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

5 Ayurvedic Spices Every Kitchen Should Have

(As published in the “Popular Lately” section of Elephant Journal)

I recently met an accomplished, Indian-born, western-trained Gastroenterologist at a graduation party I attended for my sister.

After sharing a little about how amazing it has been for me, as an American-born Indian, to not only discover, but have the opportunity to study Ayurveda, she was keenly interested to learn more.

“I work with the GI tract. We have so many complex procedures we take our patients through, but I so often find myself reminiscing back to my childhood days and all the simple, yet powerful solutions my grandmother used to possess to treat so many digestive ailments,” she confided.

Indeed, one of the most incredible discoveries for me from Ayurveda is how many tools it provides us to take our health into our own hands.  Continue reading

5 “Healthy Habits” that Can Actually Be Harmful

(As published in the "Popular Lately" section of Elephant Journal) 

As members of our modern, globalized society, we are continuously exposed to a variety of magazine articles, television and radio shows and other forms of online media that bombard—and often confuse—us with contradictory information.

One research report negates what another confirmed to be proven true, leaving us in quite a quandary as we seek to form and follow healthy habits.

I, too, was once lost in the quagmire of modern media when it came to health.

Having encountered, studied, practiced and then taught Ayurveda, however, I now feel certain about how we can not only obtain, but sustain, amazing health.  Continue reading