Category Archives: News

Rasayana: Rebooting Your Energy

In February’s blog I described how wintery, cold weather causes our bodies to contract, inhibiting the flow of energy and fluids around the body and making it harder for the body to release toxins. Winter is a time for hibernation and storing our vital energy and we generally feel more sluggish in the colder months […]

Rose Harvest

It’s time for the rose harvest. I’m making rose glycerite today! I love roses…doesn’t everybody?  I think I use more rose than almost any other herb in my practice…maybe as much as California poppy, gotu kola and chamomile. The beautiful rose is a wonderful rejuvenative, helping to decrease the signs of ageing when used internally as well as applied to the skin. It makes a great tonic for the […]

Dinacharya – The Ayurvedic Art Of Daily Routine

We are currently living through what can only be described as strange and unsettling times and I, probably like all of you, have found that my days are very different from how they were a few weeks ago. So I thought that this month’s newsletter might be a good time for us to look at […]

The Healing Power Of Plants – Beshara Magazine Issue 15: Spring 2020

  I was interviewed by Elizabeth Roberts and Jane Clark for Beshara Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue. We had a long, wide ranging discussion about my love of both herbal medicine and Ayurveda, working with people in their miriad different constitutions, using the herbs from my garden as well as traditional Ayurvedic herbs, tapping into the […]

Spring Cleaning: Why We Need To Detox

Why we need to detox Just as we regularly take showers, wash our hair, brush our teeth and tend to the outside of our bodies, the internal systems of our body – most importantly our digestive system – benefit from regular cleansing and care. Toxins are a product of our everyday lives and are related […]

Food And Mood

  February is a month when warm blankets, roaring fires and hot soup are particularly appealing – I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t mind being able to hibernate! But why is it that long nights and cold weather make us feel so lacking in motivation and energy? When we wake up in daylight we […]

Dodging The January Blues

Happy New Year! Are you feeling tired and somewhat jaded after the excesses of the festive season? If so, you are not the only one, for during the apparently unending, dark winter months after Christmas, many of us feel that our health is at a low ebb. This is just at this time that we […]

Our Exciting New Website!

We are so excited about our new website that we just want to tell everyone all about it! The aim of the Learn Living Ayurveda website is to give you access to a vast resource of knowledge and wisdom about the incredible system of Ayurveda that you can use to optimise your health and wellbeing […]

Massage for Healing and Grounding

Oil Massage (Abhyanga) We are deep into Autumn and the holiday season is upon us – cold, wind, dark and busy equals vata derangement!  We can easily find ourselves feeling scattered, ungrounded and stressed.  Immunity can be compromised and sleep disturbed.  Vata needs balancing!  Fortunately, Ayurveda comes to the rescue with the deeply healing practice […]

How to Nourish and Support through Vata Season Part 4

Foods for Body, Heart and Mind Eating plenty of grounding foods and drinks, with regular mealtimes and being around those with more water and earth in their constitution is recommended. Eat a light diet, with warm, easy to digest, soft foods. Use ghee for cooking. Increase foods that are heavy and oily as these nourish […]

Three Autumn Rituals for Seasonal Change

​Part 2 by Anne Bergeron. One of the many wonderful aspects of Ayurveda is the practicality and simplicity of its application. Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom asks us to pay attention not only to ourselves, but to the constantly changing energies of the earth, and to find balance in cultivating the opposite of the dominant discomfort in […]

Autumn Rituals for Seasonal Change

Part 1 by Anne Bergeron, recent graduate ​It was an unusual August. The month that typically brings a week of cool, dry winds, the classic harbingers of Autumn in Vermont, brought instead an uninterrupted string of sultry days that unfurled in waves of heat throughout the entire month. So, when I realized in mid-August on […]

How to Nourish and Support Vata Part 3

Staying In Balance As discussed in my last blog post, health is not just freedom from disease. The ideal is that our body, mind and emotions are in a state of ease and harmony so that we can fulfill our dreams and obligations, and our roles and potential in To be healthy our doshas must […]

What are our students saying? Meet Deanna!

