Category Archives: Healthy Living

How to Perform a Kitchari Cleanse

kitchari cleanseThe Kitchari cleanse is a very mild version of the traditional “Pancha Karma” cleanse and can be safely performed at home with minimal guidance.  This particular cleanse is suitable for all body types, as it can be modified to fit everybody’s individual needs.  This cleanse consists of taking in a mono-diet of the classical Ayurvedic dish, Kitchari, which will allow the digestive system to take a much needed break, giving it new light and the ability to properly flush out toxins in the system.   Continue reading »

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6 Reasons to Perform a Springtime Cleanse

Spring CleanseSpring is right around the corner and the concept of Spring cleaning is all around.  This means cleaning out our homes, our cars, and of course our bodies and minds.  Spring really is the perfect time of year for cleansing, but have you ever wondered why that may be?  It definitely feels right instinctually, but according to Ayurveda, Spring is one of the very best times for a cleanse and for many specific, intelligent reasons.  In fact, Spring and Fall are listed as the only seasons a major cleanse should even be performed. Continue reading »

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Exercise for your Body Type: The Best Exercises for Vata, Pitta and Kapha

walkingExercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle not matter what your age, weight, health goals or dosha type may be.  Ideally our routine should include a minimum of 30 minutes of “intentional movement” each and every day.  However, just as our diet can either create balance or wreak havoc on our system, our exercise regimen can have the same effects.  Therefore it is essential to know what your body-type is (Vata, Pitta or Kapha), as well as any imbalance in the system in order to discover the best exercises for you and your current needs.  This will help you to chose the most appropriate exercise practices that will nourish and heal your body and mind , rather than create further imbalance. Continue reading »

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Everything you need to know about Nasya

Nasya Oil applicationNasya is the administration of herbal medicine through the nasal passage.  According to Ayurveda, the sinus cavity is the gateway to our consciousness, prana vayu and the Nervous System.  Nasya is one of the five main cleansing therapies in Pancha Karma, the traditional Ayurvedic detoxification program; but also is used for daily administration as part of a healing Ayurvedic routine.  Nasya is typically done using an herbal infused oil such as sesame, ghee or coconut, but also can be done using medicated milk, fresh juice of herbs, and decoctions.  Nasya is used to treat a wide range of disorders including mental-emotional imbalances, memory issues, high stress levels, sleep issues, chronic sinus issues, prana disorders, chronic headaches or migraines, stiffness in the neck, jaw or shoulders; eye, ear and throat disorders; epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, sexual debility and any residual doshic imbalance after cleansing treatments. Continue reading »

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7 Ayurvedic Remedies for Fighting the Cold and Flu (that really work!)

gingerSo here we are, in the midst of the cold and flu season.  If you are anything like us here in Boulder, CO, it is hard to go anywhere without people coughing and sneezing all around.  Whether at work, school or at home it is likely you will eventually be exposed to some of these bugs as they migrate from one person to another.  If you have kids or are in a kid related field (teachers!), your exposure amplifies even stronger.  Since isolation is neither logical nor desired, the best option for staying healthy this season is to use full awareness and combat a potential virus or bacteria before they take over.  In this article, I will be sharing my favorite Ayurvedic herbal remedies that I use personally and can vouch for first hand.  So put away your cough syrups and antibiotics and give mother nature a shot!    Continue reading »

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How to Make your New Year’s Resolution your Reality!

new years1Although it is a bit cliche, I definitely appreciate taking some time as we begin this New Year to reflect on the past and envision for the future.  But as cliche as it is to make these New Year resolutions, it is just as common to fizzle out on our intentions after even only a few weeks.  This does not have to be the case however.  In fact positive, permanent change is possible anytime if we can slow down enough to set our intentions, reset our actions and keep focused.  In my first article for the New Year, I am hoping to share with you a few tips and tricks that have helped me in the past and into the present.  New Year’s resolutions are not about losing weight or eating healthier, they are about us continuing to evolve as individuals and improve our Selves in body, mind and spirit. Continue reading »

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The 3 Day Ayurvedic Cleanse

KitchariIt is that time of year again!  With the new year just around the corner, it is time to bring the focus back to ourselves, and more specifically to our health again.  Cleanses are a great way to reset the system and pave the way to making better health choices to come.  Long-term detox programs often initially bring lowered energy levels and therefore are recommended to only do when you are able to take some down-time at work and otherwise.   If you are like me however, I am just too busy to take more than a day or two off at a time.  So as with all other Ayurvedic rituals, the Ayurvedic Cleanse can also be modified to fit our current needs and schedule.  And although a three day cleanse is not terribly long, it can still be very powerful for detoxifying the body, balancing the mind, boosting the digestion/metabolism and setting the stage for a healthier future. Continue reading »

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