Barbara Sinclair

Barbara Sinclair is a holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda – the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity that originated in India.

A lifelong visual artist, Barbara woke up one morning in her late 40s with pain throughout her body. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia eventually led her to seek more holistic methods of healing – all while looking within for clues as to why this had happened.

For several years, Barbara was guided to explore all kinds of alternative practices. It was with fierce intent, a positive attitude, and help from some gifted healers that her body slowly began to repair itself. In the process of healing, Barbara fell head-over-heels in love with Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word which means “the knowledge of life”.

She now lives her daily life by its principles and its deep connection with Nature and the five elements, sharing its brilliance with others.

Meditation and energy healing, with their direct connection to Ayurveda, were also key players in her recovery. They helped her to access an inner place of peace and unlock deeply buried pain.

Today, Barbara is free from the symptoms of fibromyalgia and is grateful for the powerful lessons it taught her. Like many others who have managed to overcome a debilitating condition, it enriched her life, rather than destroyed it.

Barbara’s greatest joy now is to share the fruits of her own healing journey in hopes that it might spark a healing journey for others. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and energy healer.

For a complete list of services, or to read Barbara’s blog, please visit her website at www.barbarasinclair.com.

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Barbara posts a new article on CLN every Wednesday. To view her articles, go here:
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Do You Have Sign-Up-Itis?

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Alternative Health Care, Conscious Living, Health with 1 Comment
Do You Have Sign-Up-Itis?

Do you have sign-up-itis? I know I do. I just can’t seem to resist those beautifully marketed web programs. I think I need an intervention.
Ayurvedically speaking, Sign-up-itis is the curse of the Vata-type person. We’re not the best when it comes to self-control, we get seduced by creative shiny packages, we love to try new things, but we tend to fall short in the stick-to-it department.

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Making Ayurveda Digestible (Pun Intended)

Making Ayurveda Digestible (Pun Intended)

You see, I finally figured out that Ayurveda can be simple or it can be complex. It’s your choice. If you want to dive deep into it like I did (and still do), go for it. But you don’t have to know all the terminology. And guess what You don’t even have to like Indian food! So many people say to me “I just don’t get Ayurveda”. They’re curious, but think that all of the dosha-specific food lists are intimidating (they are) and that they have to know without a shadow of a doubt what their constitution is in order to understand the concepts (they don’t).

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Puzzling Out Fibromyalgia and the Epstein-Barr Virus

Puzzling Out Fibromyalgia and the Epstein-Barr Virus

Two years ago I finally sat down and wrote a lengthy article about my healing journey from fibromyalgia. It had been over a decade since that morning when I woke up with “pain all over” and about four years since the pain had subsided. I guess I needed time to ruminate about it. It seems that puzzling out fibromyalgia is something millions of people are doing these days and I hope that I can help put some of the pieces together.

If you or someone you love is suffering from this painful condition, or chronic fatigue, or a thyroid or auto-immune disorder, please take the time to read this article. I was enlightened and I think you will be also.

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Staying Hydrated the Ayurvedic Way

Written by on December 30, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 7 Comments
Staying Hydrated the Ayurvedic Way

How clever Mother Nature is to design plants in the hot desert climate to be able to store water instead of needing it constantly.

Well, we’re not a cactus, but we do need to be able to absorb water and get it to where it needs to go. The problem with a blanket statement of drinking x number of glasses of water per day is that our bodies are all different and handle water in various ways.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Written by on December 23, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Meditation with 14 Comments
Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The Winter Solstice arrived. Darkness prevails and winter is officially here. Are you afraid of the dark?
When I was a child I always needed a nightlight on. I was uncomfortable in tunnels and caves and being outside at night. As I grew into adulthood, I craved the sunshine, and even a cloudy gloomy day would unnerve me. I loved the long summer days and short nights.
Not anymore. Something has shifted these past few years. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s my meditation practice. Maybe I’m just more aware.

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Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Meditation with 6 Comments
Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

I don’t know how or when it happened. Having lived a life mostly in a state of high anxiety, I now find myself staying calm in a sea of chaos. Actually, I do know how and when it happened. When I began meditating several years ago. Everything changed.

