I was at a monthly woman’s gathering this weekend. Each month a different woman shares her insights, knowledge, or passion with the other members of the group. In this past meeting, Bliss who was leading that evenings gathering, asked us all to take out a pen and paper – she had prepared a questionnaire about hair. [Read more…]
Both and Yoga are based on the principle of the five . These five elements are referred to as the panchamahabhutas in Ayurveda or the tattvas in yoga. Pancha means “five” and mahabhuta and tattva are Sanskrit words meaning “element” or “reality.”
These five elements are responsible for the structure of the universe; they are the building blocks of the material world. Everything in the universe, animate and inanimate, is made up of the five mahabhutas. The five elements are: aakash (ether), vayu (air), agni (fire), jala (water), and prithvi (earth). Each object and being in the universe contains a varying degree and combination of the five elements providing its unique features. The elements are not detected in their pure state. We perceive substances that possess many qualities, which come from a combination of more than one element. [Read more…]
The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus which extends down into the vagina. Cervical dysplasia is the appearance of abnormal cells on the lining of the cervix. Abnormal cells are found via pap smear results.
There are usually no symptoms of dysplasia. It is a common condition and mild cases often go away on their own.
Cervical dysplasia is NOT cancer; it is a cell transformation which COULD at one point transform into cancer. There is no need to panic if you have been diagnosed with [Read more…]. The progression to cervical cancer is very slow; it can take over ten years for cervical dysplasia to develop into cancer – IF it develops into cancer.
Just as incorrect diet and lifestyle can create imbalance, so can the wrong yoga practice. Yoga must be done on an individual basis; we are all different in mind and body, and the way you practice should be designed to work best for you.
Asanas are an important aspect of your yoga practice as they prepare the body for pranayama and meditation. Depending on your [Read more…]and , the asanas you choose to practice will vary.
is an ancient healing system that can improve your health and lifestyle. Ayurveda translates as the “science of life” coming from the Sanskrit words “ayu” meaning “life” and “veda” meaning science or knowledge. The knowledge of Ayurveda is over 5000 years old, making it the oldest healing system that is still practiced today.
If you have no prior knowledge about Ayurveda, it is easy to get overwhelmed by some of the information found in books on Ayurveda. Here is a brief introduction to Ayurveda, and some of the benefits of incorporating Ayurveda into your lifestyle. [Read more…]
An effective Ayurvedic remedy for nasal cleansing is . Nasya is one of the five purification methods in panchakarma therapy and is also commonly done as an Ayurvedic treatment on its own. One can get a professional nasya treatment by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, or do a simple nasya by themselves at home.
This Ayurvedic treatment is beneficial for all doshas, particularly vata and kapha. Nasya is used for maintenance of health as well as prevention and treatment of ailments of the head and neck. Whether it’s a full nasya treatment or a daily dose of oil, there are many benefits to regular nasya therapy. Nasya helps to clear and lubricate the sinus passage, relieving acute and chronic sinus problems such as allergies, mucous congestion, dryness, and snoring. Nasya also helps to relieve headaches, migraines, stiff neck, fatigue, insomnia, and stress-related problems. It reduces anxiety, clears and strengthens the mind, and stimulates the nervous system.
Neti or “jala ” means “cleansing with water.” It is an ancient technique used in both and Yoga for nasal cleansing. Neti is a salt water solution flushed through the nasal passage using a simple pot designed specifically for this purpose.
The most known benefit of neti is the cleansing of the nasal passages. Neti helps flush out the particles that get trapped in the cilia which line the nasal passage, as well as the dirt, dust, pollen, fungus, bacteria, and viruses, that get trapped in the sticky mucous in the sinuses. Cleaner nasal passages from Neti also result in an improved sense of smell.
Performing neti regularly provides relief for running sinuses and from clogged passageways of the nose, throat, and ears. Neti drains the sinus cavity and provides relief for allergies, and hay fever, and can aid throat problems and conditions such as asthma. Because neti drains the Eustachian tubes, it can give relief for ear infections and associated pain. Neti also removes dirt and mucous from the tear ducts, resulting in clearer vision. Neti clears the mind, increases concentration and focus, and also helps relieve headaches, migraines, and stress-related tension.
The Ayurvedic herb is commonly referred to as , this has led some to believe that these two herbs are interchangeable. Both are used extensively in due to their effects on the mind. But both brahmi and gotu kola are distinct in their properties, pharmacology, and photochemistry, and are treated as separate herbs in the ancient Ayurvedic texts.
Both brahmi and gotu kola have many health claims and proven effects; I will review only the health claims that they have in common. Both herbs are said to have beneficial effects on the mind, reduce stress, enhance immune function, and improve the health of the skin.
Prakruti translates as “nature” or “first creation.” It is your constitution at the time of birth and it does not change throughout your lifetime. Prakruti is determined by the condition of the sperm, ovum, and uterus at the time of conception. It can be affected by the diet and lifestyle of the mother during pregnancy. Each individual has a unique constitution made up of the three doshas in varying degrees.
Cookbooks are of great use to anyone choosing to integrate Ayurvedic principles into their lifestyle. If you do not already know your questionnaire to help you determine your prakruti. A good Ayurvedic cookbook will teach you all about your individual constitution and how to eat the right foods to restore and maintain the balance of your unique nature.(constitution), nearly every Ayurvedic cookbook will contain a