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by Nadya Andreeva

In general winter has a bad reputation – flu season, cold weather, weakened immune system, dry skin, and on top of that the inevitable cold season weight gain. Sounds pretty horrible! But according to Ayurveda, winter is one of the best times to strengthen immune system and lose or maintain weight...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Sweet tooth? Sugar cravings? If you're trying to be healthy and curbing your desserts, Ayurveda has some nourishing, delicious alternatives for you! Vata dosha is prominent in the winter season and is balanced by warm, cooked and the nourishing "Sweet" or "Madura" taste (Rasa). Now, that's Natural sweet taste, not the sugary candy kind.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Vata 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 Vata prakruti. He focuses on regularity, dinacharya (daily routine) and stabilizing actions. 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



by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Vata dosha is the principle of movement. As such, vata, which describes the functions of the air and ether (space) elements, governs all bodily movements...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we are in the thick of Vata season, begin to pay closer attention to your body and take stock of potential signs of Vata disturbances. Digestively, constipation, bloating and abdominal distention are all indications that digestion has slowed most likely due to the change in environmental conditions. Numbness or tingling in areas of the body indicate that the wind element vayu is affecting the nervous system. Lastly, bouts of pain and insomnia are sure signs that Vata has increased significantly in the body and needs to be quelled. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen offers some great insight into how Vata can become imbalanced and some key signs for which to look out. Take some time this season to address them before Vata becomes too unruly. 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 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.



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