Green Noise

Why “Green Noise”?

Yoga Nidra

When I’m tired and when I’m not sleeping well, my favorite remedy is yoga nidra, usually in the afternoon. It feels like super napping. I arrange a nest for myself of blankets and pillows, preparing to stay entirely still in a supremely comfortable position. I find a recording on youtube or choose one from the […]

calming herbs

Q: I’m freaked out about politics. Are there herbs for that? A: And how! If you are having a hard time, I encourage you to lean heavily on your herb friends. They will be there for you! Note: I want to say that I am directing this piece to a particular person. This friend of […]

thank you, negative mind

Here’s one of the handiest mental tricks I’ve ever learned. I was taking an Introduction to Kundalini Yoga class. In one session we learned about the 12 bodies. Three of them were mind-bodies. They were the positive mind, the neutral mind and the negative mind. Each of the three could be excess, deficient or in […]

Connective Tissue Healing

Q: I found out I have degeneration in my knee caps. I have full thickness fissures in my left patella. Anything you recommend for pain, inflammation, irritation in joints or regrowing/strengthening bone/cartilage? A: What a juicy question! I can use it to demonstrate so many points! I know this answer is sort of long and […]

general principles

Many years ago I was flipping through a magazine (I honestly can’t remember if it was a fashion magazine or Playboy or Parade or what) and there were short bios of a few women – a photo, a name, a hometown, some likes, some dislikes and a motto. I remember wondering how one comes to […]


Q: I’ve gotten really inflexible in the past few years. What can I do to become more limber again? A: The first thing I’d look at is making sure that your tissues are warm and moist enough. Are you getting exercise intense enough to warm your body up and get the fluids flowing? Are you […]

flax in my eye

Something I love about herbalism: no matter how much I learn, there is always another phenomenally effective home remedy hiding in plain sight. I was getting ready for a trip to the Rhineland, looking forward to making my pilgrimage to the abbey of Hildegard von Bingen, and I noticed that I had a stye coming […]

The Five Tibetans

We’ve been doing the Five Tibetans lately and it’s been awesome. It’s helped me get back into a groove. I think the first one is particularly ingenious. The series of five exercises starts with spinning. It’s so easy and fun that it leads me in, reduces the threshold to getting started. Doing the same set […]

soft foods

Q: What should I eat after oral surgery? They are saying I’ll need to be on a soft foods diet for a while. Any ideas? A: This is actually the topic that inspired me to start this blog. I had orthognathic surgery (a type of oral surgery where they cut my jaw bones in several […]