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Switch To An Ayurvedic Lifestyle in 2018

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Do you want to fell completely well from head to toe in the new year?  Are you planning new year’s resolutions that involve a change in diet or exercise?  Then you should read this article about how ayurveda can help you feel well and balanced.  Your diet is crucial in your overall health and stamina.  Learn about ayurveda below and decide if it is right for you in 2018.   Ayurveda: what it is and how it can help balance your mind, body and spirit 29th December 2017 Nicky Findley FORGET Paleo and Whole30, wellness devotees have found a new diet that promises make life more peaceful, Liz Connor discovers. January is looming, which means most of us will already be mentally plotting an emergency diet strategy to target the unmentionable amount of mince pies and pints consumed during the Christmas period. But what if there was a way of eating that could not only help you shed your winter weight, but also cure your January blues? That’s the idea behind Ayurveda, an ancient healing system that developed some 5,000 years ago in India, translating from Sanskrit to mean “knowledge of life”. The eastern practice – which counts Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston as celebrity fans – is deeply rooted in the belief that health and wellness depend on a fragile balance between the mind, body and spirit. If one takes a hit, the other two are thrown into chaos. Celeb-favoured fads usually involve all manner of bonkers rituals, but there are plenty of intuitive Ayurveda-derived practices that you’ve probably already adopted without realising it – like breathing exercises, yoga and drinking herbal teas. Now the wellness set are looking at how Ayurveda treats food, which happily resonates with our obsession to maintain a certain degree of sanity in an ever chaotic and stressful world. So what exactly are the mechanics? Ostensibly, the diet is tailored to your specific body type, or “dosha”. There are three in total, “vata” are tall and slender with creative and excitable personalities, “pitta” are fair strong and study, while “kapha” are loving and gentle. A mental disruption to the equilibrium can manifest in unpleasant physical symptoms. For example, if kapha is imbalanced, it can lead to skin breakouts and digestion problems. The idea is you keep the see-saw from swinging by eating foods that oppose your dominant dosha. Jasmine Hemsley, one half of cheffing duo Hemsley + Hemsley, is a vocal champion of Ayurveda’s healing benefits and has just struck out on her own with her first cookbook on the method, East Meets West (£25, published by Bluebird). The book is filled with adaptable recipes that can be tweaked to keep each dosha harmonious. “It’s basically the food equivalent of, ‘if you’re feeling hot, take off your jumper, or if you’re feeling cold, put it back on,'” Jasmine tells me. She first stumbled across the method through her yoga practice, but says she soon began to notice how eating slowly and mindfully (which is a large part of Ayurvedic eating) improved her digestion. So what other benefits can you expect? “Better balance all round – mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically,” Jasmine says. “Getting to understand yourself as a seasonal creature can help you to customise your diet for day-to-day balance.” As well as...

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Ayurvedic Morning Routines

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Everyone has a daily routine they either consciously or subconsciously follow. From the moment you wake up your routine usually starts. But how often do you often feel that you ‘woke up on the wrong side of the bed’? Maybe your morning routine isn’t optimal for your body. It could be time to consider an Ayurvedic-centered routine that is best for your unique Ayurvedia physiology. Learn more about this in the following article, and then give it a try! A daily routine is a great basis for creating change in the body and mind Getty Ayurveda, the ancient ‘science of life’ focusing on the mind-body connection, places great emphasis on the importance of the morning routine. We all have one whether we are aware of it or not – whether it’s getting up, brushing our teeth and heading out the door with toast in our mouth or methodically making tea and doing an early yoga routine.  Once you have established what your unique physiology according to Ayurveda is (which you can do here) the next step is to establish a morning routine which will set your mind and body up for the day and create the basis for ultimate health.  Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regulates our biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace and happiness. We’ve probably all noticed the difference in our mood when we’ve woken up with time to shower and eat a nourishing breakfast versus the time we barely have a moment to brush our hair before rushing out of the door.  Sometimes the latter can’t be helped but it’s important to create a conscious routine for the days where you are able to make the time and as you notice the difference, chances are you’ll begin to prioritise it more. Don’t worry about trying to fit everything in, rather chose the things from the list below that resonate with you and add in further rituals as you go along.  Below is a basic Ayurvedic routine which includes everything from when to wake up to what type of perfume to wear. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, many of the activities on the list are simple and are likely already a part of your morning routine, the key is doing them more mindfully.   1. Wake Up Early in the Morning It is good to wake up before the sun rises, when there are loving (sattvic) qualities in nature that bring peace of mind and freshness to the senses. Sunrise varies according to the seasons, but on average vata people should get up about 6 a.m., pitta people by 5:30 a.m., and kapha by 4:30 a.m. Right after waking, look at your hands for a few moments, then gently move them over your face and chest down to the waist. This cleans the aura. 2. Clean your Face, Mouth, and Eyes Splash your face with cold water and rinse out your mouth. Wash your eyes with cool water and massage the eyelids by gently rubbing them. Blink your eyes seven times and rotate your eyes in all directions before dry your face with a clean towel. 3. Drink Water in the Morning Drink a glass of room temperature water, preferably from a pure copper cup...

