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5 Secrets To Handling Tumultuous Transitions With Ease

From an Ayurveda perspective, all transitions or times of change are connected to the vata dosha.  Vata is like the wind and part of its nature is every changing, fluctuating, and unstable.  It is also light and full of air … Continue reading

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THE Surprising Secret To Successful Life Shifts

To make way for the new in life, you often need to let go of old, no-longer-needed things. This is true on the physical level – such as clearing out space in the closet for new outfits – as well … Continue reading

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Summer Dietary Modifications To Keep Your Pitta Balanced

In Ayurveda, summer season is the west is considered to be the pitta season dominated by the quality of heat. Likely you made natural adjustments to balancing this heat by wearing cooler clothes, drinking cooler beverages, spending time in cooling … Continue reading

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6 Tips To Make Your Communication Harmoniously Effective

Communication is key in any healthy relationship and plays a large role in getting more of what you want in life.  Unfortunately, this is a vital skill that is often rough around the edges or in need of refining. Too … Continue reading

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Transforming Your Mindset To Shift Habits

Many years ago I studied Katie Byron’s “The Work” with a friend.  It recently popped up in my life again in a marketing program and I was reminded how powerful her simple process can be in transforming the mindset and the behaviors … Continue reading

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Enhance Your Love Life With Ayurveda

I know, kind of hokey, but I’m going to talk about relationships for Valentine’s Day. I work with many clients using Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system, to better understand their unique selves and how to live in a manner … Continue reading

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Making Paneer

Paneer is a soft cheese used in Ayurveda as an easy-to-digest protein. Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey… Until I learned how to make paneer as part of my study of Ayurveda, I never … Continue reading

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7 Effective Strategies to Transform Your Bad Habits

January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and plan for what you want for the upcoming time. Whether for business or personal, use these seven strategies to get your best results. ONE: Quit multi-tasking your … Continue reading

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7 Best Habits To Adopt For A Healthier 2017

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system, is full of how-to’s for you to adjust your lifestyle to support a long and healthy life. But because Ayurveda’s healthy habits are all-encompassing, they can feel overwhelming initially. Don’t try to change your … Continue reading

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The Role of Selfless Service in Abundance, Happiness and Harmony

Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service. The idea here being to perform a service without any expectation of result or award for performing it.   The idea of giving back, of volunteering, or serving with a free heart exists … Continue reading

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HOLIDAY STRESS: Tools To Support Emotional Stability In Times Of Stress, Overwhelm And Anxiety

Diffuse Holiday Stress The holiday season can bring emotional turmoil. Sure there can be the enjoyable moments of family fun, beautiful twinkly lights and decorations, and coming together to celebrate. But the flipside can be the holiday stress of trying … Continue reading

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Navigating Fall’s Seasonal Shift

I have been hearing from many of my clients the last month that certain symptoms are on the rise. Rising symptoms is an indication from the bodymind that your internal balance in shifting and needs correction. In Ayurveda, this seasonal … Continue reading

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Navigate Procrastination Through Your Ayurvedic Inner Nature

pro·cras·ti·na·tion to defer action, delay; to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it. Procrastination is a topic that many … Continue reading

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One Word To Live By

A couple weeks ago I was with a group of senior boy moms – all part of my son’s friend group.  We were hanging out after the high school’s senior year presentation.  One of the mom’s mentioned a book she … Continue reading

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How Out of The Box Thinking Contributes to Success

Over the last couple months, I had a couple big opportunities to live a key concept of success. These opportunities came when, despite my best laid plans and diligent work, life threw me curveballs.  Instances where things have not gone as … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Cool Down with Summer Foods

In Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system from India, maintaining good health throughout the year requires the ability to navigate through seasonal shifts by making small adjustments in your diet and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, food is looked at through the … Continue reading

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Life Transforming Events – Play The Long Game

My Vipassana Meditation Experience – Part Two I have been practicing yoga techniques – including postures/sets, breath exercises, and meditation – for almost twenty-five years and have found the results to be life enhancing for my body, mind and spirit. … Continue reading

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Five Steps To Stop The Dangerous Effects Stress Surges

Stress is an ongoing part of our busy modern world. There is the daily stress and then there are the peaks when stress rises to an even higher level due to travel, year or quarter end business times, life transitions, … Continue reading

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Home Tools To Tame Tension

Three Tools To Tame Physical Tension Through Compression Release Techniques The act of living –  of simply using the body in every day activities – creates both physical and mental tension. As a wellness and lifestyle coach with a twenty-two … Continue reading

