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  • How to Exercise Properly During the Summer

    How to Exercise Properly During the Summer

    Especially as we enter into the hot summer months, it’s important to exercise both in harmony with our doshas and with the seasons.  Here, we outline several Ayurvedic tips and guidelines for exercising during the summer in order to maximize our safety, health and wellbeing.
  • What Your Period Tells You About Your Doshic Balance

    What Your Period Tells You About Your Doshic Balance

    When we experience doshic imbalances, our menstrual cycles are also impacted. We can learn more about our own bodily imbalances by paying attention to our menstrual cycles. In this way, Ayurveda can empower us to approach our reproductive health with intentionality and care, and to target certain ailments more effectively.
  • What Ayurveda Tells Us About Drinking Coffee

    What Ayurveda Tells Us About Drinking Coffee

    An Ayurvedic perspective can help us understand the reasons for these differences. Contrary to popular culture, in Ayurveda, coffee is not a universal cure. While it is beneficial to some, it can aggravate and send others into states of imbalance. 
  • Ayurveda for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Relief

    Ayurveda for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Relief

    Ayurveda can help us understand the specific causes underlying our PMS and empower us to formulate a tailored response for treating our symptoms.
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with an Ayurvedic Approach to Womanhood, Feelings, & Relationships

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with an Ayurvedic Approach to Womanhood, Feelings, & Relationships

    There are so many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and the powers of womanhood, regardless of one’s status as a mother. For those looking to reflect or to learn different practices for honoring one’s womanhood, Ayurveda offers a number of insightful perspectives on women’s mental, physical and emotional well-being and health.
  • Gunas Deep Dive: How Can the Gunas Help Us Understand the Doshas?

    Gunas Deep Dive: How Can the Gunas Help Us Understand the Doshas?

    When you look at a flower, you might sense that it is bright, light or soft; when you encounter a stream, you know that it is cool, wet and fast-moving. All of these are qualities that can be attributed to specific gunas, the unique combination of which makes up all forms of matter. What differentiates one plant from another, or one person from another...
  • Gunas Deep Dive: How Balancing Rajas Can Combat Restlessness, Impulsiveness and Anxiety

    Gunas Deep Dive: How Balancing Rajas Can Combat Restlessness, Impulsiveness and Anxiety

    Understanding the gunas and how they manifest in the world is an important part of Ayurvedic and yogic practice, enabling one to effectively respond to their imbalances and ailments and to maximize positivity, harmony and tranquility in their life.  In this blog, we unpack the basics of the Rajas guna, discussing the symptoms of Rajas imbalance and strategies for alleviating excess Rajas and promoting...
  • An Introduction to the Ayurvedic Gunas

    An Introduction to the Ayurvedic Gunas

    While there are a number of specific gunas that are characteristic of each dosha, there are also three overarching gunas whose essences capture the universal energies that are continually present, in differing degrees, throughout all forms of life. Here’s a breakdown of these three gunas—we discuss what they represent and how they inform our constitution and everyday experience.
  • Here's How to Exercise According to Your Dosha

    Here's How to Exercise According to Your Dosha

    Here’s a breakdown of different exercises that are most suitable for each dosha. The energizing effects of exercise on our health and minds make it an excellent resource for countering our imbalances.
  • How Ayurveda Can Help Us Have Stronger, Healthier Relationships

    How Ayurveda Can Help Us Have Stronger, Healthier Relationships

    Here’s a brief breakdown of each dosha’s relationship style, along with advice on how to achieve relationship balance through the lens of the Ayurvedic doshas.
  • Dr. Zohreh Sadeghi On Finding Wellness, Liberation, and a New Career Path with Ayurveda

    Dr. Zohreh Sadeghi On Finding Wellness, Liberation, and a New Career Path with Ayurveda

    Dr. Zohreh Sadeghi knew she wanted Ayurveda to be her life's work after her first Panchakarma treatment. "Once I was done with the entire course of the treatment, I felt like a new person; as if I had just hit a reset button on my body and mind."
  • A Guide to Understanding the Ayurvedic Doshas

    A Guide to Understanding the Ayurvedic Doshas

    Nature is made up of five primal elements—space, air, fire, water, and earth. These natural elements combine in different ways to make up the three doshas in Ayurveda: Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. 
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