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Ayurveda for Kids

Ayurveda for Kids Whoever we are: parents, grandparents, other elder relatives or simple well-wishers, we want to see our kids healthy. One of the eight branches of Ayurveda is pediatrics (Bala Tantra). It teaches some simple natural wisdom to keep … Continue reading

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Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis. Lusterless Hair.

Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis. Lusterless Hair. Ayurvedic Remedies to Care your Hair. Part Two. Anyone suffering from hair loss must be patient. The re-growth time for hair is about two years with three months resting phase. Hair grows at the … Continue reading

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Vedas on Cosmos

Vedas on Cosmos Astronomers and cosmologists study outer space and describe as best as their knowledge allows the structure and characteristics of the cosmic bodies and their interrelationship. The only question that they never answer is NOT HOW but WHY … Continue reading

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Vedic Principles of Decision Making

Vedic Principles of Decision Making Every minute of our life we decide what to do or what not to do. We find ourselves in situations that were created by our behavior and thinking in the past. We often can see … Continue reading

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Origin, Structure and Goal of Vedas

Origin, Structure and Goal of Vedas “Veda” translates as knowledge. It is principally different from the worldly knowledge though. While modern science gives us tons of information on many subjects, the whole picture of life is missing. For example, in … Continue reading

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Prajalpa – Idle Talking that Destroys our Destiny

Prajalpa – Idle Talking that Destroys our Destiny                  “every time you speak prajalpa, the greatest tragedy takes place; Maya, the illusory energy of the Lord drains out your spiritual life right out of your heart.” Radhanath Swami We are … Continue reading

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Adjusting Food to my Dosha

Adjusting Food to my Dosha When you look at the food list for your constitution you notice that food is gradually divided in categories from “best for your dosha” to “eliminate from your diet”. Does it mean that Vata for … Continue reading

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Vegan Eating in Ayurveda

Vegan Eating in Ayurveda Ayurveda considers the body to be the end product of our digestion. What we eat makes up our body and influences our thoughts, emotions, and outlook on life. When talking about Ayurvedic diet we need to … Continue reading

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The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen Finding Harmony through Food Is it possible to eat Ayurvedic and vegan at the same time? The answer is yes. I came across Talya Lutzker’s book The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen and was amazed at how well … Continue reading

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Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic Life

Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic Life Gunas are the three forces of material world, which penetrate everything in our life. To understand more about Sattva, Rajas and Tamas read the following articles: The three Gunas and  Three Cosmic Forces. The destiny … Continue reading

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Ayurveda on Conception of Righteous Children

Ayurveda on Conception of Righteous Children Only few people are pure enough to live the life of renunciation and be able to progress on the way to God on themselves. Most people live lives of householders, which means get married … Continue reading

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Non Herbal Medicament in Eastern Medicine

Non Herbal Medicament in Eastern Medicine Ayurveda uses herbs in many forms: fresh juices (svarasa), crushed pulp or paste of the plant (kalka), decoction (kvatha), hot infusion (phant), cold infusion (hima), milk decoction, powder (churna), pills (guti), tablets (vati), medicated … Continue reading

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How Observe Navaratri at Home

How Observe Navaratri at Home Navaratri is the time to connect with Divine energy. Navaratri literally means nine nights. The Navaratri observance begins on the first day of the new moon. As the moon fills with light, so does the … Continue reading

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Vedic Varnas (Castes)

Vedic Varnas (Castes) Vedic society is based on four Varnas (classes). Let’s use the word class since caste has been negatively tinged. Four Varnas are: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras. The varnas were created based on four elements: three gunas … Continue reading

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Features Of A Sattvic (Righteous) Person

Features Of A Sattvic (Righteous) Person The three gunas – Sattva (righteousness), Rajas (agitation) and Tamas (ignorance) affect everyone and everything in the material world, making us captives of it. The only way to escape is to get rid of … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Face Diagnostic.

