“When a dosha becomes imbalanced, there is an increase in the influence of the elements and the corresponding qualities that make up that dosha. Ayurveda teaches that imbalances follow a basic pattern of flow. Once we forget our true nature as spirit, we begin to act disharmoniously and get caught up in the dramas of everyday life.
According to Ayurveda, all ailments, aches, pains, and disease of any kind occurs due to a blockage of flow to pranic energy (life force energy). There are 107 vital (energetic) points on the body that allow access to body, mind and consciousness.
The radiant golden flower pictured here is our resident herbalist, Brenda Igler :), next to the lovely helichrysum plant, in our beautiful Medicine Garden.
Below is the classic, beautiful story about ancient rishis (seers), and how because of their calling to bring healing to the world, Ayurveda was born…
The Gathering of the Rishis
After posting the kitcheri recipe yesterday, I had a few people contact me and ask what vegetables are best for them, according to their dosha (vata, pitta and kapha). Ayurveda is all about individual differences. We are each unique, and have unique needs. There’s a saying in Ayurveda that “everything is right for someone, nothing is right for everyone.” So what does that mean for you?
Kitcheri (also called kichadi), a relatively simple stew of basmati rice and split mung beans, is a staple in Ayurvedic cooking. It is delicious, easy to digest, nourishing and yet light. It is commonly the primary dish served during cleansing and rejuvenation programs (panchakarma). It is a great choice when you are ill, recovering from an illness, feeling a bit “off” ~ or anytime you just feel like it!
Renowned cooking instructor Nalini Mehta will be offering 4 weekly sessions of Ayurvedic cooking.
Betsy Ross, when choosing the colors of our beautiful flag, chose some mighty powerful colors!
Ayurveda is based on five sense therapies, and teaches that what we take in through our five senses determines our health. In other words, we are not just what we EAT - but also what we SEE, SMELL, FEEL, and HEAR!
We spend a lot of time here talking about the importance of healthy digestion. According to Ayurveda, digestion is huge; improper digestion is where ill health begins in the physical body. To get to the root of an ailment, digestion is always treated. What this means is that if you ensure that you have healthy digestion - EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU EAT SOMETHING - you are proactively helping yourself avoid illness. This places your health squarely in your own hands!