Light and refreshing, this tequila-spiked kombucha is perfect for a summer party. I make this with GTS Synergy Mojito flavored Kombucha. It is loaded with healthy probiotics and macai berry and has no added sugars. I add a small amount of hand crafted El Tesoro...

It’s so easy to eat healthy when you have red lentils on hand! They cook in minutes, are nourishing to all three doshas and go well with so many seasonings. Here I have paired them with a spicy lemongrass paste which is ideal for balancing...

I did a little spring cleaning in my refrigerator and channeled Grandma Mary to come up with this light, tasty lunch. The base is made with celery root which has been used in ayurveda for treating high blood pressure, digestive weakness, inflammation and bacterial infections....

The winter and spring are seasons with cold and damp weather. Our bodies assimilate these external qualities and it can create congestion, mucus buildup and phlegm. When the lymphatic system gets congested, it can lead to sore throats, runny noses, respiratory infections and the flu. But...

Makhani is the Punjabi word for buttery, and this dish is essentially buttery lentils! I discovered this rich, creamy comfort food during my solo travels in India. It is ideal for cooler weather or anytime you need some self-nurturing. This is grounding for vata. Pitta...

This delicious smoothie will soothe your nerves and clear the clutter from your mind. About Tulsi: Tulsi, or “Holy Basil” was used by ancient cultures for its healing and rejuvenating qualities. In India, it is considered a sacred plant with sattvic characteristics. It is pungent, heating,...

Lotus seeds are a heart tonic and aphrodisiac and kabocha has been revered as an aphrodisiac in ancient cultures for centuries. Pippali is a rejuvenator and an aphrodisiac. Lemongrass is cleansing to the lymphatic system and it is calming to the body and mind. This...

WINTER IS TIME TO NURTURE AND REJUVENATE During the winter our bodies enter “nurture and rejuvenate” mode. Emotionally, it is a good time to look inward, reflect and set intentions for the next cycle. With the shorter days, you may have noticed your bodies requesting more...

This flavorful chickpea stew is light and warming - perfect for kapha or any dosha during the winter season. Healthy, easy to prepare and budget friendly you and your family will love this ayurveda recipe! Gluten-free, Vegan (Serves 6) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, peeled, chopped 2 cloves garlic ½ teaspoon...

This spicy lemongrass paste  is ideal for balancing kapha in the spring and winter months (or any time the weather is cold and damp). It relieves sinus congestion and lymphatic stagnation. The combination of ingredients work together to promote overall health and well-being: lemongrass helps...

  TRAVEL TIPS TO KEEP HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS ‘Tis the season of travel and everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Whether it’s flying, driving or taking a train, travel can be disruptive to our natural rhythms and negatively affect our body and...

  Celebrate the end of the fall harvest (aka pumpkin season) with this Chocolate Pumpkin Chai Latte using Tusli tea. Tulsi (or Holy Basil) is a sacred herb used in ayurveda for its rejuvenative properties. Naturally caffeine-free, it is a tonic for the nerves – perfect...

  Ayurveda with a Mexican Twist! Do you think an ayurveda diet limits you to eating Indian curries? Think again. Ayurveda is about eating foods that are balancing to your constitution. Balance can be achieved by adjusting the quantity of food, the combinations of food and varying the...

When you're running late and don't have time for breakfast whip up this delicious Oatmeal Smoothie and take your breakfast “to go”. Comforting and warming, it  has heart-healthy oats and almond butter protein to kick start your day. Low in sugar, it is a healthy, fun breakfast...

FEELING UNGROUNDED? In the fall, the air becomes cooler and drier and sometimes windy. These characteristics are similar to the qualities of the ayurveda dosha called “vata”. Vata is referred to as the air or wind dosha, because it is cold, light, dry, rough and mobile,...

  My local co-op market had purple sweet potatoes which I made into a lovely soup. Their purple color comes from anthocyanins (the pigments responsible for the red and purple in cherries, strawberries and purple carrots). Anthocyanins have beneficial health effects (they scavenge cancer-causing free radicals,...

  This is a Yucatan-influenced lime and chicken soup that is comforting and healing. Traditionally, it is made with "lima agria" or bitter lime, but if you cannot find those, substitute regular limes or key limes. From an ayurvedic standpoint, this soup is well combined and has...

  Served warm,  this tri-doshic salad is suitable for fall. This is a good example of ayurveda food combining and representing the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent). Ingredients are gluten-free, real food: rainbow quinoa, french lentils, pumpkin seeds, escarole, lemon zest, fresh mint and...

