June 2016

Balance Your Practice Using Ayurveda: Pitta in Depth

Last week we began a 3-part series exploring how to use Ayurveda in your yoga practice to balance your body with the climate around you.

Ayurveda, the preventative lifestyle that balances the body with your environment is a beautiful tool to use during the summer months. According to Ayurveda, summer is associated with Pitta, the fire element. Pitta is known for its sharp, hot qualities. When in balance the qualities of Pitta are intellectual, focused and energetic. When out of balance Pitta can produce anger, poor digestion and irritability.

Chocolate Pistachio Puffed Quinoa Balls

If you’re someone who likes sweet and salty desserts, these are going to be right up your alley. They’re incredibly easy to make and are a simple gluten-free snack that can be whipped up in no time. Quinoa can be purchased puffed, but it’s just as easy to do it at home and it has a wonderful crunchy texture that makes these treats extra satisfying.

Spirituality & Selfishness

I recently had a conversation with a woman who I respect very much, a successful doctor, wife, mother and intellectual seeker. In this particular conversation though, she said something that took me aback, “I don’t like the study of spirituality because it seems too self involved, you are only helping yourself”.

The 6 Tastes According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is something I’ve been fascinated with since I was first exposed to it during my Yoga Teacher Training almost 5 years ago. I love its emphasis on balance and its acknowledgment that each individual is likely to achieve balance differently – there’s isn’t just one cure for each symptom of dis-ease, there are many. Although I’m still learning and by no means an expert, as an RD and holistic chef, one of Ayurveda’s concepts was particularly striking – namely that including all of the different tastes into our meals is more likely to keep us satisfied and in good health. 

Chrononutrition: When to Eat

It turns out that not only what we eat can be a major determinant on our health, but when we eat may be just as significant. The term chrononutrition refers to just that; when we eat. Here’s what the research says…

Balance Your Practice Using Ayurveda: Vata in Depth

This is the first in a 3 part series where we will explore how to balance our yoga practice with the climate.

Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, is a preventative medicine that balances the body with the elements. When living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you choose everything with intention; your food, your drinks, your meditation and your yoga practice.

Even if an Ayurvedic lifestyle isn’t on the table for you right now, you can still bring the basic principles onto your mat to create a practice that serves you best.