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Healthy Backpacking Meals

By juleharle | March 24, 2019

Just because you’re going out on a backcountry trip doesn’t mean you must resort to freeze-dried, prepackaged, overly processed dehydrated foods.  It’s ironic actually, that we are physically exerting ourselves & relying on “low prana” foods to sustain us. Prana means “life force” or “vital life energy.” It’s a yogic concept that refers to the…

Spring Cleansing the Ayurveda Way

By juleharle | March 24, 2019

Spring is upon us.  Snow melts, days get longer, flowers begin budding, leaves unfurling… it’s hard to deny it- we are deeply affected by this awakening around us. Spring is a season of new beginnings, growth and renewal.  Ayurveda observes that what is happening outside in nature, is also happening within us as well.  Just like…

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Treat Giardia Naturally: Using Ayurveda to Cleanse Parasites

By juleharle | March 21, 2019

What is Giardia? Giardia Lamblia is the most common intestinal parasite worldwide; in the USA, there’s almost 45,000 cases per year- about 2% of the population has been infected at one time or another.  It can cause a variety of digestive symptoms like diarrhea & greasy stool, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, excessive burping, loss of…

Yoga for Hikers & Backpackers

By juleharle | March 20, 2019

A day of hiking can leave you with tight quadriceps, calves, hamstrings and hip flexors. Below are some of my favorite yoga postures to help unwind and stretch muscles used when hiking & backpacking.  These are postures I use when I’m out on trips; I might do some during the day while I’m hiking, but…

What is Ayurveda?

By juleharle | March 12, 2019

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing with roots in the Vedic Culture of India.  The word Ayurveda originates from two Sanskrit words; Ayur meaning “life” & Veda meaning “knowledge” or “science.” This “Life Science”, or “Life Knowledge” is often described as Yoga’s sister science.  It offers a body…

Herbal First Aid Kit

By juleharle | February 25, 2019

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient science that evolved in India. It translates as “Life wisdom” or “science of longevity.  Ayur means “life” or “longevity” & veda means “wisdom” or “science.” If that sounds a little broad…well, that’s because it is. Ayurvedic medicine is all about creating health and vitality within the whole person- mind, body and…

Yoga for Paddlers

By juleharle | August 21, 2018

Paddling, both whitewater & flat water, can create tension or stiffness in the shoulders from constant rotation, the abdominal obliques from twisting, and hips from keeping the body stable while in the boat. Increasing your range of motion and flexibility in these areas can help reduce risk of injury & keep you on the water…