Ayurvedic Face Diagnostic. For an Ayurvedic doctor the face features can be distinctive beacons showing the condition of inner organs. Every wrinkle or “casual” line  provide diagnostic  information for one who understands. We also can tell what system needs attention … Continue reading

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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra During the last fifty years the way of life has changed greatly. Our mind is engrossed in material survival and has lost the point of balance and harmony. The body and mind are unable to adapt to the … Continue reading

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Age of Quarrel – Kali Yuga

Age of Quarrel – Kali Yuga Once we have chosen to live in the material world which is subject to cycles of creating and destroying.  The spiritual world is eternal though. Material universes are created and destroyed in everlasting cycles, … Continue reading

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Five Bodies (Koshas)

Five Bodies (Koshas) The body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, interrelated and inter – penetrating. So the body is made up of layers or substances, each more subtle than the next. Each body has a dimension and a layer. Vedas … Continue reading

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How to Choose Food

How to Choose Food   The rule of thumb in Ayurveda is: any diet is supposed to promote self-development. If our food choices  improve our concentration on the positive, and make us open and friendly they are good for us. … Continue reading

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The Uniqueness of Human Body Type

The Uniqueness of Human Body Type According to Vedic knowledge, the purpose of life is to realize one’s unity with the  Higher Being. Following the Highest Will is the only legitimate (rightful) activity, all others are illicit (wrongful). Gaining a … Continue reading

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Three Features Helping to Lose Weight

Three Features Helping to Lose Weight Calorie counting or watching what we eat is good but not enough to get rid of unwanted pounds permanently. There is a psychological factor which causes both the under- and over weight. Let’s see. … Continue reading

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Where do Vata, Pitta and Kapha Come From

Where do Vata, Pitta and Kapha Come From To act in the material world a soul (Atman) needs a material body, which is comparable with clothes or a car. We use them but it is wrong to identify ourselves with … Continue reading

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Happiness IS a Choice

Happiness IS a Choice The most amazing part of Ayurveda is Cosmology, which describes the working principles of the universe and Philosophy which explains the meaning and purpose of our life. The Vedic knowledge states that we never die, that … Continue reading

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Vedas about the End of World

Vedas about the End of World Let’s remember how often we have heard about approaching of the end of world just in recent years. 1980, then 1995. 1999 of course since 999 is inverted 666, the number of devil. 2000 … Continue reading

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Vedas on Hospitality

Vedas on Hospitality All old scriptures teach that hospitality is a must between living beings. In books written only a hundred years ago, we find that well – to – do families gave shelter to less fortunate relatives or even … Continue reading

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Fulfillment of All Desires is the Cosmic Rule

Fulfillment of All Desires is the Cosmic Rule Vedas state that ALL desires of ALL beings always get fulfilled. This is the cosmic law. The material world was created to let all our wishes come true in order we learn … Continue reading

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Vedas on Money

Vedas on Money Where does money come from? What is the best way to gain it? Where does it go? Let’s refer to the pure well of Vedic knowledge. The ancient scriptures say that the strongest currency which will not … Continue reading

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Grace of God Meditation

Grace of God Meditation This beautiful meditation is designed to promote competence and effectiveness. It helps a person to positively channel their emotions, increase mental clarity, and correct negative personality pattern. Notice that Grace of God meditation is practiced differently … Continue reading

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Ekadashi (Ekadasi) and the Mind

The Brahma Vaivarta Purana says: “In this world there are only two concrete procedures for attaining liberation and redeeming one’s sins. These two things are: fasting on the Ekadashi days… Continue reading

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Cycles of the Material World

According to Vedic knowledge, there are infinite universes of the material world. Vedas compare them to bubbles in the ocean. Our universe is one of the smallest. Continue reading

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Vedas on Creation of the Universe

Modern science has about 40 different concepts of cosmos, some say it indefinite and some say it has its limits. Some believe in linear evolution and some in the presentation of all forms of beings at the same time. The Big Bang theory makes less and less sense even to many of official scient… Continue reading

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Basic of Vedic Astrology: The Law of Karma

Vedic Astrology is described in one of the four Vedic Scriptures – Rig Veda. The Sanskrit word for Astrology is Jyotish or Jyotisha which means Ray. This ray can lead us through our lives, providing knowledge and inspiration. The same ray can be destructive when used inaccurately or unscrupulously. Continue reading

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Time – The Most Powerful Factor in the Material World

There is no question which the Vedic knowledge isn’t able to answer. It covers all matters from “How to be happy “ to “How the Universe is built”. All these subjects are minutely described in Vedic scriptures. An interesting branch of Ayurveda deals with foretelling of future events. Continue reading

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How Old is Ayurveda?

