Cooling Down: Five Ayurvedic Tips for Managing Pitta in Summer

With the hot months of summer upon us, it’s important to balance the fire element in your body. In Ayurveda, our body is composed of five elements: water, fire, earth, wind, and space. Each person has a unique mix of these elements, and when fire is pr …

Why Sleep is the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Health (And How to Implement Good Sleep Hygiene)

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, sleep often takes a backseat. Yet, it’s one of the most crucial factors for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Both Yoga and Ayurveda emphasize the significance of sleep, known as “Nidra”, as essential f …

Yoga of Recovery: Why We’re Addicted and How Yoga Brings Back Balance

Yoga is the bridge from unwanted dependency to  healthy and happy attachment in moderation. In reality, we are the masters of our minds and our bodies. Yoga shows us the way to regaining control of our thoughts and actions.

Kitchari is medicine

“Let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine.” – Hippocrates of Cos, Greece, 460-377 B.C.   With so many fad diets flooding your mind with ideas like “all carbs are bad for you” or “you need more protein,” it can be confusing to know what to …

Ayurveda 101, The Science of Life: How to Use the 3 Doshas for Optimal Living

Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago! Derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), Ayurveda translates to the knowledge or science of life. Knowledge of Ayurveda helps one to maintain general health and wellbeing long-term by allowing one to treat imbalances as they occur and before they manifest as greater problems to worry about (such as serious illnesses).

Yoga & Recovery

Many of us first turned to yoga whilst looking for change. It takes great courage and openness to heal our negative habits and create new healthy ones. No matter our habits, addictions, or cravings, yogic practices can transform them from the inside ou …

Ayurveda at a Glance

Ayurveda is yoga’s sister science — the science of life, health, and longevity. Based in India and as ancient as yoga, Ayurveda has been a healing practice and lifestyle for many, its wisdom continuing to spread through the West. Ayurveda’s foundations …

2017 Presentations by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

We are delighted to share these handouts from K.P. Khalsa’s presentations at the ashram during his program, The Twin Paths of Yoga and Ayurveda for Healthy Living, in March 2017. Herbal Mysticism—Herbs for Spirit & Consciousness Sharpen Yoga Practi …

Ayurveda Skin-Care Remedies: Beauty from the Inside Out

  “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth,” teaches Manesha Kshirsagar, an Ayurvedic specialist in health and skin care. In the practice of Ayurveda, much focus is placed on metabolism and digestion. But the care you t …

Ayurveda for Healthy Air Travel

  A comprehensive health-care science, Ayurveda emerged from the same Vedic culture as yoga, in northern India, and its foundations come from the Vedas, the oldest books in the world. Used for medical interventions and treatments, Ayurveda also em …

The Importance of Sivananda Yoga with David Frawley

David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) discusses the importance of Sivananda Yoga as a complete spiritual and healing system and describes the Sivananda tradition as one of the few yoga movements with an integral approach to yoga that consistently tea …

Ayurveda: Ancient Healing for a Modern World

Healthy foods can change the physiology of the body, says Marc Halpern, DC, but often our senses are so inundated with junk that we ignore what’s best for us. Bad food, violent TV, stress-inducing noise — “we’re so distracted by the party that the sens …

Mung Dal Kitchari Recipe

Enjoy this cleansing and nourishing Mung Dal Kitchari Ayurvedic recipe from Lalita Devi, Director of the ashram’s Well-Being Center.  Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients 1 cup mung dal ¾ cup white basmati rice 4 tablespoon ghee 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (pe …

Chanting Ahimsa

by Nicole Vahlkamp (Nirmala) It is 6 o’clock in the morning and 200 people are sitting cross-legged on a large wooden platform surrounded by palm trees made slightly iridescent by the contrast between the slowly rising sun and the shadows of the dissol …

What Does an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Do?

By Dr. Marc Halpern (Siva) Originally published by Sivananda Yoga Camp. Reposted with permission. An Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist is a specialist capable of utilizing yoga therapies to alter the physiology of the body in a manner that supports the healing …

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