Ayurvedic Guide to Winter

Now the hot summer and the dry autumn is over, we can take a deep breath, and welcome the winter season. The days are still getting shorter and nights longer. As the temperature drops down, and the cold of winter settles in, we are moving from vata season to kapha season. Autumn and early winter are considered the vata season while kapha season encompasses mid to late winter and early spring. We need to balance vata and kapha doshas during the winter time. Regardless of who you are,

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Kapalbhati Breathing

As the weather cools down for the winter months we can use this breath to help warm us up. It also keeps us alert and lifts our energy. Although the strong version is not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure, hernias, reflux or if they are pregnant or menstruating the easier version is a wonderful choice for all. Easy version 1 – this is very beneficial for calming the mind and nervous system and can be practiced by everyone. Sit comfortably

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How To Give Her What She Really Wants

5 Ways to Show Mum You Love Her This Mothers Day! Being a mother myself, I like to think that I have some pretty good insights in to what mums really love. You don’t need to go spending lots of money to make her happy (although shoes and bags will never disappoint!). What all mothers crave is downtime. Time where MUM gets cared for, and has a break from doing the caring. A little bit goes a long way for a woman – just one day of spoiling mum can keep her going all year long! Try

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Shirodhara an Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurvedic treatments have become very popular these days. Although this ancient practice originated in India, it has helped numerous people all over the world and therefore it is now known as one of alternative healing methods. Ayurveda has been found to be very efficient against different problems associated with stress, cleansing the body and promoting good health. Shirodhara is one of the treatments used in Ayurveda. Its name derives from Sanskrit words Shiro, which means the head and

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What is Tongue Scraping?

What is Tongue Scraping? Jihwa Prakshalana Ayurveda tells us the tongue is the first organ of digestion and the mirror to all the organs of the body. The tongue is an important tool of Ayurvedic diagnosis. The appearance of the tongue reveals the health condition of the entire body. When you look on your tongue, it’s an opportunity for self-awareness. If you see a thick coating of different color, it means you are accumulating toxins from the last several days, months

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Ayurveda Tongue Analysis – Do it Yourself!

According to Ayurveda the tongue is not just an organ of taste only but also a strong tool for diagnosis. Tongue analysis is a part of Ayurvedic diagnosis complementary with pulse, nails, eye, face etc. Tongue is also called a window of the inner system. Ayurveda says, read your tongue and know your health status. It is important to check your tongue regularly to recognize the inner system. Be your own doctor and look your own tongue in the mirror. Your tongue never lies and clearly indicates

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Ayurvedic Tips for Reducing Anxiety

Unfortunately, anxiety has become a common experience amongst all age groups in today’s society. As our modern lifestyles become busier (and at times overwhelming) it’s important to have effective strategies in place to help keep us grounded and well. It seems that all of us will feel the effects of anxiety at some point in our lives, which is why it is so important to know the signs and symptoms, as well as some healthy techniques for

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Health Goals for 2017

Welcome to the New Year everyone! It’s Sami here and I am so looking forward to another awesome year with you guys! Seeing as it’s the beginning of the year, I thought we could take some time to reflect on some goals for our wellbeing. While the majority of the population may be setting health goals around dieting, weight-loss or specific fitness goals, there is an opportunity for the yogi to pursue a slightly different approach to health that supports their spiritual journey. In

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3 Ways To Get Your Glow Back For Spring

Winter is well and truly over, however we may still be experiencing symptoms of our winter body – feeling sluggish, extra padding, and perhaps a little heavy in the head. How can we help our body in transitioning from the heavier qualities of winter to the light and energetic qualities of Spring? Here are 3 ways to help you get your glow back: Spices to improve digestion and metabolism Did you know that herbs and spices have a purpose beyond

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Ayurvedic Insights on Salads

When you think of salads, you think fresh, green, vital, healthy and refreshing. There is a general view in the nutritional community that salads are an important part of daily life. Let’s discover how the ancient science of Ayurveda looks at salads. Ayurveda emphasises that we need to eat a diet of mostly warm and cooked food. Generally it does not promote salads. Why? Ayurveda places a great deal of importance on the quality of our digestion. Every individual in this universe

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Why Ayurveda?

