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  • The Ayurvedic Way of Winter Beauty: Balancing Kapha

    The Ayurvedic Way of Winter Beauty: Balancing Kapha

    The practice of living seasonally, deemed Ritucharya in Ayurveda, will help you obtain a balance of the doshas and thrive - in every season. Since Kapha season also marks a slowdown and a bit of stagnation - it is important to detox regularly and prevent a feeling of buildup in the skin, body and scalp.
  • Harsh Chemicals in Cosmetics: Facts You Should Consider

    Harsh Chemicals in Cosmetics: Facts You Should Consider

    We realize that there's a lot of fear-mongering about an otherwise innocuous term "chemicals" when used within the context of the beauty industry. We also realize that there's a lot of greenwashing. And even as producers of organic ingredients and products without synthetic additives, we realize that not all "chemicals" are created equal - and some are far harsher than others.
  • Ayurveda: In Spirit and Practice

    Ayurveda: In Spirit and Practice

    A core teaching in Ayurveda is to go beyond the division between subjectivity and objectivity, and to embrace practical experience, while getting connected deeper with our bodies and understanding our individual constitutions. In this article, we discuss the spirit of Ayurveda, and how to embrace it with your mind - and heart.
  • What is Ayurvedic Beauty? Founder Shrankhla Holecek sits down with Refinery 29

    What is Ayurvedic Beauty? Founder Shrankhla Holecek sits down with Refinery 29

    In this illuminating Q&A, UMA Founder Shrankhla Holecek shares with Refinery 29 her perspectives on Ayurvedic Beauty, its recent popularity and what she believes is the most important thing to get right about Ayurveda's approach to beauty.
  • The Genesis of Essential Oils, and a Preview Into UMA's Processes

    The Genesis of Essential Oils, and a Preview Into UMA's Processes

    Experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of essential oils are adulterated in some form. At UMA we’ve been striving for centuries to create the highest quality blends of essential oils that are authentic, pure, and completely organic.
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle, Exercise & Diet Guidelines for Winter

    Ayurvedic Lifestyle, Exercise & Diet Guidelines for Winter

    According to Ayurvedic principles, winter is the season of kapha and specific guidelines should be followed to obtain a balance of the doshas and maintain one’s overall health. Adopting the following kapha-pacifying regimen into your lifestyle will help maintain balance and harmony during this season.
  • 5 Steps for the Ultimate Mind-Body Cleanse

    5 Steps for the Ultimate Mind-Body Cleanse

    A truly transformative cleanse goes beyond our physical needs. Ayurveda believes that fatigue or feelings of heaviness can actually manifest into a plethora of physical ailments: constipation, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, bad breath, body stiffness, even mental confusion! With our mental state so closely linked to physical changes, a cleanse that rejuvenates all-around must go beyond the body, and help balance and cleanse from the...
  • Delicious, Indulgent Tridoshic Ayurvedic Pizza

    Delicious, Indulgent Tridoshic Ayurvedic Pizza

    "Just because you’re plant-based Ayurvedic, doesn’t mean the pizza party has to stop," says Sahara Rose. "In fact, it just got upgraded with a root veggie crust, plant-based pesto, almond feta, roasted chickpeas, and assorted veggies."
  • 4 New Books to Help You Honor Stillness, Evoke Your Passion, and Take a Moment to Yourself

    4 New Books to Help You Honor Stillness, Evoke Your Passion, and Take a Moment to Yourself

    One of the most challenging pursuits of modern life is finding a moment of repose. Nearly everything around us—cell phones, email, streaming services, advertisements—takes hold of our attention with a ferocious grip. It's a harsh reality that leaves us depleted and anxious—and robs us of important time to reflect and relax, two things that Ayurveda holds paramount for the health of the mind, body,...
  • The UMA Oils to Switch Into for Winter!

    The UMA Oils to Switch Into for Winter!

    Chilly winds that cause dry, dull-looking skin. Begin to transition your skincare routine early in the season, to smooth your way into the cold territory while keeping a natural glow. We’ve rounded up our 3 favorite UMA products to help keep your skin healthy and dewy this season!
  • How to Mindfully Manage Holiday Stress

    How to Mindfully Manage Holiday Stress

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and somehow, one of the most stressful. One of the best ways to tackle the holidays is with mindfulness. Being mindful means being aware in each and every moment and not fixating on the things we cannot control. What better time of year to test this idea than during the holidays?
  • How to Be More Sustainable this Holiday Season

    How to Be More Sustainable this Holiday Season

    We've all been guilty of getting caught up in the chaos of the holidays, but with effort and imagination, we can reduce our environmental impact this time of year. After all, conscious consumption is always in. Here are five tips to ensure you have your most spectacular sustainable holiday yet.
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