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Spiritual Ayurveda: our Five Subtle Bodies and Three Subtle Essences

By |2017-09-05T13:51:42+01:00June 13th, 2017|Anxiety, Brain, Consciousness, Dairy, Digestion, Emotions, Fatigue, Kapha, Mind, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation|

The concept of the three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – is most people’s route into understanding Ayurveda. It’s easy to grasp how Vata Dosha can be responsible for all movement, Pitta for all transformations and Kapha for all structure in our body and the world around us. But there is a deeper level of this understanding though and the three Doshas have their root or master [...]

Handle the transition from Spring to Summer with Ayurveda

By |2017-09-05T13:51:42+01:00May 14th, 2017|Detox, Digestion, Natural cycles, Panchakarma, Rasayanas, Sleep, Spring, Summer|

From the Ayurvedic viewpoint, interesting things happen within your body as winter gives way to spring and then spring give way to summer. As spring progresses, the cold, slow, heavy and sticky qualities of Kapha Dosha, that build up during late winter, gradually melt away and this often results in the chest colds and runny noses common in March, April and May. Springtime supports the body’s natural elimination [...]

Beat the winter blues and flu with Ayurveda

By |2019-01-16T15:34:13+01:00January 29th, 2017|Detox, Digestion, Kapha, Natural cycles, Panchakarma, Spring, Winter|

It’s freezing outside. You shiver and get goose-pimples. The pores and blood vessels in your skin shrink and contract to preserve the body’s heat within its core. Your body changes and adapts during cold weather and Agni (digestive fire) increases to give you a stronger appetite. The extra food you are able to take in, helps you generate more heat.

What oils are best to cook with?

By |2017-09-05T13:51:42+01:00January 20th, 2017|Digestion, Food, Heart, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Oils, Recipes|

I run courses on Maharishi AyurVeda, food and cooking and one frequently asked question is, “What’s the best oil to cook with?”. I respond that my favourite cooking oils are ghee, coconut oil and olive oil*, in that order. There is no controversy surrounding olive oil – after all, haven’t there been lots of TV ads implying that perpetual youth and vitality are almost guaranteed through consuming it? [...]

12 tips to build up your Bala-strength during January

By |2018-03-04T21:55:15+01:00January 4th, 2017|Detox, Digestion, Food, Immunity, Kapha, Rasayanas, Spring, Winter|

January heralds the start of the Kapha season, and its cold, dull, damp and heavy weather tends to increase Kapha within the body. We often think of winter as a time for Kapha-associated diseases, such as colds and flu, yet Ayurveda maintains that winter is not weakening but strengthening, and the best season to improve your immunity. Bala is the term Ayurveda uses for immunity and general strength, whether [...]

Kapha Season Bake: Chickpeas, Quinoa, Squash, Greens

By |2017-09-05T13:51:43+01:00December 29th, 2016|Digestion, Kapha, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Videos, Recipes, Spices, Spring, Winter|

In the UK, and most of Europe, January signals the start of the Kapha season; the time of year that increases the cold, wet and heavy Kapha qualities in our body. To stay healthy during late winter and spring, balance the influence of Kapha by adjusting your diet. The colour, aroma and taste of this Kapha-reducing meal is warming. Chickpeas are very nutritious but can take time to [...]

The Secret of Ojas: Nourish the junction point, nurture your heart

By |2018-03-04T21:55:44+01:00December 22nd, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Emotions, Heart, Immunity, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Mind, Panchakarma, Sleep|

Ayurveda considers Ojas to be the finest material substance in your body – as much in the realm of consciousness as it is in the realm of matter. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi AyurVeda, said that Ojas is a ‘lamp at the door’ – the junction point between consciousness and matter – lighting both inside and outside. Because of its role as a link [...]

The wonders of Ginger: with Recipes and Video

By |2017-11-03T09:28:00+01:00December 7th, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Videos, Recipes|

Ginger Apple Crisp A tasty and easily digested desert. The recipe requires a 5 inch x 9 inch x 3 inch deep tray. If your own tray is either larger or smaller, proportionally adjust the quantity of each ingredient. 3 medium sized apples, peeled, seeded and chopped Fresh juice of 1 lemon or lime 1 tbsp of finely grated ginger 1 [...]

11 tips to avoid Ama over Christmas

By |2017-10-27T13:59:30+01:00November 21st, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Panchakarma|

There are so many edible delights on offer over Christmas that it is hard not to over-indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion. Festive meals and an abundance of tempting sweets can lead you to over-eat and snack at irregular times, and promote the build-up of Ama. If this process is left unchecked, your body can becomes clogged [...]

