Category Archives: Ayurveda

CBD 101: What You Need To Know


Find in-depth answers to important CBD related questions in our user-friendly online guide.

CBD is everywhere these days. Brands are incorporating it into pet food and shampoo, hamburgers and beer, erotic massage oils and sleep tinctures. You’re seeing it in pharmacies, grocery stores, even gas stations. And with good reason: Emerging medical research and reams of anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD may help us sleep better, manage pain, ease anxiety, speed recovery, and treat a variety of ailments from depression to arthritis to Parkinson’s. But while all CBD is derived from the humble hemp plant, not all CBD products are created equal. That’s why we launched NatuRx, a magazine dedicated to educating readers about safe, effective, and legal use of cannabis in all of its forms. And that’s why we’re sharing a series of informational booklets about CBD (and its cousin, THC), starting with this guide to help you decide whether CBD is right for you.

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6 Selections for Winter Tea Time

Sweater weather calls for extra herbal refreshments, and we know just the trick.

Clockwise from top:

  1. Arbor Teas Organic Butterfly Pea Lemongrass, $14, arborteas.com
  2. Rishi Peppermint Sage Organic Caffeine-Free Blend, $15, rishi-tea.com.
  3. Full Leaf Tea Co. Organic Pink Tea, $13, fullleafteacompany.com
  4. Adagio Teas 40 Winks Tea, $9, adagio.com.
  5. Pinky Up Glow Herbal Tea, $12, pinkyuptea.com
  6. Harney & Sons White Peach Matcha, $10, harney.com.

See also A Tea Ritual to Fuel Your Body

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An Ayurvedic Recipe to Balance Vata Dosha



Gajar Sabji: Organic Carrot Cashew Curry 

By Chef Suzy Singh

Enjoy this Ayurvedic recipe centered around the Vata Dosha. This Dosha represents pacifying foods that creates a balanced diet. Using NOW Ingredients, we have been able to not only create a balanced diet but also turn this dish into a healthy vegan recipe. Serve warm and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Organic Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Ellyndale Organic Coconut Infusions, Butter Flavor
  • 1/4 cup Ellyndale Nutty Infusion, Cashew Butter
  • 1 Organic Ellyndale Q Cup, Lightly Salted Quinoa
  • 2 Organic Tomatoes, medium dice
  • 2 Organic Onion, medium dice 
  • 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp NOW Real Food Organic Coconut Sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon NOW CurcuFresh, Curcumin Powder 
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fenugreek Leaves (Menthi)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2″ ginger, grated and chopped
  • 4 curry leaves 
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pot on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon organic coconut infusions, butter flavor.  
  2. Add cubed tomatoes and onions, garlic, and ginger. 
  3. Sauté for 7-10 minutes or until onions have softened. 
  4. Pour all ingredient into blender, combine until puree is formed.
  5. Add curry leaves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and clove. 
  6. Toast spices for 3-5 minutes or until aromatic spices are released. 
  7. Add tomato mixture, coriander powder, curcufresh, and coconut sugar. 
  8. Reduce for 5-7 minutes. 
  9. Add carrots, cashew butter coconut milk, and fenugreek leaves. 
  10. Reduce for an additional 10 minutes. 
  11. In a sauté pan on high heat, add organic coconut infusions, butter flavor. 
  12. Add cumin and cubed ginger to pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until cumin releases aromatics. 
  13. Place 1/2 cup of hot water with toasted cumin and ginger in Q cup. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 
  14. Place Q cup at bottom pf

Male in the Modern World

In a special package on masculinity, YJ dives into how the cultural ideal of “being a man” impacts folks in yoga communities and beyond.

Beginning in boyhood, American men are socialized to a narrow definition of masculinity—one that pushes extreme notions of being tough, self-reliant, and stoic. The cost: a toxic culture that stymies healthy expression and engenders high rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse among our fathers, partners, uncles, brothers, sons, and friends. How can yoga help us move from Man up to Work it out on the mat? 

In a special package about masculinity, YJ hears from three yoga teachers on how the practice has created space for them to access and embrace previously hidden aspects of themselves. Plus, a sequence for finding power in pliability. 

Read the entire series:

Matthew Lyons

1. Men Struggle With Body Image Too. Here’s One Yoga Teacher’s Journey to Self-Acceptance

It’s a myth that men don’t struggle with body image. Yoga teacher Matthew Lyons shares his battle with anxiety—and how yoga is helping him find self-acceptance.

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Benny James 

2. He Grew Up in a Homophobic Community. Here’s How Yoga Helped Him Find Peace

Yoga teacher Benny James hid his true personality and sexual orientation in order to avoid ridicule and the threat of violence. Here’s how he learned to stand in his truth.

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Shane Roberts

3. How Yoga Philosophy Helped a Former Athlete Reclaim His Softer Side

Yoga teacher Shane Roberts acted tough in order to fit in as a high school basketball player—until an injury led him to the mat to discover who he truly was.

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4. This Yoga Program Empowers Teen Boys to Express Emotions & Activate Politically

In his new Atlanta-based program for …

Men Struggle With Body Image Too. Here's One Yoga Teacher's Journey to Self-Acceptance

Yoga instructor Matthew Lyons shares how he overcomes anxiety and finds self-love.

