• Gifts for Yoga Lovers
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • 4 days ago
    Gifts for Yoga Lovers

    Read this article to find the perfect gift selections for yogis in particular. Here you will find a helpful suggestions from our Banyan inventory of items that make for great gifts for yoga teachers and enthusiasts alike.

  • DIY Spice Blending
    • Recipes & DIY
    • 5 days ago
    DIY Spice Blending

    Spices are an incredible way to bring the six tastes into a meal and can have a powerful effect on the body and mind. Read this article to learn how to make some invigorating seasonal masalas, along with tips on purchasing, storing, toasting, grinding, and blending spices at home. 

  • Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life
    • Our Products
    • November 09, 2018
    Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life

    Read all about Adrenal Nourish™, a unique formula designed to support you and your lifestyle by aiding healthy functioning of the adrenal glands, while also contributing to the overall balance of the nervous system—often the root of adrenal imbalance. 

  • Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup
    • Recipes & DIY
    • November 08, 2018
    Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup

    Learn this fresh new recipe for toor dal! Called pigeon peas in English, this legume does not often get the attention it deserves. One reason could be the time it takes to cook them; however, the flavor and nutrients are worth it. And with a good soak or a pressure cooker, they’re ready to eat in no time at all. This recipe easily transforms from a creamy, heavy soup to a light dal, which can be served over your favorite grain, perhaps with a veggie or a freshly made relish to add an array of qualities.

  • Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte
    • Recipes & DIY
    • November 05, 2018
    Vata-Pacifying Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Make your pumpkin spice latte a vata-pacifying treat with this simple, fun, Ayurvedic drink recipe for vata season.

  • Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 01, 2018
    Calming Your Mind with Shirodhara

    Shirodhara as a treatment consists of a stream of warm oil run continuously on the forehead. The purpose of shirodhara is to calm the nervous system. Inherent in this process is choosing an oil that has qualities which support the mind and body to come back to balance.

  • Navigating Your Soul Purpose
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • October 29, 2018
    Navigating Your Soul Purpose

    Have you ever wondered why taking care of yourself and your body is so important? It is all about fulfilling our dharma, or life purpose. Read this exciting article to help you determine how Ayurveda can help you not only feel great, but help you determine how you can use that health to fulfill your life goals. 

  • What is Nasya Oil & How to Use It
    • Daily Routine
    • October 25, 2018
    What is Nasya Oil & How to Use It

    Nasya is the nasal administration of medicinal herbs, decoctions and oils. Different types of substances are used to treat many various aliments. Nasya oil is an herbal infused oil which is both nurturing and nourishing, alleviating numerous discomforts that occur above the clavicle area.

  • The Wisdom of Ayurvedic Tongue Reading
    • Health Topics
    • October 22, 2018
    The Wisdom of Ayurvedic Tongue Reading

    The shape of the tongue helps to reveal one’s constitution. Vata tongues tend to be narrow and off-center. Pitta tongues tend to be medium width and pointy, and kapha tongues are wide and thick. The color of a tongue gives us information as well. When a tongue is purple, that indicates a vata imbalance.

  • 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda
    • Health Topics
    • October 19, 2018
    7 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda

    Finding the delicate balance between what fuels you and what depletes you is essential for sustaining energy, yet this is something that can take a lifetime to learn. Investing time and self-study into better understanding those details is important, and there are some basic principles within Ayurveda that can help. Just as the three Ayurvedic constitutions are often interested in different activities, each dosha also has a varying capacity for sustaining and expressing both physical and mental energy. 

  • Mucuna Pruriens: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Our Products
    • October 16, 2018
    Mucuna Pruriens: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Discover the many benefits of mucuna pruriens! This amazing plant has a profound affinity for the nervous system and is known to be a natural source of the amino acid levodopa, or L-dopa.

  • Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup
    • Recipes & DIY
    • October 09, 2018
    Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup

    One of the best things you can do for your health is to eat freshly prepared food. Red lentils (masoor dal) make a terrific addition to any pantry because they are quick to cook and packed with protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. 

  • How to Make Turmeric Paste
    • Recipes & DIY
    • October 08, 2018
    How to Make Turmeric Paste

    Although it can be effective on its own, turmeric can be even more beneficial when combined with other ingredients that enhance its natural properties. Here, we’ll be discussing how you can take the many health benefits of turmeric a step further by creating a quick, easy, organic turmeric paste that can be used as the base for a tasty golden milk recipe, as a cooking ingredient, and more.

