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Ayurveda in the Garden

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Biome by Yellena James

There is no better time to synchronize with the rhythms of our cosmos than in late spring…

Almost 150 years ago, the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley hired a large company of porters to carry his equipment and forge a path through the African jungle. He was in a hurry to find the legendary Dr. Livingstone, so he pushed aggressively ahead—until one morning, when his porters sat down under a tree and refused to continue. Stanley begged, cajoled, demanded, threatened, but they wouldn’t budge. Finally, one of their elders explained, “We need to sit now and wait for our souls to catch up.”  In a world that is endlessly cyclical, persistently dynamic, with time constantly marching on, how do we actually let our souls catch up?  Ayurveda, the ancient natural science of health, healing, and wellness, reminds us that we live in a world where everything is moving, everything exists in rotations and repetitions that create patterns. The Earth’s axial rotation causes day and night, the sun and the moon determine the seasons and the tides. That whirl of time cannot be stopped. There is no button for “pause.” What can give us that sense of pause is to move in rhythm with nature: to …

Laura Plumb is the author of Ayurvedic Cooking for Beginners and creator of our new online course, Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking.

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Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb is a practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga and Jyotish. She is the writer of the book, Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners, and the writer and host of the international 58-part TV series VedaCleanse, with recipes and daily practices for seasonal wellness. She is also the writer and host of the 12-part series Divine Yoga. Laura leads trainings and retreats internationally, and offers online seasonal cleanses and courses. You can learn more about her at and get more Ayurvedically inspired recipes on her blog:

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