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Make Your Own: Almond Cheese Posted on:

Ayurvedic science is not a big supporter of replacing real food with faux products (fake meats, fake milk, etc). This is mostly due to the amount of processing that occurs when food is modified to create a texture or taste that is not natural for that food.

However, when the … (read more)

Make Your Own: Almond Milk Posted on:

The beauty of home cooking is that you always know exactly what went into your food – if it’s in there, it’s because you put it there. But it’s not just peace of mind when it comes to ingredients, we can also be sure of the methods used in the … (read more)

Inflammation: Misdiagnosing the Cause Posted on:

The media is hyping the latest threat to our wellbeing – inflammation. This new theory shows promise, however, Ayurveda brings a different perspective on the cause, the importance and the treatment of inflammation.

I was first alerted to the ominous threat of inflammation when I read David Agus’s book titled … (read more)

Understanding Eating (part iv): The Order of Eating Posted on:

In the west we tend to view the body as a simple machine – fuel goes in, energy is expended, wastes go out – and the stomach is seen as an uncomplicated bag, a holding space for food before the process of digestion begins in the intestines. Ayurveda offers deeper … (read more)

Understanding Eating (part ii): Ama and What It Means to Detox Posted on:

Perhaps the most misunderstood concept in the health field today is that of toxins, particularly as they apply to the human body.

In Ayurveda, toxins are known as Ama. Ama is a sanskrit word that translates literally as “unidgested food”. According to Ayurveda, Ama forms in the body when our … (read more)

Balancing Vata Through Pranayama Posted on:

Vata Dosha has the unfortunate characteristic of being the dosha most likely to go out of balance. As Vata is the principle of air and movement this should not come as a surprise, however, it can be frustrating when attempting to maintain balance and health.

Given the relatively unsteady nature … (read more)

Ayahuasca and Ayurveda Posted on:

I have recently returned from a two month odyssey around Ecuador and Peru in South America. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience this great continent and the adventure was thoroughly enjoyable.

While most of the journey was as a tourist, I was fortunate enough to spent four weeks studying … (read more)

Understanding the Doshas (part ii): Vata Posted on:

In a previous post I discussed the Vimshati Gunas which are referred to in the Ashtanga Hridayam. These attributes provide us with a means to describe all aspects of nature – including the doshas.

This brings me to the first of the three doshas used in Ayurveda, Vata. According … (read more)

The Fasting Pulse (part iii) Posted on:

The fast is over and I feel privileged to have had the experience of observing the participants and the effect it had on their respective doshas.

As none of the participants shared an identical prakriti (natal doshic type), any similarities in the pulse were mainly isolated to the influence of … (read more)

The Fasting Pulse (part i) Posted on:

Fasting has long been used in Ayurveda and forms part of the langhana, or reducing, therapies. The practice of fasting can remove toxins, reduce aggravated Kapha dosha, and allows for many other benefits.

I am currently at a retreat center near Tangalle, in Sri Lanka, where a group of yogis … (read more)

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