Posted on 29 March, 2018
Did you know there's such a thing as waking up at the perfect time each morning for your unique constitution (dosha)?
Ayurveda and Yoga both believe that how you wake up, as well as when, is crucial to experiencing a vibrant, stress-free, energised and purposeful day.
So tomorrow morning, before you jump out of bed and dive in to your day (or reach for your phone!), maybe take just 5 minutes to focus yourself.
Take 5 deep breaths...
With the first breath, breathe in to your physical body (annamaya kosha) - feel your abdomen rise, lungs expand and clavicle rise as you breathe in, and feel them relax as you breathe out. Focus just on the physical... more
Posted on 26 April, 2017
Making digestion a science and an art
Can these top ten ayurvedic tips help you to feel in tip top shape?
Make warm water your first drink of the day after waking. This encourages toxins to be flushed from the system and boosts the digestive fire (agni).
Make oil pulling and tongue scraping a regular feature in your morning routine. Both help to cleanse the mouth and digestive tract and a gentle gag reflex from the tongue scraping also boosts the digestive fire.
Follow the path of the sun! The strength of your digestive fire is at its best between 10am and 2pm so it is best to eat the main meal of the day at lunch-time. Eat light, warm and easily digestible food in the morning and the evening.
Eat appropriate quantities of food. Ayurveda recommends we eat the amount of food we can... more
Posted on 9 February, 2017
Join us on another journey to the supermarket whilst we discover the world of kapha, with the fantastic Keith Squires!
Last but not least, we take a look at the slow but patient kaphas as they make their way around the supermarket.
Kapha types may feel too lazy to shop, but the overpowering need for food will soon change that.
They are also natural hoarders, so cupboards will be kept well stocked of goodies. They will choose a large trolley and slowly start moving through the store - possibly starting with good intentions as they may be on... more
Posted on 6 February, 2017
Continuing our exploration of the doshas, we join Keith Squires again, on your favourite supermarket trip.
This time we are looking at the pitta personalities and their coordinated style of shopping.
As we found in our study of vata in last post, one of the best places to see the doshas at work is the supermarket! So your trolley trip need not be a meaningless chore, it can be made into a fun activity. It's not hard to spot pitta dosha customers as they move around the store, but as with vata last time, the more interesting part is at the checkout till.
Posted on 5 February, 2017
Whenever we talk about Ayurveda, pretty soon the topic of the three doshas comes up - vata, pitta and kapha.
Keith Squires, Dru Ayurvedic nutritionist, takes you on a journey through the doshas… via a supermarket trip!
But first, what's a dosha? Aha - some basic Ayurveda: these are the three ways we humans can be out of balance:
vata - we've got excess air and space and are likely to be flitting about the place, creative, fascinated by life but possibly ungrounded and anxious.
pitta - yes, yes, yes! Wow can we get things done, but we may be pretty fiery along the way. Salutes to Pitta, the organised task accomplishers, but don't get in our way!
kapha - we've got excess earth and water. And may still be in bed late into the day...
Going to the supermarket need not be a... more
Posted on 24 December, 2016
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!!
Ayurveda tips for a healthy, happy and luminous autumn
Autumn doesn’t come in quietly. When we thought we could get used to the clouds and the rain, the fireworks of late summer sneak in with a cheeky, bright smile, welcomed but uninvited, only to let the grey sky and the rain in again the following day.
Ok, then. Is it time for soups and stews or for salads? Do we wear a light jacket or start putting on warmer layers? All transitions... more
Posted on 8 August, 2016
Dinacharya is the mystical secret of the east that has all the solutions you would ever need to keep young, happy and full of energy.
‘Din’ means ‘day’ and ’ acharya’ means wisdom - in a word - Dinacharya is the the most amazing way to create a daily routine that guarantees an enriching and energising day. Fortunately for us, Ayurveda is steeped in a multitude of techniques, practices and therapies that have the ability to totally enrich our every day experience in every way possible. The good news is that it is an all natural approach to health!
You may well know that Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements that form a combination of 3 main constitutions – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata people are mobile, light, dry, creative, quick thinking, light hearted and they are great... more
Posted on 8 August, 2016
Let me introduce you to chyawanprash – an ancient Indian elixier - used extensively in Ayurveda.
History, Myth & Origin
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.
Some of the main benefits are:
It is made up of around 50 different herbs and forms a delicious jam. It can be taken as a warm drink, simply add warm water, or even better – milk. It has all the 6 tastes within... more