Vata dosha by nature is cold, dry, light and mobile and can be aggravated during the Vata season of fall and winter in central and northern United States. To balance Vata dosha in your body and mind, favor cooked, heavy, moist, warm and slightly oily foods.
This pie I am sharing with you below is super easy to make and is a perfect candidate in Vata balancing. It is warm, heavy, moist and little oily. It is dairy free, sugar free, egg free and gluten free. It makes a great snack, as it is loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and yeah, very nice flavor. I am excited for you to enjoy it on the cold, winter day like today and feel its grounding effects. Delicious and allergy free.
Foods that pacify Vata dosha are in general naturally sweet and nourishing. That is an easy, simple rule when choosing your ingredients. Also, cooked fruits and veggies are much easier to digest, while they also provide warmth and moisture so ideal...
Winter can easily weight on one's energy and well-being. Days are short and dark, weather is cold, dry, and windy. Vata dosha predominant qualities such as light, cold and dry, that are present everywhere in our environment can affect mental, physical and emotional balance.
Vata dosha out of balance may manifest in the mind and body like the following symptoms to name a few: nervousness, anxiety, tics, tremors, spasms, dry or rough skin, constipation, gas, bloating, interrupted sleep, excessive thinking or worrying.
Thankfully, Ayurvedic medicine provides simple yet powerful dietary, lifestyle and herbal remedies to keep Vata dosha at bay. The most essential steps are integrating routine in one's daily lifestyle, staying warm and calm. Avoiding unnecessary stress.
Therefore the recipe for Winter Spiced Water, that I am sharing with you here, comes right on time :) And you might have most or all ingredients already in your kit...
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...
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...
Travelling is lot of fun, however, a change of routine, diet, timezone, and climate causes irregularity in the body and mind. Fortunately, Ayurveda provides some smart and simple preparations before you hit the road to ensure that your body and mind will function smoothly. The main focus is on balancing Vata dosha, which is in its essence dry and light. Therefore lubrication and grounding is the key. Vata governs all kinds of movements in the body and due to its inherent mobile quality, travel tends to aggravate this dosha and bring it out of its optimal state. This may cause many unwanted side effects including constipation, bloating, increased anxiety, stress and poor sleep. Learn about the Ayurvedic Travel Survival Kit for Vata Dosha here.
Despite the common belief, not everyone needs and would benefit from performing a popular detox or cleanse. It is a very individual practice and one should follow the most suitable cleansing regimen and as importantly the best timing. If cleanse is needed, I would strongly recommend to do so under the trained experienced supervision for safe and optimal results.
Answer these 11 essential questions to discover how much is your body polluted by toxins and what is the most suitable approach to return to your natural state of balance. Toxins known as "Ama" in Ayurvedic medicine gradually build up and eventually clog the important channels of the body, prevent valuable nutrients from being delivered efficiently to the cells and block wastes from being eliminated from the body.