Adjusting to Autumn with Ayurveda

Autumn is bringing shorter days and changeable weather, exposing us to qualities that are light, dry, cold, mobile, subtle and rough.  Ayurveda explains that when vata dosha dominates, these qualities are present. Ayurveda refers to autumn and early winter as the vata season.   Ayurveda is an ancient science based on elemental principles that pertain to life on earth. Ayurveda recognizes the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth as the building blocks of the natural world. According to […]

Ayurveda’s Seasonal Wisdom in Florida – Has Spring Sprung?

  “Spring has sprung” is a fun alliteration, but the season didn’t really “spring” up on us.  That would imply a clearly defined state of exiting one season and being firmly established in the next. Here in Florida we experience a more subtle transition from summer’s lush coverage to the trees losing leaves and then blooming. It is not as defined as the northern cycle of autumn to winter to spring. It’s not only subtle, it is inconsistent and seems to have […]

The Unified Field of the Body, Mind & Spirit

The Unified Field of the Body, Mind & Spirit As Explained through the System of Ayurveda Written by Denise O’Dunn, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor “Body, Mind and Spirit” is a common phrase to express the inherent unity of the aspects of being alive. Ayurveda, the Science of Life, teaches that the body, mind and spirit are intimately unified in a common field of experience and we function best when each aspect is acknowledged, honored and supported. This Vedic wisdom […]

Beat the Heat of Summer with Ayurveda

Relentless heat, major tropical storms, an overbearing sun piercing your eyes, never enough shade… If this is all you can see about summer, you are most likely of a Pitta dosha and you need to be careful in summertime; read on.   Ayurveda is an ancient system of preventative health care, rejuvenation and longevity. Ayurveda is a way of life that creates harmony by teaching you to honor your individual nature, while consciously following the rhythms and cycles of the […]

Ayurvedic Guidelines for Good Digestion

Ayurveda suggests, not only proper food choices for efficient digestion and quality nutrition, but equally important is proper eating habits. The way that you eat determines if your carefully chosen foods and food combinations will turn into ama (toxins) or ojas (essence of life).   Following are Ayurvedic principles of eating that, when applied, assist with the ability to digest well, absorb efficiently and eliminate properly. As always, keep in mind your original doshic nature and current doshic influences.   […]

Dinacharya

Dinacharya is a Sanskrit term referring to the daily practice or routine founded on Ayurvedic principles. In Sanskrit, ‘din’ means day or daily and ‘charya’ can mean activity, behavior, conduct, practice, performance, custom or routine. In respect to dinacharya, ‘acharya’ refers to following the inherent wisdom of nature by being close to the natural pulse of the day. Following dinacharya brings greater awareness to all of the choices we make throughout the day. As the “science of life”, Ayurveda provides […]

Ayurveda and Yoga – Sister Sciences

Ayurveda and Yoga share the same Vedic roots, yet offer different paths to the common goal of self-understanding and ultimately merging with pure consciousness. Both Ayurveda and Yoga originated as a means to end all suffering, presenting an approach to life that is in harmony with the laws of the universe.   Yoga is a path to liberation of the spirit. Practicing the asanas (physical postures) of hatha yoga assists you in maintaining a meditative state without the distractions of […]

Ayurveda’s Concept of Perfect Health – Svastha

Ayurvedic philosophy establishes the five great elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth as the building blocks of the natural world.  These five elements pair-up in three combinations to form the primary forces of nature called doshas. The doshas are known as vata, pitta and kapha.   According to Ayurveda, we are made of all of the elements, but the unique arrangement and quantity of vata, pitta and kapha is determined by the doshic makeup, lifestyle, diet, and emotions […]

Dravyaguna – Ayurveda and Herbs

In Ayurveda, the science of therapeutic substances, including herbs, is called Dravyaguna meaning the “attributes of substances.”  Dravyaguna gives us extensive classifications concerning the unique properties and use of herbs, based on the herb’s taste and actions.  The term Dravyaguna is used in Ayurveda to describe the energetic classification and understanding of herbs, as it is focuses on the expression of consciousness through the herb’s apparent attributes. The principal characteristic of the universe is consciousness, which leads to its manifest […]

Ayurveda and Children

Ayurvedic philosophy establishes the doshas of vata, pitta and kapha as the primary forces of nature. Ayurveda teaches that every child is born with an exclusive arrangement and quantity of vata, pitta and kapha. Their distinctive combination of the doshas determines their physical structure, features, temperament and natural talents. Here are examples of how the doshas are characterized in children and how to help maintain their doshic balance. Keep in mind that all three doshas are present in everyone, so […]

