Panchamahabhutas ~ The 5 Great Elements

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Panchamahabhutas ~ The 5 Great Elements

"The Individual Is The Epitome Of The Universe"

Charaka, the ancient seer of Ayurveda, states that "the individual is the epitome of the universe". This implies that - that which exist in the vast eternal universe also appears within the inward cosmos of the human body.

 

Caraka Samhita Sarirasthana Ch. 5 Verse 4
The individual is the epitome of the universe as all the material
and spiritual phenomenaof the universe are present in the individual
and all those present in the individual are also contained in the universe."

 

The Elements In A Nutshell ... 


Humans are the perfect example of the universe because we are the microcosm of the universe and made of the very elements for which the entire universe is made from and these elements are referred to as "Panchamahabhutas" ... translated as 'The 5 Great Elements'.

 

e·pit·o·me (noun)
A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.

 

Elements In Nature ...
These "5 Great Elements" exist in all matter and are the building blocks of the known universe.

The "5 Great Elements" [ether, air, fire, water, and earth] manifest not only in the physical body but exist in all of nature and are the building blocks of the known universe.

Intially, we can attribute a basic theme to the elements.


For example:
- ether provides spaciousness which 'allows' for movement
- air provides the driving force behind all movement
- fire represents and symbolizes transformation and illumination
- water is lubricating, provides mositure and is cooling
- earth provides structure, form and stability

 

THE 5 GREAT ELEMENTS … 

 

ETHER/SPACE
Aakasha

Nothing; No-Thing
Long ago, before there was anything, there was “nothing”; i.e. no-thing, just space. Generally, when we measure “something” there is a point of reference [i.e. “here”] from where measurement begins to another point of reference [i.e. “there”]. However, in absolute space [i.e. ether] where there is “no-thing”, there is neither ‘here’ nor ‘there’ from which to measure and therefore a state which is immeasurable. Being immeasurable, space [i.e. ether] is all-pervasive, vast, dimensionless and essentially, … indescribable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describing The Indescribale …
Despite being intangible, the ancients provided us with various qualities as an attempt to further understand that which is indescribable; i.e. ether/space.

Qualities of Ether/Space:
- minute
- light
- soft
- smooth

[Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana Ch. 26 sutra #11]

 

Practically Speaking …

Space/Ether is vast, expansive, and all-compassing. However, it is challenging to comprehend such descriptions of space. Therefore, from a practical perspective, we can look upon the element of space as being predominately contained within various bodily cavities. After all, the body is vastly space.

 

 

 

 

 

For example:
cranial cavity [ventricular space]
sinuses within the skull
vertebral cavity
thoracic cavity
abdomino-pelvic cavity

 

The Importance of Space/Ether:

Space Allows For Movement 
Space/Ether allows for the potential to move
Whereas: Air/Vayu provides for the ability to move. [discussed further below pg.]


The space within the brain [ventricular space] allows for the passage and movement of cebrospinal fluid [CSF], the space within the thoracic cavity allows for the movement of air via the respiratory tract and the movement of blood [i.e. cardiovascular circulation] via the space within the chambers of the heart and the intravascular space within the lumens of various blood vessels. Similarly, the abdomino-pelvice cavity allows for the movement of various substances via the space in the lumen of gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary tract etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimately, space exists everywhere …

Between cells [i.e. intracellular space], within cells [i.e. intracellular space], and even between atoms!!

 

Space Out On This!! 


Atoms are 99.999999999999% empty space. The space between the nucleus of two atoms is around 10-10 meters. That’s basically one ten-billionth of a meter. That’s alot of space!!

 

 

AIR/VĀYU

As described previously, space/ether allows for the potential to move. Meaning, if there is no space to move … movement ceases. Air/vayu, on the otherhand, is the driving force behind all movement. Simply said, vayu or air is the principle of movement.

 

The Evolution Of Space Into Air

As described earlier, with absolute space [i.e. ether] there appears to be a dimensionless realm which is vast and all-pervasive. Being all-pervasive, there is no point of reference as being ‘here’ and ‘there’ and therefore the inability to measure distance; i.e. NO movement.

 

Being Philosophical ...
Seemingly, from nothing, came something. However, from a philosophical perspective there exist a state of being [i.e. Purusha] from which the primordial sound [Aum] arouse which initated movement via vibration from which the entire universe came to be.

Qualities of Air/Vayu:
- Light
- Cold
- Rough
- Coarse
- Non-slimy

 

Vayu Represents All Movement
Life is movement and movement is a fundamental function shared by all living organisms. In fact, definitive characteristics of life include organization, metabolism, responsiveness, movement, development, and reproduction. The root word 'va' means "to spread" [i.e. movement] and vata dosha which is predominately comprised of ether and air elements provides the driving force for all movement within the body.

 

  • movement
  • roughness
  • reduction
  • lightness
  • non-sliminess

Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana Ch. 26 sūtra 11

- Central Nervous System: neurotrasmission, sensory & motor innervation; action potentials
- Cardiovascular System: circuation, movement of plasma, blood, lymph, and nutrients
- Respiratory System: ventilation and movement of gases via inspiration and expiration
- Gastrointestinal System: movement of nutrients via digestion/absorption/assimilation; movement of excreta; feces.
- Genitourinary System: movement and ultrafiltration of plasma into urine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE/TEJAS

With the evolution of ether into air, came space and movement. The movement of vāyu brought forth vibration. The back-and-forth vibrational movement of vāyu introduces friction and with friction comes heat; i.e. fire.

The Principle Of Transformation:
Fire is radiant energy and is active and changeable. It is the source of all transformative processes in the body and is responsible for digestion, absorption and transformation of food into energy.

 

Qualities Of Tejas/Fire:
- Hot
- Sharp
- Minute
- Light
- Rough
- Non-slimy

The qualities of hot, dry, penetrating and sharp demonstrate the radiant energy of Fire in the body. Skin complexion, eye luster and intelligence are expressions of the elemental energy of Fire. The liver, stomach and the pancreas are the primary sites of the Fire element. The element of Fire brings the qualities of attention, appreciation, recognition, ambition and competitiveness.