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Ayurvedic Methods to Help You Sleep

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Having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night?  Do you feel like you have tried everything and are still coming up short? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or both of those questions, then we might have a solution: ayurvedic remedies!  Sleep is extremely important for the body so if you are lacking sleep you should try one of the suggestions in the article below. Sleep Deprivation? Here’s How Ayurveda May Help You Sleep Better Those who suffer from insomnia can turn to Ayurveda to treat the problem and get proper sleep. The significance of a good night’s sleep should not be discounted. Sleep is important for the body to recover and get ready for the following day. It is also the only time when the brain is given some time off to take proper rest. Experts suggest that our sleep cycle is divided into many stages and for a person to go through all these stages is extremely important. On an average, every person should get at least 8 hours of sleep in a day, contrary to which researches report most people barely touch the recommended hours of sleep every night. Most people are getting only close to 6 hours of sleep in a day. As the daily number of sleeping hours fall consistently for people across the globe, the increasing incident of obesity and growing levels of stress are making most of us fall prey to a range of lifestyle diseases. Prolonged sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of loss of memory, neurological ailments and cognitive decline. Those who suffer from insomnia can turn to Ayurveda to treat the problem and get proper sleep. Ayurveda expert Vasant Lad describes insomnia as an outcome of an increase in Vatadosha in the mind or the nervous system. Some of the ways your diet can help you battle insomnia and sleep better are listed below: – Try warm milk just before turning in. Add a pinch of nutmeg, some cardamom and crushed almonds. – “Try garlic milk. Mix together 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup water, and 1 clove of fresh, chopped garlic. Boil until 1 cup liquid remains. Consume. – Regular consumption of cherries has also been linked to inducing good sleep. – You can also try consuming a cup of fresh tomato juice with 2 teaspoons of sugar and a pinch of nutmeg. Consume this around 4-5pm in the noon and have an early dinner. Tips and remedies are sourced from Vasant Lad’s The Complete Book of Ayurveda Remedies....

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Are You Drinking Your Water the Ayurvedic Way?

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Water is crucial to the body’s functioning and homeostasis. There are different opinions out there on how much water you are supposed to drink everyday. Did you know, however, that there are ayurvedic suggestions on how and when to consume water? Learn what they are in the article below and try practicing them yourself. The Correct Way Of Drinking Water Human body consists of 50-70% water. Our body continuously needs water to perform all the activities and functions; therefore drinking water is very good for health. Ayurveda has laid down some essential guidelines for drinking water to help improve your health and to prevent any ailments due to the improper water drinking habits. [Read:What Detox Ingredients To Add To Your Drinking Water?] Ayurveda: The Right Way To Drink Water 1. It is better to drink water while sitting than while standing. 2. You should drink it slowly and avoid gulping down large volumes of water in a single breath. 3. Tepid water is best to drink and it is advised to avoid drinking ice cold water. 4. It is best to drink when you are feeling thirsty. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount. 5. You should stop drinking water after you feel satiated as it is a signal from your body to stop drinking. 6. The color of your urine may indicate whether you are sufficiently hydrated or not. The color of your urine should be fairly clear and straw colored. Dark yellow urine may indicate a sign of dehydration. 7. Dry chapped lips may also indicate the lack of sufficient water being supplied to your body. 8. Normally the minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. Though it may vary according to different geographic locations, as the body’s ability to digest food depends on external factors like the outside temperature. 9. Though very contradictory, but the right time to drink water while taking food is to drink just the required amount of water, along with your food rather than drinking water before or after food. 10. If really thirsty, one can have fresh fruit juice after morning meal, buttermilk after lunchand milk after dinner. Though these also contain mostly water, the properties are completely different and are good for our digestive system. 11. Ushapan is a famous Ayurvedic practice of drinking water in the morning.  A regular ushapaan helps in keeping the body healthy. It also helps to get rid of many diseases and disorders like headaches, blood pressure, anemia, obesity, arthritis etc. Why Shouldn’t You Drink Water After Meal According To Ayurveda? Ayurveda strictly prohibits drinking water at the end of a meal as it kills the energy required by our digestive system to process the ingested food. This allows the food to remain in our system for longer duration which may cause the food to rot inside our system, instead of getting digested, which may lead to the formation of gas and acidity problems. Source:...

