Unique amongst comfort foods the sweet potato also known as Kumara in my home land New Zealand is a sweet-tasting root vegetable which comes in three varieties, orange, purple or yellow. The humble sweet potato is very versatile and is widely used in many countries, particularly during winter..
Dietary Pointers for the Depths of Winter When it’s really cold, rainy and windy outside one can feel chilled to the bone. Keeping warm and maintaining energy and immunity and ability to stay focused can be challenging in the depths of winter and a winter cold can be harder to shift and also more debilitating. So here are some tips to help you thrive during the depths of winter! Before [...]
Dr. Kumuda Reddy has been practicing medicine for over twenty-five years. Originally trained as an anesthesiologist, she is currently the Medical Director of the Maharishi Vedic Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Reddy is the author of several books, including Forever Healthy and For a Blissful Baby: Happy and Healthy Pregnancy through Maharishi Vedic Medicine. We asked her to speak about the role of Maharishi Vedic Medicine in helping mothers have a comfortable, healthy pregnancy.
Ayurveda’s ancient texts have many positive things to say about the benefits of abhyanga, the age-old Ayurvedic practice of self-massage with warm oil. If only they’d added a few lines about how to avoid gunking up your towels, bathtub, and pipes! Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to keep your bathroom sparkling clean and your environment safe.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of your daily habits and routines and see if they’re in line with your goals. Do you have any big-picture plans for the year? If so, are you supporting them with your daily habits and routines?
As you read this, take a moment to stop and reflect … what would you say are your most important resolutions for enhancing your wellbeing in 2020? Are your wellbeing resolutions pretty obvious to you? Or are you stuck not knowing what would give you the best result? To help you arrive at some key wellbeing resolutions to help make 2020 the best year yet, let’s ponder the following questions.
As the new year beckons with Christmas time providing some days of holiday, consider taking a moment to prepare for the new year.As the new year beckons with Christmas time providing some days of holiday, consider taking a moment to prepare for the new year. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Ayurveda, the ancient system of holistic healing from India, is justly enjoying a widespread resurgence in popularity today. Savvy, health-conscious individuals all over the world are taking more responsibility for their own health and well-being. The story of Ayurveda
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New Year's Resolutions are best known for the speed with which they are forgotten. Yet, total health is a lifelong journey - you need to work on your health every day. Here are ten tips from Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, Director of Research and Product Development at Maharishi AyurVeda, on enriching the new year with ayurvedic wisdom. Simple things you can do every day to stay healthy and happy.
You would think that since Pitta dosha is associated with the fire element, a person with high Pitta would not experience any problem burning up the carbohydrates and sugars in their diet. Yet if a Pitta predominant individual fails to take care of their digestion, this can result in specific related digestive problems.
For many of us, November and December are among the busiest months of the year. From whirlwind office parties and family gatherings to last-minute travel and sometimes frantic gift-shopping, the holiday season can often be as stressful—and exhausting—as it is joyful! Conversely, if you’re spending this season on your own, you might find yourself feeling like you are missing out.
Attention is often given to the quality of our food. Ayurveda explains that the strength of our digestive fire ‘agni’ is also very important as it determines how much nourishment we will gain from what we eat and greatly impacts our health.
The holiday season brings feasts, parties, merry-making and heavy foods. Big meals complete with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy leave us sleepy and ready for an afternoon nap on the sofa in front of the fireplace. If you're concerned about increasing your immunity during the flu season, you'll want to avoid overeating this Festive Season.
Is your hair feeling limp and listless? According to Ayurveda, the health of every hair on your head reflects the health of your body as a whole - and both depend on good nutrition, a balanced lifestyle, and proper care.
"Most women are relieved to hear that the healthiest approach to their menstrual period is to follow their body's own desire for rest. We've been taught to ignore that inward pull and just keep going. This means we don't take full advantage of Nature's gift of monthly purification.
Do you usually have your main meal in the evening? I was brought up having my main meal in the evening and did not question it until I came across the health wisdom of Ayurveda.
