Ayurveda and Sleep
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by Luisa Rounds
2w ago
“Lifestyle has its own rhythm in each person’s life. Waking too early or too late, irregular food habits, staying up late job stress, untimely bowel movements, and suppression of natural urges are a few habits that can unsettle a person. Regularity in sleeping, waking, eating, and elimination brings discipline and helps to maintain…overall good health.” -Vasant Lad, MASc. Why do we sleep? How Sleep Impacts Health Sleep is well known to be an essential pillar of health in Ayurveda. Modern medical science is only recently discovering that it is more than a passive activity — that it is closely ..read more
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Kick the Craving by Satisfying it! Ayurveda’s Take on Sweets
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by Luisa Rounds
1M ago
Sugar is energy. Eating sugar creates a spike in energy, and if we’ve eaten nothing else, this spike is followed by a crash. In the digestive process, sugar is like kindling, or dry, highly flammable sticks. It catches the flame quickly, and burns hot and fast. This feels really good, and lasts for a short amount of time. But if no one puts a bigger log of wood on the fire, the kindling will burn out. There’s no more fuel to burn. The heat dissipates, and energy gets very low. This is a disaster for mood. Often, a sugar-crash like this inspires intense cravings for more sugar. So it’s easy to ..read more
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Just Say No to Allergy Season
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by Luisa Rounds
2M ago
Photo by Karolina Grabowska. Ayurveda is an ancient science that is deeply integrated with the cycles of the seasons. Nature and the body are deeply connected: the activity in your gut and the activity in the soil involve and depend on each other…. Both intertwine with local weather, microbes, pollen, and energy. This season brings brightness, warmth, wildflowers, and for many, allergies. Here are some tips for relieving symptoms and living well this spring. Massage your face. A simple, but highly effective way to feel better when dealing with allergies, headaches, and stress. Use coconut, al ..read more
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Turmeric: What you may not know about this Golden Herb
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by Luisa Rounds
3M ago
Turmeric is like the secret ingredient to the elixir of life. According to a recent article reviewed by a medical expert, turmeric is “one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence.”* Scroll down for our golden milk recipe–it’s simple and delicious. The medicinal properties of this golden herb are overwhelming. Turmeric contains a powerful compound, curcumin, which has a range of positive affects: Supports healthy brain function (boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor) Stabilizes good mood (boosts serotonin and dopamine) Decreases risk of Alzheimer’s disease Is anti-inflamm ..read more
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You are what you eat!
Santa Cruz Ayurveda » Detoxification
by Luisa Rounds
4M ago
“To fix the brain, we first fix the gut” is a saying in Ayurvedic texts. In today’s world, it is relevant that we reboot the digestive system once in awhile and restore it with healthy microbes (gut flora). All people can benefit from healing the gut to optimize digestion and prevent illness. Habits are hard to break. Over time we become comfortable with them, which may or may not serve us in the long term. Due to ingrained habits with foods and lifestyle, we tend to accumulate certain conditions that can be detrimental to our health. Fortunately, habits are learned and can therefore change to ..read more
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Mind, Nourishment and Consciousness
Santa Cruz Ayurveda » Detoxification
by Luisa Rounds
6M ago
Our nutritional health has a direct effect on not only our physiological functioning but also our psychological well being. There is a direct and constant relationship that we can use for personal as well as spiritual enhancement. In Ayurveda for example, the liver is understood as a seat of the fire principle or pitta. The fire principle is not only responsible for the liver functions but also digestion, metabolism, perception and mental acuity. If the liver is troubled, the mind will also be affected. The regulation of our blood sugar and other nutrients is affected by the functioning of the ..read more
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Nadi Shodhana // Alternate Nostril Breathing
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by Sheyna Holmes
11M ago
by Sheyna Haisman-Holmes Nadi shodhana is a pranayama practice (breathing technique) that has countless health benefits on the body & mind. It is used as a prescription in Ayurveda for a large spectrum of imbalances like anxiety, sleep, focus, digestion, etc. Nadi shodhana translates to “purification of the channels”. It is a tool that can be used in multiple situations and provides an immediate balancing effect. Nadi’s are the channels that run throughout the body. There are thousands of Nadi’s and the 3 main ones are Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Ida is the left side of the body, Pingala is ..read more
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The Importance of Sveda (Sweat)
Santa Cruz Ayurveda » Detoxification
by Sheyna Holmes
1y ago
In Ayurveda, there are 14-16 srotāmsi or srotas (pathways/channels) in the body. They make up the tissues, what we take in to the body and what we excrete. Of these srotas, there are 3 malas (wastes), which are urine, feces and sweat. It is usually a given that the first two malas occur daily, but how often does sweating occur? Sveda vaha srotas is the channel of sweat in the body that is responsible for many functions of detox and balance. Sweat glands contract or expand to help the body maintain the right temperature. When the body gets too hot, it starts sweating to cool itself down. It’s i ..read more
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Don’t Hold Back! On Urges & Tears
Santa Cruz Ayurveda » Detoxification
by Sheyna Holmes
1y ago
In Ayurveda, there are urges to not resist and doing so is harmful to the body. An urge can be yawning, going to the bathroom, burping, sleeping, crying, etc. Holding in these urges can put stress on the body and interrupt proper detoxification processes. Every urge has a purpose that connects to helping movement and cleansing. We regenerate a lot during sleep, which is why the body has an urge for rest. We may need to cough to clear the throat or drink water for cellular hydration. Crying is an emotional urge that carries more importance than we may think. In the Vedic texts, there are the 13 ..read more
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What’s Your State of Agni?
Santa Cruz Ayurveda » Detoxification
by Sheyna Holmes
1y ago
In Ayurveda, our state of health depends mostly on the condition of our Agni (digestive fire). Looking at the state of our Agni is usually the first thing to address in our healing and will be the most important thing in our longevity. Good health is not just about eating healthy; it does not matter how well we eat if our bodies can’t absorb or assimilate the nutrients. Stoking our internal fire is a daily practice that helps to maintain proper balance of all the elements in our gut. Imagine for a moment that your digestive system is a campfire for cooking. A cooking fire needs wood or fuel, a ..read more
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