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Ayurveda reminds us to be gentle towards our skin. When we exfoliate, we are not stripping the skin of its natural oils, we are stimulating and helping to gently yet effectively remove dirt and dead cells from the surface of the skin.
Exfoliation has long been part of Ayurveda's deep-cleansing philosophy. On a physical level, daily light exfoliation can stimulate the skin, eliminate toxins more efficiently, and remove dead cells. It also helps clear the mind.
Dr Arya gives us some of her valuable tips on living through the winter time according to Ayurveda, here's what she says ...In winter the duration of night is long, one feels hungry in the early morning itself. since the digestive fire is so strong the preferred rasas are - Madhura (sweet), Amla(sour) and Lavana(Salt)
Recently I was working behind the Ayurveda principles on Vibrational Medicine with the pioneer in the intersecting fields of regenerative medicine Dr. Kavita Beri who is a scientist at the Center of Dermal Research at Ruthers University, New Jersy.
In the stressful modern world, more and more people are turning to nature to find healing. Called Vibrational Medicine, or Vibrational Healing, this actually is a centuries-old practice, performed in different traditions.
Autumn is considered a Vata season where everything changes, the leaves fall, the winds rise and it can feel like a period of change and movement both in body and mind, its an unsettling time for many.
Its a time for harvesting much of natures bounty is gathered and stored. Thankfully it's becoming more popular again as people turn towards the simpler things in life that are connected to nature. Although early last month as I gathered masses of blackberries I was saddened that they were left unpicked, I had nowhere else to store them as I made mountains of jam and juices.
Autumn brings with it the Vata qualities which will affect all doshas, it seems like common sense but if you look at the way this season affects us, you will begin to understand the concept of Ayurveda and the seasonal changes.
You can substitute different root veggies for this meal. This is a really warming hearty meal full of goodness. Its ok for all types, but don't use the chilli flakes for Pitta and reduce the garlic to a teaspoon.
This is a delicious dish a great one for using the autumn veg that's available in this season. The ginger in this dish is perfect for the Autumn season, here are the energetics of ginger, Ayurveda sees ginger as a major health and medicinal rhizome and is used in many ayurvedic recipes, here are the energetics of ginger.
According to Ayurveda as we move through the rainy season which holds many health problems as discussed in the Rainy Season section, we move into Autumn which according to the Vedic calendar is late Sept to Mid November.
As we move into the winter season, according to Ayurveda this is the early winter and we can become aware of what's needed before the harsher winter months set in. We want to be adding some good quality food to our meals as the digestive system acts like a burning fire during these colder months helping to distribute warmth to our bodies.
If you are a windy person which is a Vata imbalance eating too many beans can increase the problem, always add a pinch of Asafoetida or Hing to the mix, this will help with wind. Asafoetida is used in savoury dishes, often to add a more full flavor as an alternative for the taste of onions, garlic, egg, and even meat. It's a staple ingredient in Indian cooking, commonly used along with turmeric in lentil dishes like dal, and a variety of vegetable dishes
Everyone wants to know about what to have for breakfast and what will work for each dosha. This is a really simple quinoa breakfast bowl that will keep you going all morning and provide you with all the nourishment that you will need. Simple ring the changes with the correct fruit for each dosha and you have cracked it!
Wow so full of goodness and with the dark green leaves, it really does give you an excellent inner cleanse. Blended with sweet and pungent tastes it's suitable for all dosha with adaptations. You want to lose weight or get some much-needed energy this one is definitely one for you.
Imagine getting all the protein benefits from quinoa and the vitamin immune-building benefits of berries with all their antioxidant qualities.
I've given you instructions to make lots of different nondairy milks, quinoa milk is somewhat different but so easy to make and absolutely full of delicious proteins. In the introduction to quinoa, I give you all the benefits but just in case you haven't read that here are some brief amazing benefits from quinoa.
Quinoa is high fibre and low calories so this will still help you to feel full. This light food will also improve your metabolism and helps with weight loss, good for Kapha types. Quinoa is fine for all dosha types, just follow some simple guidelines.
Millet is rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc it's a great protein and gluten-free. You might have seen millet in the health food store, and maybe not sure how to use it, have a go, it's really good for this time of the year.
Here Bojan our Jyotish expert continues his article on remedies through using colour. Teach me something - Beautiful deep yellow, like the flag of Spain, provoke energy of Jupiter in your mind and life. Jupiter is a planet of knowledge and good vibrations. He is the one holding family and society together. Hence, living room or dining room with yellow details can help you improve ether element in your homes and keep you together for a long time.
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