ABHYANGA: THE RITUAL OF REJUVENATION

A vibrant daily routine, also called dinacharya, encompasses intentional self-care measures to enhance disease prevention.

While the optimal daily routine will vary depending on the person and the time of year, abhyanga {self oil massage} is a crucial component for all.

ALMOND ROSE RASAYANA SHAKE [v]

The word Rasayana can be thought of as rejuvenation, or encouraging longevity.  “Rasa” is the essence of our food -- the juiciness within each nutrient – which nourishes the body in order to nourish the mind, which ultimately... nourishes the soul.  Rose itself is considered a rejuvinative herb for both the heart and the uterus.

This ayurvedic Almond Rose Rasayana Shake is especially cooling and rejuvenating for women experiencing excess heat (or pitta) related to their menstrual cycle.  It can also be taken as a tonic during the height of pitta season (summer months).

SPROUTED MUNG SOUP

Don’t panic; sprouting from home is actually a simple and relatively low maintenance process. 

As mother nature welcomes new life back into our surroundings, springtime is the ideal season for enjoying sprouts.

We can take cues from nature to understand the best ways to eat for each season.  Spring is also a great time to consume bitter greens and take lighter meals (i.e. soup) to counter the heaviness of the predominant earth + water (kapha) qualities present at this time.  You can easily adapt this recipe for other seasons by varying any additional vegetables and greens that you choose to incorporate!

EATING WITH AWARENESS

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. 

CARDAMOM MAGIC

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.

WHAT'S A CHAKRA?

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.

HERBAL REVERENCE

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.

HONEST ALMOND MILK

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?

SEASONAL EATING

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.

THE WONDERS OF TONGUE SCRAPING

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.

In Ayurveda, we believe that the first stage of digestion begins on the tongue, with the experience of taste.  One of the simplest ways to enhance tongue health, thereby enhancing overall health, is to invest in a tongue scraper.

SICK TIPS

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.

YAMAS & NIYAMAS

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. 

UNDERSTANDING DHYANA

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. 

HOW AYURVEDA WORKS

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

THE SIX TASTES

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.

DREAMY TAHINI MISO

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.

COZY KITCHARI

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.

DAILY GINGER TEA

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.

THE ART OF OIL PULLING

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.