Sweetness of the Season

Figs

Harvest time is here and there is much to be savoured and enjoyed.  Late summer is also the time when vata dosha begins to increase. Do you feel scattered, ungrounded, and exhausted with all the summer activities and dry heat? You can feel vata energy accumulating through dry skin, cracking joints and trouble sleeping through the night.  These are our…

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Calm, cool, collected.

Field of lavender

How do we know when pitta is aggravated? Feeling irritable, frustrated, impatient? Holding yourself to a very high standard? People with pitta in their constitution can have an underlying fear of not being perfect and feel unloved or unrecognized.  This can bring about low self-esteem, a general feeling of not being good enough, and fear of criticism and anxiety.  Here…

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Spotlight on herbs: Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari, Wild asparagus)

Asparagus racemosus by Neha.Vindhya

Taken from ‘The Ayurveda Bible’ by Anne McIntyre For the first of our ‘Spotlight on Herbs’ blog posts I’ve chosen Shatavari.  This herb is an excellent nourishing tonic and the most important Sattvic rejuvenative for women – hence the name which translates as ‘she who possesses a hundred husbands’!  It is cooling and moistening, restoring balance when the body and mind are…

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Developing an Ayurvedic network

Students of Ayurveda today

I have been studying and practicing Ayurveda now for more years than I care to think about, but even so I am scratching at the surface of a healing system with over 5,000 years of history.  As a student of the Living Wisdom course you may be interested in Ayurveda on a personal level, or it may be that you plan on…

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Have you heard of these three fruits?

After the last post we have heard from many people that they were excited about trying kichari! Now we’d like to tell you about Ayurveda’s famous “three fruit” formula triphala. Triphala is by far the best and safest Ayurvedic formula for cleansing the bowel. Triphala is a blended powder of three amazing tropical fruits; amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki. Triphala not only…

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Kichari – The Ideal Cleansing Food

In our last post we offered 3 gentle ways to detox in the Spring. Today we are giving you our favourite recipe for Ayurveda’s ultimate cleansing food, Kichari! It’s nourishing, light and easy to digest and so gives the body a break from the work of digesting, making it easier to clear a backlog of toxins. Kichari Recipe 1/2 cup split yellow…

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3 Ways to Spring Cleanse!

Ginger tea

Spring is a natural time for cleansing and clearing but detoxing doesn’t have to be rigorous and intense to make you feel great! Ayurveda gives us a variety of different ways to detox based on our individual constitutions and offers great wisdom as well as practical support. Here are 3 simple things you can do to increase your vitality and attune…

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