  Easy and elegant, this fall soup works equally well as an antidote for a long day at the office or the main dish for a last minute casual dinner party. Lightly seasoned with mint and a hint of tarragon, this delicious vegetarian meal is easy to make with...

  Baklava reinvented for fall and health-conscious foodies! This delicious pumpkin-spiced baklava has a rich flavor and texture that will please everyone. I've reduced the butter and sugar, so go ahead and indulge with this healthier version of the traditional Turkish treat. If you haven’t worked with phyllo...

Sweet and sour, this gazpacho is a perfect ayurveda summertime appetizer that will stoke your digestive fire. Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled. Gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian (Yield: 4 appetizer-size servings) 8 Tomatillos, husked, quartered 1 onion, quartered 1 small jalapeño, seeded, halved 1 garlic clove, peeled, halved 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1...

WHEN YOUR CELLS DON'T RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER Autoimmune disorders occur when your body’s cells fail to recognize each other and mistakenly start attacking friendly cells. If left untreated, this eventually creates inflammation and can cascade into a variety of diseases such as: Rheumatoid arthritis (most prevalent),...

  The holidays just got less stressful! You can make this delicious, healthy loaf in minutes then have plenty of time to enjoy the company of your guests. Seasonal sustenance and clean eating for the fall and winter. Serve with brown rice, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts and Ginger...

Kabocha and okra are abundant in the fall and are ideal for grounding vata. The skin of kabocha is edible, but make sure it is “organic” to avoid pesticide contamination. Serve along with cranberry sauce to add a colorful side-dish to your holiday spread! Serves 4...

  WHAT IS CONSTIPATION Have you pooped today? If you haven’t, you may be constipated. Other signs that your bowel movements are less than optimal include: constant straining; feeling like your bowel movement was incomplete; passing dry, hard, painful “rabbit pellets”; or feeling bloated, crampy or full...

Laced with paprika and a splash of lemon, this easy to make chicken will liven up your weeknight meal. Leftovers can be served cold the next day with Radiccio Fennel Salad or Persian-spiced Quinoa Salad for lunch. Serves 2 Marinade: 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1...

Quinoa, which is cooling and a little dry, is great for pitta dosha and summer salads. Here, I have incorporated Persian-inspired ingredients to add some zest and round out the energetics for all doshas. The addition of chickpeas boosts the protein content, making it a healthy, balanced main-dish...

Kitchari: An ayurvedic Recipe for Healing and Cleansing Kitchari is an ayurvedic stew for cleansing and restoring the body. It is made with mung dal (split green mung beans) and basmati rice which are delicately spiced to aid digestion, stimulate removal of toxins and restore your...

Ghee is highly regarded in ayurveda and is considered to both detoxify and rejuvenate at the same time. It is made by cooking down butter until the liquid evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan. The end result is the...

SPRING IS THE SEASON OF RENEWAL AND GROWTH Ayurveda is the original fountain of youth, a natural alternative to plastic surgery. Originally consolidated with the teachings of yoga, this sister science was left behind when yoga migrated to the west. Reunited again, yoga and ayurveda are...

  This is a lighter, healthier variation of traditional dal fry - the spicy Punjabi dish made from a mixture of dals and liberal doses of ghee and chili. This version is suitable for spring, winter and kapha constitutions. It is rather spicy, so pitta constitutions...

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO WELLNESS Have you ever called your doctor with a nagging complaint (migraines, ringing in the ears, sinus congestion, bloating, constipation, heartburn, acne, sciatic pain, etc.) and he tells you there is nothing he can do? Ayurveda, an ancient holistic science from India, believes that...

This is a great vinaigrette for cold, damp spring weather. The radishes are pungent and drying while the rice syurp lends a balancing sweet note. Served over watercress salad, it is perfect for weathering the seasonal influences and taming kapha!  Makes 3/4 cup 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup...

  Spring is cool and damp and most closely related to kapha dosha. Regardless of your constitution (or dosha), everyone will feel the seasonal influences. You may feel heavy and sluggish and possibly experience sinus congestion or allergies. This light, warming kapha spring tea is perfect...

Ayurveda Seasonal Cleanse SMC Community Ed is pleased to offer a new class: “Ayurveda Spring Cleanse Retreat,” by Lois Leonhardi. This three-day urban retreat will be held April 24-26 (Friday evening and full days Saturday and Sunday) at our Bundy Campus. To ensure individualized attention, class-size...

