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Switch To An Ayurvedic Lifestyle in 2018

By on Dec 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 helping keep the mind and body on good terms, converts claim the method can boost energy levels, improve mood, fight blemishes and even ward off winter flu. Perhaps most encouragingly of all, it’s not a January diet that will leave you utterly miserable. Warm and comforting recipes include Kitchari – a creamy rice of lentils – teff waffles with turmeric, honey and lamb hotpot with pink peppercorn. “Ayurvedic doesn’t mean Indian food – it’s not as hot and spicy – it’s much more mellow,” says Jasmine. “It’s the opposite of deprivation and all about enjoying and savouring comforting food.” While its not designed for weight loss (devotees will tell you it’s all about maintaining the balance of energy in your body) commiting to eating healthy and balanced meals after a season of roast dinners and booze is sure to work in your favour. Brands are starting to get the buzz too. London-based drinks company Botanic Lab deal in Ayurvedic alchemy – creating cold pressed juices and tonics with ashwagandha and turmeric, which are two adaptogenic herbs at the core of the diet’s stress-busting philosophy. Organic beauty brand Urban Veda have also tailored a range of face oils to match your dosha. They’ll help you fill out a personality profile before nailing the perfect person-to-potion combo. “With more and more people waking up to the fact that mind and body are inextricably connected, Ayurveda feels like a good fit for people seeking ways to manage modern living and its associated stresses,” says Botanic Lab creator Rebekah Hall. “From a dietary perspective, we’re more aware than ever that highly processed foods are having an adverse impact on wellbeing and that diets containing whole foods and plant ingredients are beneficial.” Should it come as a surprise that physical wellness shouldn’t involve starving yourself into misery at the start of the year? Probably not. Either way, January might not be so grim after all.  ...

Ayurvedic Morning Routines

By on Nov 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 filled the night before. This washes the GI track, flushes the kidneys, and stimulates peristalsis. If you can, try not to start the day with tea or coffee as this drains kidney energy, stresses the adrenals and can cause constipation.  4. Scrape your Tongue Gently scrape the tongue from the back forward, until you have scraped the whole surface for 7-14 strokes. This stimulates the internal organs, helps digestion, and removes dead bacteria. You can buy a scraper for £2.25 here.  5. Clean your Teeth Always use a soft toothbrush and bitter toothpaste or powder. The traditional Indian toothbrush is a neem stick, which dislodges fine food particles from between teeth and makes strong, healthy gums. Licorice root sticks are also used.  6. Gargling To strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw, improve the voice and remove wrinkles from cheeks, gargle twice a day with warm sesame oil. Hold the oil in your mouth, swill it around until your mouth is totally coated and then spit it out. To finish gently massage the gums with a finger. Chewing a handful of sesame seeds helps receding gums and strengthens teeth as well as helping to stimulate the liver and the stomach and improve digestion. After chewing, brush the teeth again without using toothpaste.  7. Nasal Drops  Putting 3 to 5 drops of warm ghee or oil into each nostril in the morning helps to lubricate the nose, clean the sinuses, and improve voice, vision, and mental clarity. Ayurvedic teachers put great emphasis on the nose as it is the ;door to our brain’ and so keeping it clear is important. You can use sesame oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil for this (the choice is based on which mind-body connection you are but for beginners isn’t overly important). 8. Apply Oil to your Body  Rub warm oil over the head and body. Gentle, daily oil massage of the scalp can bring happiness, as well as prevent headache, baldness, graying, and receding hairline. Oiling your body before bedtime will help induce sound sleep and keep the skin soft. You can use warm sesame oil, sunflower...

Ayurvedic Methods to Help You Sleep

By on Oct 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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....

Are You Drinking Your Water the Ayurvedic Way?

By on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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:...

Ayurveda and Yoga

By on Mar 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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:...

The Advantages of Ancient Traditional Medical Systems

By on Feb 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 modern medicine but Ayurvedic treatment has long term success and is effective permanently. Control: In this context, modern medicine is more effective than Ayurveda under certain conditions such as bacterial, viral and other infections. However, high cholesterol level, hypertension, diabetes and other such disorders can be controlled in both ways. Cure: The number of diseases that can be completely cured by modern medicine are very few like chronic infections such as tuberculosis, injuries and those needing surgical intervention. Ayurveda can completely cure diseases from dengue, hepatitis, colitis, pancreatitis, chronic bronchitis, arthritis, psoriasis and migraine to cancer and many other diseases. In the complete cure of disease Ayurveda plays an important role. Acute management: In myocardial infarction, hemorrhagic strokes or in case of any accident, traumatic and surgical condition, modern treatment method is more effective. Ayurveda needs to focus more on research in this field. 6-7. Rehabilitation and Palliation: In rehabilitation and palliation, both of these treatment methods are very effective. Ayurvedic treatment is one thousand years old, easy, simple, authentic, safe and a scientific heritage of Indian saints. We can preserve our culture by making use of Ayurvedic treatment. By adopting Ayurveda in life one can achieve an easy, healthy, and natural life and also benefit from the ancient, rich cultural philosophy and ideology. This content is original and written for Optimal Wellness Arizona.  For more information contact Sharmane Solomon of Optimal Wellness...