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Marissa Mele  Ayurvedic Health Counselor Founder of Five Prana & Maroozi “Not Your Mother’s Tongue” radio show on Thursdays from 1-3pm EST @103.3ashevillefm

My heart is so full! I only have 2 spaces left for my Ayurvedic teas workshop! I can’t believe it. Thank you for the amazing support Asheville! If you’d like to attend my Ayurvedic Teas, Golden Milk and Mandalas workshop, click the link in my bio to snag one of the last 2 remaining tickets. Thank you so much to Letitia and @purnayoga828 for letting me use their gorgeous space for this Ayurvedic workshop. One of the herbs we will be tasting and discussing is Tulsi or Holy Basil. It’s one of the most revered Ayurvedic herbs. Hope to see you this Saturday, February 23rd from 2-4pm.
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Less than a week away from my Ayurvedic Teas, Golden Milk and Mandalas workshop at @purnayoga828. There are still some spaces available just click the link in my bio to get one of the remaining tickets. We’ll be blending different Ayurvedic herbal teas like CCF Detox tea blends and dosha-pacifying chai blends. We will also be making a golden milk mix so you can enjoy this nighttime turmeric drink. There will also be some time to blend your own creations. We will color mandalas and discuss Ayurvedic mindfulness practices as well. Click link in my bio to buy tickets and DM me if you have any questions.
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A week from today, I’ll be leading my first workshop in Asheville at @purnayoga828. The workshop is on Ayurvedic teas, golden milk and mindfulness practices like coloring mandalas. We will be making dosha-pacifying CCF Detox tea blends, a golden milk mix as well as Vata, Pitta or Kapha chai blends. There will also be an opportunity for some free spirit freeform tea blending too so you can unleash your creativity. We’ll discuss and practice Ayurvedic mindfulness techniques like coloring mandalas and meditation. Space is limited and starting to fill up, so click the link in my bio to buy your ticket and reserve your space. I hope to see you there! .
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I love your face @statictourist. Happy Valentines Day! Everyday I get to wake up and see your face is the best day ever. I love you with my whole heart. Forever and always. (Posted a day late but I was busy making a fancy VDay dinner with recipes from @cardamom.and.tea. I also had my Valentines Day world music show on @103.3ashevillefm. Check it out in the archives on ashevillefm.org).

