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Health tips - Enjoy a daily health tonic and increased wellbeing

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.

Doshas in the supermarket - Kapha

Kapha types may feel too lazy to shop, but the overpowering need for food will soon change that! They are also naturally hoarders, so cupboards will be kept well stocked of goodies. They will choose a large trolley and slowly start moving through the store, no doubt starting with good intentions as they may be on some sort of weight loss programme.

Explaining the koshas: layer 1 - physical - anamaya kosha

Oh! the joys of looking after the human body! When we are young, it all seems so easy.

We hardly seem to have to do anything to keep the body balanced, and can stay up late, eat and drink whatever we want, work hard and play hard. Well, the news is that Newton’s law of cause and affect influences us all. In other words, there is no getting away with anything. Bad habits will catch up with us at some point! Health is not just the absence of disease, it is also about feeling happy, energised and in love with life. What are the symptoms of great health? Here are a few:

Explaining the koshas: layer 2 - energy - pranamaya kosha

What is Prana? It is more than the air we breathe. Prana is the universal principle of energy or force. It is the sum total of all energy manifest in the universe, all forces in nature, and the powers which are hidden in all beings and lie everywhere around us. There are 3 main ways to harness this invisible force.

Explaining the koshas: layer 3 - emotions - manomaya kosha

We so often feel that we are at the mercy of our emotions.

This is not the case! Our circumstances may not always be under our control, but the way we respond to life and how we react emotionally most definitely is.  Like our muscles, however, our emotions need training. We need to observe how we respond or react to circumstances and then find tools to re-train ourselves. When unpleasant events occur, we can either choose to hang onto the pain or else to:

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