Yoga teacher Matthew Lyons shares his battle with anxiety—and how yoga is helping him find self-acceptance.

I have stood more than 6 feet tall and have carried more than 200 pounds since middle school—when my friends and family called me Chub and Fat Matt. They made comments about my “husky” pants and how it looked like I’d swallowed a bowling ball. It may have been intended as a good-natured ribbing, but I felt hurt, ashamed, and unattractive. In fifth grade, I started sucking in my round belly so it was a less-obvious target for ridicule—a habit that still endures four decades later. As a teenager, my body shape didn’t fit into popular clothing such as IZOD polos or Levi’s denim, and the other guys teased me for wearing oversized, generic brands that still ran too tight. As a result, even now, in my 50s, despite being way more grounded and at ease in my life, I still struggle with insecurity related to my body.

See also 7 Great Comebacks for Men (or Anyone) Facing Yoga-Shaming

Over the years, poor self-image has caused me a great deal of anxiety. In all sorts of social situations, I often contend with a maddening inner dialogue that drowns out any chance of being present and carefree. I constantly question how I’m being viewed by others: Do they see a nurturing, caring, silly-hearted individual—or simply my large frame? The paradox of my struggle is that I want to be seen but not noticed. Appreciated and not judged.

Of course, women have been objectified and subjected to unattainable ideals of beauty for centuries, to catastrophic effect. Airbrushed magazines and, more recently, filtered Instagram photos have only compounded the pressure they experience to look …

He Grew Up in a Homophobic Community. Here's How Yoga Helped Him Find Peace

Yoga teacher Benny James shares how he learned to stand in his truth.

Yoga teacher Benny James grew up wearing baggy clothing and deepening his voice in order to blend in with straight men and avoid altercations. Now, he’s giving himself the space he needs to heal his trauma.

I am a gay man who has known my sexual orientation since I was 10 years old. Back then, I befriended the popular guys at school because I had crushes on them. I loved adorning my mom’s purple chiffon sundress. I was a ballet dancer. Watching the girls who practiced in the class before mine, I looked up to their power and femininity. But I didn’t dare tell anyone my secret, for fear of rejection by my family and community. Growing up in Colorado Springs, where megachurches ran conversion therapy camps (the practice was finally outlawed in May, making Colorado the 18th state to ban conversion therapy for minors), I’d overheard plenty of men say horrific things like, “I’ll kill a faggot if they ever try to touch me.”

Despite all that, at 16, I decided it was time to start the coming-out process. I remember seeing my two best friends, both female, cuddled up on the couch with their boyfriends and yearning for a fulfilling romantic relationship of my own. I came out to them first, and they were absolutely elated for me. Within two months, they fixed me up with a cute guy who became my first boyfriend. Next I decided to tell my coworkers. They, too, made me feel so accepted that I started building up the courage to tell my parents and my older brother. I believed my family would offer the same support.

It happened by accident: My parents caught me kissing my boyfriend in the …

A Heart-Opening Sequence to Embrace Vulnerability


This practice from yoga teacher Shane Roberts celebrates the power of finding strength in softness.

This flow is an important offering that reaffirms strength and makes space for vulnerability. Heart openers ignite power, while resting poses help ground it in wisdom—so you can embrace the entire texture of your being. Feel free to modify and use props.

See also This Yoga Program Empowers Teen Boys to Express Emotions & Activate Politically.

About the author

Shane Roberts is a yoga teacher and the co-founder of Red Clay Yoga. He studied yoga philosophy with Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati at Kashi Atlanta. Learn more at redclayyoga.org.

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How Yoga Philosophy Helped a Former Athlete Reclaim His Softer Side

Yoga teacher Shane Roberts acted tough in order to fit in as a high school basketball player—until an injury led him to the mat to discover who he truly was.

As a kid, yoga teacher Shane Roberts, cofounder of Red Clay Yoga, always knew he’d play basketball. But hyper-masculine culture of athletics cost him an opportunity to find out who he really was—until an injury helped him change course. 

As a kid, the first thing anyone ever wanted to know about me was if I was going to play basketball. I knew I was skilled, and Lord knows I dreamed about fame and fortune, but more than anything, I was tall. By the time I was 13, at 6-foot-6, my body looked like the ticket to material success. It was always assumed it would take me all the way to the NBA. I often overheard my mother talk about me as if she were waiting for her boat to come in. But now, 20 years later, I know that wasn’t the real reason I went to high school basketball tryouts. I went to find a tribe.

I was still traumatized from middle school. Adolescent boys proved how tough they were by using their fists. Watching Rambo and playing Mortal Kombat, we idolized heroes who died fighting. Fear of getting beat up consumed my thoughts because battles erupted often, seemingly from out of nowhere, and I believed violence was the only way to ward off threats at school. In other words, I fought a lot to establish a measure of authority.

But when I got to high school, I was back at the bottom of the social pecking order. Although kids seemed much calmer, displays of male dominance never went away. They manifested in the uneasy hierarchy of social groups. As …