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Agni, in Ayurveda is our digestive fire and when it functions properly, we have optimal digestion and optimal health. However, all digestion is not created equal! Depending on your dosha, you may have variable agni (vishama), overly hot agni (teekshna), or low agni (manda.

In the video, I give ayurvedic digestion tips for each one of the 4 agni types. Since each agni, has their own characteristics, I go over digestive problems and solutions for each one.

Agni in Ayurveda (4 Types of Digestion) - YouTube

So whether you have variable digestion, fast digestion, or very slow digestion, don’t freak out. It may just be the way you are made! Therefore, it’s good to know to balance your digestion by way of Ayurveda.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Keep bringing Ayurveda to life!

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It’s the #1 question I get...

Let me guess, you’re trying to be a good Ayurvedic student and make the right choices for your health, but your progress is stuck because now that you have begun learning, you realize you have no idea what dosha to balance! “How do I balance my natural dosha if the imbalanced one is opposite qualities? And what if I’m two doshas? And what about the seasons?” Sound familiar? I’ve totally been in your shoes! And I can help.

I'm Confused About Which Dosha to Balance! {3 Tips to Help} - YouTube

So, first. You don’t have to know your dosha, exactly.

When I first started learning Ayurveda in 2007, it took me 1 1/2 years to figure out my prakruti (natural balance of doshas), because my vata was so high, I acted and felt like a true vata. However, after some time, introspection, observation and practice I’m 90% sure I’m vata-pitta even split. See!? I’m still not exactly sure what my prakruti is! But I’m okay with that.

I share with with you because, even by knowing only a small part of my own story, I was able to use Ayurveda enough to begin heal and balance my life. And it worked wonders! Today, let’s begin to heal and balance yours too.

So, relax. We aren’t running any races. Allow discovering your dosha to take time.

But I took an online dosha test (or two) and it said...

Sometimes dosha tests are spot on — like you can feel it in your bones! And sometimes they confuse the dickens out of us. Dosha tests can be an awesome entry point, but don’t hold too tightly to them. There many variables that can skew results. For example, questions vary, interpretations differ, our mindset or mood, we might be attached to an outcome, etc., Besides, we usually have a gut instinct about our dosha simply by reading about the different dosha tendencies.

If you aren’t sure of your dosha, that’s okay, it might not be the most important thing you need to know right now! The doshas are constantly changing around us and within us! To try and balance them perfectly all the time, for our unique balance, is sort of an impossible goal. It’s not necessary or realisitic. So take a breath. If you aren’t sure of your dosha, that’s okay. Trust your gut. Trust your authenticity and just begin.

Second, begin with the imbalance. In the cheat sheet, I’ve listed general and common imbalances by dosha. If you feel one of these problems, it often points to the dosha that is imbalanced. Not always and everybody is different! But if you need a starting point, start there. There are 3 daily practices for each dosha that should help unravel the root of the problem.

Third, if you already feel great, then just keep doing what you’re doing! We don’t have to overthink or doubt ourselves if we’re feeling good. If whatever you are doing is working for you then *HIGH FIVE* because you’ve figured out what you really need. Keep listening to your intuitive voice and following that inner guide! Don’t go chasing around the earth for solutions to problems you don’t have. Just keep being awesome. 

Fourth, be sure to grab the "I'm CONFUSED about my dosha!" cheat sheet so you can begin to make the right diet & lifestyle changes for the dosha that needs it the most!

 

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Sooo...have you ever found yourself consistently dissatisfied with your food?

Or maybe you have endless cravings and you're mindlessly munching, and you're like, "Nothing is satisfying me. I don't know what my problem is. I can't find anything that hits the spot."

Or maybe you get caught in a rut with overeating or emotional eating? You might even be completely aware and you're like, "I'm totally sad, so I'm just going to have the ice cream."

Yah, I think we've all been there! I know I have.

Today I'd like to teach you what you're likely MISSING if we consistently reach for food and yet, still feel discontented or dissatisfied.

I'd like to share an unexpected perspective that can help you through this the next time it happens.

When we go out seeking something to satisfy our taste or our taste buds, sometimes we're missing the "higher food."

Constant Food Cravings? Maybe you're missing Higher Food. - YouTube

When we go out seeking something to satisfy our taste or our taste buds, sometimes we're missing what is called the "higher food."