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Ayurveda and Yoga

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Practicing Ayurveda and yoga together is very beneficial because it encourages more wellness and natural healing than done just one thing alone. Now that it feels like spring, why not try to incorporate the one you have not been practicing to the one you have already tried? If you follow the Ayurveda healing system, try doing more yoga with the poses before to feel great this spring. The key to true mind-body balance? Understanding your body’s natural needs—how to eat, cook, cleanse, and heal—through each season. In our new online course Ayurveda 101, Larissa Hall Carlson, former dean of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda, and John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com and best-selling author, demystify yoga’s elemental sister science. Sign up now! Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closets—your yoga practice needs a refresh, too, says Larissa Hall Carlson, co-leader of Yoga Journal’s new online course, Ayurveda 101. “In the cool, rainy days of early spring, it’s important to light some fire and melt away congestion from excess kapha dosha with fiery, stimulating yoga postures,” she explains. Here are three poses Carlson suggests incorporating into your regular practice or favorite sequence this spring. Warm up with 3–5 rounds of your favorite Sun Salutation, and use a robust Ujjayi pranayama throughout to ensure physical warmth and enhanced mental focus. 1. Dolphin Pose The inversion of Dolphin Pose is excellent for draining mucus created by excess kapha dosha from the lungs, Carlson says. It’s also great for building strength in the arms while opening up the ribcage. Hold for 6–10 long, deep breaths. Learn how to do Dolphin Pose. 2. Side Plank (Vasisthasana) Side Plank ignites arm power while building core strength. Springtime is a good time to stoke the fire in the core, because it often gets dull during the transition from cold winter to rainy spring. Side Plank also helps boost the fire of metabolism, which helps reduce puffiness and water retention (common signs of excess kapha dosha). Sustain the pose for 10 long, deep breaths. Learn how to do Side Plank. 3. Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana) Revolved Chair Pose works this lovely twist to wring out clutter and congestion in the abdominal region, while opening the chest (the lungs and the stomach are the seats of kapha and often feel bogged down during early spring). Go back and forth side to side three times per side, holding for three long, deep breaths on each side, like you’re wringing out a sponge. Deepen your breath and enjoy the purifying heart! Learn how to do Revolved Chair Pose. Source:...

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The Advantages of Ancient Traditional Medical Systems

