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Kate Lumsden
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"I educate those who are looking for optimum health in the tools of
Yogic practices and Ayurvedic diet & lifestyle, so they can cultivate
depth of spirit, health of body and peace of mind.
~Kate Schwabacher (Lumsden)

Kate Lumsden, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner sees clients individually, holds fun educational workshops and leads seasonal group cleanses. Kate has been a beloved yoga teacher at the Mindful Body since 2007 and offers jewels of Ayurvedic wisdom woven into the flow of her Vinyasa Yoga classes.

Ayurveda is the "sister science" of yoga and is said to be the oldest sustained form of medicine on the planet. It differs from conventional medicine in that it pays great respect to each individual as a unique being in nature while managing the ongoing imbalances we endure from day to day, season to season, year to year. While Western medicine has only recently adopted a multi-dimensional definition of health (physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being), Ayurveda has fully embraced and practiced this theory for thousands of years.

A large part of the practice is based on our dosha, our constitution relative to physique, physiology, and psyche. Knowing your dosha helps you to understand the relationship between your daily choices and your health, so that you can easily reverse directions when headed down the wrong path. Consultation with Kate includes Ayurvedic constitution (prakruti), any current imbalances (vikruti), and receiving a plan to re-establish themselves in health using foods, medicinal herbs, self-massage, exercise, yoga, pranayama, and daily routine guidance.

Some of Kate's specialties and passions are: Healthy Weight Loss * Women's Self-Esteem & Body Image * At-home Detoxification * Skin Rashes * Establishing & Enjoying a Healthy Diet * Yoga for Women's Health & Scoliosis

Upcoming Offerings with Kate!

Ayurveda Detox San Francisco Ayurveda Cleanse San Francisco


Intermediate Immersion: A Four Class Immersion
with Kate Schwabacher
Sunday, March 30th, April 6th, 20th, 27th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Click here for details!

Community Detox -
Utilizing the Cleansing Techniques of Yoga & Ayurveda for Balance of Body, Mind & Spirit
with Kate Schwabacher (Lumsden
Details to Come
Click here to see the Fall Cleanse Flier
FAQ about the Cleanse


On Individual Consultation with Kate:

"Kate is so kind, gentle, and generous. During my ayurveda consultations, never once did I feel judged or belittled. Her suggestions were simple yet effective changes that encompassed not only my diet, but my entire lifestyle. With her help I now have a daily routine that helps me stay grounded and aware of my body and mind throughout the day. In the short time that I have seen her, I truly feel like a different person. I look forward to continuing my sessions!"  ~ Natsumi C.

"I have worked with Kate in a variety of capacities and let me start off by saying she's absolutely WONDERFUL! I started with the Spring Cleanse that she leads and after feeling so energized and just fabulous after that I sought some further one-on-one help. I have suffered from dry skin and skin irritation on my legs for some time and after meeting with Kate my problems quickly began to fade. I had tried prescription creams, certain soaps, etc. Nothing really worked until Kate and I sat down and came up with a nutrition plan to ease my symptoms. After just a few short weeks my skin irritation was immensely better. I had been eating foods that were irritating my skin unknowingly and Kate helped me find delicious foods to eat that gave me plenty of energy and made me feel the best I have ever felt!!! I've continued to see Kate and love her online blog; it's full of wonderful suggestions and recipes. If you're looking for someone who can relate to you and is nonjudgmental you'll find all those things in Kate. She really listens to your concerns and is flexible to finding solutions that fit your lifestyle. I couldn't be happier with the services she provided and her positive outlook is simply contagious : )" ~ Erica C.

On the Intro to Ayurveda 4-Part Workshop Series:

"I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the class! I think it was perfectly balanced between the different elements of ayurveda to get a great overview. I have been suffering from a lot of the vata physical symptoms for a long time now and no matter what anybody else said, including my acupuncturist, I was reluctant to change my eating habits. After taking your class and better understanding the doshas and balances, I have totally changed my eating habits and am noticing such a difference in only a few weeks. Similarly, with yoga, I have always walked away from class kind of sore and tweaky and now I know why...I think the style of teaching was great. Loved the interaction and the take aways (my spice blend was delicious)."

