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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.

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The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

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

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To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

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Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

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

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My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

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If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

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My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Passion makes perfect.”

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Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

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Look at everything as though you were
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– Betty Smith

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

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A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

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There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

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

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The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

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I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

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Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

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The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

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It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

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

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

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No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

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A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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There is little success where there is little laughter.”

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

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Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

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You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

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Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

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Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
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My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

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