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The Doshas and Friends

Vatas can be the class clown.  They are fun and spontaneous and always up for an adventure.  The downside is ...

Mala Beads for Japa and Meditation

Malas are made of 108 stones or beads. The number 108 is meaningful in the Vedic tradition. This number comes ...

Ayurveda and Attention

According to the Ayurvedic system of health, good mental function is composed of three attributes: the acquisition, the retention, and ...

Bollywood

Most of you know that I'm a big movie buff.  I have movie reviews that I post on familyeveryday.com.  And ...

Ayurveda and Relationships

Ayurveda is “The Science of Life." And life is all about relationships. It's about our relationship with our selves, our ...

The Path of Knowledge

In Vedanta, which comes from the same roots as Ayurveda, there are four “yogas," or paths, through which to pursue ...

The Path of Work

In Vedanta, which comes from the same roots as Ayurveda, there are four “yogas" or paths, through which to pursue ...

The Path of Meditation

In Vedanta, which comes from the same roots as Ayurveda, there are four “yogas," or paths, through which to pursue ...

The Path of Love

In Vedanta, which comes from the same roots as Ayurveda, there are four “yogas" or paths, through which to pursue ...

The Clock

Just as the seasons contain elements of the doshas, so do the hours of the day.  6 am to 10 ...

Health in Four Areas of Life

According to Ayurveda, good health is present when we have good, healthy functioning in four areas of our life.  First, ...

Self Healing

Ayurveda explains that we are our own best healers.  We know ourselves best, after all!  We can educate ourselves and ...

Samadhi

Samadhi is a Sanskrit word meaning “divine peace." It's something we all aspire to, that calm, clear peace of mind ...

Nature’s Call

Ayurveda explains that our bodies have certain natural urges that are necessary for our good health.  When we suppress these ...

The Sri Yantra

A yantra is a geometric figure from the Vedic tradition.  It is a visual expression of a mantra, or sacred ...

Helping Widows in India

There is a movie out now called “Water" which is about the plight of widowed women in India.  I have ...

Chetana

Chetana is a Sanskrit word meaning “nature's intelligence." Food that is fresh and wholesome is abundant with chetana, so it ...

Ayurveda and Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an important tool in Ayurveda, for maintaining wellness and for healing.  It can be used to protect prana, ...

Everything is Coming Up Roses

Roses have always been associated with love and romance, so it's no surprise that Ayurveda uses roses as a remedy ...

Lakshmi

In Vedic philosophy, the goddess Lakshmi represents abundance, both in love and in wealth.  Lakshmi is often pictured in bright ...

Watching the Moon

In Vedic philosophy there are many cycles in nature to which we are subtly attuned.  The moon (“candra, in Sanskrit) ...

Dosha Gefluster

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail the other day.  My “What's Your Dosha, Baby?" book is now available ...

Saraswati

In Vedic philosophy, Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom.  She is often illustrated playing the sitar.  She represents both art ...

Balancing Pitta

Here in the northern hemisphere it's getting hot, which signals the official start of Pitta season.  Whether or not you ...

What’s For Breakfast?

With our western penchant for busy-ness many of us skip breakfast, thinking we don't have time as we're rushing around ...

Bathtime!

Sure, taking a bath is a nice way to get cleaned up.  But in Ayurveda a bath is so much ...

It’s Bliss

Ananda means bliss is Sanskrit.  Bliss helps to keep us healthy, both mind and body.  It feels good!  Like laughter, ...

Ayurveda and Skin Care

When we're out of balance, we feel it, and it shows.  Sometimes it shows up right on our face!  Vata ...

Shiva and Shakti

According to Vedic literature, creation takes two energies.  One energy is represented as masculine, and it's called shiva.  The energy ...

Seasonal Recommendations

In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the midst of Pitta season.  The weather is warm, even hot, and we ...

Ayurveda and Memory

We all have forgetfulness on occasion.  But when this happens on a regular basis, we might look at what we ...

Ayurveda and Hair Care

According to Ayurveda both our hair and our nails are a by-product of our bones.  So in order to have ...

