Who’s going to hold hands and jump up and down with me?! Who’s coming over to my house? Where are you people when I NEED you!? ;) You guys, after 1 1/2 years, my Ayurvedic book is COMPLETE! READY FOR THE WORLD! *high kick* *clap hands* *shake booty*


In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life is a vibrant mix of Ayurvedic wisdom, humor and practicality all rolled into one book. In Your Elements was created for those of us who believe in the power of the individual and that true health stems from within.

My lovely book walks you through fundamental Ayurvedic foundations and includes over 70 questions, exercises and oodles of tips to help you along the journey. The whole book is a customized look at your life including, your daily routine, dosha quiz, menus, recipes, home therapies, exercise recommendations and more! As a bonus, Yoga teachers and Ayurvedic practitioners will LOVE this book for their classes and clients, respectively.


So Monica B, what’s next?
We are going to have a proper launch party webinar in October with yours truly as the host. I’ll do a little chat, we will have book give-aways, I’ll answer any questions and we will have a PAR-TAY together online. That is coming SOON so keep your peepers out and be ready to “woohoo!” Oh! And if you have not signed up for my newsletter yet, definitely do that.

For now, go buy the book! Love it up. Share with friends. There will be SO MUCH MORE very soon! XOXOX! Monica B


Ayurvedic Thanksgiving Tips


It’s almost Thanksgiving! *NOM-nom-nom*

Wait a minute! That’s not how we eat in Ayurveda.

In Ayurveda, we eat like this *Taste <pause> Chew 32 times. Taste <pause> Chew 32 times*

Hehe. Only kidding. I do not judge your nom-noms and in fact, enjoying the meal is the best part about eating! You probably already know this but in Ayurveda, how we eat is even more important than what we eat. Enjoying all the flavors and sampling a little bit of everything is a great way to balance the six tastes and stay mindful of how much food we are putting in our bellies.

Another digestive happiness bonus on Thanksgiving is that the food is made fresh that day! It is truly a day of cooking and eating — in Ayurvedic philosophy, this is how every meal should happen, every day. Mmm, yeah I know we don’t always have time for that, but on THIS day, WE DO and WE CAN! What a treasure.

Some of my favorite Ayurvedic Thanksgiving tips are below.
Emphasis on the THANKS!

  • Open your eyes *blink blink* and write a list of 25 things you are grateful for (it’s ok to write the list while cozy in your bed *yawn*). Counting your blessings is sure to bring a smile in your face and in your heart first thing in the morning. Hint: Imagine if you did this every day and not just on Thanksgiving!
  • Drink a glass of water. Water replenishes the bod after its nightly fast.
  • Go for a brisk 30 minute walk or light jog in the crispy fall air. Take 5-10 minutes for stretching, a set of sun salutes or your favorite stretchy yoga poses. Exercise gives agni a nice boost first thing in the morning. Stretching or yoga keeps muscles from getting too stiff and provides a sense of grounding which is good for vata season.
  • If you are hungry for breakfast, keep it small and warm. If you are not hungry, skip breakfast and drink ginger tea (honey optional).
  • Have 1/2 tsp Indian appetizer 30 minutes before dinner. This lil’ appetizer
  • Avoid walking around and eating. Stay mindful of what you eat so you fully taste and chew the food.
  • At dinner, serve others before you serve yourself.
  • Thank and bless your food. Think about where the food came from and all the people involved in getting that food onto your plate — the farms they were picked from and your auntie that made it.
  • Build your plate according to your dosha and choose only your favorite foods. Leave the stuff you don’t love. Do your best to eat until you feel satisfied, instead of eating until you are full. There is a big difference!
  • Go for a leisurely walk after the big meal to aid digestion. Leeeiiisurely. A stroll.
  • Do not go back for more helpings late at night! Eating more food especially late at night will create a back log of old food stuffs, which could cause heartburn, insomnia, ama, and will make it very hard to get up in the morning.
  • Drink ginger tea and fast Friday morning to let your agni digest all the food from the day/evening before. Don’t eat again until you are hungry.

What do you think, do these tips seem difficult or pretty easy? Not too bad or too limiting, right? You guys all of Ayurveda is like this. Totally doable. If you want to learn more and carry Ayurveda around with you everywhere, go get your copy my book :) And if you love it, share with your loves :) OH and please come to my FREE online book launch party (for reals a big party! giveaways, music, discounts, teachings) on Wednesday December 2. 9pm EST/6pm PST. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


Super Itchy Skin Season


Hoooo. Welcome to “Super itchy skin Season” I mean, well, that’s probably not the official name of the season. Most would call it vata season or, fall. Anywho, if we have not already started practicing daily oil massage by now, our skin is probably letting us know it. We know it’s dry when our skin starts to show it’s texture and we can write the word “Dry” on the back of our hand with our fingernail (who remembers that commercial?). We know it’s dry when lotion buurrrns our skin (Why? Cause alcohol is one of the first ingredients in most skin lotion which dries it out further and makes it sting!). We might also wake up in the middle of the night with itchy-itchy dry scratchy legs like I did couple years ago and almost went nuts!

