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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Ayurveda includes fasting amount its preventative and curative therapies. Fasting from food or “Kshut” in Sanskrit helps to pacify aggravated Doshas (biological principles governing movement, transformation and cohesion), increase and balance Agni (digestive enzymes), purify the body of toxins, wastes, dead cells etc. Fasting can be used for maintenance (for example day-long fasts once a week or so) or for cure (stronger longer lasting fasts)...

 

Editor´s Note from Julie Cerrato: An incredibly timely discussion on fasting and Ayurveda is provide by instructor Alex Duncan. Fasting as a means of cleansing the body is often performed in early fall and springtime along with the season change. It is known to pacify aggravated doshas, stimulate agni, and rid the body and mind of waste and toxins...

 

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by Roshan Baskota

Rheumatoid arthritis is described as “Amavata” in Ayurveda. The word ‘Ama’  means undigested, toxic or unwholesome product, which is produced in the body due to weakening of digestive fire. This ‘Ama’ is then carried by vitiated ‘Vata’ and travels throughout the body and accumulates in the joints, which is the seat of ‘Kapha’ (one of the three bodily humors (tridosha) i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha). As this process continues, all the joints are gradually affected...

 

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota shares with us his wonderful article on Ayurveda approach in treating the severe ailment of rheumatoid arthritis. He has mentioned in his article that along with recommending Panchkarma therapy, and Vata balancing medicines, Ayurveda lays down much focus on proper diet as well as lifestyle. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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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: 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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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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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 Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Today I’d like to share a little more in depth about Pitta dosha, the principle of transformation. If you need a more basic introduction to the doshas be sure to check out this previous post...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Pitta imbalances can be hard to spot for some individuals. Although we aim to keep agni strong, subtle signs of fire organ disturbance can arise in the liver, stomach, pancreas and even less pitta known outlets such as the skin, blood, muscles and eyes. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen reviews 6 key areas to observer for pitta fire disturbances. As always, we encourage you to read further about Ayurveda and contact a practitioner if you notice any of these pitta imbalance signs. Namaste

 

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