Ganesh’s birthday

Today is a most auspicious day, it is Ganesh's birthday!  Ganesh is the “remover of obstacles."  You can identify Ganesh ...

3 pillars of health

According to Ayurveda, there are 3 pillars of good health: food, relationships, and sleep.  Today let's look at sleep and ...

Dosha Yoga

I've been waiting for a long time to give you this news.  Today is the official release date of my ...

Vedanta

Ayurveda, along with Vastu, Meditation, Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and much of eastern philosophy, has its roots in Vedanta.  Vedanta is ...

mantras for meditation by dosha

Ayurveda recommends meditation for everyone. And there are specific mantras which are meant to pacify each dosha. Try using these ...

Aromatherapy for the Doshas

We connect to the physical world through our five senses. Aromatherapy has many benefits - it can be calming, relaxing, ...

Doshas and Gemstones

Jyotish is Indian astrology, and it is a sister science to Ayurveda.  Jyotish recommends certain gemstones, because of their energetic ...

Behavior Rasanayas

Rasayana means “recommendation."  The following Behavior Rasayanas are for all of the doshas.  It is said that following these instructions ...

Doshas and Exercise

The basic rule in Ayurveda is to exercise to 75 % of your capacity.  Don't work out until you are ...

Doshas and Learning Styles

Vatas learn quickly, but they then forget quickly as well.  It is helpful for Vatas to write things down, and ...

Marma Therapy

Prana is the Sanskrit word for energy, or life force, or breath.  Yoga uses physical poses to increase and regulate ...

Shavasana

At the end of a yoga class, the instructor has us lie down in corpse pose, or shavasana.  Shavasana means ...

The Doshas and Compatibility

When we understand how the doshas influence our personalities, then we can use this information to help us get along ...

Seva

“Seva" is a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service.  Seva is doing good work, helping others, without attachment, and without any ...

Diwali

Today, November 1st, is the day to celebrate Diwali, the festival of Light.  Diwali is also known as Deepawali. “Deepa" ...

Neti and Nasya

Neti is the ayurvedic technique to clear the sinuses using warm salt water.  Using a neti pot, you can gently ...

Chanting (Kirtan)

Kirtan is an ancient musical art form that could be compared to our modern American Gospel music.  By chanting holy ...

Altars

Every culture throughout civilization has created altars and shrines in special places to express devotion and appreciation to the guiding ...

Vata Season

In the northern hemisphere, during the months of November through February when the air is cold and dry, it is ...

Prosperity Kavach

A Kavach is an Indian pendant that has been infused with spiritual energy.  When I was speaking at the Mind ...

Dosha Design

Last March I wrote a little bit about Vastu, the Indian science of architecture and placement.  Vastu actually pre-dates Feng ...

Meditation

Ayurveda is more than 5,000 years old, and all this time it has recommended meditation.  Now researchers are doing scientific ...

Ayurvedic Weight Control

The new year is almost here, and one of the most popular resolutions made is to maintain better weight control.  ...

Mala beads

A strand of mala beads is very much like a rosary.  It is used in meditation, to help us keep ...

Saying Grace

In India, Annapurna is the goddess of food, and specifically grain and corn.  She watches over the world's supply of ...

Agni: The Digestive Fire

Food plays a big role in the Ayurvedic lifestyle.  There are three parts to the digestive process: digestion, assimilation, and ...

Yoga for the Doshas

Yoga is good for everyone; it benefits us both mentally and physically.  I've been working on a DVD called “DoshaYoga" ...

Mandala Art

In Sanskrit, Mandala means circle.  It is basically a geometric presentation of shapes and forms brought together to represent some ...

Ayurveda and Pets

Ayurveda is the science of life.  It explains the nature of everything in the universe.  We know how it teaches ...

Ayurvedic Cooking

There are so many different kinds of cookbooks out today, everything from The South Beach Diet to Cajun cooking, there ...

Ayurveda and Kids

If you have kids you know that there is always some bug that's “going around" and your kid is bound ...

Kapha Season

In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the beginning of Kapha season which runs approximately March through June.  During Kapha season, ...

