Seasonal Topics

  • Balancing Vata with a Fall Cleanse
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 20, 2018
    Balancing Vata with a Fall Cleanse

    The change in seasons has an especially strong impact on us, making it easier for imbalance to take root. As fall naturally stirs up vata, it is a perfect time for many of us to do a vata-soothing cleanse.  

  • 3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School
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    • 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.

  • The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important
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    • April 04, 2018
    The Taste of Spring: Why Bitter Is So Important

    Whether consuming a bitter food, culinary spice, or medicinal herb, one of the primary actions we’re invoking with this taste is detoxification. Bitters are categorically alterative herbs which means they purify and bring chemical balance to the blood. This makes them especially useful for supporting the body’s natural defenses, no matter what the challenge may be. And as our main organ of detoxification is the liver, the bitter taste also encourages its function and an enhanced flow of bile. This helps keep our body’s own method for self-cleaning intact.

  • 5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose
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    • April 02, 2018
    5 Reasons to Start Putting Oil in Your Nose

    According to Ayurveda, the sinus cavity is the gateway to the brain, mind, and consciousness. To address imbalances related to memory, the emotions, thoughts, and imbalances above the clavicle bone, treatments like nasya are often administered. Nasya, the practice of lubricating the nasal cavities and sinuses by gently placing a few drops of herbal and non-herbal oil into each nostril, can be self-administered or given by an Ayurvedic practitioner. It can aid with mental and emotional stress, as well as tension in the head, throat, neck, jaw, and shoulders.

  • A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions
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    • January 02, 2018
    A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions

    The new year beckons the new, along with renewal, dreams, transformation, and the accompanying resolutions for the changes we seek. This year let’s avoid reaching for the lose weight, exercise more, wake up earlier, drive ourselves harder tools. Instead, let’s dive deep into our hearts and minds, into our joys and sorrows, and take the time to list our greatest challenges and most pressing goals.

  • 5 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy through the Holidays
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    • December 13, 2017
    5 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy through the Holidays

    ’Tis the season—the season for joy, celebration, family, friends, lights, gifts, and yes…the flu. While the holiday season is rich in activities, the hustle and bustle can compromise the immune system.

  • Stay True to Yourself this Holiday Season
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    • December 06, 2017
    Stay True to Yourself this Holiday Season

    Remaining true to yourself during this time of year doesn’t mean that you have to turn down the invitations and spend the holiday season in the company of your kitchari pot. But spending time with loved ones shouldn’t require you to put your Ayurveda practice on a shelf. 

  • A Not-So-Ayurvedic Thanksgiving with My Family
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    • November 20, 2017
    A Not-So-Ayurvedic Thanksgiving with My Family

    Everyone’s family is different. Some families go on meditation retreats together, do yoga as a unit, and undertake simultaneous cleanses. But for the rest of us, who discovered Ayurveda long after leaving the nest, an Ayurvedic lifestyle can be tricky to discuss with our Western families who don’t know the difference between kitchari and curry!

  • 6 Essential Ayurvedic Herbs for Fall and Winter
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    • November 08, 2017
    6 Essential Ayurvedic Herbs for Fall and Winter

    We all know that one particular day every year when we step outside in the morning and the air smells different. It's not just a change of smell we notice. It's the feel of the air as it strikes our noses, our faces, and we just know that the seasons are changing.

  • This Is Why We Call It Vata Season
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    • October 25, 2017
    This Is Why We Call It Vata Season

    Ayurveda uses the gunas to help us understand and remember each thing we encounter in the material world. These gunas are qualities and attributes which we perceive through our five senses, including the way we experience nature and our bodies.

  • Goodbye Summer! Welcome Fall with this Ritual
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    • September 25, 2017
    Goodbye Summer! Welcome Fall with this Ritual

    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.

  • Balancing Pitta for a More Peaceful Autumn
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    • September 04, 2017
    Balancing Pitta for a More Peaceful Autumn

    The juncture between seasons is a tenuous time for our health. The body struggles with the irregularity and often abrupt changes in the weather and needs some extra TLC. As the heat of pitta's summer season gives way to the cold, dry, windy nature of vata's autumn season, there are a few easy, important things we can do to stay healthy.