How Old is Ayurveda? However strange the Sanskrit words (Dosha, Agni, Ama, etc.) might sound there is nothing mysterious about Ayurveda. It is a very ancient, practical method of understanding life. It teaches us to learn our unique nature and … Continue reading

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SAVE DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

SAVE DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS Dear readers, I got this message forwarded by a friend of mine. Please read and take action! Diana Hsieh (Ph.D, Philosophy, CU Boulder) Senator Durbin presented his legislation on the Friday July 1th. The Alliance for Natural … Continue reading

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Diet For the Dual –Dosha Types

Diet For the Dual –Dosha Types Everyone has all three doshas present in their unique constitution. However, one or two doshas are usually dominant. It is rare that someone is a pure Vata (V), Pitta (P), or Kapha (K) type. … Continue reading

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The So Hum Mantra

The So Hum Mantra “So Hum” is translated as “I Am That” Pronunciation: So – Hahmmm According to both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the So Ham mantra is considered to be the vibration of the cosmic unheard AUM and produces … Continue reading

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Caution: Check your Face Expression

Caution: Check your Face Expression All of us know individuals who are always in good mood no matter what happens in their lives. There is also the opposite kind of people: they always expect bad things to occur even when … Continue reading

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Herbal Remedies for Prostate Problems

Herbal Remedies for Prostate Problems There are many herbs used by both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. The yin – yang theory of Chinese herbalism and the dosha theory of Ayurveda provide a similarly balanced approach to the understanding of health, … Continue reading

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The Nature of Herbs in Ayurvedic and Chinese Systems

The Nature of Herbs in Ayurvedic and Chinese Systems Today, more than three-quarters of the world’s population still rely on the use of the medical herbs for the primary health care. The food-like qualities of herbs make it easier for … Continue reading

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The Seven Chakras and Seven Stages of Human Life

The Seven Chakras and Seven Stages of Human Life The main nadis (subtle energy channels of the body) Ida, Pingala and Shushumna run along the spinal column in a curved path and cross one another several times. At the points … Continue reading

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Sankalpa – The Power of the Will

Sankalpa – The Power of the Will Sankalpa means will and motivation. We are the result of our Sankalpas, creating ourselves and our karmas through our intentions at the heart level. Yoga cultivates the will or Sankalpa for Self-Realization. Ayurveda … Continue reading

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Erectile Dysfunction and Ayurveda

Erectile Dysfunction and Ayurveda One in four men over the age of 50, or some 20 million American men, experience some form of impotence. It strikes up to half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 (according … Continue reading

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Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation Meditation is a culmination of the Yogic and Ayurvedic knowledge. Meditation is not just a matter of closing one’s eyes and sitting silently. It is our ability to contact our true Self which is the source of … Continue reading

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Aphrodisiacs in Ayurveda

Aphrodisiacs in Ayurveda Ayurveda has a whole science of Aphrodisiacs. It is one of the seven branches of its medical system. Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs (Vajikarana in Sanskrit) are more than substances exiting sexual activity; they are tonics that nurture and give … Continue reading

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Lotus – India’s Most Sacred Plant

Lotus – India’s Most Sacred Plant Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a symbol of spiritual unfoldment. It has many names in Sanskrit, for example Padma, Kamala, and Pushkara. Lotus is good for all constitutions, but it can aggravate Kapha when taken … Continue reading

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What and How Much Should I Drink?

What and How Much Should I Drink? Many health practitioners advocate daily consumption of large amounts of water. Ayurveda doesn’t agree with this mechanical approach to the body. Different people have different needs when it comes to fluids. The general … Continue reading

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What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? Yoga is a common term in our culture today, and yoga classes can be found in every city or neighborhood. Most people identify yoga with the physical postures that are the most evident side of the system. … Continue reading

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Depression – Ayurvedic Understanding

Depression – Ayurvedic Understanding To understand depression from the Ayurvedic standpoint, it is necessary to understand how the mind, emotions, and feelings function. The Ayurvedic view is that thoughts, emotions, and feelings pass through the field of conscious awareness in … Continue reading

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Nasya – Therapeutic Cleansing of the Head Region

Nasya – Therapeutic Cleansing of the Head Region Nasya and Shirovirechana are terms that are used interchangeably. This procedure is a part of Panchakarma main elimination procedures (see Panchakarma, Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Rakta mokshana) but can be applied separately if … Continue reading

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Raktamokshana – Therapeutic Withdrawal of Blood