Vastu

Before there was Feng Shui, there was Vastu, the “science of architecture"or the Indian art of living in harmony with ...

Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a self massage which is good for keeping all the doshas in balance.  It helps moisturize the skin, ...

Doshas and Age

We are born with our dosha, and our unique balance of the 3 doshas is like our fingerprint.  However, as ...

Ganesh

One of the most popular icons in India is Ganesh, or Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles.  Ganesh has the body ...

Jyotish

Just as love is a dance between two people, life is a dance between us and the universe.  We are ...

Vata season again

November through February is Vata season in the Northern Hemisphere.  Vata season is when the weather is cold and dry.  ...

Pranayama

Prana in Sanskrit means “breath."   We all need to breathe to survive.  Even plants breathe.  Although breathing appears to ...

Doshas and Romantic Styles

Vatas are creative.  They like to mix things up.  They are spontaneous.  Their dominant senses are touch and sound, so ...

Doshas and Dreams

Vata is made up of air and space.  Vatas tend to have dreams where they are falling, or flying through ...

Ayurveda and Numerology

You may have noticed that I have changed my name a little bit.  My given name is Lisa Marie.  Marie ...

Ayurveda and Weight

According to Ayurveda, much overeating is actually caused by emotional factors.  When we overwork, or are stressed, prana vata stimulates ...

The Doshas and Money

Our doshas have an influence on how we handle money.  If we are aware of these tendencies, we can work ...

The Six Tastes

The six tastes in Ayurveda come from the five elements.  They are: Earth + Water = Sweet Earth + Fire ...

Power, Freedom and Grace

When I found Ayurveda, I knew that my life would never be the same again.  I started seeing things differently, ...

Adding Spice to Your Life, and Meals!

According to Ayurveda, a balanced diet contains all six tastes at every meal: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.  ...

Beneath a Vedic Sun

William Levacy is one of the most well known, and well loved, Vedic Astrologers in the United States.  I reference ...

Malas

Mala beads are an important accessory for those of us into the Vedic way of life.  They can come in ...

Bringing in Prosperity

Vastu is the Indian science of architecture and placement.  It is a sister science to Ayurveda, and the seed from ...

Dhanvantari

Today I'd like to introduce you to Dhanvantari.  He is known as the father of Ayurveda, or the Hindu God ...

The Kama Sutra

“Kama" in Sanskrit means pleasure, or desire, and “Sutra" literally means “stitch" and also lesson.  The Kama Sutra is a ...

Ayurvedic Peace of Mind

Ayurveda explains that our state of mind is instrumental in the condition of our health and well-being.  Ayurveda also gives ...

Ayurvedic Music Therapy

In ancient India, music was practiced as a form of medicine.  Classical Indian music, or “rags" has been shown to ...

Heart Health and Ayurveda

Ayurveda explains that the heart is the root of prana (life force) in the body.  Our heart, mind, and breath ...

Sleep and Ayurveda

Our sleep affects our health and our general mood throughout the day.  If you're tossing and turning, are restless, snore, ...

Turmeric and Ayurveda

Curry is abundant in Indian cooking.  Curry is actually a blend of herbs, and the herb that gives curry powder ...

Amla and Ayurveda

Amla is also known as Indian Gooseberry and it is used in Ayurveda as a fruit, a tonic, an herb ...

Ayurveda and Stress Relief

Stress.  We can't seem to get away from it with the busy lives we lead.  It can come from work, ...

Fall Foods

In the northern hemisphere we're right in the thick of Vata season, when the weather is cold and dry.  There ...

Blissful Relationships

Ayurveda teaches us that there is a connection between our behavior and our health.  Positive behaviors have a positive impact ...

Oral Health

The health of our mouths is an important factor to our overall physical health.  In Ayurveda, brushing and flossing the ...

Durga

In Hindu philosophy, there are several forms of the Mother goddess, each with her own personality and purpose.  Durga is ...

Hand Therapy

Mudras are kind of like yoga for the hands.  Mudras are hand positions, or exercises, used to balance various energies ...

Hanuman

Hanuman, the monkey god, is celebrated at this time of year because his birthday is December 20.  Hanuman is known ...

