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.
Tired and sluggish when you wake? Prone to colds, flu and constipation? Ayurveda would say you have a toxic build-up called ama, due to incomplete digestion. Triphala consists of three fruits, which work synergistically to detoxify your entire digestive tract. Cabbage Rose is added to support and enhance the other ingredients. Besides helping you detox, Triphala Rose helps in absorbing nutrients effectively and in restoring your health, immunity and energy.
Ayurvedic Reset - Have you recently noticed your trousers are fitting a little more snugly or a favourite skirt or dress looks a little tighter around the middle? But yes, those Christmas sweets were worth it! Now 2019 has truly started it’s time to take stock and set yourself up for a great year. So read on to see what you can do to ensure 2019 starts well for you. Do you know what Agni is?
Ayurvedic Massage Oils for Every Day. We’ve all heard it before: take care of ourselves first; prioritize our own well-being, because only then can we most effectively care for others; we have to love ourselves before we can love anyone else; etc... start by giving our bodies some love with ayurvedic self-massage - abhyanga!
with the transition from summer to autumn, we are entering a gap between seasons (in Ayurveda known as Ritu Sandhi). This is a special time of the year where the body’s natural cleansing systems go up a gear. Now the heat and sour quality that may have accumulated during the unseasonably warm summer is being released into your bloodstream to be cleansed. Isn't our body amazing! As the seasons change you have a window of opportunity for cleansing.
There is a story in the Ayurvedic tradition that thousands of years ago a great gathering of leading Ayurveda experts or Vaidyas met together to decide which single health strategy was the most widely effective. Panchakarma treatment came out on top, as it seemed to be useful for pretty much any health conditions. Panchakarma is often translated as rejuvenation therapy and its [...]
Out of the thousands or herbs and herbal preparations in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia there are some that have gained fame and popularity. Let’s have a look at six of Ayurveda’s most popular herbals. Triphala Rose The world’s biggest selling Ayurvedic herbal is Triphala. Triphala is known as a bowel tonic and its supports digestion and regular bowel movements. Three fruits are combined in Triphala to create [...]
Transcript of video by Dr Donn Brennan: The earliest signs of ageing are described quite beautifully in Sharngadhara, one of the old texts of Ayurveda. I'll read you the quote. It says, “With each passing decade, the body loses, one by one, childhood, growth, lustre and complexion, intelligence, skin health, strength of sight, virility, valour, discrimination, the use of the organs of action, the use of the [...]
Dr Charlotte Bech Charlotte Bech graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen. After becoming a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1983, she trained in Maharishi AyurVeda in 1986. Charlotte is currently running a private clinic in Copenhagen Denmark, integrating modern medicine and Maharishi AyurVeda. She has taught TM to more than 1000 people, has given more than 30,000 Ayurvedic consultations and has created and [...]
I first learned about internal cleansing when, as a teenager, I developed an interest in self-development. I picked up a book called Hatha Yoga, in which the author described how in North India, people noticed the strange cleansing habits of a certain species of migrating bird.After travelling thousands of miles, the exhausted and bedraggled birds would land near lakes and rivers and, after taking in water, would insert [...]
Peter Brown: Hello Walter, you’ve had treatment a number of times during your life – how did you first hear about Ayurveda? Walter Reid: It was when I learnt to do TM, which was about 15 years ago, but I had been doing other forms of meditation before that. I was intrigued by it and benefitted from it tremendously over the years from doing it. So I [...]
Peter Brown: So John, you recently had Panchakarma – you had a One Day Wonder – how did you get on with that? John Collins: I'd been travelling and working for a few weeks and I was frazzled. I'd stopped enjoying things. So I thought I'd try a One Day Wonder at the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre in Skelmersdale. I'm no stranger to Ayurvedic clinics – [...]
There are so many detox treatments on the market these days that a question can arise: “How is Panchakarma detoxification treatment different from all these other treatments that promise to remove my toxins”. Below is a transcript of the above video in which Ayurveda practitioner, Dr Donn Brennan, explains how the expert use of specific oils is central to the effectiveness of Panchakarma in cleansing the [...]
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 [...]
