Posts by Jesse Russell

Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and with it comes Spring cleaning. Dating back to antiquity, various cultureshave utilized the start of Spring to clean house. On the superficial level, this implies dusting the curtainsand tidying up the living quarters. Yet we can also approach Spring cleaning from a metaphoricalperspective and see how it can be applied to…

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Tulsi: A Holy Holistic Herb

When looking at the myriad health and wellness benefits of Tulsi, it’s no surprise that it hasbeen revered as “the queen of herbs.” For over 7,000 years (at least), Tulsi has been utilized for itstherapeutic and medicinal purposes. With its extensive range and variety of healing properties, it’s awonder that not everybody is incorporating Tulsi…

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Manjistha

Ayurveda’s comprehensive knowledge and application of herbs is second to none. Of the myriadherbs and herbal formulas used in Ayurveda, Manjistha is often renowned as being the ultimate bloodpurifier. As such, it acts on the deeper tissues, particularly plasma/lymph (rasa) and blood (rakta),helping to cleanse and purify the channels through which both nutrients and toxins…

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Trikatu

Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, has long-employed the use of herbs and herbalformulas as a means to promote health and vitality. Catering to specific bodily functions, ayurvedicherbal formulas have a wide range of use-cases, and with thousands of years of implementation behindthem, these formulas provide a gentle and effective means for remedying imbalances…

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Ayurveda: The Dosha’s

Throughout the course of history, humanity has made countless efforts to understand how thehuman body functions. What causes disease? What is the basis for health? Is it possible to prolong lifeby preventing decay? These questions, amongst many other, have culminated in the formation ofmultiple models of health and disease. Of these models, Ayurveda, the ancient…

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Grounded

Vata season can be chaotic. The predominance of the air element can have us feeling all over the place, like leaves blowing in the wind. Our society is fast-paced enough as it is, and with school back in session, numerous holidays and shorter days, it can feel like there’s hardly enough time to keep up…

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The Art of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Yoga is about being totally Zen all the time and being able to strike a fancy pose atop a mountain in front of a waterfall, or at least that’s how it’s portrayed in the public eye. In reality, the practice has little to do with being able to stand on our head or twist like…

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Growing Pains

If I’ve learned anything since beginning my journey of self-transformation through yoga and other means, it’s that growth is anything but comfortable. Many of the situations in my life which have forced me to grow have felt like moments of despair. During those periods of time, it felt more like being caught in quicksand rather…

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Spring Cleansing

It’s that symbolical time of the year in which it’s out with the old and in with the new. But in order for there to be room for anything new and good to be taken in, we have to clear out some of the junk which has been piling up. As good as it feels…

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Reflection on Awakening

  Throughout March I have been contemplating what awakening means to me. I can’t say that I had any radical awakening moments in which my view of the world was completely shattered. There were no miraculous glimpses into the Oneness of all existence in which my ego was eradicated by a Divine force. If awakening…

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