Ayurveda

Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil): “The Incomparable One”

Tulsi is one of the first teas (or tinctures) that I recommend to new students and clients.Tulsi brings a boost of energy to the body-mind, helping you to feel calm, grounded, clear-minded and focused. It supports a healthy immune system, good digestion, good concentration, and helps to clear "stuck" energy from the body-mind.In India, Tulsi is considered to be "the Queen of the Herbs", a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi, associated with wealth, prosperity and Vishnu (the force of preservation).When Tulsi was introduced in Europe, it was also widely [...]

Ayurvedic Uses of Jeerak Seeds

Jeerak seeds have been used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda for over 5,000 years. Jeerak is also known as cumin in English, cuminum cyminum in Latin and jaran or deerghajeerak in Sanskrit. Jeerak contains the volatile oil called thymene that gives it a distinct taste and aroma. In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, jeerak is classified as having a vatakaphashamak karma which pacifies kapha and vata in the body. The ushna veerya brings warmth to the body to reduce the cold effects of kapha and vata. Jeeraks’ unique Ayurvedic medicinal action called [...]

Welcome 2018 with 3 traditional Ayurvedic Rituals.

In about a week, the world will bid adieu to a year that caused us much grief and growth. Here is how I am planning to prepare myself and my home to welcome a soul satisfying 2018.Clean my home for 15 minutes a day till New Year’s Eve It is a sad home that does not get spruced up for New Year in India. Whether it is a Maharani’s palace or a humble hovel in a sprawling city, cleaning is a big part of the end of the year winding [...]

Understanding the Impact of Modern-Day Stress & Effective Strategies to Enhance Resilience

In today's fast-paced world, it is very common for many people to feel as though they are drowning in a bottomless sea of deadlines, expectations, challenges and a long “to-do” list. Low energy levels and fatigue are a common complaint and negative mood states such as irritability or frustration can manifest easily under stress. Grabbing an afternoon energy bar or third cup of coffee is not an unusual way of getting a quick energy fix; unfortunately this is only a temporary solution to lagging energy or low mood. Over [...]

Triphala: Ancient formulation for a modern you

Triphala is a simple formulation that has been used since thousands of years for restoration, rejuvenation and balance. Traditionally prescribed as a mild laxative, there are lot more beneficial effects hidden within this traditional preparation for the up-to-date you. Triphala means 'the three fruits'. These three fruits are native to the Indian subcontinent. To understand it better, let us take a sneak peek into its three main ingredients - Amalki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.Triphala – The three fruitsAmalki (Emblica officinalis): This fruit has cooling effect on the Pitta Dosha and [...]

The Power of Time

Everything in nature is governed by time - the tides by the moon's phases, the seasons by the earth's rotation. Even music and dance are to the beats of time. Ayurvedic wisdom teaches us that there are specific lifestyle rituals that keep us tuned with our time and with nature. The California College of Ayurveda states “There is a natural ebb and flow within the natural world, including within your own body and mind. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are energetic forces that govern the tides of your life, and [...]

Shukra Dhatu Urja Sexual Energy Transmutation (Vital for Accomplishment)

The desire for sexual expression is by far the strongest and most impelling of all the human emotions, and for this very reason this desire, when harnessed and transmuted into action, other than that of physical expression, may raise one to the status of a big achiever. Sexual transmutation is the attempt to transform sexual energy into creative energy. It is the transference of sexual energy into a physical act or a different emotion to avoid confrontation with the sexual urge. It is based on the idea that sexual [...]

PanchaKarma – Science of Detoxification in Ayurveda

IntroductionAyurveda is one of the oldest systems of medicines. It was preached, practiced and documented in the ancient times by omniscient sages. Ayurveda views disease as the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment. And, it emphasizes on getting rid of toxins and re-establishing harmony and balance as the means of achieving optimal health in our body and mind.Treatment Modalities of AyurvedaThe two main types of treatment modalities in Ayurveda are Samshodhan Chikitsa (cleansing therapies) and Samshaman Chikitsa (pacifying therapies).Samshaman Chikitsa is done once the [...]

Prakriti – Balancing by Ayurveda

Prakriti literally means – 'The first creation'.Prakriti is our basic constitution – a unique blend of universal energies that came together to give us both your body type and temperament. It is determined at the moment of conception and relates to our genetically inherited physical and emotional qualities. Prakriti specifies the qualities, characteristics and tendencies that are stable. Prakriti is described by three Doshas – vata, pitta and kapha which are vaguely comparable with air, fire and earth element of the universe. Our Prakriti is determined by the balance [...]

Tuning the Body to the Earth’s Rhythm

Summer has arrived and nature is slowly awakening. Now is the perfect time to reconnect our hearts and recharge ourselves by fuelling our bodies with energy, positivity and awareness. The winter season can be dampening on our bodies and mind. It is important to rejuvenate both mentally and physically. Following the rhythm of nature as gently as nature itself, just as winter tiptoes into spring towards summer, fuelling your body with the right foods and liquids is a great way to start. However, if one wants to detox the [...]