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Dosha News Archives

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 ...

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 ...