How often do we treat meals as if they are just the transition from one activity to another? Eating on the go, in the car, while standing in the kitchen… Better yet, how often to we allow time to identify REAL hunger, to FEEL grateful for our food and to RELAX into the present moment as we eat? Although these steps are incredibly important, they are so often over-looked and under-valued.
As we were reminded in the Hymn in Praise of Herbs, herbs are very special and they support our existence in incredible ways. While all plants are quite magical, cardamom offers us balance & bitterness, in the best kind of way.
We can think of chakras as energy centers that correspond to seven different locations along the spine. This system is a really incredible tool to tap into our emotional and spiritual intelligence. We also have to option to understand the chakras from a developmental standpoint, without getting lost in the more esoteric components. Embrace this system to the level that resonates with you.
As I have mentioned before, the Vedas (which originate in India) are some of the oldest known texts in the world. These ancient collection of knowledge is divided into 4 parts, one of which is the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda is specifically dedicated to presenting wisdom in the form of devotional hymns. Not only were these hymns showing reverence to a higher power, but how that higher power manifests here on earth. More than 2,500 years ago, herbs were highly recognized for their majestic healing powers and we can still see them that way today.
So, suddenly the world is interested in almond milk. You can find it at most coffee shops and even the non “health food” stores carry it. As an infrequent cow's milk-drinker, I really do appreciate this increase in accessibility. Most of us have probably found ourselves roaming the grocery isle, overwhelmed by options, only to reach for the most catchy packaging -- but as you pursue the selection of almond-beverages, have you ever thought to look beyond the clever packaging and actually read the ingredient label?
As we know, ayurveda works with the five elements. Once we become more aware, we can see how earth, water, fire, air & ether manifest in everything. An overt example of this is the seasons. Each season is associated with a dosha.
In Ayurveda, the tongue is an important indicator of health. Have you ever woken up in the morning realized that your tongue has a thick coating or a lingering stale taste? This is an incredibly common sign of toxic buildup.
No matter how well we treat our bodies, sometimes sickness is inevitable. Winter is the season of Vata, which is also the time when cold symptoms are especially prevalent. As you prepare for the transition into spring, take care of yourself.If you're feeling like your immunity is getting a little weak, here are a few tips to strengthen the immune system and fight off potential sickness.
The Yamas & Niyamas are derived from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
The word sutra literally translates to ‘thread,’ as this text is woven with 196 insights to encourage deeper mindfulness. Within this ancient text, Patanjali discusses the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which is essentially an eight-step path toward enlightenment. The first two steps 1) Yama -- Social Code & 2) Niyama -- Personal Code, set the foundation for greater insight into one’s own choices and how those are reflected onto others.
Many thoughts about meditation arise from the teachings of Patanjali, an ancient yogi sage. Patanjali wrote The Yoga Sutras as a guide to attain higher states of consciousness in the present lifetime . . . The mind does not get quite over night; it takes time, practice and patience, but the effort is worth the reward.
Ayurveda is based on a system of the elements (earth, water, fire, air & space). The ancient Vedic texts tell us that each individual person is made of a unique ratio of these elements. The ratio that you are born with is your prakruti.
Ayurvedic Cooking divides the flavors of our foods into Six Tastes. In order for the body to feel completely satisfied & satiated after eating, we must strive to incorporate all six tastes in each meal.
This Dreamy Tahini Miso makes a great dressing for both warm & cold salads (depending on the season) and is an excellent way to easily incorporate all six tastes in a meal. It is packed with nutrients and will help alkalize the internal pH.
This is one of my absolute favorite go-to self care recipes. Kitchari is the ultimate nourishing, healing dish. It is a grounding meal to prepare during times of transition, weak immunity, personal exhaustion, sickness and cleansing. Not only is it warm & comforting, but the recipe calls for simple whole ingredients that are easy for the body to digest.
The benefits of ginger and turmeric are incredible. Not only does this tea have to potential to boost your immunity & enhance your body's anti-inflammatory response, it will also help prepare your digestive fire (agni) to efficiently assimilate food into nutrients.
Oil Pulling has long been used in Ayurvedic practices as a method to draw out toxins (known as ama) that accumulate in the mouth...
Oral hygiene is incredibly important. The mouth is the place where digestion begins and having good digestion is a crucial to having good health. You do not need to do this everyday, maybe a few times a week, maybe once a week.
In Doshic Theory, we have gunas (Universal attributes) and karmas (actions), which bridge the gap between the energies associated with physics and the tangibility of physiology.
Ayurvedic knowledge does not come from the mind, but was born out of the meditation-induced revelations of enlightened rishis ('seers'). It was passed down through sutras, small phrases of highly concentrated teachings which are meant to provoke unseen knowledge (ideally under the guidance of a teacher). A sutra can be compared to a seed holding an entire tree tree in unmanifest form.
In Ayurveda, the elements are distributed into 3 groups (or doshas) to represent the basic types of energies present in all of us. The three doshas (vata, pitta & kapha) govern our very own bodily response and changes.