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Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 Eye on Ayurveda – July 2015


Cherise Morning YogaAyurveda: The Science of Self-Healing

Summertime means high heat and can lead to aggravated pitta (fire), so here are three Ayurvedic tips that will help keep you cool:

• Keep fresh fruit available. It helps cool your pitta and satisfy sweet cravings that can become even stronger during summertime. Fruit is also known as one of the most Sattvic (pure) foods.

• Try adding cucumber slices and/or mint to your room temperature water. Cucumber and mint are naturally cooling and room temperature water helps the body digest properly.

• Incorporate coconut oil into you diet. It’s naturally cooling and great to use as a moisturizer, as well. You can give yourself a mini abhyanga (body oiling) – massage coconut oil all over your body and scalp, letting the oil seep into the skin, and shower after. Or, if your really feeling overheated, sleep with it on.

Many Blessings,

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist

Cherise Kruger









Monday, Jun 01, 2015 Start Your Engine!

Rip EsselstynOne of our yoga students recently went through The Engine 2 Immersion led by Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet. Rip’s father, Caldwell Esselstyn, is a renowed physician who promotes a plant-based diet for reversing heart disease and maintaining good health. When one of Rip’s fellow firefighters at the Engine 2 Station in Austin, TX found out he had dangerously high cholesterol, Rip put him and the other firefighters on a plant-based diet. The results were so dramatic that The Engine 2 Diet was born and has become a movement.

Our student, Ann, was glowing when she returned from her week in Sedona and was so enthusiastic about the experience that I asked her to write about it for our blog in order to share the information with our community:

The Engine 
2 Immersion by Ann LaManna

Ann LaMannaThe week was filled with amazing people—97 of us—two-thirds from Whole Foods Market, which gifted them with a week-long immersion into healthy eating to reverse serious medical conditions. There was yoga, amazing hikes, horseback riding and power exercise, medical lectures supporting evidence of a plant-based diet, nightly entertainment, fun and food—tons of food, all plant-based, whole grains, minimal salt, no oil. It was delicious. They took our blood labs on the second day and again on the last day; we will get results in 6 to 8 weeks to measure the difference a plant-based, whole foods diet can have on one’s life.

I have been vegetarian for 10 years, vegan for almost 4 (though not perfect), and I did it out of compassion for animals and the environment. As Rip Esselstyn said to me, “Maybe it’s time to do it for yourself and your health now, too.”

To find out more about The Engine 2 Immersion and Rip’s plant-based eating program, visit Engine 2 Diet.


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