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Getting Through Cold & Flu Season Easier with Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry Syrup a lovely addition to support you through the cold and shifting weathers. I love the dynamic relationship I am cultivating with elderberry, not only with it being a preventative medicine that supports my immune through the season, but also because I love being involved in the whole process.  In early fall, my good friend and long time teacher …

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Interview with Nicky Poole

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I was introduced to Nicky Poole through Stephanie Bonas of House of Bonas photography and was very interested to hear of her yoga practice. Nicky really embodies what we think of as a Zen Nomad lifestyle in her unique way so I am delighted to share an interview with her for the Zen Nomad blog.    What started you on the yogic path?   …

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Five Element Theory: A poetic, holistic and connective way of understanding life.

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Five Element Theory   Five Elements (phases) is a major system of thought, dating back over two thousand years, that is the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also a poetic, holistic, and connective way of understanding life, energetics and natural law. It helps us see how we are interconnected into the web of life and therefore how our own internal and external energies are affected by …


Moon Medicine

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“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” ― Tahereh …

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New Moon in Sagittarius: Move from Centre

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What does it mean to be free? When you read the words, what happens in your body? Does it tingle? Do the places where rigidity rules growl, hoping that you will notice enough to pay attention? And what then? What do we do with the information we gather? What would it feel like to put everything down? (You know the …

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8 Practices for Finding a Sense of Ease When Overcome with Stress

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  Life can get really busy and extremely stressful and the less time we make for ourselves the busier it seems to get. As we allow everything around us to consume our attention and we take on more, we can begin to feel stressed and out of control and finding time for our own well-being gets put aside. We do …

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Finding My Center Through Pranayama

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At the beginning of August, I attended a transformative pranayama retreat, hosted by my teachers Ron Reid and Marla Joy from Downward Dog Yoga Studio and taught by their pranayama teacher, Sudhir Tiwari. It included pranayama preparation techniques, which are called kriyas, pranayama techniques, meditations and lectures by Sudhir. Sudhir’s knowledge of Ayurveda, asana histories, sutras and pranayama was obvious …

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Attuning To Autumn

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This year as I walked the same beautiful trail in the forest of Mono Cliffs through each of the seasons and observed the landscape change as the seasons shifted. Each change in temperature, amount of daylight ,rain, snow, dryness, dampness, heat or cold all played into different plants and trees blooming at different stages and times. The beautiful eco system …