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Prevention and treatment of all related diseases were well-known to our sages in the Vedic era. Today modern medical science works mainly in these areas: Primary prevention Secondary prevention Control Cure Acute management Rehabilitation Palliation   If we go through a comparative analysis of the above-mentioned factors we come to the conclusion that ancient traditional medical systems (Ayurveda and natural medicine) have several advantages:   Primary prevention: The main goal is to prevent diseases. For this purpose immunization is used in modern medicine. Starting from childhood until a certain age, vaccinations and similar precautions have been adopted but these are useful to a limited extent. There are specific vaccinations for diseases like polio, measles, hepatitis and so on, but in some cases polio and measles occur even after the vaccination. As has been mentioned earlier, Ayurveda, yoga and natural medicine are not only a medicine system but are the best and most scientifically examined system of living life in harmony with nature. One who practices yoga regularly and takes Indian gooseberry (amvala), Tinospora (guducT), Holy basil (tulasT), Aloe vera and a group of vitality promoting herbs, Astavarga along with a natural lifestyle can stay free from disease almost entirely. This is a big achievement and eventually the whole universe will have to revert to this path. By following yoga, natural medicine and an Ayurvedic lifestyle, all the cells of the body and also the complete body remains balanced and controlled which promotes longevity; by means of meditation and self-control, one moves on the path of salvation as has been said by the great sages of India. By following yoga, Ayurveda and natural medicine we prevent the degeneration c” cells, tissues, internal organs and the complete body system and also provide strength, detoxification and equilibrium to the receptors of every cell from genes and chromosomes to life itself, in a natural way. In this way we protect the body from degenerative lifestyle diseases and also make the body youthful, energetic, healthy and productive. It is the science that keeps away disease, aging and death.   The primary aim of Ayurveda is to safeguard the health of a person, emphasizing the approach of healthy living by adapting a lifestyle and diet according to the seasons and following a disciplined daily regimen. When it comes to hereditary disorders we have successfully treated those who have suffered from birth from hypertension or bronchial asthma and have also protected people at risk of genetic abnormalities. In view of medical science, this is our great experience and achievement and it can be a great boon for the world. If there is any system that can achieve primary prevention of diseases close to hundred percent, it is only Ayurveda. Yoga and natural medicine are parts of Ayurvedic treatment system.   Secondary prevention: The main aim of secondary prevention is that if a person had a history of myocardial infarction, hemorrhagic stroke or status asthmaticus and such conditions, medicines should be given which do not let the disease recur and also to complete this goal Ayurveda is more effective. As in the case of myocardial infarction, there are seven main causes including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, tobacco and use of narcotics, lack of physical activity and hereditary causes.To some extent these causes can be controlled by...

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Why You Should Add Holy Basil To Your Diet

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The list of benefits found in ‘holy basil’ seem to be endless according to this article. This herb not only bring anti-aging, detoxifying and immunizing properties, but it is also used in Ayurveda! The article below dives into all of the benefits you feel if you consume holy basil. Read more to understand the benefits! (Natural News) Holy basil, also known as tulsi, Ocimum sanctum or Ocimum tenuiflorum, is a sacred plant to many Hindus, and is used in a wide variety of religious contexts. It is also an important herb in Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine. Although the plant has been used in Ayurveda for centuries, Western herbalists and scientists are only just beginning to understand the powerful benefits of this anti-aging, detoxifying herb. In Ayurveda, holy basil is used to support immunity, aid detoxification, modulate stress and slow aging. In Western herbalism, the plant is known as an “adaptogen,” or a plant that increases the body’s resistance to a wide variety of environmental stressors, rather than having only a few specific effects (such as lowering blood pressure, for example). Adaptogens are so named because they adapt their function to the needs of the body, thus helping maintain balance. (Learn more about natural medicine for preventing disease at Prevention.news) Soothing stress, slowing aging According to Ayurveda, holy basil can be used to boost mood, stamina and endurance by filling the body with a calming energy. It can help speed up slowed digestion or free up suppressed emotions. Studies suggest that some of holy basil’s benefits come from its ability to help the body regulate its levels of cortisol, which is sometimes called the “stress hormone.” Released during times of stress, cortisol activates many components of the sympathetic nervous system, also known as the “fight or flight” response. While this response is important in times of crisis, it is hard on the body over time, and cortisol has been linked to many of the negative health effects of chronic stress. Holy basil’s effects on cortisol may partially explain its traditional use in Ayurveda to soothe emotional and digestive upset. Cortisol can also suppress the immune system, a condition holy basil is also used to treat. The herb’s much-lauded anti-aging effects may come in part from its high antioxidant activity. Researchers believe that many of the effects of aging come from cell and DNA damage caused by chemicals known as free radicals; antioxidants help remove free radicals from the body. Science beginning to explore effects Holy basil’s antioxidant effects likely make it a powerful cancer preventive, as cancer is one of the many health conditions linked to free radical damage. A 2007 study from the Journal of Medicinal Food further suggests that holy basil may also exhibit direct anticancer activity. In that study, cancer was induced in rats, who were then treated with varying doses of holy basil leaf extract. At concentrations of 300 mg per kg of body weight, the extract reduced cancer cell formation, oxidative damage to proteins and fats, and levels of enzymes responsible for producing further toxic effects in the body. Another study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2008, found that holy basil might help reduce the effects of nerve degeneration (neuropathy), a common side effect of injury and many diseases, such as diabetes....

