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10 Reasons To Unlock The Door To Ayurveda

By on Jun 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many different aspects that play into Ayurveda. Some people think that your dosha types are the only main parts when in reality there are many different areas that can provide health benefits and wisdom to your personal circumstance. Whether you are looking to find a healthier lifestyle or are trying to create a better routine, here are 10 areas of Ayurveda that you might not have known about! 7 June 2018 by Geeta Vara, the founder of Geeta Vara Ayurveda Ayurveda If you’ve heard of Ayurveda, you probably think of vata, pitta and kapha – your dosha type. Doshas are central to the personalised approach to wellness in Ayurveda, but there are also so many nuggets of wellness wisdom to benefit from. Here are 10 reasons why I think it’s time to unlock the door to Ayurveda: One size does not fit all Ayurveda takes a totally personalised approach to health and wellness. Ayurveda is a person-centred and not a disease-centred system of health. Each person is born with a unique constitution (dosha type) and the aim is to stay as closely in balance to this as possible. Herbs are not substitutes for pharmaceutical drugs Ayurveda uses herbs as an integral part of a holistic approach to wellness alongside diet, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, yoga, meditation, breathing, cleansing and rejuvenation processes. Your body tells no lies An Ayurvedic practitioner is a health detective looking for all the visible and invisible signs and symptoms of what’s going on inside your body. Your body leaves many imprints – in your eyes, pulse, skin, tongue, nails etc. and by recognising imbalances, we can prevent health issues from arising. Be your own doctor Ayurveda is totally practical in its application. By understanding the impact of the taste and qualities of every substance, you can make choices about what foods, herbs and spices can heal you and what can imbalance your doshas. I really encourage you to start listening to and trusting your intuition – it’s often your best guide. Your gut is the gateway to greatness No Ayurvedic journey starts without a thorough examination of your gut health. You are what you eat but you are also what you don’t digest. Most health conditions start from a compromised digestion that allow toxins to accumulate. Fruits and dairy are incompatible Fruits digest very differently in your system to any other foods so Ayurveda recommends that you avoid incompatible food combinations. These can include: cheese and grapes/apples, berries and yoghurt, strawberry cheesecake, melon and Parma ham to name a few. Sleep is a pillar of life  Sleep is the bedrock of wellness. During your resting hours, your body is working hard to repair, replenish and rejuvenate every cell of your body. Late nights, too little sleep, disturbed sleep, too much sleep, sleeping immediately after food all disturb the doshas and trigger stress in the body leading to health issues. Prevention is better than a cure Ayurveda is skilfully poised between its ability to treat existing health issues and giving guidelines for a preventative approach to healthcare. Consideration is given to relationships, senses, occupation, environment, seasons, age and more. The aim is to identify and treat the root cause. You have to do well to be well! Ayurveda may be 5000 years old but the knowledge is more relevant today than ever before. We have become far removed from our natural rhythms but when we align our routines, environments, relationships to our body type and nature, we can flourish in wellness. Lunch is the most important meal of the day The sun is at its highest point in the day over the lunch period and since your body mirrors nature, your digestion should also be at its strongest point so you so lunch should be the main meal of the day. About the Author As the founder of Geeta Vara Ayurveda and the author of Ayurveda: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellbeing (Orion Spring, publishing 7 June), practitioner Geeta Vara treats a host of health complaints and helps individuals to understand the root cause so they can start to regain balance primarily through gut health, stress management and dosha balancing. Geeta’s aim is to help and inspires her clients to be the healthiest version of themselves. Source:...

The truth about ayurveda

By on May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have never been introduced to ayurvedic medicine it is easy to understand why the terminology and technique are misunderstood. Understanding the health benefits of ayurveda and the associated myths that are stopping individuals from trying this discipline are just a few easy ways to help incorporate it into your life. Ayurveda, once treated as a science, has now become an elusive and complex discipline. While this is in part because of the Sanskritic medium of instruction, it is also because of westernisation of our lifestyles, leading to the field becoming almost … Source:...

Why monk fruit is the best sugar substitute yet discovered

By on Apr 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are good sugars, bad sugars, and sugar substitutes everyone should be aware of. Fruits have plenty of sugar for us, and now researchers have found a fruit that is the best sugar substitute, and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. You’re about to be hearing a lot more about the monk fruit, and how it can benefit you: Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead. Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don’t use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don’t join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the ‘net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook. Source:...

How To Cure Your Dry Hands

By on Mar 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The combination of winter and spring can really dry out your hands. Nobody enjoys having those rough, cracked hands, and putting excessive lotion on them becomes cumbersome, especially when you forget it at home. Here are 11 home remedies, causes, and treatments to get rid of those dry hands, and have baby smooth skin again. This page was printed from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321212.php Visit www.medicalnewstoday.com for medical news and health news headlines posted throughout the day, every day. 2018 Healthline Media UK Ltd. All rights reserved. MNT is the registered trade mark of Healthline Media. Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional. Source:...

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...