1. One example of higher food is love. Think about when you were first in love...you're just so happy and blissy that you totally lose your appetite! You're like, "Whateverrrr...I can just eat a little bit and I'm fiiiiine...I feel so in looooove. I'm so happyyyyy, I don't even need much food."

Right?! YES! Because you've fallen in love and it's filling you up! Higher food.

2. Higher food can also be the sense of adventure. Sometimes we mindlessly just put food in our mouth because we're so freaking bored! Like, our mind doesn't have anything to look forward to!

If we're not outside, not in new places, our other four senses (sight, sound, smell, touch) might be underutilized, so we over utilize the sense of taste.

Getting a little adventure can help that. Adventure doesn't have to be like rock climbing the most difficult mountain. A simple example of adventure can be going to a concert, hearing the music, feeling the vibe of the music, and the energy of people around you.

Something like that will reduce that need to go chasing, searching for something to eat because you've filled yourself with a little bit of a sense of adventure. What kind of adventure could be something simple you can do this week? Get out of your comfort zone if you need to and do something that uplifts and enlightens and enlivens you a bit.

3. Higher food can also be education, or knowledge. I have a personal story around this. There was, a while back, it was probably a year and a half ago, it wasn't too long before that when I started working for myself teaching Ayurveda, so I was by myself in my house all day long. Like, I would get up and then grab a piece of cheese, or grab some crackers. I was total Vata munching all day long, and I got into that rut, I was like, "What is my problem?" Then I started a study group for one of the ancient Ayurveda texts and I had this amazing teacher. I didn't even pay attention to it, but I stopped snacking. I loved that class so much, I was so full of education and spirit and life wisdom. I felt so happy, I didn't need any extra food, I didn't need to go snacking, I didn't need it. That was my higher food.

4. Higher food is also being of service, giving back. How many of you have actually volunteered, helped your community, helped your church, or helped a meal program or something like that, and you volunteer, and you give back, and you feel so good. When I coached my daughter's soccer team, I've coached her for four seasons from when she was like six until eight. I didn't need breakfast, I didn't need a snack, I was starving for lunch. I just looked so forward to going and teaching these kids, and I was so present when I was with them, and I felt so full when we were done, when we were done playing. I was like, "That was so great. That was so fun. I'm full, I'm good."

So, if you've never thought about "food" that way, start to. Because mind, body, spirit are all connected. So in a nutshell...

You likely don't need more food! Bring in more love, a little adventure, new knowledge, or a way to give back.

These will help enhance the mind, enliven the spirit and help you feel more ALIVE! Overusing the sense of taste is a sign that other pieces are missing. So use it as a signpost that your life could use a little more ZEST and start building that in. I promise you'll feel so much more enriched. 

If this helped you, please share with others who could benefit and tell me in the comments what "higher food" you are going to begin seeking.

As always, we'll keep bringing Ayurveda to life.

XO!

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Improve Your Daily Energy {with this 1 thing!} - YouTube

Want to know how to improve your energy for the whole day? Like the whooooole day!? The sustained, feeling good in your body/mind, energy!?

I'll tell you the number #1 thing to do in your morning routine that is absolutely essential in order to have great energy all day.

But first here's where most people think they're doing a great routine, but miss the most important part.

When I ask my clients or students what they are doing for a good morning routine, they usually say something like, "Well, I'm doing really good! I drink lemon water and I scrape my tongue!!" And they get very excited about that.

And I'm like, "That's great! Any other practices in your morning routine?"

They say, "No, that's it."

Then they get a little surprised when I say, "Drinking water and scraping the tongue is basically just good hygiene and hydration. Which is good (better than not) but likely not going to create drastic changes."

However, something that will change your life is this one thing.

This is where ya'll are going to "booo" me. You might not like it, but I'm not here to tell you things you want to hear, I'm here to change your life. So trust me, and listen.

Get up in the dark.

Hear me out, I will explain.

The doshas rule certain times of day. And from the period between around 2:00 a.m. and sunrise is vata time.

Vata is the energy of movement. Vata is the energy that gets us moving, it's the wind in nature. It pushes us and it guides us.

So, if we wake up during Vata time, we will have sustained energy all day long. It's like we will have all this momentum behind us. Since we rose in the right energy, it will sustain us all day long.

Most people sleep until the sun comes up.

And if you get up with the sun, you've missed your window. Because when the sun comes up, it's Kapha time.

Kapha is low, slow, mellow, steady, static energy. So, if you wake up feeling sluggish and think there's something wrong with you, there's probably not. You just didn't wake up early enough.

