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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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Winter Squash Soup

Ok, so you all know how I feel about bone broth, and while I think that it tastes great as a snack or a side dish to a meal, it also happens to be a super-delicious flavor and nutrition booster for any soup you make with it.

This time of year, with the abundance of winter squashes of all sorts, I love to make a blended soup. My favorite is a combination of butternut squash with a few other veggies, but kabocha, acorn, hubbard, delicata–any squash with flesh that gets smooth when cooked–will also taste great. 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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Fire Element: the Principle of Transformation

SpaceWind Fire Water – Earth

This is the third of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My previous posts were on space element and  wind element.

Fire Element

The friction created by the movement of wind element gives rise to fire. The transformative nature of fire  liberates the potential power and energy of wind.

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Understanding Your Constitution: Pitta Dosha

This is the third post in a series of posts about constitution and the 3 doshas of Ayurveda. If you haven’t already, you may want to first read about constitution or vata dosha.

Pitta dosha is the relationship between fire and water elements.

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