Words of Wisdom

Early Dinners Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 11, 2014 by dianne in Blog

Detox Stories

Posted on March 28, 2014 by lizaclutario in Blog, Body Wisdom

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Uncategorized

Spray Your Sprouts

Posted on by Cate Stillman in Blog, Edible Plants, Recipes & Diet

Living Ayurveda Part 1

Posted on March 26, 2014 by dianne in Uncategorized

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Detox Cheatsheet: Daily Checklist + Food Guidelines

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Recipes & Diet, Seasonal Wisdom

How to Detox Without Losing Weight

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Interviews with Experts, Recipes & Diet, Seasonal Wisdom

Love letter to Agni

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom

Q+A for Yogi Detoxing

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Seasonal Wisdom

5 Steps to Detox Cheatsheet

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Sacred Impact: Lesson 6: Dharma and Agni

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom

Sacred Anatomy: Part 5: Sacred Politics

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 4: Applied Chemistry

Posted on February 23, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 3: Sacred Chemistry

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 2: Systems Theory

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom, Edible Plants

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 1

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Compelling Conversation

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Interviews with Experts, Seasonal Wisdom, Wellness Business Training

Are you asking the wrong question?

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Ask Cate, Blog, Body Wisdom, Interviews with Experts


Posted on January 11, 2014 by Cate Stillman in Blog


Discussions with Cate and other guest speakers

Yoga Teachers Gone Techie Part 2: The Riff Session

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Elsie Escobar and Cate jam on how we invest our online time. And from there we get rolling:

  • How we use the internet
  • How to intelligently represent yourself “virtually”
  • How not to be a troll (click to read article)
  • Why you need to read this Tech Crunch article if you’re a yoga teacher (click to read article)
  • Why you need to be super clear on the culture you create your Yoga Class
  • How to get your students to commit to working more deeply with you
  • What you need to do to “make it” as an effective (and $$$uccessful)  yoga teacher
  • Plus, you’ll hear Cate jump into monologue-ithic stand-on-a-pedestal and preach to the choir about how to get uber-clear on the cultural evolution you shepherd through your work. Not for the dabblers… but for those who really want to make a splash in their community local or online.


detox questions and answers

I put the word out in the last email about your questions for your next seasonal detox. I got back a slew of questions… and here are the ones I answer in the video. You can also just download the audio. And – you can print the 5 Steps to Your Detox Cheatsheet here.  It’s all about connection and nourishment – not deprivation.

This video is packed with progressive conversation on:

  • Detox + eating disorders
  • Detox obsession + Craving detox
  • Dealing with mainstreamers during detox
  • Families detoxing
  • Athletes detoxing
  • Pregnancy/Postpartum and the at-home-retreat
  • MS + Immune stuff and detox

I tried to make it short and sweet and jam-packed a ton into 35 minutes. Enjoy and please share!!!

5 steps to Yogidetox cheatsheet

Click to Print & Pin to Fridge

Questions asked and answered in the video:

 Spring vs. Fall detox

What are best/common detox living liquids/smoothies for spring vs. fall? Or is that obvious, just what’s in season? What about predetox recipes for spring vs. fall?

Detoxing for Pitta/Vata

Hi Cate.
These days, I’m perplexed on how to best eat for vata-pitta constitution. It seems I’m a combo of both (one not more dominant than the other, even a bit of kapha thrown in for good fun). What’s the best way to cleanse for a combo dosha? Thanks! Best, Arlyn

I would like advice for Detoxing for Pitta/Vata body type this spring season. I have some occasional indigestion and constipation issues that I’d like to clear up and out! Sincerely, Stephanie


Immediately after the last detox, I was psyched to sign up for the next.  Now I’m hesitant.  Why?  Because I worry that I became too obsessed with it.  I certainly did not do it perfectly- far from it.  If anything I beat myself up for not doing it perfectly, for not listening to all the interviews, for not meditating longer, for not doing more yoga, for not sitting and just being.  Saying that, it reminds me I want to do it again!  (To hit that reset button and try to improve myself.)But it did annoy my husband, because he saw me being a bit manic about it.
And, I got so much crap from him and friends: “You’re the healthiest person I know- why are you detoxing/you don’t need to detox/you’re already clean.”

How can I detox without dropping too much weight? Initially, it was awesome and now the weight loss is ridiculous.

