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Malaysian herbal traditions are unique in all the world. Located at Asia's crossroads, Malaysia's practices combine the wisdom of Chinese herbalists, Indian ayurvedics and traditional Malay healers. This blending of influences has instructed Asia's most exciting holistic practices, sharing common goals - the improvement of vitality, sexual fitness, stress reduction and personal balance.


In Malaysia, Ramuan is a carefully selected blend of botanicals, traditionally gathered from the fertile rainforest climate. In practice, Ramuan means that the beneficial ingredients combine to create balanced results. Generations of Malaysian women have sought radiant inner health, youthful beauty and hormonal balance with herbal ingredients derived from native plants. Each Ramuan blend follows time-honored principles to achieve its results.


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Traditional Malaysian Herbs for Feminine Vitality & Well-Being

Kacip Fatimah (Labisia pumila) The best-known among Malaysia's herbal treatments for women, the leaves and other parts are commonly sought to promote feminine vitality and reproductive health.

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) Rich in phytochemicals that act as antioxidants, a portion called the calyx is used to make a hot tea, believed to support healthy circulation and urinarytract health.

Asam Gelugor (Garcinia atroviridis) An extract from the fruit contains hydroxycitric acid or HCA, commonly used to support vitality and metabolism. Many consider it valuable for weight control.

Pegaga (Centella asiatica) Leaves of this tender, creeping perennial are used to produce an extract, often recommended by Malay practitioners to support healthy aging.

Mas Cotek (Ficus deltoidea) Also known as mistletoe fig, it is traditionally used for sexual vitality, with additional uses to revitalize the body.

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Ayurvedic theory says that regular meals keep the digestive fire stoked.

Last year, after some heavy heartache and several months on the "breakup diet," I found myself unable to face another handful of trail mix and in dire need of some home cooking. I signed up for a series of conscious-cooking classes taught by San Francisco chef and yoga instructor Jeremy Moran and certified Ayurvedic practitioner Abbie Scianamblo, and set about rebuilding my relationship with food.

At the height of my breakup malaise, I would often forget to eat until late afternoon, when I'd begin grazing. But the classes, founded on the Ayurvedic practice of food sadhana (a mindful approach to procuring, preparing, and eating food), encouraged sticking to regular mealtimes. Ayurveda, literally translated as "the science of life," emphasizes the importance of rhythm and awareness when it comes to food, to keep the agni or "digestive fire" burning.

According to Pratima Raichur, owner of Pratima Ayurvedic Spa in Manhattan, digestion is at its peak between noon and 1 p.m. As the sun begins to set, our digestive fire cools, so it's best to eat lighter meals in the evening, and not after 7 p.m. if possible. "If we don't digest properly, we don't get the nutrients we need," says Raichur, adding that eating according to our body's rhythms keeps us feeling strong and healthy and can help us sleep better, too.

Summer, with its bounty of fresh produce, is the perfect time to make regular meals a priority rather than squeezing them in or skipping them entirely. Combine fresh vegetables with a quick-cooking grain like quinoa for a wholesome meal that leaves you plenty of time to savor it. AMELIA glynn quinoa summer pilaf makes 4 servings

This fcapfta-calming recipe is courtesy of chef Jeremy Moran. Omit tomatoes to calm vata; substitute brown rice for quinoa to calm pitta.

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic / bunch asparagus, sliced / cup fresh corn kernels

1 cup sweet cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 tablespoon julienned basil leaves

1 Rinse the quinoa and place it in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

2 Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the asparagus and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

3 Take pan off the heat and stir in the corn, tomatoes, and lemon juice. Season mixture to taste with salt and pepper and stir into the quinoa. Garnish with basil.

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The Shamanic A lot of people in the yoga community Cheerleaders chant, but not everyone does it with are a pep squad pompoms. The Shamanic Cheerleaders-for the soul a San Francisco performance group influenced by acrobatics, hip hop, jazz, spoken word, kirtan, and yoga asana-use pep and humor to bring a message of consciousness to the masses. Clad in swingy pleated skirts, midriff-baring halter tops, and combat boots, this high-energy dance group performs original cheers, like the kind you might see at a college football game, except that these include affirmations and messages of social responsibility. While Sanskrit and high kicks might seem an unlikely combination, the group has performed at a wide range of venues since its inception in 2006, including the San Francisco Green Festival. The Shamanic Cheerleaders was the inspiration of squad captain, Rana Stewart (also known as Satori). A dancer, stilt walker, and expressive arts therapist, Stewart wanted to bring levity to the spiritual community. One year at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, she came up with the idea of becoming a cheerleader of consciousness. She brought the vision back to her San Francisco expressive arts women's collective, where it evolved into a full-fledged squad.

"To me, the thing that's exciting about spirituality is spirit," Stewart says. "There wasn't anything out there that was sacred and rowdy at the same time. The Shamanic Cheerleaders are rowdy bliss makers."

There are, no doubt, those who would say that singing "Om namah shivaya" to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is sacrilege, but the cheerleaders see what they do as a happier, more accessible way of expressing spirituality and positivity. "People need to be cheered on and inspired," Stewart says. As one of the group's chants puts it, "If you want to be enlightened, you've got to lighten up!"

In addition to Stewart, the squad has four other members: licensed naturopathic doctor and Shamanic Cheerleaders co-creative director Cory Reddish (Afterchakra); yoga teacher Wendy Faith Levicoff (Crescendo); performance artist Chandra Krown (Shakti-KAHN); and part-time member, circus performer Megan Tennity (Megastar). They also have five alumnae and a growing JV squad made up of past attendees of their workshops. The cheerleaders don't claim to be real shamans, but Reddish points out that there are commonalities in the work they do. "We both use sound and movement to raise energy, create vibration, and bring about healing." karen macklin

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