Most of you guys know by now that it’s time for OILS. Maybe we should rename it “Oil Season.” That sends a better message. Oils soak into our skin (especially warm oil – it’s heavenly) and also create a barrier to the outside cold, dry air. If we use oils daily, we won’t get super-itchy-skin or wake up in the middle of the night with itches. As a bonus, applying warm oil massage promotes sound sleep and can be used as a relaxation technique to unwind before bed.

Here are some ways to sneak in oils each day:
• Daily Oil Massage (yes, even for busy people), ideally in the morning before shower.
• Keep a small bottle of oil at your desk. Use like you would lotion and apply to forehead, cheeks, hands, arms, shins (if you start rubbing oil above your knees at work, people will think it’s just weird). Make sure it’s rubbed in really well.
• If you didn’t do massage in the morning then apply warm oil to your bod in the evening. Dump some oil in a pot on the stove and heat it (careful! It heats very fast and will continue to heat in the pan even when removed). Apply with strokes up and toward the heart.
• Rub warm sesame oil on hands and feet before heading outside in the cold.
• Eat oils too. Our skin is dry because our insides are dry. Favor vata-balancing diet with plenty of healthy oils this time of year.

And below are some of Monica B’s Favorite Oils (Confession…I have a lot of favorite oils, but these guys are tops).

It’s important to choose oils that benefit your dosha the best. Our friends at Banyan Botanicals have a nice variety of oils to choose from.

Vata-balancing oil. Warm, nourish and ground.

Pitta-balancing oil (will nourish but also cool). Calm, sooth and cool.

Kapha-balancing oil. Invigorate, warm, revitalize.

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Another one of my favorite luxurious brand of oils are from Boditonic. These would make awesome gifts or a nice bit of pampering for yourself. The baby scent is my favorite (it’s a calm, very light ylang ylang). The original scent is also good — it’s more lemongrassy. If you order from Boditonic, say hi to Adam and tell him Monica B sent you. It will make him smile.



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Made in small batches with care by Adam at


Behind the Scenes

What’s in front of the stage? Monica Bloom wrote a book! And the world can see it! Yay!

Behind the scenes? In mid-September just as the book was finalizing, my dog Blossom was diagnosed with liver failure at only 6 years old. Four weeks later, she died on Friday October 16th around 1:15 a.m.

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I’m not sharing this story to make you feel sorry for me or my dog. There were lessons and miracles along the journey that are too precious to keep to myself. It is my hope that for anyone else living between two extremes (great joy! heart breaking sadness.) that we begin to honor our raw sadness without feeling guilty for feeling joy in between (or vice versa).

While working on the book’s final touches, staying up way too late, dealing with some pretty big transitions at the day-job and turning 40, we were told Blossom was in end stage liver failure and they were not sure how long she would live. September 18th, one day before my 40th birthday, we cancelled our trip to the mountains and stayed home where I cried and hugged her the entire day and night. When I woke up on my birthday, I saw her eyes — those sweet sparkle eyes. I thanked her for being around today. My heart was full and grateful — she was still here and that was the best birthday gift ever. Lesson 1: Live now. Every day, every moment is a gift.

Ok but, I’m a healer so… I can heal her, right?! Yes! Because life is full of miracles and she was going to be one of them. Trying to manifest the shit out of some serious healing, I tried some ayurvedic herbs, I fed her “magic” sweet potatoes, I wrote in my journal how she would heal, I did energy work on her at night, I begged her to stay strong. She kept declining. She refused to eat. Her poop turned the color of tar. Lesson 2: Surrender. All beings have their path. I cannot fix everything.

I thought it was unfair and “couldn’t be!” because she was only 6. Lesson 3: Not all creatures live to be old.

After another visit to the vet, we had her abdomen drained for the 3rd time (she was about 1/2 full of fluid in body weight while her body was very very skinny from not eating) and I knew it would be the last time. Lesson 4: I gave her permission.

