The holiday season can be brimming with joy, but it can also add to our stress. Find a moment of comforting self-care with these sweet and spiced poached pears.
In Ayurveda, there's no one perfect diet. In fact, learning to shift your food choices along with your changing needs is essential to mastering great nutrition.
Inspired by nature's seasonal plant-based offerings, this spicy-sweet apple crumble recipe is the perfect healthy and heavenly treat for late summer and early fall.
However the student in your life feels about school, Ayurveda can illuminate unique learning styles and make learning a more enjoyable process for everyone.
Find balance and tranquility with this gentle yoga sequence. Calming for all three doshas, this sequence incorporates smooth breathing, and gentle, continuous movement.
Make your pumpkin spice latte a healthy, guilt-free treat with this simple, fun, Ayurvedic drink recipe for vata season.
Enjoy these vata-balancing recipes that are perfect for the fall season, whether you eat them in tandem with your regular diet or as part of a cleanse.
With fall’s arriving energy, here are a few helpful ways to prepare for a cleanse and honor the transition from summer to fall with conscious food practices.
The juncture between seasons is a tenuous time for our health. Here are a few easy things we can do to stay balanced as we head towards the bounty of fall.
When done correctly, cleansing can rebuild your body from a place of nourishment and love. Here are five mistakes to avoid for a better cleansing experience.
Approach the holidays with more joy and less indigestion with our festive menu! These delicious holiday recipes can please a crowd while upholding the Ayurvedic principles of healthy eating.
Fall is a great time for spices. When used skillfully, spices can not only flavor our food, but can also support our journey towards greater health and balance.
These routines can support your skin's natural, luminous glow while maintaining balance and harmony in mind, body, and spirit throughout the transition of fall.
This beet dal recipe is nourishing, grounding, and warming—all of the best things for vata! Learn the full ingredients, instructions, and the role taste plays in balancing the doshas.
Vata season is all about staying grounded. These yummy energy bars have the vata balancing qualities of being warm, wet, heavy, and stable. They are also vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to find a connection to our inner peace and calm. Read this article to learn some of Ayurveda's best secrets for making this practical and attainable.
This recipe easily transforms from a creamy, heavy soup to a light dal, which can be served over your favorite grain and perhaps with a veggie or a freshly made relish to add an array of qualities.
Red lentils (masoor dal) are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Harness these benefits with this easy, tasty curried lentil soup recipe.
Inevitably, the change of season and return to school brings some challenges. Fortunately, Ayurveda gives us a practical framework to ease us into the schoolyear.
We all know that one particular day every year when we step outside in the morning and we just know that the seasons are changing. Here are six must-have herbs for the coming months.
These garlic soba noodles are perfect for the seasonal transition, bridging the time between the heat of summer and the crisp days of autumn. The recipe's energetics can bring warmth for vata, but not too much for pitta.
A cool and dry fall wind sneaks into the days, stripping leaves from the trees. Vata inspired air seems to move in all directions. Irregular and unpredictable, just like the vata dosha.
As we shift into the autumn season and vata’s hurried tendency starts to creep in, it’s time to intentionally slow things down. By reflecting on the last few months and honoring yourself with some self-care, you will set a positive trajectory for moving into the next season.
Because the liver is essential in digesting the fattier, heavier foods typical of a winter diet, a fall reset should focus on clearing out the liver and promoting bile production. Before the cold winds of fall arrive, consider a 3-day reset to keep you balanced all winter long.
Fall is that beautiful time of year when nature is transitioning, shedding, and preparing for the darker, colder winter months ahead. There is something so distinct about the vibrant colors, gusty winds, and the fresh, invigorating touch of crisp autumn air against your skin.
Ayurveda recognizes the fall as vata season, when the external environment begins to take on the same qualities and characteristics of vata dosha—cold, dry, mobile, light, rough, and so on. We can see these qualities all around us in the mobile nature of the wind, the rough, dry texture of fallen leaves, and the cold bite in the air.
It’s also a time when we can experience more vata internally, which may manifest as dry skin, cold hands and feet, difficulty sleeping, and feelings of restlessness or anxiousness. Ayurveda recommends balancing vata with foods and activities that are warm, nourishing, grounding, and hydrating.
It’s the perfect time of year for fall comfort foods of all kinds! Think tasty autumn meals like fall soup, stews, broths, squash, and other fall veggies. Fall is traditionally the time of bringing in the harvest, feasting on the abundance of the season, and preparing foods to store for winter.
Vata needs plenty of nourishment, and the seasonal foods of fall are perfect for providing this sustenance. So, if this season has you planning hearty feasts, craving desserts with pumpkin, and getting excited for things like fall food festivals and baking fall bread, you are right on track.
It’s also the season of abundant fall fruits—like apples, pears, and persimmons. So put on your baking apron and pull out your favorite fall spices. Now is the time to enjoy your favorite fall harvest food in desserts like apple pie, pumpkin pie, pear crisp, and spiced persimmon cookies.
Speaking of spices, it’s important to keep your agni, or digestive fire, strong and healthy throughout the fall season. One of the best ways to do so is by adding warming spices and herbs to your meals. Think things like cinnamon, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, mustard seeds, oregano, and sage.
It’s also helpful to avoid dry and cooling foods during this time, since these qualities can increase vata and lead us out of balance. In general, fall is not the best time for iced drinks, raw salads, or crunchy snacks like crackers and popcorn.
Fall is the perfect time to curl up with cozy, warm creamy drinks. Ayurveda recommends drinking plenty of warm herbal teas, warm water with lemon, and spiced drink mixes. Our CCF tea blends and Turmeric Milk Mix are excellent ways to warm your body and support healthy digestion throughout the day.
For more Ayurvedic guidelines and recipes for the season, we invite you to dive in and spend some time with these articles. Grab a mug of tea, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy!