About The Karmic Kitchen

 
 

The word 'karma' directly translated, means 'action'.

 

The kitchen holds food, spices, and herbs, which when properly chosen and prepared are our fuel, our medicine, and the bottom line of our health.  Here you'll find practical recipes that are Ayurvedically-inspired using whole foods, zero preservatives, no ickily-processed ingredients, never any refined sugar, and that still taste fantastic.  All food has karma, or an action, in whoever eats it, and this is where I pass the karmic possibilities to you. 

 

My Story

Hi there :)  I'm Sarah. I'm an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Yoga Therapist living and working in Los Angeles, California. I am a teacher of, and a forever student of both Yoga and Ayurveda.  I started this blog for two reasons; 1) Because over the years, almost every time I told someone I was studying or teaching Ayurveda, they responded with "What's that?", and 2) because I want to share with as many people as possible the things that helped me get my health back when it seemed like nothing else was working. 

I've been acquainted with yoga for over fifteen years, but it wasn't until I got sick that I became an avid practitioner.  Illness left me looking for a way to heal for my whole self, including my digestive system, and that search led me to Ayurveda and a daily yoga practice.

Living overseas in a developing country, I found myself with a horrible case of Giardia [ a parasite :(  ] that took months and months to get rid of. It was awful while I had it, but I was still incredibly sick even after it was gone. It had ravaged my digestive system, and caused me to have what doctors told me was IBS.  They had no real advice or any real solutions for me, other than "Don't eat raw food," followed by an indefinite prescription for 5 medications that essentially turned off my entire digestive system plus an antidepressant/antipsychotic that apparently helps IBS. An antipsychotic. Seriously.  I looked up all the side effects of the 5 medications and lo and behold they're WAY worse than my current symptoms, which were pretty awful.  I was desperate though. I was teaching kindergarden at the time and was in constant pain and discomfort with zero energy for my poor little kiddos, so I had to do something.  I took the meds (minus the antipsychotic), and they kinda helped.  It was better, but still not good, and I needed a permanent solution that would actually make me feel good again.  The meds shut my digestive system down though, and I still wasn't absorbing anything properly, so I stopped taking them after a couple of weeks.  I had lost so much weight I looked gaunt and sick- virtually all of my muscle mass was gone, and still wasn't getting any nutrients out of the food I was eating the way I should.  I knew I needed to exercise but I was so weak my body couldn't handle my usual fitness regimen, and even just walking was really rough.  The only exercise my body could handle was a few minutes of gentle yoga.  

Long story a little less long,  I began a very short, very gentle daily yoga practice and changed my diet, and over the course of just a few weeks my digestive system started working again.  Over the following months I grew stronger and my yoga practice grew longer and more advanced. I was finally able to absorb nutrients again, allowing my body (and in turn, my mind) to return to a state of good health and balance. Mind you I still have a sensitive system, and if I eat crap I definitely pay for it later, but it has become so much more manageable.  Yoga and Ayurveda pretty much saved my life as far as I'm concerned.  I was (and still am) so in awe of the difference they've made in my body, in my mind, and in the way I live and experience the world, that I dove in to both as a formal student so I could share the wealth and pass on the wisdom.  After years of study and practice, I'm now a Yoga Teacher RYT500, a Yoga Therapist, and a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. I teach both yoga and Ayurveda one-on-one, and in group classes and workshops, but you can only share so much with so many in a classroom environment... so here I am :)  

If you're interested in setting up an Ayurvedic Health Consultation, or a Yoga or Body Mind Therapy session with me, either in person in Los Angeles, or online, click the button below! Note that it will take you to my appointment scheduler within my website, beradicallywell.com <3 

 

A note about the content

All information presented here is knowledge that I've gathered over the course of my studies, mostly from the following sources:

  • My amazing teachers at San Diego College of Ayurveda who are MDs and Ayurvedic Doctors
  • Textbook of Ayurveda by Vasant Lad
  • A number of books by David Frawley
  • Traditional Ayurvedic texts
  • The National Center for Biotechnology Information:  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
  • Other medical journals and published clinical studies 

I am NOT a medical doctor, and none of the information here is meant to replace current treatment, or inform existing or future treatment.  Please consult your health practitioner before implementing changes in your health regimen, especially if you have an existing illness, or suspect you may have one.   

 

A note about the photos

I love taking photos!  Any photos you find in Recipes, Herbs & Spices, and Kitchen Pharm have been taken by yours truly.  I don't mind if you would like to borrow them, but please do give credit where credit is due and link back to the source!  Thank you :)  Many, but not all, of the photos for articles under Principles of Ayurveda have been sourced from the interwebs, the free section of pixabay.com. 

A note about the links

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn a little bit of income to support the blog, by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This means that if you click a link that I include, and purchase that product through clicking through my link, Amazon pays me a tiny percentage of that product (It doesn't affect what you pay, it just gives me a little credit for pointing you there).

I do this for two reasons- The main purpose of this is so I can provide you with rich content, and directly link to the things that I recommend either because I personally use and can vouch for them, or because the product falls into the parameters of Ayurveda (organically grown, the process it was made through, the materials it's made from, etc.) I get a lot of questions about whether or not something is considered Ayurvedic, and this way I can just point you in the direction of what is. This means that you don't have to spend so much time researching products, because I'll do it first!  I will only ever link to a product that I myself have tried or that I have total confidence in because I am familiar with the company that makes it and/or have researched it's practices.  The second reason is, since I'm doing all this anyway,  hopefully I earn a little to support my time writing. :)