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Ginger and Turmeric – Super Roots to the Rescue!

Ginger and Turmeric – Super Roots to the Rescue!

Some people get excited about chocolate or wine, I get giddy when I see whole, fresh, pesticide-free produce! Ginger and Turmeric – Super Roots to the Rescue!

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Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Written by on November 18, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 0 Comments
Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Who went and put the holidays smack dab in the middle of Vata Season? Anxiety, disorganization and depletion are all signs of unbalanced Vata dosha, according to Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old system of mind/body/spirit medicine. And fall/early winter is Vata Season, a time when anxiety is heightened and people with Vata in their constitution can become very depleted. Becoming familiar with our own constitution, as well as our family member’s, can help us all get through the holidays unscathed.

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What’s All This Hype About Cleansing?

What’s All This Hype About Cleansing?

March/April and September/October are the months generally chosen for this type of deep cleansing, but it can be done at other times during the year, as well. I highly recommend looking into panchakarma treatment if you are dealing with serious health issues, especially those of a chronic nature.

But because cleansing for most of us is something we need to ease ourselves into, I want to focus today on sharing some easy tips that you can do yourself to help clean your system of toxins, give your digestion a rest, and reset your digestive fire.

Mother Nature knows that Kapha Season (late winter-early spring) is the best time for cleansing. She wisely provides us with the foods/herbs that naturally work to detoxify the body after a long winter of eating heavier, fattier and often sugar-laden foods.

If we don’t rid the body of excess fat and mucus at this time, it will rebel. Spring colds, stomach upset and lung congestion are all signs of excess mucus.

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Ayurveda and Flip-Flopping Weather

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health, Prevention with 2 Comments
Ayurveda and Flip-Flopping Weather

Ayurveda has a lot to say about staying healthy during seasonal transitions – especially when the weather is constantly flip-flopping. Being mindful of the elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth) can help us maintain balance like the rest of Nature.

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The Patience to Peel a Pomegranate

The Patience to Peel a Pomegranate

It may take patience to peel a pomegranate but it’s well worth the effort. This ancient fruit that was revered by the gods is chock-full of health benefits. You can read some of the benefits here as well as a few easy tips on peeling this super-fruit.

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Becoming an Earth Keeper

Becoming an Earth Keeper

I was recently initiated as an Earth Keeper by the Q’ero shamans of Peru, an honor and responsibility that I don’t take lightly. These wise men have come down from their mountain to share their knowledge and prophesies with us. It is a time of great urgency when we need to make our beloved Mother Earth our top priority. She is sick and crying for our help.

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Did You Know Your Lungs Need Extra TLC in the Fall When Grief Can Arise?

Did You Know Your Lungs Need Extra TLC in the Fall When Grief Can Arise?

According to both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems with our lungs is often the result of unexpressed grief. There are many things we can do to keep our lungs healthy which is vital to our emotional and physical health. Lung pacifying foods (like pears) and herbs are helpful, as well as doing deep pranayamic breathing.

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What Does Cold, Windy Weather Have to Do With Anxiety? It’s Vata Season!

What Does Cold, Windy Weather Have to Do With Anxiety? It’s Vata Season!

Do you ever feel an abundance of anxiety and fear when fall rolls around? Wonder why? According to Ayurveda, the cold, windy weather of autumn and early winter is Vata Season, a time when anxiety and fear can easily take hold. Learn some simple ways to avoid letting this happen and instead make it a time for creativity and deep reflection.

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How to Manage In-The-Wee-Hours-Of-The-Morning Type of Insomnia

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 5 Comments
How to Manage In-The-Wee-Hours-Of-The-Morning Type of Insomnia

According to Ayurveda, Vata dosha is to blame for the type of insomnia that results from waking up in the wee hours of the morning, specifically from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00. a.m. Makes sense, since these are morning Vata times. Anxiety and fear are signs of unbalanced Vata. So when 2:00 a.m. hits, it makes perfect sense that some of us bolt awake with hearts racing and fearful dreams. Holistic health practitioner, Barbara Sinclair gives some easy tips on how to sleep through this anxious time of the sleep cycle.

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