Also, we wake up at the wrong time, we might be eating at the wrong time, because our body is not adjusted to natural daily rhythm. And if we are low on energy, we often seek it from other places like maybe we grab extra sugar, or extra coffee, or extra food. 

So if you are having consistently low energy and you don't already wake up in the dark, this could be THEEE thing that brings you back to life.

Try it for like two weeks. You can totally do that. 10 or 14 days, which is probably more than you even need. But if you wake up in the dark, before the sun comes up, give yourself, like I said, 10 to 14 days to just do it and see how you feel. Yes, you might be more tired a little earlier in the evening, but that's okay, because my hunch is that most of us are staying up way too late noodle noodling on our smartphone, or doodle doodling on our computer screens and it's engaging our mind, it's keeping us up way too late.

So, do you see where I'm going with this? A little shift like that, you can shift your entire clock and your energy for the day.

Does this resonate? Does this help you? Give me your comments below, and let me know what you think about this. You can boo me if you want to, then I will try and talk you out of it. Or I can just be like, "You know what? Go ahead and try your things, but if it doesn't work, then come back to this and will you try getting up in the dark?"

All right? I love you very much. If this helped you today, share it with your friends. I'll see you soon as we keep bringing Ayurveda to life.

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5 Things That Make Vata Anxious {Avoid These!} - YouTube

*raise your hands if you're a vata*
Or
*raise your hands if you get anxious from time to time*

If you have your hand up, this is lesson is for you! We live in a vata-increasing world and often struggle to calm our racing or anxious mind. If you feel a bit anxious, here are 5 things to avoid (and I've included the fixes too). 

Note: Vata is the energy of movement in our bodies and minds. So when we feel a racing or anxious mind, we want to decrease the energy of vata in our bodies and minds.

So let's dive into these five things that create a anxiety, or vata increase.   1) Overwhelm.

Yes, overwhelm, it means that vata-type people like to accept all the projects from all the people all the time, they love to say yes, they love to be creative, they love to think they can do it all, and they quickly get overwhelmed because they can't. They got more on their plate which creates worry and anxiety and all of that stuff.

The fix for overwhelm: Choose three things on your to-do list, no more. That's it.

Chop everything off. If you're looking at your list and you're like, “Really? That's all I have to do?”, that's perfect. So trim your list down to three things, and stick to those.

2) Indecision.

Vatas love to fly by the seat of their pants, they like spontaneity, they like to keep their options open. But if you're a vata who's already anxious, spontaneity is one of the ways that you can actually create more anxiety, because you don't have a solid plan. There's no structure, no reliability. And that can make us feel anxious!

The fix for indecision: My advice is, say yes or no right away. Just make a choice. And based on #1 (overwhelm) one you might want to start saying "No" as your default rather than "Yes." ;)

Make the choice, knowing that it's the best decision you are making at this moment in time, and move on.

That way you don't have to expend all this mental energy wondering what the best choice is, or if you'll make the best choice, or allowing your mind to run down the path of all the what-if scenarios. It takes a lot of energy to be indecisive!

To keep your mind calm and anxiety level low, just make the right choice, knowing that it's the best decision you could make today. And all will be well.

3) Cold. 

In writing this, I have a space heater sitting right here because I'm freezing all the time. In the corporate world I had a space heater below my desk. We sometimes just need that warmth and that groundedness, especially for vatas, so that we can focus! If we don't focus we don't get our work done and that causes...anxiety.

The fix for cold: A nice steam shower or a bath at the end of the day is helpful. Or, boost your internal heat with exercise or yoga! Any thing that warms you up will lower that level of anxiety because your mind will be calmed through the sense of touch (warmth).

4) Coffee.

Aaaand, I'm going to apologize, I'm sorry. Yes, coffee. If you're drinking coffee and you tend to feel anxious, maybe try not doing that.

I know, I know, I know how much you love coffee, I do too. But you know what? When I drank coffee (daily, for years), it put me on a moody rollercoaster, gave me headaches and created lots of anxiety. And the whole time I thought that was just how I was :/

So all I'm saying is, if you're already having a problem with anxiety it might be a place to start. Try swapping coffee for black or green tea or chai for two weeks and see if you feel better. If you do, that might be one of the causative factors of your anxiety and your worry.

5) Lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep, disrupted sleep, or low quality sleep all increase vata — and anxiety goes along with it.

