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December’s Gifts: Refuge and Reflection

Of all the things I love about New Mexico, the relatively short winters hover near the top of the list (hey, I grew up in Nebraska, and spent a few years in Buffalo, NY. Winter temperatures that stay above zero are a very special thing in my life!) However, even I must admit to appreciating the qualities that the shorter, darker season presents. The
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Begin Again: 5 Ways to Create A Fresh Start

I’m writing this on a break from an epic kitchen-pantry-and-refrigerator clean-out. It’s been a great deal more satisfying (and time-consuming) than I’d expected. But I was inspired. The beginning of August marks the Celtic holiday of Lughnasadh, the traditional beginning of the Harvest season (believe me, I cannot get excited about cleaning if not for ritual’s sake!) It’s a new part of the yearly
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Keep Your Cool: 5 Ayurvedic Tips for Beating the Heat

I realized recently that about this time every year, I start to wonder if I’m coming down with some kind of summer bug. What else could explain this sudden-onset sluggishness, the difficulty waking up in the mornings, the irritability? Oh, did someone say it’s been over 100 degrees outside all week? Okay. Right. It’s summer in the desert. It all makes sense now. Thankfully,
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Expectation, Indulgence and Some Yoga for the Holidays

The bright lights and luminarias, the smells of home cooking, the excitement (and stress) of procuring innumerable trinkets for those we love, the anticipation of embraces from those seen too many days past- and the all too likely culmination of disappointments and food-induced comas- torpor that beseeches coffee as its only effective medicament. We work so hard… to stay afloat, to provide for the
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Get (Back) Into the Groove

For all the romantic notions about endless summer days spent lazing about, I find that as late August arrives, I’m looking around for the t-shirt that says “Over It.” But wait! You say. How can you be “over” relaxing fun times?! Aren’t we supposed to want that? Isn’t yoga about finding space, doing only what’s necessary, not blowing our circuits with too much thinking/doing/worrying/obsessing/freaking out?
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Everybody Be Cool: Simmer-Down Strategies for Heated Moments

Summer is here! Yeah, the solstice is still actually a couple of weeks away. But the heat of the season has certainly made an appearance. And with that heat, you may find yourself feeling a little…uncomfortable at times. Irritated. Short-tempered and grumpy, even. ‘Cause you’re a human being who responds to your environment, you know? In Ayurveda, these heat-induced reactions are linked to the
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The Happiness Factor

This is one of my favorite things to keep in mind when striving for balance. We often think of having to have discrimination, self-control and a desire to put our health over our impulses and cravings. While these things are important to consider and employ, we can all together forget about the heart of the matter. I am talking about those things that make
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A Savasana for the Deciding Mind: Project 333

This past weekend, my family and I went camping for a couple of nights in the glorious Pecos wilderness of northern New Mexico. I will tell you right now, I am an avid camper. Our family tent is surely at the top of my “prized possessions” list. I love, LOVE a few days spent staring at trees, rather than screens. But possibly my favorite
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