podcast ep 10: yoga book club! three book recommendations on ayurveda, yoga culture + anatomy

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are played!

Book recommendations! I'm always being asked what I'm reading or what I'd recommend on particular topics, so I plucked three well-loved books off my shelves on Ayurveda, Yoga and Anatomy and tell you what's great about them, including some of my favourite passages and information.

The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O'Donnell
While it may seem unusual to recommend a cookbook for reading, Kate's book is a cookbook not a recipe book. She fronts the recipes with a wonderful and thorough section on some of the theories and concepts behind Ayurveda cooking and digestion.

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice, edited by Carol Horton & Roseanne Harvey
This collection of essays is essential reading to the socially minded yogi. I always recommend it to yoga teacher training grads who are looking for some of the cultural issues pertinent to the evolution of yoga. Published in 2012, it's still a relevant read even if some things have happily evolved with the conversation, and many things have not. A great way to get into the minds of some smart yogis you may not have heard of yet, and original writing from those you have.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease, by Daniel E. Lieberman
A history of how humans arrived at being human from being apes, which we learn was not a foregone conclusion! A fascinating journey through how and why we evolved into what we are, what we lost as we gained a long the way, and the impact that culture (not just modern culture!) has had on us. This book has been so useful in my teaching and understanding of anatomy.

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Making Ghee / Clarified Butter

Ghee is considered by Ayurveda to be the most beneficial cooking medium, and is considered appropriate for all constitutions. This has the highest heat tolerance of cooking oils and from an Ayurvedic lens, is most able to penetrate the body’s tissues.

As I talked about in the vegetarian episode of the ieyoga podcast, making something lovingly elevates its prana and nourishes your body and soul.


·      Place two sticks of butter in a medium sauce pan

·      When all the butter has melted, reduce the heat to low

·      Commit to observing the ghee! Many a ghee batch has been ruined by multi-tasking

·      After approximately 5 minutes, the butter will begin to form a white froth on its surface and start popping – the popping sounds are good!

·      After about 10 minutes, the popping sounds will slow down as moisture leaves the butter and the foam will begin to sink to the bottom of the pan.

·      The foam will turn golden brown, and when popping sounds are very few, there’s a nutty smell to the ghee, and the bottom of the pan is a bit brown, you’re done!

·      Strain your ghee through a mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean, sterilized jar and allow to cool

·      Secure with a lid and store in the cupboard – yes, the cupboard! Ghee does not require refrigeration and will develop healthful bacteria. Always use a clean utensil when serving ghee, because you don’t want to introduce other material for bacteria to form on.


Reading + Links:

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podcast ep 9: interview with tiffany cruikshank of yoga medicine

So cool! Tiffany Cruikshank agreed to chat with me about what it's like being one of the best known yoga teachers on the international circuit, her teacher training levels of Yoga Medicine, her history and future of teaching, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are played!


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podcast ep 8: yoga's vegetarian food culture: history, juice fasting, and relaxing our smoothie bowl standards

We don’t need to look further than a stereotype to know that vegetarianism and yoga share the same company. This week's episode examines the Hindu roots of vegetarianism and yoga, why or why not vegetarianism for the yogic path, as well as a trip through a few Ayurvedic ideas on juice fasting and Tantra!

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play.

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podcast ep 7: evolving studentship + teaching, a chat with barrie risman, co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project

Meet the wise and lovely Barrie Risman: a yoga teacher and mentor in Quebec whose teaching journey of over 20 years has taken her through studio ownership, a strong commitment to doing the work, and being of service through the World Spine Care Yoga Project.

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play.

If you're interested in learning more about Barrie, find her website here.

If you're looking for Barrie's free online course, head right here for Evolving Your Yoga: 3 Principles for Enlightened Practice.

Head here for more information or to donate to the mission on World Spine Care Yoga Project.



podcast ep. 6: Ayurveda, Yoga's Life Science + An Unorthodox Dosha Quiz

Yoga has a lifestyle science, Ayurveda - the "wisdom of life" - that helps us individualize our yoga and wellness plans. I talk a little bit about the history of Ayurveda, a couple of its central concepts, and offer an unorthodox dosha ("constitution") quiz if you've ever wondered about your yoga psychology profile.

You can listen below, in Google Play, or in iTunes.

How do you feel about the library? Cooking? Your tendencies in some of life's little banalities could tell you a lot about your dosha (elemental composition).

Library Borrowing

Vata: Goes to the library and borrows all the things. Opens them all, reads none in totality, and returns late. If items are returned on time, is shocked to realize there is no award or applause. 

Pitta: Has all desired borrows lined up and wait-listed in the approximate amount of time it will take to complete each book. Books are strategically chosen for maximum enjoyment or usefulness.

Kapha: Has always intended to go to the library, but hasn’t gotten around to it, and orders on Amazon instead. Has accumulating collection of unread Amazon books, but keeps re-reading favourites instead.


Pitta: All jewelry purchases are contrasted and coordinated against current wardrobe and preferences. While form is certainly a consideration as well as function, minimalism is often preferred and craftsmanship is paramount. Pitta people love fancy, understated watches and probably wear the same earrings all the time.

Kapha: Huge sentimental value – Kaphas retain all the halves of BFF necklaces and bracelets ever, even if they never wear them, and are fond of heirlooms. Kaphas love things with stories and will frequently buy things from craft fairs if they’ve chatted with the artisan for long enough.

Vata: Loves cute things and colour and could care less about matching or may not see that things do not match. If they have one bracelet, it would be best if they could have similar bracelets in all the colours. Vatas are the people Alex + Ani are desperately trying to market themselves to, because Vata will never have enough thematic bangles.


Kapha: Has some excellent favourites in rotation that they cycle in and out of, but has been known to occasionally go overboard in new recipe or entertaining efforts. Might have a complicated relationship with some foods, but once they find the recipe they like, it’s that recipe for life.

Pitta: Efficiency and expediency is key. Pitta may like to think they enjoy lingering in the kitchen while cooking, but until they’ve shared the kitchen with Vata to truly discover what lingering means, they are incorrect. Pitta likes to hone talents, and will repeat recipes for maximum nutrition intake or impressiveness.

Vata: Frequently forgets to eat and then eats all the things that are a bit odd, like a giant bag of popcorn that only exacerbates their airiness.


Vata: Wants all the colours, all the flowers, and especially ones that are gorgeous yet are not suited to the climate they live in. Vata does best in warm climates anyway, so they should come to terms with the fact rhododendrons do not do well in Ontario winters or move to Florida.

Pitta: enjoys the meditative aspect of gardening as it cools down their fiery spirit. Has thoroughly researched what does best in this climate, discovered the names and preferences of all the plants inherited from the previous owners, and wonders why on earth they chose to plant a Cypress tree right in front of the first floor window when they should have known how large and quickly they grow.

Kapha: habitually over waters when remembering to tend the garden, and so ultimately plants all marigolds because the colours are cheerful.


Pitta: appreciates the use of negative space and while not terribly vain, would prefer that less than flattering pictures not go up. Will spend for professional photos after reviewing many portfolios.

Vata: takes pictures of absolutely everything, especially the magically ordinary things of day to day, and forgets to post them.

Kapha: posts many cat pictures with lengthy explanations as to why this particular cat is the cutest one you’ve ever seen ever.