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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Here Are My All-Natural Remedies For Depression and Anxiety – What Are Yours?

Here Are My All-Natural Remedies For Depression and Anxiety – What Are Yours?

Sometimes remedies for depression and anxiety are as simple as the things we loved to do as a child. Holistic health practitioner Barbara Sinclair shares her own list and invites you to compile your own.

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Judgment, Blame and Shame – Meet the Little Voice in My Head

Written by on September 16, 2015 in Healing & Natural Remedies, Health with 0 Comments
Judgment, Blame and Shame – Meet the Little Voice in My Head

Do you have a little voice in your head that keeps you honest? Meet mine – home to reminders about judgment, blame and shame. On a daily basis The Voice chatters away, letting me know that there’s still much work to be done on the journey to becoming a more conscious person.

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Why You Need to Cool Your Body – NOW (And How to Do It)

Written by on September 2, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 1 Comment
Why You Need to Cool Your Body – NOW (And How to Do It)

Did you know that dispelling excess heat from the body at the end of the summer can result in a healthier fall and winter? It’s true! Here’s Ayurvedic wisdom to help get your started.

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Why Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution Is so Important

Why Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution Is so Important

Ayurveda teaches that we are all born with a set constitution called prakriti (means nature or first creation in Sanskrit) which is determined at the moment of conception. Determining factors are the constitution of both parents (genetics), the state of health of the mother throughout her pregnancy, environmental factors such as the season and even time of day when conception occurred, and our karmic memory (what we carry over from past lives). Just like we cannot change the color of our eyes or how tall we are, our prakriti never changes.

It is from the three doshas (forces or bodily humors) known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha that seven body types (emotional, physical and spiritual) are formed. Our individual combination of the doshas create our unique prakriti.

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Ayurvedic Tips to Avoid Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

Written by on July 1, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 0 Comments
Ayurvedic Tips to Avoid Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

Heat exhaustion can happen when dehydration occurs after a long heat spell – especially when the humidity is high. Living in an urban area can add to the likelihood of it occurring because of the poor air quality.

People with high Pitta dosha need to be particularly vigilant about keeping their body cool. The main element in Pitta dosha is fire and so they already run hot. In order to avoid damaging their internal organs, Pittas should take special care to not get overheated.

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Pitta Season: How to Keep Your Cool

Pitta Season: How to Keep Your Cool

Knowing some basics about Pitta dosha can help us stay healthy (and cool) during the hot summer months.

Ayurveda’s seasonal calendar revolves around the three doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements–space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in nature are within us, as well.

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Less is More: Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

Less is More: Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

And more is not always better, or, as the saying goes, less is more. One of the greatest lessons I learned studying Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari, was to be prudent with the use of herbs. We know how dangerous it is to be taking multiple prescription drugs, but we think nothing of chugging down handfuls of herbal supplements on a daily basis for months, or even years, at a time. Yes, herbs are food, but just like certain foods have contraindications for people, so do herbs, and an easy-does-it approach always works best. Sometimes just a pinch of an herb is more than enough to do the trick.

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Ayurveda and Mother Nature Are One

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Environment with 1 Comment
Ayurveda and Mother Nature Are One

If Ayurveda confuses you, all you need to know is that at its core is the teaching we are one with Nature.

That’s all we need to know. We are air, ether, fire, water, and earth. In different proportions, of course – that’s what gives us our uniqueness, our constitution.

Discover what yours is and then seek to stay in balance by living in harmony with Nature and the seasons – eating the right foods, drinking clean water, spending time outdoors.

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Even Storm Clouds Are Beautiful

Even Storm Clouds Are Beautiful

That heavy feeling creeps in, permeates your mind/body, and makes you want to crawl back under the covers…or reach for a drink, or a smoke, or maybe a box of chocolate chip cookies. Maybe even all three.

Most of us are downright terrified of this feeling. It’s so damn uncomfortable. It might be depression, anxiety, fear or anger.

Fear’s a big one. Fear of failure, fear of change, fear of not being good enough, fear of not living your life’s purpose, or your dream, or having enough money. Fear of things we have no control over.

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Ayurvedic Tip of the Week: Bitter Is Better

Ayurvedic Tip of the Week: Bitter Is Better

There’s a famous Ayurvedic saying – “Bitter is Better”. Our ancestors knew that food having a bitter quality helped with sluggish digestion and cleansing fats from the blood and liver.

Our modern diet is seriously lacking in the bitter taste. Sweet, sour and salty are the tastes most of us gravitate towards. The less we consume of the remaining three tastes – bitter, pungent and astringent – the more unbalanced our diet can become.

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Silence is (Sometimes) Golden

Written by on February 13, 2015 in Alternative Health Care with 0 Comments
Silence is (Sometimes) Golden

There was a period a couple of years ago when I all but stopped listening to music. I just wanted quiet. Silence. I walked around with my noise-canceling headphones on without any music playing. I was going through a rough patch both emotionally and physically and music just seemed more than I could bear. This went on for a very long time.

Then I started putting my headphones on and listening to music when I first woke up and before I fell asleep at night. This sometimes had a cathartic effect – I would find myself sobbing when I played certain songs. A different kind of healing – but healing, for sure.

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Are You Ready for Kapha Season?

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Alternative Health Care with 0 Comments
Are You Ready for Kapha Season?

Are you ready for Kapha Season? Cold, wet and heavy are a few qualities associated with Kapha dosha and therefore, with Kapha Season (late winter – spring). Can’t you just feel it in the photo above that I took from my apartment window last February?

Ayurveda doesn’t put exact dates on the seasons because changeability is one of its principles. To truly live an Ayurvedic lifestyle you must stay in tune with Nature on a day-to-day basis.

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How To Love Yourself During “The Love Month” of February

Written by on January 31, 2015 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 0 Comments
How To Love Yourself During “The Love Month” of February

February has always seemed like an odd month to me, nestled in between hibernation-friendly January and blustery March. I’m speaking, of course, as someone who lives in the Northeast. It’s still officially winter here, even though we’ve had only one snowfall and it’s going to be 60 degrees tomorrow! This month always seems like a last-chance month to burrow in and let creative ideas germinate. And then February 14th sneaks up on us…

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Be Mindful as the Ayurvedic Season Shifts

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Alternative Health Care with 0 Comments
Be Mindful as the Ayurvedic Season Shifts

Here in the Northeast where I live, and in many other parts of the world, we are transitioning from Vata Season to Kapha Season.

Vata and Kapha have very different qualities. Vata is light, dry, mobile, cold while Kapha is heavy, wet, cold, stable. You can see that they only share the cold quality.

If we think about this and how we are comprised of the five elements (air, ether, fire, water, earth) we can only imagine how hard our organism must work to stay balanced when the seasons shift.

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My Birthday Wish for Clean Water

My Birthday Wish for Clean Water

Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. Every day, 1,400 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

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