Ayurveda in Sanskrit literally translates as “the science of life” or “wisdom of life.” I call it a "living wisdom", because it truly lives with me in my everyday routines and it takes care of my physical and emotional well-being and overall balance day by day, as the seasons change.
Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal system that originated in India over 5,000 years ago and it includes a system of herbal healing similar to the traditional Chinese medicine, while in addition it offers nutritional and lifestyle guidelines, yoga, bodywork treatments, gentle cleanses and much more. I find all modalities of Ayurveda being essential to a modern human living in a busy, hectic environment in order to maintain inner peace of mind and good health of the body.
Perfect health is viewed more than the pure absence of disease. According to Ayurveda, being healthy is a state of balance, radiant beauty and energy, which is achieved by keeping moderation in food intake, sleep, exercise, relaxed...
It is one of the coldest days of the year here in Chicago and if you find your sleep is light and interrupted, or you are feel fearful, anxious or nervous during this Vata dosha aggravating season, it’s time to ground yourself with Vata pacifying food to calm and settle. And these Ayurvedic cookies definitely count too!
While I am writing this post, I am sitting nicely wrapped in my blanket, cozy at the fireplace, my pup is resting at my feet. I am drinking hot apple cider made with freshly grounded spices, enjoying the freshly baked cookies still warm from the oven. Dolce Vita. I am already feeling the calming effects with each bite :)
These Ayurvedic cookies are healthy, guilt free and suitable for everyday snack. There is no added sugar, they are made of clean ingredients only and are gluten free.
I have chosen to use nourishing and grounding almond meal combined with finely ground almond flour as the base. I added carob for the choco...
Ayurveda and Yoga are inseparable sisters complementing one another in a perfect harmony. These two ancient traditions have been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The daily self-care practices of Ayurveda were designed to support those in seeking the path of yoga.
Ayurveda also known as the "science of life" offers holistic methods of healing which are based on lifestyle, diet, medicinal herbs, and yogic practice and breathing, and more. Its approach is to find balance and well-being through the body and mind connection.
Whether you are a beginner in yoga practice or a seasoned practitioner curious about how Ayurveda can improve your yoga practice, these workshop series include:
Yoga practices to lubricate and protect the joints, staple yoga postures for well-being and balance, detoxifying breathing practices, and grounding, calming meditations
Winter with its cold weather is sometimes viewed as a challenging season, when viruses and flu spread easily. While, according to Ayurveda, winter is on the contrary considered the optimal season to improve health, restore, rejuvenate and even increase immunity. From holistic perspective, immunity is closely linked with digestion. Very simply said, healthy digestion promotes strong immunity, sense of energy and general well-being. And that is why are foods and spices so essential in Ayurvedic medicine and are considered to be either medicine or poison.
Spices are not only amazing flavor enhancers, they are also therapeutic agents. They can build up your health and strengthen immunity.
Below is my favorite Chicago winter staple spice mix enhancing immunity and supporting digestive fire during the cold season. All ingredients are thoughtfully combined based on their individual qualities and effects accor...
Treat yourself to a relaxing and healing experience. While lying in a comfortable position on the floor and using an optional eye mask, my colleague healer, Liz Mandeville will guide you on a sound journey using crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, shamanic drumming, and other various instruments. Sound baths are meant to facilitate a shift in your brain wave state, so that a deep state of meditation and internal healing can occur.
This is an ideal experience for those new to meditation that have not yet learned how to facilitate a shift in brain wave state on their own. More experienced meditators will find their ability to reach a theta state (deep meditation) or even a delta state (where internal healing can occur).
While being bathed with sound, I will offer each person a Reiki treatment to enhance their state of relaxation. Reiki is form of energy healing developed in Japan that uses c...
As I am writing this post, beautiful huge snowflakes are covering the grounds in front of my windows. Winter just as fall, is associated with the qualities of Vata dosha in our windy city, which includes cold, air, dry weather with its constant wind. Just as our external landscape changes, it makes Vata dosha go high in our own internal environment. This is when it is time to adjust our daily routine and diet so they are both in tune with the rhythm of the nature. By living in harmony with the seasons, we can maintain a sense of balance, and are be able to cultivate a stronger immunity and digestion.
Follow a Vata-balancing Regimen
Favor foods with naturally sweet, sour, and salty tastes — rice, wheat bulgur, couscous, pasta, cream of wheat. Warm spiced milk, honey, olive oil, ghee, well-cooked vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes. Nuts such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios are ideal for Vata.
Add Vata balacing spices to your meals. You can make your own...
If there is one part of your body that works hard for you, it is your feet. Standing, walking and other activities bring the weight of your entire body to bear on your feet. And that workload may come with a cost, yet most of us take these overworked feet for granted and pay very little attention to them.
Ayurvedic medicine is the world's oldest medicinal system, originating in ancient India 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga, with its foundation in mind-body balance. That includes eating the most suitable foods for your unique physiology, environment, season, digestive system and personality type.
I am pleased to share Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi's insights on how food impacts our mood and digestive health, what is the connection between food, mood and the brain and more below. He is a highly respected Ayurvedic expert both in the western world and India with over 30 years long practice.
Enjoy the article about relationship between our plate, mind and digestion - click here.
Despite the lovely warm weather we are experiencing in Chicago this week, fall is slowly and surely approaching, trees are changing its leaves to the gorgeous palette of colors and we know that it is the time of the year when sun light is gradually shortened, temperature drops, rainy grey days come and it might make us more tired and sleepy than usual.
Fall is sometimes the very busy season for most of us, we come back from holidays, return to our regular routines, children go back to school and hobbies and it might reflect in reduced stamina and increased stress.
To give you an extra boost and prevent any signs of hibernation ;) I would like to introduce my go-to energizing and anti-stress treat which tastes as indulging just as any decadent hot cocoa yet it is enriched with amazing powerful boosting Ayurvedic herbs Ashwagandha and Turmeric.
Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb, which provides an extra kick for restorative and nourishing benefits...
I fall in love with these sweet and deliciously soft cookies and I hope you will too :) Everyone likes cookies but the regular ones are high in carbs, flour, gluten and unhealthy fats. So get ready for this quick and easy low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, paleo and keto coconut almond flour recipe. These healthy treats make a perfect company to enjoy with a cup of coffee/tea, post-work-out snack, office energy power bite or snack for children's school lunch box. And they are made in 25 minutes in total so no excuses. This is a win-win!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla (optional)
2 tsp raw cacao or carob (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the flours and coconut milk until you get...