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How to Use Marma Points for Ayurvedic Breast Care

Bodywork, such as massage, can be undervalued in our Western society. It is often seen as a luxury or a splurge rather than an essential. Ayurveda has a very different standpoint in this regard. Apart from some conditions, massage is a non-negotiable when it comes to self-care. In some instances, the whole body receives massage, and in other cases, specific regions, such as marma points, are given special attention.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

How Discovering the Doshas Can Change Your Life

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Feb 21, 2018

The essence of Ayurveda teaches us that we are a part of nature. Everything within nature, including our own bodies and minds, is comprised of these five elements—air, space, fire, water, and earth. We can observe the elements in their interplay by looking out the window. Notice the wind dancing in the leaves, erratic and mutable. Observe the stable qualities of the tree trunk as it roots down into the earth. Feel the warmth of the sun as it shines intensely mid-day, and the soothing qualities of water as it flows steadily in a cool stream.

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Recipes & DIY

Rose Energy Bites

  • By Nishita Shah
  • Feb 19, 2018

Simple. Easy. No Bake. And so delicious! These tasty little bites are packed with tons of flavor and lots of plant-based energy.

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Health Topics

Heartfelt Tips for Cardiovascular Care

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Feb 15, 2018

As you recall from your elementary science classes, our heart and blood vessels make up the cardiovascular system. Its primary role is to carry blood full of oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and move waste for disposal to their proper sites for elimination. From an Ayurvedic perspective, there’s a missing layer that your science teacher may not have been privy to. 

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

6 Ways to Ease Your Partner into Ayurveda

  • By Mig Windows
  • Feb 13, 2018

Do you have a special person in your life who isn’t prioritizing their own health? Maybe you have a vata boyfriend who stays up till 2 or 3 a.m. watching TV, or a pitta husband who’s so hardcore with sports that he frequently injures himself, or a kapha partner who tends to overindulge in sweets and often finds herself catching colds and bugs...

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Yoga & Pranayama

How Yoga Asana Prepares the Body for Meditation

  • By Lorilee Gilmore
  • Feb 09, 2018

Ahhhhh, asana. Those bendy stretchy poses are typically the first images that come to mind when we hear the word yoga. Asana is the third in our exploration of the eight limbs of yoga. Let me rephrase that: Asana is 1/8 of yoga. Yes, time on the mat is a grand total of 12.5% of our yoga practice.

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Recipes & DIY

Heart Beet Chips with Greek Yogurt Dip

  • By Gina Rae Merritt
  • Feb 07, 2018

Love is one of the pillars of Ayurveda and health for a reason. It feels good to have close connections, to receive love, and to give love. It keeps us alive. Instead of a Valentines card, how about giving the deep nourishment of colorful veggies to your beloveds or yourself this year? This is a fun and creative recipe to make and share. Beets are one of the most beautiful and delicious root veggies around. Their bright colors are perfect for cutting into heart shapes and roasting or frying!

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Arjuna: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

  • By Jamie Sandhurst
  • Feb 05, 2018

Have you ever questioned the value of your heart? Probably not. The heart is known for being the powerhouse of the body, as vital as the brain. The heart muscle plays an integral role in our physical health; we wouldn’t survive without it. However, we value it for more than just its physical function. Our language and its metaphors—heartfelt, heavy-hearted, light-hearted, broken-hearted, having the heart of a lion, and so on—show that our culture associates the heart with psychological, emotional, and even spiritual importance.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Yoga of the Heart: A Journey Beyond the Mat

  • By Shawn Nasralla
  • Feb 01, 2018

Yoga literally means union, the union of the spiritual and material, the cosmic dance of spirit and matter. For me it is a discipline that applies to every aspect of my life. It is a path for weaving spirit more deeply into the material, transforming and evolving my body, mind, and heart.

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Recipes & DIY

Winter Asparagus Soup

  • By Nishita Shah
  • Jan 30, 2018

This asparagus soup is light enough for a nice simple meal, but filled with warming spices that are great for kapha. Asparagus is a beautiful, tridoshic vegetable. In addition to all of the fantastic dietary benefits, asparagus helps nourish the entire digestive tract, and it is packed with antioxidants—perfect for the winter season when our immune systems can become compromised.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Yoga’s Ancient Code of Conduct—the Yamas & Niyamas

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Jan 25, 2018

The great yogi, Sir Isaac Newton, taught in his third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same can be said for the law of karma and its effects on both body and mind. Patanjali, author of the ancient text, The Yoga Sutras, clearly points out the karma or good action that comes to us when we apply the first and second of the eight limbs of yoga to our lives. 

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Recipes & DIY

Fire Cider Winter Tonic

  • By Gina Rae Merritt
  • Jan 23, 2018

Fire Cider is a wonderful and protective winter brew that boosts the immune system and warms you right up. If you haven’t heard of it or if it seems daunting to make, now is your chance!

