Ayurveda 101

  • Why You Should Put Oil in Your Hair
    • Ayurveda 101
    • August 06, 2020
    Why You Should Put Oil in Your Hair

    Applying oil to the scalp and hair will not only improve the condition of your locks but will also offer other benefits like balancing vata and increasing ojas.

  • Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda 101
    • May 29, 2020
    Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

    Learn about the wonders of adaptogenic herbs, the plants that play a major role in helping us adapt to our changing environments and cope with the stressors of our lives.

  • How to Create a Morning Routine for Vibrant Energy
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • May 22, 2020
    How to Create a Morning Routine for Vibrant Energy

    A morning routine is practically synonymous with Ayurveda, the science of life. Read this article to learn how to develop a morning routine that works for you.

  • Learning to See the Doshas in Nature
    • Ayurveda 101
    • April 24, 2020
    Learning to See the Doshas in Nature

    The doshas vata, pitta, and kapha are quite apparent in nature when we look through the lens of Ayurveda. We can define the doshas by their gunas, or qualities.

  • Make Your Own Almond Milk [video]
    • Ayurveda 101
    • April 13, 2020
    Make Your Own Almond Milk [video]

    Almond milk deeply nurtures all the tissues of the body. Making it yourself is surprisingly easy and a great way to harness almond milk’s vitality or prana. 

  • Boost Your Immune System with Ayurveda [video]
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 17, 2020
    Boost Your Immune System with Ayurveda [video]

    Wondering how to boost your immune system? Ayurveda’s perspective on immune health might surprise you! Learn more in this video and blog about how Ayurveda can help keep your immune system strong.

  • Simple Mindfulness Tools to Work Through Fear
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 13, 2020
    Simple Mindfulness Tools to Work Through Fear

    While there’s no way to live a life completely free of stress and fear, these mindfulness tools are powerful and effective ways to help us manage and digest fearful emotions when they arise.

  • Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 09, 2020
    Why Ayurvedic Cleansing Is Unique and How It Really Works

    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 that the traditional Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse has stood the test of time. 

  • How to Make Your Daily Routine Work for You 
    • Ayurveda 101
    • February 11, 2020
    How to Make Your Daily Routine Work for You 

    Even when you know the benefits of a daily routine, it can be hard to decide exactly what yours should consist of. Here are a few tricks to help you get started on creating your perfect routine.

  • What Is Chyavanprash & Why It’s Great for Winter
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    • February 03, 2020
    What Is Chyavanprash & Why It’s Great for Winter

    Chyavanprash is a tasty herbal jam that can help during times when our immune system needs bolstering. Learn more about this ancient recipe, its many benefits, and ways to enjoy it. 

  • Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]
    • Ayurveda 101
    • January 27, 2020
    Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]

    What happens when vata and kapha are both imbalanced? In this Ask Banyan video, we address what this type of imbalance might look like, and what to focus on to bring both doshas back to balance. 

  • Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon
    • Ayurveda 101
    • January 06, 2020
    Harvesting Ashwagandha in Southern Oregon

    We harvested the famous adaptogen ashwagandha right here in Southern Oregon. It did exquisitely well in this climate and we were rewarded with an abundant field full of this amazing herb.

  • How My Daily Routine Changed My Life
    • Ayurveda 101
    • January 02, 2020
    How My Daily Routine Changed My Life

    Daily routines are a must in Ayurveda, but just how effective are they? Check out this personal account of how an Ayurvedic practitioner's daily routine changed her world for the better.

  • How to Have the Perfect Yoga Practice for Vata + 6 Poses
    • Ayurveda 101
    • December 17, 2019
    How to Have the Perfect Yoga Practice for Vata + 6 Poses

    Not all yoga practices are calming to vata. A vata balancing sequence should incorporate warming, grounding, and slow qualities to counteract the dry, rough, mobile qualities of vata. 

  • What's with All the Oils in Ayurveda? [video]
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • December 11, 2019
    What's with All the Oils in Ayurveda? [video]

    People often wonder why Ayurveda holds oil in such high esteem. In this entry in our Ask Banyan series, we discuss what makes oil the perfect choice for self-massage and self-love. 

  • 5 Self-Care Gifts for Yourself
    • Ayurveda 101
    • December 09, 2019
    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?

  • How Can I Tell if I Have a Healthy Digestive Fire? [video]
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    • December 04, 2019
    How Can I Tell if I Have a Healthy Digestive Fire? [video]

    Paying attention to your digestion can be a major clue to your health. That's because in Ayurveda strong digestion, or agni, is considered the root of all imbalances or the seed of health.

  • Bhringaraj: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
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    • November 15, 2019
    Bhringaraj: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    One of the most common questions we get is how to support healthy, beautiful hair. Luckily, there is an Ayurvedic herb that does that and much more! Read on to learn more about bhringaraj.

  • How to Embrace Your Vata Superpowers
    • Ayurveda 101
    • October 21, 2019
    How to Embrace Your Vata Superpowers

    Vata has superpowers! The first step in harnessing them? Focus on celebrating the positive aspects of this dosha, while also using Ayurvedic wisdom to stay balanced and healthy. 

  • Cleansing Excess Pitta from the Body
    • Ayurveda 101
    • August 09, 2019
    Cleansing Excess Pitta from the Body

    Excess pitta can become reactive, settle in the tissues, and manifest as an imbalance if it overstays its welcome. Ayurveda offers solutions to help the body gently cleanse natural toxins before they have a chance to take hold and cause disorder.

  • What Is Kitchari & Why We Eat It for Cleansing
    • Ayurveda 101
    • March 15, 2019
    What Is Kitchari & Why We Eat It for Cleansing

    Kitchari (pronounced kich-uh-ree) is the traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda. It is a combination of split mung beans and white basmati rice with plenty of spices, depending on your constitution. Amidst all of the modern diet trends happening today, this might seem like an unusual cleansing food. Here are seven reasons why kitchari is a fabulous food for cleansing.

  • 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.

  • Why Self-Care Is Not Optional—It’s Crucial
    • Ayurveda 101
    • May 22, 2018
    Why Self-Care Is Not Optional—It’s Crucial

    The goal is not to give everything of ourselves away to everybody else so that we are left a tired, sloggy, irritated, burnt out mess. Nope. Because then we bring crummy energy, lack of presence, and even resentment to those things that should be full of love and joy! 

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation
    • Ayurveda 101
    • May 08, 2018
    A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

    When I think of the challenges to meditation, it seems silly. After all, we just have to sit down in a comortable place and be still, quiet our random thoughts, and breathe. OMG! It may seem simple, but in truth it is the hardest thing for most of us to do. Why? Now that is a great question, and within that answer are my top three tips for folks who are new to meditation.

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