Functions Of Fire:

  • Heat
  • Digestion
  • Luster
  • Light
  • Complexion

Ignite; to catch fire.
Agni; fire

Relationship Between:
- Fire
- Agni [hot, sharp, light, dry, subtle]
- Pitta [fire & water], hot, liquid, oily, sharp, penetrating

Agni: The Digestive Fire
Agni is the expression of fire and it is that which governs all transformation.

One Flame, Many Embers:
The fire element of Agni works on many levels [i.e. a fire that has many flames] but from a systemic perspective we can look upon the main flame of Agni as Jathara Agni; i.e. the digestive flame which encompasses but is not limited to the stomach [āmāshaya] and the small intestine [grahani].

Pitta Dosha
Pitta is a Sanskrit word means illumination often associated with the brilliance, which radiates from fire. The elements fire and water combine to form Pitta dosha. It is the principle of transformation energy. It governs heat, digestion, and metabolism.

llumination: Fire In The Mind [Sadhaka Pitta]
Often, when describing intelligence of another, we use such words such as bright, brilliant, and sharp … which are all qualities of the fire element and pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is predominately made of fire and water elements. Sadhaka pitta is located in both the brain and heart and is responsible for intelligence, comprehension and understanding.

 

 

WATER/AP


The cool aspect of water is the natural balance to the heating energy of fire. Water provides the chemical energy that brings molecules cohesively together. Condensation is any reaction which two molecules combine with the formation and loss of water. With regards to the evolution of elements, after the formation of fire via friction water was formed by condensation.

Condensation Equation:

 

Qualities Of Water:
- Light
- Unctuous
- Cold
- Dull
- Soft
- Slimy

The energy of water can be seen in all fluids, from cerebral spinal fluid to digestive juices. Blood, sweat, plasma, saliva and urine are the primary sites of the element of Water.

Functions Of Water:
- Moistening
- [lubricating]
- Binding
- Oozing
- Softening
- Exhilirating

  • CSF
  • Saliva
  • Plasma/Pericardial fluid
  • Pleural fluid
  • Gastric juices
  • ultrafiltrate of plasma/urine
  • Intracellular fluid/cytoplasm

 

 

EARTH/PRITHVI


Earth element occurs via solidification and manifests as mechanical and physical energy. It can be seen as the structure and solid support of all matter, organic and inorganic.

Solidification:
A phase change of matter that results in the production of a solid structure.

Qualities Of Earth:
- Heavy
- Coarse
- Hard
- Dull
- Stable
- Non-slimy
- Solid
- Gross

Within the body, the qualities it imbibes of hard, heavy, rough and dense are seen through the manifestation of the bones, nails, teeth, hair and skin. All the solid structures in the body are seen through the essence of the earth element. The primary sites of this physical energy are the bones, hair, teeth, cartilage and tendons. The qualities of forgiveness, support, growth and attachment are fostered by the Earth element.

Functions Of Earth:
- Development
- Compactness
- Heaviness
- Firmness

 

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"Beet The Heat" ~ Beet Recipe

 

Beet The Heat
By Deepika Dabhi

Oh my goodness. Does it feel like the sun is following you for the last two days? Do you feel like you're melting? As of few hours ago my phone sent a heat wave alert … second day in a row! The headline for SoCal News today reads: "Winds Pick Up as San Diego County Is in 2nd Day of Extreme Heat”. My immediate thought was, "Well, there goes my dinner plan." Followed by one inevitable question I think that unites all mothers, fathers or anyone who is in-charge of the kitchen ... "What am I going to cook tonight?”

The original recipe was inspired by my own variation of Gazpacho that I like to make with watermelon, tomato, and cucumber during the hot summer days. However, as the season as transitioned, Mama Earth has  also transitioned to providing what is appropriate for us now. Thus, Beet The Heat, a cool soup for this heat wave was birthed!  The other special consideration I included for this soup is making sure it is still Vata-Season friendly for the SoCal climate.

 

BEET NOTE:
Beets are naturally sweet and Vata pacifying. Beets cleanse and cool the blood, nourish the liver, and improve the eyesight. Beets are good for anemia and stamina. Raw beets aggravate Pitta but cooked beets are Pitta pacifying.

How?
Cooked beets transform the starches into sweeter sugars that are cooling.

SENSIBLE NOTE:
During these high heat and erratic winds, focus on nourishing foods that are sweet and smooth in nature. The recipe below is an example of foods that can keep that metabolic fire (agni) LIT with ingredients like ginger, black pepper, and salt. Meanwhile, keeping the body and mind cool with the sweetness of beets, coconut milk, and of course your choice of a generous amount of garnish of basil or parsley.

MY NOTE:
Remember, "Like Attracts Like; Opposite Heals"
When you are feeling particularly extra dry, increase your fluid intake by sipping on water more often rather than big gulps. Be sure include a lil bit of extra good fat to your food.  Good fats like Ghee, Olive Oil, and Avocados are few examples that are appropriate for gut health and for glowing dewy skin.

YOUR NOTE:
Please tell me how you like this recipe. I’d be honored if you’d share it with your loved ones. Post your photos with #wholeheartedwellness so we all can see and enjoy. When I see you integrate it, it makes me feel like we are all in the this together supporting and celebrating one another.

Recipe: Beat The Heat
Meal Type: Dinner or Lunch, Gluten-Free, Almost Vegan ?

INGREDIENTS:
•1 tablespoon GHEE
•1 large yellow onion, diced
•3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
•1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
•3 large red beets, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
•5 cups vegetable stock, divided
•12 cups coconut milk
•1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
•1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•Parsley or Chives or Basil (optional)
•Dollop of Yogurt of your choice (optional)

PREPARATION:
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add beets and 4 cups stock; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until beets are fork-tender, 20 minutes. With an immersion or regular blender, puree soup, adding remaining 1 cup stock as needed to reach desired consistency. Stir in coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Let it cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for 20 minutes. Garnish with parsley or basil before serving. Add a little dollop or drizzle of Yogurt for a little creaminess, for the love of nourishment.

