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 James L. Pace

Asked to define beauty and you might proffer a ‘shopping list’ for this or that hair style, eye color, skin tone, or facial shape. But, as you will soon discover, beauty has a far more profound definition and criterion, yet preference for blondes vs. brunettes has nothing to do with it...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all know the old adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." For Ayurveda, beauty is multi-faceted, yet always originates from our inner light. Author, teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner James Pace, CAy offers a special look into Ayurveda's tri-part approach to beauty. His insight into the depths of our beauty is truly breathtaking. Take a moment in this busy holiday season to look around you and see the radiating beauty of those in our lives and those we meet every day.

 

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by Shubhra Krishan

Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Vata, governed by the quality of air, is typically restless and commitmentphobic. Vata people find it hard to stay interested in one person, and not everyone can cope with their mood swings and indecisiveness. However, their creative and slightly mysterious personality makes them very attractive, too...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this interesting piece, the author Shubhra Krishan,tells us about the beautiful characteristic features in the three different dosha personalities viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha types; what is their basic nature and how they would react to an external stimulus. No doubt, an avid understanding on this topic could help us simplify our lives as well as relationships! Worth reading.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Sinusitis is termed as “Dushta Pratishyaya” or “Peenas” in Ayurveda. Ayurveda calls nasal cavity as ´shirodwar’ that is the entry point to the skull cavity and proper functioning of brain and its various parts. Thus any obstruction in this pathway is aggressively treated...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: Sinusitis is a highly distressing medical condition which interferes with the general wellbeing of an individual. Ayurveda therapy text has the detailed description about the ailment along with the patho-physiology of other nasal disorders which broadly come in the category of Nasa roga and Shiro roga. Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari has provided with comprehensive explanation about the same.

 

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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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Prana is the life force or energy designated by Ayurveda. The regulation of prana throughout the body and the mind is termed pranayama. One type of Ayurvedic meditation linked to Yoga is pranayama. Dr. John Douillard uses the pranayama "bastrika," to increase oxygen to the brain and calm the nervous system to allow a meditative state for the body and mind. This one minute technique is a very powerful, quick and easy way to rejuvenate yourself on a daily basis. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ashwagandha gritham is a unique Ayurvedic preparation of the herb ashwagandha, milk and clarified butter (ghee). As a nervine tonic, immune booster and adaptogen, ashwagandha works to strengthen the body's defenses and is an excellent choice to increase immunity in children. This video details how to make homemade ashwagandha gritham. With just three simple, organic ingredients, you can create a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy. I hope you enjoy the simplicity and elegance in creating this nourishing home remedy! Namaste

 

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

Rasayanas are the ‘wonder’ drugs that aid in increasing your natural immunity, enhancing your general wellbeing, improving the functioning of all fundamental organs of the body, and keep the signs of early aging at bay...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Rasayanas are the ‘wonder’ drugs that aid in increasing your natural immunity, enhancing your general wellbeing, improving the functioning of all fundamental organs of the body, and keep the signs of early aging at bay. This therapy occupies a prime position in Ayurveda and abides as a distinctive branch that deals with maintaining and ameliorating the body functions, including those of the brain. Please have a read of my article about Rasayana therapy. Namaste !

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: There are particular foods and diet options for your particular dosha type! Ayurveda lays much emphasis on the right food intake. It has been specifically acknowledged that a dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) tends to get aggravated mainly by undertaking Aahara with the properties similar to the respective doshas. This is because 'like increases like'. Hence, the vitiated or aggravated dosha can only be nullified by taking foods which mainly oppose that particular dosha in properties. Pleasew watch the video with Ayurveda Diet Chart specific for the 3 dosha types - Vata type, Pitta type and Kapha type. www.drsonicakrishan.com

 

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Kapha dosha is defined by the characteristics of cold, heaviness, stability and dullness. If you have a kapha constitution or kapha imbalance, this video demonstrates how you can customize your yoga practice to encourage the opposite qualities that naturally bring kapha back into balance.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This excellent 2-part video demonstrates a simple way to make turmeric paste and what is known in Ayurveda to be "golden milk." Golden milk uses the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of turmeric, the nourishing properties of milk and the lubricating action of oil to improve upon joint dryness and pain. Even if you don't suffer from joint pain, golden milk taken on a regular basis may help keep joints working smoothly. Try this recipe at home today and leave us a comment! Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A beautiful journey into the consciousness of the Vedic theories of the universe. From lore to science, this video discusses the universe according to the Vedic text "Srimad Bhagavatam." It is a peaceful and interesting tour of the unique view from Vedic astrology and cosmology. Enjoy!

 

 

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by Healing Living Editors Care2

Does the color of some rooms make you squeamish? Itchy? Antsy? Does the color of other rooms make you soft? Calm? Wonderfully wobbly and weak in the knees?

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We live in a technicolor world. But, we may not be aware of how much color truly affects us. For example, some colors like blue or white evoke a sense of serenity and calm, while firery colors like red or orange possibly enhance anger or rage. Ayurveda views color as an influential source that can affect our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Choosing colors that will benefit our doshic constitution can create significant energetic changes and enhance our overall health. Vatas respond best to grounding colors such as earthy tones but may also be creatively stimulated by yellows and greens. Firey Pitta can be managed with cool blues and Kaphas require vibrant, bright colors to motivate and keep them active. This interesting article on color and Ayurveda discusses the spectrum in more detail with a unique eco-friendly paint line developed specifically with the wisdom of Ayurveda. After reading it, I'm sure you'll never look at color the same way again. Namaste



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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 like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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