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 […]
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.
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 […]
How is the colder weather 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 preventive measures of […]
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 […]
Centuries-old Ayurvedic practices may be the key to better health in the here and now. by Rachel Strutt About a year ago, my friend Gareth introduced me to “swamp juice,” a smoothie of sorts that he’d invented using spinach, apples, and almond milk. Gareth cheerily told me he hadn’t been sick in four years as […]
By Shannon Sexton Thinking about going vegan? Or already committed? Whether you’re ditching dairy for health reasons, or because you want to practice the yama ahimsa (nonviolence), you may want to consider applying Ayurvedic principles to your diet to stay healthy and balanced. “I love Ayurveda because it looks at each individual and says, what […]
Erin Casperson, Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern As August rolls on, pitta aggravation is in full force for many of us. The hot, moist/oily, light, spreading, penetrating, and pungent qualities of the summer season have settled into the body and mind for many of us, creating dis-ease. This is especially true if your constitution is […]