 

About The Author

Deepika Dabhi combines traditional healing practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with a modern scientific understanding of health and the human body. Deepika states that, "As a client, you will receive customized care that is sustainable, accessible, and effective to address your core health concerns. I am honored to offer you healing protocols and wellness programs in-person or remotely via Skype, Phone, or FaceTime."

To learn more about Deepika Dabhi,
Please visit WholeHeartedWellness

 

 

 

 

 


Ayurveda's Finest: "Golden Milk" ~ Turmeric Milk

 

Ayurveda's Finest: "Golden Milk"
It’s to no surprise to that turmeric has fast become a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. Traditionally, turmeric milk has been used for conditions such as colds, congestion, headaches, and sore throats due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. What is more interesting is that Ayurveda [and other ancient systems of medicine] have used turmeric for health and wellness since for as long as historical records have existed.

Makes 2 servings 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered turmeric 1/8 teaspoon each: nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, Chinese 5-spice, black pepper Pinch each: cloves, sea salt 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 cup water 2 cups milk (any kind!) In a sauce pan, over low heat, heat 1 cup water with all spices. Once mixture is steaming hot, cover and let sit for 5 minutes or longer (even overnight, if you want a very potent flavor). After the mixture sits, whisk in milk, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil and heat to steaming hot again. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Important! 
Ayurveda advises not to heat honey as it is considered to be toxic; or have toxic effects.

Turmeric – Helps Purify The Blood & Acts As An Antioxidant!!
Turmeric is one of the oldest, most important spices known to humankind. Turmeric is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste, and has a heating quality. Due to its heating quality, turmeric helps to balance Kapha and Vata doshas (mind-body types), and due to its bitter taste, it helps to balance the Pitta dosha, thus making it tri-doshic.

Very Very Easy To Make! 
1. Place milk in a saucepan and cook over medium heat
2. Add turmeric [and additional spices, see below] and stir
3. Allow the milk to simmer for just a few minutes, stirring occasionally
4. Turn off heat, cover, allow the mixture to sit for several minutes to allow for greater infusion
5. Strain the milk through a strainer if fresh ingredients were used
6. Serve warm and enjoy

Want To Spice It Up? 
Turmeric is a bitter spice so if you want to spice it up and make your turmeric milk more flavorful then consider spicing it up with a pinch of this and a dash of that. Depending upon what you are attempting to target, here are several other considerations to help spice up your turmeric golden milk.

– 1 tsp of ghee which acts as a laxative to help promote bowel function
– 1 pinch of nutmeg helps promote sound sleep & is also a carminative
– 1 pinch of ginger to act as an anti-inflammatory
– 1 pinch of cinnamon and/or cardamom for delectable flavoring

Word Of Caution Regarding Honey & Ghee:
Finally, you may also want to consider adding a 1/2 tsp of honey for flavoring. However ~ a word of caution. According to Ayurveda, equal amounts of honey and ghee [based upon weight] is considered to be toxic and should generally be avoided.

Additional Benefits Of Turmeric: 

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic,analgesic,.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Anti-carcinogenic.
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels.
  • Promotes digestive health.
  • Liver detoxifier.
  • Regulates metabolism and weight management.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Memory and brain function.
  • Various skin conditions.
  • Neurological disorders

 

From The Lens Of Ayurveda: 

- Qualities: dry, light
- Tastes: pungent, bitter, astringent
- Energetics: heating
- Post-digestive effect: pungent
 
ACTIONS:
- lekhanīya: scraping property
- dīpana: kindles digestion; digestive fire
- prameha: useful in diabetes
- raktaśodhana: blood purifier
- ārtavajana: promotes menses
- jvaraghna: helps alleviate fever
- krmighna: helps alleviate worms
- varyna: enhances skin complexion
- vedanāsthāpana: analgesic
- stanyaśodhaka: purifies breasts and breast milk

 

Disclaimer:  This is for educational purpose only and not to be considered medical advice. The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Ayurveda - From An Allopath's Perspective

 

Ayurveda - From An Allopath's Perspective
By Dr Wasuki Upadhyaya MBBS MD(Ay-BHU)


“Ayurveda” - this word brings in two types of thought-responses in the minds of allopathic doctors. One is, “a bunch of sub-standard people practicing outdated crude folk medicine” and the second thought-response being, “a mysterious esoteric science whose intellectual genius is far ahead of allopathic medicine despite being nature based”. Not only is the second thought-response much more true, but is being realized by many open-minded allopaths as well as scientists from around the world.

But then the question arises, how is it that Ayurveda survives when it’s wielded by mediocre minds in the Indian society? Well, the answer is - despite the vast majority whose professionalism, emotional intelligence, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills being inferior to that of the doctors of western medicine and scientists - there are a few highly capable ones who are intellectually robust, with personal and moral integrity equal to that of most allopathic doctors, surpassing even a few.

In the above video, Sadhguru explains the difference between the three systems of ayurveda, siddha and allopathy. While allopathy is essentially chemical-based, ayurveda is a herbal-based medical system. Though many ayurvedic practitioners are receiving ayurveda training certificates in a month's time nowadays, the classical Indian systems of medicine need enormous dedication

This tiny group of effective and efficient individuals are the torch bearers of the glorious science of Ayurveda. It is to these handful of Ayurvedic Physicians [“Vaidyas”] and scientists, that the current existing Ayurveda owes immense gratitude for, for without such “Vaidyas” we may have very well witnessed the destruction of Ayurveda ... which may have been destroyed not solely by the hands of the modern pharmaceutical industry but also by a shared responsibility of the Ayurvedic fraternity themselves.

Ayurveda is the science of correct living.

