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  • Ayurvedic Recipes for Managing Colds & Coughs

    Ayurvedic Recipes for Managing Colds & Coughs

    For the winter, Ayurveda recommends a variety of herbs, spices and oil to balance Vata & Kapha - an excess of which lead to colds, and congestion in the chest and nasal cavities. Cloves, cardamoms, black pepper and holy basil are some of the best Ayurvedic spices to integrate into your diet in the winter seasons.
  • The Healing Power of Gratitude

    The Healing Power of Gratitude

    One of the most profound abilities humans possess is gratitude. This feeling of appreciation and thankfulness unlocks our potential for greatness.
  • Color Therapy: Perspectives from Ayurveda

    Color Therapy: Perspectives from Ayurveda

    Color has long been thought by artists and interior designers to have a significant impact on moods, sentiments, and emotions. Given that the psychological impacts of color alone affect can up to 90% of instantaneous judgments, it is important to understand how colors may impact your mood, emotions and life in general. Here, we share the Ayurvedic perspective.
  • Finding Productivity, Success and Fulfillment at Work

    Finding Productivity, Success and Fulfillment at Work

    An understanding of your dosha, and that of your colleagues, can help you bring out your individual best, enjoy your work and thrive at your workplace. 
  • The Best Breakfasts for Calming Anxiety & Boosting Calm

    The Best Breakfasts for Calming Anxiety & Boosting Calm

    Ayurveda recommends eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, and it should be the biggest or second biggest meal of the day. Some great grounding breakfast options for the Vata season include oatmeal with warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, eggs cooked in ghee, and avocado toast.
  • Using Sounds & Music for Healing, According to Ayurveda

    Using Sounds & Music for Healing, According to Ayurveda

    Ayurveda advises using all of your five senses to heal and according to Ayurveda, music can be used as medicine. Music holds an eminent place in the Vedas as well. Music is processed directly by the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in mood and emotions.
  • The Basics of Breathwork: Pranayama (Ayurvedic Breathing Meditation)

    The Basics of Breathwork: Pranayama (Ayurvedic Breathing Meditation)

    Pranayama can have a profound impact on the functioning of the nervous system and our overall state of being. Ayurveda offers invaluable insight into harnessing the power of breath to bring balance to the mind and tap deeper into the subconscious. The practice can also have a tremendous impact on managing stress, and elevating energy, intuition and creativity.
  • Ayurvedic Recipes for Managing Insomnia & Sleep Anxiety

    Ayurvedic Recipes for Managing Insomnia & Sleep Anxiety

    Vata imbalance often presents itself in the form of poorer sleep quality, a general inability to fall asleep, as well as feelings of general anxiety that emanate from poor rest. The use of spices is emphasized in Ayurvedic medicine as they work as both preventive and curative agents. We discuss the best loved spices and extracts for balancing Vata, and in turn alleviating sleep and anxiety issues.
  • UMA Citron Glow: Radiance from Within

    UMA Citron Glow: Radiance from Within

    Meet UMA Citron Glow: An aroma that feels like forest-bathing and basking in the freshness and glory of nature. Celebrate the joys of living simply and sweetly!
  • Breast Health and the Doshas

    Breast Health and the Doshas

    The key to maintaining healthy breasts is in adopting lifestyle practices that help to keep the body and mind in balance.
  • The Ayurvedic Approach to Vision Health

    The Ayurvedic Approach to Vision Health

    There are a large number of factors that can affect our vision, ranging from sun exposure to screen time to sleep. When we understand the impact of these factors and learn strategies for mitigating their effect, we can help ensure that our vision remains strong and healthy.
  • Fall Anxiety And Managing It With Ayurveda

    Fall Anxiety And Managing It With Ayurveda

    Fall Anxiety is an annual episode of anxiety that can occur with the onset of the season of fall.  It's characterized by feelings of sadness and hopelessness, including feelings of guilt and stress.  Vata, which is made up of the elements air and space and is the most subtle of the three doshas (the others being pitta and kapha), is also the one that...
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