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The Science of Chyavanprash: the Ayurvedic Herbal Jam

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jan 22, 2018

Chyavanprash is like the multivitamin of Ayurveda—many Ayurvedic and Indian families incorporate it into their daily routine to promote health and longevity. But what’s the big deal? Why has this ancient formulation withstood the test of time?

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Recipes & DIY

Cooking with Pippali: Sweet & Spicy Recipes

  • By Fariba Zandpour
  • Jan 19, 2018

Pippali or Piper longum is a small shrub and grows all over the tropical forest of India. It has a special affinity for the respiratory system, and it also supports the digestive, reproductive, circulatory, and nervous systems. Commonly known as long pepper, pippali is the fruit of the plant (although sometimes referred to as the flower) and one of the most precious herbs in Ayurveda and Indian cuisine. In its dry form, pippali has a pungent or sharp taste.

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

5 Ways to Commit to Self-Care in 2018

  • By Deepika Dabhi
  • Jan 18, 2018

When life gets busy, self-care is often the first thing we sacrifice. Many of us think that taking time for ourselves in the middle of busy times seems indulgent, but looking after our well-being will help us to be productive and care for others.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Pose of the Day: Warrior III

  • By Melanie Phillips
  • Jan 16, 2018

Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) gets its name from its strong energy and the resilience it develops through practice.

It challenges our balance and perspective as we stand on one leg and gaze straight down to the earth beneath. This posture embodies the warrior energy, to stand steady and stable we must also be soft and still in our mind and body.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Applying the 8 Limbs of Yoga to Modern Day

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Jan 15, 2018

Many years ago, an Indian sage named Patanjali wrote a now famous treatise called The Yoga Sutras. This document offers a blueprint for living a life filled with joy, peace, and satisfaction. Who doesn’t want more of these in their life?

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Recipes & DIY

The Art of Using Ayurvedic Spices

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Jan 10, 2018

I have a cabinet full of Ayurvedic spices. Each time I get ready to cook a meal, I get so much joy from seeing all the opportunities inside these little jars. The golden color of turmeric powder, the sweetness of fennel seed—everything is just waiting to come alive and nurture my health from the inside out.

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Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies: Pippali

  • By Jamie Sandhurst
  • Jan 08, 2018

For many of us, black pepper is so popular we’d be surprised to find it missing from any dining experience. But have you heard of black pepper’s close relative, pippali? Here in the west it doesn’t get as much recognition, but pippali, or Piper longum, is among the most celebrated herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, and has been for centuries.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Yoga Sequence to Burn Fat and Balance Kapha

  • By Kristen Schneider
  • Jan 05, 2018

Let me be clear, I hate that fat has a bad reputation. Fat isn’t bad. Fatty tissues help protect our organs, lubricate our joints, and store hormones so we can carry babies and breastfeed our little ones. Fat helps us stay satiated after a meal. Fat fuels our brains. Fat is wonderful. Now that we’re clear on the goodness fat offers us, let’s address the concern with having too much fat.

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Seasonal Topics

A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions

  • By Kiki Flynn
  • Jan 02, 2018

The new year beckons the new, along with renewal, dreams, transformation, and the accompanying resolutions for the changes we seek. This year let’s avoid reaching for the lose weight, exercise more, wake up earlier, drive ourselves harder tools. Instead, let’s dive deep into our hearts and minds, into our joys and sorrows, and take the time to list our greatest challenges and most pressing goals.

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Recipes & DIY

Golden Chickpea Crepes

  • By Nishita Shah
  • Dec 27, 2017

In Ayurveda, the winter season is largely influenced by kapha dosha. What does this mean? At this time of year, the water and earth qualities tend to naturally increase in our bodies, just as they do in nature—the external cold and generally wet quality of winter internally increases kapha dosha. Remember, our body is just a microcosm of the greater macrocosm we live in.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Pose of the Day: Cobra Pose

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Dec 26, 2017

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is the antidote to our device operating, chair bound, societal ways. It is a back-bending asana where the majority of the movement comes from the thoracic spine, a place where our culture has become limited in motion. With its expansiveness across the chest, it earns its merit as a “heart opener,” but its name “cobra” comes from its shape, which is reflective of a serpent. 

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Recipes & DIY

Spiced Holiday Nog

  • By Nishita Shah
  • Dec 22, 2017

The best way to approach holiday feasting is by finding balance. Who says you can’t indulge with the rest of your family and friends? There are definitely delicious and healthy ways to do this.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Sacred Yoga to Draw Your Energy Inward

  • By Kiki Flynn
  • Dec 20, 2017

I live in New York City— the city that never sleeps. I first learned yoga here 36 years ago, but unlike many of today’s New Yorkers that I see on the street and the subway, I am not carrying my yoga mat bag and heading off to a daily class. I practice yoga at home.

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