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Mar 27, 2018

Kate O’Donnell, author of the new, yet to be released cookbook, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind talks with me about the three gunas: sattva, rajas and tamas, in relation to who we are on this planet and our bigger life goals. We dive deep into the patterns of Ayurveda, the food we choose to nourish ourselves with, and the connections between human beings and the planet. We talk about health evolution, the expansiveness of our minds and bodies, the process of self nourishment and how we can connect with seeds, plants and the earth. When we connect with the foods that we eat, we can awaken our own psyches and pacify our monkey minds. In this way we can learn how to nourish ourselves properly and fully, in order to become clear in mind and body and uplevel our lives. Tune in to this expansive episode for some sustaining and juicy conversation on one of the most important aspects of our lives and something that we all need and love: food.


I rap with Kate O’Donnell about Ayurveda, food, cooking and the gunas:

  • Kate’s newest cookbook, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind
  • Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas- what are the gunas and what it means to keep them in balance
  • Ayurveda, food, and their connection to our universe
  • Gaining deep intuitive strength, alignment, and energy through eating properly  

What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

  • How do you want to design your next experience in life?
  • How food can keep you in a balanced, sattvic place in life
  • How to gain more awareness to connect to higher goals and to your true self



Show Highlights:

  • 6:00- Kate talks to us about sattva, rajas, tamas and the mental energies of the mind.
  • 13:30- We discuss life transitions and how to move into a place of more awareness and more design capacity in the future. We dive deeply into sattva, rajas and tamas and tie the gunas into our life goal setting.
  • 19:40- The process of evolving in our self nourishment, healthy foods and recipes and Kate’s Ayurvedic cookbooks!
  • 29:40- The time aspect to nourishment and food preparation. 



Favorite Quotes:

  • “Like the doshas, these energies (the gunas) are also necessary and omnipresent and useful, it’s just a matter of keeping them in a relative state of balance.” - Kate O’Donnell
  • “The problem we run into is when we lose that awareness and when that mental energy takes you on the ride and the sense of self falls by the wayside.” - Kate O’Donnell
  • “There is magic in how nature does its thing.” - Cate Stillman
  • “Packing the prana into the food we eat is going to bring us to a state of dharma.” - Kate O’Donnell


Guest info:

Kate O’Donnell is the author of two Ayurvedic Cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind 100 Sattvic Recipes. She is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner an authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher based in Boston, and travels to India annually for study. 

After years of dedication to the Ashtanga system, Kate has experienced great benefit from this practice and was authorized by her teacher Sharath Jois to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. She currently stewards a morning yoga program in Boston.

Kate also specializes in Ayurvedic education, cooking skills, and cleansing programs, offering online programs, residential immersions and trainings, and individual consultations.  Her Ayurveda and yoga offerings aim to help others come closer to their true nature.

Connect with Kate on her FB and Instagram pages, and find more info on her website.