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Taking Ayurveda on the Road

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Travel stimulates new ideas, creativity, and personal growth. A change of routine and surroundings brings a sense of freshness to our life and relationships.


However, a change of routine also causes irregularity in the body and mind. Due to Vata’s inherent mobile quality, travel tends to aggravate the Vata dosha. Made up of the air and space elements, Vata governs all movement in the body. It’s responsible for movement of the muscles, respiration, heart rate, and the flow of thoughts and emotions. These functions have a natural, regular cycle. So, excess movement such as long car rides and airplane travel can upset these functions, causing stress.

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How to Tell if You Have Ama

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ayurveda talks a lot about ama — toxins that build up in the body due to an improper diet or lifestyle or pollution and provide a fertile breeding ground for disease. Ama clogs the channels of the body, preventing nutrients from being delivered efficiently to the cells and preventing wastes from being discharged efficiently from the body.

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Top 10 Ayurvedic Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It turns out there’s something to the old adage: early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise. According to Ayurveda, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to promote good health, happiness, and overall well-being — life’s ultimate riches.


If you tend to toss and turn at night, don’t worry: you’re not alone. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers some easy, all-natural solutions that can improve the quality of your sleep.

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Ayurvedic Spring Detox

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The shift to springtime weather and energy has begun. Fickle, changing hot-and-cold days send mixed signals to the body. This natural weather flux demands more flexibility in the body, because the body senses the shift of seasons on a cellular level and begins a natural detox. Many of us experience that, during the cold weather, we tend to eat more. Eating more then is natural, as it is Vata-pacifying (Vata is the mind-body operating principle that governs movement and is associated with fall and winter). The extra weight naturally keeps us warmer and feeling more comfortable in the cold winter months. We have all had the experience of feeling cold when we have missed our main meal. Food is the fuel that allows our metabolism to keep us at normal body temperature. This increase of winter food can also lead to the build-up of ama, or toxins. Animals living in nature slim down in the spring, losing their winter fat, and we humans, by design, naturally move in the same direction. Ayurveda has long recognized that different things are happening inside of us during each season. Ayurveda honors that "change within" and recognizes – and supports – that the body wants to do something different as the seasons come and go.

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Seven Common Sense Ayurvedic Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The statistics are frightening:

    • Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.
    • Every 20 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.
    • One in four Americans has some form of heart disease.
    • Every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease.
    • Heart disease takes more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined.


Yet, both modern medicine and ayurveda concur that there are things you can do every day to keep your heart healthy. Here we offer some suggestions to get you started. Pick one or two and start with those if you like, then add a couple more every few weeks until you are naturally living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Bonus: not just your heart, but your entire physiology will thank you.

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New Year Resolutions - Food! "We are how we eat."

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The New Year brings new hopes, aspirations and resolutions. It is the time of the year when we set our goals to achieve for the next year. How many of us are able to actually act on our plans? Be it the promise to hit the gym every single day or make a schedule to socialize more often, even the best promise-keepers may find it hard to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. However, no matter how many times we’ve fallen behind, year after year, we never give up. And I say we shouldn’t! After all, the new year is all about starting new habits (good ones) and committing to the activities that lead to a more positive life — all leading in the direction of better health and happiness.

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Improving Mental Health with Ayurveda: The Meditation-Ayurveda Connection

Posted on December 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Because of the intimate connection between mind and body, when our mind transcends the field of activity, our body becomes very relaxed. Modern research demonstrates that during this deep level of rest our metabolic rate drops to levels much deeper than is typically seen during sleep. It is this profound level of rest to both the mind and body that enables deep-rooted stress and fatigue to be released. For this reason, TM, along with the other Ayurvedic practices, greatly enhances the self-repair mechanisms of the mind-body system. Scientific research indicates that this self-repair even occurs at the level of our DNA, and this may explain the holistic benefits in the area of mental health that are seen in those who embrace the practices of Maharishi Ayurveda. As such, Maharishi Ayurveda addresses many of the root causes of mental health issues that have their basis in stress.

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Food, Mood and Digestion: The Mind-Body Connection

Posted on December 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The food we eat has a significant influence on our minds and hearts. You could even say that the nature of our mind and feelings depends on the food we have eaten.

 

And conversely, the state of our mind, emotions, intellect and senses — and our overall state of contentment — all these, in turn, affect the digestion, absorption and elimination of the food we have eaten.

 

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the digestive enzymes and metabolic processes are likened to a fire, called kaya agni in Sanskrit. How well we digest the food depends on the strength of our agni. And because kaya agni also influences the agni (metabolism) in the tissues and cells of the body, any disruption in digestion affects our entire physiology.

 

We can say that the entire health and happiness of each individual depends on the strength and functioning of our kaya agni, our digestion. In fact, one of the major limbs of ayurveda is called kaya chikitsa, which is concerned with balancing kaya agni to bring health and happiness to the entire mind-body system.

 

So both food and our moods have an effect on our digestion, and conversely the strength of our digestion has an effect on our moods.


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