As autumn approaches, the ripe peaches, mangos and berries of summer fall away, leaving space for one fruit to shine in its full glory: apples.
Even though apples are quite rare in Hale Pule’s home base of Kaua’i, we still enjoy the sweetness of this lovely fruit in the autumn. That’s why we were so pleased to find that some fellow farmers on Maui have begun to grow apples – what a blessing to add this to the variety of tropical fruits we enjoy for breakfast each day. We created this recipe for stewed apples as a way to thank these apple growers and honor the transition into autumn.
When it comes to the doshas, keeping vata balanced is the best thing you can do to support health in your body and mind, even if vata is not your primary dosha. Yet in this modern age of vata-aggravating computers, airplane travel and constant movement, few people experience fully balanced vata dosha.
Vata is so important because its state of balance can affect the other two doshas, pitta and kapha. This has to do with vata’s primary responsibility: movement in the body. Without vata, everything is stagnant – your heart doesn't beat and blood doesn’t move, the digestive process grinds to a halt. Even the movement of your eyes as you read this is governed by vata (though your eyes themselves are governed by pitta).
by Lisa Akesson
Us Swedes tend to drink a lot of coffee. We even have a word for the act of gathering to have coffee and a bite to eat, fika. So I used to be quite a coffee drinker, but I recently decided that I don’t want to be dependent on anything. I want to choose what I consume, not be unconsciously programmed to need something.
The morning cup and the ones I had in social gatherings were the toughest ones for me to give up, but these tips are what helped me quit coffee – for good.
If you want to enjoy a lifetime of comfort and mobility in your body, it’s time to revisit something you do every day – sit down and stand up.
As most people age, a common complaint is the loss of mobility. Pain, stiffness and popping can increase in the joints, especially in the hips, the important connection between the upper and lower parts of the body.
But this doesn’t have to be destiny. In fact, your body can actually improve with age. The key is maintaining proper balance of strength and flexibility in your muscles and bones, especially your hip joints.
By Judith Michales Safford
Ayurvedic living came into my life through a so-called “coincidence.” Talking to the owner of an organic garden in Maui, my husband and I discovered that the owner's deceased sister had been a friend of ours. She lived a block away from us in the small town of Glenwood, NM. On our second visit to the garden, he shared his Ayurvedic way of eating and gave us the Hale Pule website. Having experienced digestive problems and constipation since I was a child, I tucked the information in my pocket.
On recovery: Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 5 is about honesty with yourself, another person and the God of your heart. In the beginning it is hard to admit our wrongs and easy to defend our actions. This step helps us realize how part of us wants to continue hiding, and keep clutter in our closets.
If you’ve ever been sleep deprived, you know how important rest is for your health and well-being. Far too many people don’t get enough sleep or sleep fitfully. Over time, this lack of deep rest depletes ojas, vitality, leading to a weakened immune system and chronic illness.
If you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, here are some Ayurvedic tips that can help you get the shut-eye you need to stay vibrant and healthy.
By Stephanie Stillman
Labor Day is just around the corner, which means I will likely attend a barbecue. Here in the Midwest where I live a barbecue means meat…a whole lot of meat (and potato salad). My friends and family are definitely considerate of my vegetarian diet, but when they offer to serve vegetarian food it usually consists of a raw veggie tray and a pre-packaged, soy-based frozen patty. I’m not much for raw veggies or lengthy processed ingredient lists. However I love cooking, so coming up with a vegetarian solution for barbeque season was a lot of fun. It’s great to bring a stack of this freshly made veggie burgers with me and offer them as part of the spread. And the results? Vegetarians and meat eaters alike have enjoyed this rendition. Great for camping trips, too!
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