Tag - Ayurveda

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pañcamahābhūta Chikitsā (Elemental Therapy)

“…there is nothing in the world which does not have therapeutic utility in appropriate conditions and situations.”-Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, 26/12Through the grace and wisdom of sāṃkhya philosophy, Āyurveda teaches us that it is by the cosmic dance of puruṣa (consciousness) and prakṛti (matter), and further beyond the projected lens of individualized intelligence and ego, that creation is both manifested and experienced. The seer (individual), seeing (action) and seen (objectivity) are experienced through the pañcamahābhūtas, or five great elements.According to their clinical levels of expertise, Ayurvedic practitioners are taught to [...]

Awakening the Music Within

Long before quantum physicists discovered it, Ayurvedic healers of the past worked with the knowledge that everything in existence has an intrinsic musical, or sonic, quality to it, including our very selves. From galaxies, stars and orbiting planets, to rivers, forests and the migration of birds, everything in the universe is connected by sub-atomic, sonic frequencies. When our own individual sonic vibration resounds in harmony with the primordial sounds in the universe around us, we experience good health. Ayurveda is, therefore, about tuning in to life's music and joining [...]

Resiliency and Ayurveda

What is resilience? How do we get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life?How can we adjust, within constant changes in life? Can we re-create our self, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into life and work? Do we want to just survive, or to live well? “Resiliency is generally considered to be a positive trait involving the capacity to cope with stress and adversity.” -McCraty & Childres When we believe in our self, we can “bounce back” in changing times. This comes with practice, bringing a deeper [...]

Ayurvedic Health Tips for Maintaining Balance in the Winter

With the transition from fall to winter, it is important to be aware of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Are we feeling in balance or out-of-balance? Is our skin and hair dry, do our joints ache and are we cold all the time? Is there an increase of mucus secretion, feeling of heaviness, stagnation, craving sweets, and/or insomnia? These are just a few signals that we may be out of balance. The qualities of winter are cold, wet, fluid, cloudy, heavy…and at times dry and windy. These [...]

A Yogic Approach to Sleep

“Life is an endless dream… and dreams are endless life…” “We rarely hear the inner music, but we're all dancing to it nevertheless” Quotes by Rumi DREAMSTATE: What dosha are you in your dreams?Hindu philosophy has always expressed the idea that we perceive this life as real until, we awaken into a greater reality. Dreams express our uninhibited states of consciousness, experiences unencumbered by society, local and national customs and inhibitions, planted into our minds at a young age. We can say we are free in our dreams...free from any façade. No one else [...]

Eating for Your Soul – The Ayurvedic Way

Food is the basis of all life. To gain optimal balance from food, it is essential to consume something which is well-suited and wholesome. The food which is wrong in combination, has undergone unsuitable processing, was consumed in incorrect quantity, and/or consumed in wrong time of the day and in wrong season is said to be Incompatible food.  This concept is clearly explained by Ayurveda Acharya Charaka as 'Virudha Ahara'.According to Ayurvedic perspective each food has a distinct combination of tastes, energy and post digestive effect (Rasa,Virya and Vipaka).Therefore, [...]

Safe Yoga in Pregnancy

To bear a child is undeniably the most divine fulfilment of women and yoga can be of great help to the expectant mothers: during pregnancy, at childbirth and in post-delivery period. Yogic exercises or asana are specific body poses designed to improve the awareness and muscular flexibility. It prepares both your body and mind for new situations and changes that occur during and after pregnancy.Yogic practices designed for pregnant women help them to have correct posture, flexibility of spine, improve their breathing capacity and to manage stress. It helps [...]