Ayurveda and Sleep

We all understand that sleep is an important factor for normal biological function. Ayurveda considers the quality and quantity of our sleep to be as essential to our health and well-being as our dietary habits. The right amount of restful sleep affords our bodies and minds not only an opportunity to be restored, but time to absorb and assimilate the day’s intake. There are processes that occur during sleep that can’t be reproduced while we are awake.   The ancient […]

Ayurveda and Your Ideal Weight – Part Two

Part One of this article explained the Ayurvedic and doshic principles of your ideal weight according to your unique combination of vata, pitta and kapha doshas. Ayurveda teaches that balanced weight is achieved through awareness of the way that the qualities of the doshas affect you. It then explains that your lifestyle and dietary habits should create harmony among the doshas. When there is excess of any dosha, it can manifest as excess body weight.  Excess Body Weight and the […]

Ayurveda and Your Ideal Weight – Part One

Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine that is based on living in harmony with the rhythms of nature. According to Ayurveda, there are three essential forces (doshas) that regulate all aspects of life, including the natural processes of your body, mind and emotions.  These doshas are vata, made of the elements ether and air; pitta comprised of fire and water; and kapha consisting of water and earth.  The doshas contain the qualities of their contributing elements. Ayurveda explains that […]

Panchkarma – Balance from the Inside Out

Panchakarma Basics   Ayurveda is India’s 5000 year old system of health and longevity. Ayurveda is the Science of Life. Panchakarma is the traditional Ayurvedic cleansing, rejuvinating and balancing program for your mind, body and spirit. Panchakarma means “five actions”. According to the Vedic texts, the formula for optimal well being is good digestion efficient elimination, harmony between your mind, senses and conciousness, and a natural balance of the elemental energies of your being. The elemental energies are called Doshas. Ayurveda expains that your […]

Ayurveda and Love

Ayurveda is India’s ancient Science of Life.  In developing this science the observers of the known world, the Rishis, categorized every aspect of human health, well being and longevity.  Their observations included the elements of happiness and it has long been held that the basis of all happiness is love.    Love has three dimensions: Self Love; Romantic Love; and Divine Love.   As modern pilgrims on our varied paths of fulfillment, sooner or later we confront the realization that […]

Understanding Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the study of natural law.  The word Ayurveda means the Science of Life; therefore, the essence of Ayurveda has always existed.  Ancient Vedic texts tell us that the Rishis, or Holy Ones of India, acquired the knowledge of Ayurveda through meditation and the keen observation of nature.  The Rishis, through their inquiry, obtained the understanding of life and how to end physical and emotional suffering.  For generations the knowledge that the Rishis attained was passed along through an […]

Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Nutrition

The foundation of Ayurvedic nutrition is based on the idea that you are the result of what, when, where, how and why you eat.  Ayurveda explains that your food should be eaten mindfully and with gratitude, and that it must be fresh, of the highest quality, digestible, delicious, lovingly prepared and satisfying to your senses.  Ayurveda offers a balanced approach to preparing, eating and digesting your food based on your unique body-mind type or Dosha, as well as the time […]

Aromatherapy & Ayurveda

Aromatherapy is a modern term for an ancient healing practice that is more than 5000 years-old; there are descriptions of the burning of fragrant herbs, flowers, barks and resins, to enhance healing and meditation, in the Vedic texts.  The earliest holistic healers made incense, oils, salves and poultices from a variety of aromatic botanicals.   Aromatherapy makes use of highly concentrated oil extracts of flowers, fruits, herbs, grasses and trees. These essential oils are the vital life force of plants. […]

Vyayama – An Ayurvedic Approach to Exercise

  Vyayama, or physical exercise, is an essential component of Ayurveda’s system of preventative health care, rejuvenation and longevity.  The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe Vyayama as the movements and body postures designed to stabilize and strengthen your body.  Ayurveda suggests that a daily routine of proper physical activity, affects not only your body, but has a positive influence on your mind, emotions, senses and spirit. The benefits of Vyayama are achieved as you focus on your chosen activity in awareness of […]

Ayurvedic Physical Activity – A Matter of Balance

Ayurveda is the Science of Life. In Ayurveda your physical, mental and emotional well being is described within the context of the three dynamic forces of nature or Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The fundamental Ayurvedic principals of like increases like andopposites create balance dictate that you choose the type, intensity and duration of the physical exercise you do, according to your individual Doshic makeup and the current Doshic influences in your life.   Vata Dosha Individuals who are primarily ether and air dominate are Vata. Are […]

Pollen’s Persistent Pursuit by KC O’Dunn

Published on Examiner.com   I have no allergies but when the oaks begin their relentless mating ritual I become a monster. In Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, the oldest medical system in the world, Pollen is classified as Pitta. Pitta is a Dosha; Pitta Dosha is one of the three Body/Mind constitutions in Ayurveda. The Earth elements that comprise Pitta are fire and water. Pitta is purposeful. Pitta is the force that drives projects and industry and success. Pitta […]

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