By Sarajean Rudman The bright yellow, herbaceous perennial known as turmeric, originally from South India, has America enamored with its oft-trumpeted health benefits. Lately, it’s been hailed for its ability to prevent anything from the common cold to cancer. Harvested mainly for its rhizomes, or roots, turmeric is closely related to ginger, another herbal powerhouse [...]
This week’s Kripalu Recipe is an antioxidant-packed carrot-ginger soup. Make extra and invite the neighbors! Serves 4. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or Earth Balance 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced 1 large Spanish onion, chopped 4 cups sliced carrots 6 cups water or stock 1 teaspoon [...]
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 [...]
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, guest blogger 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 [...]
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 [...]
While the media frenzy about the flu season we’re facing this year has ebbed, we are still in the midst of cold and flu time. There are various things you can do every day to boost your body’s immunity and preventive health naturally. Here are just a few things to keep in mind. Plants are [...]
Qigong instructors Deborah Davis—an acupuncturist and medical intuitive—and Ken Nelson—a leader in mind-body practices who also teaches yoga, meditation, and bodywork—share their personal connections to qigong and discuss its benefits.
What exactly is qigong?
Deborah Davis Qigong is an ancient system of self-healing that’s been around for 2,000 years. It’s a practice that’s meant to help your body heal itself naturally.
Ken Nelson “Qi” means energy and “gong” means to cultivate. It’s an umbrella term for any energy/movement work, such as martial arts and tai chi. Qigong is one of the four pillars of Chinese medicine.
Do yoga and qigong complement each other?