Energy and Vitality with Maharishi AyurVeda

By |2018-03-04T21:56:25+01:00October 17th, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Fatigue, Food, Immunity, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation, Sleep|

“Maharishi AyurVeda would like us to express our innate source which is infinite vitality and energy” – Dr Donn BrennanHow much energy and vitality you have in your body and mind is closely linked to the strength of your immune system. When vitality is weak, immunity is correspondingly low. When energy levels are strong and free-flowing, illness has little chance of taking hold.The [...]

The remarkable qualities of Triphala

By |2019-01-22T14:53:08+01:00April 10th, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation|

Triphala is a highly revered formula in Ayurveda and is available from Maharishi AyurVeda as Triphala Rose. Triphala means ‘three fruits’ – Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. When combined as Triphala their complimentary and synergistic effect forms a very powerful Rasayana. Rasayana is the Ayurvedic terms for any herbal combination that enlivens the inner intelligence of mind and body from a fundamental level, promoting [...]

8 Ayurvedic ways to boost your natural immunity

By |2018-03-04T21:54:47+01:00November 19th, 2015|Autumn, Detox, Digestion, Food, Immunity, Knowledge, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Spring|

The Ayurvedic theory of immunity is called Beej-bhumi, which literally translates as “seed and land”. The body is seen as the fertile land in which infections or harmful “bugs” can grow. If our body is out of balance, and full of Ama – the toxic by-products that result from incomplete digestion – viruses and harmful bacteria will find fertile soil for [...]

Bring a little balance to your weight

By |2018-09-14T06:35:24+01:00October 11th, 2015|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Weightloss|

“Balanced weight is the automatic by-product of enjoying the state of good health that is our natural birthright.” This is the message of Dr Donn Brennan, leading expert on Maharishi AyurVeda and founding president of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association of Great Britain. He explains that it’s a question of attaining the balance of mind and body that comes when the innate inner [...]

Triphala: Why is it Ayurveda’s most popular herbal?

By |2017-09-05T13:50:32+01:00July 7th, 2015|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation|

Peter Brown: The biggest selling herbal within Maharishi AyurVeda, and probably within Ayurveda as a whole, is called Triphala, which means three fruits. What is the purpose of Triphala? What is it good for? Dr Donn Brennan: Triphala is, as you say, probably the most common Ayurveda herbal used in the world – considering the population of India and the global reach of Ayurveda. This herbal has so many good properties. [...]

New research confirms Ayurvedic warning about eating late

By |2018-09-14T06:41:10+01:00May 11th, 2015|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Sleep, Weightloss|

It often seems that the more modern science learns about food, digestion and how we are affected by natural cycles, the more it confirms the understanding of the ancient science of Ayurveda. The following article, written by Dr Allana Polo and published in GreenMedInfo, highlights a recent study, which suggests that eating late may have a detrimental effect on our health. Could late night snacks [...]

New video series on Maharishi AyurVeda

By |2017-09-05T13:50:32+01:00December 22nd, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Dr Donn Brennan videos, Knowledge, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Maharishi Ayurveda Videos, Other videos, Rejuvenation|

We have new video series on Maharishi AyurVeda with Dr Donn Brennan. This is just the beginning and over the next few months many more videos, full of Ayurvedic health wisdom, will be put up on our site. Introductory videos In some videos Donn introduces basic concepts, such as what is Ayurveda’s approach to health, why Maharishi helped to revive this ancient science, what are the Ayurvedic body-types, how your can recognise [...]

Prevent colds and flu with Ayurvedic herbal remedies

By |2018-01-23T19:05:59+01:00December 22nd, 2014|Autumn, Detox, Digestion, Kapha, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Spring, Vata, Winter|

Winter is the Kapha season when the weather is cold and wet and the Vata season of when it is cold and windy. At times the Vata moving element can dominate our physiology and at other times the stable and cohesive Kapha can get the better of us. How do we keep in balanced with all the challenges our changeable weather imposes on us? Also, how [...]

It’s a supplement! It’s a food! No, it’s Moringa, the super-herb

By |2017-09-05T13:50:32+01:00September 16th, 2014|Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Mind, Weightloss|

I was recently asked to create the above diagram to promote Moringa for Maharishi AyurVeda Products and have to admit that I had never previously heard of this herb. I did a Google search and was amazed, not only by the huge number and range of benefits it is supposed to have – from increasing mental clarity, to normalising blood pressure, to weight management, to improving libido – but also [...]

Dr Donn Brennan on the wonders of Amlaberry

By |2017-11-13T13:32:36+01:00July 25th, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Dr Donn Brennan videos, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Videos|

Remarkably high in Vitamin C, Amla fruit is renown in Ayurveda for its health promoting powers and is used in numerous herbal preparations. For thousands of years this herb has been praised for its ability to create harmony between mind and body and to bring all three doshas (controlling elements of the body) into balance. Maharishi Ayurveda Amlaberry uses the wild forest fruit, which [...]

