A castor oil pack is a safe and efficient way to get the healing benefits of castor oil. Castor oil packs are an important part of many holistic healing protocols including detoxification programs, cancer treatments, and protocols that work to improve conditions of the digestive system. [Read more…]
Astrology charts are based on the date, time, and place of birth. A horoscope is like a snapshot of the cosmos at the moment of your birth. It shows the placement of the planets and the interactions between them.
The difference between Western astrology and Vedic astrology is that the Western astrological system is based on the tropical zodiac, and the Vedic system is based on the sidereal zodiac. In western astrology, more importance is given to the sun sign, and in Vedic astrology, more focus is on the moon sign. Both systems are accurate, but Western astrology will tell you more about a person’s characteristics or personality, where Vedic astrology can see the bigger picture including the past, present, and future events. [Read more…]
To maintain balance and health we need to live in harmony nature’s daily cycles. There are times of the day that are more suitable than others for our regular daily activities such as waking, eating, exercising, relaxing, and of course, sleeping. The three doshas of Ayurveda have a close relationship with the daily cycles; each of the doshas is most active at a particular time of day and night, and the energy associated with that dosha will affect us. If we become aware of the natural cycles according to Ayurveda, we can experience better health and become more in-tune with our bodies. [Read more…]
Both Ayurveda and Yoga are based on the principle of the five elements. 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). [Read more…]
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, your yoga 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. Your Ayurvedic constitution effects how your body responds to yoga; depending on your prakruti and vikruti, the asanas you choose to practice will vary. [Read more…]
Ayurveda 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. Nasya is one of the five purification methods in panchakarma therapy and is also commonly done as an Ayurvedic treatment on its own. You can get a professional nasya treatment by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, or do a simple nasya by yourself 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. [Read more…]
Neti or “jala neti” means “cleansing with water.” It is an ancient technique used in both Ayurveda 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. Neti is an easy addition to your morning routine with many great healing benefits. [Read more…]
The Ayurvedic herb brahmi is commonly referred to as gotu kola, this has led some to believe that these two herbs are interchangeable. Both are used extensively in Ayurveda 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.
The healing system of Ayurveda uses the concept of the three doshas to explain ones constitution or nature. There are many Ayurvedic tests available in books and online that determine your dominant dosha. A lot of these tests say they determine your constitution (prakruti) but they are really helping you determine your current state of imbalance (vikruti). It is important to know the difference between your prakruti and vikruti so you can find a dosha test that will be the most accurate. [Read more…]
There are many Ayurvedic cookbooks available that specialize in teaching you how to prepare healthy, balanced meals using the principles of Ayurveda, a holistic system of healing from ancient India.
Using Ayurvedic cookbooks is a very practical way to integrate Ayurvedic principles into your lifestyle. If you are interested in using Ayurveda for your health and healing, the foods you eat will play a very large role; a proper diet is the most effective way to restore balance in the body. [Read more…]