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 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Ayurveda 101

Ayurveda 101: The Very Basics

We are passionate about the power of Ayurveda. Our bodies, minds, and spirits are intimately interconnected. When the body is in good health, the mind and spirit thrive. We’ve seen the incredible ways in which practicing Ayurveda has changed lives over the years, and that’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves at Art of Living not only …

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Ayurvedic Recipes - Sauteed Greens

Ayurvedic Recipes: Sauteed Greens

Ayurveda calls collard greens sattvic.  This implies that they support peacefulness and purity of body, mind, and spirit. Collard greens possess bitter, astringent, light, dry qualities.  Their digestion is aided with spices, healthy fats, and substances rich in digestive enzymes and stomach acid boosting abilities.   Enjoy collards as a side dish, a main dish with …

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Wellness, Naturally: Balancing Pitta in Winter

  In Ayurveda, there are three types of energy, also known as the three doshas. They are called kapha, vata, and pitta. Pitta dosha is related to the fire element, and it can be found in everything and everyone. In Ayurvedic thought, when this fire is weak, we experience indigestion. Pitta individuals are typically athletic and …

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Wellness, Naturally: Balancing Kapha in Winter

When you learn to look at the world from an Ayurvedic perspective, it won’t be long before your view on achieving and maintaining your own personal sense of wellness will become not only clearer, but also attainable in ways that you may not have thought possible. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the various …

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Vata-Winter

Wellness, Naturally: Balancing Vata in Winter

  Seasonal changes affect our lives in many ways. They play a role in a person’s very nature, something known as a dosha in Ayurveda. The winter season can affect and imbalance a vata dosha, or constitution, so balancing vata is important during this season. Vata is one of the three constitutions in Ayurveda. Associated …

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Wellness, Naturally: Health Benefits of Ginger

  Health benefits of ginger The perennial plant ginger is cultivated all across the world. It is available in different compositions and widely known for its culinary use. However, ginger is more than just a spice that can be added to your favorite dishes. The Eastern holistic healing approach of Ayurveda recognizes the interconnectedness of …

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Panchakarma wellness treatment shirodhara at Shankara Ayurveda spa.

Art of Living Journeys: Peggy’s New Chapter

  Peggy, a recent Art of Living Retreat Center retreat guest, shares her thoughts on learning how to bring Ayurveda home for a happy, healthy new chapter in her life.    Immerse Yourself I recently retired, and so there I was going through a transition in my life, and I thought, ‘well, this would be …

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Best detox program 2017 at the Art of Living Retreat Center

In the News: 2017 Best Detox Program

We are delighted to share with you our exciting news…Organic Spa Magazine recently awarded our Shankara Ayurveda Spa the “Best Detox Program” in the United States! Here’s why: Best Detox Program “Originally built as a Transcendental Meditation Retreat Center by a follower of the Beatles’ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, this bucolic 381-acre property outside Charlotte, NC, …

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Exploring Wisdom: Revathi Raghavan on Marma

When combined with panchakarma, the practice of marma can help you find a profound sense of rest and release. We recently spoke with Revathi Raghavan, Marma Chikitsa Trainer, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Art of Living retreat host, about her journey with marma, and why she thinks it’s an essential addition to your panchakarma experience. AOLRC: Can …

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Spring Cleansing

Wellness, Naturally: Spring Cleansing

  We hear so much about cleansing these days. There are many ways to cleanse, and it seems like everybody is doing it! It’s all over the internet, and even celebrities are touting the benefits. If done correctly, cleansing has some phenomenal benefits. If done incorrectly, not only will the therapeutic value be lost, but …

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