Blog: Banyan Vine

    • Women's Health
    • September 21, 2018
    Ayurvedic Wisdom for Balancing the Hormones

    The wisdom tradition of Ayurveda offers a healthy and discerning approach to wholeness that can help to illuminate the complex and often overwhelming subject of hormones. Grounded in a wise understanding of the natural world, Ayurveda provides a roadmap for navigating imbalances that is comprehensive, manageable, and meaningful. Below you will find a practical and personal approach to balancing hormones using Ayurveda as an Elder.

    • Herbal References
    • August 21, 2018
    Five Great Ayurvedic Herbs for the Mind and Memory

    As our population ages, declining mental faculties can take first place on the list of one’s health concerns. Alzheimer's disease and other forms of senile dementia affect some 25 percent of all people over 80. Research, though, is revealing Ayurvedic approaches in helping to support the natural strength of the mental faculties.

    • Women's Health
    • August 07, 2018
    Sweet Blessings: Ayurvedic Postpartum Care

    This March at Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga was marked by a blessing: Our team members Robin and Sonja welcomed their baby girl, Leonie, into the world and embarked on a new path as parents.

    This event offered us a good reminder that childbirth (and the pregnancy) is a significant event for the body and mind. How a new mother spends the weeks directly after the child arrives lays the foundation for how the family functions for many years to come.

    • General Ayurvedic Principles
    • July 17, 2018
    Liver Rejuvenation for Balanced Health

    The age we live in is unparalleled. We have access to the deepest wisdom from ancient times and modern science. Our understanding and the depth of our approach to health can be more profound and more effective than ever before. For this to be the case, though, we must overcome the assumptions that go into our approach to understanding. Even something as concrete as the liver has many implications when we look at the ancient tradition and the classical writings of Ayurveda.

    • Sleep and Stress
    • June 08, 2018
    Bringing Balance to Exhausted Adrenals

    A 19-year-old female (Vata Pitta Prakriti) comes to you wanting help getting back to balance. She has late nights either studying or spending time with her friends and has a poor diet (candy and bagged chips are incredibly convenient). But she became concerned about her health when she started to have fatigue, difficulty concentrating, difficulty falling asleep, and noted that she’s been fighting a cold almost monthly this year. She also has had frequent vaginal yeast infections. You note bags under her eyes and more wrinkles than you’d expect for a nineteen-year old. What one herb would be most beneficial? 

    1. Triphala
    2. Trikatu
    3. Neem
    4. Ashwagandha
    • May 21, 2018
    Ayurvedic Herbs for a Healthy Respiratory System

    Prana, the energy from breathing, is preeminent in Ayurvedic and Yogic thinking. The breath, along with food, supplies almost all of the energy to run the body, and without prana, nothing happens. Prana, a sub-dosha of vata, flows inward, but, of course, that inward breath must be balanced with exhalation. Our body wisdom takes care of this pretty well, and we pay it no mind—until something goes wrong. Then it’s a crisis.

    • Yoga
    • February 20, 2018
    Merging the Sister Sciences with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

    If you find you have an affinity and a desire for both Yoga and Ayurveda, and if you are already practicing either or both, it may be time for you to consider boosting your practice. The payoff is the health of your clients and students when you combine the practices of both Yoga and Ayurveda.

    • Condition Based Support
    • November 09, 2017
    Ayurvedic Case Study: Fibromyalgia and Malaise

    Pain is an odd thing. It is the body’s warning system, and when the pain is not visible to the outside world, we often try to ignore the call that pain is sending us until the pain is screaming and we must respond.

    • Herbal References
    • September 14, 2017
    Ten Little Known Ayurvedic Herbal Gems

    Ayurveda has been practiced for so long that there is a dazzling array of useful remedies. In fact, there are so many remedial possibilities that we often overlook some real gems. Just for a moment, let’s take the road less traveled and immerse ourselves in some jewels we usually find at the bottom of the treasure chest.

    • General Ayurvedic Principles
    • July 28, 2017
    The Deeper Connections of the Hair

    We often look at our hair as a beauty statement or as a way to express our personality. We may want our curls to bring on a fun and adventurous look, or gloss our straight hair for a clean shine. But Ayurveda would encourage you to look deeper at your hair, as it can say so much about what is going on inside your body, particularly the bone tissue (asthi dhatu).

    • Treatments
    • March 23, 2017
    The Power of Loving Touch

    Anointing the body with oil and massage is the most effective therapy to strengthen immunological function and free emotional states of the mind. Therapeutic touch (received by ourselves or from a practitioner) is a beautiful, beautiful blessing, a necessary nurturing that we need in order to be able to thrive and succeed. In this fast paced hectic and demanding world where people have often become brusque with one another, the tenderness of touch therapy is of utmost importance.

    • General Ayurvedic Principles
    • September 07, 2016
    Internal Housekeeping: Part Two

    In Part 1 we explored how dysfunctional ways of thinking and perceiving contribute to the development of toxins (ama), on both a physical and subtle level, dirtying our perception of the world much like dirt distorts the view out of a window. As the toxins accumulate further and for longer periods of time, Ayurveda teaches us that they crystalize on the gross physical level of our being, blocking passages for communication and for the transport of nutrients.