  • Secrets to a Successful Cleanse
    • Diet
    • October 01, 2018
    Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

    Before you start your cleanse, making sure your calendar is as clear as possible will help ensure your success. The body needs time and space in order to allow the nervous system to relax, helping to facilitate the deep process of detoxification

  • Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda 101
    • September 27, 2018
    Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

    Adaptation. Without this remarkable quality, life as we know it would not exist. It is only through the ability to adapt that humans, plants, and animals have evolved to their modern-day capacity. There is a fascinating concept at play here, and that is the fact that plants have actually helped us to adapt to our changing environments and circumstances. Plants have helped us cope—and adjust—with the stressors in our lives. These types of plants have come to be known as adaptogens.

  • Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold
    • Recipes & DIY
    • September 24, 2018
    Saffron-Spiced Summer Squash: A Recipe Worth Its Weight in Gold

    If you are looking for a new way to experience the beauty of autumn in your kitchen, reach for one of Ayurveda’s most revered spices: saffron. People are often intimidated by saffron because of its price. Yes, it is expensive, but like many things that have been held in high regard for centuries, good saffron is worth every penny.

  • Balancing Vata with a Fall Cleanse
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 20, 2018
    Balancing Vata with a Fall Cleanse

    The change in seasons has an especially strong impact on us, making it easier for imbalance to take root. As fall naturally stirs up vata, it is a perfect time for many of us to do a vata-soothing cleanse.  

  • How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda
    • Women's Health
    • September 18, 2018
    How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda

    In our day and age, stress is an epidemic. Ayurveda provides us with tools that can help build resilience to the hormonal imbalances we are so susceptible to. The mind and body vacillate between two states, rest and digest (parasympathetic) and fight-or-flight (sympathetic), which we can liken to prakriti, our natural state, and vikriti, imbalance.

  • Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe
    • Diet
    • September 14, 2018
    Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe

    There could be many reasons for someone to choose to eat a vegan diet or live a vegan lifestyle: health, ethics, and environmental concerns lie at the top of the list. Many yogis adopt this practice in conjunction with the ethical observance of ahimsa or non-harming, and in general, both yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, seek out a sattvic diet—a diet containing pure foods that are high in prana or energy.

  • Shatavari: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Our Products
    • September 10, 2018
    Shatavari: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Thanks to its cooling, soothing, nourishing, and rejuvenating work throughout the entire physiology, the sattvic herb shatavari effectively balances both pitta and vata. While famous as a powerful female reproductive tonic, shatavari is equally beneficial to men, and its powers cross into other organs and tissue layers, helping to bring overall health and balance.

  • Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil
    • Daily Routine
    • September 06, 2018
    Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil

    One of the most important qualities of self-massage is using warm oil. It’s not just about moisturizing—it’s about getting the vata-balancing qualities of oily and warm into your life, and onto your skin. Here are four ways to warm your oil, guaranteeing a perfectly warm, but not-too-hot oil, that can be easily and quickly incorporated into your daily routine.

  • Ghee—Everything You Need to Know about Clarified Butter
    • Our Products
    • September 04, 2018
    Ghee—Everything You Need to Know about Clarified Butter

    Who doesn't love a heaping scoop of ghee melted over the top of their rice or kitchari? Yum! If you've ever been lucky enough to experience the rich, nourishing, and luxurious qualities of this golden nectar, you'll understand why ghee is a must-have in every Ayurvedic kitchen. But have you ever wondered why ghee is so highly revered in Ayurveda? We're going to demystify this deliciously healthy fat and cover everything from the history of ghee to its wide array of health benefits and uses.

  • The Ayurvedic Way to Cultivate Self-Love
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 31, 2018
    The Ayurvedic Way to Cultivate Self-Love

    Each and every one of us is a beautiful, unique creation with perfectly unique characteristics.  Along with yoga, Ayurveda gives us what we need to balance both our body and mind and provides the doorway to self-realization. The more we know about ourselves and how we react to the environment around us, the more we create balance and well-being through our routine and practices. We can create space for wisdom and self-love.  

  • The Perfect Snacks for Each Dosha
    • Recipes & DIY
    • August 27, 2018
    The Perfect Snacks for Each Dosha

    Knowing which snacks will bring balance rather than depletion can be helpful knowledge to have. Equally, building awareness and healthier routines around daily eating habits can take us out of the cycle of snacking as a lifestyle.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Hibiscus Cooler to Balance Pitta
    • Recipes & DIY
    • August 24, 2018
    Seasonal Recipe: Hibiscus Cooler to Balance Pitta

    One delicious way of countering pitta’s heat is by introducing the three tastes known to soothe pitta dosha—sweet, bitter, and astringent. A hibiscus cooler is a refreshing and restorative tonic for pitta dosha, incorporating all three of its balancing flavors. 

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