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AYURVEDA
What is Ayurveda? Developed in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is a known as the world’s oldest health care system. It is a holistic healing and medical tradition that provides preventative, acute and chronic health guidance and wisdom through food and lifestyle choices and changes. Ayurveda, in its purest sense, is a modality of practicing purification of spirit and unification of mind, body and soul - of becoming one. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words. “Ayu” means “life “and “Veda” means “the knowledge of.” Therefore, Ayurveda literally means knowledge of life as a whole. Ayurveda looks at the whole person including the mind, body, senses and the soul; therefore healing through Ayurveda is considered a holistic healing practice. Health is based on the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth, just as in nature. The way that these elements combine within any given individual determines which “dosha” or primary “type” they are: Vatta dosha  (ether and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). Each dosha thrives and heals with specific food choices and ways of living and conversely becomes ill and out-of-balance when making poor food and living choices. Good health within Ayurveda occurs because it considers the uniqueness and individuality of every person. Healing is based on treatment protocols that address each person’s specific health challenges. Using lifestyle changes, specific dietary modifications, herbs, and cleansing practices, Ayurveda provides a powerful, effective health care system that honors each person’s uniqueness. You can learn more about Ayurveda by visiting the Ayurveda section on All Things Healing regularly. We welcome you and your comments. Visit us often! 

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Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Pro...
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Sonica Krishan, BAMS, NDDY, ADNY
Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT is founder and owner of Well-Being Integrative Health Consulting. As a scientist, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga instructor, Julie blends Eas...
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Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Today I’m wrapping up this 3-part series of articles on the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) by exploring kapha dosha...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In preparing for late winter and early spring, we begin to look closer at Kapha dosha and its accumulation over a stagnant time. Kapha dosha is anabolic and responsible for growth, lubrication and nourishment. With the elements of water and earth slowly coming into full bloom, examine your body, mind and spirit for heaviness, lethargy and excess. We can begin to clear Kapha dosha early if we notice the signs. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen points out some distinct symptoms to look for when identifying a Kapha imbalance. She offers a great guide to self-examination for Kapha dosha. Take some time to review your doshas today. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Kitchari is sometimes thought of as the equivalent of "Ayurvedic Chicken Soup." Kitchari is classically a warm, light and nutrient-rich Vegetarian dish that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. There are numerous versions of kitchari that range from soupy to a drier rice medley. Ayurveda recommends using split yellow mung dal as the legume of choice since it is known to digest extremely well and to not produce gas. This video by JivaSattva clearly demonstrates the steps to making a delicious kitchari that includes many culinary spices with Ayurvedic healing properties. Try it at home today!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What is your doshic phenotype? Deconstructing the Ayurvedic body and mental phenotypes can get confusing. Vata, pitta and kapha are present in all individuals in various combinations, but how do you know which doshas predominate within you? This brief, but clear video by Dr. Neelesh Korde discusses numerous features, mental/emotional states and behaviors of each dosha. Take a moment to explore the differencs among the three doshas and how they may present within you. Namaste

 

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from The Chopra Center

According to Ayurveda, sleep is the nursemaid to humanity. During deep, restful sleep, our body recovers from stress and we wake up feeling refreshed, clear-minded, and energized. Unfortunately, with the turbulence in people’s personal lives and in the world at large, many of us suffer from insomnia and a lack of adequate rest...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all struggle with obtaining a sound sleep on occasion. Ayurveda recognizes most sleep interruptions as a product of aggitated Vata. As we enter deeper into Vata season, getting a restful night's sleep may call for some Vata pacifying tips. A soothing evening routine, sleep mantra or essential oil massage may serve to sooth a Vata body and ease a Vata mind. Check out these 5 tips from The Chopra Center that are bound to send you into sweet slumber.

 

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by Lisa Belisle

Ayurvedic oils, like sesame and sunflower oil, have been used for more than 5,000 years as a potent medicine for maintaining and improving well-being...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hot, dry, pitta summer is here! As the sun and heat roll in, our skin is more susceptible to damage by tejas, so we must take steps to protect it. Abhyangha self-oiling massage is a wonderful way to nourish the skin during this season and a great method for relieving several bodily ailments. In Ayurvedic Practitioner Lisa Belisle's article "The Importance of Ayurvedic Oils," she discusses how beneficial herbal oils like sesame and sunflower can be to relieve skin conditions, insomia and muscle pain as well as help detoxify the body. Check out Lisa's article and then watch ATH's Abhyanga video to learn how to give yourself a daily massage. Namaste, Julie

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Low on Energy?  Ayurveda aims to continuously restore balance to the doshas and supply fresh energy for the body and the mind. In this lovely YING & YANG LIVING video interviewing Ayurvedic expert Jenny Ahn, several Ayurvedic suggestions are offered to restore energy to each of the doshic constitutions known as Prakriti. For Vata, Pitta & Kapha prominant prakritis, different self-care steps can be taken in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Jenny discusses yoga styles, nutrition and bedtime routines to benefit each constitution. Enjoy!

