Whole Body

Finding My Flow: How I Learned to Love My Moontime

Twenty-five years ago, I lived in a quaint fishing village down the coast from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for six months each year. At the time it didn’t have electricity, phones, roads, or cars—you could only get there by boat.  Each

The Dark Side of DIY: It Feels Like I’ll Never Measure Up

There it was, my grandmother’s 1950s Singer Featherweight sewing machine, glaring at me. Its recently refurbished black frame shone with grease from the repairman’s rags. I wanted to sew, but at the same time, I really didn’t. I had put

The Protein Puzzle: How to Get Enough in a Vegetarian Diet

If you’re a vegetarian, or thinking about becoming one, chances are you’ll be asked if you’re getting enough protein. With the growing popularity of a protein-packed diet, you may already be asking yourself the same thing. According to the Academy

Nourish: How to Make Toothpaste You Can Trust

I’m thrilled, and a bit surprised, to report that I find great pleasure in brushing my teeth. As someone who fears the dentist and loathes the synthetic quality of most store-bought toothpastes, I never thought I’d become a dental hygiene

Nourish: A Delicious Recipe for Healthy Homemade Chai

I first came across chai tea after a kundalini class at a San Francisco ashram. I instantly fell in love with it. The traditional recipe comes from the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda and uses five main spices: ginger, cinnamon,

6 Mindfulness Lessons Pregnancy Has Taught Me

As I round the corner of my 39th week of pregnancy and realize that I’ve spent more than eight months in this unique and ever-changing state, I’m struck by just how much I’ve learned. Aside from all the books and

Dance Magic, Dance!

The theme for this month’s practice series is INVOKING. This week’s practice is a full-body invocation, inviting goodness into the world with our movement. For me, this kind of movement is a prayer—it is a way for me to invite in

Practice Series: Try 3-Part Breathing for a Deep Reset

The theme for this month’s practice series is WHOLENESS. It’s easy to get spun out on activity with the holidays, but the simple act of breathing can connect us back to our inherent wholeness, even in the midst of this busy

Nourish: Easy-to-Make Lip Balm for Luscious Winter Lips

The season of chapped and dry lips is upon us. If you're like me, you have tubes of lip balm stashed in every bag and coat pocket, always ready for reapplication. A relevant concern for many these days is that some

Practice Series: Surrender into Softness with Ragdoll Pose

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  The things we hold onto metaphorically often have a way of showing up in our physical bodies too. For example, when I hold on tightly to a sense of control—rather than

Nourish: Ignite Your Immune System with Fire Cider

In my house, we drink fire cider every morning. At the first sign of a cold, we drink fire cider. The kids crinkle up their faces at the pungent taste, but now they actually look forward to it. So what

Recharge Your Nervous System with Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga can be a wonderful form of self-care. It can be a perfect introduction to yoga for a beginner and very calming for the seasoned yogi. In our busy lives, we don’t often invite ourselves to fully let go

5 Quick Yogic Ways to Avoid Imminent Meltdown

As a recovering perfectionist, I have a tendency to be overly scheduled and then collapse in a heap on my couch, exhausted and depleted (and occasionally a bit anti-social). However, as a yoga teacher, I’m also aware of the little

Practice Series: Tune In to the Wisdom of the Body

The theme for this month’s practice is SLOWING DOWN. This week we will turn inward in the spirit of the changing seasons to attune to the wisdom of the body. Our bodies are always sending us messages, yet we are

Rebirthing My Daughter into Womanhood

For her junior prom, my daughter Katie selected a persimmon-colored, silky, draping, hugging dress. This launched a rather protracted discussion about—yes—underwear.   "So," I casually commented one day, "when do you have some time so we can run out and

Detoxing Your Home, Part 4: Your Beauty Routine

In this fourth and final part of our household detox series (find parts 1-3 here), we’ll look at personal care products and our beauty routines.  Our skin is our largest organ, taking in anything we put on it, including cosmetics,

Detoxing Your Home, Part 3: The Laundry Room

In part 1 and part 2 we detoxed the kitchen and bathroom, taking stock of which products to toss, keep, or replace. In this segment we’ll explore the laundry room.  Many of our clothes, if they’re not made from organic

Nourish: White Bean Chard Pepita Bowl

This is an easy vegan spring bowl with simple flavors, beans, and greens. White beans are tossed in herbs and lightly roasted, while the rainbow chard is wilted with garlic and chili, fresh juicy tomatoes, and a generous sprinkling of

Spring Detoxing for Your Home, Part 2: The Bathroom

In part one of our spring-detoxing series, we tackled the kitchen, looking at what everyday products might be harmful to our health. In part two, we’ll explore the bathroom. The bathroom is a big one, home to many sprays, soaks,

Practice Series: Take 7 Minutes to Feel Your Creative Flow

The theme for this month's Practice Series is CREATIVE SPARK. It’s finally springtime in the northern hemisphere, and life is bursting forth around us. It’s a powerful time of growth, creation, and creativity.  This week’s seven-minute practice will help you

Spring Vegetable Frittata

Frittata is the ultimate fast food. This fancy Italian omelette is about as quick and easy as a delicious, elegant meal can get. A frittata requires no special equipment or split-second timing, and it’s meant to be piled with heaps

Illustration by Ramón Gutiérrez

Moontime: How I Learned to Celebrate My Cycle

Imagine a woman who is connected to the rhythm of moonbeams and rivers, who knows her body like the fish knows the tides and the primrose knows the night. Imagine a woman who welcomes change with a full heart, knowing

Spring Detoxing for Your Home, Part 1

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I decided to "detox" our home. We were concerned about the effects the chemicals in our household products might have on our baby, not to mention the effect they were