spring season

5 Spring Season Health Tips from Ayurveda

One of my favorite things about the ancient art and science of the Ayurveda way of life is its rich guidance in terms of practices to help us live in harmony with nature throughout the year. We don’t blindly follow the same protocols for food, work, or exercise year round.

Ayurveda teaches that health is our natural state, which can be accessed by following the rhythms of nature. So, accordingly, Ayurveda gives us guidance for healthy living in the form of its teachings of Ritucharya. This word come from the root Sanskrit terms “ritu,” meaning season, and “charya,” which means to follow. Through following Ritucharya, we are able to live in sync with the cycles of nature, and thereby maximize our potential for amazing health.

In Ayurveda, there are three bioforces, or fundamental constituents of the body, which are called doshas. These bioforces are comprised of the five great elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements are naturally increased  at different times of the year. In the springtime, when the flowers are blossoming, the birds are chirping, and everything is moist and juicy outside, Kapha dosha (made up of water and earth) is dominant in the atmosphere.

One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that of the unity between the macrocosm (the world outside) and the microcosm (our inner world consisting of our mind and body). So when everything is moist and juicy outside, our inner environment is also filled with moisture in the form of an increase in water and earth elements. This natural increase in earth and water can lead to all sorts of common spring afflictions, like colds, coughing, allergies, asthma, and more.

Here’s how living the Ayurveda way this spring can help you prevent the aforementioned ailments while activating the health that Ayurveda says is latent within you: Continue reading

4 Inspiring Ways to Love from Ayurveda







Love is such a mysterious subject, right?

This one invisible thing is what makes the whole world go round. We do incredible things in the name of love. We use this word so easily and often, and yet, what is love, really?

Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, and the world’s oldest healing system, offers inspiring perspectives on the true meaning and expression of love in our lives that go beyond our traditional notions of love.

That is because, in its fullest expression and application, Ayurveda extends far beyond mere physical practices to include ways to allow us to connect with—and free—our spirits. As a holistic system of health and healing, Ayurveda teaches us how to lead healthier lives with practices that feed our minds, bodies and spirits.

Here are four Ayurvedic practices you can try today to begin putting love into action. These practices will nourish you and those around you physically, mentally and spiritually—not just today, but every day.  Continue reading

7 Ayurvedic Secrets For Healthy Digestion

(As originally published as "Featured Story" on MindBodyGreen.com)

Are you sick of feeling tired, sluggish and bloated after eating? I was once in the same boat. Having struggled with digestive difficulties for most of my life, I felt so grateful to discover Ayurveda, ancient India’s medical science of life that is re-emerging as a sustainable health solution globally.

In studying Ayurveda, I learned that having healthy digestion is the key to having great overall health; I watched my own health dramatically improve by following Ayurveda’s digestion secrets. Now, as an Ayurveda practitioner and teacher, I love watching my clients and students improve their digestion and health with Ayurveda’s wisdom.

I am, therefore, delighted to share a few of Ayurveda’s time-tested secrets for amazing digestion with you.  Continue reading