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Adapt Recipes with Ayurveda

Cooking, eating, and improvising with ingredients goes back in human history many centuries. Our loved ones-ancestors knew well how to adapt recipes to meet their needs. For ourselves, there’s plenty to adapt to, these days. Perhaps your child or partner is allergic to garlic – or could it be wheat? Or you’re dropping food to…

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Pumfu Stew: A Unique Veggie Entree

Pumfu is a high-protein plant-based food made of ground organic pumpkin seeds and water, that’s it. It’s minimally-processed, pressed into a cube like tofu, and lightly packaged. In our area, we find it sold in the refrigerator section next to the tofu. Unlike tofu, it’s pale green, made by Foodies Vegan, a family-owned company in…

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Pitfalls in Ayurvedic Self-Care

Pitfall: a hidden or unsuspected danger or difficulty. A covered pit used as a trap. Scenario 1: Among the pitfalls in Ayurvedic self-care and self-care in general is this exasperating reality: just when we need self-care the most, we’re too exhausted to able to do much. This is going to be a very short blog because…

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Honoring Black Colleagues in Polarity Therapy

The impetus for honoring Black colleagues in Polarity Therapy came from a confluence of factors. First off, both of these women have been inspirations to me. Second, Black History Month and World Polarity Day intersected this weekend. Third, I love how NAMA has been spotlighting African American Ayurvedic practitioners. With gladness for all of this,…

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Subtle Reading Nurturance This Year

What kind of subtle reading nurturance will you give yourself this year? How will you feed your mind in ways that are satisfying, even healing, for you? In Ayurveda we work with the five koshas for healing. These are different levels of experience, sheaths, dimensions of being, ways that we relate to the world around…

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Top 2 New Year’s Health Tips from Amadea

What are my top 2 New Year’s health tips this year? As an Ayurvedic educator, Polarity therapist, and human, here are my votes for this coming year’s most effective re-balancing actions in this moment. First of the top 2 New Year’s health tips Stop sugar. I mean white sugar, for at least 30 days. Less…

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Dynamics of Healing Chai

Dynamics of Healing Chai

It’s worth contemplating the dynamics of healing chai as the season changes on us. This sweet, pungent, and astringent-tasting brew warms us up just when we are needing it. As the season changes, it’s time for our food and beverage choices to change some too. With autumn, we need more warmth and less coolness, more…

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A Tale of Two Broken Blenders Plastic and Climate Change

In this moment so many sentient beings are directly in the path of danger. At a time like this, tending to the mundane or long term feels just that, pretty small and/or remote.  In one of those aching moments, I got an email from our good friend Ramona with a cheery inquiry “Hey! I keep thinking of…

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Skin as Costume Open to Diversity

With my skin as costume, I can fly under the radar. It doesn’t matter what I think, what you see is white. I may be old, I may be a woman (Amadea, she/her), yet I carry my protection with me at all times. Smiling helps in many circumstances, yet not all. It’s taken me a…

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Cognitive Speech Therapy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Kindness

The story My husband Gord is a carpenter. He’s also a writer, builder, designer, an innovative human. A year ago this week he fell off a high ladder at work. He and his partner Matt were up on matching ladders, repairing an aging façade on a storefront in downtown Santa Fe. He broke a number…

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