The past year has turned our life and daily experience upside down. We’ve been blindsided and have had to adjust in real time to a new lifestyle, new habits and new beauty routines while saying goodbye (for now) to our previous ones. Manicures and pedicures, brow shaping, facials, hair cuts and color, exercise and massage treatments are non-existent and have forced us to be a little more self-reliant. Giving ourselves a manicure, trimming our ends and coloring our hair seems to be quite satisfying for many while we are finding ourselves asking “why on earth didn’t I do this before?”. For many, this quarantine period is helping us look at ourselves in the mirror and with love and compassion, redefine what beauty means while creating routines to go with our newfound vision. Continue reading
Dinacharya & Vyayama
Daily Routine and Exercise
Ayurveda pays an enormous amount of attention to daily routines and its enormous impact on preventing illness and disease in the body. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it does not miss a detail and so it is not surprising that dinacharya is written with a very specific sequence of steps – from when you open your eyes (say thank you) to when you finally sit for your breakfast (keep it warm, light and easy to digest). And though there are specific “How & When To’s”, rigidity and repetition of the same steps for too long is contraindicated. In fact, the healthiest daily routine acknowledges what’s happening in the body and mind on any given day as well as what is happening in one’s space and time which includes seasons and other changes in the environment.
Ayurveda asks us to focus on experiencing more right movements in the right context than “right” movements in the wrong ones. For example, if the weather is very windy and dry, practicing more grounding therapies and eating more grounding foods to nourish and lubricate the body would be a good idea. Swap running, cycling, or other fast movement i.e. aerobic exercises for asanas that warm the body and encourage a natural healthy flow of energy throughout it. Vata is the one dosha that can make your body or break it. Literally. Highly considering your Vata on the daily is always a good idea. Continue reading
“I’m so stressed” is probably one of the most common complaints we have in our modern society. Stress is inevitable yet we throw the word around so much that the meaning is lost and the experience so standard that we don’t take it seriously. Honestly, I wish it was mandatory for every human being to take a basic anatomy and physiology class because then we would be less disconnected from our body’s high intelligence and natural processes that are meant to keep us healthy and much more respectful of its need for proper mind/body/spirit nourishment.
In Ayurveda stress is known as Sahasa and thousands of years ago it was written about in the Caraka Samhitas, the oldest compilation of medical texts in the world. The Samhitas clearly state that Sahasa causes ojahksaya- loss of immunity and increases the susceptibility of the body to various infectious diseases. In Ayurveda, avoiding causative factors is the golden rule in preventing disease but one has to also be self-aware to be able to identify the stress response to be able to avoid it. This is why self-awareness and listening to your body’s intelligence is the second golden-rule for preventing disease. Continue reading
I know there is a lot keeping you up at night. You’re tired and worried. You want to snap out of it but feel overwhelmed and to top it off, your mind is conditioned to always go to negativity, worry and anxiety at the first sign of stress. You are so deeply affected by the outside world, that you neglect your inner world that is your light and your spirit.
Just like proper digestion of food is necessary and core to your overall immunity and physical and mental health so is proper digestion of information (external stimuli) and the thoughts and emotions that arise from them. Agni (digestive fire) is not just located in our GI tract and governed by Vata, Pitta and Kapha but is also a element in every one of our cells, fluids and tissues. Our liver has agni. Our kidneys, eyes and so on…Agni of the mind is responsible for our intellect, understanding and comprehension. Continue reading
~ by the use of this medicine, Chywana, who had become exceedingly old became young once again ~ Chraka Samhita 1st century B.C
Chyavanaprash holds supreme position amongst all Rasayanas in ancient Ayurvedic texts and here was are, over 6,000 years later, and it is still one of the most popular and most-recommended Ayurvedic remedies.
The first recorded recipe for Chyavanaprash is found in the Caraka Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic texts of Internal Medicine. In it, Chyavanaprash is noted for being superior to all other herbal rejuvenative tonics and is “beneficial for allaying cough, asthma and other respiratory ailments; it nourishes the weak and degenerating tissues, promotes vigour, vitality and is anti-aging”. Continue reading
Is your skin red and hot? Are you constantly craving salty and sour foods? Are you feeling especially irritable, angry, and impatient? If so, you could very well have a Pitta imbalance.
In Ayurveda it is determined that our bodies are governed by three physical humors, each with specific locations in the body, specific seasons for accumulating and aggravating and times of the day when each is at its peak.
Everyone is a combination of all three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha –but there are one or two that are going to be dominant in every person. The goal for optimum health is to maintain that inherent balance. Ayurveda is very precise in its understanding of the disease process and how qualities of certain doshas accumulate in one season and aggravate in another. Any increase in your doshas will create an imbalance which will create illness i.e. skin conditions or digestive upset just to name a few. Continue reading
We tend to make excuses for the fact that we spend no time tending to our needs. We rush through any time we do make for ourselves and then we spend that time not thinking of ourselves but the needs of everyone else. We feel guilty for the time we do take. We move fast, without a mindful touch when we wash our face, apply a crème or take a shower. We are slowly burning ourselves out and possibly even harboring resentments for those we love, as we see they get all the love and care while we “have to do everything”. Continue reading
With news of the Coronavirus spreading as rapidly as minutes in a day it is important to keep our head above water and remain calm. This will protect us from added stress which compromises our immunity and of course, our respiratory health.
So before I get into it, let’s backtrack for a second to 2002, when the first of two coronaviruses, SARS (severe acute Respiratory Syndrome) was responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and caused global outbreaks. There was also MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus, which emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and affected at least 2,500 people. We survived then and if we take care of ourselves, listen to our body’s intelligence and follow some guidelines, we will survive this now as well.
Coronaviruses generally target and affect respiratory systems i.e.nose and lungs and can pass to another person via droplets from their nose or mouth. While time is necessary to understand the full extent of how Coronavirus is transmitted and how people are infected, we know what we know and that is that we must strengthen and maintain the integrity of our respiratory and immune systems so we are not vulnerable in the elements. Continue reading
Sleep. Deep, rested, waking up refreshed, not aching in your body glorious sleep. Oh, how you wish you had some!
Studying Ayurveda is the most enlightening experience and though our teachers tell us that we cannot legally claim Ayurveda cures people I will say that in my humble opinion (not fact) from what I have learned, experienced and witnessed with other clients in our University clinic, Ayurveda makes everything and everyone whole again. It is absolute perfection. Again, just my opinion.
Ayurveda, focuses on preventing dis-ease before it manifests into a chronic condition and one fundamental essential needed in place is restful, solid sleep. In fact, if you are not sleeping well and haven’t for some time, problems with all system’s of your body are inevitable. There is no better time than now to bring your body in balance. As you’ll see it has less to do with medications and more to do with you. And your routine. Continue reading
My clients always ask me about Vitamin C serums and for years, I have said the same thing; Vitamin C is one nutrient that is best received from our diet, not topical products.
Vitamin C serums are a hot commodity with research backing their efficacy that is often flawed or validated by the Big Beauty companies that are making these products.
Ever wonder why your Vitamin C serum turned brown? That’s because when Vitamin C is exposed to air, light, heat and the constant contact our dropper has with our fingertips, it oxidizes and this is most likely the cause of a lot of your skin woes. And forget Vitamin C creams packaged in pots that you are dipping into. I recommend immediately throwing those away. Continue reading