The Magnificent Flame of the Forest- Palaash- Butea monosperma

Couple of weeks back, I saw a sudden flash of bright orange amidst a heat scorched patch of thicket near my Ayurveda institute in Bangalore. I felt overjoyed to see one of my favorite trees in full bloom and at the peak of its glory. It was PalaashButea monosperma tree. Its slender frame loaded with thick bunches of fiery, red-orange flowers, shaped like a parrot’s beak! [Read more…]

The Truly Amazing Ayurvedic Massage Therapy

Ayurvedic massage is one of the oldest and highly evolved massage techniques.  Owing to its effectiveness and simplicity, massage has been incorporated into the ideal daily routine or Dinacharya in Ayurveda (routines followed every day to ensure optimum health). Ayurvedic massages are trending fast and getting widely popular across the globe. Although we are being introduced to massage  as merely a means for relaxation, de-stressing, occasional self-pampering or even a recreational therapy; there is a lot more to this versatile, intricate and one of the most effective Ayurvedic therapies! [Read more…]

Saindhav – The Amazing Himalayan Rock Salt

Saindhav – the Himalayan rock salt, pink salt or Halite has been revered as the most superior among all types of salts (Lavana)  in Ayurveda. Named after its origins in Sindh region (now in Pakistan) i.e. Indus Valley Saindhav belongs to the highest echelon of functional foods in Ayurveda. It was formed about 500 millions of years ago during the Cambrium geological era, when the primordial ocean dried up, leaving pockets of salts sealed inside layers of earth and rock. [Read more…]

Ayurveda For Winter Depression- Part II

Dull, damp and dreary days are here to stay for quite a while now that Winter Season has officially begun! Winter depression is a type of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) which affects many of us during this season. Whether it is a full blown depression (as a disorder) or occasional bouts of depressed moods; proper care needs to be taken to ensure health and happiness even during these bleakest times of the year. [Read more…]

Ayurveda for Winter Depression- Part I

Winter is a challenging season, both physically as well as mentally. Feelings of depression, sadness and impending doom experienced by many during this season are collectively known as Winter Depression – a type of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Colder nights, shorter days and scarcity of day light cause major shifts in the circadian rhythms of our body and mind. These changes are considered as major reasons for triggering SAD disorders. Experts say that winter depression affects almost 20% individuals all over the world. It is more common in women than in men. [Read more…]

Essentials of Ayurvedic Healthcare for Winter Season- Part II

Winter is officially going to begin in just a month from now. This season truly puts our immunity, strength, patience and perseverance to test! Following some simple tips given in Ayurveda can help you in beating the winter blues. The first article in their series (Essentials of Ayurvedic Healthcare for Winter Season- Part I) explains  diet basics for a healthy winter. This article will walk you through essential lifestyle changes and guidelines on taking Ayurvedic dietary supplements for winter. [Read more…]

Essentials of Ayurvedic Healthcare for Winter Season- Part I

Winter brings in lot of festivities, celebrations and holidays. However, as much as we despise it, the gloomy weather, short dreary days, bitter cold and never ending nights also tag along with this season! Ayurveda believes that our body and mind mirror the changes that manifest in our environment, especially with the change of seasons. Dosha, Dhatu (the seven body tissues), Agni- digestive fire and Bala- strength or stamina undergo cyclical changes throughout the year in response to changing seasons. [Read more…]

Role of Yoga for Mangaging Type II Diabetes

Yoga- a dynamic science that enables the alignment of our body, mind and soul with universal flow of energy! [Read more…]

Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate Peels

Pomegranate- bright red, with ruby colored, jewel like seeds/arils embedded within it, has been revered as a divine fruit. Believed to have flourished in the Garden of Eden, Pomegranate finds itself as a part of ancient symbolism, rituals, beliefs and folk practices. [Read more…]

Essential Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle Tips for Children (Under 5years of age)

Rapidly developing body and mind of a child under five, makes them extremely vulnerable towards imbalances and diseases. Doshas (dominated by Kapha dosha) and dhatu (7 body tissues) in children are in a state of constant flux. Hence, maintaining balance and health are tricky during this stage of life. Immature immune system is yet another reason for increased susceptibility to diseases. [Read more…]