Forgiveness remains the first step to healing, even when it comes to the body. Sure, keep your eyes on the lofty goal of perfect health. But remember, the pathway to heaven is filled with mercy and compassion. Forgive your body for its shortcomings. It is
Routine is Vata's best lifestyle remedy. The minimum routine for healthy, happy, and successful living is 1) eating your meals at the same time daily and 2) getting into and out of bed at the same time daily. Changes in these two areas disrupt your bio-rh
Disease sometimes gets you down. Whether you are overweight, allergic, or simply anxious, you might be fed up with suffering and annoyed by your aches and pains. You might think there is something wrong with you, that you're defective. You might feel exas
A Season of Deficiency & Change
Autumn is a season of deficiency and change. When the temperature starts to drop, the body scrambles to protect itself from heat loss. Nourishing foods, especially soups, seem all the more enticing whi
Routine meal times are essential for health. The mind loves freedom but the body loves stability. Digestion is demanding on resources. The body schedules blood to make sure enough is available for digestion. Eating off schedule not only
Pitta people have a high metabolism characterized by heat and sharpness. They are intelligent and effective problem solvers. They are goal-oriented individuals and often successful in their pursuits.
However, sometimes Pitta individuals are too int
How exactly does the food you eat nourish your entire body? Ayurveda offers a unique understanding of this process. From the moment you eat a meal, the process of Ayurvedic nutrition takes a full 35 days to complete. At each step in the process a new tiss
Your Body in Winter
Early winter starts in late November and lasts through mid January. As the days grow shorter, they grow colder as well. As your body prepares for the drop in temperatures, you find yourself craving heavier foods
Belly breathing is an easy and effective way to relax your mind, improve your digestion, and detoxify your body. You've probably heard the term before, but may be wondering - what is belly breathing, and what can it do for you?
Ayurveda seems to exude a certain ease, as if it were second nature. In a complex world, there's something simple and very personal about Ayurveda's approach to healing. You might even wonder where this ease of Ayurveda comes from. The answer is fundament
Kapha individuals are naturally loving, supportive, and stable. Kapha can be compared to a swan or a tortoise. Kapha people make pleasant companions and loyal friends. They have an amazing ability to nurture.
Underneath their calm constitution, howe
The Symbol of Western Medicine
Healing demands that we find and clean our wounds and disordered behaviors. The subtleties of healing, to the ancients, was symbolically represented by a snake. The cunning and devious nature of the s
A Season of Transition
January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in North America. Ayurvedically, January is a month of transition from Vata to Kapha season. Vata season is characterized by the body scrambling to protect
Soothe Your Nerves with Daily Oil Massage
Keep your skin soft, calm your mind, and warm up your body in the fall with an early morning oil massage. The practice of oil massage is called abhyanga in Ayurveda. The sensation of abhy
Ayurveda renames diseases as feelings, uses herbs as adjectives, and describes anatomy with the experiences you have of your body. In all of these examples, the uniting theme is that Ayurveda uses adjectives to describe diseases, treatments, the body, and
How Do You Experience Your Body?
Every nerve, bone, and muscle has a name. Cut open a cadaver and you'll find the universe of Western anatomy, the pieces and parts all meticulously identified by modern medical science. This advance
Routine is the foundation of a well-lived life. Routine creates simplicity, perspective, and helps you stay organized. Lack of routine creates instability, confusion, and an inability to identify the cause from the effect. A good routine supports your abi
Know Your Early Warning Signs of Imbalance
You know that feeling the day before you come down with a cold? The warning signs of a cold
include aches and pains, stuffy nose, cloudy thoughts, and general fatigue. These signs are 24
The Old Names of Diseases
Have you ever caught a cold? Do you know the new name for the common cold is "rhinovirus?" Over the past 150 years, many diseases have been given new names. Before Louis Pasteur proposed the germ theory, d
Can you tell the difference between the impact of eating watermelon versus eating cantaloupe, just by feeling? Most people don't feel anything at all, or have only a vague idea of how food makes them feel after they swallow it. Ayurveda has a rich vocabul
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Treat yourself to exercise today and enjoy the sound of birds and the beauty of nature. Take a walk in the morning, do some yoga or any exercise at all to get your circulation up. The fact is that exercise makes you feel good. Spending time in nature help
Preventative medicine is one of Ayurveda's greatest strengths. Preventative medicine in Ayurveda is based upon several pillars:
Awareness of your body
Recognizing imbalances early
Knowing how to change your diet and lifestyle to
Why Black Pepper is Powerful
If you analyze black pepper you might discover some disappointing news: statistically, black pepper isn't that powerful for curing diseases. Your sense organs tell a different story. How do you know tha
Many times people think of staying healthy in terms of deprivation or torturing their body. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Taking care of your health is about gentleness and nurturing. It should feel good and comforting to take care of yourself. Be ki
Many attend yoga classes in the evenings, but have you ever tried starting your day with a little yoga? Yoga in the morning can stimulate circulation, wake up the mind, and wake up your metabolism. It can ensure that you have a hearty appetite by breakfas
One of the nicest, easiest ways to get yourself going in the morning is to splash cool water on your face. This not only gently cleanses the face, but it also refreshes the mind and skin. It's also very easy to do on days when you are pressed for time or
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