The Beginning My Ayurvedic Journey

The Beginning My Ayurvedic Journey

I realized that this month marks the 20th anniversary of starting my yoga practice. I cannot believe that I've spent over half my life practicing yoga. The timing seems fortuitous to start this next chapter. My life has been drastically improved by practicing yoga and this time of studying Ayurvedic diet and the basic principles of Ayurveda have been eye-opening.

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Diet for Vata Kapha Dosha

Diet for Vata Kapha Dosha

A vata kapha dosha diet should consist of an abundance of fresh and seasonal vegetables. These vegetables should be mostly cooked since vata dosha becomes aggravated by raw vegetables and salads. Be sure to use a variety of spices in your cooking to help increase the food’s digestibility especially with seeded vegetables and fruits.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Don't Freak Out

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Don't Freak Out

Getting ready for an impromptu camping trip this weekend in Hocking Hills. Went to Whole Foods for organic eats for camping and when I get home, I heard this hissing noise coming from my car. Of course just my luck, I had a nail in my tire. Made a mad dash to the tire place without even unloading the groceries. It always seems that when I'm crunched for time, something throws a wrench in my day.

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Pitta Kapha Dosha Diet

Pitta Kapha Dosha Diet

A pitta kapha dosha diet should consist of an abundance of fresh and seasonal vegetables. These vegetables can be of the bitter and astringent tastes since both pitta and kapha dosha benefit from those tastes. Be sure to use a variety of spices in your cooking to help increase the food’s digestibility. Kapha can handle pungent spices like chili and cayenne, but that is aggravating to pitta, so limit these items in the diet.

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Vata Pitta Dosha Diet

Vata Pitta Dosha Diet

A vata pitta dosha diet should consist of an abundance of fresh and seasonal vegetables in their diet. These vegetables should be mostly cooked since vata dosha becomes aggravated by raw vegetables and salads. Be sure to use a variety of spices in your cooking to help increase the food’s digestibility.

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Vata Pitta Kapha Dosha

Vata Pitta Kapha Dosha

When someone is told by an Ayurvedic professional that they are a Vata Pitta Kapha dosha, they are telling you that you have an equal or almost equal predominance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. Each one of us has all three dosha in our bodies, it is just our unique combination that differentiates us. In fact, every person is completely different and no treatment protocol would ever be the same for any two people.

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Developing Self-Compassion

Developing Self-Compassion

How can we be compassionate with ourselves on and off the yoga mat? I chose this heart opener or Urdhva Danurasana because it is a pose I need to have a lot of compassion for myself when practicing. Backbends are tough for me. I see very little progress with these poses and often wonder why my back isn't more flexible. I remind myself that this is my journey and to not get caught up in trying to achieve some advanced version of a pose. Maybe one day I'll have a beautiful curve in my spine but then again maybe I won't and that's perfectly fine. In the end it doesn't determine how good a person I am or even how dedicated to my practice I am.

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Vata Kapha Dosha

Vata Kapha Dosha

When someone is told by an Ayurvedic professional that they are a Vata Kapha dosha, they are telling you that you have an equal or almost equal predominance of Vata and of Kapha dosha. Each one of us has all three dosha in our bodies, it is just our unique combination that differentiates us. In fact, every person is completely different and no treatment protocol would ever be the same for any two people.

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Pitta Kapha Dosha

Pitta Kapha Dosha

When someone is told by an Ayurvedic professional that they are a Pitta Kapha dosha, they are telling you that you have an equal or almost equal predominance of Pitta and of Kapha dosha. Each one of us has all three dosha in our bodies, it is just our unique combination that differentiates us. In fact, every person is completely different and no treatment protocol would ever be the same for any two people.

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Vata Pitta Dosha

Vata Pitta Dosha

When someone is told by an Ayurvedic professional that they are a Vata Pitta dosha, they are telling you that you have a predominance of Vata and of Pitta dosha. Each one of us has all three dosha in our bodies, it is just our unique combination that differentiates us. In fact, every person is completely different and no treatment protocol would ever be the same for any two people.

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The Importance of Developing a Positive Mental Attitude

The Importance of Developing a Positive Mental Attitude

One of the big things I've taken away from all this solitude and time to reflect is that it benefits me to stay positive and in almost all cases, negativity and getting upset, angry and worked up, actually make the situation worse and more unbearable. What a simple thing. So common sense.

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Sinus Treatment in Ayurveda

Sinus Treatment in Ayurveda

The nose is considered the doorway to the brain, according to Ayurveda, so cleansing and caring for the nose and sinuses, increases the flow of prana and increases energy to the head and brain. This has a direct, positive effect on the functioning of the brain and therefore, the mind. In Ayurveda, the sinuses are associated with Kapha dosha. Kapha predominant people have a proclivity towards problems with the sinuses. However, all dosha can experience issues with the sinuses. During the spring and winter months, sinus congestion is experienced more often. It is important to give extra care to the sinuses during these seasons.

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Ayurvedic Herbs for Hair

Ayurvedic Herbs for Hair

In an Ayurveda, leaves, roots and flowers of herbs can be used externally to benefit the skin, hair and other parts of the body. Because our skin is a digestive organ, these herbs are absorbed into the body and have an effect on the dhatu (tissue systems) and srotamsi (tissue channels) of the body. Thusly, all the Ayurvedic herbs listed below should not be self-administered and Ayurvedic herbs should only be taken under-advisement of your Ayurvedic Counselor/Practitioner/Doctor and approved by your Primary Care Physician. This list of Ayurvedic herbs is only meant to educate you on the various herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic hair care.

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Ayurvedic Hair Care

Ayurvedic Hair Care

According to Ayurveda, the state of our hair has more to do with what we put in our body than what sort of products we put on our hair. In Ayurveda, hair is considered a waste product of asthi dhatu or the bone tissue system. Asthi dhatu determines the health of our hair. Thusly, our hair health begins inside our body.

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