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    Recipes,  Tips and Tricks

    Simple, all natural cleaning solutions!

    Have you ever been curious about making your own home cleaning products, but are overwhelmed at the thought of starting? Don’t worry, I was in your shoes not that long ago. I finally decided to make my families home health a priority and started making our most commonly used cleaners myself. Although I am not completely finished phasing out ALL commercial cleaning products I have come a long way and YOU can too. Ayurveda is rooted in mother nature and therefore promotes living a holistic lifestyle to every extent possible. It isn’t exactly easy it today’s world to stay away from toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. However, there are small steps…

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    7 Simple Holistic Roadtrip Recovery Tips

    Have you ever taken a road trip, or long day trip, returned home and felt awful the next day? You are not alone, I used to experience this quite frequently myself. During road trips it inevitably seems like you make poor food decisions, don’t stop for proper rest, and lose a lot of energy focusing on the road and where you are going. This hyper-focus on the outside physical world takes a toll on your body and when you return home, finally able to relax, your body is overloaded and symptoms begin to appear. Symptoms like headache, body aches, a general sense of “yuck” and exhaustion begins to set in.…

  • Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is kapha dosha?

    If you read either of my previous articles about “What is Vata Dosha?” or “What is Pitta Dosha? then you are already familiar with what a dosha is according to Ayurvedic science and Samkhya philosophy. If you have not had the chance, let me give a brief explanation. A dosha is simply an expression of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth). A dosha is not a physical thing, but merely a means of understanding the elements working within the human body. The human body is made and constructed in nature and is therefore directly related to the five elements. There are three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. All…

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    Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is Pitta Dosha?

    If you read my article about “What is Vata Dosha?” then you are already familiar with what a dosha is according to Ayurvedic science and Samkhya philosophy. If not, let me briefly explain… A dosha is simply an expression of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth). A dosha is not a physical thing, but merely a means of understanding the elements working within the human body. The human body is made and constructed in nature and is therefore directly related to the five elements. So what is pitta dosha anyway? Are you pitta dosha dominant? Pitta dosha is one of the three doshas present in nature. The other…

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    Ayurveda Fundamentals

    What is Vata Dosha?

    The three doshas play a very important role in Ayurveda and Samkhya philosophy. They exist to provide an expression of the five elements (pancha mahabhutas) at play in nature. The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha and all three are vital energies present in everything in nature. The doshic balance is different in each person and is determined at the point of conception. In the following article I will be going into detail about what vata dosha is and why it is important to us. So what exactly is vata dosha? First I must start by saying that you are not actually your primary dosha(s). It is simply a…

  • Recipes

    7 Nourishing Ayurvedic Breakfast Recipes

    When beginning a new lifestyle the hardest part for me always seems to be the food. For so long I have had some pretty bad habits when it comes to eating, such as skipping meals, eating fast food, and eating late into the late right before bed. Some of you may or may not be able to relate. All the practices I just mentioned are in complete opposition to what Ayurveda has to offer, so it is no surprise that I have stumbled a bit to adjust. One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast, however I know with “busy” lives we tend to skip or skimp on…

  • Ayurveda Fundamentals

    It’s All About Balance – What are Prakruti and Vikruti?

    Ayurveda is built on the belief that harmonious function between the body, mind and spirit is not only possible, but what ultimately leads to true health. This cooperation stems from a balanced constitution. If the last statement leaves you wondering what the heck I am talking about, please read the article below to discover one of the most important principles in Ayurveda. Life is primarily about finding your healthy balance and answering the following question: What is my constitution? Ayurveda, living a life of “balance” Now, there are any number of things I could be talking about in terms of balance. Do you have a balanced work/home life? Have you…

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    Ayurveda rituals, practices for a healthier you!

    In my recent post What is Dinacharya? I went into detail of the rituals and practices performed in an Aryuvedic daily routine. As you read, many are everyday things that twenty-first century individuals do….brush your teeth, exercise, shower, eat three meals a day, etc. However, some might have been terms never heard of before, such as tongue scrapping or oil pulling. Before being introduced to Ayurveda I had never heard of these, nor did I have the slightest clue what they entailed. Not to worry, utilizing the following post I will go into detail explaining what some of these ancient practices are, their purpose, and how they can be performed…

  • Ayurveda Fundamentals,  Getting Started

    What is Dinacharya?

    As mentioned in my previous post, Ayurveda for Beginners – An Ancient System of Health and Healing, creating a Dinacharya or daily routine is crucial in the success of your overall Ayurvedic transformation. So what is Dinacharya? Let’s find out! Diving into Dinacharya Dinacharya, literally meaning “daily routine”, is a foundational concept in Ayurveda. Ayurveda outlines six different cycles over the course of a twenty-four-hour period broken up by dosha type. Hence, it is no surprise that the qualities of each dosha are pronounced during each respective cycle. The main premise is that the use of a routine in alignment with these cycles creates balance amongst the mind, body and…

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    Ayurveda for Beginners – An Ancient System of Health and Healing

    For most, Ayurveda is a term they have never heard of, myself included. That is until about two months ago. I was introduced to Ayurveda while reading the book Perfect Health, by Deepak Chopra. For anyone interested in healing their body through holistic practices and rituals, look no further. Ayurveda is an ancient approach to holistically addressing the imbalance of mind, body, and spirit within an individual and providing guidance to bring them back into balance. Commonly referred to as the “science of life” Ayurveda is often seen as the first system of medicine established. Ayurveda for Beginners serves as a brief introduction to an ancient practice that stems some…