by Lissa Coffey
The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body, including breathing, digestion, and nerve impulses from the brain. When Vata is out of balance, anxiety and other nervous disorders may be present...
Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Lissa Coffey who is Ayurveda expert and renowned authority on Ayurveda and Relationships, has agreed to share her Ayurveda wisdom related articles with us ! In this article, she tells us all about Vata dosha. According to her, the most important thing to know about Vata is that it leads the other doshas. Vata usually goes out of balance first, which causes the early stages of disease. Please read through her 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
Editor's Note from Nicole Spigner: Asanas that promote stability, and are actually a practice of stability, include those standing postures which bring the hips-center of gravity low and keep both feet strongly on the ground. Utthita Parsvakonasana, or Extended Side Angle Posture, is one such posture and is perfect for practicing in this season of Vata, our Fall. In this video, John Shumacher, a certified advanced Iyengar yoga teacher, takes us step by step through Utthita Parsvakonasana, with wonderful attention to detail and places we can adjust along the way. Practicing Utthita Parsvakonasana will increase strength, generates some warmth, promotes stability, and quiets the increased movement of windy, cool Vata.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Shirodhara is truly an amazing Ayurvedic therapy that can work wonders on disorders caused by Vata aggravation. Nervousness, anxiety, depression, insomnia and overstimulation, just to name a few, are all reduced with shirodhara. "Shiro" means "head" and "dhara" means "stream." In shirodhara, a warm oil stream is continuously poured over the "sthapani marma" (the space between and above the eyebrows) otherwise known as "the third eye," as it has a soothing effect on the hypothalamus. Shirodhara is thought to sync frenetic neurons and alpha waves to greatly improve mental clarity, create stability and impart calm.
Editor's Note: It's easy for Vata dosha to get out of balance in the cold and windy weather. This video from Banyan Botanicals reminds us how to ground and regain balance as we enter winter months.
by Leslie May
Make sure your lawn and your garden are free from chemicals, insecticides, herbicides and pesticides to keep you dog and you the healthiest possible. There are dangers lurking in nasty chemicals that can be very unhealthy for dogs, other pets, children and adults...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The grass is green, and it's time to work on the lawn. Beware – some lawn chemicals can be poisonous to pets. Here's how not to risk the four-legged family but have a great lawn. And there are some great links to other wonderful sources of information.
Animals & Pets
by Alex Duncan, PhD
“Ama” means partially or undigested food. Ama can cause toxic residue to build up in the gut. This residue harms the gut and can infiltrate and harm the body and its organs, contributing to many different chronic disease conditions...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: With the change to Vata season, many toxins begins to accumulate in the body and mind that will need to be purged. In Ayurveda, these toxins are called "ama" and stem from undigeted food along with unprocessed environmental hazards that are not eliminated by adequate agni. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses ama, its sources and its accumulation. Namaste
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What characterizes vata, pitta and kapha body types? How can we use this to approach our diet? This short video highlights the elements, features and energetics of the three doshas and how unique Ayurveda is for specializing treatment. It speaks of Ayurveda's customization of therapy and the search for the root cause of disease. Listen to find out how Ayurvedic body types can help guide you in your healing journey. Namaste.
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