Scott Latham, LMT

Everyday Ayurveda


  1. Rest and Digest
    31 Aug, 2018
    Rest and Digest
    I often fall into the trap of thinking that wellness must be an active practice.  Most days, I feel the best in the moments following a strenuous workout, when the endorphins flow and the dripping sweat coats me in palpable accomplishment.  It is easy for me to forget that my body needs a chance to recover, to heal, and to clean out the debris.  I overlook the fact that time spent externally passive can allow my body to activate internally. This is how our nervous system is built.  The
  2. Eating for Balance:  Food and the Vikriti
    27 Jul, 2018
    Eating for Balance: Food and the Vikriti
    Diet is arguably the most popular topic of discussion in Ayurvedic communities.  It seems like almost any conversation about healthy living will inevitably work its way back to what we choose to eat and how we choose to eat it.  Obviously, there is good reason for this.  Food is, after all, one of the few absolute necessities of life, and it’s the one that we have the most control over.  The decision of what fuel and materials we want to ingest and incorporate into ourselves will doubtlessly
  3. Karkidakam:  An Elemental Study
    26 Jul, 2018
    Karkidakam: An Elemental Study
    I have been thinking about the Karkidakam season quite a bit recently.  I wanted to write something about the monsoon’s doshic influence or trends that I have noticed recently while treating patients, but the derangements that I have encountered have seemingly been all over the map.  In fact, it seems like the more balanced my patient’s vikriti has been, the worse his or her manifestations of dis-ease have presented. This got me thinking about the elements that comprise the tridosha in a new
  4. The Trouble with Triphala:  Why the "How" Matters in Ayurveda
    26 Mar, 2018
    The Trouble with Triphala: Why the "How" Matters in Ayurveda
    Recently, I was speaking with a friend, comparing notes on different herbal remedies. The conversation somehow landed on Triphala and its use as a laxative. That's when he realated to me this story: A few years ago, he had visited a holistic healer for a mild case of constipation. Immediately, she handed him a bottle of Triphala, with a take-two-and-call-me-in-the-morning sort of nonchalance. He headed home, took the recommended dosage, and waited. Soon after, he noticed some discomfort in his