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 May 24th, 2013 by in Ayurveda, Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Dahl

This year we expanded our Buddha Bar to include fare inspired by Ayurveda, including a dahl (spiced bean dish) and a few chutneys, which have proven to be very popular, especially among our School of Ayurveda students. We love pouring the dahl over basmati rice and adding a little chutney on the side. Try making [...]

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Posted on May 18th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda’s Eight-Fold Examination: What to Expect from an Ayurvedic Consultation

Erin Casperson, guest blogger Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine, is believed to be around 5,000 year old, and is considered to be the longest continuously practiced system of medicine. Long before blood tests, MRIs, CAT scans, EKGs, and x-rays, there was the eightfold examination process called ashtavidha pariksha. (Ashta means eight, vidha means fold [...]

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Posted on May 11th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda for Moving into Spring

by Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern According to Ayurveda, one of the keys to maintaining health is to practice ritucharya—seasonal routines. Adjusting our daily self-care rituals to seasonal changes helps us maintain balance and reminds us that we are a part of the natural world. Spring is ruled by the kapha dosha, whose [...]

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Posted on March 23rd, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Everyday Ayurveda

While we sleep, our bodies do their natural work of clearing toxins out of our system. As they leave the organs, these toxins travel to our colon and skin—which is why, according to Ayurveda, it’s important to take care of personal hygiene first thing in the morning to prevent reabsorption. The following routines are effective [...]

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Posted on March 12th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ayurveda for Anytime: Get More Ojas in Your Life!

Erin Casperson, guest blogger and Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern According to Ayurvedic philosophy, ojas is the life-sustaining vitality that promotes immunity in the body. Ojas can keep you healthy during flu season and prevent depletion during a stretch of overtime at work. It takes a long time to build this nourishing substance, but, in [...]

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Posted on February 5th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Stoke Your Fire with Pranayama

Pranayama (breathing) practices are a great way to cultivate inner heat during the winter. Larissa Hall Carlson, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher, shares three of her favorite warming pranayama practices sure to get your inner space heater thrumming. Anuloma viloma is a variation of nadi shodhana (Alternate-Nostril Breathing), with a short breath retention. [...]

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Posted on January 16th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Ready, Set, Reset

Three years ago, I went on vacation and suffered a horrible bout of food poisoning that left me with a relentless and debilitating intestinal problem. I was lethargic, I gained weight, and I had to go to the bathroom constantly. I went from doctor to doctor looking for a solution, to no avail. I tried [...]

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Posted on January 10th, 2013 by in Ayurveda, Yoga

Nadi Shodhana: Purifying Breath [VIDEO]

Larissa Hall Carlson, Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurveda specialist, shares a Nadi Shodhana practice for purifying the breath.

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Posted on January 5th, 2013 by in Ayurveda

Bundle Up with Ayurveda

Time-honored techniques to thaw winter’s chill Winter brings the festive sparkle of the holidays; fresh, snowy vistas; exhilarating outdoor sports … and, for many people, lethargy, dry skin, and runny noses. How can we keep up our spirits—and our health—when it’s so easy to let Old Man Winter bring us down? Ayurveda, the holistic-health system [...]

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Posted on January 1st, 2013 by in Ayurveda

What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. Drawn from an understanding of nature’s rhythms and laws, Ayurveda is built around the five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth.

It is understood in Ayurveda that humans, as natural beings, are governed by the same rules and laws as all other natural beings. If we choose to ignore these laws, then imbalances will begin to appear. These imbalances are the precursor to disharmony and disease in the mind and body. This system of medicine understands our deepest connections with the whole universe and the influences of the energies that make up this universe. We are considered a microcosm of the macrocosm.

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