Masala tea, often called Chai in the Western world, is used to warm and stimulate digestion after a meal, as well as nourish the body, mind, and spirit. Masala consists of four primary spices: cardamom, ginger, long pepper, and cinnamon. Cardamom and ginger are considered sattvic, believed to stimulate spiritual purity. They also help reduce mucus, calm the stomach, and eliminate toxins. Long pepper helps reduce pain and rejuvenates tissue. Cinnamon is similar to cardamom in its properties and is good for the circulation and the heart.
Weather and seasonal changes affect our balance. Knowledge of the possible effects helps you to adapt your wellness routine to the season.
The autumn and winter months, when it is cold and dry, are considered to be Vata season. When wind, cold, and dry weather continues, Vata accumulates in the environment which can contribute to a Vata increase or imbalance in the body. During this season, it is a good idea to adopt a more Vata focused diet and routine to keep Vata in balance. Stay warm, eat warm cooked foods, and don't over exert yourself. Read more...
Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 45. Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults. Women are affected twice as often as men, especially after childbirth and during menopause. Some people experience depression during the winter months when there is less light. Others can feel depressed during stressful times. Depression manifests in many different ways, including insomnia, social withdrawal, weight fluctuation, and feelings of low self-worth.
Swasthya is a Sanskrit word that translated means "established in oneself." This is joyfulness, contentment, and perfect health. In our hectic lives it seems that swasthya is an elusive concept. We tend to look for joy outside of ourselves, in our work, or with our relationships, or even with money. We think that more is better, and put our focus on the goals ahead of us, without noticing all the beauty that is among us right where we are. Fortunately, we are able to shift our focus.
Our ingredients are no secret. Our products are powered by some of the most healing, time honored phyto-medicines. Read more about Comfrey, rich in natural allantoin, it one of the herbs that has been used for centuries to gentle cleanse and repair tender tissues.
COMFREY (Symphytum officinale)
For at least the last two hundred years comfrey has been one of the most popular and widely used herbs to restore and repair our body. Peoples from both east and west have faith in this plant as a miraculous healer. There are records of it being used by both the Greeks and Romans and by ancient eastern physicians. In days gone by it was held in such high esteem that it was believed that even wearing or even carrying comfrey would guard and protect you on a journey. So think of that the next time you slip some Sundari Comfrey Cleanser into you sponge bag before your next trip. Click to read more...
Days are now shorter and nights are colder now unless, of course, you are in the southern hemisphere. Cold, wind, rain, snow and darkness make it the time of year when the vata dosha is naturally most active. Vata is the dosha which is the most powerful of the subtle energies of the body and is the key dosha to be kept in balance if we are to age gracefully. Vata is subtle energy that is like space and wind. It is the dosha that controls movements of all kinds. Our conscious movements like moving your arms and legs, the involuntary movements such as your eyes blinking or your heart beating and the movements of your thoughts running through the mind. Click to continue...
Whether you are smiling for photos, cracking up laughing or putting on a good face for the relatives it is your jaw that is holding onto all the emotions both good and bad. It is hard to share a beautiful smile if you are just keeping ahead of too much stress. Sure, yoga will be a great help. But a precious secret to a good practice is keeping the jaw loose.
Here is an exercise that is known by many dentists who specialize in relieving TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Syndrome), the problem that manifests as grinding your teeth at night and for some chronic neck pain. The exercises are very simple. The power is in the regularity and frequency with which they are done. We called them SIX by SIXES because you repeat each of the three exercises six times and do the exercise six times a day. Don’t worry they take just a minute or two and can be done anywhere. Click to read more...
Seek Joy first and foremost.
Seek reasons to laugh.
Seek reasons to offer words of praise to self and others.
Seek beauty in nature, beasts and other humans.
Seek reasons to love in every segment of every day.
Look for something that brings forth within you a feeling of love.
Seek that which uplifts you.
Seek opportunity to offer that which uplifts another.
Seek a feeling of wellbeing.
Know that your value can only be measured in terms of Joy.
Acknowledge your absolute freedom to do any of these things
Or not to do them,
For it is without exception your choice in every minute of every day.
When doing any form of meditation, there are always distractions that come up. Some of these come from our environment but a good deal more come from our own body and mind. In truth, even what appears to be distraction from our environment really is a manifestation of our own mind. Until we are able to subdue the wild and chaotic nature of our own mind, the environment we find ourselves in will be wild and chaotic too.
In the Ayurvedic tradition the consistent care of oneself with diet, exercise, self-massage, meditation and ritual is said to be more powerful than any kind of herbs or medicine. The belief being that the body’s own internal capacity for creating the correct biochemical, hormonal or enzymatic balance is superior to anything we could take from a bottle. For this reason there are a great number of daily self-care rituals and multiple variations described in some detail, the benefits of which are said to be profound.