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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

11 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Focus

When mental clarity and focus are a challenge, it is difficult to live to our fullest. Increased vata is often associated with inhibited concentration, however sugar imbalances (more often associated with increased pitta or kapha) can also play a role.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Creamy Greens with Turmeric & Fenugreek

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Apr 19, 2018

This is a great spring dish for all doshas, but especially kapha. The element of fire, or transformation, can help to melt or dry up the mucus-y, wet, cold, and heavy qualities associated with kapha dosha.

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5 Ashwagandha Studies You Should Know About

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 17, 2018

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widly used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason! It is great for so many functions in the body—from sleep, energy, and stress, to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Going Deeper with Dhyana & Meditation

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Apr 16, 2018

As we climb to the seventh limb of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we come to meditation, and ultimately dhyana, the state of total awareness.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Sattvic Green Soup for Spring

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Apr 13, 2018

The dance of the seasons is beautifully observed in the nourishment that nature provides. As the snow and ice melt, little buds of green sprout through the earth again, signaling a time for lightening up after a dense and inward winter. With kapha season at play, choosing foods that are lightly cooked, warming, and incorporate the tastes of pungent, bitter, and astringent assist the body in moving through the sluggish qualities that accumulate through winter.

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Co-Creating Health with the Ashwagandha Plant

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 11, 2018

Ashwagandha is one of the most revered and prized herbs in the Ayurveda pharmacopoeia. It’s known as the premier Ayurvedic rasayana (or rejuvenative) tonic because of its superior ability to nourish the whole body and mind. Maximizing the body's ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night. Here lies ashwagandha’s magnificent advantage: it increases energy and vitality while helping to calm the mind.

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What You Need to Know About Oil Pulling & Our Daily Swish Oil

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Apr 09, 2018

Oil pulling is not just a daily practice that only the Ayurvedic community loves. Many in the dental and medical community, along with the American society at large, are picking up on and talking about for its many benefits.Though it is a growing movement, it has been used for thousands of years and for good reason.

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Seasonal Topics

The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Apr 04, 2018

Whether consuming a bitter food, culinary spice, or medicinal herb, one of the primary actions we’re invoking with this taste is detoxification. Bitters are categorically alterative herbs which means they purify and bring chemical balance to the blood. This makes them especially useful for supporting the body’s natural defenses, no matter what the challenge may be. And as our main organ of detoxification is the liver, the bitter taste also encourages its function and an enhanced flow of bile. This helps keep our body’s own method for self-cleaning intact.

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Ayurveda 101

5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Apr 02, 2018

According to Ayurveda, the sinus cavity is the gateway to the brain, mind, and consciousness. To address imbalances related to memory, the emotions, thoughts, and imbalances above the clavicle bone, treatments like nasya are often administered. Nasya, the practice of lubricating the nasal cavities and sinuses by gently placing a few drops of herbal and non-herbal oil into each nostril, can be self-administered or given by an Ayurvedic practitioner. It can aid with mental and emotional stress, as well as tension in the head, throat, neck, jaw, and shoulders.

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Dharana and the Power of Focus

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Mar 30, 2018

What is the cost of having a distracted mind? We pay a price to have all these shiny objects at our disposal. The ability to focus on a single thought or object seems to be rare as we become more adept to multi-tasking. As we explore dharana, or concentration, the fifth of the eight limbs of yoga that Patanjali wrote about in The Yoga Sutras, we will look at the benefits of having the ability to simply concentrate. 

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Moringa Oleifera—A Superfood for All Ages

  • By Vrinda Devani, MD
  • Mar 29, 2018

Moringa, the powdered leaves of the Moringa oleifera plant, hits headlines over and over again for its superb nutritious content. Rightly so—it truly is a superfood. The leaves, in particular, are exceptionally nutritious.

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Recipes & DIY

Seasonal Recipe: Spring Kitchari & Crispy Okra Fries

  • By Rumin Jehangir
  • Mar 28, 2018

Spring season is about shedding, letting go of the prior season’s heaviness. Incorporating vegetables into kitchari adds more of the air element and necessary fiber, supporting digestion and adding more of the recommended tastes for kapha season. 

