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Amadea Morningstar, MA, BCPP, RYT

Awaken Your Daily Rhythm and Your Palate with Ayurveda

Amadea Morningstar, MA, BCPP, RYT

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  • Learning the 6 tastes directly from plants
  • Why you want to learn from your elders at any age
  • How the doshas work with habit change and self-care

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  1. Sam says:

    I was really excited to listen to this interview but I ended up skipping through a lot of the host’s lengthy tangents, loud laughter and shouting. Eventually I just had to turn it off :(. It would have been great to hear more of the guest, the topics sounded so interesting.

  2. Simon says:

    Very interesting to note that the critical comments / feedback have not been acknowledged by Amadea or Cate. Very disappointing.

  3. Lupe says:

    Amadea made some wonderful statements regarding what a privilege it is to be present at some one’s death and to be present with some one giving birth. Both experiences have been lost in our modern culture and we have been cheated from some life changing stages of life. I personally have been privileged to experience both death and birth with other people and I treasure those moments. I’m glad Amadea mentioned how wifi and internet throws our natural rhythms off; so many people believe there is no danger or nothing unhealthy about it. And I really liked how Amadea spent time on the different ways of learning and the different types of learners.

  4. LaurenMichele says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to both Cate and Amadea for the great dialogue. Cate u brought in real life questions and Amadea u had real life wisdom. Blessings to both of u and everyone listening.

  5. Cathy says:

    There was a lot of interesting information imparted from both the interviewer and guest speaker but the questions were too long and I was a bit lost at times , losing focus and almost switched off . Glad I stayed to hear the end .

  6. Rupinder says:

    Amadea explains her maturing into the depth of her relationship with Ayurveda and admire her openness in expressing that so beautifully:-)

  7. Heidi says:

    Very enjoyable. Good chemistry between the two with a nice flowing feminine energy. The best interview I have heard Cate share with an interviewee thus far.

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      Yes! This was my experience of it, too. A great flow. It looks like I need to create more opportunities for each of you here to somehow receive more of what I am teaching, easily. I appreciate your support and interest.

  8. kathie says:

    Thank you Amadea & Cate the talk was wonderful!! I have been struggling to see which dosha is out of balance and trying to pacify that dosha. I can’t seem to sleep more than 3-4 hours a night, I have hypothyroidism, overweight, thinning and graying hair, digestion is sluggish. Any suggestions?

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      this is a tough one, Kathie. A pulse assessment is needed in this situation. Otherwise, we’re just guessing. I want to offer support to all your doshas.

  9. Michele says:

    I was so looking forward to this talk but have had to turn it off. Cate is not a good interviewer, she interrupts and dominates the conversation constantly. We are here to listen to what the guest has to offer not listen to the interviewer run off on some tangent. It may seem horrible but I’ve cringed every time I’ve realised that Cate is the interviewer. Her questions are way too long & convoluted. She does not get the best out of the guest unfortunately. I hope this feedback is taken on board. Namaste.

  10. Kelly says:

    Cate…I can see that you and Amadea have a lot in common, but…You talk too much.

  11. ELisabeth says:

    I really enjoyed not only the talk but the groundedness of your voice, Amadea. It was very settling and like others here I would have enjoyed more of you and less of the host. I am looking forward to your next book. Respecting Dina Charya is so essential1

  12. Lorien Waldron says:

    Thankyou Amadea and Cate for this great interview. I loved the discussion between both of you and the depth that was present in the conversation. I feel it is so important to touch on the cycles as you did and in particular the profound gift of witnessing the spectrums of these cycles; birth and death. Both are equally beautiful I feel and seeing both while we are alive ourselves is such a grounding – centering experience for gaining perspective on what we are here for in life and how want to contribute, express, grow and learn on our journey. Ayurveda is SO SO holistic and full of spirit, love for the body and grace for the mind… it’s so nourishing to be listening to your conversation and all the talks at the summit so far as being a student and consultant of Ayurveda in australia for the past 10 years (where this science is still relatively new in the community and education opportunities/teachers to learn from quite sparse at times) I have felt like connecting with rich wish teachers such as yourself Amadea is a pipeline dream – and now through this summit and some very sattvic use of technology 😉 – I feel connected to a bigger sea of Ayurveda in the world and simply so so nourished by this oral connection of your teachings, learnings, life and experience and perspectives in this current day that we are in. 🙂 THANKYOU. From my heart, so grateful. P.S. It seems all the great things are happening in Santa Fe new mexico on the ayurveda front… I’m inspired to plan an adventure over to your part of the world to further connect the ayurveda worlds and start building a lovely bridge between the wisdom practitioners in the US and the hungry practitioners and students in Australia! 🙂 x Lorien