I am contemplating how (or if I even can) mindfully detox while dealing with an eating disorder. I’d love to hear your ideas on this topics. Thanks for all you do! Tiana



First off, I’ve never done a detox before and am excited at the possibility of trying it with you this time :o)  I would love to hear some comments about how to detox if you’re fairly active.  I have an Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice 6 days a week.  My practice is around 2hrs a day, and I want to make sure I fuel myself enough that I don’t burn out.  I’m a healthy eater in general, but I’m beginning to tell (really almost feel) that my digestive system could use a break- and I’m looking forward to figuring out how to give it one! Thanks for all you’re advice, always (I’m a big follower of your blog and podcasts!) Sarah


What is up for me heading into my next detox?


Are you still offering that if I get a few students and other teachers together? Yes. Click here. 


Is it okay to detox when you are trying to get pregnant or possibly pregnant or in the early stages of pregnancy or even while breastfeeding?  I am trying to get pregnant and wondering if a detox would be helpful or if it would be dangerous if I was already in those early early stages of pregnancy when you don’t yet know if you’re pregnant or not.  I am pitta vata and both my pitta and my vata get aggravated when I don’t eat pretty much on schedule. Also, if detoxing is good at this stage of fertility, which kind of a detox would you recommend? Thanks! Fernanda Grisetti

April Yogidetox2


I’ve never craved cleansing this early.

Hi – I’m pretty new to you – but LOVE how you write and bring this information to the rest of us – THANK YOU! I have been interested in yoga and doing a  slightly modified practice for a while.  I love the idea of Ayurveda, but have a hard time with it as a complete ‘way of life’ . Been dealing with MS for 20 years.  I walk using a walker. If you could address any ideas that might be relatively simple for those of us with mobility issues – and digestive issues, so juicing has been been very hard. Thanks, Barbara

David Crow Interview – Plants and Ayurveda

david crowToday’s conversation is David Crow, best friend to plants worldwide. This man has devoted his life to helping people and plants connect and support each other. I first fell in love with David’s work upon In Search of the Medicine Buddha in 2000. I had the feeling you get when you’ve discovered someone who knows what you what to know.

This interview happened within the Living Ayurveda Course and has a lean towards the future of Ayurveda and your local ecosystem. For Ayurvedic practitioners and householders alike this interview will give you a glimpse of a more progressive future from farm to pharmacy.  Enjoy.

In this interview I talk to David Crow about:

  • Starting Floracopeia
  • Aromatherapy and Ayurveda
  • Aromatherapy traveling in through the subdoshas
  • Farm to pharmacy
  • Invasive species as permaculture plants
  • Local Ecosystem Ayurveda
  • Future Ayurvedic Practitionersabout-flora-1
  • Evolving our communities inner and outer ecosystem
  • Medicinal CSA’s

What we mention in this Episode:


David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. David is a renowned author, a poet, and is the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures and David wrote In Search of the Medicine Buddha, published by Tarcher-Putnam in 2000.

David Crow is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system based on community gardens. He is a co-founder of The Learning Garden at Venice High School in Los Angeles. This garden has quickly become one of the country’s largest and most successful school gardens.


Cate’s Favorite Quotes from the Conversation

“Prana vayu is the lynchpin between body and mind.”

“Everyone should have access to natural medicine and to healing plants.”

“We should subsidize the plants.”

“The  first interface is clinician and patient. The second is the clinician with the farmer .”


Sacred Anatomy: Lessons 1-6

I have the Sacred Anatomy Series condensed into one podcast episode – you can get the whole shebang here.

This is the audio compilation of the below 6 lessons. The series has rave reviews. Enjoy!And if it’s a good fit  you’ll love Living Ayurveda Course.

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 1

The first story is the Before-I-had-much-education-on-my-sacred-anatomy story. It starts with a kick-me-when-I’m-down story. I think we all have a kick-me-when-I’m-down story. A dark night of the soul. A wake up call into a reality our ego would like to take a raincheck on. Some of us take it as a personal assault from the divine. This batch of folks falls into the demise of those with victim-mentality. I knew enough to know better. Maybe.

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 2: Systems Theory

I find the crux is in keeping perspective. In the last lesson I waxed poetic on the importance of keeping a flossed inner body throughout the day – an expanded physiological reality. In this lesson I drive home the necessity of tapping into and maintaining a ginormous cosmos-centered perspective. Odin figured this out. Not the dog…but the Norse God – the father of Thor -the god of the mysterious realms of wisdom.

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 3: Sacred Chemistry

Sacred Chemistry is what happens when we perceive the transmutations and subtle gradients. We allow and observe the energetic transfers between energy (prana) and matter (everything prana can influence). The hard scientists may cringe. Cringe away – we hippie-dippies don’t care. And check out the genius work of Dr. John Hankey who is mapping Ayurveda out in hard science. Liberated from a more material approach to chemistry, we are free to see why indeed Ayurveda has been around so damn long and just won’t quit.