When was the last time you felt hunger so deep that you could eat the proverbial horse? Well, research suggests that the regular experience of hunger may boost the power of your brain. It seems that hunger produces a stomach hormone called ghrelin that not only stimulates appetite but also seems to promote the growth of new brain cells; it even protects those cells from the effects of [...]
The transition from winter to spring is the best time to shed your old skin cells and build up new radiant cells. Compared to the harsh winds of winter, spring breezes have a softer and gentler effect and, combined with the warmer sun, the pleasant feeling it creates will affect your entire physiology. It is important to have a new, clear and fresh skin to take full advantage [...]
Often translated as 'strength of a stallion', Ashwagandha is a highly valued herb in Ayurveda and found in many of its formulas. Known as the ‘Indian ginseng,’ Ashwagandha is a restorative that supports resistance to stress, particularly within the brain and nervous system. Ashwagandha Herbals from Maharishi AyurVeda The following list contains some of the Maharishi AyurVeda herbals [...]
“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 [...]
Ever since receiving Kalari Marma Uzhichil about a year ago, I became addicted. Unlike the other Ayurvedic massages I have given and received, Kalari Marma Uzhichil, or Uzhichil for short, is a complete treatment in itself. You can receive it as a one-off treatment, or it can be given over several days. This is what Randol Oberton, an experienced Maharishi AyurVeda [...]
Peter Brown: So Sylvia, When did you have your first Panchakarma treatment? Silvia Nash: It must have been 20 years ago. Peter: And why did you come along? Silvia: I had heard that Panchakarma was a way to accelerate my evolutionary development, my spiritual awareness through the physical side of Transcendental Meditation. Peter: What were its effects? Silvia: The effects are quite difficult to quantify. There were [...]
Peter Brown: So Charles, how often have you had Panchakarma treatment? Charles Brettell: It would usually be about once a year and I’ve done it for the last 20 to 25 years now. Peter: And what makes you keep coming for treatment? Charles: Its the benefits that come, even during treatment itself - the rest relaxation and rejuvenation, a feeling of cleansing the whole system and that [...]
Peter Brown: So Vena, where did you first hear about Ayurveda? Vena Ramphal: I first came to Ayurveda through yoga. I’ve been practising yoga for a long time and Ayurveda is very linked to yoga and they have a lot in common, so that was my entry point. Peter: When did you have your first Ayurvedic consultation? Vena: I had my first Ayurvedic consultation earlier this year [...]
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 [...]
Chyavanprash, sometimes called “the elixir of life”, is the most popular Rasayana (health tonic) in India. In the ancient epic called the Mahabharata, is a fascinating story of the rejuvenation of the elderly Vedic seer, Chyavana and of the origins of Chyavanprash. The ant-hill Rishi From birth Chyavana was said to be physically weak, but he had a strong spiritual drive [...]
Who doesn’t want to remain looking and feeling young and vibrant as they grow older? Yet over the years, stress, environmental toxins, unsuitable foods and unbalanced lifestyle habits take their toll on your body. Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of natural medicine, offers a host of strategies for gaining better health and reversing the effects of ageing. A question of balance One [...]
Escape your busy routine, experience deep purification and regeneration and enjoy silence and natural beauty on a 3-day Panchakarma break in Fife, Scotland 18-20 or 21-23 October. This is the second Maharishi AyurVeda Health retreat to be held in the coastal village of Lower Largo, Fife and organised by Sharon Wilson Hodgson. This great value health package includes, consultations with Dr Donn [...]
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. [...]
Revitalise and Detoxify this summer with luxurious Panchakarma... ...and enjoy an extra FREE treatment Panchakarma is Ayurveda's key method of removing toxins that have built up over months and even years, and that become the seedbed of ill health and disease. Both water-based and oil-based toxins are systematically and effectively expelled through this age-old and time-tested purification system. After the thorough detox this treatment offers, our patients commonly report [...]
The making of a herbal masterpiece – what are Rasayanas? In Ayurveda, the term Rasayana is given to anything that enlivens and extends life. Rasayanas are holistic in nature and tend to promote vitality, balance and health throughout the whole mind/body system. The word itself means to enliven (Ayana) the essence (Rasa) of life. Certain daily routines promote a Rasayana effect, such as going to bed early and getting up [...]
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 [...]