The Peacock

The peacock is the national bird of India.  The peacock's tail, with its iridescent “eyed," feathers designed to attract the ...

Pitta Season

Here in the northern hemisphere it's getting hot, which signals the official start of Pitta season.  Whether or not you ...

Breakfast and Ayurveda

With our western penchant for busy-ness many of us skip breakfast, thinking we don't have time as we're rushing around ...

Bathtime!

Sure, taking a bath is a nice way to get cleaned up.  But in Ayurveda a bath is so much ...

Vastu and Altars

Vastu Shastra is India's sacred science of architecture, and it is a sister science of Ayurveda, both dating back more ...

Awesome Almonds

Almonds are one of the best foods for pacifying Vata.  They're sweet and warm, high in protein, and loaded with ...

Puja

A puja is a kind of prayer, a Hindu ceremony of devotion.  In India this is performed either in temples, ...

Triphala – 3 Fruits

Triphala is a traditional ayurvedic herbal compound. “Tri" means three, and “phala" means fruit, so Triphala literally translates to three ...

Ayurvedic Eye Care

These days, we spend so much time in front of the computer screen, watching TV, driving, reading, we're using our ...

Valentine’s and Doshas

Thinking of what to do for your Valentine this year?  Let Ayurveda help you out!  Use your honey's dosha to ...

Hair Care and Ayurveda

Ayurveda teaches us to care for our hair both inside and outside.  Hair is a by-product of our bones, and ...

Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

When you go to an Ayurvedic spa you'll see quite an offering of wonderful treatments to choose from.  Some of ...

Allergy Season

In the Northern Hemisphere, we're into Kapha season now.  One of the issues that comes with this time of year ...

Ayurvedic Cooking

Ayurveda sees cooking as an important part of the whole digestion and nutrition process.  Anyone can cook ayurvedically, we just ...

Weight Management

In Ayurveda, weight management is individual, and a lot of its depends on your dosha.  Even Vatas, who are normally ...

Neem

Neem has a long history of use in Ayurveda.  Neem is a large evergreen tree in the mahogany family, and ...

Anti-Aging and Ayurveda

Living an ayurvedic lifestyle helps us to feel energetic and look good!  Most people who live ayurvedically look a lot ...

The Yoga of Sound

Ayurveda understands that sound has a profound effect on our well-being.  Sound can be used to reduce stress, maintain health, ...

Delicious Dahl

Many people who follow an ayurvedic diet are vegetarian, and vegetarians need plenty of sources of protein.  Beans and lentils ...

Sanskrit

Many of us are first introduced to the beautiful, ancient language of Sanskrit in yoga class.  The greeting “Namaste" means ...

Chai Tea

I absolutely love Chai Tea, but as a Vata, I really can't have caffeine, so most of the time I ...

The Five Tibetans

My friend Maryanne introduced me to this amazing practice called “The Five Tibetans." This is a yogic system of simple, ...

Swedana

According to Ayurveda, swedana, or sweating, helps us to detoxify the body by liquefying ama, or accumulated toxins.  It also ...

Foot Massage and Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Massage typically uses warm sesame oil, or a blend of oils and herbs specifically to balance your particular dosha.  ...

Buddha

The story of the prince who awakened to become the Buddha is one of the most dramatic and compelling stories ...

Women’s Health

Ayurveda has recommendations to help alleviate PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome.  In Vatas, PMS usually shows up as anxiety, insomnia, or ...

Men’s Health

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system.  Most men are unaware of their prostate until middle age, when ...

Gunas

“Guna"is a Sanskrit word that represents the three qualities of nature, or types of energy.  The three qualities are:Rajas: Comes ...

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga combines the Sanskrit words ha, meaning sun, and tha, meaning moon.  Together hatha means “force."The word yoga means ...

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola (also known as “Brahmi") is a perennial plant native to India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.  The leaves ...

Summer Skin Care

In the northern hemisphere, we're well into Pitta season.  The sun is hot and the days are long.  The sun ...

