Category Archives: Healthy Living

11 Ayurvedic Tips for a Fall Cleanse

fall cleanseAccording to Ayurveda, Fall is one of the best times of the year for performing a cleanse.  In fact, a traditional Ayurvedic cleanse is only performed during the transitional seasons of the Spring and Fall, and otherwise avoided during the more intense months of the summer and winter.  Since there are countless ways to perform a cleanse, it is extremely important to take into account the seasonal elements in order to perform a safe, healthy and efficient cleanse.       Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Ignite your Sexual Energy with Ayurveda

male and female energyAlthough we are considered a sex-driven society, it seems almost an oxymoron to think that one of the most common issues I see on a regular basis is sexual dysfunction.  Whether it manifests as a low sex-drive, vaginal dryness, impotence, premature ejaculation or just a general disinterest; these are all implications of depleted Ojas, hormonal imbalance and weakness in the reproductive tissue.  Even further, these common disorders are often a red flag that there are imbalances in other areas of the body that have led to the decreased sexual energy in the first place. Continue reading »

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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’re 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 is amplified. 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 it takes over. In this article, I will be sharing my favorite Ayurvedic herbal remedies that I personally use 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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