I told her that I would rely on her eyes to tell me everything and when she was ready to go, I would just know. Every morning when she got out of her bed, I locked in on her eyes. I thanked her for being here, “It’s great to see you,” I would say. A day and a half before she died, one of her eyes started to close. Her other eye started to look a bit weak also. Only when I didn’t have her eyes, was I able to fully see how uncomfortable she was in her body. Lesson 5: Be prepared to get what you ask for, but it might be delivered in an unexpected way.

Blossom was trying to sleep standing up because she could not breathe well while lying down. She kept coming to us for pets and sat there with her eyes closed. It was time. We took her to the vet at 12 a.m. on October 16th with our 4-year old (we don’t have family close by). We gave Blossom a big family group hug and we all cried. My husband and daughter waited in the car and I carried Blossom inside. Lesson 6: Little kids can handle tough information if it is delivered delicately in truth and from the heart.

The vet supported our decision. She asked if I wanted to stay with Blossom the whole time and without hesitation I said yes. Lesson 7: The purity of spirit gives strength I didn’t know I had.

We were in a little sanctuary of a room, totally peaceful and in the middle of the night. I held her face to mine and heard her breathing in my ear (so hum so hum so hum). I felt her body relax and it was the most comfortable I had seen her in weeks. I felt her instant gratitude. I felt her last exhale (hummm) on my cheek and felt her last heartbeat. She was grateful for everything and so was I. Lesson 8: One of the things I fear the most (death) became one of the most beautiful and peaceful experiences I’ve ever had.

When we drove away, I saw Blossom in my mind (heart?) running and running, tail wagging like crazy, tongue hanging out, smiling. The message I got was, “I’m happy Mom! I’m having a great time here! Thank you!”

First thing in the morning, my daughter wanted to draw Blossom, so she made this beautiful picture. When I asked her what the yellow was she said, “It’s light, Mama!”


Another little miracle happened when our other dog, Matty, was lying in his bed. They usually slept right next to each other. And look…two little rainbows.


Between the tears, worry, anxiety, and sadness, there were bursts of excitement about my book, but it all made me realize that this is all about LIFE. Such a precious thing and also so raw. But you know what? In my meditations now, I see Blossom’s smiling face — she is wearing one of those doggie backpacks — I put books in it. And I say, “GO BLOSSOM GO!” I see her RUNNING FAST like the little bullet she was and she takes my books around the world for me (tearing up now as I write).


Good girl, Blossom, good girl. We love you.

Recipe of Life!



If you make a big pot of tomato sauce from scratch, do you taste test it to make sure it’s good? Sure. And if it’s not good, you adjust right? Add a little more salt, pepper or garlic. Maybe a smidge of sugar or extra basil. Perhaps it needs oregano! And you putz around adding things and testing until you have your pot o’sauce exactly how you like it! You might write it down as a recipe and use it for future.

For those pittas who will write to me because they can’t stand tomatoes —-> What about a guacamole? Maybe a little more lime or salt is needed to make it taste just how you like it. And tomato-free, of course!

My point is before you make a large batch of anything, you will test it. If you absolutely love it and look forward to having it again, you might even craft a little recipe.

The SAME THING relates to our life! You’ve heard of recipes for happiness, so how about a recipe for life! Your recipe for life, that is, because everybody is different ya know. In Ayurveda, we try things — a dash of this, a dabble of that, but the base (like the tomatoes or avocados) should stay the same, which is the daily routine and balancing our dosha(s). Added “ingredients” are various ways to exercise, all kinds of food choices, and ways to manage our stress. When we put together ingredients that work for us, we feel it! So maybe we add our favorite exercise, our go-to meals and daily meditation to our life’s recipe. We know that when we do those things, we will feel awesome.

Conversely we might test some things out that might not work for our happy life recipe. Like, “Do red peppers really give me heartburn? Lemme try and see…Yes, yes they do give me heartburn.” But with every miss, there is a learning behind it.

So don’t be afraid to test things out as you craft your recipe. This is life-long learning! Try some things and if they suit you, write it down so you remember! My book In Your Elements is FULL of stuff you can refer back to. It helps you craft your life and build your recipe for healing and happiness.

Do any of you have a “go-to” life recipe that you use? I’ll share mine – here it is: morning walk/jog before sunrise, meditation on the bus, light yoga in the evening, write gratitude list before bed. If I miss any of those things daily, I feel a bit off. If I miss those things for a week, I feel very off. If I miss those things for a month (it has happened), I feel completely out of my skin, I am easily irritable, I cry a lot and feel overall saddness. The beauty is, I know exactly how to get out of it — the recipe!

Now YOUR TURN! Tell us some stories about what’s in YOUR recipe of life! You go! I’ll hang out while you do compile your list… xoxo!

A warm welcome to In Your Elements

Ayurveda Treats the Person

Ayurveda treats the person not the disease

Shifts in Perspective



Ya’ll know I have a day job and a very long commute, for the past 3 years. On Tuesday, my train was delayed. Arg! Irritated! It happens a lot! Then found out someone had jumped in front of it (again). My soul sunk and my edge softened.

Shift in perspective. While I felt a sting in my heart, I also took immediate action. I bolted from the train station to catch the bus instead – because I needed to get home. I was literally sprinting across San Francisco (heart burning, legs like noodles, sweat dripping between boobs, shoulder cramping from my purse with laptop) and I made it on time! As I saw the bus pulling out, I waved my arms for the bus to wait, but the bus driver waved a finger at me – the bus was too full. And it left. By now I knew it would take me 2.5-3 hours to get home. Sweaty, out of breath, defeated. F. 2-3 hours…

So many were stranded and heading to the bus and I said to the woman behind me, “Well, it sucks, but someone jumped…so I think there are other people having a much worse night than we are.” And she said, “Yeah, perspective.” With tears in my eyes (out of sadness for them and heart-rocking gratitude for what I have), I ran a list of gratitude for everything in my life and sent a big blessing to all those in pain.

Another shift in perspective. At the same time, a co-worker was complaining on FB about the train and commute. I let her know it was because someone had jumped…to try and help her perspective too. She said I was a better person than she was and that she was not sympathetic to someone who jumps during rush hour and makes her miss time with her kids. Hm. Different perspective and clearly she was pissed. I was no longer upset. I wondered how my shift in perspective actually benefited my mind and body by reducing the stress I felt. And wondered if and for how long her stress levels stayed escalated. Perspective shift: I remain peaceful and therefore more healthy.

So yesterday, the train was delayed AGAIN due to police activity (omg, what is the lesson?!). As my head filled with all the reasons why I hate the commute and all the things it takes away from me, I crammed like a sardine into the train. My gray Target t-shirt showed my sweat rings under my pits and sweat soaking in the front of my shirt. F this. I was so mad. But I was glad I was wearing sneakers.

At the train station transfer, there was a super long line again, my saving grace mantra often is, “20 more minutes, only 20 more minutes..I can do this. It’s a blip on the radar.” When I crammed on the 2nd train, I saw a woman I used to ride with years ago. She is in a wheelchair and doesn’t have any arms or legs. Perspective shift: I am awashed with gratitude, peace and admiration. I’ve always admired her style as she looks so put together all the time wearing beautiful blouses and skirts. She carries a slight smile and her hair is a sassy-red color. Her comment yesterday to someone was, “It’s definitely more crowded than usual.” and then she shrugged and smiled. I smiled. She had a lightness I did not have, but she rubbed off on me. I wear a gray Target t-shirt (to work! And no I don’t work at a gym) while this woman dresses like she cares. Perspective shift: Make the most of what I have and SHOW it.

At that moment, a nice guy offered me a seat. I asked if he was sure and he said he had been sitting all day. I thanked him. Perspective shift: People give gifts just at the right time, I always have a net. Always. I sat down and got tears in my eyes. Tears because I was so tired. Tears because I hate my commute. Tears because if I had my commuting time back, I could do more with Ayurveda — I feel blocked in so many ways. Tears because I was disappointed in my bad attitude while this woman just presses on with grace, successfully. Tears out of admiration for her — she clearly faces many more obstacles each day than I do — yet she rocks it. I wondered if she ever complained. I wondered what the hell I had to complain about. I felt icky and ashamed about my trivial irritations. Yet, I have a right to feel how I’m going to feel. And sometimes two bad commutes in a week puts us over the edge.

I got home and cried while hugging my husband. So many things running through my head and the biggest is: GET YOUR BOOK DONE, MONICA. YOU HAVE A BIG JOB TO DO IN AYURVEDA. THE WORLD NEEDS THIS GIFT. SHOW IT. We are finessing final details now…and yes it’s taking a little longer. But I want it to shine like that woman on the train and not settle for a gray t-shirt. If it takes me a few minutes longer to do it, I will. Love you, Monica B.

In the Birth Canal *ouch* *squish*

Gah! Sooooo…you know babies? Like when they go through the birth canal? *squish* *ouch* That’s me. Today, this week, all week. I’ve been working so dang hard — and the end is close. Which means the BEGINNING is close! I’ve been staying up until midnight and sometimes 2am for the past few weeks after work to get this thing done. My head feels squished, I’m fuzzy eye-d and my shoulders hurt. My head and face hurts. Then I got sick. HA! Wonder why that happened? Der. *squish* *ouch*

Add to that (many of you will appreciate this), I am in transition at my job-job and have a new manager starting with my team. Her first day was Monday and on Monday two of my staff members resigned. HA! Really? Not only did I feel bad for her but I felt side-swiped with the plan I had worked so hard to create *squish* *ouch*

But you know what comes AFTER the canal? FRICKIN’ BIRTH!!!!!! And THAT is AMAZING! A TRUE MIRACLE! A pure beginning, a fresh start. AND I AM SO READY!!!

I’m almost out of this canal – and hey, it’s the shortest part of birth, so that’ good news.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?! For any of you going through a transition, take note: are you in the canal? If you are, YAY! It’s *squish* *ouch* but that means you are about to be BORN with something NEW!

HOORAY for birth canals! Push on through. You can’t turn around…going back “in there” is too small and you have to GET OUT to grow!!! I would love to hear your canal stories so that others can be inspired to keep going. A funny story, I was on a call with my manager yesterday and my earring popped out on the table. I was like, “Whoa stuff is starting to fall out of me! It’s cause I’m in the canal and stuff falls out of the canal! And then we cracked up.

BOOK IS BELOW!!! It is written, edited, Ayurvedically edited, proofed, and designed. All backend stuff to complete now: upload to Amazon, set up my e-store, figure out a shopping cart on my page (I have no clue), and set up an online LAUNCH PARTY!!!

Almost done! *squish* *ouch* But it’s about to get REAL AWE-some!!!



Almost Done!


Dude. Do you know how EASY it is to write a blog post after spending the past year, nose down, writing and designing a 235 page book? Blog posts all day long, baby. They are EE-ZAY.

Right. So! My book is out for proofreading while I’m putting all the touches on the design. I’m almost done. Whee! The pretty parts is what is left! This thing has grown to be WAY bigger than I ever thought. Last May I was like, “I wanna make a cool, pretty, 45-page Ayurvedic workbook with big graphics!” Um no. Apparently I can’t shut up about Ayurveda cause this thing is pretty mighty. The crazy thing — As I wrote, I only got ideas (and new knowledge) for more books in the future. Heeeeeee.

Want to know more about the book? It’s a happy journey through all the parts of Ayurveda stemming from the foundation to nutrition (new-trition!) to home therapies (om-therapies!). My favorite part is that it’s a workbook! Handbook I guess. I want to call it a handbook because work sounds…worky. Anyway, you can learn a bit and then answer questions about your own life. Are you eating all the foods best for you? Are you following the daily routine? If not, that’s cool. So where can you improve? Things like that. Think of it as if you took your life and sat next to Ayurveda’s life and you compared notes – just like that! So yes, it will teach you all about Ayurveda but will also teach you about YOUR life in comparison.

As a mega-bonus, I am completely honored and blessed because the whole thing has been reviewed by the 2nd American licensed Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) for Ayurvedic accuracy against the classical Ayurvedic texts. So not only does it have my shenanigans and modern day twists, but it’s got the pure authentic goods as a root. Big, great awesomeness to unfold soon!

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay updated especially before launch! Over to the right in the pink box! There will be updates and sneak previews as I prepare to launch. AND there will be a fun, free webinar (party I say! And you’re all invited) where we can all get together and “woo hoo!”

Meantime, it’s SUMMER and it’s HOT outside.

Enjoy some summer pitta-balancing tips:

• Walking in cool grass in the evening soothes the eyes

• Coconut water makes a wonderful cooling drink

• Make a watermelon mint shake as a treat

• Enjoy fruits of the season, but remember fruits are best eaten alone. Solo. Like a rebel.

• Stock up on some of the best summer foods

• Keep rose water on hand and spritz your face, arms, legs, or your coworkers (you only get points if you take them by surprise. just kidding)

• Skin is governed by pitta so use that sunscreen and wear a big hat!

• If you haven’t read it or aren’t sick of it yet, read up on Pitta Seasonal Bloom. It’s old (what an endorsement, hey?) but it’s still pretty decent.

• Don’t forget your daily meditation and just sit for 5-10 minutes. Even if you do nothing but breathe, it will do a world of good to calm the mind and help you remain peaceful enough to ENJOY this beautiful season!!

Okay back to it! See you guys soon – and sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss a beat!

“I Don’t Need You…”

“I don’t need you.” Like, where did that ever come from? How did I learn that or why is that my default? Is anyone else like that? Sheez, I used to pride myself on not “needing” anyone except myself. I would take on the world and “you watch!” cause “I’m gonna live in San Francisco on my own and run away from it all.” Yes! I can do it! And, that is true. I can survive on my own, sure. So, congratulations, Bloom.

But as I approach 40 this year, I realize, that’s bullshit. I need people. I need my husband. I need my kid and my family. I need my close friends and far friends. I need my network of supporters and readers that have been reading since 2008 when I didn’t know much about Ayurveda except, a recipe for ghee.

Why is this top of mind? Because a few days ago, I reached out on Facebook to get help on technical aspects of this book design (I’m doing it, on my own…so to speak…but I’m not…I have help). Out of nowhere, a friend from high school responded. He said he knew a reputable editor who could help me. Like, out of the blue and a shimmer of hope and a message of “Dude, Monica B. It’s there for the asking. You need help, so take it.” Without pause, I humbly thanked my friend and said, “YES PLEASE! I would love help!”

Since Sunday, Kristen and Denise, who are experts in PR have offered help also. On top of it, every single Ayurvedic school/clinic/resource I have reached out to have said, “YES!” and offer full support of my book.

For almost 40 years I have been thinking, “I’m on my own. I gotta crush it myself cause if I don’t, then I suck.” And you know what? Forget that. Life is better with friends. Life is better with support. Life is better with people you LOVE hanging out with. You don’t have to be on your own and you’re not. You have life and love around you. You just might need need to speak up a bit, hey? Pittas, I’m especially talkin’ to you.

So great, now that it’s in the open, work on it. And I will too. We all want to see each other succeed. We all love to be part of fun projects while helping one another. I challenge you, do it. Who can you help, tomorrow? And who can you ask for help, tomorrow.

Go run! Go find! Tell us what you did. GO SHINE! XOXO!


Bit o’ Wisdom {52}

YOU bring the fun


My Gopher Hole

Book progress. Words are done, I am making changes to the edits in digital form. I get anxious about it all (it’s due in May, MAY I say!)…and my husband says, “You have people that love you. You just need to keep pushing out content and interest and they will share with their friends and it will just keep going! And it only takes a second.” With that thought, my heart and brain freeze with overwhelming anxiety. I can’t even think about creating more or sharing more right now. I am in my gopher hole, focused, writing, editing, illustrating and designing. By myself, no distractions. I am a one woman show with too many plates spinning. I am anxious but SO excited. I LOVE the journey and progress. It feels amazing yet scary.

So, I told the huz that I LOVE the idea of pushing out more of my content on social media channels…but the thought of me sticking my head out of my gopher hole makes me sick and anxious. I can’t.

So, back in my gopher hole I go. If I’m not writing blog posts and pushing content, it’s because I’m writing. And preserving energy and time for this beloved book which is much larger to reach even MORE people.

I love each of you, I know you’re out there. I know you’ll be there when I’m done. But I’m a little scared, overwhelmed yet having fun, and have to get this done so I can share my gift with the world. It won’t be long and I’ll come out shining (with glitter!) with all kinds of good stuff for you to learn and share.

xoxo and back in my hole…

My Book Update!


EE! My Book Update! The book is well underway with 185 pages written. I am shooting to have all the words done by the end of January, with editing to happen February. While editing happens, I’ll be working more on design and graphics. Projected launch is in the beginning of May.

It’s been a LONG process. I’ve had this idea for years and years, but finally started getting it down on “paper” (and digital file obviously) in May 2014. I’ve been working on it on and off since then as I balance my job and family obligations. About three weeks ago, I tore the whole thing apart and realigned the material. I even started making thumbnails again on paper! The content was there, but the flow was not.

And since I did that, I am SPRINTING!!! After years of being steady and running long distance with Ayurveda,  I’m ready to SPRINT, SHAKE, STOMP, TRANSFORM, BURST, my knowledge and design to the world. We truly have to be ready for transformation, don’t we? Something (I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe ’cause I’m turning 40 this year) has lit a major fire and I am so ready to birth this thang. Btw, birthing is so scary! I was scared when birthing my child and this scares me too, but the result of a birth is creation, unmatched!!

The book will be for the Ayurvedic beginner who might already know a little, but could also be for people who have no idea what Ayurveda is. It is perfect for yoga studios or healing centers to have on their shelves. And here’s where it gets cool…so many of you have been reading my blog for years (Thank you thank you thank you, the gratitude FLOWS!) and you now know so much more about Ayurveda than most people. How’s THAT?! Did you even realize that? Because YOU know and love Ayurveda, my book will be a tool that you can use to help introduce Ayurveda to your loved ones as we all strive to live our best, healthiest lives.

