Agni—The Flame Within
Agni is the Sanskrit name for 'fire'. In Ayurveda, it refers to all the biological fires that govern metabolism in our bodies. However the main one, that we have most control over, is the Digestive Fire.
Think of agni as a fire that consumes your food into its nutrient parts. If your digestive fire is low then you end up with unburnt toxic food residue which your body then has to deal with. The way your agni behaves depends on several factors. Two important factors are the state of your current health and your ‘Dosha’ profile.
Making digestion a science and an art
Can these top ten ayurvedic tips help you to feel in tip top shape?
Health tips - weight loss
There are as many weight loss plans and theories as there are people eating!! This health tip looks at – the gut or small intestine (5 metres long). This is the primary area of impact; the place where all your food arrives in preparation for distribution! The more relaxed this organ is, the better our ability to absorb food. The more easily we absorb food, the greater the amount of nutrients that enter the body and the less we need to eat in order for the body to feel nourished and satisfied. In other words – relax and you will naturally eat less!
Health tips - Enjoy a daily health tonic and increased wellbeing
Let me introduce you to chyawanprash – an ancient Indian elixier.
The history of chyawanprash
It is believed that the formula of chyawanprash was discovered by the sage Chyawan or Chyavana. He was the first to prepare this tonic, and used it to regain his own youth and longevity. Charak Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise written by sage Charak in the 4th century BC, contains the first historically documented formula for chyawanprash. According to this ancient text, chyawanprash is "the foremost of all ‘rasayanas’ or herbal formulations.
The system of success
In the yoga tradition, there is a system of success known as the 4S's. If you including them as part of your life plan, you will have the key to having an energised, centred, joy filled experience and living within every moment.
- Seva – the power of service to others
- Sangha – the benefit of association with like minded people
- Satsang – the power of sharing and communicating in a way that empowers
- Sadhana - The power of a strong personal spiritual practice
Introduction to Ayurveda
Well, as Autumn draws near, here is a nourishing article for you to enjoy with a warm drink, sitting by the fire! As you may know, I am an Ayurvedic practitioner and recently enjoyed a conversation with a fellow practitioner who kindly prepared some great tips to help you over this next month... enjoy and thank you Veronica!!
Dru Yoga - Muladhara Chakra: the base centre
sThe Muladhara chakra is our foundation chakra. We often go through our ‘yogic’ life, do our yoga and our meditation, but without conscious effort and directed intention, so our chakras and their imbalances can remain largely unchanged. It is also said to be a centre of rhythm - so things like walking and drumming are said to be very good to establishing balance and regulation in this centre.
Dru Yoga - Swadisthana chakra: base chakra
The seven chakras of the human body
The 7 chakras are the energy centres in our body through which energy flows. The word 'chakra' is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel'. Literally translated from the Hindi it means 'Wheel of spinning energy'. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy.
Boost your immune system
Happy Christmas to you all – yes, there it is, we have said it. We have joined the yule-tide festivities!
This time of year brings all kind of gifts – the ones we enjoy and the ones that may not be so pleasant. As I walked into the office this morning – there it was - I met a friend, full of cold!!! Yes, here we go – we enter the influenza season – watch out everyone!! So what better gift can I give you than to remind you to boost your immune system now! The first thing is to invite you to enjoy the Inner Fire sequence – this will keep your digestive system strong and keep those colds away!