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.
Fresh beginnings…optimistic perspectives…renewed focus. The new year always brings a renewal to our spirit, allowing the past to slip away and re-centering us in our potential. Positive affirmations abound as we momentarily re-evaluate our lives, our purpose, and our fulfillment. In the spirit of renewal, the Ayurvedic perspective also brings hope and inspiration.
This new year, many of us will resolve to make changes within our diet and lifestyles that will enable us to live happier and healthier lives. Resolutions are helpful because they motivate us to develop discipline and organize our lives for the year ahead. If your new year's resolution includes losing a few pounds, Ayurveda offers some helpful recommendations to support your efforts.
New Year's Day may sometimes seem like an arbitrary date upon which to begin counting the new year, or taking on a new outlook, and in some cases a new life, but its seemingly random celebration is rooted in history and follows soon after the marking of the Winter Solstice, a day of equal day and night.
We live in an age when multi-tasking is not just the norm, it is expected. In fact, we are rewarded for the speed and efficiency with which we complete projects. But how many of us can talk on our cell phones, shop for gifts, and practice deep diaphragmatic breathing at the same time? Especially during the holiday season, many of us find it challenging to support our own needs for relaxation and rejuvenation.
This time of year is always hard for those of us who must make conscious efforts to maintain a healthy weight. Food becomes an intimate part of the holidays, as friendships are often celebrated with feasts.
Peace, joy, giving, gratitude – the Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to practice life's most enjoyable feelings. Maximize your feel-good moments with these tips that take but only a moment but have profound impact.
With winter settling in and the holiday season approaching, it is more important than ever to safeguard our health from the many varieties of cold and flu that seem to abound this time of year. The earth and water begin to freeze as snow falls. The air is cold and dry. As the body mirrors the changes in the outside environment, we typically notice imbalances of kapha and vata doshas.
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Whichever holidays you celebrate, Ayurveda can help you make the best of them and enjoy them to their fullest by rejoicing in health, wellness, and vitality. While some of these blogs focus on various holidays throughout the year, most of these blogs were written with the bustling (and often stress-inducing) holiday season of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
The holiday season means something different for every one of us, but we could probably agree on some similar themes. For many of us, this season often comes with large gatherings, connecting with friends and loved ones, big meals, events, shopping, and maybe even travel—and while we may (or may not) love the hustle and bustle, there’s undoubtedly more stress for the body and mind.
Luckily, Ayurvedic principles can help you make the most of this season on all levels, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether you’re looking for ways to be more present, stay healthy, stress less and enjoy more, or how to set intentional (and realistic) goals for the new year, Ayurveda has you covered.
Additionally, if you’re looking for good holiday gifts for loved ones—or for yourself—we have entire gift guides to make holiday shopping easy and fun. These wellness blogs and gift guides will help you navigate through the holiday season with grace so that you can enjoy this time of year to its fullest.
These articles are designed to help you through some of the most stress-inducing aspects of holidays by providing: