Month: October 2015

A Vegan Turmeric Latte for Radiant Skin

Turmeric Tea

Last week, I started to get a bit of a perioral dermatitis outbreak and I remembered hearing that turmeric had some anti-inflammatory properties. I also remembered that when I consume coconut oil, my skin looks great. So I googled around, checked out a few turmeric tea recipes and this is my synthesis of what I found. It not only cleared up the eczema, but my skin even looks radiant now. Just be careful where you sprinkle the turmeric – it tends to turn things yellow!

1 – 2 Teaspoons of Turmeric

1 – 2 Teaspoons of Hemp Seeds or Dried Coconut

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

Seeds from 3 or 4 Cardamom Pods

1 – 2 Cups of Water

1 Teaspoon of Honey or Coconut Nectar

A pinch of Black Pepper

Blend until smooth. Then, put in a sauce pan and heat until just warm. Enjoy!

Love Your Way to Better Immunity

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It’s that time of year again – the weather is getting colder, we are spending more time indoors and….getting sick. Reducing our exposure to germs may range from being difficult to impossible, unless we would want to isolate ourselves for quite a while. (See you all at the end of cold season!) So what can we do if we don’t want to live like a hermit, besides obvious hygiene practices like hand-washing? We can strengthen our immune systems.

Ayurveda looks at building the immune system in terms of something called Ojas. We can understand Ojas as the final product of perfect digestion that gives our bodies strength and immunity. It protected when we orient to the present moment with fewer demands and more detachment. Conversely, it can be diminished when we try too hard, stress ourselves out and live from a selfish orientation.

So, to amp up our immune systems, we need to reduce stress and live from a less selfish orientation. This brings me to my favorite way to bolster your immune system: LOVING OTHERS…SELFLESSLY.

We can feel better by not focusing on solely on ourselves.

Obviously, it is necessary to express love towards ourselves and to take care of ourselves, but perhaps we can do so knowing that this care is ultimately is service to something larger than ourselves.  Then, even our self-care can become selfless. But let’s get back to loving others.

What do I mean by selflessly loving others? This is loving without being attached to receiving any sort of acknowledgement or return favor from the receiver of our sweet expression. For example, if I say “good morning” to someone and then feel disappointed that they don’t say “good morning” back”, this is not selfless. My expectation of a return greeting was ultimately selfish because, even though I gave something, the focus then shifted back to myself and what I thought that I “should” receive.  Since selfishness decreases Ojas and immunity, why not release the expectations, feel more expansive, and have better immunity to boot? An expression of love is even more potent with no expectation.

So, in conclusion, LOVING WITHOUT EXPECTATION MAKES US FEEL BETTER. Both in that moment as we release expectations and later on as we reap the immune system benefits.

Ready, set, LOVE!

To read more on Ojas:

A great article from Banyan Botanicals.

Another from Dr. John Douillard.

Not that into Ayurveda (yet)? Check out this write-up of an Arizona State University study in which it was found that communicating positive feelings through words or actions can lower stress hormones, blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. Are you convinced now?

Simplify, Radiate, Celebrate!

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Let’s celebrate WITH PURPOSE this holiday season. Let’s set a heartfelt intention for how we show up. Let’s practice eating mindfully. Let’s radiate from the inside out. Let’s communicate with more ease and love. Let’s feel awesome when January 1st arrives.

I am truly thrilled to be offering this program to support you through your holiday celebrations!

JOIN US IF YOU WOULD LOVE TO:

  • Radiate from the inside through the holidays.
  • Explore mindful eating to feel deeply nourished.
  • Start the New Year already feeling fantastic.
  • Experience deeper, more authentic connections as you go about your traditions.
  • Be a positive force for those your love.

In this 6-week online program, informed by Yoga, Ayurveda, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology, we will support each other in being our best selves through this sometimes overwhelming time of year. We will set potent intentions, very gently detoxify, explore beauty and mindfulness practices, and circulate the good energy that we generate.

We start pre-Thanksgiving, on November 22. We will have a teleconference each week along with a course website where you will find recording of calls and supporting materials.

Cost: $150

Already sure that you want to join? Click here.

Want to set up a time to talk about a bit about the program before signing up? Click Here :)

Group Coaching

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How do you want to feel this fall? Next year? 5 years from now? 20 years from now?

Do you want to enjoy steady energy and feel more deeply rested? Do you want to feel more alive? More radiant? More connected to those who matter to you? More in tune with the rhythms of nature? Do you want to feel absolutely in love with life?

I am starting my next group coaching program on September 19th. In this course, we will systematically learn how to more deeply engage with health-supporting Ayurvedic habits to truly thrive.

What is it?

A 6 – week coaching program to evolve your health in a group. The six practical habits that we explore are based in Ayurveda so this means that you learn both about Ayurveda and habit change. Most importantly, you will get to put these habits into practice to move towards greater well-being and radiance.

How we are aiming to feel:

More deeply rested. More alive. More steady. Nourished. Dynamic. Radiant. Healthier. Happier. Freer.

How it works:

  • Conference Call and Website
    • Each Sunday, you will be able to listen to a lecture on this week’s habit.
    • We meet for an hour – long conference call on Monday night. Here we work together on how to make the habit work in your life. If you miss the call, you can download the call off of the website and listen on your own time.
    • You will get a one-year membership to the website, where you will find recordings of calls, worksheets, and references.
  • You put the habit into practice.
    • Each week, you put a new habit into practice in a way that works for your life.
  • Group Connection
    • We participate in the online facebook forum to talk honestly about challenges, insights, and questions. If you are local, there will also be several opportunities to meet up, in person, with the group.
  • One on One
    • I meet with you for two 30-minute private consultations to support you in this powerful process.

What people are saying:

I have had the pleasure of participating in two sessions of the Happy and Free Health Evolution with Kat and I would absolutely recommend Kat’s Happy and Free Health Evolution to everyone, and especially to those ready to make a conscious shift towards more easeful living. Kat is incredibly gifted; she is able to so clearly communicate the connections between actions and results. This lets you reflect on your choices and identify that doing ‘X’ makes you feel like ‘Y’. Making these connections was the catalyst I needed for change. For example, before Kat’s program, I had attempted to quit coffee on my own many times, but I always ended up going back to it within a few weeks. Kat’s program enabled me to break my dependency on coffee in the morning, which has led to more sustained energy throughout each day. The program’s focus on finding awareness enabled me to actually experience the effects of coffee, and to recognize what it felt like to be coffee-free, which was the key to helping me kick that habit for good. I found the experience insightful and useful both times I participated and I learned new things about myself each time. If you’re thinking about working with Kat and the Happy and Free Health Evolution, do it! It is a fantastic program that really focuses your awareness to effect habit changes for the better.

-Gina C.

I began the “Happy and Free Health Evolution” course in pursuit of improved health and well being. My yoga practice had greatly evolved over many months and I felt the course was a next good step in my self-care journey. I have long suffered from digestive imbalance and so was specifically looking for some relief there. In short, I found that relief, and so much more! Each week’s new “habit” was powerful on its own but truly transformative as the weeks progressed and built on one another. Some of the material was brand new to me and some was a revisiting of healthy practices; in both cases, having a thoughtful and accessible coach like Kat made the habits realistic and adaptable. I also really enjoyed the group meet-ups and connecting with others taking the course. I learned a lot from them, too, as they shared their stories of what was working for them and what they tried in addition to the teachings. Upon the course’s completion, there was a tangible, incredibly positive difference in my feeling of well-being, both mental and physical. My digestion improved, for one, as did my sleep, energy level, and daily awareness. Overall I feel more in control of my health and well-being. That is a powerful feeling! I know that I’ll still struggle with keeping up all the habits but now I have a deeper understanding of their foundations and use, as well as course materials to turn back to should I get off track. I would recommend this experience to anyone seeking improved health and well-being.

-Lorelle E.

The habit evolution series is incredible! I joined the program with the intention of creating healthier habits and feeling better in my body. Participating in this series, I learned so much about my energetic rhythm and the best way to structure my daily routine. Kat is an amazing teacher- her lectures are clear and informative, and she makes herself available to troubleshoot. I can’t  recommend this program enough- whether you are looking to make big changes or little tweaks, this series is for you :)

-Hannah G

Think that you might want to join us as we evolve? Send an email to katherinekuzner@gmail.com to set up a time to chat.


Why Being Sri?

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Sri. Shri. Shree. Radiance. Abundance. Sustainability. Love. Gratitude. Generosity. Well-being. Deep Energy. Prosperity.

The sweetness of ripe fruit. Thriving eco-systems. Glowing skin. Bright eyes. How it feels to give or receive a truly thoughtful gift. The feeling of deep satisfaction and heartfelt enoughness.

Sri is also the most ancient name of Lakshmi, the very well-know Hindu goddess of abundance who is depicted seated on a lotus holding flowers in some hands and allowing gold coins to pour from others. Lakshmi is honored and invoked through many practices including mantra, meditation, and by embodying her qualities.

This site focuses on Sri as it relates to radiant well-being, fertility, and creating a sustainable world.

Being. Living. Co-existing. We can’t help but affect the world just by being in it, so why not express the qualities of Sri on purpose? Here we explore specific living practices to embody abundance and change our worlds.

Enjoy!!!