The science of Ayurveda is no doubt a super science that surpasses the allopathic sciences in its holistic thinking. Unlike the various specialties of allopathic sciences which are overly obsessed in treating illnesses with endless drugs, sophisticated technology, and fancy gadgets - Ayurveda, on the other hand, is not just a medical science but it is the ‘science of correct living’. And to extol the various gems of intellectual and conceptual supremacy it contains, not just papers but even books wouldn’t suffice. Yet to state a few, Ayurveda has a thorough protocol on not just how to lead a physically healthy life but it contains techniques and methods on how to lead an emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually - happy life. And, if one were to dig deep into oneself, one can appreciate nuggets of human genetics too in the ancient texts of Ayurveda. It even has a fully developed speciality of ‘anti-aging’ medicine and ‘human performance enhancement’ (Rasayana) medicine for which allopathy is still just scratching the surface.  


Such is the greatness of Ayurveda. And the principles of Ayurveda aren’t just useful for understanding how health and illnesses occur, but also provides an understanding of certain social and historical events of the world.

To enumerate few:

Older generations in India knew that before any love making scene occurred in Indian films, they would first show the rain. People assumed that rain was just romantic. However, Ayurvedic text provides an insight that rain is an aphrodisiac. This rain wasn’t just a psychological association but rather a biologically acting stimulant.

In Japanese traditional cooking, people consume boiled spinach with sesame oil or soya sauce. But why? Since spinach increases Vata and Kapha, the sour taste of soya sauce or the nature of sesame oil pacifies both Vata and Kapha.

Swedish people consume quite a bit of coffee and lard in their diet. But why? Because Sweden being near the Tundra region, has Kapha and Vata increasing effects on its residents. Coffee, through its heating energy as well as its drying effect helps to balance Kapha while the lard helps to pacify the excess of Vata - thereby maintaining a very sensitive balance.

The ancient Mesoamerican civilization – the Mayans, practiced bloodletting frequently. Especially the royalty. Wonder why? Being a tropical country, the risk of vitiation of blood by Pitta was very high. Thus, the frequent bloodletting maintained health. And, if I am to go out on a limb and guess, I’d say temper (a result of imbalanced Pitta) happens to be a censurable trait for royalty; especially if governance has to be wise and just. Thus, the royalty in its best interests would try to balance their Pitta. And for this intention, bloodletting came in handy.

Thus, Ayurveda, an ocean of magnificent intellectual treasure, unparalleled by any complementary and alternative medicine, is one man’s privilege should he get the opportunity to study and work in it. And the opportunities for anyone to progress using the science is truly limitless when one finds the right suitable conditions to do so.      


LOVE - Mind, Body & Soul

 

LOVE – Mind, Body & Soul
By Priya Singh

The vast magnificence of Love is a power that has never been fully understood or explained. It is an idea, a feeling, an ethos, a concept - and it is not tangible. Even though it is one of the most powerful emotions on the planet – it is not quantifiable. Not in actual scientific terms where a chemist could put your ‘love’ in his test tube and weigh and measure the love you feel for your partner, child, parents or anyone. You own your love. And that is why, even the person you profess to love has no idea of how much you love them. You own your love. It is your sorrow, your joy, your suffering and your delirium. It is your dragon to fly. It is your unicorn to ride.

Where does this love come from? Where does love exist in our body? Is it in the cells, tissues, muscles, nerves, organs, brain, skin? Where is it that I feel the impending loss of my daughter as she leaves home to start her own young beautiful life? Each morning I wake up and a different part of me is hurting. This morning was an ache in my chest, yesterday was my lower back; the day before that was muscular weakness all over my body, and so it goes.  Am I just manifesting all these crazy symptoms because my mind is subconsciously telling me that I am untying trillions of knots that bind me to my baby girl? Each knot that is made of cells, tissue, blood and memory; it hurts even to approach the mammoth task of getting my hands bloody and starting the process of unraveling these ties that bind … my chest begins to hurt and my eyes begin to water.

Nothing prepared me for being a mother; I have just fumbled my way through this complicated labyrinth successfully and many times unsuccessfully by sheer luck. And more than the primal instinct of keeping my little cubs safe, I have been confounded, soaked, seared and stunned by the magnitude of the Love I feel for these creature that I birthed. There is nothing that I would not do to keep my babies safe and healthy. Personally for me something solidified when I became a mother, it’s a role that has let me explore the depth, height and width of this emotion being discussed – Love.

I have read enough Khalil Gibran and Rumi to be even romantic about the concept of my babies flying out of the nest. In the same spirit it is my unending love that wants my little girl to go out into the world and find her place, her identity. How do I quantify my limitless love for her? I want her to learn the ways of the world, explore her potential and become the woman I know lives in that young person. The woman I know I helped shape. I know she will be kind, savvy and magnificent. How do I explain to her that her she carries me along with her - that unconscious turn of her head, the thoughtful gestures she makes, and her smile - I am always there within her.

"It is a rite of passage – this leaving, this separation."

For me it just reinforces that I am going to wake up each morning and feel a vacuum in my home, mind and body. The physical emptiness of the presence of my lovely young girl with her long limbs sprawled about the home, or those middle of the night raids for a snack, walking into my room and regaling me with stories about her day, shopping with me for my make-up and clothes, advising me on ‘mom, ummm…maybe the other shoes’, correcting my use of current teen slang, reaching over and silently fixing the glitch on my laptop, or introducing me to my Bitemoji Avatar… just her presence that gives me my identity as her Mama - to date my favorite.

And as she goes off to join this world of bigotry and natural disasters, I wish I could protect her from every negative experience.  However, both she and I have to learn. We have to understand that only out of change will there be growth; every new experience - good or bad - is going to reshape ideals; adversity will build character and failure will motivate; creating and maintaining new friendships will enrich; loneliness will enable the search within; curiosity will break boundaries - anything she wants to achieve is possible; there will be times of extreme joy and freedom, and there will be times of and sadness and isolation - both for her and me. And that is life. And this letting go is Love.