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Finding Your Yes Through The No

Contrast Learning A big part of the coaching process I do with people is to help them clearly identify what they want. This is harder than it may sound. Many times, people are focused on what is not working and … Continue reading

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Feel Overwhelmed? Break It Down

You’re mind is racing with thoughts of all you have to do. The sheer enormity of it seems to make those thoughts spin ever faster, creating a pit in the stomach and tightening throughout the body. Your heartbeat increases. Your … Continue reading

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Letting Go In The New Year

A funny but oh so appropriate thing happened on the way to the publication of the post… First, as some of you may have experienced, you opened the post link and saw a few notes that made no sense.  Or you … Continue reading

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My Favorite Cooking Tool For Greater Ease

Hands down, the kitchen tool that makes my life and cooking easier is the rice cooker. I thought I would start of this New Year by offering a very tangible tool to bring greater ease and health to your life … Continue reading

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Simple Daily Cleansing Tools – Ayurveda Habits

This is the final part in the 12-part series for 2015 on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! In today’s … Continue reading

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7 Simple Tools To Tap Into Your Gratitude

I recently read a book called “A Simple Act of Gratitude.”  It was on a book club consideration list that a client had given me since I’m always looking for more good reads. I have always appreciated the power of … Continue reading

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Seasonal Shifts – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Ayurveda is a system of … Continue reading

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Why Professional Coaching Works So Well

Over the past two months I’ve shared the first four of the seven primary pillars that make up the coaching structure.  This month, I will talk about the last three pillars that describe why coaching is so successful. Per the International Coaching Federation, professional … Continue reading

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Bedtime Basics – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Part of the Ayurveda daily … Continue reading

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Clients’ Creative Self Care Tools

One of the many aspects I love about working with clients is the brilliance I get to witness in their ideas and creativity.  As each of you has your own best answers, my job is to paint a picture of … Continue reading

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Coaching’s Effective Model for Success Part 2

Last month in talking about how professional coaching works, I shared the first two of the seven primary pillars that make up the coaching structure.  This month, I will talk about another two pillars. PILLAR #3: Professional coaching provides an ongoing relationship … Continue reading

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Integrating Self Care – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! It is by conscious design that … Continue reading

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New Abundant Coaching Success Circles

Monthly support in a small group coaching format to integrate your tools, have self-accountability, and enjoy continued growth and maintenance to be your best YOU and claim the MORE of what you want. Claiming your abundant life, wellness or business … Continue reading

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Professional Coaching’s Effective Model for Success

As a professional life, business and wellness coach at Abundant You Coaching, I adhere to the standards of coaching as designated by the International Coaching Federation. Per the International Coaching Federation, professional coaching is an ongoing relationship in which the … Continue reading

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The Not-To-Do List

Several years ago I came across the concept the “not-to-do list” and it recently resurfaced again in a conversation with a client.  I love when I’m given the opportunity to pull out something I haven’t thought about and bring it … Continue reading

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Use the Power of Sound – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Our entire universe is in … Continue reading

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Abhyanga Self Oil Massage – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! “Oleation therapy is the best … Continue reading

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Kapha Support Products for Spring Support

In Ayurveda, each season is energetically linked to one or more of the doshas.  What this means is that the qualities of the season affect each of our internal energetic balances – potentially raising the doshas of vata, pitta, and … Continue reading

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Tongue Scraping – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Part of the daily routine … Continue reading

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The Benefits of the Ayurvedic Application of Herbs Through The Sinuses

The nasal passages are the doorways to the mind and senses, and are the first site where Prana, or life force energy, is absorbed through breathing. The nostrils also serve to purify the air so that it is better able … Continue reading

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Flip Lunch & Dinner – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! In addition to eating when … Continue reading

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Expand Your Health Through Food

Food is something you all need and that you use every day. And how you use it – both in terms of the content and how you are eating – is considered the most important tool in Ayurveda in supporting your … Continue reading

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The Power of Water – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Believe it or not, one … Continue reading

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Valued Member Bodywork Special

As a part of the Ayurveda Wellness community, you receive early notice about programs and events as well as special offers.  It is my way of saying thank you and providing opportunities to explore further. This month we are highlighting … Continue reading

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Slowing Down – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being. Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! Originally I was going to … Continue reading

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Revitalized and Rejuvenated through India Panchakarma Healing Retreat