Meet Deanna! She is one of our Ayurveda course graduates and lives in Rumney, NH (near the White Mountains USA). For many years she ran a local natural food store with two other women (we started in the 70’s!) she passed the business along a couple of years ago but still misses interacting with folks […]

How to Nourishing and Support Vata Part 2

Signs of Increased Vata With their erratic digestions, people with excess vata can have wind, bloating and discomfort after eating. They might suffer from dry bowels and constipation or maybe bowel problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Women can have irregular cycles and may miss periods due to stress, over activity or being underweight. Their bleeding […]

How to Nourish and Support through Vata Season and Vata Time of Life

This is the first of a several part series on nourishing and supporting Vata Part 1. Understanding Vata From the full splendour of late summer to the fruitfulness of autumn when each plant reaches its full expression…we are in vata time! Vata is the most important of the 3 biological humours. It forms the vital […]

Breath of Awareness

Our own minds can be as busy as traffic at rush hour. Anxiety, overwhelm, exhaustion and irritability are all too common. For many, the “to-do” list gets longer and stress escalates in this season of peace and joy. What to do? Ayurveda is unique in that it offers us a healthy path, overflowing with all […]

Meet Linda Umbell, Ayurveda course student

What awoke your interest in taking the Living Wisdom Ayurveda Course?  My interest in Ayurveda began after reading about it and discussing it with a friend who was studying it at the time and also she was becoming a Yoga therapist. We both have spiritual practices where the idea of mind, body and spirit were […]

Healthy and Happy New Year!

The start of the year brings thoughts of renewal, fresh starts and often prayers and aspirations as well.  Aspirations and prayers for our own health and well-being and also for greater health, harmony and peacefulness for our planet and all inhabitants. May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness May we all be […]

Ayurveda and the Joy of Nutrition

Few activities are as satisfying as gathering with a group of women to join in the ancient ritual of making and sharing a nourishing meal. The women of the Maine Ayurveda Study Group gathered in the warm, early evening of one of the longest days of the year. The moon was full, spirits were high […]

Three Ways to Take care of Mind and Body this Season

How do we take care of mind and body in this dynamic season? This time of year mind and body can be vulnerable to vata derangement. The energies of our environment can’t help but influence our health and well-being. The holidays increase activity, responsibility, and stress. Meanwhile daylight diminishes, the cold wind blows and even colder days approach. […]

Sattvic Sailing on the Maine Coast

Anne has been here in Maine this week stopping in for a visit on her way to NYC to teach at Arbor Vitae Herbal School. After a productive planning meeting in the morning, we set out to nourish our senses by the sea. First, we took a leisurely walk on one of our nearby beaches then […]

In Praise of Tulsi

Tulsi is a plant that I would not want to be without in the garden. In late May, I direct sow the tiny black seeds into the soil of one of my circle beds and by August it has grown in thickly, revealing its beautiful toothed leaves, clove-like fragrance and emanating a purifying and peaceful […]

Meet Julie Brown, Our First Ayurveda Course Graduate

I was happy to have a chance to catch up with Julie Brown, the first student to complete the Living Wisdom Ayurveda course and had a chance to ask her a few questions. She lives not far from me in Portland, Maine What peaked your interest in taking the Living Wisdom Ayurveda Course?  Deepening my […]

Rejuvenate Your Brain and Vital Reserves with Brain Candy

Recently, I spent some joyful time in my home kitchen experimenting with a delicious treat that deeply nourishes and strengthens the brain and nervous system. These slightly sweet confections are more medicine than dessert, but can satisfy the sweet tooth. They are filled with rich oils, minerals and nutrients for the brain including delicious coconut, […]

Ghee, A Nourishing Kitchen Ritual

Ghee is something I would not go with out in my home kitchen. Imparting a depth of flavor and healing benefits, ghee makes each meal deeply nourishing. Ghee, also known as clarified butter, is made by simmering unsalted butter until the milk solids are separated, leaving behind the golden aromatic oil. Ayurvedic texts tell us […]

Thriving in Kapha Season

It’s deep winter and winter is kapha season…cold, slow and still. In the north of America here in Maine, the ground has been blanketed with snow for weeks; stillness and quiet beauty pervade. If you’ve arrived at winter’s door step feeling stressed, dried out and frazzled, this season offers time to slow down and surrender […]

Path of Living Wisely

The New Year brings fresh opportunities and inspiration to take really good care of our one precious body.  Health trends come and go …but Ayurveda has sustained the tests of time.  Its advice has been practiced for thousands of years and science is telling us….it works! Have you ever wished you could make a visit […]

Foods and the gunas

In Ayurveda, food – like everything else in creation – falls into three categories; Sattvic, Rajastic and Tamasic, and foods in these categories have the ability to increase these qualities within us when we eat them. Sattvic food are considered to be the most healing and also help to harmonize all three doshas.  These are […]