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Jill Leslie, Ayurveda Alchemy

COLUMN = HEALTHY LIVING

Jill Leslie is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, herbalist, wellness chef, and yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who, for more than two decades, has been immersed in the study and practice of natural healing.

The entrepreneur, who has owned her own businesses since graduating from the University of Maryland in 1986, founded the award-winning retail shop Milk & Honey in Sebastapol, CA, in 1999. She sold it in 2006 so that she could dive deeper into her study of yoga and Ayurveda.

As she discovered the life-changing wisdom of these ancient practices, she began sharing her knowledge at wellness retreats, yoga studios, and through cooking classes. Her passion for herbal medicine and nutrition, and her love of sweets, inspired her to found Ayurvedic Alchemy, in 2008.

In addition to hosting classes and events, and providing consultations and dietary advice about Ayurveda, she has created a line of healthy and delicious confections, which are available online at Kitchen Alchemy Treats. “When I learned the adage of Ayurveda, ‘Let your food be your medicine,’ I put on my apron and said, ‘Let your medicine be delicious,’” she says.

Learn more about her services at www.AyurvedaAlchemy.com.

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

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No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison