Tag: Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Flip-Flopping Weather

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health, Prevention with 2 Comments
Ayurveda and Flip-Flopping Weather

Ayurveda has a lot to say about staying healthy during seasonal transitions – especially when the weather is constantly flip-flopping. Being mindful of the elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth) can help us maintain balance like the rest of Nature.

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The Patience to Peel a Pomegranate

The Patience to Peel a Pomegranate

It may take patience to peel a pomegranate but it’s well worth the effort. This ancient fruit that was revered by the gods is chock-full of health benefits. You can read some of the benefits here as well as a few easy tips on peeling this super-fruit.

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Did You Know Your Lungs Need Extra TLC in the Fall When Grief Can Arise?

Did You Know Your Lungs Need Extra TLC in the Fall When Grief Can Arise?

According to both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems with our lungs is often the result of unexpressed grief. There are many things we can do to keep our lungs healthy which is vital to our emotional and physical health. Lung pacifying foods (like pears) and herbs are helpful, as well as doing deep pranayamic breathing.

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What Does Cold, Windy Weather Have to Do With Anxiety? It’s Vata Season!

What Does Cold, Windy Weather Have to Do With Anxiety? It’s Vata Season!

Do you ever feel an abundance of anxiety and fear when fall rolls around? Wonder why? According to Ayurveda, the cold, windy weather of autumn and early winter is Vata Season, a time when anxiety and fear can easily take hold. Learn some simple ways to avoid letting this happen and instead make it a time for creativity and deep reflection.

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How to Manage In-The-Wee-Hours-Of-The-Morning Type of Insomnia

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 5 Comments
How to Manage In-The-Wee-Hours-Of-The-Morning Type of Insomnia

According to Ayurveda, Vata dosha is to blame for the type of insomnia that results from waking up in the wee hours of the morning, specifically from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00. a.m. Makes sense, since these are morning Vata times. Anxiety and fear are signs of unbalanced Vata. So when 2:00 a.m. hits, it makes perfect sense that some of us bolt awake with hearts racing and fearful dreams. Holistic health practitioner, Barbara Sinclair gives some easy tips on how to sleep through this anxious time of the sleep cycle.

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Why You Need to Cool Your Body – NOW (And How to Do It)

Written by on September 2, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 1 Comment
Why You Need to Cool Your Body – NOW (And How to Do It)

Did you know that dispelling excess heat from the body at the end of the summer can result in a healthier fall and winter? It’s true! Here’s Ayurvedic wisdom to help get your started.

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Why Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution Is so Important

Why Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution Is so Important

Ayurveda teaches that we are all born with a set constitution called prakriti (means nature or first creation in Sanskrit) which is determined at the moment of conception. Determining factors are the constitution of both parents (genetics), the state of health of the mother throughout her pregnancy, environmental factors such as the season and even time of day when conception occurred, and our karmic memory (what we carry over from past lives). Just like we cannot change the color of our eyes or how tall we are, our prakriti never changes.

It is from the three doshas (forces or bodily humors) known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha that seven body types (emotional, physical and spiritual) are formed. Our individual combination of the doshas create our unique prakriti.

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Pitta Season: How to Keep Your Cool

Pitta Season: How to Keep Your Cool

Knowing some basics about Pitta dosha can help us stay healthy (and cool) during the hot summer months.

Ayurveda’s seasonal calendar revolves around the three doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements–space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in nature are within us, as well.

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Less is More: Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

Less is More: Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

And more is not always better, or, as the saying goes, less is more. One of the greatest lessons I learned studying Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari, was to be prudent with the use of herbs. We know how dangerous it is to be taking multiple prescription drugs, but we think nothing of chugging down handfuls of herbal supplements on a daily basis for months, or even years, at a time. Yes, herbs are food, but just like certain foods have contraindications for people, so do herbs, and an easy-does-it approach always works best. Sometimes just a pinch of an herb is more than enough to do the trick.

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Ayurveda and Mother Nature Are One

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Environment with 1 Comment
Ayurveda and Mother Nature Are One

If Ayurveda confuses you, all you need to know is that at its core is the teaching we are one with Nature.

That’s all we need to know. We are air, ether, fire, water, and earth. In different proportions, of course – that’s what gives us our uniqueness, our constitution.

Discover what yours is and then seek to stay in balance by living in harmony with Nature and the seasons – eating the right foods, drinking clean water, spending time outdoors.

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31 Amazing Benefits of Miracle Herb Ashwagandha

31 Amazing Benefits of Miracle Herb Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha – the most vital herb in Ayurveda is nature’s gift to mankind. We have heard of its miraculous powers. It was extremely popular in the ancient times for its beneficial properties. Now, it has become the newest fad to hit the town.

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Even Storm Clouds Are Beautiful

Even Storm Clouds Are Beautiful

That heavy feeling creeps in, permeates your mind/body, and makes you want to crawl back under the covers…or reach for a drink, or a smoke, or maybe a box of chocolate chip cookies. Maybe even all three.

Most of us are downright terrified of this feeling. It’s so damn uncomfortable. It might be depression, anxiety, fear or anger.

Fear’s a big one. Fear of failure, fear of change, fear of not being good enough, fear of not living your life’s purpose, or your dream, or having enough money. Fear of things we have no control over.

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Ayurvedic Tip of the Week: Bitter Is Better

Ayurvedic Tip of the Week: Bitter Is Better

There’s a famous Ayurvedic saying – “Bitter is Better”. Our ancestors knew that food having a bitter quality helped with sluggish digestion and cleansing fats from the blood and liver.

Our modern diet is seriously lacking in the bitter taste. Sweet, sour and salty are the tastes most of us gravitate towards. The less we consume of the remaining three tastes – bitter, pungent and astringent – the more unbalanced our diet can become.

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Are You Ready for Kapha Season?

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Alternative Health Care with 0 Comments
Are You Ready for Kapha Season?

Are you ready for Kapha Season? Cold, wet and heavy are a few qualities associated with Kapha dosha and therefore, with Kapha Season (late winter – spring). Can’t you just feel it in the photo above that I took from my apartment window last February?

Ayurveda doesn’t put exact dates on the seasons because changeability is one of its principles. To truly live an Ayurvedic lifestyle you must stay in tune with Nature on a day-to-day basis.

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Be Mindful as the Ayurvedic Season Shifts

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Alternative Health Care with 0 Comments
Be Mindful as the Ayurvedic Season Shifts

Here in the Northeast where I live, and in many other parts of the world, we are transitioning from Vata Season to Kapha Season.

Vata and Kapha have very different qualities. Vata is light, dry, mobile, cold while Kapha is heavy, wet, cold, stable. You can see that they only share the cold quality.

If we think about this and how we are comprised of the five elements (air, ether, fire, water, earth) we can only imagine how hard our organism must work to stay balanced when the seasons shift.

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