  • Your Tasty Summer Grocery List
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    • June 13, 2017
    Your Tasty Summer Grocery List

    Choosing summer foods that are appropriate for your unique physiology is an important part of maintaining your health throughout the summer. In Ayurveda, summer is associated with hot, light, and dry qualities, and there is an obvious influence from pitta dosha. Summer is the time to favor foods that are sweet, cool, fresh, and hydrating.

  • Honoring the Season of Rebirth
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    • April 07, 2017
    Honoring the Season of Rebirth

    If there ever is a time during the year when we have a chance to be reborn, kapha season is it. Our body is tuned right into Nature’s renewal. It wants to shed excess fat and mucus. Things start to run (think noses!) just like the thawing snow. Everything seems wet in our internal and external worlds. And it’s not just our body that wants a fresh start. If we pay attention to the subtle shift in spring, we’ll likely recognize a desire to clean house. Figuratively and literally.

  • The Springtime Secret for a Healthy Gut
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    • March 16, 2017
    The Springtime Secret for a Healthy Gut

    According to Ayurveda, the diet should change seasonally first and then be adjusted according to one’s unique body type. A seasonal diet changes the microbiome, which is responsible for gut immunity, balanced blood sugar, and healthy mood and cognitive function.

  • Spring Cleaning for Mental Clutter
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    • March 10, 2017
    Spring Cleaning for Mental Clutter

    Ayurveda suggests we do a seasonal cleanse every spring. I call mine, The BIG Spring Cleanse as it is not just to reset my digestion and to clean out the lymph system—springtime cleansing works on all the layers of the body/mind.

  • Find Your Rhythm During Daylight Saving Time
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    • March 08, 2017
    Find Your Rhythm During Daylight Saving Time

    Committed to tackling daylight saving time before the clock strikes midnight? Here are seven steps to set your body’s clock forward and get back in rhythm following simple Ayurvedic principles.

  • Beating the Winter Blues
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    • January 18, 2017
    Beating the Winter Blues

    In the winter, it is natural to feel the longing to withdraw and retreat, become quiet and still. It’s the perfect time to meditate upon the death of what is no longer serving us on our soul’s journey and to lovingly release it, to make space. Honoring the natural inward rhythm of the season without getting sucked down a black hole of melancholy and despair is the dance. Here are a few ways I’ve discovered to make the dance smoother and more graceful this season.

  • 12 Ayurvedic Resolutions for 2018
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    • December 27, 2016
    12 Ayurvedic Resolutions for 2018

    Practically synonymous with “New Year’s” is the term “resolutions.” As health conscious individuals, one of our resolutions is typically regarding our well-being. Even with the best of intentions, we often do not follow through with our resolutions. This is often because we try and do everything at once. Instead, here is a step by step guide for the new year. 

  • Surviving the Holidays with the Help of Ayurveda
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    • December 16, 2016
    Surviving the Holidays with the Help of Ayurveda

    Are you tired from the frenetic energy that often surrounds us during the holidays? Let the holidays be a joyful time by incorporating daily oleation, touch therapy, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.  All of these powerful tools will help restore balance.

  • Your Ayurvedic Gift Guide for the Holidays
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    • December 09, 2016
    Your Ayurvedic Gift Guide for the Holidays

    Ayurvedic gifts that come from the heart can make a big impact on the people you love this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for Hanukah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or Christmas presents, or gift ideas for another day of joyous celebration, show your loved ones just how much you value their wellness, happiness, and success with Ayurvedic herbal gifts and tools for health.

  • Pacifying Vata Dosha During the Holidays
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 08, 2016
    Pacifying Vata Dosha During the Holidays

    Long before I knew anything about Ayurveda and vata dosha, I sensed the palpable anxiety that would arise in me towards the end of October/early November, knowing that the holidays were fast approaching. I wish I knew then what I know now. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  • 10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall
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    • November 10, 2016
    10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall

    With fall, the dry, cold, and mobile qualities associated with vata come stumbling forward. Ayurveda is a system that is both preventative as well as curative. By utilizing ancient Ayurvedic principles, we can prepare for an all around healthier season. 

  • How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 28, 2016
    How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season

    The qualities of vata dosha—cold, dry, rough, clear, and mobile—are characteristic in the disorders associated with this time of year. Many people experience restless nights with racing thoughts, increased anxiety, dry skin and lips, constipation, indigestion, bloating, and gas. In Ayurveda, we can create balance during this season by cultivating the opposite qualities of vata dosha. 

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