At Maharishi AyurVeda, our process of designing herbal formulas is not simply just combining herbs together. We lean into the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda, which enables our formulas to come into power and truly balance the doshas.
Teff is gluten-free and contains very little fat (less than 1%). Teff has a high content of nutrients, particularly dietary fibre, protein, and minerals - calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and potassium, containing vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9.
Behavioral (achara) rasayanas are behaviors that enhance health, happiness and longevity. Achara rasayanas do more than just tell us how to behave. They provide practical methods — such as eating sattvic foods and practicing meditation — to effortlessly improve our ability to choose positive behaviors and avoid making mistakes that cause ill health and unhappiness.
The winter season is a time of joy, rest, thanksgiving and sharing. One of the greatest gifts you can give to family and co-workers is your own health. The Ayurvedic definition of health is living 24 hours a day with the body, mind and senses full of bliss. This means having balanced doshas, balanced digestion, balanced elimination and a getting a good night's sleep every night!
5 Ayurvedic Strategies for a Healthy Halloween Ah, Halloween: Night of the living sugar zombies! With the onset of the dreaded trick-or-treating just around the corner, you might be wondering how to make this holiday healthy for your children. Dressing up in creative costumes gives children the opportunity to be imaginative, bringing light and fun into a dark season - but all those sweets and chocolate can be a little [...]
According to ancient Indian lore, Chyavanprash - a sweet paste that’s jam-packed with Ayurvedic herbs - was created by twin Vaidyas (Ayurveda experts) to help the great seer Chyawan Rishi restore his vigor. These days, people use it as a daily immunity booster and a helpful respiratory tonic. What is Chyavanprash?
As we transition into the Autumn season, the season of Vata, we can empower ourselves by bringing as much energy and happiness as possible into our everyday life with these simple ayurvedic tips. With a few easy changes in our routine, it may surprise you how easily we can transition from one season into the next!
fall approaches, it's a good time to think about strengthening your immunity. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, cold weather doesn't have to bring on the cold and flu. The key is to start now with immunity-enhancing meals.
Would you say you are naturally a happy person? Or do you find people who are merry and happy a little intense or over the top? Modern psychology groups people into two groups optimists or pessimists and say that optimists tend to be happier than pessimists. Maharishi Ayurveda takes it a little deeper and looks towards the doshas and mental qualities of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas for further understanding of how to increase happiness.
Digestion is the body’s main line of defense; it supports immune function, emotional balance, and overall vitality. It can also be the root cause of many health issues. And what is the best way to know the overall state of your digestive tract? Your poop!
Does your work provide challenges that motivate you into action? Or would you say your work is a source of stress giving rise to overload, feeling out of control or distressed? Let’s deepen our understanding of work stress and what you can do to wind back work stress when you need to.
Once early adulthood is passed we pass seamlessly as it seems, into our 30s and onwards as the process of wear and tear we call aging occurs. The ancient physicians of Ayurveda identified how this process of aging impacts us sequentially. As we traverse the decades there are key functionality that become challenged. This of itself is useful as it highlights the functionality to focus on strengthening during each decade.
Early autumn is a transitional stage, as we move from the height of summer’s ‘ heat’ in the UK to cooler weather. In Ayurveda, the change from summer to fall is known as Ritu Sandhi, the gap between seasons. This gap can present a delicate time for digestion, because the weather fluctuates—along with the doshas and digestive capacity.
Modern research is exploring ‘how’ aging happens with some fascinating research coming out about the ability of DNA to repair itself. Some question if the DNA have the ability to repair itself ad infinitum then why with age is the process of DNA repair less effective? Ayurveda explains that we age because we see others aging. The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe aging as a natural process whose effects can be reduced through the taking of rasayana - special formulas like the powerful Maharishi Amrit Kalash, along with a good daily routine. It surprised me to learn that Ayurveda also suggests a healthy life expectancy for this age to be 120 years!