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Facial Marma Points

Ayurveda believes that healing comes from within the body itself, so when these marma points are stimulated, they encourage the body to get to work on ailments and pain. Known in the ancient Vedic era as ‘Bindu, marma points identify mystical points on the outer body that can activate a ‘door’ to the inner body when pressed.  Key facial marma

Vata balancing yoga, focusing on the lower abdomen

Keeping the Vata Dosha balanced is considered key to staying healthy. It is claimed that around 80% of diseases happen because of a Vata imbalance. Vata controls all movements and activities in the body, from the inhale and exhale, to digestion, circulation, etc. Vata is composed of Air and Space, which are synonyms of movement and potentiality. It's cold, rough

What is fascia and how to release it

The fascia is a three-dimensional web of multiple layers of loosely woven connective tissue that enfolds us from head to toe, surrounding and integrating all the structures of the body. The Fascia can get tense through stress, repetitive posture (like being seated for long periods of time) or it can even get stuck on scar tissue after an injury. To

Should you do yoga with an injury?

Sometimes, we might suffer injuries, but we must be careful not to give it all up. It only takes 48 hours for a muscle to start wasting. Our joints also suffer from a lack of movement. Remember: 'motion is lotion' You can still find ways of moving and exercising your body without irritating the injured area. Bearing weight on our

Ayurveda wisdom: Vata reducing Yoga class

Ayurveda says: as it is in the environment, so it will be in ourselves. When there is wind and it is cold outside we will also feel it in us. This increases the Vata Dosha. For this reason, we need to bring the opposite qualities to feel more grounded. Vata dosha is a combination of the space and air elements.

Yoga to liberate ourselves from life’s illusions

Ayurveda is a holistic science that works not just with the physical body, but also with our subtle bodies: the body of energy, the mind-body, the emotional body. As we transit this human experience, many times we'll find that we feel out of source. More often than not this is because we are bringing into what's happening, which is neutral,

Do you have pain in your neck and shoulders?

The neck and shoulders are very susceptible to stress. When we feel that we carry the world on our shoulders, we can get pain and discomfort in this area. According to Ayurveda pain is caused by the Vata Dosha, as it's related to the nervous system. These days, our constant exposure to devices brings strain to the neck and shoulders

Tranquil lake meditation to reduce Pitta Dosha

Do you sometimes feel that you easily lose your temper? Perhaps you use sharp (or hurtful) words in your communication. Do you crave competition, act confrontationally or become controlling. All of these are signs that your Pitta Dosha is coming out of balance. An excess of Pitta, which is the Dosha compose of mainly fire and a bit of water, can

Self abhyanga massage

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How to make Kitchari

In this video, I walk you through how I make Kitchari. This one-pot easy meal is great to be used for a detox. It's easy to digest ingredients and spices will give your body a much-deserved rest.   INGREDIENTS • 1⁄4 tsp black mustard seeds • 1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds • 1 small pinch asafoetida (hing) powder • 1⁄2 tsp

Preparing for the Spring, Kapha reducing meditation

During the winter months, we eat heavier foods and might have done less physical activity accumulate. This can make us feel a bit heavier and more lethargic. A typical consequence of an increase of the Kapha dosha, according to Ayurveda. The Kapha dosha is comprised of the Water and Earth elements. Therefore it's heavy and also related to the fluids

You are what you can digest

Have you heard the phrase “You are what you eat?” Although it’s true that what we eat will have a direct impact in our health and wellbeing, in Ayurveda it is believed that the way we are able to digest what we eat is even more important. Our digestive power is called Agni. Agni in Sanskrit means fire. Our digestion

Kitchari, why I love this dish

Kitchari is an ancient Ayurveda meal that can help to give your digestion a much-needed rest and detox. I love kitchari. This mixture of beans and rice, with a great dose of herbs, is delicious. Kitchari is one of the few foods that provide both nourishment for the body and benefits digestion thanks to its spice combination. Kitchari is an

Connecting with your intuition through candle gazing meditation

Of all of the practices that the path of yoga has taught me, meditation has had the most profound results for me. From helping me to deal with depression, insomnia and pain, to even be the make or break when I decided to quit smoking for good. A lovely method to meditate is candle gazing or ‘Trataka’ meditation. Unlike most

How to thrive in Autumn

The trees have started to change thier colour from green to red, brown and gold. Temperatures lower and days shorten. There is no question about it, Autumn is upon us. The change of season brings an opportunity to re-set and refresh our daily routine, our menus and our physical activities. Ayurveda has a few tips that will help you to

What’s Your Body Type?

There are three constitutional types in Ayurveda, called doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. These are elemental forces that are at work in nature, in our bodies, and in our minds. The five elements are Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. The combination of these elements will give us our unique body constitution which will have wonderful positive attributes when in

How can learning about Ayurveda help me?

Last week I had a valid question from one of my students. She asked about the difference between Ashtanga yoga and the Yoga and Ayurveda course we are doing. My answer was that the main difference is the knowledge you are acquiring on Ayurveda, how the body works and reacts to the elements and there will be a few variations to what

The path of the three Doshas

Ayurveda identifies three bodily/metabolic types, called doshas. These doshas—known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are biological energies that govern the physiology, psychology, and subtle energy of the body. The doshas can show us the best path to transit, so that our bodies satay or regain their ideal balance. They are essentially our guides for choosing foods, activities, and lifestyle habits that

Should I go on the Paleo Diet?

 The Palaeolithic Diet, or Paleo Diet, seems to be in much vogue. It’s supposed to allow people to go back to basics, eating what our Hunters and Gatherers ancestors used to eat. At that time there were no super markets, TV dinners, processed foods and even grains. The Paleo Diet would be what humans used to eat before we started

Get to know your Dosha

There are three constitutional types in Ayurveda, called doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. These are elemental forces that are at work in nature, in our bodies, and in our minds. The five elements are Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. The combination of these elements will give us our unique body constitution which will have wonderful positive attributes when in

Ayurveda has the right treatment just for you

Ayurveda believes every person, and everything in the world, is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called Doshas. Doshas influence how your body and mind work. There are three Doshas: Vata (composed of space and air); Pitta (composed

The path of the three Doshas

Ayurveda identifies three bodily/metabolic types, called doshas. These doshas—known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are biological energies that govern the physiology, psychology, and subtle energy of the body. The doshas can show us the best path to transit, so that our bodies satay or regain their ideal balance. They are essentially our guides for choosing foods, activities, and lifestyle habits that

Should I go on the Paleo Diet?

 The Palaeolithic Diet, or Paleo Diet, seems to be in much vogue. It’s supposed to allow people to go back to basics, eating what our Hunters and Gatherers ancestors used to eat. At that time there were no super markets, TV dinners, processed foods and even grains. The Paleo Diet would be what humans used to eat before we started