Organic Farming in India

Approximately two-thirds of India's population depends upon farming for their livelihoods.  In Ayurveda, many of the herbs that are recommended ...

Mandala

A mandala is a circular design, often very colorful, with representations of the world illustrated within it.  The word mandala ...

Ayurvedic Color Therapy

Colors can have a powerful effect on our moods.  They can energize, inspire, calm or heal.  Each color vibrates to ...

Rice: An Ayurvedic Staple

Rice is used in India for many different ceremonies.  It is used in offerings, and colored, powdered rice is used ...

Back to School with Ayurveda

Ayurveda explains that there are three aspects to mental function: learning, retaining, and recalling.  When we have problems in any ...

Ayurvedic Weight and Cravings

A big part of controlling our weight is controlling our cravings.  We have these cravings and we want to eat, ...

Hanuman

Hanuman is also known as the Monkey God.  He has the body of a man and the face of a ...

Ayurvedic Energy

Having a lot of energy is a sign that we are very healthy.  When we feel a lack of energy, ...

Ayurveda and Appetite

In Ayurveda, our digestive fire is called agni.  When our agni is strong then our appetite is strong.  To maintain ...

Ayurvedic Cleansing

In Ayurveda there are three seasons, with the properties of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  How these are labeled depends on ...

Ayurvedic Scalp Massage

Ayurveda recommends that we treat ourselves to a scalp massage once a week.  If you have dry hair or dandruff, ...

The Lotus

The lotus flower shows up a lot in Indian artwork.  The lotus is known as the "king of flowers" and ...

History of Ayurveda

The texts of Ayurveda date back 5,000 years.  But Ayurveda was an oral tradition long before that, so the science ...

Easy Altars

Altars are a beautiful and meaningful addition to any home.  Altars in India originate from the Hindu tradition, and honor ...

Chai

Chai means “tea". Some stories say it was invented by a royal king in the ancient courts of India and Siam, ...

Kundalini

Kundalini is basically energy.  Loosely translated from Sanskrit it means "coiled energy." Kundalini is often depicted as a snake, coiled ...

The Language of Yoga

In yoga class it sounds so elegant and exotic when the teacher uses the Sanskrit names for the different poses.  ...

Ayurveda and Pomegranates

Pomegranates are hailed as a kind of wonder fruit and this is something Ayurveda has been aware of for centuries.  The ...

Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences.  Many westerners are introduced to Ayurveda through Yoga.  We find so many benefits from ...

Ayurveda and Raw Foods

There's a big trend now toward eating raw foods.  I can understand the principle behind it, raw foods and juices ...

Christmas in India

Even though most of the population in India is either Hindu or Muslim, Christmas is still celebrated with much fanfare ...

Panchatantra

The Panchatantra (the five books) is a collection of ancient Indian folk tales, originally written in Sanskrit sometime around 200 ...

Karma

Karma is action, the cause and effect of what we do.  According to the classical scriptures from India, there are ...

Vedic Symbolism

The classic paintings of Indian gods and goddesses are filled with symbolism.  Every item depicted has meaning and serves a ...

The Jewel in the Lotus

“Om Mani Padme Hum” (Ohm Ma-Nee Pod-May Hum) is one of the most prevalent mantras in Tibet.  It is recited ...

Ayurvedic Foot Care

Ayurveda says that it is good for us to give our feet as much air as possible.  Shoes trap energy ...

Good Morning!

The morning is the start to our day, and when we get a good start, it’s likely that we’re going ...

Amruta

Dr. Vasant Lad is one of our greatest teachers in Ayurveda.  He runs the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico ...

Kosha

Kosha in Sanskrit means layer, sheath, or subtle body.  It also means, “to unfold.”  The koshas were first written about ...

Yogic Spirituality

Russill Paul is the author of one of my favorite books, “The Yoga of Sound.”  Now he has a new ...

The Ayurvedic Way to Improve Attention

With all that we have going on in life, it’s easy to get distracted and forget things.  We’re stressed, and ...

Ayurveda and Adaptogens

You might be thinking, adapto-what?  Not to worry!  Most people have not yet heard about this relatively new class of ...

