The quiet solitude of January makes it a perfect month for deep thought, rest, and contemplation. The dark, introspective winter seems to bury all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, bringing the previous year to a complete rest. As the earth bec
September evenings are full of stillness and the sound of crickets in the dry grass. Vegetation becomes sparse. Garden stems are leggy. Even the midday sun seems a bit darker. Evening coolness reminds us that although we wish summer could last forever, al
The leaves have finally fallen, leaving trees bare and stark. Strong, cold winds make the outdoors look uninviting. A sense of loneliness sweeps the landscape, inspiring deep yearnings to gather with family and friends. Affection and time with loved ones
Sunlight is steadily returning. A warm day or two could leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in its wake. In the Spring, it's the warm days that make you sick. After fighting the cold all winter long, your body is unprepared for the sudden ri
Clear blue skies in August seem timeless and carefree, yet this month is a critical month to prepare your body for fall. The season seems to change with an August thunderstorm, rain and wind that is fantastic and quick. The storm is abruptly followed by a
Have you caught 'Spring Fever'?
By April spring fever is in full swing. You may have been hibernating indoors throughout March to avoid the tumultuous weather, but by the time April rolls around, the great outdoors is calling. Chil
Life comes to full bloom in May just in time for Mother's Day. A tree in flower fills the air with a sweet perfume. Bright yellow and pink flowers seem to capture the very essence of new life. The entire atmosphere of May is buzzing and alive with the sou
April showers bring May flowers. This time of year, a whole host of bright new veggies come into season after a long winter of dull produce. Fresh artichokes, rhubarb, arugula, strawberries, beans, yellow corn, and asparagus all ripen in April and may cat
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Cooking in the winter is a delight. As you stand by the warm stove, its heat and aromas will fill your house. The winter chill is softened by this warmth. A cozy evening indoors is all the more appealing when Jack Frost nips at your nose. As you cuddle up
Break out the flip flops and tank tops! Summer is officially here. As the weather heats up and the sun shines ever brighter, summer festivities beckon constant fun. Gardens flourish, humidity rises, bugs abound and children are excited to be at play.
Autumn is a Vata season characterized by degeneration, the ending of things. By the end of October, there's no turning back - the late summer heat of September gives way to true cold. The cat who lay stretched out on your hardwood floor all summer sneaks
Spring - Mid-February - Mid May
The spring is a watery season of warming temperatures. Snow melts making the rivers full and muddy. Warm temperatures encourage tender young sprouts and sweet sap to run in the vasculature of maple t
To digest food the stomach turns everything we eat into a sauce. Making sauce from dried oatmeal takes alot of juice. Where does your stomach get the juice? Quite literally the stomach sucks the juice from your blood. That's why, in Ayurveda, granola bars
A Season of Transition
January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in North America. Ayurvedically, January is a month of transition from Vata to Kapha season. Vata season is characterized by the body scrambling to prote
The seemingly endless summer does, in fact, transition to fall this month. The long, hot days are a little bit shorter in August as the sun sets earlier and earlier each evening. The morning air has an unmistakable chi
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July is prime summertime. School's out, vacation is on the horizon, the workload lightens - so many reasons to celebrate the freedom that summer invites! You will likely find yourself at more social gatherings this time of year. What better way to come to
It's the time of year to walk barefoot in the grass and soak in the endless blue skies. June is one of the most anticipated months of the year as schools finish and the summer stretch fills the evenings with light and warmth. The extra heat in the air enc
Feel the temperature steadily increase this May as summer lies just around the corner. The days are long and bright and fresh produce seems limitless at this time of bountiful growth. Energy abounds as the cold, dark winter is nothing more than a distant
November heralds one of the most anticipated meals of the year, Thanksgiving. People come together to share this feast with loved ones, and express thanks and gratitude for all the year has brought thus far. Excitement mounts in November as the holidays a
February in Your Body
As soon as temperatures bottom out and begin to rise in late January, your body shifts its strategy from building insulating fats to releasing them. The body releases fat for the same reason a dog sheds their
Fourth of July fireworks initiate the celebratory feeling that runs throughout July. The fun of backyard barbecues, playful picnics, the excitement of summer vacation, and the thrill of road trips make this a month to look forward to. July is a time to re
November brings our hearts back home. The smell of turkey, the comfort of warm mashed potatoes with gravy, and gratitude for the harvest celebrated on Thanksgiving make food the centerpiece of November. Breaking bread, food, and togetherness are venerated
Your Body in Winter
Early winter starts in late November and lasts through mid January. As the days grow shorter, they grow colder as well. As your body prepares for the drop in temperatures, you find yourself craving heavier foods
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Have you noticed someone you love flaring up at you recently? Have you ever wondered why you feel more irritated in the summer? In the heat of summer, your liver releases excess bile, which irritates both your gut and your nervous system. Excess bilirubin
A Season of Deficiency & Change
Autumn is a season of deficiency and change. When the temperature starts to drop, the body scrambles to protect itself from heat loss. Nourishing foods, especially soups, seem all the more enticing w
Rich foods and holiday libations may be difficult to avoid during this festive season, or anytime you gather with friends and loved ones. Food is often the centerpiece of social occasions, and an important part of relationship building. It's important to
You may experience waves of bitterness, discouragement and a sense of failure late winter. Try not to take these 'liver' emotions too seriously. Instead, these emotions offer an important cue. February is the month of liver bitterness.
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