Did you know that you have an extra-ordinary super power that you may or may not be aware of? Yep, every one of us does. And, all we need to do to access it is to get more mindful.Continue reading “Do You Have the X-Factor? ￼”
Balancing Your Weight
Why is it important that we keep a healthy weight? And, what exactly is a healthy weight? These are both important considerations for our well-being. Ayurveda has an interesting perspective that doesn’t quite match our popular western standards or beliefs.
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Reasons for a Spring Cleanse
It’s April and spring is in full swing here in Northern Arizona. It’s a great time for an uplift and nothing says uplift more than a spring cleanse. Now I know what you are thinking, a cleanse…isn’t that where you drink lemon juice all day? But no! Ayurveda has a wonderful plan for a spring cleanse that purifies and clarifies by removing all the heavy buildup of the prior months without starvation and sacrifice. A spring cleanse will refresh and boost your physical being and your spirit so that you can feel invigorated, more cheerful and inspired as you move into this new season.Continue reading “Reasons for a Spring Cleanse”
You Are What You Digest!
Food is our medicine. And, when it is taken at the right time, in the right quantities and is full of prana or life force, it will provide us with the fuel that can be appropriately digested so as not to leave behind any uncooked or undigested food. Undigested food can build up in our systems, cause aggravation and ultimately lead us to a state of dis-ease.
“No disease can be cured unless supplemented by the right diet. 90% of the disease can be prevented by the right diet alone.”– Dr. Everett Koop
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”– Hippocrates
Ayurveda states that there are three pillars or supports that we need to build and preserve in our lives to foster our wellbeing for our physical, mental and spiritual bodies.Continue reading “You Are What You Digest!”
Best Routines for a Balanced Life￼
Today we turn to the practical side of Ayurveda. The point at which we apply the concepts and the principles I have been presenting… to our lifestyle and daily routine. Our health journey continues with learning how we can live a life that is not only long but one that is optimal and full of vitality.
In this week’s podcast, I provide some details with a general daily schedule or dinacharya for waking, cleansing, exercising, eating and sleeping. There are so many great suggestions here for honoring yourself by incorporating specific routines for the body and mind. Once you get going, you will surely see the benefits and want to keep building your ideal regimen.
Why is a daily routine or dinacharya important?
Because everything we do has a particular energy. There is the windy, moving energy of Vata, the heated, transforming energy of Pitta and the stable, nourishing energy of Kapha. The key is to achieve a balance of all three energies in order to maintain our strength, stamina and harmony.Continue reading “Best Routines for a Balanced Life￼”
Daily Cycles, Circadian Rhythms and Life’s Phases￼
Ayurveda’s goal is to achieve, maintain and preserve our health and prevent disease. Prevention is the key in Ayurveda. In order to prevent dis-ease we need to create balance by moving with the flow of nature and harmonizing our tendencies.
We all have specific tendencies (or doshas) and it is important to identify your tendencies in order to begin to balance them. Hopefully, you are already familiar with your basic dosha energies. If not, please connect with my dosha post.
These tendencies or inherent qualities are affected by the daily cycle of darkness as it transitions to light, the rhythms in nature (which are the seasons) and the various phases we move through during our life. Therefore, time is a key component for balance in Ayurveda. Time or Kala as it is called in Sanskrit is the cyclic remodeler of our lives.
I will soon talk of the specific lifestyle routines of Ayurveda, but for now I would like to introduce time as it relates to the doshas or the functional energies of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.Continue reading “Daily Cycles, Circadian Rhythms and Life’s Phases￼”
Making Justifications & Judgments
Today I will go deeper in the realm of health by introducing the sense organs and the ways in which we interpret our world to make justifications and judgments.
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Foundational Tools for Maintaining Health￼
Ayurveda states that there are three pillars or supports that we need to build and preserve in our lives to foster our wellbeing for our physical, mental and spiritual bodies. The first pillar is our inputs (or the things that we bring into our bodies), the second pillar is the impact we create (or how we connect through our senses) and the third pillar is our immersion (or how we immerse ourselves with rest and sleep).
The following content can also be found on my podcast “On Wellness Way.”Continue reading “Foundational Tools for Maintaining Health￼”
It’s All in Your Head
This old adage has mostly negative connotations. Maybe you’ve heard someone claim that their doctor told them that their pain is “all in their head.” Or, that you, yourself, maintain from time to time that a specific feeling you are having is just “all in your mind.” I would like to respectfully declare that, of course it’s all in your head because the mind is responsible for everything.Continue reading “It’s All in Your Head”
Why Do We Need to Know Our Dosha?
In Ayurveda, a dosha is a particular health type or functional energy that we possess. Individually, these doshas are known as Vata, Pitta or Kapha. In combination, they make up our innate constitution and have the ability to govern every function within the body-mind system.
While modern medicine is based on the structure of the body, “dis-ease” is not always evident in a body’s structure. Ayurveda is based on three energies that are functioning behind that structure or the “why” something is happening, its root cause.Continue reading “Why Do We Need to Know Our Dosha?”