Mirpoix (pronounced "meer-pwah") is a combination of diced carrots, celery and onions that is used to add depth to soups, stocks and stews. Here it is used as the base from which additional ingredients are woven to create layers of subtle flavors. This tri-doshic vegetarian...

  "Chai" means tea in Sanskrit and in India it generally means a sweet blend of black tea, milk and spices. The ratio and selection of spices varies according to family recipes and regional preferences. This version is mildly sweetened with raw honey and made with...

Ayurveda Spring Cleanse Retreat In this weekend workshop we will do a food-based cleanse to stimulate the removal of stagnant physical and emotional energy/toxins accumulated over the winter months. Cleansing with the seasons helps to strengthen our digestive fire. It resets our internal clock to support our immune system, calm...

INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA Sunday, February 1st from 1:30-3:30pm Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! Learn basic ayurveda principles and how to apply them to receive instant benefits!...

January 30, 2015 11am-2pm OPEN HOUSE Santa Monica Community Education is hosting an open house January 26th - 30th to introduce instructors to the community and showcase their upcoming classes. There will be prizes,  raffles/discounts on classes, food and more! I'll be attending on Friday Jan 30th from 11am-2 pm with...

Introduction to ayurveda Learn about ayurveda – the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! This sequential series of classes will be taught with a combination of interactive lectures and experiential...

Need help staying balanced through the holidays? The holidays are a time to rejoice and give thanks for the abundance in our lives. But sometimes, they bring emotional stress, anxiety and overeating. In this workshop, we will learn the time-proven techniques from ayurveda to bring balance...

Lunchtime Monthly Meditation & Wellness Series – noon – 1:30pm Biltmore Court, 520 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 680, Los Angeles, CA  90071Cost $20 non-CFA members Are you stressed out? Try Meditation. This lunchtime meditation series is for beginners and anyone looking to de-stress, refocus and energize. Seated in...

Introduction to Ayurveda Class - We will review the basic theory behind the ancient holistic system of medicine called ayurveda and learn how to apply it for happier and healthier lives! Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:00 -8:00 PM Heal One World Healthy Living Space3503 W. Pico Blvd Los...

Kabocha is a delicious squash that is often referred to as "Japanese Pumpkin". It is sweeter and moister than a pumpkin, but less sweet than a yam. It is reputed to be an aphrodisiac and loaded with vitamin A & C - kabocha will keep you healthy through the...

Introduction to ayurveda Learn about ayurveda – the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! This sequential series of classes will be taught with a combination of interactive lectures and experiential...

Oct 2, 2014- Lunchtime Meditation Class for Beginners/CFA Society of LA Are you stressed out? Try Meditation. This lunchtime meditation class for beginners will help you de-stress, refocus and energize (lunch will be served after the meditation). Seated in chairs, you will be guided through 30-minutes of...

September 28, 2014 – Ayurveda Fall Cleanse Feeling a little unbalanced? Seasonal transitions are the perfect time for a physical, mental and spiritual tune-up. In this workshop, we will learn how to do a gentle, food-based cleanse specifically designed for the transitional season of fall. We will...

September 21, 2014 - Ayurveda Fall Cleanse Feeling a little unbalanced? Seasonal transitions are the perfect time for a physical, mental and spiritual tune-up. In this workshop, we will learn how to do a gentle, food-based cleanse specifically designed for the transitional season of fall. We will...

August 13, 2014 - Lois Leonhardi was interviewed on the Los Angeles radio show "Yoga Chat" at 1pm pacific/4 pm East coast time – click HERE to listen to the podcast. The infamous Joni Yung, aka "The Accidental Yogist" and a fixture in the LA yoga community, will be hosting her...

Light and nutritious, this side dish is also easy to make and tastes great! Serve with couscous, quinoa or fish. This is suitable for summer and fall and is ideal for pitta and vata; kapha can eat in moderation with the addition of some cayenne...

  A healthy, low calorie summer snack with lots of versatility for time-pressed individuals who find themselves eating on the go! This lemony hummus recipe is carefully seasoned to be tri-doshic (balancing to all constitutions – even vata!). Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian Yield: 2 cups Ingredients: ½ cup dried chickpeas (soaked overnight) 1...

Cooling Down Pitta Dosha What do hot flashes, migraines, acne, indigestion and diarrhea all have in common? According to ayurveda, they are often indications of an imbalance related to excess heat (pitta dosha) in the body. These conditions can be exasperated in the hot summer months...

