The Soy Controversy – Tasty Source of Protein or Toxic Food?

After being a soy-free vegan for twenty years, I have finally welcomed Tempeh into my life.

There is so much controversy about Soy and I had never taken the time to sort it all out, until recently. If you are a vegan you may have heard of these controversies too so it is worth addressing.

There is a difference between genetically modified Soy and highly processed Soy versus organic products. When research or articles espouse the dangers – take note of which ...

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5 Kitchen Spices for Digestion

Eastern traditions of medicine, such as Indian Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tibetan Medicine all share the understanding that the root of good health stems from a healthy digestion. Our capacity to digest and transform the food and drink we take in directly translates into the strength and energy of our cells, blood and tissues.

How can you tell if your digestion is compromised?
Do you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • gas
  • bloating
  • nausea
  • belching
  • irregular bowels
  • upset stomach

Beyond the physical discomfort of these digestive symptoms, ...

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Finding Natural Ease: Dzogchen Meditation Retreat

August 21 – 23, 2015.
Retreat into the beautiful redwood forest, unwind with restorative yoga, experience deep meditation, enjoy organic meals, converse with fascinating people and best of all, receive Buddhism’s most profound teachings….

Join the community of Buddhist Yogis and friends for a rare opportunity to hear Pema Khandro teach on Longchenpa’s  ngal gso skor gsum.

Held at Mount Madonna Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
For more Information or to Register, contact

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Beyond Kitchari

Having been an avid promoter and lover of Ayurveda since 1999, there have been times when Kitchari (the traditional and easy to digest meal given to those who are cleansing), became synonymous with ‘bland & boring’ – never the first choice, always the sensible choice.

Fast forward to 2015 when a gamut of organic and delicious fermented foods, fresh local produce and exciting preparations grace the aisles of our local health food markets, and Voila! – let the Kitchari renaissance begin.

The ...

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Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan Medicine is a holistic health science which includes nutrition, spirituality, Buddhist philosophy, ethical practices, knowledge of herbs and practices for detoxification, cleansing and rejuvenation. The concept of health in Tibetan Medicine is one that considers the whole person, their mind, emotions, lifestyle, behaviors and relationships.

International Influence
The main influences of Tibetan Medicine are Indian Ayurveda and Buddhist Philosophy. However, Tibetan Medicine was formulated under the international influence of healing traditions from India, Tibet, Nepal China, Persia, Mongolia and Greece. In ...

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May 23 – Tibetan Yoga

Harmonize the energy of your body and mind; break through blocks, detoxify and re-energize using breathing, postures, movement and meditation. Tibetan Yoga is a enlivening practice which leads your body to a state of natural relaxation. Join Satya Shiva for an energizing Tibetan Yoga class at Lightening In A Bottle festival on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.



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Great Skin and Ayurvedic Massage

Our skin is like a great magnifying mirror, reflecting the internal health and vitality of our organs and physical body. The ancient texts of Ayurveda describe the numerous benefits of Ayurvedic oil massage, including strengthening our skin  (Twak Dridh Kar) while also improving the color and texture (Mrija Varn Bal Prad).

According to Ayurveda (the traditional medical system of India, literally translated as “life-knowledge” or ‘life-science”), dry skin is one of the first signs of disturbed “wind” element. Dryness can be ...

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