The Namaste Counsel


May 12, 2015
Diet and Ayurveda

The Standard American Diet is SAD. I grew up a child in the ‘60s, when frozen foods, canned veggies, and TV dinners were the trend. Today, we often eat on the run, holding our lunch in one hand, with the steering wheel, remote control, mouse, or smartphone in the other. Not what most pre-WWII era […]

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March 31, 2015
Austin Vegetarian Delights

Texas has long been known as a ranching state, with plenty of Texas-sized beef steaks. The stereotype of Texans in cowboy boots and hats was perpetuated with George W  wearing his jeans and cowboy gear. If Dubba-You said he’d given up meat and dairy, we’d probably think he’d gone mad or had Mad Cow. When […]

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March 18, 2015
Diet Tips: Sugar is the New Fat

“Sugar is the new fat,” says Erin Prophet, who has her master’s in public health from Boston University, while lecturing at the Texas Yoga Conference in Houston in February. During the lecture, she gave diet tips and explained the fundamental shift that has taken place in nutritional science over the past decade.  As people reduced […]

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February 24, 2015
Veg Out San Antonio

I’ve been a vegetarian for four decades. I juice. I refrain from eating pretty much anything white, except for coconut, cauliflower, and mushrooms. I drastically limit my carbs, fats, and sugars.  But that still doesn’t mean that I eat enough veggies. The Centers for Disease Control, in a 2012 survey, confirmed that San Antonians are […]

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January 31, 2015
Vegeria Serves Up Prana with Ahimsa

Ahimsa. It’s one of the most important words for yogis. I interpret the one word, packed with meaning, as “do no harm,” to yourself, or to any other living beings. That pretty much sums up why I’m vegan, too. I don’t want to harm animals, or myself. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 16 […]

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January 16, 2015
Light the Fire to Reduce Blood Sugar

In Chinese medicine, I’m metal. Cold. Flat. Hard. Smooth. Things can bounce right off of me. I don’t absorb them. According to Ayurvedic standards, I’m Kapha and Vata. Earth and Water. Air and ether. At first glance, it sounds good. But, there’s something lacking — fire, which is pitta. Not surprising, as I’ve always been […]

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January 5, 2015
Therapeutic Yoga for Diabetes

Diabetes took the life of my mother. It also prevented her from living life to its fullest. That’s why I specialize in therapeutic yoga for diabetes, as a certified yoga therapist. One of my life goals is to help people, including myself, avoid the clutches of this dreadful disease that affects one in three seniors in San […]

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January 3, 2015
Yoga Therapy Finds Balance for Optimum Wellness

Yoga Therapy often taps into the wisdom of the ancient sages. Thousands of years ago, man lived in sync with nature and had their own healing techniques. Here in the U.S., the Native Americans respected the earth and lived in synchronicity with all that the Creator provided. Ramon J. Vasquez, executive director of American Indians […]

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December 26, 2014
Yoga Therapy and Traditional Healing Methods

When I studied Ayurveda in Southern India, where about half of the treatments are traditional healing methods (Ayurvedic), versus allopathic (Western medicine), we were warned by the head of our Ayurvedic institute that people are lazy and want a quick fix. This third-generation Ayurvedic doctor acknowledged that many, today, choose Western medicine because they think it’s […]

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July 13, 2014
Vegetarian Meals from Around the World

America is the land of opportunity, but for most of us, we overindulge in pretty much everything. Just one area is Americans’ consumption of protein and animal protein in particular. Americans’ intake of protein is twice the level of what most people around the world consume. We have created a society in which people think […]

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June 6, 2014
My Yoga Therapy Derived from Acupuncture and Ayurveda

Yoga Therapy: Acupuncture and Ayurveda. They are both 5,000-year-old practices. The first is from China, the second from India. Thousands of miles apart. Different races. Different languages. Different geographies. Different native plants. Different religions. And yet, there are so many similarities, both of which are crucial for a yoga therapist to understand and incorporate in […]

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April 12, 2014
Who's Got Milk and Where's the Beef?

In the days when a screen was either in your windows, at the movie theater, or on the TV, there was a popular commercial featuring an old woman yelling “where’s the beef?” that went “viral.” Today, people often associate beef with the best source for protein, even though there are repeated studies showing healthier and less […]

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