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Ayurveda for Your Period: Kapha Dosha

In my last 2 posts, we looked at the Ayurvedic perspective on the menstrual cycle and what can happen to it when too much vata dosha (wind and space) or pitta dosha (water and fire) build up in your body.

In this post, we’ll explore the effects of excess kapha dosha—or water and earth.

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Ayurveda for Your Period: Pitta Dosha

In my last post, we looked at the Ayurvedic perspective on the menstrual cycle and what can happen to it when too much vata dosha—or wind and space elements—build up in your body.

In this post, we’ll explore the effects of excess pitta dosha—or water and fire.

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Ayurveda for Your Period: Vata Dosha

If you are a woman between the ages of about 14 and 51, chances are that you have some discomfort surrounding your period. Maybe your “monthly visitor” brings along strong cramps and nausea, constipation or a few days of feeling anxious and blue. Perhaps your breasts get tender, your skin breaks out in zits or you feel irritable and frustrated. It could be that sometimes you go for months without shedding a drop of blood, or it stops and starts without any rhythm.

Ayurveda and Your Period

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Moon Salutations (with video)

Many women come to me with reproductive-system issues. Whether it’s an irregular cycle, difficulty getting pregnant, painful periods or uncomfortable peri-menopausal symptoms, it seems that most women deal with some difficulty when it comes to their reproductive systems.
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I’m a Yogi and I Eat Meat

Once upon a time, many years ago, in far off India, I worked as a sort of governess/one-room schoolhouse teacher for a group of expat families. One of the mamas invited me to have dinner with them one night. “Just to let you know, it’s a meat night,” she warned me.

Two years before, her previously strict-vegetarian Indian partner had decided (upon discovering that she was anemic during her pregnancy) that if meat would be eaten in his house, he would prepare it and he would eat it.

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Jook: It’s What’s for Breakfast

We’ve all heard words of wisdom regarding breakfast. Some call it the most important meal of the day, and in many ways it’s true. Breakfast sets the tone for the entire day. A favorite in our house in the autumn and winter is something called Jook, or Congee (or even Konyi, in South India).


One of the big mistakes that we often make with breakfast, is choosing something that essentially breaks down to sugar by the time it reaches the stomach. While your brain is actually fed by sugar, it’s much better for your body and the mind when that sugar is produced through the work of breaking down fats and proteins. Fats and proteins are long-term energy storage.


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Mama Medicine: Diet for Colds and Flu

A few weeks ago, I asked my readers for post topic requests. I got many great ones, but this one seemed like it might be the most urgent:

“I wanted to ask for some help with my two year old who has recurring respiratory issues. He just recently recovered from pneumonia and now has a cold, a persistent cough and a fever after only three weeks. I’m feeling really stressed and overwhelmed…”

I have a lot to say about this, so I’m splitting it into 2 posts: one on diet for cold and flu support and prevention and one on herbal support.

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Sex and Ayurveda

As I have written about before, loving, connected sex can nourish us very deeply. But, as with anything under the sun (and moon) Ayurveda offers some guidelines about when it’s a good time to get funky, and when the cost may not be worth it.

Let’s look at the mechanisms of sex from the perspective of Ayurveda. I’m gonna have to use some terminology here, but the vocabulary itself isn’t too important for understanding the essence. If any questions pop up for you, don’t hesitate to comment below. Read more »

Abhyanga: Nourishing from the Outside In

As the wind whips up and sniffle season sneaks in, Ayurveda recommends preparing our bodies for the drier, colder weather of autumn and winter. Abhyanga, or oil massage, becomes more important than ever at this time of year.

As part of a daily routine, abhyanga can offer pretty wonderful benefits. It cleanses and nourishes the skin (our biggest organ of elimination!) and helps to regulate the doshas and move excess dosha back into the digestive system. Read more »

Mama Medicine: Fevers

This is the first in a series of posts on “Mama Medicine.” Each of these posts will offer an overview of a common childhood illness along with some suggestions for supporting the body in implementing it’s own healing wisdom. I am happy to try to honor suggestions or requests at any time. Also, if you have some wisdom to add, please feel free to comment below.

Fever

According to Ayurvedic legend, the god Shiva in his wrathful form as Rudra, gave birth to fever after a long spell of meditation. His focus had been disturbed by demons and in frustration he opened his third eye and burned them up with it’s laser-like beam. This points to the role of fever in burning up pathogens and other bodily burdens.

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