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Ayurveda in the New Year.

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Is your resolution in the new year going to be to practice ayurveda more? If so, you can use this article as your starting guide! It explains and teaches a different meditation for each of the three doshas. Meditation itself has many benefits so if you tie that into ayurveda you will be even better off! Learn about the meditations in the article below. The key to true mind-body balance? Understanding your body’s natural needs—how to eat, cook, cleanse, and heal—through each season. In our upcoming online course Ayurveda 101, Larissa Hall Carlson, former dean of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda, and John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com and best-selling author, demystify yoga’s elemental sister science. Sign up now! The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start—and meditation can help, no matter what your dosha is, says Larissa Hall Carlson, former dean of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda and co-leader of Yoga Journal’s new course, Ayurveda 101. “Meditation is important for all the doshas, all year long, but it’s especially important this time of year as we re-focus goals and set intentions,” she says. While the following three meditations can be done by anyone at any time of year, each one is intended to balance the qualities of each dosha, whether you’re looking to balance your personal constitution or the qualities of the current season. Here, Carlson shares her favorite New Year’s meditation for each dosha. Vata: Japa Meditation Establishing rhythm is one of the most effective ways to stabilize an overactive or scattered mind. When the light, subtle, and mobile qualities of vata dosha increase excessively during the cold and windy winter season, excess vata often manifests as mental restlessness, stress, fear, or anxiety. Luckily, the rhythmic repetition of mantra during japa meditation slows down a racing mind and enhances focus. I like using mala beads to track the mantra repetitions, as mala beads have some weight, and that tangible anchor is good for grounding excess vata and staying on point. Don’t have mala beads? Not to worry–just repeat the mantra for several minutes, until you feel quiet and relaxed. How to Practice Japa Meditation First, choose a mantra that resonates with you. The following mantra to settle the mind is especially popular for yogis in the new year: Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodhah (Yoga ceases the fluctuations of the mind). Grab your favorite set of mala beads and sit down comfortably. Cover up with a warm blanket. Take the mala into the right hand, draping it over the middle, ring, and pinky fingers (relax the pointer finger—it doesn’t touch the mala). Use the thumb to move the mala beads, one bead at a time. Close your eyes. Repeat the mantra once for each bead, using a soothing rhythm. Do this 108 times, or until the mind gets focused and steady. Kapha: Walking Meditation Ensuring good movement and circulation is important for preventing the heavy, thick, wet qualities of kapha dosha from accumulating during the rainy spring kapha season (or if you’ve been eating too many holiday treats this winter!) and manifesting as mental sluggishness, lethargy, foggy thinking, and lack of motivation. You can reduce excess kapha by using meditation techniques that have sharpness, lightness, and mobility. One of my favorite meditations for kapha is walking mediation, as it keeps the body moving while enhancing focus and...

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If You Get a Sinus Infection…