My Panchakarma is coming to a close soon and tomorrow is my last day of treatments. Each Panchakarma I’ve had the privilege of being on has been completely different. The lessons I’ve learned about myself has been absolutely profound, but also drastically distinct. Each time I’ve embarked on this path to personal healing, I’ve brought along a book or two to get my mind thinking in a new way. This time I borrowed a book from the lovely @songs4friends. I told her I wanted to read something that helped me to dig deep and I’m so glad she gave me Anthony deMello’s “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.” There is so much wisdom in this book that I know I will be distilling down for some time to come. I’ve been recording quotes from the book during my morning journaling sessions and the following quotation has been really rattling around in my head. Maybe it will resonate with you too.
“Nobody was mean to you. Somebody was mean to what he or she [or they] thought was you, but not you. Nobody ever rejects you; they’re only rejecting what they think you are. But that cuts both ways. Nobody ever accepts you either. Until people come awake, they are simply accepting or rejecting their image of you. They’ve fashioned an image of you, and they’re rejecting or accepting that. See how devastating it is to go deeply into that. It’s a bit too liberating. But how easy it is to love people when you understand this. How easy it is to love everyone when you don’t identify with what they imagine you are or they are. It becomes easy to love them, to love everybody.” - Anthony deMello in “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality”
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#throwbackthursday post about the first mixtape I ever made @statictourist . I can still remember making this mix for him. We'd only been dating a few months and I had told him I'd make him a mixtape to listen to in his late 80s Chrysler LeBaron. I was way too excited to be crushing on a guy with a working tape deck. Weeks passed as I painstakingly worked on the mix. I was determined to make it perfect. Choosing songs, editing it down, timing it perfect. Then of course there was the added pressure of not putting any songs that would make me seem like a clingy, crazy, weirdo girl. I still remember being so conflicted about whether or not I should put Spiritualized's "Stay with Me" on the mix. The first mix you made someone especially when your still in the crushes phase has to walk a fine line between "these are just songs I like, I'm not trying to send you some subliminal message through my song choice." Even when the recording day came I wasn't sure I was ready to put it on the mix. I struggled with it. Even making an alternate Side A just in case. Needless to say it made it on and as I nervously handed him my homemade, carefully crafted mixtape, I hoped he would realize I was the coolest girl ever with obviously the best taste in music. Time passed and we reached that inevitable point in a relationship where you have to decide "is this person worth the trouble or should I just get out now?" On top of that we were in some sort fight which for the life of me I can't remember what it was about. I'm sure I was doing some asshole thing. We'd fought all day and as he drove home, he put on my mix. The Spiritualized song came blaring out the speakers. I know that song softened the anger and brought a clarity to the situation. I know now that I was supposed to put that song on the mixtape.
I know the mixtape is a lost art. I know my younger friends won't get to experience the thrill of making a mixtape for someone or the exhilaration of receiving one from a crush. I know I am the last generation of mixtape makers and I am so grateful that I was able to experience it.
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I’ve learned so much about myself and about life from trying to untangle balls of yarn. When I begin a new crochet project, that’s when the tangling starts. I’m ready to dive into my new project and before I can start I have to untangle a big mess of yarn. I start pulling and it gets worse. I try to gingerly slide the yarn through and knots begin to form. I try to stay cool and relaxed, but eventually frustration kicks in and I’m crying hot Pitta tears. “Why does this always happen?” I ask myself. It’s the question that arises each time. You’d think I’d be prepared, but I never am. This morning was no different and as the yarn got more and more tangled I was almost ready to cut off the mess and start a clean strand. But then I stopped myself. “This happens every time, Marissa,” I said silently in my mind. “Why do you expect this time to be any different?” Each time is the same. There’s nothing different I can do. But what I can do is change how I react to it. I’m going into the project expecting a different outcome, but it always begins with a tangled mess. And expectation is predetermined disappointment. So today instead of freaking out and guillotining my yarn. I took a few deep belly breaths, looked for the yarn end and started untangling. I took my time. I had patience. I kept my Pitta frustration tears at bay. And eventually the knots were gone and I was ready to start making my Panchakarma slippers. In those moments of untangling I realized this experience relates to more than just my crochet projects. It relates to my life. Life can be tough. Life can be hard. Life can be a giant, tangled, frustrating mess. Sometimes or even most of the time, there’s little you can do to change that. But I know I can change my reaction to it. Instead of rushing and forcing, I can stop, take a beat and begin the process of unraveling. Not only does it save me time, it saves my sanity. I’m taking this newfound knowledge with me as I work to unravel the stands of frustration in my mind. It will require all the patience, perseverance and calm that it takes to untangle this yarn. But in the end I will have fixed the mess and I’ll be ready to begin anew.

Finally finishing up coloring this mantra. Trying to make moments of peace at my Panchakarma. I’ve also started working on my Panchakarma playlist on Spotify. It’s much more upbeat than my last one and mostly filled with world music. If you don’t follow me on Spotify, you should. I have many dope playlists. Starting to feel the Panchakarma blues, but that’s to be expected. Thankfully I have good music and coloring to help me through. .
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Kitchari sometimes also called kichadi. It is a mixture of spices, ghee, rice and mung daal (moong daal if you’re at the Indian grocery). If you crack open a mung bean inside will be two little yellow lentils aka mung daal. Kitchari is eaten regularly at most Panchakarma programs and definitely eaten leading up to Panchakarma during the Purvakarma phase (checkout my last post for more info on Purvakarma). During my first Panchakarma, I ate kitchari for every meal for over 14 days. Needless to say, I was pretty burnt out on kitchari. I’ve eaten many different versions and recipes of kitchari, but my favorite will always be my teacher’s Dr. (Vaidya) Lina Thakar B.A.M.S. When I would attend classes at her center in Pittsburgh, I would eat kitchari for every lunch. I also ate it daily when I took Panchakarma with her back in early 2017. Hers is the best! I will admit here though (and please don’t revoke my Ayurveda license for saying this), I’m not the biggest fan of kitchari. I am a baby when it comes to eating things I don’t like. Taking herbs in powder form is almost impossible for me. I gag. I choke. I dry heave. I’ve learned this is common for Pitta peeps like me. We don’t tolerate things we deem as ill tasting. You’ll be hard pressed to get a Pitta to take herbs in powder form. I know I always have to take my herbs in capsule form, which is not the preferred method in Ayurveda. Taste or rasa begins on tongue. The tongue and bhodaka Kapha or salivation is where digestion begins. If we skip this step, we miss out on a vital part of the digestive process. This is why I always take turmeric in powder form and never as a capsule. Turmeric has a rasa of bitter and astringent and a vipaka or post-digestive effect of pungent. Pungent is aggravating to Pitta. So if Pitta takes turmeric in capsule form it is only getting the pungent vipaka and not the balancing rasa of bitter and astringent. Now I can take turmeric this way but super bitter herbs or nightly triphala during Panchakarma is impossible. So I take in capsule form. It’s not ideal but we have to meet people where they are and more importantly meet ourselves where we are. Everything is adaptable.

