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|Posted on November 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
As our clocks fall back an hour, the winds pick up and the days get cooler and cooler, we enter into autumn. Autumn is the season that is most likely cause Vata prakopa ( an increase of Vata dosha). This is rooted in the basic Ayurvedic principal of, like increases like. Vata dosha is composed of either and air elements and is characterized by Dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile and clear; because these qualities are also predominant in the environment during autumn, Ayurveda advises us to adopt habits to help us stay healthy during this season. The main rule of thumb during this season is to have a steady daily rhythm, not to skip meals, allow yourself to rest, and always wear socks. In addition, here are a few tips to help you stay grounded and healthy during this season.
1. Healthy Fats
Consume plenty of healthy fats during this season, like ghee, sesame or sunflower oil. Vata dosha is increased by dry quality, by consuming plenty of healthy fats in your diet will help reduce the internal dryness, and promote better digestion and elimination, two things that go out of balance when Vata is increased.
2. Warm, Cooked, Heavy Foods
Favor foods that grow below the ground, and make sure they are well cooked and seasoned with warm spices. Vata is increased by cold and light qualities, meals that are warm, cooked and have veggies that grow below the ground will help to balance Vata dosha by bringing in opposite qualities. Some great examples are Potato Leek Soup, Vegetable Curry with acorn squash, daikon radish, and green beans, or Oatmeal with ghee, cashew’s, cinnamon and cardamom.
3. Hot Nourishing Beverages
These tea ideas help reduce the dry and cold qualities that are prevalent in autumn and increase Vata, enjoy them in the evening when you are winding down from your day. The first will also help if you have irregular digestion or are prone to gas and bloating, feel free to drink it throughout the day.
• Ginger, Coriander, Cumin Tea
(Use fresh ginger and combined spices in equal proportions)
• Warm Spiced Tea
½ tsp Cardamom Seeds
1/4” piece of Cinamon
¼ tsp ground clove
1 Tbs of brown sugar
1 c boiling water
1tsp black tea (optional)
2 c of milk
4. Bundle Up and Wear Socks
Vata not only is increased by cold quality but is also subtle and expansive. To help give Vata a container, make sure to bundle up and wear socks. This not only will help to make you feel more grounded and stable, but it will help you to stay warm. Also on those super windy days make sure to cover your ears, either by wearing a hat or ear muffs.
Creating a yoga practice that will help to pacify Vata is a nice way to combat the cold. One of the best ways to modify your practice is by keeping your eye gaze on the horizon, while you do your pose’s. Vata is like the wind, it has a tendency to move around, by focusing on the horizon you bring stillness and stability into your practice. Another way to modify your postures, to pacify Vata, is to keep as many body parts touching the ground. That may mean dropping to a knee when in a lunge, or trying to always keep your hands on the ground whenever it’s possible. In addition favor postures that focus on squeezing your limbs towards the center of your body, like eagle pose or cow face posture.
1) Cold Drinks and Food
Make sure to only consume things that are warm and nurturing. Even make sure to drink hot water instead of room temperature or ice water, especially when eating out. This also means staying away from salads, ice cream, and raw foods. These foods are predominant in cold, dry and rough qualities which will increase Vata Dosha.
2) Avoid Left Overs
Only eat food that is fresh. Avoid food that was prepared two days ago or longer, also avoids food that has been reheated multiple times. These foods will have increase rough quality in them due to the amount of friction from going from hot to cold and back again.
3) Over Doing Physical Activity
Because Vata is like the wind, it is increased by mobility. Any type of physical activity will always increase Vata; however, when we overdo it, that’s when problems arise. This season really allows yourself to rest and rejuvenate. Some Vata pacifying exercises that you can partake in are yin or restorative yoga classes, going for a mid-day walk, or weight lifting for a short period of time.
Above All Nurture Yourself
This season take the time to nurture yourself, this could be as simple as making sure you have breakfast before you go out the door, or learning to not take on as many projects and spending more time at home. Nurturing yourself could also be as elaborate as giving yourself an oil massage (abhyanga) before getting into the bath or shower. However you need, or realistically can nurture yourself, the change in season is encouraging you to take the time to tune in, rest and rejuvenate.
|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
It is commonly stated that Ayurveda is the world’s oldest healing science, it originates from India and dates back 5,000 years ago. But what is Ayurveda? What is its purpose and function? In this blog, we will look at the scope and source of Ayurveda as laid out in Charaka Samhita Sutrastana Chapter 30.
All of the Vedic knowledge is recorded in the 4 Vedas: Rk, Yajus, Saman, and Atharvan- Veda; Ayurveda streams from the Atharva Veda because it deals specifically with treating disease, worship, auspicious observances, Fast's, etc. That is prescribed for the sake of longevity.
Ayurveda can be defined as the science that imparts knowledge about life, with special regards in detailing what imparts a happy or an unhappy life. What is useful or harmful to maintaining life and what brings about a short or a long life. Therefore Ayurveda says that life is composed of the body, mind, and soul and that a person’s lifespan stops with the continuation of consciousness.
The most important question we can ask then is, is Ayurveda eternal or ephemeral? The ancient text said that Ayurveda is eternal because:
1. It has no beginning
2. It deals with such things as are inherent in Nature; and
3. Such natural manifestations are eternal
Ayurveda is a qualitative science, and as such, it looks at the qualities that are present within a substance or with a disease. By understanding, if something is heavy, light, hard, soft, mobile, static, cold, hot, ect.; we are then able to apply the opposite quality in order to bring about change and balance within the system. One of the main principals that Ayurveda uses is that: like increases like and opposites heal. Not only is this practiced in Ayurveda but we see it in allopathic medicine as well; for example, if a joint is swollen they use anti-inflammation medicine, and so on. Therefore, it wouldn’t matter what you called the science because the principals that it implores are universally used and understood, therefore it is eternal.
Although this science can date back to 5,000 years it is a remarkably well-rounded form of medicine. There are 8 branches of Ayurveda, being: Internal medicine, Science of disease specific to the supra-clavicular region, Surgery, Toxicology, Psychology or Spiritual possession, Pediatrics, Rejuvenation, and Virility.
The next question is who can study Ayurveda? Ultimately anyone can study it, but all for different reasons. Some will study and practice Ayurveda to benefit mankind, society, their pocketbook or themselves. Regardless of how you choose to use the knowledge of Ayurveda its sole purpose is to benefit humanity and achieve longevity.
The main purpose of this post is to simply get our feet wet and to lay a foundation of where Ayurveda comes from, its scope, practice and why we should dedicate ourselves to practicing the wisdom and knowledge that this science has to offer.