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  • How Ayurveda Can Boost Lung Health

    How Ayurveda Can Boost Lung Health

    An Ayurvedic perspective on lung health can help us formulate a targeted approach for maximizing our respiratory capacities and minimizing disease. Read on to find out more about what our lungs reveal about our greater constitution, and tips for how to best support this vital system.
  • The Gunas and Food: Maximizing a Sattvic Diet

    The Gunas and Food: Maximizing a Sattvic Diet

    Overall, to maintain a healthy internal balance, it is essential to prioritize a Sattvic diet and to minimize the amount of Rajasic and Tamasic foods you consume. A Sattvic diet will bring tranquility to the mind, health to the body and balance to the emotions.
  • 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.
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Cayenne for Pain Relief, Immunity & Heart Health

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Cayenne for Pain Relief, Immunity & Heart Health

    Also known as Capsicum annuum, cayenne is rich in Vitamins A and C, flavonoids, potassium, iron, magnesium and other nutrients, which endow it with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In Ayurvedic tradition, cayenne is used as a natural painkiller, detoxifier and overall immunity-booster.
  • What Is Gotu Kola (or Brahmi), & How Can It Promote Mental Clarity & Focus?

    What Is Gotu Kola (or Brahmi), & How Can It Promote Mental Clarity & Focus?

    Gotu kola—also known as brahmi, Centella asiatica and Indian pennywort—is a widely used Ayurvedic herb renowned for its benefits for the mind. Known as “the herb of enlightenment,” gotu kola is a powerful herb that is often used as a supplement to promote mental focus, concentration and clarity. But the benefits of this herb are not only mental—gotu kola is also known to help...
  • 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...
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Black Pepper for Brain Function, Heart Health & Circulation

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: Black Pepper for Brain Function, Heart Health & Circulation

    In Ayurvedic tradition, it is believed that black pepper increases internal heat, providing energizing and balancing effects. Full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, black pepper serves as a potent remedy for a wide number of health problems. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this versatile ingredient. 
  • What Ayurveda Tells Us About Multitasking

    What Ayurveda Tells Us About Multitasking

    According to Ayurveda, we cannot engage in two mindful tasks at once. So how does Ayurveda recommend we increase our attention and concentration? Here are a few for combating multitasking by improving focus and increasing mindfulness in everyday life.
  • 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...
  • Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: How Peppermint Boosts Energy, Combats Acne & More

    Ayurvedic Spice Cabinet: How Peppermint Boosts Energy, Combats Acne & More

    In Ayurvedic tradition, peppermint is used as a healing medicinal salve for a wide variety of ailments. It’s pacifying for all doshas, especially Pittas, making it a versatile wellness ingredient. 
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