Benefits of Ghee

Benefits of Ghee

Ghee is so important to Ayurvedic cooking and medicine. Ghee is believed to penetrate deep into the vital tissues of the body. It is used both internally and externally. Internally, ghee cleanses the dhatus or bodily tissues and helps to eliminate excess dosha. Externally, it calms skin inflammation and swelling, nourishes tissues and promotes calmness and serenity.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Dropping the Victim Mentality

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Dropping the Victim Mentality

For a while I was asking myself, "why does this always happen to me?" It was easy to fall into this victim mentality like everything was happening to me rather than with me. However, when I began looking at it through the lens of what it could teach me, I realized I hadn't recognized what I needed to learn.

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Five Prana Ayurveda Dosha Test

Five Prana Ayurveda Dosha Test

When people begin learning about Ayurveda the first question they most often have is “which dosha am I?” Seeing an Ayurvedic professional is the best way to determine your dosha. However, online dosha tests can be a good place to start when trying to determine your dosha.

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Ayurvedic Herbs List

Ayurvedic Herbs List

In an Ayurveda, we call the spice cabinet our pharmacy. Many of the spices we utilize in Ayurvedic cooking have been studied for their benefits on health and wellbeing. Even the Western medical world is beginning to understand the correlation between our digestive health and our overall health. The gut-brain connection is the cornerstone of the Ayurvedic view of health. In fact in Ayurveda, disease begins to manifest in the body when our digestive health is imbalanced. However, there are herbs that are used medicinally in Ayurveda as part of a herbal protocol recommended by an Ayurvedic professional.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Prajnaparadha

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Prajnaparadha

Prajnaparadha - incorrect belief, believing in separateness, duality, "other", forgetting our divinity, that we are a soul having a human journey, that we are a human 'being' living on this earth feeling pain, love, happiness, regret, grief and all the other emotions that are part of every human journey.

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Ayurvedic Skin Care

Ayurvedic Skin Care

Our skin is our largest organ. It is also a digestive organ. Because of this, Ayurvedic skin care suggests that it is important to be as mindful about what you put on your skin as you are with what you put in your mouth. Use organic products whenever possible and look for skin care that is all-natural and made with ingredients you know and can pronounce.

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Ayurvedic Body Type

Ayurvedic Body Type

Each and every one of us is made up of a unique combination of the three dosha of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The makeup of the three dosha will determine what Ayurvedic body type we will have. No one Ayurvedic body type is better than another. You are perfect exactly as you are. Knowing your Ayurvedic body type allows you to not try and reach unattainable goals for your body.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Ayurvedic Lifestyle

The most important aspect of adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle is to live in rhythm with the earth. This includes the rhythm of the day, the seasons of the year and the stages of our life. We need to life in harmony and balance with these cyclical changes in our lives. We also need to live in a peaceful and ethical way that honors our divine self, divine consciousness, all living things including gaia, mother earth.

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Finding Balance in my Yoga Practice

Finding Balance in my Yoga Practice

Balance is such a central tenet of Ayurveda as well. When I describe Ayurveda to people, the word I always come back to is balance. Ayurveda teaches us to find balance in all that we do. The path to health and overall wellbeing is by finding balance.

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Ayurvedic Food

Ayurvedic Food

I get asked this question a lot, “what is Ayurvedic food?” In its most simplest terms, Ayurvedic food is food that is filled with prana (life-force); food that is balancing to our dosha or prakruti (unique constitution) and our vikruti (current imbalances); and food that is able to be properly digested by our agni (digestive fire). Everything we eat needs to nourish our body, mind and spirit and this is only possible if our body is able to digest, absorb, assimilate, and transform the nutrients in our food.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Reality

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Reality

"Whether you think you or you think you can't, you're probably right." It's my favorite quote and Henry Ford couldn't be more right. I can decide how I feel about something and I can change the way I feel just by changing my outlook.

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Ayurveda Definition

Ayurveda Definition

There are many ways to define Ayurveda, but I think the best is to look at the Ayurvedic definition of health outlined in the Sushruta Samhita: “One who is established in Self, who has balanced dosha, balanced agni (digestive fire), properly formed dhatu (tissue systems of the body.), proper elimination of mala (wastes products), well functioning srotamsi (bodily processes) and whose mind, soul and senses are full of ananda (bliss), is called a healthy person.”

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Dwan Light Sanctuary

Dwan Light Sanctuary

How can you describe this place? Prisms of light producing rainbows in a colorless space. There’s constant noises here, as if to remind me that the wind is just outside the door, rustling the leaves of the trees and sending fruit crashing below. I keep turning around, thinking someone is entering. But it’s just me and the echo of my breath and my pen to the page. 

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Kapha Dosha Yoga

Kapha Dosha Yoga

In Ayurvedic Yoga, the yoga asanas are used as a therapy or treatment. Because of this, it is important to choose yoga postures that are most balancing for each dosha both being mindful of the person’s prakruti or constitution and their vikruti or current imbalances. Kapha people will rarely resemble the typical yogi body type (which is not better than or worse than any other body type). Kapha types should love their bodies and not compare themselves to others or try to achieve shapes that are unnatural to them. This makes it very important that Kapha people practice asanas in a warming, stimulating, energizing and releasing way.

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How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Stop Expecting to Win

How to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude: Stop Expecting to Win

“Sometimes when you no longer see yourself as the hero of your own drama, you know, expecting victory after victory, and you understand deeply that this is not paradise. Somehow we’re, especially the privileged ones that we are, we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears is perfectable that you can get it all straight. I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. I tried to put that into the song 1,000 kisses deep, where you understand that you abandon your masterpiece and you sink into the real masterpiece.” - Leonard Cohen

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Yoga for Pitta Dosha

Yoga for Pitta Dosha

In Ayurvedic Yoga, the yoga asanas are used as a therapy or treatment. Because of this, it is important to choose yoga postures that are most balancing for each dosha both being mindful of the person’s prakruti or constitution and their vikruti or current imbalances. Pitta people often lose sight of the subtler aspects of yoga and often aren’t in the present moment when practicing. This makes it very important that Pitta people practice asanas in a non-competitive, cooling and nurturing way.

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