• Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer
    • 5 days ago
    Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer

    When we find ourselves reaching for food in moments of crisis or energetic overwhelm, we are witnessing a confused attempt at love—an unintelligent craving based on intelligent underpinnings. Your body can feel that it’s off kilter and is simply trying to restore a sense of equilibrium. Recognize the intelligence and beauty in the impulse (without judging yourself), while acknowledging what your body really wants: the restoration of balance that’s possible only when we’re willing to address the underlying cause of the problem. Read this article for more insight on the topic of emotional overeating from an Ayurvedic perspective. 

  • Pippali: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Our Products
    • January 15, 2019
    Pippali: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    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.

  • The Power of Healthy Habits
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • January 08, 2019
    The Power of Healthy Habits

    Since you know your body better than anyone else, you can make health promoting decisions to bring your body back into balance via diet and lifestyle modifications. As Ayurvedic practices become daily routines, they become second nature to you.

  • 5 Ayurvedic Ways to Care for Your Skin this Winter
    • Daily Routine
    • January 04, 2019
    5 Ayurvedic Ways to Care for Your Skin this Winter

    Winter is the optimal time of year to pay close attention to the care of our skin, since the skin is drier and ready to absorb all the nourishment we are willing to give it. Moreover, while it is important to take care of our skin from the outside we all know beauty comes from within, literally, making internal self-care just as essential to healthy, radiant skin. Learn how to keep your skin healthy during this challenging time of year with these easy Ayurvedic tips.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Easy Ginger Pickle
    • Recipes & DIY
    • January 01, 2019
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Easy Ginger Pickle

    This recipe for a super easy ginger pickle will not only give your agni the boost that it may be looking for, but it will also align well with those healthy diet goals you are setting.

  • The Myth of Perfect Ayurveda
    • December 28, 2018
    The Myth of Perfect Ayurveda

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a recovering perfectionist. And quite honestly, my dedication to excellence served me well for a lot of years. But more recently, I have come to realize the degree to which it has also stood in my way. Interestingly, my relationship with Ayurveda tells the story of a dramatic shift in consciousness that, on the surface, may look like I’ve become a giant slacker. But deep down, I think it reflects something quite beautiful taking shape in my life.

  • 12 New Year's Resolutions for Optimal Health in 2019
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 27, 2018
    12 New Year's Resolutions for Optimal Health in 2019

    Practically synonymous with “New Year’s” is the term “resolutions.” As health conscious individuals, our resolutions are typically regarding our well-being. Even with the best of intentions, we often do not follow through with our resolutions. This is often because we try and do everything at once. Instead, here is a step by step guide for the new year. 

  • A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 26, 2018
    A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions

    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.

  • Use These 4 Herbs to Spice Up Your Holidays
    • Ayurveda 101
    • December 21, 2018
    Use These 4 Herbs to Spice Up Your Holidays

    In addition to listening to that inner voice that tells you when you've had enough, what can you do to make things a little easier on your digestive system? How about incorporating some delicious winter spices that can gently stimulate your appetite, aid the digestive process, and help you avoid the aftermath of overindulgence like gas, bloating, and upset stomach.

  • 6 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy Through the Holidays
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 14, 2018
    6 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy Through the Holidays

    ’Tis the season—the season for joy, celebration, family, friends, lights, gifts, and yes—challenges to our health. While the holiday season is rich in activities, the hustle and bustle can leave the immune system compromised. Here are six immune-boosting tips to help you stay happy and healthy this season!

  • Warming Herbal Chai Recipes for Each Dosha
    • Recipes & DIY
    • December 06, 2018
    Warming Herbal Chai Recipes for Each Dosha

    Ayurveda recommends a counterbalancing lifestyle approach to help prevent imbalances: in the winter, balance the cold with warmth. Herbal spiced chai is a delicious beverage for generating internal warmth and keeping the digestive fire burning.

  • Give The Gift of Calm
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 03, 2018
    Give The Gift of Calm

    Looking for relaxation gifts? These suggestions are meant to offer support to anyone who is stressed, overworked, or just plain exhausted. 

  • 10 Gentle Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 29, 2018
    10 Gentle Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed

    Find out which poses you can practice in your very own bed! Whether you’re just beginning your day or unwinding before sleep, these ten easy postures can help to stretch and strengthen your hips, back, and belly, support your nervous system, stimulate digestion, and bring awareness to your breath.

  • 5 Self-Care Gifts for Yourself
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 26, 2018
    5 Self-Care Gifts for Yourself

    We take care of our cars, our homes, our jobs, our children, and the many people we love. Why then can it be so difficult to give ourselves the care and attention we also need and deserve?

  • Gratitude as Medicine
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 22, 2018
    Gratitude as Medicine

    Gratitude swells from, and lightens the heart. But it also requires a certain presence, which I believe gives it a particularly slow, grounding quality. Here are some suggestions as to how you might play with expanding your own sense of gratitude.

  • The Benefits of Mindful Eating
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 19, 2018
    The Benefits of Mindful Eating

    To practice eating mindfully, take a deep breath and say a word of gratitude over your food. Now take your first bite. Put your eating utensil back down and rest your hands in your lap. If you are enjoying a sandwich or hand-held food, place it back on the plate. Sit and experience the taste on your tongue and the texture of the food in your mouth.

  • Gifts for Yoga Lovers
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 14, 2018
    Gifts for Yoga Lovers

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

  • DIY Spice Blending
    • Recipes & DIY
    • November 13, 2018
    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. 

  • Your Ayurvedic Gift Guide for the Holidays
    • Seasonal Topics
    • November 12, 2018
    Your Ayurvedic Gift Guide for the Holidays

    Ayurvedic gifts that come from the heart can make a big impact on the people you love this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for Hanukah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or Christmas presents, or gift ideas for another day of joyous celebration, show your loved ones just how much you value their wellness, happiness, and success with Ayurvedic herbal gifts and tools for health.

  • Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life
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    • 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.

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