• How to Help Kids Balance Their Vata
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • January 06, 2021
    How to Help Kids Balance Their Vata

    As we continue to adjust to this ever-changing “normal,” it’s important that we adopt ways to balance excess vata and support our children in doing the same.

  • Yoga that Kids Will Love
    • Yoga, Meditation & 8 Limbs
    • June 18, 2020
    Yoga that Kids Will Love

    Children are natural yogis with a lot to teach us about yoga, and, perhaps, a lot to teach us about life. Let your yoga space be a story. Let it be fun.

  • Back to School: The 3 Types of Learners
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 07, 2019
    Back to School: The 3 Types of Learners

    Students everywhere can see the end of their summer breaks when fall approaches. However the student in your life feels about school, Ayurveda can make learning a more enjoyable process.

  • 3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 22, 2018
    3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School

    Inevitably, the change of season and return to school brings some challenges. The inertia of summer is replaced by a need to shift into a higher gear. Fortunately, Ayurveda gives us a practical framework, and Banyan Botanicals gives us some amazing herbal products to ease us into the schoolyear.

  • 6 Ways to Ease Your Partner into Ayurveda
    • Health and Wellness
    • 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...

    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 20, 2018
    Doshas in Relationship

    When it comes to romantic relationships, the doshas play a big role, influencing what you contribute, how you show affection, and how to find harmony with your partner.

  • The Doshas in Love
    • Health and Wellness
    • February 09, 2017
    The Doshas in Love

    Whether you love them, avoid them, or cherish them—we all have them. With Valentine’s Day in the air, I wanted to shed light on how we can illuminate our relationships through awareness of the doshas and the practice of meditation.

  • Little Ones Can Get the Blues, Too!
    • Relationships and Parenting
    • October 14, 2015
    Little Ones Can Get the Blues, Too!

    I had the good fortune to work as a therapist at a mental health clinic serving children and families in the Greater New Haven, CT area. Our focus was working with children who had experienced trauma-abuse, neglect, witnessed community violence or loss of a loved one. I was a primary clinician working directly with children and families who were identified as having a complex trauma history; this is a big diagnostic category and can cover a range of experiences. One little boy, let’s call him Jose, came to a session with his older brother who was having trouble with panic due to a traumatic event in his life.

  • The Natural Way to Go Back to School
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 30, 2015
    The Natural Way to Go Back to School

    As the new school year is upon us, and for our own well-being, it is critical to utilize our energy in the most effective and efficient ways.  Our children naturally fall into Ayurvedic rhythms. Understanding natural biological rhythms has provided keen insights on how to best function throughout the day.

Relationships & Parenting

One of the things that makes Ayurveda so powerful and unique as a healing modality is that it puts so much focus on the individual, rather than applying a one-size-fits all approach to everyone. By acknowledging our differences as unique human beings, it honors the unique and specific needs of each person.

Because of this approach, Ayurveda often circles back to what will serve each one of us as individuals. But you may be surprised by how much Ayurveda has to offer beyond the individual as well. In fact, this ancient wisdom excels when it comes to supporting healthy connection to people and things outside of ourselves—connection to nature, connection to family, and connection to community.

Ayurveda recognizes that we do not exist in a bubble, and that building the quality of our relationships to others plays an important role our overall health.

Whether these relationships are with a friend, a child, a partner, a spouse, a parent, or a coworker, Ayurveda’s wisdom can support us in building strong bonds, understanding compatibility, and fostering loving and healthy relationships throughout our lives.

Have you ever wondered which doshas are most compatible with your own when it comes to finding love? Why your dynamic with one friend is so different than with another friend? Or, if you have children, why you might relate to one child completely differently than another?

To some degree, the mystery of love and relationships is just that—a mystery! And we can only trust that we meet certain souls that are meant to enrich our lives, teach us an important lesson, or contribute to our growth and evolution in this lifetime in their own unique way.

At the same time, applying an Ayurvedic perspective to love and relationships can lend incredible insight into why we relate to certain people the way we do and how we might support the most healthy and beneficial relationships possible.

For example, we know that people with predominant pitta dosha tend to be quite fiery and strong willed. If you are a pitta on the lookout for a partner, choosing another strong pitta-type person may be asking for a challenging relationship with two people constantly fighting to take the lead.

On the other hand, a pitta-type person may get along more easily with an easy-going kapha type who will help to balance the element of fire and offer some calm, grounded energy to the relationship equation. Understanding the elements and dynamics at play between the doshas can be quite helpful and informative when it comes to choosing compatible relationships!

But let’s be honest—we don’t always have a say when it comes to the people in our lives. Especially when it comes to family and parenting, we get who we get and we love who we love! And even if some of these relationships are more challenging than others, they are in our lives for a reason and always present an opportunity to learn and grow.

These blog articles offer Ayurvedic insights into love and the doshas, as well as relationship tips and parenting tips. We hope they are a helpful resource to support you in navigating and understanding the relationships in your life!