Waking Bird is dedicated to holistic well-being and transformation through the art of qigong, yoga, meditation, martial arts, physical conditioning, nutrition and herbal medicine.


Let it Go

Jennifer Caravella : December 15, 2014 12:26 pm : Blog

Hesse Cliff Quote

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Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Milk

Jennifer Caravella : December 15, 2014 12:18 pm : Blog, Wellness Recipes


High five bitchez! *does back flip* There are 3 trees, ripe with delicious almonds growing in the garden! Rad. How much do those cost at Whole Paycheck again? …oh, and be sure to double that once they’ve slapped an “organic”/“raw” label on it. Seriously peeps, it’s all about planting our own edible gardens. Money does in fact grow on trees! Think about it. What has more value: an inked up piece of paper that’s been touched by a kabillion grubby hands (and I can only imagine what else) or fresh food that sustains life? Yep, we’ve been duped. more »

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Be Kind

Jennifer Caravella : December 15, 2014 11:57 am : Blog


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Four Thieves Vinegar

Jennifer Caravella : December 9, 2014 2:38 am : Blog, Wellness Recipes

A friend of mine gave me this little book called “Garlic and Vinegar…Discover their Power!“awhile back. It’s one of those glossy Globe Digest Series paperbacks that you’d find lurking about under the canned peas in your grandma’s pantry…and it is AMAZING.

There are recipes in there to heal anything from food poisoning to a stroke by simply using the magic of apple cider vinegar and garlic in combination with various herbs. I spent a good stint of the summer starting my mornings off with one of these tasty (believe it or not) elixirs to help detox my body after spending 4 months in Southeast Asia.

The Four Thieves Vinegar is probably my favorite. Given the bad ass posse of super herbs, I can see how this legend came to be: more »

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Waking Bird Healing Balm: Why it Works and How it’s Made

Jennifer Caravella : October 17, 2012 9:09 am : Blog

My whole apartment smells like a post-apocalyptic mint bomb explosion. I like it. It means that I just made a couple batches of Waking Bird Healing Balm. Awesome.

This stuff is amazing and works wonders when applied consistently. I use it almost daily to maintain healthy ligaments, joints and tendons, because when I’m 100 years old I plan to have serious ninja skills.

I spent about a year developing the Healing Balm while I was studying internal kung fu in a traditional southern shaolin system. Qigong and herbs are holistic aspects of the art and were integrated into my training. The Healing Balm was a kitchen experiment to see if dit da jow (traditionally prepared in liniment (liquid) form) could be made into a balm that shared both the analgesic (pain soothing) attributes of a minty, cooling rub, plus all the healing benefits of the dit da jow herbal formula. more »


Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing

Jennifer Caravella : October 4, 2012 2:56 pm : Blog

This might just be the best salad dressing ever. Bar none (well, at least I think so). I’ve concocted this recipe a few times and every time I make it I’m reminded of how freakin’ amazeballs it is.

Alright, here goes… oh yeah, I should mention that I rarely ever measure anything when I cook. This is my best guestimation of the portions. I recommend that you stick your finger in the mix (not while blending obviously, unless you like the idea of eating your appendages) and make minor adjustments according to your taste buds. more »

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A Holistic Approach to Creating a Healthy Body Image

Jennifer Caravella : April 4, 2012 3:02 pm : Blog

Body image is something that most people in the modern world grapple with on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you’re in great health, over or underweight, a super model, athlete, maimed or disfigured; the majority of people are not satisfied with what they see when they look in the mirror. Instead of focusing on what is awesome about one’s self, we tend to focus on what we perceive to be flaws and therein begins a downward spiral of low self esteem. We are programmed at a young age to believe that we must attain a perfect model of what the media and our cultural environment convinces us we should be; anything less is inferior. Seeing that the typical standards are practically non-human especially given technological advances in digital media, most people go about their daily lives believing that deep down on some level they are sub par and feel ashamed because of it. We are “Killing Ourselves Softly.” If this weren’t the case, plastic surgeons and the entire “beauty” industry would be out of business and the fear of aging would be obsolete. more »

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Mind Over Matter

Jennifer Caravella : February 2, 2012 10:33 am : Blog

It has been documented that many people who experience multiple personalities will actually change their physical features such as eye color, scars, etc. based upon which character/personality they are expressing. This is a fascinating  example of how mental beliefs dictate biology. This article is pretty interesting

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