophy

The monks at Serra Monastery gather daily in the dabbled sunlight of the courtyard to debate the finer points of philosophy and tutor the novices under their supervision. Their point of view is emphasized via a high-to-low clapping hand motion. Hence the arms in the air:)   Image location: Serra Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet © Kate …

the magic of eye pillows

Eye pillows have a reputation for being the new age version of snake oil: a little bit of flax, and a lot of money. Yet they may be one of our most powerful healing tools, especially when it comes to a balanced nervous system. Your vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that originates …

quieting the voice of perfection

When I was 20, I wanted to drop out of college, trade my sweater and jeans in for a sexy, glittery getup, and join Cirque du Soleil. I had excelled in hatha yoga classes for a few years and thought I had potential as a contortionist. (Oddly enough, they didn’t offer that as a major …

resolve to evolve

A new year’s resolution is a noteworthy concept—start off the year with a change for the better. So how did it devolve into a subconscious exercise in self-loathing? Lose 10 pounds! (Message to self: You’re fat.) Stop drinking caffeine! (You’re unhealthy.) Call Mom and Dad once a week! (You’re ungrateful.) Why not celebrate this new …