• Finding the Doshas in the Pulse [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • September 22, 2020
    Finding the Doshas in the Pulse [video]

    Vasant Lad, world-renowned practitioner, author, and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute, shows us a glimpse into the insightful world of Ayurvedic pulse reading. 

  • Why Are Iced Drinks Not Recommended in Ayurveda? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • August 24, 2020
    Why Are Iced Drinks Not Recommended in Ayurveda? [video]

    Ayurveda recommends that you think twice before drinking ice water or other chilled beverages—even on hot summer days. Learn more in this Ask Banyan article.

  • Learning to See the Doshas in Nature
    • Health and Wellness
    • 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.

  • How to Make Your Daily Routine Work for You 
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • 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.

  • Cultivating Ojas with Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 29, 2020
    Cultivating Ojas with Ayurveda

    In the Ayurvedic tradition, ojas has everything to do with immunity.  Because it is the superfine essence of kapha, it shares desirable qualities of this dosha, such as strength, nourishment, steadiness.

  • Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • 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. 

  • What Is an Ayurvedic Diet? [video]
    • Food and Cooking
    • January 13, 2020
    What Is an Ayurvedic Diet? [video]

    Ayurveda does not use a one-diet-fits-all approach, but there are ways to plan meals for your unique constitution. Find out more about choosing foods based on the doshas and your environment. 

  • How My Daily Routine Changed My Life
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • 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.

  • What's with All the Oils in Ayurveda? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • 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. 

  • How Can I Tell if I Have a Healthy Digestive Fire? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • 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.

  • What Are the Best Foods for Autumn? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • November 13, 2019
    What Are the Best Foods for Autumn? [video]

    Autumn is vata season, so it's wise to adjust your diet accordingly. Read and watch this Ask Banyan entry to learn which foods will best support vata this fall.

  • When Should I Use Oil—Before or After Showering? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • October 15, 2019
    When Should I Use Oil—Before or After Showering? [video]

    Can a hot shower take away from the benefits of abhyanga? In this video from our AskBanyan series, we step into the world of daily routines and where self-massage and showering fall in them. 

  • Can All 3 Doshas Be Imbalanced at Once? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • October 11, 2019
    Can All 3 Doshas Be Imbalanced at Once? [video]

    Is it possible for vata, pitta, and kapha to all be out of balance at the same time? To know for certain, consult an Ayurvedic practitioner. Watch this entry in our Ask Banyan series for tips on how to gain a clearer understanding of what’s going on in your body.

  • Do I Need to Be a Vegetarian? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • September 25, 2019
    Do I Need to Be a Vegetarian? [video]

    How important is vegetarianism for Ayurvedic living? In this video in our AskBanyan series, we explore why a vegetarian diet can be helpful, but why it is not necessary to live Ayurvedically.

  • Do I Have a Dosha Imbalance? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • September 18, 2019
    Do I Have a Dosha Imbalance? [video]

    We're often asked how someone can determine if they're experiencing an imbalance in the mind or in the body. According to Ayurveda, it all starts with knowing your baseline. In this article and video from our Ask Banyan series, we'll discuss how to check in with yourself to see how certain foods or activities might be impacting your overall state of wellness. 

  • What Is the Best Breakfast for Vata? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • August 30, 2019
    What Is the Best Breakfast for Vata? [video]

    Vata people tend to forget breakfast or eat on-the-go. In this video, we'll cover vata breakfast meal ideas and a few of our favorite vata balancing breakfast recipes.

  • Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • March 07, 2019
    Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas

    What are sattva, rajas, and tamas? These universal qualities comprise everything in our physical nature and all energetic expressions within the universe. Observing them can help you better understand the Ayurvedic approach to living in harmony with your environment. Read this article for an outline of each quality to support your process in cultivating health. 

  • The Power of Healthy Habits
    • Health and Wellness
    • 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.

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

    Pursuing the “right” way or the “perfect” outcome tends to rob us of the experience that anything is good enough, setting us up to feel perpetually dissatisfied.

  • The Benefits of Mindful Eating
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • 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.

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

    If you were to go over to your mirror right now and stick out your tongue, would you see a thick, white coating? If so, it might be time to clean your tongue.

  • The Ayurvedic Key to Health: Knowing Your Current State of Balance
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • March 08, 2018
    The Ayurvedic Key to Health: Knowing Your Current State of Balance

    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. 

  • How Discovering the Doshas Can Change Your Life
    • Health and Wellness
    • February 21, 2018
    How Discovering the Doshas Can Change Your Life

    Just as all individuals have all three doshas inherent within themselves, dual-doshic or tri-doshic manifestations can be identified in our natural environment.

  • Exploring the Dhatus: Muscle and Fat Tissue
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • November 29, 2017
    Exploring the Dhatus: Muscle and Fat Tissue

    Ayurveda has seven tissue systems, and keeping them healthy is critical to our well-being. Vibrant tissues provide us with greater vitality and immunity. The dhatus are sequential in their function—they nourish one another.

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Ayurveda Basics and Q&A

The meaning of Ayurveda is vast—as the science of life, Ayurvedic philosophy and its principles can be applied to every aspect of your life, from how you structure your day to what you eat, what activities best support your well-being, how your environment influences your state of balance, and how to keep your equilibrium, no matter what life presents.

Knowing just how all-encompassing Ayurveda is, it’s understandable that the sheer depth and breadth of this ancient modality can feel overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. These articles keep it simple and begin with the basics! Some topics include:

  • An exploration of the gunas of sattva, rajas, and tamas
  • The energetic forces of nature (known as the mahabhutas)—earth, water, fire, air (or wind), and space (or ether)
  • How these energetic forces combine to create all life—including the doshas, your constitution (or prakriti), and your state of balance (or vikriti)
  • The importance of the six tastes
  • How to establish a healthy, balanced daily routine

And more!

Whether you landed here because you’re looking for an answer to a common question (like “Do I have a dosha imbalance?” or “What is the best breakfast for vata?”) or you’re here to build your Ayurvedic knowledge, these Q&A’s, Ayurveda videos, and all of our AskBanyan content are the perfect introduction to Ayurveda.

As you continue your Ayurvedic journey, you may find that what once felt overwhelming is actually quite intuitive and simple upon application. Because Ayurveda uses principles that honor our inherent connection with nature and the elements, the essence of this ancient modality honors the inherent wisdom of our bodies and helps us align with our souls.

Every person’s journey is unique. And that’s the beauty of Ayurveda—it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. While this does require more active participation from you to figure out what this means for your particular journey, it’s that much more exhilarating, empowering, and ultimately rewarding.