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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Acid reflux, known as "amla pitta," can manifest as a persistent burning condition in the stomach, esophagus and mouth, thus creating great discomfort. Ayurveda views amla pitta as a displacement of sour acid from the stomach, driven by the irregular or excessive upward movement of udana vayu. In essence, vata literally pushes pitta (acid) up into the esophagus and mouth. Ayurveda recommends certain vata and pitta-reducing foods as well as specific spices to quell amla pitta and keep acid in the stomach...

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Please note, this is not an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of raw versus cooked food diets. As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda does not advise a 100% or near 100% raw food diet for long term use...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Eating raw foods is always a topic of interest when discussing diet with followers of Ayurveda. Most individuals do not posess enough agni, nor live in climates where a 100% raw food diet is possible. The Asthanga Hrydayam notes how an all raw food diet can significantly affect Vata and lead to disease. Ayurveda therefore usually advises against a raw food diet and supports fresh, gently cooked foods for maximum nutrition and building agni. Join Alex Duncan in his article's discussion of raw food diets and see how raw foods may or may not fit into your diet. Namaste

 

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by Lissa Coffey

Ayurveda teaches that good digestion leads to good health and poor digestion can bring disease. Each mind/body type digests differently...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Lissa Coffey shares with us another of her wonderful articles on Ayurveda wisdom. She conveys that Ayurveda teaches that good digestion leads to good health and poor digestion can bring disease. Each mind/body type digests differently. Whereas Vata types have erratic digestion, Pitta types would have strong digestion abilities, and yet for the kapha types digestion is generally slow. And thus it becomes rather necessary for us to understand your mind/body type and how it digests food when planning your meals. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.

 

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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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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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