 

About The Author

Born and bought up in India, Priya has been entrenched in the practice, study, and teaching of classical Hatha and Kriya yoga for the past 30 years. Her passion and interest in Yoga encompasses the allied study of Ayurveda, Yoga therapy, Applied anatomy and Homeopathy. Priya is also a trained Integrative Health Coach from Duke University, NC, where she had the privilege of teaching yoga at some seminars. In addition, she has been teaching yoga fundamentals and anatomy at Yoga Teacher training programs in the Bay Area. Priya owes her love for yoga and healing to the blessings of all her teachers, mentors and Guru.   

With an interesting blend of Eastern roots and Western sensibilities, Priya is uniquely qualified to engage her students in a style which empowers them to take steps towards achieving personal goals. She practices a synergetic approach to healing, taking into consideration the complete history, current health and long-term health targets of her clients. 

The individual sessions begin with an assessment, and are personalized to the client’s preference; and can include a combination of Health Coaching, Asana, Pranayama, meditation, lifestyle conversation and nutritional guidance. The group classes are taught in an easy, non–competitive environment, keeping individual needs and constitutions in mind.

To contact Priya Singh please visit: 
www.PriyaSinghYoga.com

 


Absolute Health With Yoga

Absolute Health With Yoga
By Priya Singh

From the moment we begin to exist, our mind and body is absorbing sights, sounds, touch impressions, and emotions. Every single stimulus is recorded in our brain, cells and tissues on a cellular level. This concept of mind and body is widely discussed, but do we actually fully understand it? Do we understand the enormity of the emotional and physical toll life takes on us? Our environment, every stress and every positive/negative emotion essentially affects us to a level that changes our very being, body and inherent spirit.

the body is not separate from the mind & spirit

In times past, Asian cultures made esoteric practices a part of their daily life, wherein these practices included prayer, and means to strengthen and cleanse physically and mentally. At the crux of these practices, it was always understood that the body is not separate from the mind and spirit, and the neglect of one leads to the deterioration of the other two facets. Though we regard our lives as solely physical, emotions breach into each of our moments, and how we deal with it on a day-to-day level is what keeps us healthy and well – both emotionally and physically. Building up a level of awareness to your mental and physical health brings you to a place where you are conscious of the smallest change that takes place in your body. 

The Origin Of Yoga By Sadhguru

You will notice that there are people who ‘process’ their emotions faster than others, and are a lot more evolved in their thinking about life in general. Usually these are people who have developed some sort of a practice in yoga, tai chi, meditation, martial arts etc. All these disciplines instill an emotional and physical resilience that helps ‘digest’ life better and prevent disease from making a home in your body simply by burning away the toxins (Ama).

Often, for people not entrenched in yogic practices, the beginning of disease is a single small symptom that remains unnoticed; say for example feeling uncomfortable after a meal, then feeling bloated, maybe pain, constipation/diarrhea - till one day you are sitting at the doctor’s and being diagnosed with colitis. The point is that it took you possibly years to get to this stage, where sheer lack of awareness and neglect debilitated you.

one of the most effective methods to instill awareness

From my 30 years of experience as a Yogi, I can profoundly suggest that one of the most effective methods to instill awareness, cleanse your toxins and stay healthy in mind/body/spirit is the traditional practice of Hatha yoga. There are many styles of yoga being taught out there, but the traditional method that encompasses Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhayana (concentration – which leads to a spontaneous state of meditation) is the style that keeps your Agni balanced, Nadis (channels) opened, muscles supple and joints healthy. 

Yoga is one discipline, that even 5000 years ago recognized the importance of the health of the gut. One can participate in the cleansing of the gut – from esophagus to rectum by engaging in supervised cleansing practices  (shatkarmas); this allows the gut to release unwanted physical and emotional toxins, and as the flora of the gut recalibrates and calms down, your health improves by leaps and bounds.

One of the biggest benefits however, is the balancing of the digestive fire (Agni) in the gut. The digestive system in our body plays a huge role in our overall health, with the  “little brain” hidden in the walls of the digestive system called the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining the gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum; and the ENS, while not capable of thought, communicates back and forth with our big brain. Once the body is cleansed of toxins and the digestive fire is balanced, you will see your skin clear up, eyes brighten, and experience vitality of mind and body.

That being said, it requires discipline and intent to incorporate a daily practice into your life. It usually takes 40 days to establish a habit, so choose a time that works best, set out the yoga mat, and begin your practice. If Yoga is completely new to you, then start by attending a few ‘beginner’ yoga workshops, pick-up what works best and makes most sense, and gently establish a routine. Assuming that you have a 45 min/one hour time slot - divide the time equally between postures, breathing and concentration.

You will begin to see the benefits within a week, as physically your circulation improves, posture changes, stiffness, aches and pains lessen, sleep comes easier, fatigue reduces and energy level increases. On an emotional level, moodiness dissipates, depression lifts, anxiety attacks calm down, you feel joyful, and things that stressed you out earlier, don’t seem as insurmountable. To experience the vast benefits of traditional Yoga, you must embark on a journey of self-exploration and create a practice that works towards optimizing you – body and mind.

About The Author

 Priya Singh
Born and bought up in India, Priya has been entrenched in the practice, study, and teaching of classical Hatha and Kriya yoga for the past 30 years. Her passion and interest in Yoga encompasses the allied study of Ayurveda, Yoga therapy, Applied anatomy and Homeopathy. Priya is also a trained Integrative Health Coach from Duke University, NC, where she had the privilege of teaching yoga at some seminars. In addition, she has been teaching yoga fundamentals and anatomy at Yoga Teacher training programs in the Bay Area. Priya owes her love for yoga and healing to the blessings of all her teachers, mentors and Guru.  
 

With an interesting blend of Eastern roots and Western sensibilities, Priya is uniquely qualified to engage her students in a style which empowers them to take steps towards achieving personal goals. She practices a synergetic approach to healing, taking into consideration the complete history, current health and long-term health targets of her clients. 

The individual sessions begin with an assessment, and are personalized to the client’s preference; and can include a combination of Health Coaching, Asana, Pranayama, meditation, lifestyle conversation and nutritional guidance. The group classes are taught in an easy, non–competitive environment, keeping individual needs and constitutions in mind.

