Self-Massage. Ayurveda’s Most Important Practice.

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Self-massage (known in the Ayurvedic system as Abyhanga) is one of the most beneficial practices that you can integrate into your day-to-day life to enhance your health. It stimulates the lymphatic system, fortifies immunity, nourishes the skin, reinforces the connection between the body and mind and calms and rejuvenates the nervous system. When preparing for Abyhanga, you may wish to …

Roasted Beet and Dandelion Greens Salad

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This delicious recipe accompanies a mung dahl soup with steamed rice beautifully for a rounded out meal. Especially appropriate in the springtime, beets and dandelion cleanse a liver heavy with the fat and nutrient-rich harvest of the fall/winter season while alkalizing the blood. Ingredients: 1 lb Roasted Beets 1 bunch Fresh Dandelion Greens 1/2 cup Roasted unsalted pumpkin seeds ghee …

Relationships, Love And Your Ayurvedic Constitution

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Your physical constitution is an important player in the compatibility of your relationships. The doshas (invisible forces responsible for all biological and physiological functions in the mind and body) are always ebbing and flowing within you, affecting the people around you and the quality of your interactions.  How do the doshas relate to each other, and what are the tendencies …

Winter, Ayurvedically, and 5 ways to enjoy it

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The winter season is upon us! This time of year can be the most difficult to ‘weather’ with peace of mind and good health. The Science of Ayurveda gives us a unique understanding of the nature of these challenges and informs us how to meet them consciously to achieve better health. AYURVEDA AND THE  5 ELEMENT THEORY Ayurveda tells us …

Creamy Spinach Mung Dal Soup

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Creamy Spinach Mung Dal Soup: Vegan/Gluten Free. This delicious recipe is both nourishing and detoxifying.  Mung dal beans are an especially medicinal food.  They are easily digested and assimilated by the body, rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and are known to be an excellent source of many minerals, among them calcium, iron and potassium.  The mung bean …

Stewed Fruit Delight

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Stewed Fruit Delight: Balances Vata and Pitta. Vegan/Gluten Free. This delicious and nourishing concoction makes for a soothing desert on a cold fall or winter day.  Full of natural sugars, fiber and protein (be sure to add the pumpkin seeds or some other nut or seed of choice – maybe blanched roasted almonds? –  to balance the sweetness of the …

What Ayurveda is NOT.

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Ayurveda is not a magic bullet. It is not a one-size-fits-all system of healing. And though it does have herbal and lifestyle-based cures for disease, Ayurveda is not primarily a cure-oriented system. Which brings me to what Ayurveda actually is. Very simply, the phrase “a stitch in time…” summarizes  the core belief of ayurvedic healing. Which means, live in such a …

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Spring Overview

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Mother Nature is organized.  She moves in cycles that flow effortlessly and organically into one another.  Ayurveda describes the rhythm of the universe as a continuous process of creation, preservation and destruction.  The seasons reflect this. Spring is a time of rebirth, germination, fertility and re-awakening. Summer is a time of heavy production, as seen in the long hours we …

Are there any risks?

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Ayurvedic therapies, such as pranayama, yoga and meditation, are unlikely to have bad side effects. Ayurvedic herbs, however, may interact with medications. A skilled Ayurvedic practitioner will research drug/herb interactions and prescribe herbal formulas that are safe. There have been rare instances of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, contaminating some Ayurvedic herb supplements imported from India. Ask your …