A Taste of Honey

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 15th, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs|

How do you satisfy that craving for the sweet taste without resorting to something sugar-based? That desire for sweetness means there is something missing. Perhaps we need more of the Earth and Water elements that sweet foods can supply. Perhaps our blood-sugar is low and we need a boost of energy. Perhaps we feel emotionally low and we crave that external sweetness as a substitute for our lack of inner [...]

Agni – the power to digest the world

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 3rd, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs|

If there is one thing that Ayurveda can teach that will transform your health, it is how to improve your digestion. Agni, or digestive fire, is the key force that allows your body to function. When Agni is low, you feel weak, lacking in energy and vitality and you are prone to disease. When it is high, your immune system bcomes strong and you feel energised and full of enthusiasm. [...]

Drink some Chai to open up your Shrotas

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00March 3rd, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes|

Our body is full of spaces according to Ayurveda. These spaces, called Shrotas, are the channels through which nourishment and energy are delivered to our cells and though which toxic waste is eliminated. During the winter the cold makes our Shrotas shrink and this can lead to poor absorption of nutrients and poor elimination of poisonous toxins. This is a good time to help keep your body channels as open [...]

How to make Lassi

By |2017-09-05T13:50:34+01:00December 7th, 2013|Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes|

Ayurveda considers yoghurt (referred to as curds in Ayurvedic texts) to be one of the most nourishing and health-promoting of foods and this pro-biotic food is especially good for your digestive tract. Yoghurt is predominantly sweet and sour, and is heavy in nature. It therefore tends to increase Kapha Dosha (the element of the body that gives us strength and structure). Like many nourishing foods, eaten at the wrong time, or in [...]

How to make your own Chapatis

By |2017-09-05T13:50:34+01:00November 20th, 2013|Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes|

For 3-4 chapatis In the West, bread has gone from being a nourishing food to being a problem for our health. Many people have digestive problems due to the strain of wheat that is universally used to make most modern breads. Digestive problems are caused by the quick acting yeast used in almost all bread making. Most bread you find in shops contains a host of unnatural ingredients. Even when [...]

Ayurveda on Coughs, Colds and Fevers

By |2018-01-23T19:12:40+01:00November 19th, 2013|Detox, Digestion, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Winter|

Now the cold weather is here many of us can start to suffer from colds, flu and fever. We will look at the Ayurvedic understanding of how these conditions arise and how to deal with them. Along the way you will find some hints on how to avoid these conditions in the first place. Ayurveda sees flu, fever, coughs and colds as resulting from: wrong diet, disturbed digestion, inappropriate [...]

Recharge, Restore and Rejuvenate through Ayurveda

By |2017-11-13T13:46:45+01:00September 22nd, 2013|Digestion, Rejuvenation|

Food not only nourishes the body – it determines the quality of your consciousness. How you cook, what you eat and when and in what company you eat are all important. Use plenty of spices and herbs in cooking. These not only enhance taste but are also great healers. Sprinkle some freshly milled black pepper on your food and add a pinch of turmeric to your soup to harness [...]

Why did Dinner become Lunch and Tea become Dinner?

By |2017-11-13T13:51:18+01:00September 17th, 2013|Digestion, Natural cycles|

Ayurveda says our main meal should be at midday and our evening meal should be light. This is because our digestion is naturally high in the middle of the day and slows down, in preparation for sleep, during the evening. So why have we changed our mealtime practices and what consequences does this have? Dinner is posh, Tea is not I was born on Cumbria, in the north of [...]

You are not what you eat but what you digest – Ayurveda and assimilation

By |2017-09-05T13:50:34+01:00August 28th, 2013|Digestion|

There is an urban myth I have often heard that when you look around any health food store, you’ll find it’s full of sick-looking, pasty-faced people. Sometimes this ‘truism’ is reinforced with the observation that when you look around a building site, full of fit looking healthy men, their diet usually consists of an unhealthy mixture of take-aways, strong sweet tea and biscuits. Probably the moral we are meant to [...]

Intermittent fasting, the Ayurveda way

By |2017-09-05T13:50:36+01:00June 27th, 2013|Detox, Digestion, Fasting, Weightloss|

There is of lot of talk about intermittent fasting these days. Benefits are said to range from weight loss, to enhanced heart and brain functioning, to increased longevity. Eat, Fast and Live Longer Last year I watched a BBC TV Horizon programme called “Eat, Fast and Live Longer”. The presenter, Michael Mosley, tried out different fasting diets and looked into the science behind them. The research on regular fasting shows [...]

Ghee – good fat or bad fat? Part 1: the role of fats in our body

By |2018-09-14T06:44:31+01:00June 5th, 2013|Digestion, Food, Oils|

Ayurveda considers ghee the best oil to cook with, as well as the best oil for your health. Ghee is said to balance all three Doshas, the controlling principles of the body. Ghee is the pure oil extracted from butter and we’ve all been told that animal fats are supposed to be bad for us. So why do all Ayurvedic practitioners [...]