So if you're not sleeping well, here are some sleep tips based on Ayurveda.

In Ayurveda, like increases like. So if we spend our days going and going and going, and we don't have proper restoration and stillness at night, our mind is going to do the same thing (go, go, go) And that's essentially where that anxiety comes from, is because our mind is constantly racing, it's constantly going. We don't have a settled or grounded mind — and sleep can help that.

To recap, the five things that give vatas anxiety are:

1) overwhelm, so trim that down
2) indecision, so make one
3) cold, so warm it up
4) coffee, maybe no bueno, try it out
5) lack of sleep, so get some and regulate your sleep

If this helped you today, share this with your friends and gimme a comment below! I always love to hear from you, and as always we'll keep bringing Ayurveda to life.

Love,
Monica B.

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GET THIS EPISODE ON ITUNES {CLICK HERE} 

Get the H.A.P.P.Y. cheat sheet download here

Stick it up somewheres so you are reminded that we can always, at any time, create our own happiness. 

For much of the northern hemisphere, February is smack dab in the dregs of winter. *raise your hands if that's you* Even though we're close-ish to March, we know winter weather is not going away any time soon.

While we might try to enjoy our winter wonderland, sledding is really only appealing until January and then we want to wear shorts and canvas sneakers. I get it.

A former midwesterner myself, I know how looooong winter can be! 

This time of year we might feel a dose of cabin fever or S.A.D.

In Ayurvedic terms, S.A.D. happens when we are surrounded by cold, dry air, lack of light, too much time spent indoors, and lack of "green" nature around us —we get depressed! It's an overall lack of prana (life force! life energy!). Because we are governed by nature around us, when that nature is lifeless, we often feel the same.

BUT we can invigorate and delight the five senses which will help us feel better. In Ayurveda, healing is delivered through the five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste smell), so while the outdoors and overall nature is lifeless, we can bring life IN through our five senses and begin to revive our mood.

5 Ways to shift from S.A.D. to H.A.P.P.Y.

H = HEAT. Bring in the heat, by getting some sun on your face in the outdoors or by planning a warm get away in February, March or April. Other ways to bring in the heat include fireplaces, candles, saunas, steam rooms! The bonus about fireplaces and candles is that it's not just warmth (sense of touch) but it provides natural light which balances out winter darkness.

Btw, this is life, use your vacation time and run to the sun!

Heat calms the sense of touch and is balancing for vata.

A = AROMATHERAPY. Load up the diffuser daily or drop essential oils on your wrists or drop on the floor of your shower and steam up the bathroom, creating a little spa experience! Use a few times a day if you want — there are no rules (that I'm aware of). Choose any scent that makes you happy. Here are some ideas: lavender, sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, jasmine, gardenia, grapefruit, ylang ylang. Or take yourself on a "field trip" to any store that has a bunch of essential oils and sniff away. Choose a scent or blend that you really love — and then use it all the time :) 

The sense of smell enlivens and pleases the mind and is balancing for kapha. 

P = PLAY. Whether exercise or music, enliven your body and your daily experience with play time! Move your body long enough every day to create a little sweat and warm you up (heat!). Make it FUN! Dance, zumba, yoga, skip, power walk with your dog. Whatever it is, make it fun. 

And don't forget the music! Music creates the mood. Give yourself a positive, happy, dancey boost with a great playlist, like this one I made

You get extra points if you play fun music while exercising :)

P = PRETTY. You need nice things to look at! And if you can bring nature inside, even better. Make it a point to pick up some beautiful flowers (bonus if they smell nice!) and/or indoor pots to perk up your space. Bulbs like paperwhites, hyacinths, or tulips are lovely indoors and are fun to watch them grow, too. You could also add some pizazz with a new throw pillow or two to splash of color and vibrancy to your space. 

When our eyes see beauty, our mind gets happy. Pleasing sights are balancing for pitta. 

Y = YUMMY. Choose all the yummy foods that enhance your mood! There are certain foods that I call "mood foods" and these promote a sattvic mind (a harmonious, peaceful mind). When we have a sattvic mind, we can't be sad! We will be calm, patient, optimistic and joyful. When Ayurveda talks about mind-body-spirit all connected, this is a prime example of how the foods we choose directly affect our mind.