Raktamokshana – Therapeutic Withdrawal of Blood The father of Ayurvedic internal medicine Charaka, describes the five actions (karmas) of Panchakarma as Vamana (emesis), Nasya (administrating medicine through the nasal passages), Virechana (purging) and two types of Basti (cleansing and nourishing … Continue reading

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Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing Long ago ancient yogis detected what scientists now refer to as the nasal cycle. During the day our nostrils alternate periods of activity, ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. The breath … Continue reading

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The Three Gunas – the Never Ending Play of the Universe

The Three Gunas- the Never Ending Play of the Universe Everything in the universe has three primary phases of activity called the three Gunas. Sattva – creative phase – brings life into manifestation. Rajas – organizing, activating phase – builds … Continue reading

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Basti – Purification and Rejuvenation of the Colon

Basti (Vasti) – Purification and Rejuvenation of the Colon Basti therapy is the most powerful of the five procedures of Panchakarma (see Panchakarma). Basti is the introduction of medical liquids into the colon through the rectum. Since colon is linked … Continue reading

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Virechana – Therapeutic Purging

Virechana – Therapeutic Purging Virechana is one of the five procedures of Panchakarma (see Panchakarma) which is specified for Pitta issues. This is a controlled process that gathers ama (toxins) from many Pitta locations in the body, concentrates it in … Continue reading

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Vamana – Therapeutic Emesis

Vamana – Therapeutic  Emesis Vamana is one of the least understood of Ayurveda’s five elimination therapies (see Panchakarma). Most people associate emesis or vomiting with nausea and sickness and are repulsed by it. However, the emesis procedure used in Vamana … Continue reading

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Panchakarma – Five Actions that Change your Life

Panchakarma – Five Actions that Change your Life The miracle of the human body is that it has natural healing intelligence which is capable of constantly rejuvenating itself. However, doshic imbalance and low agni (digestive fire) can block this natural … Continue reading

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Dairy products in Ayurveda

Dairy products in Ayurveda Ayurvedic diet is not about eating Indian food. It is about understanding the energy of food. Western food can be Ayurvedic when eaten in accordance with your constitution (Dosha); season; time of day; and in proper … Continue reading

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Why is it bad to work at night?

Why is it bad to work at night? Why is it bad to work at night? Many artists or other people find it a good time to work. Let’s see what happens in our body if we break the nature’s … Continue reading

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All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love Ayurveda doesn’t consider a person to be healthy if he or she isn’t happy. Happiness is at least as important as the proper functioning of the body. We are trained to be callous and unfeeling … Continue reading

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Why Herbs will never get approved by the FDA

Why Herbs will never get approved by the FDA There are few mysteries when it comes to our health. Common sense tells us that our basic habits and attitudes in life determine our overall state of health. The quality of … Continue reading

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Do Man Made Supplements Really Get Absorbed?

Do Man Made Supplements Really Get Absorbed? Did you ever wonder why your urine is always so yellow when you take vitamins? Because you are either unable to use or do not need this portion of the vitamin. Do humans … Continue reading

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Lack of Touch

Lack of Touch Ayurveda points out 10 reasons we get sick (see Ten things that affect our health). One of them is the wrong use of our sense organs which includes overuse, under use, and misuse of senses.  Interestingly enough, … Continue reading

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Healing power inside each of us

Healing power inside each of us From Ayurvedic point of view all diseases are rooted in our habits. Symptoms arise from the way we live, eat, think, and behave. Ayurveda, the oldest, continually practiced medical system in the world provides … Continue reading

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Are You Special or Just a Number?

Are You Special or Just a Number? It takes very little observation to realize that we are all different types of individuals. Why does one diet program work for your friend and not for you? Why one medicine or herb … Continue reading

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Raw or Cooked?

