When people begin an Ayurvedic lifestyle and see the positive effects of cooking meals at home, the questions they ask most are what to eat for breakfast and what to take for lunch on the go. This month, we have a recipe that fills both needs: savory pancakes.
Most people think of pancakes as a sweet dish (we have a recipe for that, too), but adding savory spices balances the natural sweetness of the wheat and aids digestion. By adding vegetables to the batter, you have a creative and unexpected way to eat a familiar food.
By Rachel Saum
I affectionately call this “veggie pie” when my friends ask what I’m cooking. It has been a hit at potlucks, and is an easy way to get the appropriate ratio of sweet, grounding to extractive, cleansing vegetables. Serve with hummus or another legume for a balanced meal. Here I used beets and turnips, but you could easily make it with carrots or squash. Happy baking!
By Myra Lewin
At Hale Pule, we begin each day by grounding ourselves in spiritual practice. Some parts of the practices, like meditation or Yoga asana, are familiar for our guests. But some practices are brand new – and often the most powerful. That is certainly true for those who experience our Intuitive Energy Practice guided meditations.
You may know about panchakarma as an Ayurvedic cleanse, but the benefits go far beyond that. People have been undergoing panchakarma for centuries because it not only removes toxins from the tissues of your body, but also promotes healing and rejuvenation in your whole being. That’s because panchakarma centers on rebuilding the strength of agni, digestive fire, along with balancing the three doshas. This brings about profound effects in all aspects of your health, including your mental well-being and spiritual openness.
By Shannon Wianecki
I wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t happened on my own head. Reducing an imbalance in pitta dosha had dramatic results—some of my gray hairs returned to their original reddish-brown color.
Long before I knew anything about Ayurveda or doshas, I was wrestling with my friend’s five-year-old son. He had me in a headlock when he stopped. “Shannon, I see a grey hair,” he said gravely. “Pluck it out,” I laughed. “I can’t,” he said. “There are too many.”
I was 23 years old. Already, numerous grey hairs sprouted around my temples. They weren’t just lacking in melanin, either. They were disobedient little wires poking from my scalp: coarse and hard to smooth down. Sigh. I didn’t want to use toxic hair dye, but I didn’t feel quite ready to rock life as a lady silver fox.
When is the last time you consciously engaged in a loving act toward yourself? Practicing love for yourself – just the way you are – more deeply connects you to the God of your heart. And after all, that is the purpose of Yoga – to cultivate peace within. When you have that, you can find peace in any situation.
If you’re looking to bring in more self-love (and who isn’t?), add in a twist, like marichyasana C, or sage pose, to your practice. Think of this as showing your spine and nervous system that you care. The twist itself can be looked at like a hug, one that connects you to your body, grounds you to the earth and trains you to take in moderate, even breaths by softening the diaphragm.
By Judy Michaels Safford
A passion has deepened in me to be an advocate of kindness. We have punished ourselves long enough. Now is the time for kindness, gentleness and tenderness – especially toward ourselves – as we approach our spiritual growth by cleaning our emotional house.
What would it feel like to be at your very best state of health? How would you feel with your body at its ideal proportions for your build and dosha balance? How much freedom would you have knowing that your body was at its healthiest function?
The answer to all of these questions is simple: You would feel like your true self – vital, joyous and content.
By Lisa Akesson
I remember the first time I was really hungry and didn't allow myself to eat. As a model I traveled to Paris in hopes of work. With no guarantees I dove headfirst and did everything I could to succeed. The agency I worked with didn't have to put pressure on me to lose weight; I did it very well myself. After a few weeks my skin broke out in protest of my unhealthy mental and physical state. I remember how frustrated I was when I had to go back home earlier then planned.