Isn’t it beautiful? It all comes from the inside out anyway. Here I am giving my insides to you (the outside), which you are reading and absorbing on your insides. As you apply and learn, you might have loved ones in mind thinking, “Man, so-and-so should really know this. They would love it.” Right! Yes! That’s how it goes, you guys!!

Everything comes from the inside out. So as I continue to work on my insides in my creative cocoon here, it will soon be available to you. And then you can share with those you love, all while you transform, heal, and evolve yourself as well. Man I love life. SO GOOD SO GOOD! Send me good vibes of concentration, focus, and creativity as I SPRINT these last few months. I can’t WAIT!!!! BOOK SOON! MUCHO LOVE!

Gratitude Tree


gratitude_tree_2014I made a little gratitude tree! I have been reflecting on 2014 and getting ready to set intentions for 2015. Setting sights on creating dosha-lutions, new year’s wish lists or beginning your new year’s cleanse is definitely going to transform you and help you to evolve. But before zooming to the future, take a moment to be grateful for what got you here! I created this little gratitude tree for myself and thought it inspiring enough to share.

There are 25 circles where you can fill your tree up with great stuff. Print it out and keep at your desk or wherever you need a reminder of life’s sparkles and blessings from 2014. Might make a cute New Year’s gift from your yoga studio or new year’s party or keep it just for you :) Enjoy! xoxo.

Lotus Turkey

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Gobble Gobble! Lotus Turkey is here to remind you how to have a simply divine Ayurvedic Thanksgiving!

1. Morning exercise. Start the day with a little sweat to release toxins and stoke agni.

2. Write gratitude list. Super important! Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for. Then write 10 more.

3. Put on good music. Cause, yes!

4. Prepare a dish to share. Contribute to the feast, enjoy making it and put love in the food!

5. Have a glass of wine. Wine stokes agni and prepares for digestion. Yes in Ayurveda wine is actually used as medicine in some cases!

6. Bless the turkey. With sincerity say a little blessing (even if it’s to yourself), “Thank you turkey, for giving your life to me so that I can be nourished.”

7. Have potatoes with ghee. Potatoes (sweet ones are best!) are grounding ghee is awesomely nourishing.

8. Don’t over-stuff yourself. You know you’ll feel like crap so don’t do it. Eat to 1/3 capacity and leave room for the food and liquid to mix.

9. Help clean up. Don’t let the hostess do it by herself. Lend a hand to give back for all he/she has done for you.

10. Take a post-meal walk. Grab the crew and go for a leisurely walk around the block for fresh air.

11. Snuggle and cuddle. That’s what the end of Thanksgiving is all about. Cuddle with those you love (even if it’s your animals) and tell them why you love them so much.

*SMOOCH* Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Oil Massage for Busy People



Oil Massage for Busy People?! Yessssss. In Ayurveda we looooooove the benefits of a good daily oil massage. Great. Now, raise your hands if you are thinking, “Yeah awesome for the people who who have time for luxury but pssshhht, there’s no WAY I can do that daily! I’m so busy — I can’t even remember to bring my lunch much less do a massage before work. Monica B, you are crazycakes with this suggestion!” Um. Perfect! That’s why we are talking about oil massage, or abyhanga, for busy people! Because that’s you—and that’s me! In my busy world with my job-job and hideous 3 hour commute, I still do it and I’ll tell you how.


Sesame oil (for vata)
Coconut or Almond oil (for pitta)
Sunflower oil (for kapha)
{Psssst…if not from Banyan, you can get these oils from any grocery store in the oil section! Get the organic cold/expeller pressed kind.}
1 small plastic squeezy bottle. Like a travel size shampoo bottle or a mini ketchup bottle with a tiny cap
1 towel you don’t care about


1. Put your oil in the squeezy bottle
2. Keep the oil in the bathroom near your shower
3. Stand on the towel you don’t care about.
4. Apply the oil from toe to head. We want absorption, not an oil slick, but also no tugging on the skin. Should take 3-5 minutes. Start with your feet and legs. Use long strokes on the bones with some pressure up toward the heart, then go back down with less pressure, then back UP toward the heart. Clockwise circles around the joints. Clockwise circles around the belly and belly button with some pressure. Don’t forget your booty. Get your back the best you can, upward toward the shoulders. Long strokes on arms up and toward the heart/shoulders. Get hands starting from the base and Clockwise again around joints. Upwards on the neck. And don’t forget your face.
5. Get in a nice warm (not scalding*) shower.
Wash your hair (optional), pits, bits, and feet. Don’t scrub anything!