Tongue Diagnosis

When we go to see an ayurvedic practitioner, he or she will ask you questions to help determine your dosha.  ...

Eye Examination

Another way that Ayurvedic practitioners can evaluate our doshas and diagnose our condition is with an eye examination.  It is ...

Brahmacharya

Ayurveda teaches us to create and maintain health by bringing attention to our lifestyle, and three areas in particular: our ...

Subtle Aspects of Vata

We don’t necessarily need to know all the subtle qualities of each dosha in order to stay in balance.  However, ...

Subtle Aspects of Pitta

We don't necessarily need to know all the subtle qualities of each dosha in order to stay in balance.  However, ...

Subtle Aspects of Kapha

We don’t necessarily need to know all the subtle qualities of each dosha in order to stay in balance.  However, ...

Lassi

Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage that is often served with an ayurvedic lunch.  Lassi, made by blending yogurt with ...

Energy from Food

Ayurveda explains that we get much of our energy from the foods we eat.  And we can maximize the energy ...

The Bindi

Bindi (or sometimes called bindu) in Sanskrit means “seed” or “point.”  It is a point where energy converges to create ...

Ashwaganda

Ashwagandha, also known as Winter Cherry, is a traditional Ayurvedic herb.  It has been called the Indian Ginseng because of ...

Ayurvedic Bad Breath Remedies

According to Ayurveda, because the mouth is governed by the kapha dosha, bad breath, or halitosis, is a kapha disorder.  ...

Spiritual Jewelry

A traditional Indian mala has 108 beads, that can be used for reciting mantras, or prayers.  A mala can be ...

Ayurveda and Sleep Cycles

Ayurveda says that it is best to get to bed by 10 pm.  But that can be difficult for us, ...

Ayurveda and Indigestion

Digestion is very important to our health, and Ayurveda has many suggestions for how to improve our digestion.  Many times ...

Orange and Ayurveda

Orange is sweet, spicy and warming.  Great for balancing both Vata and Kapha, and especially wonderful during this time of ...

The Guru

In Sanskrit, the word Guru comes from the verb root gri, meaning “to invoke” or “to praise.”  Guru is also ...

Ayurveda and Organic

Ayurveda teaches us to eat the freshest food possible.  Organic is best because besides being fresh, there are no pesticides ...

The Holy Cow

In India, all animals are sacred.  But the cow, referred to as Gau Mata or Mother Cow, holds a special ...

Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is known as one of the greatest statesmen who ever lived.  But as a child, he had his ...

New Year’s Traditions

In India, the New Year is celebrated much the same way as it is here in the west, with parties, ...

Psyllium

Feeling a little out of balance from overindulging during the holiday season?  You’re probably not getting enough fiber.  The lack ...

The Four Goals of Life

According to Vedic texts, there are four basic goals of human life.  The purpose of Ayurveda is to keep humanity ...

The Five Elements

According to Ayurvedic texts, everything in nature is made up of a combination of the five elements.  These elements are: ...

Roses and Love

Ayurveda has a long tradition of using the energy of gemstones in healing.  Worn against the skin, the gemstones impart ...

Tantra Valentine

Tantra means instrument of the body.”  It sounds exotic, but it is actually very simple.  Tantra teaches us to use ...

Yama

Ashtanga Yoga is known as the “Eight-limbed Path” for the eight stages of yoga practice that a yogi passes through ...

Niyama

Niyama is the second limb in Ashtanga Yoga.  It means observances, and self-restraint.  There are five inner practices we can ...

Asana, Pranayama, and Pratyahara

The third limb of Ashtanga Yoga is Asana, or yoga postures.  This is the physical form of yoga that we ...

Shatavri

Shatavri is also known as Wild Asparagus Root, or Asparagus Racemosus.  In their book “The Yoga of Herbs” Dr. Vasant ...

Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi

We’re looking at the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.  We’ve already gone through the first five, which are external practices.  ...

Pulse Diagnosis

When you go to see an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the first things that he or she will do is ...

Vedic Numbers

The numbers 50, 99 and 100 and 1000 recur constantly in Vedic texts.  The symbolic significance of this has to ...