Many of you know that I facilitated and participated personally in a trip to India this January 2015 to a residential Panchakarma healing center.  I have been posting pictures on my Facebook page over the past week sharing some of my … Continue reading

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One Ayurvedic Habit a Month to Support Your New Year Intentions

For better or worse, this is the time of year when many commit to New Year Resolutions or set intentions for what they would like to be different.  Intentions to make your life better are great!  And even better are … Continue reading

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The Power of the Little Burp – Ayurveda Habits to Support your New Year Intentions

This is part of a 12-part series on using Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary habits to support your New Year intentions and overall health and well-being.  Make one change a month to embrace a healthier you! To start your healthy year … Continue reading

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Holiday Ayurveda Bodywork Specials

My gift to you this season is one of health and rejuvenation. Whether you are looking to give to yourself during this busy time of year or to that special person in your life who needs some extra TLC, don’t … Continue reading

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Rejuvenating Benefits of the Ayurvedic Body Therapies

As a twenty plus year massage therapist veteran, I have yet to come across a style of bodywork that I don’t enjoy and appreciate when done well!  And today I want to share about some fabulous, health balancing body therapies that … Continue reading

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Enhance Satisfaction & Nutrition with the Six Tastes

Ayurveda recognizes six tastes which exist in foods and these tastes not only provide for ideal nutrition, they provide for greater satisfaction and balance. From the Ayurvedic perspective, a balanced diet isn’t just about getting the right amounts of proteins, … Continue reading

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Leveraging the Cycles of the Day

Lifestyle, specifically a balanced daily routine, is the cornerstone of health from the Ayurvedic perspective. Traditionally, we lived in harmony with nature, following not only the rhythms of the day but of the seasons. With modern developments such as electricity … Continue reading

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Technology Tools for Meditation & Mindfulness

From the Ayurvedic perspective, I would consider many of our technological advances to be part of our ongoing environment of imbalance and overload.  The perception that one needs to be available 24/7, hooked up or stuck in front of a … Continue reading

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Freedom in our Food

Several things have been showing up in my life around the past couple months around the idea of freedom.  So despite the fact that the 4th of July was a couple weeks back, I feel inspired to share with you about … Continue reading

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What is Your Procrastination Telling You?

This is a question that came up recently with a life coaching client.  She was interested in looking more into her pattern of procrastination and the stress and overwhelm that came with it.  The pattern felt like it was blocking … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Benefits of Yogurt & How To Make It

With all the availability of yogurt in the stores, you might ask “why even bother making yogurt from scratch?”   My simple answer is… It is so easy You can control what goes in it, especially the added sugar It’s … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eye On The Ghee

This week was time to make my next batch of ghee.  And this time around I was determined not to almost burn it like I did last month.  In fact, last month was the first time I have ever come … Continue reading

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The Real and The Raw of White Tantric Yoga

Saturday I participated in my twelfth day in nine years of White Tantric Yoga (WTY).  Why do I keep going back for a day long meditation experience that is always challenging on some level, not often comfortable, and fairly fatiguing … Continue reading

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Spring is Coming…and so is Kapha

Although the temperatures may not reflect it here in Wisconsin, Spring has officially started and Kapha is on its way. In Ayurveda, the change of seasons is significant because of the impact it can have on one’s body and mind. … Continue reading

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Oil Pulling

Ayurveda uses many self-care techniques to support optimal health and prevent and treat imbalances.  Oil pulling is a cleansing tool designed to pull toxins, Ama (undigested food that putrefies and becomes toxic in the body), heavy metals, virus’, bacteria, and … Continue reading

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Stress Free Eating for the Holidays

Holidays can feel like a challenging time to maintain your health and balance, especially when it comes to food and your body.  There is a tendency to gorge yourself with the excuse that it is the holidays.  But that means … Continue reading

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Freedom Through Discipline

One of the things I have struggled somewhat with in my twenty years study of the Vedic sciences of yoga and Ayurveda is how the concepts of discipline and freedom fit together.  It wasn’t until the last year or so … Continue reading

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Staying Balanced during the Fall Season

From the Ayurvedic perspective, staying balanced means being aware of how the changing external environment is affecting your internal environment and making appropriate adjustments.  An important aspect of this is knowing how and when to make lifestyle and diet modifications … Continue reading

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Self Oil Massage or Abhyanga

“Oleation therapy is the best remedy for alleviating vata – the most important among all the doshas.” Caraka Samhita Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for Ayurvedic massage and means loving hands. While abhyanga can be done therapeutically, it is also an important … Continue reading

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