Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Pitta self, this is the video for you! Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist Khabir Southwick gives some excellent insight and practical tips on how to live with a Pitta prakruti. He focuses on calm mind, soothing action, agni and digestion, mental and emotional stability and continual daily balancing. Enjoy!
by Lisa Belisle
Udvartana is an invigorating procedure done with cleansing grains, dosha or constitution specific herbs and oils, used to scrub and exfoliate the skin. This herbal massage will stimulate the skin, leaving you with radiant, toned skin and cleansed skin...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The unique series of body treatments with herbal oils, pastes and scrubs is what makes Ayurveda one of the most powerful natural medicines known to date. According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushrata, Udvartana is one of a three-part treatment designed to detoxify, reduce fat, strengthen and tone the body. By appling dry herbs in a "scrub" form to the skin through massage, Udvartana stimulates blood and lymphatic stimulation, toxin elimination and absorption of herbal medicine. This outline of Udvartana by Ay practitioner Lisa Belisle describes the process and what to expect from a treatment. Note that Udvartana is often best suited for kapha types and should not typically be used by pittas or vatas because of skin sensitivity. A video by Lisa Belisle on Udartana is also posted in the Ayurveda section of ATH. Namaste
Editor's Note: According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS), approximately 4.6% of the U.S. population age 12 and older has hypothyroidism. With this astounding number, collaborative efforts of Eastern and Western medicine can provide a more thorough holistic health plan for individuals suffering from hypothyroidism. In Ayurveda, hypothyroidism is a function of excess kapha dosha accompanied by a dysregulation of vata and pitta doshas. It is characterized by low agni, dhatu ama and often presents like chronic fatigue syndrome. This excellent video by Alicia Diaz walks us through some of the symptoms and Ayurvedic treatments including pranayama for hypothryoidism. Namaste
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Sinus pressure, congestion, mucous and colds are a result of tridoshic imbalances, but can be prevented with the Ayurvedic pancha karma of nasya. Beginning with Vata, dry, cold nasal passages stimulate the body to increase blood circulation via nasal vessels, thus bringing Pitta heat to the barren location. Soon after, Kapha fluids and mucous accompany Pitta to help lubricate the passages. However, this leaves the nose susceptible to viruses and bacteria for infection. Nasya uses herbal sesame oil to lubricate and medicate the nasal passages before the onset of dry, inflammed, mucous-filled cavities. This explicit video demonstrates the preventative nasya technique that provides tremendous relief for Kapha excess and helps prevent the progression of colds and infections. Namaste
by Dr. Harkiran Nehra
According to Ayurveda, menstruation (raja-pravrutti) is the natural flow of excess pitta in the form of menses (raja). Raja-nivrutti is the state of gradually diminished raja-pravrutti which ends as menopause...
Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Dr Harkiran Nehra, wherein she describes Ayurveda insight of Menopause and tells us that the type of symptoms you have in menopause depends upon which bodily principle or dosha is "out of balance" in your mind/body system viz. Vata, Pitta or Kapha dominant. Please have a read of the wonderful article. Namaste.
by Sharada Hall
Are you attracted to people who are exactly like you or exactly the opposite? Do you and your partner's different ways complement one another or are you like two peas in a pod?...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Relationships can be tough, especially those where constitutions may clash. Dr. Sharada Hall, DOM offers some first hand insight into how two people with opposite prakritis may benefit each other and complement one's weaknesses with their strengthes. This refreshing account on a Vata and Pitta/Kapha relationship demonstrates how understanding Ayurvedic principles and doshic energies can facilitate communication and help couples reach common ground in their relationships. Many thanks and blessings for this wisdom, Dr. Hall. Namaste
by Melina Meza, BSN, 500-RYT
Depending on where you live, you may think summer is never long enough (like in the Pacific Northwest), or that it’s always too long (like in the South). Regardless of your geographical location, I believe summer is the one and only season where Westerners live at the appropriate pace, one that is in sync with Nature...
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Most people don't drink enough water on a daily basis, and become dehydrated, stiff and constipated. Even your social situations can become "dry" and lack that juiciness and excitement that we all long for. Nutritionist Melina Meza shares with us the importance of water from an Ayurvedic perspective.
by Julie A. Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda
Sluggishness, joint pain, low libido and memory loss are just some of the more alarming symptoms of hypothyroidism. This, now highly prevalent autoimmune condition where the body's defenses turn on the thyroid with destructive antibodies, causes a slow decline in metabolism, energy and eventually spirit.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hypothyroidism is a complex manifestation of pitta metabolic dysfunction. It challenges the body to regulate hormone levels while fighting a war against itself. After being diagnosed with Graves' Disease (hyperthyroidism) early in life and twenty years later experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, it was natural for me to seek out what alternative Ayurvedic methods could be useful to my condition.
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