    • General Ayurvedic Principles
    • September 01, 2016
    Internal Housekeeping: Part One

    Ever have those days (or periods of time) when everything seems a bit foggy? You can’t think clearly, figure out right from wrong, can’t remember things, get upset over things you know you shouldn’t be upset about, feel down for no reason? Your perception of reality just doesn’t seem to match up with reality.

    • Yoga
    • August 28, 2016
    Reclaiming the Union of Ayurveda and Yoga Through Dinacharya

    Introducing clients to dinacharya is one of the most important parts of Ayurvedic healing. Too often, people allow their days to be defined by external factors, missing the opportunity to define it for themselves.

    • Yoga
    • August 16, 2016
    Beyond Asana: Supporting Ayurveda with the Subtle Practices of Yoga

    A woman who recently attended my Ayurvedic chef training on Kaua’i reminded me once again of the power of yoga and Ayurveda as combined treatment techniques. Over the past three years, this woman had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which set in after the birth of her second child. She had typical symptoms of joint pain, extreme morning stiffness, fatigue, a foggy mind and a feeling of overwhelm. She had removed most of the junk food from her diet and saw some improvement, but sought out an Ayurvedic consultation during her time at the training to find her next steps toward healing.

    • Herbal References
    • July 22, 2016
    The Ayurvedic Powerhouse for the Blood and Lymph—Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)

    In the last vine we talked about anantamul and how it works at both the skin and blood tissue layer in a very balanced and refined manner. Sometimes, however, the body needs a little extra help when there are natural toxins, extra heat, or stagnation causing an imbalance in the blood.

    To this end, nature has provided another plant with that extra boost—manjistha. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) has beautiful heart-shaped leaves, giving it the Latin suffix “cordifolia” and demonstrating its affinity to the heart and circulatory system. The leaves have a deep green color. The vine grows on the western side of the Himalayas and other mountainous regions.

    • Herbal References
    • July 21, 2016
    The Sweet Beauty of Healthy Skin’s Key Ingredient—Anantamul (Hemidismus indica)

    Anantamul, also commonly called Sariva, is one of those herbs that you just fall in love with the more you learn about it and experience it. It even has a smell that is soothingly sweet, granting it the nickname, sugandhi, or “the fragrant one.” It carries this sweetness and its cooling quality throughout the body, pacifying heat anywhere it travels to through the blood and waters (i.e. the lymph, plasma, urine) of the body, including the skin, reproductive organs, and urinary system.

    • Circulatory System
    • April 20, 2016
    Balancing Herbs for Healthy Sugar Metabolism

    As we saw in the last article, healthy sugar metabolism requires optimal functioning of numerous organs and tissues which produce the hormones necessary to regulate glucose as fuel in the body: pancreas, liver, intestines, and nervous system. Bringing Ayurveda into the picture, kapha must primarily be balanced, supplying relief to any imbalanced vata and pitta, allowing for proper digestion, usage, and production of glucose in the body.

    • Circulatory System
    • March 30, 2016
    Healthy Sugar Metabolism

    A 38-year-old female comes to see you because of fatigue and trouble sleeping at night. On taking a further history, you find out that she is waking 2–3 times at night to urinate, and this is not allowing her to get restful sleep. She also reports constantly feeling thirsty throughout the day. She is a real estate agent working long hours, so she spends a lot of time in her car, and often gets fast food meals on the run. On examination, you find her to be a pitta-kapha individual, overweight, with no other significant findings. Her family history includes a father with diabetes and a mother with arthritis. Which of the following recommendations would you be least likely to give at this time?

    1. A brisk 30 minute walk at least 4–5 times a week.
    2. Counseling on kapha pacifying lunch items that she could carry with her in the car.
    3. Drink less water so she doesn’t have to wake up to urinate.
    4. Kapalabhati Pranayama
    5. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to her diet daily
    • Herbal References
    • March 04, 2016
    Rejuvenative Formula Focus: Triphala

    Triphala, one of the most widely used Ayurvedic formulations, is quite well known for its use in keeping bowel movements regular and healthy. In this article, we will look at the benefits of Triphala related to one of its other major functions: rejuvenation. 

    In our hectic world, rejuvenation is publicly renowned as beneficial and crucial. But in the private lives of clients, it is often a luxury that is put on the back burner amongst the other essential tasks of the day. Even in the constant time crunch that everyone faces, it is necessary to find different and manageable ways to provide the body with the nourishment it needs to renew and refresh.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • February 02, 2016
    How Easy Digest Will Support Healthy Digestion

    A healthy digestion is an elusive concept from an allopathic point-of-view. Issues with occasional bloating, discomfort, or sluggishness are usually seen as part of a larger issue. If no larger issue is found, then health care providers usually write these discomforts off and seek to just correct the symptom itself as an isolated concern.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • January 27, 2016
    How to Lead an Empowering and Effective Cleanse

    As the winter turns into spring, we approach a time that is most optimal for cleansing. Ayurveda recognizes seasonal transitions (particularly winter to spring, summer to fall, and late fall to winter) as great times to clean out excess dosha in preparation for the new season. Having run cleanses myself, I have learned several lessons (sometimes the hard way) that hopefully you can learn from in order to set your clients up for success!

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • January 11, 2016
    Improve Your Client’s Oral Health with Just One Practice!

    As a wellness provider or holistic products provider, you are probably well aware of how important oral health is and how impactful the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling (in addition to normal oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning) is. The mouth is, after all, the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract—the core of wellness and health according to Ayurveda.

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