To contact Priya Singh please visit: 
www.PriyaSinghYoga.com
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Masala “Spiced” Chai + Ayurvedic Tips For Winter

 

Masala "Spiced" Chai ... 
Winter is a time when nature’s energy withdraws back unto herself as nature’s many expressions begin to slow down. According to Ayurveda, a person is a miniature reflection of nature and winter represents a time for much needed restoration. Even more reason to treat yourself to the warming qualities of delicious and yummy masala “spiced” chai.

INGREDIENTS:
– Ginger, 1 TSP finely shredded
– Cardamom, 7 whole seeds
– Clove, 1/2 whole clove
– Cinnamon
– Milk, 1.5 Cup
– Sugar, 1 TSP
– Orange Pekoe Tea, 2 TSP

~Winter Tips~
Generally, the food we eat during winter season should be warming, nourishing, and mildly spicy. Likewise, we should avoid cold food and flavors which are excessively sweet, sour, or salty as these are all considered “kapha provoking” and will therefore further increase congestion.

Amrit Kalash 
Keep Your Energy & Immunity Intact ...

Amrit Kalash in the morning is great to help keep your energy and immunity intact and is especially beneficial during winter season. Amrit Kalash is a traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E

Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

  • 1000x more effective in eliminating free radicals (the root cause of aging) than vitamins C or E1
  • powerful food for the brain
  • significantly boosts immunity & vitality
  • best taken with Amrit Nectar
  • vata, pitta, kapha balancing (vpk®)

 

Winter Nights
As the winter nights get darker earlier, it’s wise to go to bed earlier. Before heading off to bed you may want to consider a delicious cup of hot spicy milk. Spices such as nutmeg are calming and help to promote sound sleep.

Blissful Sleep
Natural sleep aid for falling asleep faster and enjoying deeper, more refreshing sleep; balances, and nourishes.

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To support sleeping through the night; helps in falling asleep more easily, and in returning to sleep when awakened.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Making Health Happen: 5 Simple Steps To Accomplishing Your Health Goals

 

Making Health Happen
There are ideals and there are realities when it comes to health. We almost all know how profoundly different our lives could be if we ate right, exercised regularly, and rested when required. But life happens. We have soaring, sparkling goals but our ability to follow-through can fall short – the realities of social gatherings, packed work schedules, and life-long less-than-ideal living habits make health a true hurdle.

So the question stands, how do we make health happen without making ourselves inflexible or insane in the process? How do we find balance between holding ourselves accountable for necessary growth and transformation, and simultaneously allow space for spontaneity and enjoyment. Our reality is that what we set out to do isn’t always as easy to accomplish as we might think. In effect, we must find balance in the search for balance itself. Let’s explore some simple steps to making health happen in your life!

1. Commit: Intentions & Accountability 
How would you feel if you were to accomplish your health goals? What is it that you’d like to cultivate in life in general and what are the smaller goals you have to do to get there? Is it a sense of physical strength? Peace of mind? Focus and clarity? You create your reality. Let your mind dream of the beauty you yourself can create with right intention and focus. Draw, write, or confide in a safe person to help hold you accountable if you hit a rough patch down the road.

2. Organize: Get Detailed, Get Crafty
How many of you have run out eagerly for a new supplement, spice or herbal product only to find it unopened in the back of your cabinet months later? Our set-up for success is almost as vital a component as doing the practice or taking the product itself! Here are some simple execution tips to propel you towards your goals:

~ THE GAME PLAN
Decide on each component of your health plan and write it up! Even a detailed chart, specifying what time you plan to do each aspect of your health regimen can be vital when you start out. Committing to this kind of structure at first will make things easier later on. If art is your thing, let it be a craft project, and enjoy the practice of planning!

~ IN PLAIN SIGHT
Out of sight out of mind? It can be an unnecessary hurdle to achieve our health goals if our tools are hidden away. Keep your supplies at the ready! If it’s an awareness/meditation/breathing routine, carve out a small, quiet space to practice. If it’s an herbal protocol, keep a basket of your daily herbs/products out in plain sight! If you’re working with new ingredients and food choices keep those in immediate view in your cabinets, while your treats or junk food of the past get tossed or moved to the back! The power of suggestion is great – let the eyes feast on what the body needs.

~ IT’S ABOUT TIME
So many of our health imbalances originate from a simple lack of time given to our own care. Sit down with The Game Plan you or your practitioner have laid out and schedule in time to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Does it take 15 minutes to do that brief yoga sequence? Or 10 to brew and sip your herbal tea in the morning? Make sure to factor this in to your morning routine. Set alarms, on your computer or phone for those tasks, especially the hard-to-remember ones.

3. Routine: Your Home Away From Home 
In Ayurveda dinacharya, is one’s daily routine, and according to Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute is “absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind and consciousness.” Routine “regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.” Dinacharya creates a container in which you can factor in each of your new health routines – anything from herbal protocols, spiritual practices, and exercise to ‘free time’ or ‘creative time’. The best part? Our routine can travel with us anywhere, giving us the comfort of home in the encasement of ourselves.

4. What’s Flex? What’s Fluid?
When we embark on a new health journey it’s important to hold ourselves accountable to our most influential goals. Which of our tasks are NON-NEGOTIABLE for the rest of our objectives to fall into place? Start simple. Is it that 10pm bedtime? Taking our herbal formula first thing in the morning? Can you be flexible about your diet on the weekends if you’ve remained committed during the week?  Decide what is absolute and what is fluid. When you’ve paved a firm foundation, you can always layer on additional goals.

5. Clean Body, Clear Focus
Sometimes the mere thought of change is enough to send us into a panic. “What if we fail?”, “I’m not ready”,”It’s too hard.” Doubt prevails. The truth is that the mentality itself can be quickly shifted with a few basic cleansing measures. Our tools? Triphala. Nasya. Journaling. Hydration. Sleep.

Let’s Explore:
Triphala is a detox herb in Ayurveda that can be used safely for nearly anyone – it promotes regularity in elimination, supports healthy digestion, and is a natural antioxidant. It’s a gentle detoxification measure that can create a profound shift in our everyday energy and clarity.  More info on triphala here.

