Ayurvedic Lifestyle

  • Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • 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. 

  • 4 Reasons to Love Kapha Dosha
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 05, 2019
    4 Reasons to Love Kapha Dosha

    Kapha has gotten a bad rap. For some reason, we fixate on the negative attributes of kapha, so when people hear that they may be more kapha-predominant or that their kapha has increased, they tend to get upset or offended. Read this article to learn why balanced kapha is so beautiful and why we would do well to embrace the kapha within us.

  • Ayurveda Says This Is the Key to a Healthy Immune System
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • February 27, 2019
    Ayurveda Says This Is the Key to a Healthy Immune System

    Vibrant immunity requires a robust digestive fire, or "agni." When you feed wholesome food to a healthy digestive fire, the nourishment passes from the digestive tract to your entire body by way of the seven tissues. Read this article to learn how to know when your agni may be struggling and how to support it.

  • How the Doshas Respond to Stress
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • February 19, 2019
    How the Doshas Respond to Stress

    Daily stress is inherent to life. Fortunately, Ayurveda teaches us to use preventative measures to lessen the toll it can take on one’s physical health. Each dosha, or individual constitution, will adapt to stress in its unique way, making the pathway to balance multilayered. Read this article learn more.

  • Love and the Doshas
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • February 13, 2019
    Love and the Doshas

    What do doshas have to do with love? Quite a lot! Check out this article to learn how the doshas play a part in our natural tendencies and attractions towards others. 

  • How I’m Reaching My Weight-Loss Goals
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • January 31, 2019
    How I’m Reaching My Weight-Loss Goals

    Banyan’s Community Relations Manager, Erin Douglas, shares her weight loss journey in this blog post. Along with her partner, her dog Jasper, and her supportive community of Banyan friends and coworkers, Erin’s journey to lose fifteen pounds has already shown results! See her checklist and more in this article.  

  • 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.

  • The Myth of Perfect Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.  

  • How Coloring Helps with Stress & Soothes the Doshas
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 17, 2018
    How Coloring Helps with Stress & Soothes the Doshas

    When we are able to let go and simply be with the motions of coloring, we are able to create a sense of serenity, detached from our worries and thoughts, where the very act of coloring becomes its own reward. Colors can also offer healing properties. Just as each color has their own wavelength, they also have their own distinct vibration and can be used to balance the doshas. 

  • Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • August 09, 2018
    Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons

    The lunar cycle is twenty-nine and a half days, and its undeniable potency has kept the moon as a keystone of ceremonies, traditions, and practices within cultures around the world. While there is a fair share of mythical stories and legends surrounding the moon, there is an equal amount of research seeking to find a scientific correlation behind the cycles of the moon and cycles of living things.

  • Natural Beauty: Ayurvedic Face Massage and Marma Points
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • July 05, 2018
    Natural Beauty: Ayurvedic Face Massage and Marma Points

    Our skin has a lot to teach us, and everything physical has a corresponding mental/emotional counterpart. Our skin is symbolic of how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as flawed humans, this can manifest as flawed skin. If we’re angry, our skin can look angry and agitated.

  • Do You Hit Snooze More on Mondays? Read This.
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • June 04, 2018
    Do You Hit Snooze More on Mondays? Read This.

    If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you know that it brings a host of complications, inluding digestive trouble, mental fogginess, and even mood swings. Recent studies suggest that travelers who frequently cross time zones also have trouble with weight gain and metabolic issues. What you might not know is that you may be suffering from jet lag even when you don’t travel.

  • Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • May 14, 2018
    Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go

    The movement that comes from any form of high-speed travel, especially airplanes, increases the air element. Daily routines are often left behind, resulting in irregularity in mind and body.

  • 12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • May 01, 2018
    12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World

    The elements of the virtual world are ether and air. Prana, the life force, flows virtually as we exchange information and energy with the internet and our phones. But that prana is ungrounded, dispersed, and often undirected. The result? Aggravated vata dosha, the primary imbalance of our time.

  • 11 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Focus
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • April 23, 2018
    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.

  • 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • March 26, 2018
    5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleansing

    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.

  • How Discovering the Doshas Can Change Your Life
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • February 21, 2018
    How Discovering the Doshas Can Change Your Life

    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. 

  • 6 Ways to Ease Your Partner into Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • February 13, 2018
    6 Ways to Ease Your Partner into Ayurveda

    Do you have a special person in your life who isn’t prioritizing their own health? Maybe you have a vata boyfriend who stays up till 2 or 3 a.m. watching TV, or a pitta husband who’s so hardcore with sports that he frequently injures himself, or a kapha partner who tends to overindulge in sweets and often finds herself catching colds and bugs...

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