"Soma" is the nourishing, cooling quality that is associated with the moon. Water represents this lunar energy. It helps support each of the three doshas by nurturing, lubricating and detoxifying the body. When properly absorbed, water offers us many healing benefits. It helps with digestion, improves the skin, prevents constipation, and cools the body.
Primordial Sound Meditation uses individually selected mantras to disconnect us from the activity of life. These primordial sounds are based on the vibration the universe was creating at the moment of your birth.
Winter is often called the flu season, or the cold season, and is considered the time when contagious diseases abound. As per Ayurveda, winter is actually the best season to improve immunity. Ayurveda identifies 3 different levels of immunity:
1. Hereditary (Sahaj) - the innate level of immunity which you are born with.
2. Seasonal (Kalaj) - fluctuating levels of immunity due to the change of seasons, different stages of life, and planetary cycles.
3. Established (Yuktikrit) - a balanced, permanent level of immunity that can be realized by following an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
When you go to see an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the first things that he or she will do is to assess your pulse. Over millennia, Ayurveda has developed the science and art of interpreting the health of an individual by their pulse. In the hands of an expert, pulse diagnosis (nadi pareeksha) can yield a wealth of information.
When western doctors take your pulse, they are counting the beats. An Ayurvedic practitioner uses the pulse in a much different way. Read more...
Looking at the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the first five are external practices and the last three - Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi, are internal practices. In this final note, we are drawing attention to Dhyana and Samadhi.
Dhyana is meditation. The purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind and open the heart. In this way we become aware of our connection with the Divine. Samadhi is super-consciousness. It is also called bliss, union, or enlightenment. It is when we experience the presence of the Divine with our entire self, body mind and soul. Read more…
Looking at the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the first five are external practices and the last three - Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi, are internal practices. Starting with this Wellness Note, we now turn our attention to these internal practices.
Dharana is concentration. The idea is to fix our attention on one focal point. This helps us to gain equanimity, poise, and grace. The way to concentrate the mind is to focus it on one particular object, to the exclusion of everything else. Read more...
The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali describe eight facets of yoga, known as Ashtanga Yoga.
The fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga is Pranayama, or breath control. With these breathing exercises we can achieve a balanced state of mind. These are many different exercises that work to invigorate the system and calm the mind.
The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali describe eight facets of yoga, known as Ashtanga Yoga :
1. Yama (moral codes)
2. Niyama (self-purification)
3. Asana (postures)
4. Pranayama (breath control)
5. Pratyahara (controlling the senses)
6. Dharana (concentration)
7. Dhyana (meditation)
8. Samadhi (super-consciousness)
The third limb of Ashtanga Yoga is Asana, or yoga postures. Read more...
Ghee (a form of clarified butter) has quite a long history, as it has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years. Ghee is an essential (and nutritional) element in much of Indian cuisine, much the way butter or margarine is used in American cooking. Ghee also transcends the cooking realm, as ghee is also often used in religious ceremonies and various healing arts in Indian culture. Ghee has many nutritional and health benefits as well.
Ghee lacks hydrogenated oils and is a popular choice for health-conscious cooks as well. Additionally, since all the milk proteins have been removed during the clarifying process, ghee gains further nutritional value because it's lactose free, making it a safer alternative for those who are lactose intolerant. Read more...
According to Ayurveda, your body is always "digesting" your environment through the five senses. Each of the doshas is attuned to a particular sensory experience. Vata is especially sensitive to sound, Pitta to sight and Kapha to smell and taste, but all can benefit from color stimulation to restore balance. Read more...