  13. LW says:

    It is unfortunate that what the guest had to offer seems to be missed. The hostess should always be discretely in the background. How much did we not get to hear because a strange direction occurred?

  14. Susan says:

    Such a missed opportunity to learn more from Amadea’s experience and wisdom. The host should take a course on how to conduct a good interview.

  15. Laura says:

    Host overruns Amadea 🙁

  16. Victoria Alara Alcoset says:

    So, so grateful to Amadea Morningstar for publishing her cookbooks years ago, and continuing to share her enthusiasm for Ayurveda now. Stumbling upon one of the cookbooks at a friend’s in the late ’90s is what got me started on the path to studying Ayurveda! I’m now in my fifth year at a small school that teaches like a BAMS program. So much more than mere cookbooks… Mil gracias!

  17. Fiona says:

    I am really enjoying this presentation, would like to hear Amadea speak more rather than the Host.

  18. Sarah says:

    Hi, I agree with some of the others, as I too had hard time distinguishing voices and would have liked to hear more from Amandea. In particular, I was really enjoying the part on daily rhythms and moderation, and meeting the person where they are. I am hoping I can find more about what you suggest on this – how to incorporate a daily routine that is doable for the Westerner. Do you write about this in any of your books? Thank you for your time and I look forward to trying your cookbooks! ~Sarah

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      Thanks, Sarah – check out my self care book due out next year. fyi: I think Cate has an accessible dinacharya book coming out soon…

  19. Nemra says:

    Unfortunately the Pitta of the Interviewer is so high, that she always has to also present herself and her knowledge and her understanding…. Especially in this interview I had the feeling Cate is speaking more and giving more of her opinions than Amadea. I would have loved to hear more from Amadea… well…
    But thanks anyway Cate for this great Summit, but please in future try to hold your enthusiasm back a little and give more room for the people you interview…

  20. Nick says:

    I really enjoyed the talk. From what i gathered there is a process of dealing with external factors – food, thoughts, balance etc then from there moving inward through meditation yoga etc. I wonder are we doing ourselves a disservice if we first try with the super internal and totally dustegarding the external. I do ample amounts of yoga and meditation but i am less concerned with food choices, sufficient sleep, stress etc.
    Thank you!!

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      You’re on to something here, Nick. We need a balance of both. As a long time practitioner of Tibetan meditation, at a certain point I realized I had to weave more movement into the long sits. You’re right: stable food and outer routines can lend depth and stability to our spiritual practice.

  21. Renee says:

    Thank you Amadea, especially interested in your perspective on elders and aging. I have many female relatives who lived into their 90’s and 100. The common denominator for them has been their lives lived in habit and structure. Self taught in ayurveda I have never established a dinacharya but feel that at 57 years I am ready and it is imperative. Autumn is always a time of indigestion and a lumpy throat sensation. Since digestion is the seat of health can you offer any wisdom for a smoother transition into winter, both as an annual season and a time of life?

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      The warmth of Pitta is sliding away from us underground, and Vata comes to the surface, to be swiftly followed by Kapha in winter. Clearly your digestive system needs the inner warmth that can be generated in winter season, Renee, a time when potentially our agni can be at its strongest. Besides the obvious warm teas with perhaps ginger, tulsi, and dashamula, I think of Nabhi marma, at the navel. To gently rub it in a clock wise direction with a warming essential oil appealing to you. And singing! For the throat.

  22. Annette says:

    i would like to know what would be the common points in combined Vata-pitta dosha.?

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      They are both light, Annette. So they both benefit from grounding. Literally, holding the feet, or working marma points on the feet and legs. Yet also the grounding of satsifying routine.

