Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga. If you want to learn more about this 5,000-year-old system of natural healing and balanced diet, you’re in the right place.

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Yoga

The Guru is You

By Bhava Ram As a foreign correspondent for network news, I witnessed tragedy firsthand, over and over: Afghan children with missing limbs, faces ravaged by shrapnel, bodies burned by napalm. Drug-addicted kids living in holes dug into dry riverbeds in Bolivia. Young girls forced into Thailand’s sexual slavery trade. Starvation in Africa. Scores of innocents […]

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Posted on March 7th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Almond Date Balls

An important component to any celebration is the inclusion of a little something sweet, created with loving intention. In the Kripalu tradition back in the day, that little post-celebration sweet was often a small ball of dried fruit and nuts rolled in coconut or more nuts. In the Indian tradition, when food is offered as […]

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Posted on March 4th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Nutrition

Nourishing Kitchari

By Sarajean Rudman Kitchari, traditionally made of yellow mung dal and basmati rice, along with digestive spices and ghee, is used as a cleansing and detoxifying food in Ayurveda. This may be a little hard for us to wrap our Western minds around, as we hear more and more about grains being inflammatory and bad for […]

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Posted on February 5th, 2014 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Listening to Your Body in the Winter

by Sarajean Rudman The cold months, coupled with a heavier, acidic diet, often induce feelings of lethargy and inertia. To counteract the sluggishness (which might be seen as a kapha imbalance through the lens of Ayurveda), try incorporating three simple routines into your morning. Regular practice will pacify the heavy kapha elements of earth and […]

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Posted on November 12th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

The Season of Vata

By Sarajean Rudman As we shift into crisp, cool weather, there’s a palpable change in energy. In Ayurveda, autumn and early winter are governed by the vata dosha, comprised of air and ether. The vata season is characterized by dryness, mobility, lightness, and coolness. If our lifestyle mirrors these qualities, we risk depleting our ojas—our […]

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Posted on October 16th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda and the Perfect Poop

Let’s be honest. Few things are as important to our sense of happiness as a good bowel movement. So what can we do to ensure daily success at the porcelain altar? Here are the steps I learned in Ayurveda school, and they don’t require a trip to the doctor or even to CVS—though you may […]

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Posted on October 7th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Tips for Cold and Flu Season

How is the colder, damper weather of fall affecting you? According to the 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic tradition, what we need most at this time of year is warmth and nourishment; regularity and routine; rest and relaxation. Ayurveda’s holistic philosophy draws from an understanding of our inherent relationship with nature’s laws and rhythms. The self-care remedies and […]

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Posted on August 31st, 2013 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Five Tips for Boosting Your Immune System

Though we all love the inspiration that comes with working in a group during retreats, there are many wonderful practices you can do on your own to boost immunity—techniques that are simple, safe, and free. Here are a few. Gargling Try gargling with warm salt water twice a day. Gargling cleans out bacteria and germs […]

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