All posts tagged: ayurveda

Ayurvedic doshas + Health

If you’re relatively new to yoga, then you may or may not have heard of its sister science Ayurveda, which covers more of the medicinal end of health and wellness. So let me begin with a bit of education. In Ayurveda, everyone has a dominant dosha, which is sometimes described as an energy or your body’s nature. There are 3 distinct doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Deepak Chopra’s site has a little quiz for you to figure out what your dosha is: http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/ In a nutshell, Vatas are thin, often cold, a little scattered, have dry skin and tend to do a lot of things at once. Pittas hate heat, have a medium build, are highly disciplined, are easily aggravated and can be judgmental or critical. Kaphas are heavier, walk and talk slowly, are static, are deeply attached to relationships and have a craving for sweets. Are one of these already speaking to you? By knowing what dosha you are, you can start taking steps toward balancing your body, mind and spirit. For example, since …

Glorious, glorious neti pot

Allergy season is in full throttle here in Austin, and we are all dealing with sneezing, coughing, snot and postnasal drip. It’s the price we pay for living in an amazing city full of trees and greenery. Thankfully, there’s this little thing called the neti pot that works wonders and is an essential part of ayurvedic medicine (aka ayurveda). Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system that is also a nice complement to yoga. “The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.” – Source: nih.gov If you haven’t tried a neti pot before, you’re in for a treat! You can get a little “starter kit”  at your local Walgreens that comes with a plastic neti pot and pre-measured salt packets. Fill the neti pot with warm water and one packet of the salt mixture, then stir. If you’re worried about brain parasites (most modern cities with treated tap water are safe), use some distilled water in a microwaveable mug …

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