  23. Sheryl says:

    I am really enjoying this summit .. However, I think this interview with Amadea would have been much better if the Host would have talked less & let Amadea speak more .. !

  24. Annette says:

    i would like to know what would be the common points in combined Vata-pitta dosha.? Thank you

  25. lee says:

    I wish Amadea had the chance to talk as much as the host. :/

  26. ruth says:

    thanks !!!! It´s very nice 🙂

  27. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Amadea for speaking about the cycles; birth, dying and rebirth and what we can learn from it. You’ve been a great teacher to me!

  28. melaney says:

    This was awesome ladies !
    Respect and Blessingz

  29. Julie says:

    Thanks so much Amadea. Thanks for speaking to the daily rhythms and routine – it reminds me of how I need to pursue my recently adopted commitment to practice sadhana. I still want to complete a full practice of pranayama, meditation, and exercises but waking before sunrise is a challenge, and fitting in sadhana before eating at 8am is a challenge. But after listening to you I will try going more with flow and adapting my routine and modifying as needed. But I also appreciate you offering valuable tips that can help me in my approach in working with and educating others. I am a fan of your cookbooks.

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      Yes, even if you do a small cleansing offering, each morning, or as often as you can, for the benefit of all sentient beings, this is very powerful, Julie.

  30. Julie says:

    Host is talking more than person interviewed.

  31. Karen Whynott says:

    Thank you Amadea & Cate. I have two of your cookbooks.. love them! Personally I still struggle with being very Vata but using Vata balancing diet makes me Kapha…. overweight.. but then when I balance Kapha with food.. my Vata doesn’t like it.. I get cold and anxious… I’ve looked for an answer for years .. any insights would be helpful. 🙂 Thanks again.

    • Amadea says:

      Hi Karen, I understand. When you’ve got two doshas struggling for attention, what you need to do is look for the common denominator that will keep them both satisfied. In this case, with Vata and Kapha, they both need warmth. You need regular steady meals and routines to ground Vata, and yet the light dry warm foods that will pacify Kapha. Hope this helps.

      • Tania Edwards says:

        Thank you for the interview and this comment Amadea. I have struggled with the similar situation of trying to balance my Pitta-Vata constitution which are almost equal. I will try to figure out how to do this balancing act you speak of. Many blessings!

      • Karen Whynott says:

        Thank you Amadea for your insights. Much appreciated. 😉

      • Amadea Morningstar says:

        The other thing to understand here is how you riff with the food. So say you’ve got a light, drying grain like corn, excellent for Kapha. Yet you have a fair amount of Vata to respect, too. You can meet both by fixing whatever Kapha enlivening grain in a warm moist soupy way – like a polenta stew for example.

  32. diana says:

    hi, thank you for some very inspiring insights. I would somehow like to hear more of the speaker then of the presenter. I found the sound of the voice sometimes really difficult to hear, there is so much wired laughing and squeezing of the voice, that makes it hard for a non american to take the information in. I somehow understand the indian presenters better then these “loose coffee chats”. My nervous system closes down due to a vibrational disturbance. Sorry, but I really felt to let you know. Apart from that I really like the summit very much. thanks

  33. Tara says:

    I enjoyed your insight and experices with the multifaceted world around us through Ayurveda. Speaking from a individual level, the rhythm is easy to tap into. Any wisdom into having the routine as a full time working mom of three under 7…breast feeding the youngest? What a loaded question!, but it’s truly difficult to self care during this season of life. Any advice or guidance you can share is appreciated.

    • Amadea Morningstar says:

      tara, That’s a really good question! it’s so impt to create stability for yourself and your loved ones. The first thing I think of is, when you make a meal, making extra, so that dinner can also be taken with you to work for lunch the next day. Put a bunch of small sweet potatoes in to the oven to roast, and have them available for your kids for snacks or you for extra energy in a meal. Fresh almond milk, if you ever have a spare minute to soak those almonds. Rasa building tea. Pachak Lassi: 1/2 & 1/2 plain yogurt with hot water and a pinch of cumin, at the end of a meal. Respecting your own hunger and space whenever you can. This can strengthen you, and also make it easier to have a sense of space w/ your family. Good fortune to you!

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