3 Ancient Ayurvedic Rituals to Rock Your Mornings

(Originally published in “Popular Lately” on MindBodyGreen.com)

Beginning the day in an inspiring and invigorating way profoundly impacts your overall health. Ayurveda, the ancient art and science of life from India, recognizes the power and potential that early morning practices provide us to truly take our health and lives into our own hands.

Because Ayurveda has changed my life in countless ways, and made me into a passionate student, teacher, and practitioner of this great knowledge system, I am delighted to share my three favorite Ayurvedic morning rituals to truly rock your mornings.  Continue reading

3 Ayurvedic Tips for Staying Happy & Healthy Through Winter

(As published as “Featured Today Highlight, Popular Lately, and Top 10 Blogs of the Week on Elephant Journal)

Many people, particularly those who live in colder regions of the world, really look forward to the freedom and joy often associated with the summer season.

Ayurveda lovers, however, actually eagerly anticipate the winter season.

Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga. In addition to providing customized dietary and lifestyle solutions and healing limiting thinking patterns and belief systems, Ayurveda also equips humanity with an outstanding general protocol for seasonal health, called Ritucharya. There is a reason why you experience certain ailments during certain times, such as colds and coughs during the winter, allergies in the springtime, etc.

The earth rotates around the sun, and at different points along that rotation period, there are, accordingly, diverse protocols for protecting your health throughout the year. By following Ayurveda’s detailed Ritucharya guidance, followers of Ayurveda’s amazing, eternal wisdom can prevent all kinds of seasonal ailments.

Ayurveda’s Ritucharya guidelines involve tweaking one’s diet and lifestyle throughout the year, and are designed for those who are already relatively healthy. Those who are suffering from deep imbalances and diseases should still, however, keep seasonal guidance in mind, which an Ayurveda practitioner can tweak according to the particular needs of the diseased one.

Following Ritucharya ensures that we can take advantage of seasons that are better for building health, and to more adequately protect ourselves during seasons when our health is more naturally considered to be at risk for certain natural imbalances.

The winter season, according to Ayurveda, is the best time of the entire year! We have much greater freedom in terms of what we can eat and the kinds of activities we can partake in with greater success at this time of the year.

For those who are relatively healthy already, Ayurveda’s seasonal recommendations for the winter can be best summarized as: eat, drink, and be merry!

What exactly does this mean in a day-to-day sense?  Continue reading

5 Life-Changing Lessons from Ayurveda

(As published in “Popular Lately” and “Featured Today” Highlight on Elephant Journal)

While Ayurveda has widely been restricted to the very elite or reduced to simply being about doshas (an Ayurvedic concept that roughly translates as fundamental constituents of the body), there is a lot more to Ayurveda than may initially meet the modern eye.

Deriving from the root Sanskrit words “Ayush,” meaning “life,” and “Veda,” meaning “knowledge or study of,” Ayurveda is a full system of healing that literally means “the knowledge or study of life.”

Yes, it is really that expansive.

Ayurveda touches upon each and every aspect of how to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life, from how to best manage digestive disorders, to what kind of daily and seasonal routines to adopt, to relationship guidance—it even provides insights on how to attain spiritual enlightenment!

Understanding, living by, and now teaching Ayurveda has made me appreciate its depth and profundity in more ways than words can express. These five lessons from this great science have been particularly life-changing for me, and I am thus happy to share them with you.  Continue reading