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).
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.
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.
Your body is meant to be free of pain, illness, and disease. The rishis who wrote the Ayurvedic texts 5,000 years ago knew this. They outlined panchakarma, a powerful Ayurvedic whole-being cleanse and rejuvenation practice. Ayurvedic wisdom is as true today as it was then.
A combination of cooked white basmati rice and split mung has been shared through centuries as a simple and nourishing way to heal your body and mind. This is kitchadi – Ayurveda’s healing food.
Why does kitchadi heal? First, the rice, mung and (optional) vegetables offer balanced nourishment for your body. Second, by adding spices, like cumin and ginger, the meal becomes cleansing, balanced and satisfying. Finally – and most importantly – by gently cooking the ingredients together to a soupy consistency, the meal is easily digestible, which gives your body a break and restores the natural strength of agni, digestive fire.
Allergies. Something people have to deal with each spring, right? It may be normal, but normal doesn’t always mean natural! Perhaps it’s time to take another look.
Ayurveda views allergies in the light of whole-body health. Pollens, dust, mold and other common allergens cause a response in some people because of a disturbance in the digestive system, where the root of our health lies. If agni, or digestive fire, is not functioning at full strength, it’s easier to become susceptible to allergies. So if you’re suffering from the sniffles this spring, take the steps below to improve your digestion. And if you keep your digestion strong, this could be your last bout of allergies, ever.
If you’ve recently found yourself tempted to hit “snooze” on your alarm clock or feel more congested and groggy, this kapha time of year may be contributing.