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing

  • By Claire Ragozzino
  • Mar 26, 2018

Often times, when we’re feeling funky after overeating or adopting poor habits during travel and stressful times, we look towards a cleanse as a quick solution to losing weight or looking better. However, these quick goals are often clues into deeper desires that can be teased out and supported during your cleanse. Getting clear on these desires and setting your intentions before you embark is a powerful way to focus your energy during your cleanse.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Ayurvedic Asana: 9 Yoga Poses for Cleansing

  • By Adrian Nowland
  • Mar 23, 2018

The purpose of yoga is to align the mind, body, and breath, creating stability, calmness, clarity, and a sense of inner peace. When we bring together the mind, body, and breath, we access the opportunity to be present in this moment rather than spending time spinning our wheels in the what-ifs of the future and the regrets of the past.

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Introducing FairWild Triphala

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Mar 20, 2018

How often do we think about the wild plants that make up a formula such as triphala, and how those three special fruits—amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki—are obtained? How were they grown? Who harvested them? These are important questions to ask when buying any herbal product, but especially when buying products sourced from the wild, like our beloved triphala. We at Banyan are proud to launch our first FairWild certified formula, Triphala, using FairWild certified bibhitaki.

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Ayurveda 101

Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Mar 19, 2018

Among the juice fasts, liver cleanses, and 10-day detoxes lives the traditional Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse. It’s hard to know if there were dietary trends at the time of Ayurveda’s origin over 5,000 years ago, but it’s safe to say this cleanse has stood the test of time. Its relevance, wholeness, and effectiveness tells us there’s nothing trendy about it.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Eliminating Distractions with the Practice of Pratyahara

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Mar 16, 2018

Our journey moves from outward to inward as we dive into the topic of pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga. Often quickly glazed over or ignored completely, pratyahara is the gateway to what we are looking for. After all the attention and effort applied to the previous four limbs, limb five opens the door to where the magic resides. It is within. 

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Licorice: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

  • By Jamie Sandhurst
  • Mar 12, 2018

While many people associate licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with the chewy, black candy we knew as children, the licorice plant has a much broader therapeutic appeal and widespread historical fame. Sure, licorice has fifty times the natural sweetness of sugar, making it a powerful confectionary flavoring, but it’s not all about the sweet taste with this incredible herb.

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Ayurveda 101

The Ayurvedic Key to Health: Knowing Your Current State of Balance

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Mar 08, 2018

When you first discover Ayurveda, you feel a magnetic pull to learn more. The way the system addresses each person as a unique individual feels a lot like having a friend that really “gets” you. There is some glitz and glam around uncovering your dosha (if you don’t know yours, take the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz), and staking your claim as a vata, pitta, or kapha is like illuminating a path with your best health as the destination. But as with all things, when we dig deeper, we come to find there is so much more. 

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Seasonal Respiratory Support with Pollen Protect™

  • By Banyan Botanicals
  • Mar 06, 2018

We’re proud to introduce our new product, Pollen Protect™, which is geared to provide respiratory support for common seasonal irritants. This superb formulation supports a healthy inflammatory response to seasonal changes and features turmeric, kalmegh, and amalaki to gently cleanse the blood and lymph.

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Recipes & DIY

Sesame Vitality Shake: A Nourishing Drink for the Change of Seasons

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Mar 02, 2018

Sesame seeds are a commonly used Ayurvedic ingredient. The whole seeds are often added to food and the oil is prized for abhyanga and other treatments. But there’s one more way that you can enjoy this versatile food as medicine: in a soothing and delicious Sesame Vitality Shake.

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Yoga & Pranayama

Pranayama & the Power of Yogic Breathing

  • By Lorilee Gillmore
  • Feb 27, 2018

Pranayama is the fourth of the eight limbs of yoga, according to the ancient sage Patanjali. In the second book of The Yoga Sutras we find the description of pranayama as “regulation of breath or the stoppage of inhalation and exhalation, which follows after securing steadiness of the posture or seat, asana.”

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Women’s Health

How to Use Marma Points for Ayurvedic Breast Care

  • By Sarah Kucera
  • Feb 23, 2018

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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