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Sinus infections are not fun. You can take brand after brand of medicine and only feel the slightest bit of relief. Luckily there are natural alternatives to medicine that can help you feel better. You can read the suggestions in the article below and try them yourself if you get sick. We hope you feel better sooner rather than later! (NaturalNews) Being someone who used to suffer from sinus infections, I can attest to the disruption they cause – the breathing difficulties, the pressure, pain, and congestion. It’s awful, but nothing started to change for me until I mentally got serious about reducing the inflammation and fungus in my body and assisting the function of my mucous membranes and mucus flow. Hydration is essential When the sinus cavities are inefficient at removing pathogens, mold, chemicals, dander, pollen, or dust, then congestion, pressure, and infection can manifest. Sinus cavities become inefficient for many reasons. One of the reasons they become inefficient is because the body is not properly hydrated. Adequate intake of water can help thin the mucus in the sinuses, helping eliminate irritants that get trapped in the cavities and inflame the sinuses. If the sinuses are properly draining, the irritant drains into the throat and is ultimately neutralized in stomach acid. Forcing pathogens beyond mucous membranes retrains the immune system and suppresses the membranes’ ability to respond to future threats Ineffective mucous membranes could also be caused by vaccines and the consistent retraining of how the immune system responds to pathogens. When pathogens are introduced directly into the muscle tissue and into the blood, the mucous membranes and exocrine system glands are bypassed. When multiple vaccines are administered throughout a person’s young life, the mucous membranes go unused to a certain degree. The immune system is retrained in the process. By method, vaccines suppress our body’s natural ability to filter out and eliminate pathogens in real time. This suppression of a vital defense mechanism is an underlying cause to sinus infections and allergies later in life. Systemic inflammation of the tissues renders mucous membranes ineffective Another reason the sinuses become inefficient is due to systemic inflammation of the tissues and the mucous membranes. The mucous membranes are present in cavities throughout the body and they surround internal organs. The mucous membranes are important filters in the nose because they stop pathogens and dirt from entering the body. They also regulate hydration in the tissues and produce mucus when needed. This natural protective mechanism of the human body must be encouraged and strengthened. To reduce inflammation and to speed up the recovery of mucous membranes, one must look to the plant based medicines that do just that. Plant-based substances that restore the function of sinuses and mucous membranes Anti-inflammatory substances that also promote tissue repair can be found in: turmeric root, astaxanthin, ginger root, boswellia, pineapple, and devil’s claw. Plant-based medicines that help make the mucous membranes more effective include: marshmallow root, hyssop, and mullein. These can be combined in a tea. Manual stimulation and massage therapy of the forehead is often necessary to relieve pressure. The massage technique should start around the temples, move across the forehead, and work its way down in-between the eyes. Aromatherapy is important too. Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, oregano, rosemary,...

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Stopping Sickness with Ayurveda

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Cold and flu season is in full swing. There are a lot of things we have all most likely resorted to doing in the fall and winter to prevent sickness like taking vitamins, getting enough sleep, and getting the flu shot. However, have you ever thought about how ayurveda, a practice we know and love, can help prevent getting a cold or the flu? Read up on the six tips in this article and try them yourself! The key to true mind-body balance? Understanding your body’s natural needs—how to eat, cook, cleanse, and heal—through each season. In our upcoming online course Ayurveda 101, Larissa Carlson, former dean of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda, and John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com and best-selling author, demystify yoga’s elemental sister science. Sign up now—winter session begins Dec. 5th! Cold and flu season is here, but in addition to eating a balancing, seasonal diet, there are many Ayurvedic practices that can help you stay healthy throughout the winter months, says John Douillard, founder of LifeSpa.com and the co-leader of Yoga Journal’s upcoming online course, Ayurveda 101. The best part? Several of these quick and easy techniques can be done in the shower, so they don’t make a big mess. Here are his 6 best tips for avoiding bugs and feeling your best this winter. 1. Make a turmeric paste. Turmeric, which is harvested in the fall for the winter, is an immune-boosting spice. Just take equal parts organic turmeric powder and raw honey and mix it into a paste. At the first hint of a cold, take 1 tsp of the paste every two hours until you’re feeling better. To make the formula more potent, mix 16 parts turmeric to 1 part black pepper and make a paste with equal parts ghee and honey, and you’ve got a pretty amazing cold remedy. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has many studies showing its immune-boosting properties. Adaptogens help people cope with stress, and since holiday stress can be immune-compromising, [taking Ashwagandha] is a good strategy for staving off colds and flu. Take 500 mg of the whole organic root three times a day after meals when under stress or to prevent winter colds and flu, Douillard recommends. (Editor’s note: consult your doctor before taking any supplements.) 3. Give yourself an Ayurvedic self-massage every day. The skin has millions of sensory neurons on it, so the nervous system is exposed. You can calm and de-stress the nervous system by using your skin as therapeutic access to the nervous system. Self-massage with immunity-boosting oils like sesame oil dampens and calms the nervous system on your skin and allows you to handle stress better, which directly relates to immunity. Plus, the oil helps prevent eczema and rashes, and it’s great for skin health and radiance. Learn how to do abhyanga. 4. Start a neti + nasya routine. Using a neti pot with a saline or saltwater solution cleans out the sinuses, but the saltwater can leave the skin on the dry side. When the skin gets dry, it reacts by producing mucus, which is a breeding ground for bad bacteria. Doing nasya can help. Nasya is a nasal-lubricating technique that involves sniffing herbalized oils in the nose to moisturize the sinuses and thus prevent dryness and any reactive mucus production. Two to four drops sniffed into each nostril...

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