Ayurveda and Diabetes

Ayurveda sees diabetes as a metabolic Kapha disorder in which the agni (digestive fire) has reduced its functioning.  Low agni ...

Maya

The simple translation for maya is “illusion.”  When we go further, we find that maya refers to “material existence.”  But ...

Ayurveda and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a life-changing event, and Ayurveda stresses that a woman should be in good health before becoming pregnant to ...

Jesus in India

Jesus taught a philosophy very similar to that of the Bhakti Yoga (Devotion) movement in India.  Many say that the ...

History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda dates back more than 5,000 years.  The first written records of Ayurveda are found in the Vedas, the oldest ...

Refresh Yourself

As the weather warms up, we’ll be spending more time outdoors in the sun.  If you’re feeling hot, sweaty, irritable, ...

Oil, Fat and Love

The Sanskrit word for oil is “snigdha.”  Sanskrit has many layers of meaning, and translated, snigdha means oil, fat and ...

Music

One reason Indian music is so distinct is the instruments that are used.  I got a harmonium for Christmas and ...

Ayurveda and the Mind

Ayurveda explains our thought process by breaking it down like this: -Manas is the mind.  It senses things outwardly.  It relies ...

Ear, Nose and Throat

Ayurveda has a few recommendations for how to keep ourselves healthy when it comes to the ear, nose and throat.  ...

Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter, and the preferred oil to cook with in Ayurveda.  Ghee is also used in some beauty ...

Ahimsa

The Sanskrit word “Ahimsa” means “non-violence.”  Deepak Chopra started The Alliance for a New Humanity based on this principle.  Gandhi ...

Ayurveda and Green Tea

Green tea is known throughout the world for its medicinal properties.  It’s the abundance of antioxidants in the tea leaves ...

Vastu and Relationships

Vastu Shastra is one of the texts found in the Vedas, an ancient body of knowledge from India.  Vastu explains ...

Ayurveda and Water

“Soma” is the nourishing, cooling quality that is associated with the moon.  Water represents this lunar energy.  It helps support ...

Curry

Turmeric (also known as Haldi) is the herb that gives curry its yellow color.  Turmeric is known to support important ...

Surya

The Sun in Sanskrit is called “Surya.”  The sun controls leadership, authority, and a strong self-esteem.  The sun shines light ...

Garam Masala

Garam Masala, found on spice racks and in recipes, is not a spice in itself, but a blend of spices ...

Boost Immunity with Food

There are many ways that food can help to boost our immune system.  First, choose food that is fresh, and ...

Ayurveda and Acne

Acne is a common skin disease that affects more than 85% of the population at some point in their lives.  ...

Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras

Patanjali is the author of the “Yoga Sutras.”  He is also thought by many scholars to be the author of ...

Maya 2

In Sanskrit, maya means “illusion.”  And often, maya is used to refer to material existence.  In the Tao of Physics, ...

Ayurveda and Family

There is an ancient Indian principle that says if you want to check if your rice is ready, then you ...

Ayurveda and Vegetarianism

Although a vegetarian diet is preferred in Ayurveda, it is not mandatory.  There are certain instances when eating meat, or ...

Nirvana

Nirvana is a Sanskrit word that has made its way into western vernacular.  We use “nirvana” to describe a heavenly ...

Nail Care

According to Ayurveda, our fingernails are a by-produce of our bones. And the condition of our nails is a reflection ...

The Four Immeasurables

The Four Immeasurables are a series of virtues and Buddhist meditation  practices designed to cultivate those virtues.  They are also ...

Ayurveda, Stress and Skin

According to Ayurveda, stress can trigger, or aggravate skin disorders such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores ...

Ayurveda and Education

Ayurveda is the Science of Life.  It is comprehensive, and applies to all aspects of life, including education.  The Vedic ...

Ayurveda and Water 2

Water is essential in our lives, and in Ayurveda it is considered therapeutic.  Water helps with digestion, cools and balances ...

Ayurvedic Relationships

Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle is all about living life in balance.  It is a holistic approach to food, work, sleep ...