Sattvic foods that enhance the mood and peace in the mind are from nature (cause, prana!) and include fresh fruits, fresh veggies, grains, ghee, oils, nuts, honey. If you have those types of foods more often, your mind will feel light, clear and optimistic and peaceful.

I hope this helped you!

Don't forget to grab the cheat sheet and/or give the podcast Episode #6 a listen!

We'll keep bringing Ayurveda to life!
XO!
Monica B.

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You can also watch the video on YouTube!

One of the questions I get all the time from my clients and students is, "I know the right choice to make, but WHY don't I actually follow through with it?!"

Sound familiar? Like you know which foods you should be eating or what you should be going to bed . Or you know that you should get up before the sun or exercise or take a break during the day or build in time for self care, or, or, or., etc., but you're not doing any of those things. And you're like, "What's my problem?"

Well, good news, you're not broken. And it is totally possible to break that cycle of disappointment! Especially now that it's the new year, you might have new practices and new goals — so how do you stick to them?! 

I have two tips for you to start practicing what we call in Ayurveda, "right choice, followed by right action."

Tip #1 is No Negotiating. Act Fast.

You know those little glimmers of right choices come into our brain like a million times a day, that kinda whisper in our ear? They go something like this, "Skip the sugary coffee in the afternoon because I won't be able to sleep." Or, "Omg I'm stressed. I should take a walk around the block because it always makes me feel more relaxed." Or, "I'll choose these foods for dinner so I don't feel heavy afterwards." Etc., Etc.,

Those little glimmers of awesome are our wisdom!! That's our wisdom coming through and in Ayurveda, that's called our "buddhi."

When we listen to our buddhi and follow through with right action, we feel amazing! We know we did make the RIGHT choice and followed through with RIGHT action. It feels good to make that choice and actually do the thing. And once we do it a few times, it becomes a huge motivator to keep going and going!

Here's where we screw up:
When we get those little glimmers, often times we negotiate ourselves right out of the practice. So for example, every morning I take the dog for a run. But this morning it was very cold and dark and I was not super excited about going outside that day. Then then thoughts started. Maybe I'll wear my fleece pants and write in my journal. I could take her out twice later. Or maybe I can take her to the park and get a late start on my work. The negotiating process in full swing, right? All the excuses!

So I told myself, "Stop. Put your clothes on, get your butt out the door." And there was no room for negotiation. Nope, you're going outside because you'll love it when you're done. So I did. And I felt so much better about my day because I made that choice.

We all do it. But the point of following through with right action is to make less space between that right choice and that right action. Act as fast as you can.

So that's number one. No negotiating. Start to recognize how you're negotiating yourself out of your best practices. And once you're aware of it, you can stop it.

Tip #2 is is avoid Tamasic foods.

You're like what's Tamasic foods?

This little list is from my book In Your Elements, and these are all of the foods that promote a low quality of the mind. There are three qualities of the mind, sattva, rajas and tamas. The lowest quality is called tamasic.

Here's a list of tamasic foods: ALCOHOL�, FAST FOOD, FRIED FOOD, �FROZEN FOOD,� CANNED/STALE FOOD, �REFINED SUGARS�, TOBACCO, SODA�, OVEREATING

These foods promote negative emotions. They promote a cloudiness of the mind. And these foods also get into our body, our physical body, and they break down our resistance to disease. So you want to omit these or have them way less.

In the near future, I'll post more info on the three qualities of the mind — Sattva, Rajas and Tamas —  but for today, just stay away from or eliminate these tamasic foods. If you're having a lot of them, then this is a perfect place to start. Omit them and start having foods that are closer to nature.

And there ya have it! 2 things to look out for that will help you STICK to your new year's goals by following through with right action. 

If these tips helped you, share it with your friends and post a comment below so I know to keep creating more content like this for you. Go crush the new year as we keep bringing Ayurveda to life.

P.S. If you like this topic, join one of my live webinar trainings this Wed & Thursday!  Sign up here for the New Year's Tune Up!

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Many people choose January 1 as the day to turn over a new leaf and rework their life habits. I don't think that's a bad plan. The only bad thing is punishing yourself or quitting all together if you get off kilter. If you made a resolution already, remember to have forgiveness and tenacity. Meaning, don't beat yourself up for not adhering to perfection (psshhht...who's perfect afterall) but at the same time, don't throw your hands up and quit if it's not easy.

There is a fine line. Two steps forward, one step back is still one step forward. Right? Cool.

