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
Kapha's digestion tends to be slow and sluggish, a condition called manda agni in Ayurveda. As a result, Kapha people tend to gain weight easily and store energy well. The dull, gooey nature of Kapha creates excess mucus in the stomach, which cover
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
The gut is home to 1/3 of your nervous system. The nerves of your gut, your gut instincts, protect your sense of security and self care. Anxiety & fear can disrupt your sense of security. An 'uh-oh' feeling in your gut leaves tension and contraction in it
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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
Ayurveda has a unique way of understanding digestion and nutrition. It focuses on your body's reaction to food rather than the nutrients it contains. By focusing on experience rather than content, Ayurveda helps you interpret the medicinal compatibility o
The best weight loss program will improve your relationship with your body and food. When you make choices that cause you to gain weight, your body communicates distress signs. Through Ayurveda, you discover how to listen & respond more mindfully to your
Young children naturally do not overeat. Many are the toddler who picks at their food for days on end, leaving the nervous mother wondering why he won't eat and how will their bodies grow develop on so little food. The ways in which your body turns hunger
Pitta tends toward hot, sharp, and quick digestion, a condition called tikshna agni in Ayurveda. Digestion is ruled by Pitta, so Pitta people often have a strong digestive fire. This means they have a strong appetite and need to eat quickly when hu
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Vata dosha generally has weak, dry, and cold digestion with a lot of variability. This type of digestion is called vishama agni in Ayurveda. A Vata's gut is the most unpredictable of all the body types. The digestive tract in general is an ever shi
The mind is very powerful, and can twist or distort your natural food cravings. Knowledge can distract you from your body's wisdom. When it comes to eating, it's wise to remember that nurturing is not an intellectual activity. The brain is notorious for n
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
A quick observation of the teacher-student dynamic in the yoga world easily sheds light on a couple of problems:
Yoga teachers are often asked by clients for food advice who may have limited knowledge about how to tailor diet recommendati
Evolution is still catching up to grocery stores. Quite simply, our taste buds have not yet evolved for modern living. For example, food with sweet taste is rare in nature (thus highly desirable) but common in the modern grocery store. There were no ice c
By the miracle of digestion, food that you eat becomes transformed into your living human body. This profound assimilation of food has the power to change your very identity. The fact is, food becomes blood. Your body feeds this blood to your brain. The b
If you've recently been sick, you might remember wondering, "What is happening to me?" You know something is off, but can't quite describe it. You wish you could find some relief, but struggle even to find the words to explain how you are feeling. Experie
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
Ayurveda's Secret to Weight Loss
Weight loss can seem like a constant fight against your own body. You can't trust your instincts, and may even feel like your own body betrayed you, leading you to weight problems. Fighting your unr
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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
Ayurveda is the ideal do-it-yourself healthcare system. Practicing Ayurveda feels like a trip to Home Depot rather than a trip to the spa or beauty parlor.
If It Sounds Complicated, It's
By the magic of digestion, when you eat an apple it becomes a part of your body. And whether the apple is hot or cold, acidic or basic, sugary or bitter, the body still has to transform the apple into the building blocks of living human flesh. The most pr
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
Have you noticed someone you love flaring up at you recently? Have you ever wondered why you feel more irritated in the summer? In the heat of summer, your liver releases excess bile, which irritates both your gut and your nervous system. Excess bilirubin
By August, your body is preparing for fall and using all available energy to build an insulating layer of fat before the temperatures plummet mid October. Meanwhile, sweating under the hot midday sun depletes electrolytes. The result is that your blood wi
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