Sacred Anatomy: Lesson 4: Applied Chemistry

The doshas have biorhythms. The more yoga or meditation we do – the more obvious the biorhythms become. The biorhythms aren’t optional. They create a potential of optimal response – or choice making. The more sensitive we become the better the choice we have the potential of making.


Sacred Anatomy: Part 5: Sacred Politics

The sensitivity needs to be directed outwardly as much as inwardly. Too many yoga peeps I know get a little self-absorbed in the inward applications of their sensitivity. You know the story… the person who lets you know just how sensitive their digestion has become… and exactly what substances they can and can’t ingest. It’s really a disease of too much inward focus and not enough outward focus. An Ayurvedic practitioner might diagnose tamas in the manomayakosha.

Sacred Impact: Lesson 6: Dharma and Agni

Once a time there was a woman. She started to go to yoga class. She discovered parts of herself she never knew. She tapped into depth. She gained access to witness awareness. Her vocabulary expanded with her discoveries. And her discoveries expanded with her vocabulary. She started to learn Ayurveda, and moved even deeper into her sacred anatomy. She became more sensitive, more articulate…and unfortunately, more self-absorbed. What? Self-absorbed?

If you like this… check out what members are saying about Living Ayurveda… the natural stream from Sacred Anatomy into personal wisdom.


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We need more Yoga Therapists

My colleague Brandt Passalacqua trains yoga teachers to become yoga therapist. Brandt and I skype at least once a quarter to connect and support each other’s work. I’m exposing his work here because I totally get how many of the teachers who read this blog want to take their yoga training deeper… and who want to work with clients on a deeper level. I’ve worked with enough yoga teachers over the years to know that the Yoga Teacher studio model doesn’t fit the introverts among us. If we don’t take our training into depth and into the 1-1 relationship, we will get stuck and frustrated in our career and in our dharma.

From Brandt,”It was great to speak with Cate about my yoga therapy program.   Since  we both are in the business of educating people to meet their fullest potential we have alot in common.This program will transform yoga teachers into yoga therapists. It contains a yoga therapy model that will allow you to work with individuals with confidence for a huge range of  conditions. And link you in to a community of likeminded healers.”

(I apologize  - there is a bit of tech wonkiness in this audio – but for anyone considering training in Yoga Therapy – you’ll get a hit from this conversation).

In this interview I talk to Brandt Passalacqua about his Yoga Therapists Training:

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  • Do you teach yoga but want more committed 1-1 work with your students?

  • Are you an introverted Yoga Teacher who doesn’t thrive in the rockstar Yoga Studio Teacher career model?
  • What to know in terms of anatomy, pathology, yogic pathology
  • What is your client’s worldview? How does this affect your skillfulness?

What we mention in this Episode:

  • How to get a simple, practical system for helping people heal.

  • How to acknowledge at which level the person is injured – and to know where the best place to start with their healing place lies.

  • How to niche yourself into a successful career that doesn’t involve a yoga studio.



Brandt Passalacqua is an author, speaker and the founder of Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga, whose personal journey serves as an inspiration to countless others looking to make peace with food. After struggling with his weight, food and substance addiction and serious illness, Brandt discovered yoga and through his practice developed an appreciation for his body and his health. Brandt maintains an office in Western Massachusetts.

If you’re considering being a yoga therapist – check out his program, and then email him. He’ll call you back. He’ll help you figure out if this is a good fit for you.

Cate’s Favorite Quotes from the Conversation

“There are not enough Yoga Therapists around.”
“Being a Yoga Therapist has allowed me to be a full time Yoga Therapist. I don’t have to do other things. And I don’t have to figure out how to work in the studio structure.”

“You can only help people at the level they are willing to interact with you.”

“As soon as they hear that you understand what you’re talking the client will be so much more willing to relax, to open up, and get to the root  of their problems.”

“The Yoga World has become so physical  - that one of the more interesting parts of this training is we look at the 5 koshas and how to work within each part of it.”

“The real benefit of taking a yoga therapy training, you can decide to work with a population or two or three. You would start to specialize.”

“Whatever your thing is… this program will help you.”

“Once you get your business model, you can change niches at the drop of a hat.”

“As yoga therapists it’s our job to address the things that aren’t being addressed. The results

“The benefit to time spent on yoga therapy training is huge for your clients.”

“It’s about getting training on a new model to work with.”

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Cate Stillman teaches a practical cutting-edge approach to Ayurveda for those ready to commit to their health evolution.

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