Nasya is the nasal administration of medicated oils. It delivers its mind cleansing and rejuvenating properties directly across the blood-brain barrier to nourish the brain. Taking a nasya oil in the morning helps open and clear the mind, allowing for the successful follow-through of your health goals. Learn more about nasya options here.

Journaling helps expose your hopes, fears, hesitations, excitements and miscellaneous thoughts on paper. Simply “detoxing” our minds through the written word can be a fantastic way to understand ourselves and move our mental road blocks aside. Sometimes the simple expression of thought through writing can be enough to rid them from our reality. After writing, rip it up and throw it away.

Hydration. There’s no simpler way to detox than drinking the appropriate amount of water. Depending on your body-type, activity level and environment you should be sipping anywhere from 6-10 cups of water/day.

Sleep. Rest is our most neglected path to health and rejuvenation. Are you sleeping during the hours that most help your body to reset? Ayurveda says that Pitta (the fire element of our constitution or metabolic capacity) is most active from the hours of 10pm-2am. If we don’t rest during this period we risk blowing out that fire. So get to bed! Commit to at least 7 hours of sleep/night and shift those hours to the earlier evening.

According to a 2007 NHIS survey, 83 million U.S. adults spent $33.9 billion on out-of-pocket visits to Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners and purchases(citation), each with a simple question in their hearts: How do I find health? As we’ve explored, the question is mosaicked in execution yet unified in its singular answer.

We must ask ourselves, outside our newly birthed health routines: Who am I? It is a question one we can only hope to answer through delving deeply, slowly, and quietly within ourselves. Allow for space, reflection, and solitude and our answers cannot help but surface under still waters.

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About The Author
Emma Landau
Emma is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with over 1500 hours of training at the Ayurvedic Institute, the leading school for Ayurvedic medicine in the US. She holds a BSc from Cornell University, is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a certified AyurYoga® instructor. By addressing the root cause of imbalances and disease through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation, and subtle energy therapies, clients are able to reconnect with their optimum health. Emma currently practices in Albuquerque, NM, and is available for distance consults via Skype, and facilitates classes and workshops on various topics.
For more information on services provided by Emma, please visit Hamsa Ayurveda.


Simple Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

 

Simple Ways To Stay Cool This Summer
Summer is nearly here and for most, the arrival of this season marks the start of sweltering-hot weather. Ayurveda describes the summer heat as being “pitta-aggravating” which implies provoking the fire element within. It’s intuitive that the basic goal during summer is to stay cool so here are a couple ways to help beat the summer heat from an ayurvedic perspective.

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Pearl Of Wisdom:
During the hot summer season, you may have noticed that your digestion is not as strong. That being the case you may want to consider ghee to help improve digestion and to also help cool the body. “Ghee is a pitta pacifying substance that is useful in summer and bitter ghee (called tikta ghrita) is especially cooling, as it contains a number of bitter herbs, including neem. Ayurvedic literature says that taking 1/2 teaspoon of bitter ghee on an empty stomach on summer mornings will improve digestive functions and control pitta dosha.”
– Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S.

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5 Simply Ways To Stay Cool This Summer
1. Drink cooling herbal teas such as cumin, coriander, and fennel tea.
2. Eat cooling and more easily digestible meals such as kitchari and salads.
3. Consider applying cooling essential oils to the body, such as sandalwood and khus.
4. At bedtime, consider applying coconut oil to your scalp and feet
5. Perform a daily oil massage with cooling oils such as sunflower or coconut oil

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Foods To Favor ...

The foods to favor during summer consist of bitter, astringent, healthy sweet, light and easily digestible foods. One should especially enjoy the great variety of colors of vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower, turnips, purple potatoes, karela (bitter gourd), cabbage, dandelion, burdock, lettuce, neem, green beans, peas, cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash, apples, pears, sweet berries, ripe mango, peach and watermelon. Prepare the foods with spices such as fennel, coriander, cardamom, cilantro, and coconut. When cooking beets, carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, spinach, and chard, make sure to include a lot of cooling foods such as coconut, cucumber and cilantro in the menu – especially when living in places where the summer heat is intense.

It’s Best To Avoid ...
During this time, it is best to avoid all red meats, garlic, onion, and tomato sauce, as well as pungent and excessively sour and salty tastes. The mind easily gets aggravated by the heat and the risk of imbalanced Pitta emotions, such as anger, irritation and criticism, increases. Thus, practicing more pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditating in the moonlight is recommended.

According to the teachings of Ayurveda, every aspect of our lives contributes to our overall health with seasonal changes being of great significance. The summer heat is reflective of the fiery element of pitta giving all the more reason to discover some delectable yummy and cooling dishes to help stay cool this summer. Also, please note that in tropical climate, the seasons are different; due to the high temperature and humidity, Pitta  and Kapha  prevail. Thus, it is recommended to favor cooling, bitter, astringent, healthy sweet taste such as grains and milk and lighter foods. Refer to the diets outlined during spring and summer.

 

~CUCUMBER RAITA~

Often a good meal for lunch on a hot summer day is basmati rice and mung dal kitchari. However, to bring about flavor you may also want to consider cucumber raita to help improve digestion and even help to cool down many spicy dishes.

Ingredients:
·        1 small cucumber skinned and grated
·        1 teaspoon of ground fennel seeds dry roasted
·        ½ cup of plain yogurt
·        ¼ teaspoon of salt
·        ¼ teaspoon of pepper
·        4-5 chopped mint leaves
* Simply mix all together and enjoy!

 

Want To Stay Cool & Well Hydrated?

It’s also very important to stay well hydrated especially during the hot summer days. Therefore, consider sipping on this drink throughout the day to keep the body hydrated and cool.
·        1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
·        Pinch of salt
·        1 tablespoon of raw sugar
·        2.5  cups of water
* Mix all together and sip away!