6. Get out and DAB yourself off. The oil will be absorbed into your skin, leaving it super soft!
7. Finish getting ready with your busy self :)

Your bod will feel really smooth, warm, and you’ll be calm in the mind! It will set the tone for your whole day, I promise! Even if you are super busy, you will really benefit from this simple practice as it tells our entire being that we CARE enough to nourish it, daily. Try it for a week and I bet you’ll LOVE it! Let me know how it goes. XOXO!

*Scalding water is very drying to the skin.

Benefits of Massage (Abhyanga)

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to injury or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89

It’s winter, vata time. Vata time is windy, cold, light and dry. Brr. Don’t forget your oil massages in the morning! Before your shower, warm some sesame oil and give yourself a head-to-toe massage for about 15 minutes. Daily in winter time is ideal, but at least do it once a week.

Benefits of applying warm oil to the whole body
• Brings strength, tone, and suppleness to the body and all tissues
• Makes our skin more elastic so we look younger (anti-aging!)
• Strengthens and improves vision
• Gives the body nourishment inside and out
• Increases longevity
• Helps us have sound sleep!
• Strengthens our ojas
• Tones our tissues, bringing vigor and vitality to the body
• Improves circulation to extremities and internal organs
• Calms vata and pitta while helping kapha flow

Benefits of applying oil to the scalp
• Helps hear become soft and glossy, sometimes thickens it
• Works directly on the sense organs to soothe and stimulate
• Lessens (even removes!) facial wrinkles

I mean, why would you not do it? ;)

What are doshas, exactly?

Hello Lovelies!

For those of you NEW to Ayurveda this might help answer your question, “What are doshas, exactly?” :)

I manifested our house!


My mind! She’s blown! I manifested our house! It’s quite the miracle story, good enough to share and hopefully inspire.

For anybody who doesn’t know what is happening in the San Francisco bay area, there is a MAJOR tech boom goin’ on. People are moving here in droves to capture a piece of “the boom” so it’s crazy expensive, ultra competitive and uber-piled with people. I did not move here for this reason, I find it annoying and could give a rip about tech. I moved here in 2003 because to me it’s the most beautiful land in all the world. I feel like I have a wing span miles wide when I am here—limitless in thought, creativity, expansion, and possibility.

So knowing this place is a freakin’ gong show at the moment, let’s bring in some magic. Or manifestation, if you prefer. I enjoy the word ‘magic’ because when I see the word I hear, “blliiiinnnngggg!” and I see twinkles of glitter. Since our eyes are sometimes able to interpret a better story than our words, this is going to be a visual story.

About two weeks ago, my husband found a sweet little house listing and IM’ed it to me at work. Instantly the poor man’s IM was inundated with “IT’S MY HOUSE!…MINE!…THIS IS MY HOUUUUUSE…I’VE ALWAYS SEEN IT…HOLY…” Fill in the gaps with shitcakes, holy nuggets, and a few f-bombs because my mind, was totally blown. I’m sure my enthusiasm was endearing (or obnoxious) but he really didn’t understand at the time that I had seen this house in my mind for years.

Below is an excerpt of the love letter we wrote to the seller…

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We submitted our offer at 11:00 am on 10/3/14. By 3:10 pm our offer was accepted.


You saw the drawing, right?  Now…see the house below.





We beat 4 other offers! One was an all cash offer with a higher bid than ours and zero contingencies. And still, WE GOT IT!!! We had an amazingly supportive and speedy team of realtors and a stellar mortgage broker too, but the determining factor was the seller. She used her HEART to decide. I have no explanation as to why we got this house. We were even denied putting in a pre-emptive offer and thought for sure we were goners. What I know is that I never let go of my vision, nor did my confident ground shake as I stood strong amongst the competition. I was slightly nervous but not barfy or overly anxious. I threw the decision up to the stars and kept telling myself, “I KNOW this is our house.”

So here we are, in the thick of escrow, and in two weeks we will have the keys. NUTS?! Today our house was appraised so we got over that hurdle with these exact words from our real estate agent, “Hello Monica, In 23 years doing real estate, this is fastest freaking appraisal I ever got.” The stars have clearly aligned and we are moving fast…but not furious. Fast with graceful confidence I would say.

How awesome will it be to finish writing my ayurvedic book in this super pretty space!? I can’t wait to get in there at the end of the month! I still don’t know how I got it…well, or maybe I do. I emailed this story (with letter and house pics) to my former life coach and said, “My higher self is seriously shitting bricks. Actually, my physical self is shitting bricks. My higher self is nodding and grinning because she knew all along.”

Who else has a story like this!? I know so many of you do. Please share!!! Can we please rally with our fun stories of what our higher self knew before we did? XOXO. Eternal thanks goes to Harriet, Ana, Pascal, Ted, Anet & Pat!