On Group Seasonal Cleanses:

"FIVE STAR Go see kate for the best cleansing experince! I was feeling low down, heavy in my body, mind and spirit. The ayurvedic Cleanse with Kate really boosted me into a better place. I think she is an angel. It was her spitfire teaching and wonderful attitude that helped me get through ten whole days of cleansing and taking a deep look into myself. I am no longer addicted to sugar the way I was before (a miracle) She gives you wonderful tools and recipes to work with. Ayurveda is so interesting to learn about! I will be back to do her workshops whenever she has them. Thanks Kate!" ~ Talisha H.

"I've been cleansing off and on in various ways for years. Kate's cleanses are by far the best I've done. What I love most is that they are deep and also nourishing-- I am able to stay with my incredibly busy schedule, and I only feel better and better with each day of the cleanse. In this last cleanse, my skin cleared up, I lost weight, my palate was "detoxified" (less craving for sugar or salt), and my digestive system got an amazing makeover.

The cleanse recipes take time, but it is worth the commitment. They are actually good!

Try a 10-day cleanse with Kate-- she will help you through the process no matter what your current state of health is, and you will be so glad you did!" ~ Sasha P.  

Kate's Corner - April 2014
RECIPE: Fresh Herb Lemonade
This is the ayurveda-approved kind of green juice: no raw hard-to-digest vegetables or challenging food combining, just good simple sipping. In the springtime, a.k.a. kapha-time, it's easy to feel sluggish; this herb lemonade blasts through that and tastes great! I've enjoyed drinking this a few days in a row and making an extra for Mr. Blake. He really liked it too.

Parsley is the springtime superstar in this beverage. Parsley is especially good for Vata and Kapha and beneficial to Pitta in small doses. Among parlsey's benefits are the following:

Inhibit abnormal growths: The volatile oils in fresh parsley have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, especially in the lungs. The oils also help neutralize certain types of carcinogens (cancer causing substances).

Reduce inflammation & boost immune system: Great source of vitamins C and A. Freshen your breath: The plentiful chlorophyll fights bacteria in the mouth.

Liver health: "Two compounds found in parsley, apigenin and myristicin, boost the production of a liver enzyme which can detox our bodies." (source)

Cilantro is a staple of this vata-pitta girl's diet year round. That said, in winter I use it less and bring it back strongly in spring. I posted about the benefits of cilantro here with the Cilantro Inflammation-Busting Smoothie. The cliff notes version: detoxification especially for liver and blood challenges (skin problems, loose bowels, headaches with menstruation, and anger).

Lemon is useful for so many things; it can be a medicine all on its own. What I most value in this drink is the following: "The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile," says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier." (source) Easier bile flow means better lymphatic flow with means feeling fresh, supple, and vibrant inside and out!

Raw Local Honey is a must-have staple for your spring pantry. Raw honey is preferable to processed honey, which is what you generally find in stores, because when refined the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are destroyed. Purchasing raw honey that comes from hives local to you can also be a boon to allergy prevention! In different terms, honey has a scraping action. It helps assist fat metabolism and can be useful in small amounts in clearing ama (toxicity) when combined with a light well-spiced diet. Look for some at your local farmer's market and try out different varieties to see what you like best. An extra tip: honey is best for adding to drinks that are at a drinkable temperature so as to keep your honey in its raw state.

This lemonade is blended until it reaches the consistency of a juice so though it might technically be a smoothie, I'm calling it a juice. You can vary the amounts to adjust the consistency as you like. Enjoy!


Serves 1.

1/4 cloosely packed mix of chopped fresh cilantro and fresh parsley
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 c room temperature water
1-2 tsp raw (ideally local) honey




Combine ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add more water until it's reached your desired consistency. (I like around 1 1/4 c water total.) Be sure to drink away from meals.

Vata dosha: Great. You can add a small nob of fresh ginger to the blender as well.

Pitta dosha: Excellent in the right dosage. No more than 4 servings a week.

Kapha dosha: Superb! Use only as much honey as you need. You can add a pinch of cayenne for an extra kick or the ginger as recommended for Vata. Best 20-30 minutes before a meal, definitely not after as that can hamper digestion.

More awesome recipes in the online cleanse and Bay Area workshops; check out my schedule here.


Kate Schwabacher spreads her love for yoga and ayurveda all over the San Francisco Bay Area through her yoga classes, blog, group cleanses, and wellness coaching practice. Catch her on Facebook where she's often writing about her love of all things Ayurveda, or learn to make Kitchari, the Ayurvedic Cleansing Dish, with Kate on YouTube.


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