Sarah Kucera, DC, CAP

Sarah Kucera, DC, CAP

Ayurvedic Practitioner, Chiropractor, Author

Pitta Vata
Constitution: Pitta-Vata

Sarah is the founder and owner of Sage Center for Yoga & Healing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a licensed chiropractor, certified Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher, and author of The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook

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  • It's Time for a 3-Day Mental and Emotional Cleanse
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • 6 days ago
    It's Time for a 3-Day Mental and Emotional Cleanse

    In essence, the intent of a mental cleanse is to settle your restless mind, give clarity to clouded thought, and allow you to better access your creativity.

  • 5 Post-Workout Tips for Ayurvedic Self-Care
    • Health Topics
    • June 04, 2021
    5 Post-Workout Tips for Ayurvedic Self-Care

    A grounding post-workout routine can help us dodge imbalances, keep vata nourished, and allow the body to replenish properly. Here are five tips to get started.

  • How Ayurveda Can Support Your Work from Home Routine
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 26, 2021
    How Ayurveda Can Support Your Work from Home Routine

    Working from home can feel like a mixed blessing. See how Ayurveda can optimize your work from home routine and help you feel focused, energized, and creative.

  • 4 Ashwagandha Recipes for Your Adrenals
    • Recipes & DIY
    • February 05, 2021
    4 Ashwagandha Recipes for Your Adrenals

    During times of stress, our adrenal glands could use a little help. Enter ashwagandha!

  • How Diet Affects Immune Health
    • Diet
    • December 15, 2020
    How Diet Affects Immune Health

    Our diet is one of our biggest allies in cultivating immune health. Read this article to learn how you can refine your diet to support optimal immune function.

  • The Ayurvedic Perspective on Coffee
    • Diet
    • October 25, 2020
    The Ayurvedic Perspective on Coffee

    Do you drink coffee? This blog entry explores the qualities of coffee, as well as when it’s okay for you to indulge and when it’s time for you to take a break.

  • Simple Mindfulness Tools to Work Through Fear
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 13, 2020
    Simple Mindfulness Tools to Work Through Fear

    While there’s no way to live a life completely free of stress and fear, these mindfulness tools are powerful and effective ways to help us manage and digest fearful emotions when they arise.

  • Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 09, 2020
    Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works

    It’s hard to know if there were dietary trends at the time of Ayurveda’s origin over 5,000 years ago, but it’s safe to say that the traditional Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse has stood the test of time. 

  • Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil Instead of Water
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • July 16, 2019
    Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil Instead of Water

    Oil is more skilled at cleansing and balancing the hydration of your skin than water, and it is a closer match to your skin’s natural outer layer. It has a soft quality that can help to draw out impurities, making it much easier to unclog pores, leaving clean, soft, hydrated skin.

  • Why Including Ayurveda in Your Yoga Game Will Change Everything
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 05, 2019
    Why Including Ayurveda in Your Yoga Game Will Change Everything

    Ayurveda and Yoga are dubbed sister sciences and like sisters can be, they are inseparable. Imbedded in each system are practices to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually when disharmony arises.

  • 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda
    • Health Topics
    • October 19, 2018
    7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda

    Finding the delicate balance between what fuels you and what depletes you is essential for sustaining energy, yet this is something that can take a lifetime to learn. Investing time and self-study into better understanding those details is important, and there are some basic principles within Ayurveda that can help. Just as the three Ayurvedic constitutions are often interested in different activities, each dosha also has a varying capacity for sustaining and expressing both physical and mental energy. 

  • Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe
    • Diet
    • September 14, 2018
    Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe

    There could be many reasons for someone to choose to eat a vegan diet or live a vegan lifestyle: health, ethics, and environmental concerns lie at the top of the list. Many yogis adopt this practice in conjunction with the ethical observance of ahimsa or non-harming, and in general, both yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, seek out a sattvic diet—a diet containing pure foods that are high in prana or energy.

  • Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 09, 2018
    Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons

    The lunar cycle is twenty-nine and a half days, and its undeniable potency has kept the moon as a keystone of ceremonies, traditions, and practices within cultures around the world. While there is a fair share of mythical stories and legends surrounding the moon, there is an equal amount of research seeking to find a scientific correlation behind the cycles of the moon and cycles of living things.

  • 5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day
    • Daily Routine
    • August 06, 2018
    5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day

    The majority of us are overbooked and over-committed, which as a result, has left us feeling stressed, unhealthy, and not quite like ourselves. When we find ourselves deep into this storyline and ready to take action, we often prioritize the what over the when, thinking a cleanse and more yoga should do the trick. But as your parents knew all along, routine is what keeps you on track.

  • Post-Workout Ayurvedic Smoothie Recipe
    • Health Topics
    • July 27, 2018
    Post-Workout Ayurvedic Smoothie Recipe

    Smoothies have become so synonymous with health and fitness that it’s hard to picture an exercise routine without a morning protein shake in hand. But when we consider what Ayurveda teaches us about digestion, along with what we know about our body’s response to exercise, we might change what we are tossing into the blender. 

  • Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals
    • Recipes & DIY
    • July 13, 2018
    Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals

    A sustained amount of stress makes it difficult for the body to maintain efficient function. While it’s still best to take care of the root cause of your stress, adaptogens will have your back until it’s possible. Their support is like an insurance policy for our stress hormones and adrenal glands, making sure they don’t become overworked.

  • Lemon Moringa Latte Recipe: A Caffeine-Free Energy Boost
    • Recipes & DIY
    • April 30, 2018
    Lemon Moringa Latte Recipe: A Caffeine-Free Energy Boost

    This moringa latte makes a delightful morning drink, and can also be a great midday pick-me-up that won’t leave you with the lingering effects of caffeine.

  • The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important
    • Seasonal Topics
    • April 04, 2018
    The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important

    Whether consuming a bitter food, culinary spice, or medicinal herb, one of the primary actions we’re invoking with this taste is detoxification. Bitters are categorically alterative herbs which means they purify and bring chemical balance to the blood. This makes them especially useful for supporting the body’s natural defenses, no matter what the challenge may be. And as our main organ of detoxification is the liver, the bitter taste also encourages its function and an enhanced flow of bile. This helps keep our body’s own method for self-cleaning intact.

  • The Ayurvedic Key to Health: Knowing Your Current State of Balance
    • Ayurveda 101
    • March 08, 2018
    The Ayurvedic Key to Health: Knowing Your Current State of Balance

    When you first discover Ayurveda, you feel a magnetic pull to learn more. The way the system addresses each person as a unique individual feels a lot like having a friend that really “gets” you. There is some glitz and glam around uncovering your dosha (if you don’t know yours, take the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz), and staking your claim as a vata, pitta, or kapha is like illuminating a path with your best health as the destination. 

  • How to Use Marma Points for Ayurvedic Breast Care
    • Women's Health
    • February 23, 2018
    How to Use Marma Points for Ayurvedic Breast Care

    Bodywork, such as massage, can be undervalued in our Western society. It is often seen as a luxury or a splurge rather than an essential. Ayurveda has a very different standpoint in this regard. Apart from some conditions, massage is a non-negotiable when it comes to self-care. In some instances, the whole body receives massage, and in other cases, specific regions, such as marma points, are given special attention.

  • Heartfelt Tips for Cardiovascular Care
    • Health Topics
    • February 15, 2018
    Heartfelt Tips for Cardiovascular Care

    As you recall from your elementary science classes, our heart and blood vessels make up the cardiovascular system. Its primary role is to carry blood full of oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and move waste for disposal to their proper sites for elimination. From an Ayurvedic perspective, there’s a missing layer that your science teacher may not have been privy to. 

  • Pose of the Day: Cobra Pose
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • December 26, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Cobra Pose

    Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is the antidote to our device operating, chair bound, societal ways. It is a back-bending asana where the majority of the movement comes from the thoracic spine, a place where our culture has become limited in motion. With its expansiveness across the chest, it earns its merit as a “heart opener,” but its name “cobra” comes from its shape, which is reflective of a serpent. 

  • Pose of the Day: Downward-Facing Dog
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 15, 2017
    Pose of the Day: Downward-Facing Dog

    If we asked a dog how it felt to be in this asana, their answer might be like ours. We feel a stretch through the back of our legs, along our spinal muscles, and around our shoulders. It feels amazing after sitting for long periods of time and is a superb way to prep the body for more movement. 

  • The Wellness World’s Most Powerful but Unspoken Process: Rejuvenation
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 03, 2017
    The Wellness World’s Most Powerful but Unspoken Process: Rejuvenation

    One doesn’t have to lead off rasayana with a cleanse, but the post-cleansing period should always include rasayana. By Ayurvedic measures, detoxification prepares one to receive, digest, and assimilate medicine, whether it be in the form of food, herbal preparations, lifestyle modifications, or even through behavior.

  • Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Daily Routine
    • Daily Routine
    • October 09, 2017
    Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Daily Routine

    As the saying goes, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission, but this is a risky approach in the context of health. If there is mending to be done, we have waited too long to care for our well-being.

  • 3 Must Do Yoga Poses for Lower Back Pain
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 21, 2017
    3 Must Do Yoga Poses for Lower Back Pain

    Back pain? You really should consider yoga. Of the myriad of positive outcomes resulting from a consistent yoga practice, relief from lower back pain is at the top of the list. 

  • Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones
    • Health Topics
    • August 23, 2017
    Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones

    From an Ayurvedic perspective, energy burnout is a case of pitta-overload or an accumulation of a hot, sharp, fiery type of energy. While pitta imbalances can be seen in many forms, like inflammation, skin conditions, or blood conditions, the changes it causes in our endocrine system can be most threatening to our well-being.

  • 6 Herbs to Support Healthy Adrenals
    • Health Topics
    • August 09, 2017
    6 Herbs to Support Healthy Adrenals

    When you reach the point of adrenal fatigue, the stress you’ve experienced has been so great for so long that your body can no longer recover. Along with getting proper rest and food intake, one of the best and often easiest ways to provide support is through adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens assist in our body’s management of metabolic systems during stressful times.

  • When Not to Do Abhyanga & Why
    • Daily Routine
    • July 13, 2017
    When Not to Do Abhyanga & Why

    An Ayurvedic self-care routine such as abhyanga can serve as a foundation for our health. Still, there are times when we should reel back or omit participation.

Experience and Education

Sarah has spent twelve years living Ayurvedically.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science—University of Kansas
  • Master of Arts in Ayurveda—Mount Madonna Institute
  • Doctor of Chiropractic—Cleveland University Kansas City

Publications

Sarah is the author of The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook: Holistic Healing Rituals for Every Day and Season and The Seven Ways of Ayurveda. Learn more about these books at her website.

Sarah's Point of View

How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

I was introduced to Ayurveda through its sister science of yoga. I signed up for a workshop at a yoga studio and was immediately hooked. I found it to be a perfect bridge between my yoga and chiropractic practice.
 

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

Pitta accumulates in me quite easily. I manage many things day-to-day, and I always have high expectations for myself. It can show up as me getting burned out, feeling frustrated or resentful, and being really hard on myself.

When I see this rearing its head, I take more breaks throughout the day, go on extra walks, aim for an earlier bedtime, and make sure I'm eating enough and at very consistent times.
 

What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?

Ayurveda has my heart, and for that, I hope to see it keep its essence and tradition as it is made accessible to our modern society. With that, I do see its popularity on the rise and can see it finding its way into the mainstream.
 

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

Develop a routine and work towards consistent eating and sleeping times. 

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