Dosha Strategies

When we get out of balance, it is usually because we have too much of our lead dosha in our ...

Sandalwood

  Sandalwood is known in Sanskrit as chandana, which is also a word meaning “excellence.”  The Sandal tree is highly ...

The Elephant, The Tiger, and the Jackal

In the west, we understand the concept of “You are what you eat.” Ancient Indian texts explain Aahara, or diet, ...

Ayurveda and Learning

Ayurveda is the Science of Life.  It explains the nature of everything in the universe.  When it comes to learning, ...

Ayurvedic Head Massage

According to Ayurveda, massage can help us looking and feeling both youthful and healthy.  It gives a beautiful luster to ...

Tongue Diagnosis

When visiting an Ayurvedic Practitioner, he or she will ask you to stick out your tongue.  This isn’t to look ...

Ayurveda and Anxiety

Fear and anxiety often come with the territory of the busy, complicated lives we lead.  They have become a part ...

Raisins

Raisins are balancing for Vata because they are sweet, and especially balancing for Pitta because they are also cooling.  Because ...

Swasthya

Swasthya is a Sanskrit word that translated means “established in oneself.”  This is joyfulness, contentment, and perfect health.  In our ...

Neem Oil

Neem oil is one of the favorite medicinal oils used in Ayurveda.  Neem is unique in that it is antiviral, ...

Paint by Dosha

I created Dosha Design to help people understand how we can bring the healing power of Ayurveda into our homes ...

Ayurveda and Walking

An important part of the Ayurvedic lifestyle is the morning walk.  Ayurveda recommends a walk in the morning as one ...

Dosha Specific Oils

Abhyanga is a self-massage that is part of the daily ayurvedic routine.  I have written about this before, and the ...

Ayurveda and Depression

More than 19 million adults in the United States alone suffer from depression.  Women are affected twice as often as ...

Yoga Sutras for Focused Attention

In Ayurveda, focused attention is valued because it helps us in many areas of our lives.  The Yoga Sutras of ...

Energizing Foods

In Ayurveda, the foods we eat have a big influence on the amount of energy we have.  We can be ...

Face Reading

We read faces all the time.  We know when someone is happy, or angry, or worried because it shows on ...

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most revered Vedic texts.  It is considered the essence of India’s Vedic philosophy.  ...

Ayurveda and Closure

When you know about the doshas, you know about your nature, and the nature of other people.  This helps us ...

The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurveda promotes the use of herbs in healing and in self-care.  Herbs are edible plants that can be potent in ...

Ayurveda and Heart Health

Ayurveda says that heart health is best approached holistically.  It gives us specific recommendations for how to do that.  First ...

Chants of a Lifetime

India has given us many different practices through which we can learn more about ourselves and our true nature: meditation, ...

Ganesha Goes to Lunch

Every culture has stories that are passed down from generation to generation.  Myths, fables, and tales are one way that ...

Navaratri

“Navaratri” is also known as the Nine Nights of the Goddess.  It is a series of nine nights celebrated 4 ...

Guided Meditations

There are many different types of meditation, which serve many different purposes.  Sometimes it is difficult for us to settle ...

Ayurvedic Psychology

Mental health is an important aspect of Ayurveda.  Everything is connected, mind-body-spirit, so one aspect affects all the others.  Ayurveda ...

Garlic

Whenever someone I know gets a cold I tell them to “eat garlic!”  Garlic has powerful anti-viral properties.  Ayurveda has ...

Incense

Ah, incense!  It all goes back to our primitive origins, with the discovery of fire.  When wood was burned, people ...

Allergies

Here in the northern Hemisphere, April showers have brought May flowers – and along with them, some seasonal allergies.  Ayurveda ...

Fatigue

Who among us doesn’t feel stressed out these days?  We have plenty of reasons to!  Ayurveda says that fatigue comes ...

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is often referred to as a “miracle plant” in Ayurveda.  Aloe Vera is a succulent, and it’s leaves ...

5 Reasons to Love a Dosha

5 Reasons to Love a Dosha Each dosha has its own unique qualities, some of which are absolutely amazing!  Here’s what ...