Raw or Cooked? Yoga’s and Ayurveda’s recommendations about eating raw food seem to be opposed but only at first sight. Ayurveda generally does not recommend raw food for a long term diet but only for short term detoxification. That is … Continue reading

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Sweet or Bitter

Sweet or Bitter The Ayurvedic diagnosis of disease is based on the three Doshas (see What is Ayurveda; Dosha test; Portrait of Vata, Pitta and Kapha). In treatment of diseases,   the Six tastes are used (see Six tastes). Each taste … Continue reading

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We Are What We Eat

We Are What We Eat According to Ayurveda, the food that is eaten is divided threefold. The gross part becomes excrement. The middle part becomes flesh. The subtle part becomes the mind… The water that is drunk is divided threefold. … Continue reading

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Ten Things that Affect your Health

Ten Things that Affect your Health 1.    Like increases like. A dosha is increased by things with qualities similar to it. Vata is light, dry, cold, and mobile. That means that dry foods, dry fruit, cold, windy weather, running, being … Continue reading

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Why We Get Sick

Why We Get Sick Disease grows in the body according to a process known as Samprapti, literally ‘the birth of pain’. Ayurveda recognizes six stages of disease: 1) Accumulation; 2) Aggravation; 3) Overflow; 4) Relocation; 5)Manifestation; 6) Diversification. Disease does … Continue reading

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What is Health?

What is Health?                            Concept of Agni Are sickness and health just a matter of luck, or of which bacteria you happen to encounter in your daily life? Is it possible to maintain lifelong health? Ayurveda has studied those questions and … Continue reading

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Toxic Ama – root of all diseases

Toxic Ama – root of all diseases According to Ayurveda, digestion is the cornerstone of health because good digestion nourishes the body.  However, not only material food, but everything we see, hear, taste, smell, feel, and think affects our health … Continue reading

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Portrait of Pitta

Portrait of Pitta Pitta = Fire + Water                    Key word: Intensity People in whom Pitta predominates are intense and fiery, with strong drive, self-control.  They are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension and concentration. They are usually … Continue reading

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Portrait of Vata

Portrait of Vata Vata = Air + Space        Key word:  Irregularity Vatas are as light, changeable, and unpredictable as the wind. They have a light thin build; flexible mind and body and tend to be slim or even underweight. They … Continue reading

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Portrait of Kapha

Portrait of Kapha Kapha = Water + Earth             Key word: Stability Kapha people are blessed with a strong, healthy, well developed body. Their chests are broad and expanded, and they have strong muscles and large, heavy bones.  One of the … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of Life

The Four Stages of Life Yoga and Ayurveda divide human life into four stages of twenty five years each. Each stage has its appropriate behavior and activity that is the same for everyone. Stage of life                         Behavior               Period             Activity 1.    … Continue reading

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Prakruti (Prakriti) – Know Yourself Better

Prakruti (Prakriti) – Know Yourself Better Ayurveda is a very common – sense sort of medical system. It uses very simple principles to determinate one’s unique constitution, inborn metabolic pattern called Prakuiti. Prakruti also means Nature, the set of tendencies … Continue reading

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Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra

Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra Every embodied individual is composed of a body, a mind and a spirit. India’s ancient seers (rishis) organized the wisdom, which became the Science of Life, into three bodies of knowledge. Ayurveda deals mainly with the … Continue reading

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New Old Secret Of Chyawanprash

New Old Secret Of Chyawanprash Chyawanprash has been around for thousands of years. In short, Chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic herbal tonic that is very high in vitamin C content and helps strengthen the immune system hence protecting the body from … Continue reading

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Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button

Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button Kitchari (Kicheri, Kichadi, Khichari), a soupy porridge made from rice and mung beans, is used to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins. Ayurvedic physicians often prescribe a kitchari diet before, during, and after panchakarma, … Continue reading

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Simple Home Purification (Panchakarma)

Simple Home Purification (Panchakarma) In Ayurveda the transitional time between seasons is traditionally the time for personal renewal. In never-ending cycle nature shifts from old energy to new energy. Both for prevention and to deal with a specific health problem, … Continue reading

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Three Cosmic Forces

Three Cosmic Forces Ayurveda has a wonderful practical philosophy of life and healing. It sees the universe as a play of two primary forces, the power of consciousness or what is called the Purusha in Sanskrit, our inner being, and … Continue reading

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Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes a Man Healthy Wealthy and Wise?

Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes a Man Healthy Wealthy and Wise? Are morning people born or made?  In my case it was definitely made. Before learning Ayurveda, I never thought it mattered when you go to bed … Continue reading

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Seasons and the Doshas

Seasons and the Doshas In the life of everything that exists in nature, there is always a beginning, a middle and an end in regards to time. Ayurveda uses the doshas to designate these three divisions in a way that … Continue reading

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years and has recently become popular in Western cultures. The basic … Continue reading

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