 

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by Nadya Andreeva

1 out of every 3 people experiences some sort of digestive unease on a daily basis. It ranges from an unpleasant heavy feeling, to bloating, to heartburn, to acid reflux, pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, burping or distension. None of these are pleasant...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In Ayurveda, a happy belly means a long, healthy life. Keeping our digestive fire, agni, strong throughout the year will help with immunity, rejuvenation and detoxification. Agni is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda. If agni is high, then it can properly digest food, emotions and negative energy to keep the 3 doshas in check. Use your food as medicine to kindle agni. Focus on these carminitive spices and how they balance your doshas for strong agni and a well-rounded constitution. Namaste

 

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by Conni Kunzler

I’ve just come out of a several weeks season of feeling overwhelmed—too many tasks and deadlines, a drum beat of personal demands, lots of waking up at 2:37 am, an irregular and fast-paced schedule, and underneath it all a churning and persistent anxiousness. The whole thing was “gut wrenching.”...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another wonderful article by author Conni Kunzler, where she educates us about the need to be implementing Ayurveda recommendations in the everyday food that we eat. She narrates that Ayurveda suggests eating your biggest meal at midday when the digestive fire is strongest—in sync with the sun. And try not to eat anything 2-3 hours before bed for better sleep. Also, Mindful or intentional eating will encourage nourishment rather than a grasping for comfort or distraction. Please have a read.

 

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from Megan, selected from Planet Green

Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Ayurveda is a science that focuses on balancing the body’s life energies (vata, pitta, and kapha) rather than focusing on individual symptoms. Because of this, Ayurveda helps your body to arrive at its natural weight...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Losing weight is always a challenge. Ayurveda follows seasonal, organic eating principles and syncronicity with the sun daily to optimize digestion and keep a healthy weight. Check out these few simple tips to keep you balanced and at a healthy body weight without "dieting." *A quick note about the alcohol recommendation - typically Ayurveda does not recommend alcohol but there are some medicinal herbal preparations in alcohol that are occasionally utilized.

 

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by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar

Ayurvedic herbs  and medicines are very beneficial and useful also for the animals. Veterinary Ayurveda provides with a number of  great and safer options for this purpose. As we know that Ayurvedic medicines are safe, natural , provide longevity and well being and most of all these medicines offer a preventive approach...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another informative article by Dr Sachin Nandedkar, Ayurvedacharya wherein the author recommends Ayurveda herbs and medications also for the pets and animals in general. This is great to know and understand that how the ancient wisdom science and therapeutic knowledge of Ayurveda comes to practical aspect to provide healing and health to the animals. Dr Nandedkar has also provided with case file and improvements based on his study.

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this video, Dr Greg Emerson highlights the medicinal usage of turmeric as anti-oxidant, anti- inflammatory and anti cancerous. He calls turmeric as a Super Herb ! Turmeric is surely on of the few Ayurveda herbs which as per Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to be a destroyer of aggravation in all the three basic humors of the body viz. vatta, pitta and kapha. These humors or doshas when remain in their balanced state, provide us with the fruit of health. On the contrary any distortion among any of the same results in the production of a disease. Therefore, turmeric is recommended in a large variety of ailments! Please have a look.

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which is a holistic ancient perception passed on by learned Sages of India, has endowed our health and longevity with the virtues of Natural wellness since times immemorial. Derived from the two meaningful lexis Ayus and Veda which when combined together, (whereas Ayus means life and Veda is knowledge or science) crafts the word “Ayurveda” or the Science of Life...

 

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A History of Ayurveda

by Dr. Vikram

Ayurveda originated in India long back in the pre-Vedic period. Rig-Veda and Atharva-veda (5000 years B.C.), the earliest documentation of ancient Indian knowledge, have references to health and diseases. Ayurvedic texts Rolex Replica like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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