Seasonal Topics

  • 6 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy Through the Holidays
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 14, 2018
    6 Immune Boosters to Keep You Healthy Through the Holidays

    ’Tis the season—the season for joy, celebration, family, friends, lights, gifts, and yes—challenges to our health. While the holiday season is rich in activities, the hustle and bustle can leave the immune system compromised. Here are six immune-boosting tips to help you stay happy and healthy this season!

  • Give The Gift of Calm
    • Seasonal Topics
    • December 03, 2018
    Give The Gift of Calm

    Looking for relaxation gifts? These suggestions are meant to offer support to anyone who is stressed, overworked, or just plain exhausted. 

  • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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.

  • Stay True to Yourself this Holiday Season
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • October 25, 2017
    This Is Why We Call It Vata Season

    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.

  • Goodbye Summer! Welcome Fall with this Ritual
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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.

  • Your Tasty Summer Grocery List
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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.

  • Spring Cleaning for Mental Clutter
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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.

  • Surviving the Holidays with the Help of Ayurveda
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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.

  • Pacifying Vata Dosha During the Holidays
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • 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
    • Seasonal Topics
    • 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
    • Diet
    • 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. 

  • Transition Through the Seasons with Love
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 21, 2016
    Transition Through the Seasons with Love

    The moments right before and after a change in season can be very intense, and proper nourishment can help keep us balanced during this shift. The transition from summer into fall is one of many marked contrasts, so it’s important to add even more nourishment during this particular period.

  • Falling Into Balance: A Joint Effort
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 13, 2016
    Falling Into Balance: A Joint Effort

    Before vata season health problems arrive unexpectedly, make a joint effort via your diet and lifestyle practices to get into healthy, healing routines.  

  • How To Do a Ginger Compress for Your Kidneys & Adrenals
    • Seasonal Topics
    • September 01, 2016
    How To Do a Ginger Compress for Your Kidneys & Adrenals

    Sipping ginger tea can cause gentle sweating as the body warms up. In the case of a ginger compress, the aromatic tea is used externally to bring warmth and lubrication to the kidneys and adrenals glands.

  • Feel the Burn? 10 Tips to Chillax
    • Seasonal Topics
    • August 17, 2016
    Feel the Burn? 10 Tips to Chillax

    So what to do when you feel the burn? Here is my top ten Chill’lax tips for the end of summer heat that seems to burn us up!

  • The Summer Six: Cool Foods for a Cool Summer
    • Seasonal Topics
    • August 05, 2016
    The Summer Six: Cool Foods for a Cool Summer

    Laura shares her favorite cooling foods to enjoy in summer! Read on to learn Laura’s top cooling picks (and a ton of recipes that use them!)

  • Ayurvedic Herbs for Summer Skin
    • Seasonal Topics
    • July 21, 2016
    Ayurvedic Herbs for Summer Skin

    Following a daily herbal regimen, along with a few simple diet and lifestyle suggestions, is the Ayurvedic recipe for beautiful, healthy skin. 

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