How About Cilantro Chutney?
This helps to cool down even the most spiciest of dishes.
·        2 Apples
·        1 cup of fresh cilantro
·        ¼ tsp salt
·        Juice of 2 lemons

Simply peel and core apples and place in food processor with cilantro. Add lemon and salt according to taste. Can also substitute pears for apples and limes for lemons if desired.

 

Simple Tips To Stay Cool This Summer:

Lastly, here are a few simple tips in helping reduce the excess heat during this summer:
·        Consuming a pitta pacifying diet
·        Drinking cooling herbal teas such as mint, cumin coriander and fennel tea
·        Cooling drinks and meals such as cucumber raita, lime, cilantro chutneys & aloe vera juice
·        Favoring foods with sweet, astringent and bitter tastes
·        Using certain essential oils to reduce body heat such as sandalwood, rose and khus
·        Applying coconut oil to the soles of the feet and the scalp before bed
·        Reducing alcohol in particular whiskey brandy or rum and red wine (pittagenic)
·        If there's susceptibility to skin conditions (rash, hives, urticaria) then reduce time in the sun
·        Amalaki is a wonderful pitta pacifying herb that can help to reduce internal heat

There are other simple recommendations to also assist in reducing pitta during summer by wearing hats or sunglasses as well as light cotton clothing. I hope you enjoyed these simple yet essential tips for staying cool during these hot summer days.

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References:
1.      Yarema, T., & Rhoda, D. (2006). Eat-taste-heal: An Ayurvedic guidebook and cookbook for modern living.
2.      Dugliss, P. (2010). Enlightened Nutrition (1st ed., Vol. 1). Santa Barbara, California: MCD century publications, LLc.
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4.      Lad, V. (1998). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies. New York: Harmony Books.
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What The Heck Are Doshas & How Do We Keep Them Balanced?

 

What The Heck Are Doshas? 
Disease doesn’t just suddenly appear. After all, having good health for the most part is the result of developing a healthy lifestyle. Similarly, disease can be likened to a seed. If the seed is cultivated by unhealthy habits then the seed will soon manifest into a full-blown disease. According to Ayurveda, illness is often the result of a long process which can actually be detected during early stages and therefore can often be prevented. Also, from a holistic perspective, it’s important to determine the causative factors and resolve them rather than just suppressing the symptoms through medications. In order to do so, we must first investigate into possible causes from which diseases originate from and finally help to establish balance using basic principles using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.

“Health results from the natural, balanced state of the doshas. 
Therefore, the wise try to keep them in their balanced state.”
– Charaka Samhita

Ayurvedic Body Types - Vata, Pitta & Kapha. 

 

The Doshas

Each of the three doshas are present throughout the body. They govern our physiology and all activities of the body, mind, and emotions. An important principle to consider regarding the cause of disease from an Ayurvedic perspective is “like increases like”.

“Like Increases Like”
This principle of ‘like increases like’ clearly explains that if one of your doshas [vata, pitta, or kapha] becomes imbalanced then it’s likely that you will experience symptoms which directly reflect a particular quality belonging to the imbalanced dosha.

Vata Dosha
Movement, motion and flow are always occurring in all parts of our body at every moment. This movement is thought to be under the guidance of vata dosha. Vata dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • Dry
  • Light
  • Cold
  • Rough
  • Mobile

 

Like Increases Like ...
Vata dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities. For example, eating large quantities of dry food, dry nuts, cold food, or even certain prolonged activities with excess movements such as jogging, running, and rushing about may lead to vata imbalances within the body. Vata imbalances can manifest as irregular digestion, anxiety and worry, insomnia, and various other conditions.

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Balancing Vata Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance vata dosha, you may want to consider the following:

  • eat more warm, brothy and easily digestible foods
  • eat at regular times to help promote balance in life
  • avoid stimulating foods [i.e. coffee, tea, tobacco and spicy foods]
  • avoid foods which are dry, cold, and light
  • consider eating more ‘healthy oils’ [ghee, flax, hemp, sesame]

 

Pitta Dosha
Pitta dosha is involved with metabolism at every level of the body. For example, all transformations at the organ, tissue, and cellular level are all governed by the principle of pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • Hot
  • Sharp
  • Light
  • Liquid
  • Oily

 

Like Increases Like ...
Pitta dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities as well. For example, eating hot and spicy food, fermented food, citrus fruit, and working in hot humid conditions can all increase and provoke pitta dosha. Pitta imbalances in the body may manifest as acidity, irritability, inflammation, fever, nausea and various other conditions.

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Balancing Pitta Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance pitta dosha, you may want to consider the following:
– Eat foods which are cool and refreshing
– Avoid foods which are sour, salty, pungent and spicy
– Dairy milk, butter, and ghee are often beneficial for pacifying pitta
– Drink more water and consider aloe vera to help cool down pitta

Kapha Dosha
Every cell, tissue, and organ system are involved with providing structure to the body. The process of creating structure involves building, maintenance, and repair – which are all under the principle of kapha dosha. Kapha dosha is characterized by qualities such as:

  • heavy
  • dull
  • cool
  • oily

 

Like Increases Like ...
Kapha dosha may become aggravated by similar qualities as well. For example, kapha types are vulnerable to cold, moist, slow and heavy characteristics which may manifest as a slow and sluggish digestion, weight gain, congestion, edema, and poor circulation.

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Balancing Kapha Dosha:
Therefore, in order to balance kapha dosha, you may want to consider the following:

  • Wake up early, be active and consider exercise daily
  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle and daytime sleeping
  • Avoid cold drinks and instead consider warm and spicy food and hot drinks
  • Eat fresh raw vegetables to help balance the oily nature of kapha
  • Consider drinking hot water mixed with small amounts of honey

 

Want More?
The saints of Ayurveda observed how the elements are involved in the different seasons and times of day. They brought to light the importance of understanding this in order for us to prevent imbalance and disease. Therefore, click below to learn how to become more in-tune with nature throughout the various seasons of the year.

Seasons In The Light Of Ayurveda
Learn how to keep your doshas balanced throughout the seasons!!

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.