I put together some DOSHA-lutions that you might like if you are having trouble deciding what to work on. These are suggestions based on your dosha! So, more than a resolution, this is a dosha-lution which is based solely on what will benefit your life and body-mind.

The goal is to build upon your dosha-lutions over time so you build yourself new habits and a better way of living healthy! Remember to pick just one thing to work on. Too many things just sets us up for failure, so choose one and give it a go!

VATAS.

Automate your savings. Figure out how much money you need per pay check and set up an automatic transfer to savings the day after you get paid — leaving only what you absolutely need in your checking. This way, you can spend everything in your checking account (woohoo!) and you won't be tempted by the rest because you never see it. One day you will be pleasantly surprised to see how much you've effortlessly saved!

Put yourself second and listen. Vatas can bowl people over with their enthusiasm in sharing what's happening in their lives. While their energy is usually infectious and positive, they tend to talk way more than they listen which can be a little overwhelming (sometimes annoying) for other doshas. Why not put the focus on someone else first. Before gushing with your stories, ask theirs. Ask how they are and make it a point to listen so intently that you can recite the details the next day (or two) when you talk to them again. They will be flattered and touched that you care so much and your heart will feel awesome that you've touched their lives. Bonus for vata too because vatas LOVE to touch lives.

Card stash. Vatas are mega multi-taskers and while their heart is always in the right place, their brain might not be. Birthday cards, anniversaries, baby congrats, shower gifts, wedding cards,  thank yous, and other courteous correspondence might fall to the wayside because of their busying and dizzying schedules. Remember, vatas love to touch lives! So, get a stash of cute, blank cards, forever stamps, even keep some birthday cards. When you want to write a note to Granny, you'll have everything you need without having to run around town like a nutter ;)

Eat 3 square meals. Not 8 tiny ones. I know you.

PITTAS.

Leave work on time. Pittas will work and work and work and work and work until their little heads explode and then they get pissy (wouldn't you if your head exploded?). So why get to that point? If you are supposed to work until 5, leave at 5:00. Stress is the number one killer, people. The work will be there tomorrow and you will still have a job because you ROCK at what you do and people love you. So go home and have a nice night.

Limit talk radio. I know you like to be informed of all things happening everywhere in the world all the time (especially when you can debate about it), but dude, the constant chatter and news will increase stress levels without you knowing it. In at least one direction on your daily commute, opt for the classical music or the chill station instead.

Volunteer. Pittas can get locked tight in their minds about their personal and professional goals and sometimes they forget there is a world out there that needs assistance. Take a time out once a month and volunteer with something that resonates. Women's shelters need visitors, animal rescue groups need dog walkers and bathers, psychiatric wards sometimes use therapy dogs (if you have a nice doggie, talk to your local ASPCA and they might be able to hook you up), kids need tutors, or flex those muscles and move some rice bags around at your local food bank. Pittas need to be reminded to live through their HEART to find compassion. Volunteering is a great way to do that. Backbends are good too ;)

Bed by 10. I know you get your second wind after 10pm, but please sleep. Your gray hair and/or receding hairline (pitta traits!) are tell tale signs that you think a LOT. Your brain needs rest and so does your bod. If you got more sleep, you would be more alert and efficient during the day so that you can leave on time (double dosha-lution whammy!!).

KAPHAS.

Light Dinner. Kaphas digestion is slow so they tend to put on weight easily. Having a light dinner will help keep their bodies and minds light. When dinner is too heavy it sits in our guts all night long, making it tough to wake up. If dinner is smaller and easily digested, you'll wake up like a spring chicken!

Daily walk. Incorporating a 20 minute brisk walk each day before or after work will make kaphas feel light and happy. Just 20 minutes! If it's tough, come home and immediately put on your walking pants and shoes - and out the door! Not enough exercise results in a slew of health problems including weight gain, lethargy and depression, especially in kaphas. One of the very best things kaphas can do is to move their bods regularly!

De-clutter. Come on kaphas, you don't need to keep the lucky socks you had in college. Okay maybe keep those but toss out the four pairs of back up lucky socks you have ;) When kaphas clean and de-clutter they feel instantly light, fresh, and renewed. Choose small, frequent projects and begin to get rid of stuff you don't use. One project might be a junk drawer. Next project might be under your bathroom sink. Just do one tiny thing a week. If you try to tackle too much, it will take an entire day and you will hate it. If you break it down into small 30 minute bits, you won't think it's a pain. Before you know it your dwelling will be sparkly clean and you'll feel like clickin your heels!

