R Amadea Morningstar, MA, RPE, RYT

R Amadea Morningstar, MA, RPE, RYT

Writer, Ayurvedic Educator, Polarity Therapist

Pitta Vata
Constitution: Pitta-Vata

Amadea Morningstar works with Ayurveda as a nutrition educator, writer, and cook. She first trained in Ayurveda in 1983. She is the founder of the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her books include the best-selling Ayurvedic Cookbook with Urmila Desai, and her recent publications are Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda and a chapter on Ayurveda in Leininger’s Transcultural Nursing, 4th Edition (2018).

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  • The Ayurvedic Perspective on Milk
    • Diet
    • April 08, 2021
    The Ayurvedic Perspective on Milk

    Fresh dairy from the farm is not always possible. So, what can we do? Here is some information on milk and milk alternatives from an Ayurvedic perspective. 

  • Honey as Medicine in Ayurveda: How Sweet It Is
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • October 23, 2020
    Honey as Medicine in Ayurveda: How Sweet It Is

    In a bevy of cool sweeteners like white sugar, maple syrup, and others, raw honey dances to a different melody because it brings the rare quality of warmth. 

  • An Ayurvedic Perspective on Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Recipes & DIY
    • April 25, 2019
    An Ayurvedic Perspective on Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar wasn't common in ancient India, but read this article to learn what Ayurveda has to say about this popular condiment and its health benefits.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Fruit Crumble
    • Recipes & DIY
    • February 18, 2016
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Fruit Crumble

    For a sweet recipe that also calms the sweet tooth, try this fruit crumble by Amadea Morningstar, which can be customized to balance vata, pitta, or kapha. 

  • Basic Warming Kitchari
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 20, 2013
    Basic Warming Kitchari

    Kitchari is one of the staple foods of an Ayurvedic diet. This classic recipe is great for cleansing, and is also good for stimulating digestion and circulation.

  • Sweet Potato Halva
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 20, 2013
    Sweet Potato Halva

    This delectable Indian dessert can also be made with butternut or buttercup squash or pumpkin in place of sweet potato. Rich in vitamins and entirely delicious.

  • Date Shake
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 19, 2013
    Date Shake

    Great for balancing vata and pitta, this date shake recipe by Amadea Morningstar blends the rejuvenative benefits of dates with delicious vanilla and coconut. 

  • Sun Balls
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 19, 2013
    Sun Balls

    With sunflower seeds, coconut, raisins, and coriander, this recipe by Amadea Morningstar can make a great midday snack, and can be customized for your dosha. 

  • Restorative Almond Drink
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 19, 2013
    Restorative Almond Drink

    A rasayana is a substance that provides deep rejuvenation. This variation on a traditional rasayana grounds vata, soothes irritated pitta, and tonifies the nerves.

  • Fresh Coriander Chutney
    • Recipes & DIY
    • June 19, 2013
    Fresh Coriander Chutney

    With fresh cilantro, ginger, and lemon juice, this chutney recipe by Amadea Morningstar is good for cleansing and pairs well with dals, grains, curries, and bread.

  • Saffron-Asparagus Kitchari
    • Recipes & DIY
    • March 19, 2013
    Saffron-Asparagus Kitchari

    Amadea Morningstar's dynamic variation on the classic Ayurvedic kitchari recipe blends the dietary benefits of asparagus with the digestive support of saffron.

  • Delectable Prune Bars
    • Recipes & DIY
    • March 11, 2013
    Delectable Prune Bars

    Prunes are well-known for supporting healthy digestion. These easy and delicious prune bars add spices and ghee to increase those excellent digestive benefits. 

  • Baked Apples
    • Recipes & DIY
    • March 11, 2013
    Baked Apples

    Baked or stewed apples are a great breakfast option for vata dosha. This recipe features raisins, spices, and seeds as well to help enkindle the digestive fire.

  • Maple Tapioca
    • Recipes & DIY
    • December 12, 2012
    Maple Tapioca

    Tasty and not too sweet, this nourishing maple tapioca recipe can be made with dried apricots, peaches, figs, or prunes in addition to tapioca, milk, and spices.

  • Dream Date Balls
    • Recipes & DIY
    • October 15, 2012
    Dream Date Balls

    Dates are considered rasayanas, or rejuvenating foods in Ayurveda. This date ball recipe by Amadea Morningstar is an easy, dreamy way to enjoy their benefits! 

  • Rejuvenative Almond Milk
    • Recipes & DIY
    • October 15, 2012
    Rejuvenative Almond Milk

    Almonds are packed with rejuvenative benefits. This recipe by Amadea Morningstar blends them with other ingredients to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. 

Education and Experience

A Registered Polarity Educator and Integral Yoga Teacher, Amadea has a MA in counseling and a BS in nutrition. She integrates Polarity Therapy and marma therapy in her private practice and teaching. Learn more about Amadea's education and experience.

Amadea's Point of View

How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

In 1983, I heard Dr. Vasant Lad speak at a healing arts school; I was on the nutrition faculty. Later, I informally copy edited his first book, Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing. In the spring of that year, Dr. Lad kindly gave me a one on one pulse tutorial. I was hooked.

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?

Too much internet. The solution? Nature!!!

What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?

We're needed. As we move toward greater inclusivity at NAMA, we'll be able to meet the needs of broader populations. This is positive.

What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?

Send respect to someone very different from you with compassion and equanimity.

Classes and Events

Learn with Amadea online! She currently offers a class on working with menopause skillfully, as well as a new online Polarity Therapy Energetic Nutrition course.

Amadea also offers a free Grounding and Centering Meditation on YouTube.