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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Exploring Wisdom: Chant and Be Happy with Kirtan

Yoga is on fire in the West, and so it kirtan, or yogic chanting. Kirtan combines music and mantra — words and sounds that vibrate at the highest level of awareness. It is an effortless and joyful way to meditate. You simply let the music and mantra do the work for you. Kirtan is a …

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Walking the Path: Why Ayurveda?

After practicing Western medicine (Allopathy) for 25 years, I became disappointed with many aspects of the culture surrounding it – namely, the lack of emphasis on prevention, and the over-reliance on prescription drugs. At the time, I wasn’t aware of the system of optimal health from India that is all about prevention. It’s a system …

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Discover Boone: The Blue Ridge Parkway, Jewel of the National Park System

In this series, we’ll explore the sights, sounds and surroundings of this beautiful area we call home – Boone, North Carolina. We’ll discover waterfalls, hidden byways and highways and some spectacular vistas along the way. Our first post comes from Dr. Harrison Graves, photographer, teacher and local resident. – the Editor   Take a journey with me …

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On the Path: Why I Volunteer with Seva

In this series, we explore people’s experiences on the path of spirituality. Whether it’s personal development, insights or learning about how to love more deeply, it’s all about you and your journey. Our first selection comes from Dr. Harrison Graves, an MD who has been volunteering at the center for the past several months, informing …

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Healing Journeys of Ayurveda: Lighter Every Day

Ayurveda considers the buildup of toxins, physical and mental and environmental, to be the underlying cause of many diseases. Toxins enter our world by what we eat, drink, breathe in and process in any way. With so much hype about detoxes and cleanses, it’s hard to know where to turn. Today’s blog features special guest, …

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The Pungent Taste: Spicing It Up With Ayurveda

  In this blog we are heating things up with pungent, the hottest of Ayurveda’s six tastes. Think spicy.  Pungent spices like chili peppers and wasabi titillate the taste buds while heating up the body — and the mind. The pungent taste is found in the following: • Peppers (green and red, habaneros, jalapenos) • Wasabi …

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Pratyahara: Yoga’s Forgotten Limb

  Pratyahara is often defined as “the conscious withdrawal of energy from the senses.” Yet what does that phrase really mean? Did you know that a massage or even vacationing by the sea can be form of pratyahara? Read on and find out how. Pratyahara is perhaps the least understood limb of the 8-part yoga system. …

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The Six Flavors of Ayurveda: Sour Taste

Taste is assigned a much deeper significance in Ayurveda than we are accustomed to in the West. Taste, or rasa, is considered critically important in determining the effect that various foods, spices and therapeutic herbs will have on our state of balance – body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda recognizes six tastes. Each of the six …

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The Vignan Bhairav Tantra: Gateway to Meditation

  The Vignan Bhairav Tantra (VBT) is an ancient text which teaches us ways to bring the mind to the present moment and to states of deep meditation. Its theme is often dharana, which refers to “one-pointed attention” or concentration, and is itself a gateway to meditation. Dharana is the important sixth limb of the …

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The Six Flavors of Ayurveda: Salty Taste

In this week’s blog, we are going salty. Typical foods in the salty taste category include rock salt, sea salt, vegetables, soy sauce, tamari, black olives, hard cheeses, sea foods and many processed foods. Salt improves the taste of  many foods and makes the other five tastes (rasas) more delicious. A great example is the yummy …

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