Once a week, do something new. Kaphas love routine and rarely stray from it. In fact, it makes them downright uncomfortable to have to try something new. However, branching out is a great way to infuse light and energy into a stagnant kapha. So once a week, try something new to stay on your toes. Go to a new coffee shop, take a different walking route (double dosha-lutions whammy!!), go do a different Walgreens, try a new menu item, even stir your tea in the opposite direction. It could be anything! Just make sure you aren't buying something new because that will lead to more stuff that you are already trying to de-clutter. ;)

If you have any dosha-lutions to share, comment below! There are GOBS of ideas out there and the more we come up with, the juicer life gets and the more we can help each other.

Don't know your dosha? Take the dosha test.

Keep bringing Ayurveda to life!
xo,
Monica B.

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Our energy is a CHOICE.

If you don't love your day yet, you have all the power to change it in an instant.

One of the fastest ways to create a quick energy uplift is to move your body.

Action transforms things. When we are transforming we are changing. When we move our body, our mind changes. When we gain the right mindset, we can jump up quickly to a higher level of positivity.

Ideas to change your energy:

Next time you find yourself not loving the day, it probably has to do with the energy you are putting into it, rather than the energy you are gleaning from it.

The more we complain, the worse we feel.

So stop that! ha. I don't say that out of judgement, I say that coming from a place of empowerment.

Don't let your day take you for a ride, be the boss of your day.

Change your energy. Own it and change it to a positive ANY time!! *raaawwwr*

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This is the story of a major Thanksgiving fail, but Ayurvedic win. 

For Thanksgiving last week, I wanted to make fun mini caramel apple bites on a stick! So cute and mini-sized to go along with some of the heavier desserts. Perfect! 

There is nothing Ayurvedic about these, btw. 

Around 11am on Thanksgiving (after the parade! *jazz hands*), excitedly, I went to work. I didn't burn the caramel!! And that's the only good thing that happened.

Watch this 4 second video to see the results of those sassy apples...

Never make mini caramel apples. Just don't even do it. No matter how cute the Youtube videos are, they lie. It sucks. 

Ok, so. In a panic, I scrapped the cute little disasters. My husband calmly said, "What do you know how to make that's tried and true?"

{think-think-think} 

"My chewy ginger snaps!"

I ran to the closet, grabbed my book and flipped to page 155. RECIPE!

{stomach sinks} Uhhh...I don't have powdered cloves, only whole cloves. 

But I can do this! I just pretended I lived in a different country and started crushing them with a mortar + pestle. Crush, sift, crush again, sift again. And in 5-10 minutes I had 1 1/2 tsp. of powdered cloves. Winner!




Below is the recipe from my book In Your Elements (makes a rockin gift, btw). Be sure to use fresh spices — that is key! The ghee will keep them soft, so play with cooking times. 8 minutes makes a very soft cookie, almost too soft. They are flat cookies, not fluffy. The spices and ghee give a nice digestive boost and they are super good!! 


HAPPY CHEWY GINGER SNAPS RECIPE

6 tbsp. room temperature butter
6 tbsp. ghee (use code: BLOOM10 for 10% off)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. powdered cloves
2 tsp. powdered ginger
Optional: Candied ginger for the tops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and molasses. Add egg and mix. Stir together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in separate bowl. Add flour combo to the mixing bowl and mix well. Spoon blobs onto cookie sheet and bake for 8–12 minutes (8 minutes is very soft in my oven). Immediately after pulling out of the oven, place some ginger candies on the top.

The lesson: an epic fail lead to a better path. 

Now, these were just cookies, but I bet you have countless stories of failure that ended up WAY better than you expected. 

I was proud of myself for not losing my cool. I didn't swear, I wasn't grumpy, I told myself, "Have faith in the flow. Stay in the flow." Flow is not always the expected, but fighting it throws you off course.

Take a moment to write down 5-10 instances that seemed to suck but then actually turned out better because of that fail.

Those will be a reminder that when things seem to suck, there's always an alternative. Always!! Especially during holiday when we are zooming a million miles a minute, multitasking and trying to squeeze a lot in to a short amount of time.

Hold your faith. You are stronger than you think you are.

You can figure it out, whatever it is. 

Go make some cookies this weekend and vow to never ever make mini caramel apples. Keep bringing Ayurveda to life!

xoxo!

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