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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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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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Dinacharya: How Daily Routine Connects us to Life

Sometimes freedom reveals itself in our ability to choose NOT to do something even more than in our ability to choose to DO something.

The practice of hatha yoga aims to deepen our experience of connection to the reality of the universe. The path of hatha yoga uses the tools of our senses to perceive our life and the world around us as it changes, expanding our sense of familiarity with Nature. When we “practice” asana or meditation we have the opportunity to practice becoming more and more embodied, more and more sensually connected to our life. The longer and more attentively we practice, the more this embodiment carries over into other parts of our life. Read more »

Recipe: Pea Soup with Fresh Mint and Parsley

Peas are in season again and we can’t get enough of them! Last spring I wrote a simple recipe for a green pea puree that makes a great side-dish (or baby food). This recipe is a bit more sophisticated and can hold it’s own as the center piece of a meal. Read more »

Of the Sun and the Moon: Ayurveda, Exercise and Yoga

Ok, it may be true that spring started a month and a half ago, but now we’re finally starting to feel the heat of the sun. And, it turns out, there is a good reason for that.

Saumya and Agneya

Ayurveda texts talk about 2 halves of the year: one more associated with the sun (when there are more than 12 hours of daylight) and one more associated with the moon (when there are more than 12 hours of night). The first half, when the sun dries the moisture of the atomosphere and heats the air, is referred to as agneya (“of agni”). The second half, when we are graced by the cooling, moist gaze of the moon, is called saumya (“of soma”). You could say that agneya and saumya are the ayurvedic equivalent of the “ha-tha” of yoga and the taoist concepts of yang and yin.

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Sprouted Mung Bean Dosas with Coconut Chutney

After my most recent trip to India, I found myself very inspired to try making Dosas at home.

In the south of India, dosas are made with something called Urid dal and rice. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to find Urid dal here in France (although I know that it is definitely available in the states and probably also in England, Canada and Australia).

So, that left me needing to experiment.

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