Why Ayurveda? There are many highly effective health systems available to us at present. With Western modalities such as traditional allopathic medicine, to ancient Eastern traditions like Traditional Chinese Medicine being so readily available, we can now choose to mix and match from a variety of health lineages to treat the myriad of health concerns that ail us. Each lineage has its own strengths and value, but why is it that yogis tend to gravitate towards ayurveda? The

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Do Your Own Ayurvedic Self Massage – Abhyanga

Traditionally known as Abhyanga, self-massage is a nurturing practice that helps to strengthen the body, calm the mind and nourish the tissues. During this cooler time of the year, our bodies are particularly susceptible to dryness and cracking of our skin. Anointing our skin with warm oil can help to remedy irritated areas, whilst acting as a therapeutic practice for maintaining good health. The warm, therapeutic experience is grounding and comforting and particularly helps to pacify Vata

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Cleansing with Kichadi

One of the most famous, and well loved Ayurvedic dishes in the world, Kichadi (pronounced – “kich-a-ree if you’re and Australian, or “Kich-a-dee” if you’re saying it true to it’s Indian origin) is a well cooked, warm, wet mixture of lentils, spices and rice. It has been a standard healing dish in India throughout the ages, and has become more popular in the West as Ayurveda and yoga bare more roots in our Western lifestyles. A great food for detoxing, kichadi offers

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Ayurveda – Drinking from Copper Vessels

Copper is one of the oldest metals known to human civilisation and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Copper has cultural, religious, medical and astrological values. Ayurveda, the most ancient medicinal science, states that copper is the Kapha energy balancing metal and using copper as an ornament, mixed with medicines or eating food/drinking water in copper vessels is good for balance. Recent scientific research shows that copper has  anti-microbial properties.

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3 Ayurvedic Tips for Staying Balanced During Autumn

  The crisp air that Autumn brings is a welcomed change after the intense heat of an Australian Summer. The bustling leaves, and cool dry wind mark the indications of this characteristically Vata season. What are the characteristics of Vata?   A summary of the qualities of Vata include: cold, dry, light, subtle, flowing, mobile, sharp, hard, rough, clear. So what does this dry Vata season mean for our health? We need the qualities of Vata to help us

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Ayurveda with Dr Pradeep – Oil Pulling

  Oil pulling is a 5000 year old Ayurvedic ritual. It is a very simple, scientific, effective and inexpensive method of self-detox.  The meaning of oil pulling is to swish oil inside your mouth and spit it out. The commonly used oils are Sesame oil, Coconut oil, and Sunflower oil. Time/Duration: Early in the morning after brushing your teeth. Keep on moving oil inside your mouth until you the oil begins to leak from your lips. This depends on the person, ranging

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Balance Your Dosha With Ayurveda

  The great thing about Ayurveda is that when it comes to nutrition, you generally receive information regarding which individual foods and spices are best for your dosha type, as opposed to a strict or rigid diet. This allows us the freedom to choose meals that appeal to our taste preferences, and we also have the ability to select foods that suit our ethnic and spiritual preferences. Taste is your ‘Key’ to Nutrition Did you know that taste has a

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Ayurveda and Mental Health

  Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. However stress isn’t always bad, in small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best, but when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognising the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. Ayurvedic

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How to Balance your Digestive Fire and Improve Digestion

  In Ayurveda, it is believed that what we are is what we digest. So digestive fire plays a vital role in our health and many health problems are due to imbalanced digestion. Digestive fire (Agni) is compared with the cycle of the Sun.  Here are some simple Ayurvedic tips and advice on how to improve your digestion. In the morning when the sun first rises, the weather is still relatively cool and so is our digestive

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