It’s preparation time for my Panchakarma. I made a batch of homemade ghee for my Purvakarma practices. Purvakarma is the initial stage of Panchakarma. Panchakarma is designed to draw ama or toxins out of the dhatus or tissue systems and return it to the digestive tract to eliminate it from the body. Purvakarma prepares the body to eliminate toxins that are stored deep within the tissues. Without proper Purvakarma preparation, Panchakarma would only remove ama from the GI tract and wouldn’t remove ama from the dhatus. Purva means “before” and karma means “actions”. The two main Purvakarma processes are snehana or oleation and swedana or therapeutic heat. In the days leading up to Panchakarma, Abhyantar Snehana or internal oleation is practiced. This involves taking prescribed amounts of warm ghee on an empty stomach. As I made my ghee today I chanted a mantra to Dhanvantari the god of Ayurveda and healing.
OM Sri Dhantantre Namaha “OM and salutations to the celestial healer, Dhanvantari. May my healing abilities be strengthened for my own healing and the healing of others.”
This is the same mantra I chant while making my Five Prana Ayurvedic skincare products too.
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I was a smoker for more than half my life. That is until 918 days ago when I was at my first Panchakarma retreat that I became a non-smoker.
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My decision to start learning about Ayurveda gave me to push to quit. I knew that my smoking wasn't in line with this life change and I would feel this dichotomy regularly. Yet I was struggling so much. I had changed how I ate, I was disciplined in my routine, I was getting healthy, but I was still smoking. I couldn't let it go. I felt a lot of shame about it. Like how could I counsel people on their health and myself do one of the most unhealthy things? People would tell me being a smoker was a part of my identity and I believed them. It wasn't until I realized how important the stories we tell about ourselves are, that I understood that I could change that narrative at any time. So I'm a non-smoker. I am. I was a non-smoker on the first day I quit and I will be one forever. Even if I one day falter, and I have a cigarette, I am still a non-smoker. I've changed the narrative. Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right." Our minds hold all the power. I read that quote while I was on my first Panchakarma cleanse which is where I was when I decided to quit and it reminded me of what I needed to hear. Ayurveda teaches us that we have the power to heal ourselves we just have to be willing to make a change. I wasn't allowed to smoke on the retreat and when it was time to leave, I had already changed my story to non-smoker and didn't feel much like a cigarette anyway. And ever since leaving Panchakarma I haven't had any craving that didn't go away with a few deep breaths and a minute or two of time. I've surprised myself with how easy it has felt at times. I'm a non-smoker. I believe it so its what I am and my actions, behaviors and thoughts naturally fell in line with that. How empowering is that?! You can change, just by flipping the script. Tell a new story about yourself, change the narrative and see how much it changes you.

Read more about how Panchakarma helped me to quit smoking and rewrite my personal narrative on @theayurvedaexperience

My next Panchakarma is right around the corner. On February 1st I leave for my fourth Panchakarma experience. Each time has been completely different, yet completely transformative. It’s a time of rebirth, renewal and reawakening. The body, mind and spirit sheds that which is doesn’t need. You detoxify every cell in the body. And then you’re reborn anew. I’ve been yearning for this Panchakarma. I know my body and mind are in need of this ultimate Ayurvedic Purification Therapy.

What Is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is considered the ultimate purification therapy or shodhana chikitsa. It is often referred to as the Ayurvedic cleanse. Panchakarma translates to “the five actions”; pancha means five and karma means action. Panchakarma is the five actions used to cleanse the body of ama or toxins. Panchakarma removes ama and mala or waste products from the body and restores balance to the dosha.

Panchakarma is used when toxins or ama builds up in the body. According to Ayurveda, this is when we begin to see manifestations of dis-ease. Oftentimes when we’ve entered into the later stages of the disease process, Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary changes won’t produce the major shifts that the body needs. That is where panchakarma is most needed because it purifies the toxins that have been lodged in the body, mind, psyche and spirit. .
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