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Cooking by the Pinch and the Handful

Love Mudra

Love Mudra - Jennifer Haithcock

Our senses are our own perfect signaling instruments, our hands are our own perfect measure.

A friend of mine is a priest, poet, weaver, and founder of a sustainable fashion company beneficial to earth and humanity with goods that are said to wear better, look better, and travel better because they are handmade. It sounds poetic, a reminder to return to the personal, or the spirituality of slow living, but Father Andrew proves it by producing uniquely beautiful clothes known for their comfort and fit. We are often led to believe that the quality of a product improves with the advancement of technology. Yet weaving, dyeing, and sewing clothes by hand gives them a look and a fit that industrial production can’t match. In this world that has become so technical and scientific, enumerated and measured, I find this quietly reassuring. There is a relief in knowing that a human weave is more human than a robot’s, that handmade is more than just a charming throwback, and that our own hands are still our own best measure. This reminds me of Ayurveda and its foundational principle that good health is built on good digestion, and that the best meals for optimal digestion are made at home with your own …

Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb is a practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga and Jyotish. She is the writer of the book, Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners, and the writer and host of the international 58-part TV series VedaCleanse, with recipes and daily practices for seasonal wellness. She is also the writer and host of the 12-part series Divine Yoga. Laura leads trainings and retreats internationally, and offers online seasonal cleanses and courses. You can learn more about her at and get more Ayurvedically inspired recipes on her blog:

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