CFALA Happy Hour Chat Series: Wellness Talk Want to reduce stress, improve digestion and feel better? Join us for a wellness talk and cocktails at the X-Bar in Century City. Lois Leonhardi will provide a brief overview (20 minutes) about the holistic system of medicine from...

  These are delicious and freeze well. Tri-doshic they are also, healthy, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. Top with avocado for brunch or non-vegetarians can serve with a poached egg. Yield: 6 patties Gluten-free, Dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian Ingredients 3 cups sweet potato, (skin intact), cubed, boiled, drained well 1 tablespoon flax...

Cooling & cleansing, a great summer meal after a long week (or weekend!) Serves 3 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut oil ½ teaspoon ginger, peeled, chopped ¼ teaspoon burdock root powder ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed ½ teaspoon fennel powder ¾ cup split, mung dal 1¾ cups water ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped ½ teaspoon...

Ayurveda: What's My Dosha? Saturday, July 26th from 1-2 p.m. Learn about ayurveda – the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works!  This workshop will be fun and interactive. No prior knowledge of...

[caption id="attachment_923" align="alignleft" width="175"] Pitta Cooling Summer Dal[/caption] INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA Sunday, July 20th from 1:30-3:30pm Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! Learn basic ayurveda principles and how...

    Eradicating the root cause of disease allows wellness to blossom Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India. It characterizes each individual as having a unique energetic constitution. It uses five elements as metaphors to describe those energies – ether, air, fire, water and earth. If...

The perfect recipe for summer to beat the heat. Cool down and cleanse your liver with this pitta-pacifying, summer tonic. Makes two 12-ounce servings.  4 cups kale, rinsed, lower stems trimmed 1 cup aloe vera juice 1 cup water ⅛ -¼ of a lemon, with peel (seeds removed) 1 tablespoon dulse ½...

July 23rd: SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY To celebrate summer I’ll be giving away 2 copies of “Eat Well, Be Well: Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living” in July and August. To be eligible to win, you must do the following: 1. Sign up for my email list HERE and...

On July 16, 2014, I will be giving a talk on Ayurveda at the Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Beverly Hills, California. This talk is for cancer patients of the Tower Cancer Research Foundation Only. In this workshop, we will focus on the mind-body connection and how to...

Introduction to ayurveda 5 week series Learn about ayurveda – the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! This sequential series of classes will be taught with a combination of interactive lectures...

I will be teaching a 5-week series introducing Ayurveda beginning on May 27th. Learn about ayurveda – the sister science to yoga and an ancient holistic system of medicine from India. It is still used today because – it works! This sequential series of classes will...

Would you like to be healthier (eliminate bloating, heartburn, migraines, acne, etc.)? Would you like to increase your energy? Would you like to lose weight without dieting? The solution can be as simple as modifying your food choices to be in sync with your unique constitution. Learn about...

  Your employees are your most valuable asset. Stressed employees are a liability. Stress leads to lower productivity, high absenteeism, low motivation and poor decisions which increases your expenses and hurts profits. Turn around those statistics by investing in yoga for your employees.  Yoga classes will...

  This is an amazing gluten-free Indian flat bread (roti) with a soft, chewy texture that even gluten-eaters will enjoy! Easy to make, it can be spiced to accompany traditional Indian dishes, or you can change the tone by omitting/substituing cumin, turmeric and ajwain (see variations...

Chewy Choco-Orange Coconut Macaroons are a delight for those on a gluten-free diet. Low in sugar, they are a healthy indulgence for kids and will satisfy your cravings for sweet. Flavored with orange zest and topped with melted Green & Black 85% dark chocolate, this makes a great...

~To err is human, to forgive divine~ We made some mistakes. Books that were printed prior to February 1st, 2014 had some typographical errors which are now corrected. If you have one of the original copies, please note the following corrections to ensure optimal results with...

‎Introduction to Ayurveda - Feeling unbalanced? Ayurveda is a holistic lifestyle from ancient India that promotes longevity. It views each individual as having a unique constitution and states that there are certain foods and activities that are balancing (and imbalancing). Focusing on food and activities that...

Book Signing Events: Would you like to be healthier? Would you like to be able to better cope with the daily stresses of life? Would you like to have more happiness and balance in your life? The solution can be as simple as modifying your food choices to...

Coming this fall, publication and book tour for Eat Well, Be Well - Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living. A wellness cookbook based on the principles of ayurveda; with tri-doshic recipes adapted for the western palate ayurvedic cooking has never been easier! Read about this book here....