Circadian Rhythm vs. Biological Clock

Circadian Rhythm vs. Biological Clock

As with all things Ayurveda, Dinacharya is an ancient ritual we use in our daily lives to promote balance, maintain health, and align our body’s rhythm with the natural ebb and flow of nature. Having a regular routine...

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Kapha Season

Kapha Season

The days are finally getting longer and warmer. Winter’s ice and snow is melting and giving rise to a fresh season of greenery and new growth. Spring is a season of rebirth, new beginnings, and renewal, both on...

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Types of Pranayama

Types of Pranayama

Pranayama has a multitude of benefits for both you and your Yoga practice, including increased focus, proper posture, and regulation of your sympathetic nervous system. Sounds pretty great, right? We’re reviewing the types of Pranayama and how to incorporate...
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Pranayama: The Basics

Pranayama: The Basics

Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling one’s breath. Prana is a Sanskrit term translated as “breath” or “life force”. Other meanings of Prana include vigor, spirit, energy, and respiration.  Yama means “to control” or “restrain”. Essentially, Pranayama is a set of breathing techniques...
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Ayurvedic Treatments For The Body

Ayurvedic Treatments For The Body

Body treatments are not only luxurious to receive but are an integral part of Ayurvedic therapy and Panchakarma. Treatments are frequently used in conjunction with diet, herbal therapy, and customized detox to re-balance Doshas. When Doshas are out...

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Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

The Pitta Dosha is responsible for metabolism and transformation. The way it accomplishes these tasks is through heat. In Sanskrit, the word “Pitta” comes from Tapa, which means “to heat”. Pitta means energy that creates heat in the body. Made up...
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Vata: Leader of the Doshas

Vata: Leader of the Doshas

Although we cannot exist without all of the Doshas, Vata is considered their leader, because it governs all movements. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, respiration, and the movement of thoughts across the mind.  Consisting of the Air...
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The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

As with all things Ayurveda, each of the Six Tastes (Rasas) have specific qualities (Gunas). The Six Tastes are a guiding principle in Ayurveda, which states that like qualities increase each other, whereas opposites promote balance. 
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The Gunas

The Gunas

According to Ayurveda, all organic and inorganic substances, as well as thoughts and actions, have twenty definitive attributes that are categorized into ten opposing pairs. The ten opposing pairs are the manifestation of male and female energies and give...
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Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

The holidays can be a joyous time of year as we reunite with friends, family, and colleagues. Spirited settings filled with decadent food, drink, and entertainment are delightful, but the endless party parade and shopping brigade can trigger bedlam in...
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Getting Real with Yoga

Getting Real with Yoga

Twenty years ago, you had to search high and low to find a Yoga class. Nowadays you need only look as far as the next block or two and you’re sure to find something Yogish-related.
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The Doshas: A Brief Overview

The Doshas: A Brief Overview

Ayurveda is built on the principle that the mind, body, and spirit are united at the level of the consciousness, and Manas truly controls the body. However mind, body, and spirit all affect each other. One cannot be affected without somehow...
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We Are Real

We Are Real

We are Real.

We are moms and wives, sisters and friends, corporate types and homemakers. We are educated and wise, and though we strive for a simple life, it is far from it.

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Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

We have heard that Ayurveda and Yoga are related, and know that each of these sciences have been for thousands of years. But if you are like me, you have wondered how these two forces hooked up before dating...
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Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

According to Ayurveda, the principles Ritucharya of advocate living one's life according to the flow of the seasons. ‘Ritu’ means ‘season’ and ‘charya’ means ‘regime’. The energies of nature change along with the seasons. For example, flowers bloom in spring...
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Managing Holiday Stress With Ayurveda

Managing Holiday Stress With Ayurveda

With parties to attend, gifts to buy, dinners to plan and cook, and family and friends to spend time with, the holidays can leave you feeling scattered and stressed. When routine goes out the window, it becomes difficult to...
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Ayurveda: History, Philosophy, and Why I Practice

Ayurveda: History, Philosophy, and Why I Practice

Is Ayurveda an art, a science, or a philosophy?  Is it a form of medicine dug up from ancient texts to indulge the minds of current folks fed up with the current healthcare system?  All of the above are...
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The Wisdom of Abhyanga

The Wisdom of Abhyanga

In Sanskrit, "Abhyanga" means "loving hands."  In Ayurveda, we massage regularly with carrier oils infused with herbs and/or essential oils specific to our current needs (vikruti).  "Sneha" refers to "oil" or "love".  Such as the experience of being loved, receiving Abhyanga can bring about the feeling...
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