Basics of Ayurveda - Art of Living Retreat Center

Ayurveda 101: The Very Basics

By Paige Reist
October 2, 2018

Basics of Ayurveda - Art of Living Retreat Center

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 to nurturing your spiritual and emotional wellness, but your physical wellness, too.

 

Ayurveda isn’t as esoteric as it might seem at first glance. It’s actually a simple, logical system of health that you can easily incorporate into your day to day life. In this article, we’ll be exploring the basics of Ayurveda, demystifying this ancient way of life and bringing it home to the modern world. We want you to live your happiest, healthiest life, and through Ayurveda, you can!

 

So what is Ayurveda, anyway?

In the most basic of terms, Ayurveda is an ancient system of health and wellness, developed in India and practiced for thousands upon thousands of years. The word “Ayurveda” means “the knowledge of life”; “ayur” translates to “life,” and “veda” translates to “knowledge.” Unlike classical western medicine, Ayurveda seeks to help the practitioner achieve optimal wellness through balance and integration, and seeks to treat the root cause of illness, rather than the symptoms.

 

Ayurvedic philosophy doesn’t separate us from our environment, but celebrates and recognizes the importance of the cycles of the earth, the seasons, and the time of day. It places great importance on hygiene, plant-based medicine, and physical and mental wellness. Health, in Ayurvedic terms, is a state in which your thoughts, emotions, and body are in a state of thriving harmony with each other and with your environment.

 

The origins of Ayurveda

Ayurveda originated in India, and can be traced back to as early as the 4th century BCE; Ayurvedic wisdom was even included in the Vedas, which are the holy scriptures of Hinduism and the oldest surviving Sanskrit literature. Ayurveda has actually undergone very few changes over the centuries — advancements in medicine and science are often in line with what Ayurveda already knows.

 

How Ayurveda can improve your health

Ayurveda is all about balance. To start with Ayurveda, it’s important to understand what forces are at work within yourself and the world, and to learn how to bring those back into balance. Ayurveda focuses on streamlining treatment to every single individual, rather than prescribing certain things across the board. Through an Ayurvedic diet, living by an Ayurvedic clock, and developing a custom system of health for yourself, you can become the best you ever.

 

Stay tuned for posts on the doshas, elements, and other Ayurvedic wisdom!

 

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Art of Living Journeys: Peggy’s New Chapter

By AOLRC
October 4, 2017

Ayurvedic center with relaxing wellness treatments.

 

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 a good opportunity to have a little introspection and relax and move on to the next phase.’ I came to the Art of Living Retreat Center because I knew that it would be very relaxing and refreshing.

 

I knew a little bit about what it would be like, but I’ve never done a program like this, where you’re eating all the right things, doing yoga in the morning, and practicing kriya. It’s just a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the lifestyle. It’s definitely exceeded my expectations, particularly in how much I learned. I didn’t know I would learn so much that I could take home with me!

 

Healing Knowledge

The treatments were incredible, and I was really impressed. The therapists are not only healers, but teachers as well.  The treatments were peaceful, and I really felt that the therapists, while silent, were still showing me how I could carry on with them after I leave.

 

I’ve done some reading and research into Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adapt it into my life, but having a real person to guide me through the practical ways in which to utilize Ayurvedic principles is so helpful.

 

For example, I learned a lot about abhyanga and doshas. I was familiar with the concepts of both, but I always found them to be a little overwhelming. There was so much written theory surrounding the concepts, but going through the daily treatments, meditation, and education, I felt that I really absorbed the knowledge and that I can actually go home and continue the practice.

 

Simple Self-Care

I worked very hard for 35 years, and this was a welcome relief. With the abhyanga oil treatments, I haven’t washed my hair in days, and it’s so much softer. I learned how to take care of myself better on a daily basis, how simple it can be. I look better than I did a week ago!

 
 

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Indian Okra

By Diana Bellofatto
August 2, 2017

Summer is here, and you may be experiencing extreme temperatures and the imbalances that accompany the high heat. One of the most effective ways to regulate body temperature and bring one’s self back into balance is through diet.

Pitta is that which is governed, mainly, by the fire element, and responds well to sweet, astringent, and bitter tastes to bring it back into balance when overheated. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the hot summer is pitta season. We want to be careful not to add too much heat to this already fiery time of the year! Choosing the appropriate seasonal foods will help pacify pitta’s predilection for pyrogenic tendencies.

   

Indian Okra

  • 2 cups okra
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼  tsp turmeric
  • Salt (to taste)
  • ½ lime
  • Handful chopped cilantro (for garnish)

Directions

When preparing okra use dry cutting board and knife to avoid okra getting wet.  Heat ghee in pan until melted.  Add cumin seeds until they “swim.”  Reduce heat and add fresh ginger.  Add coriander powder and turmeric.  Combine okra with spice mixture and cook on low for 15 minutes or until tender.  Add salt to taste.  Garnish with a squeeze of lime and fresh cilantro.

     

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Sensational Summer Salad to the Rescue!

By Diana Bellofatto
July 3, 2017

Ayurvedic Recipes - Summer Salad

Summer is here, and you may be experiencing extreme temperatures and the imbalances that accompany the high heat. One of the most effective ways to regulate body temperature and bring one’s self back into balance is through diet.

Pitta is that which is governed, mainly, by the fire element, and responds well to sweet, astringent, and bitter tastes to bring it back into balance when overheated. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the hot summer is pitta season. We want to be careful not to add too much heat to this already fiery time of the year! Choosing the appropriate seasonal foods will help pacify pitta’s predilection for pyrogenic tendencies.

 

This light salad is a great way to honor your body’s nutritional needs without feeling too weighed down in the heat. See how the seasonal and light nature of this salad provides a tantalizing, tasty, and nutritionally balanced meal as each of the ingredients pave the way for pitta pacification.

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Wellness, Naturally: No April Fools Here!

By Diana Bellofatto
April 1, 2017

Ayurveda - Spring
Spring is here, and as the saying goes, “We got this!” Practicing Ayurveda gives us an edge over imbalances that might otherwise sneak up on us, as long as we practice awareness with the right diet and lifestyle.

We surfed through March, riding the wave of fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable weather. The test of our ability to shift on the fly and make appropriate food choices, while on the cusp of spring, really kept us on our toes.

Now, spring weather conditions are consistently here. We can transition from the more acidic, heavy diet that kept us balanced in winter to a diet more high in alkaline, light qualities. This will help ensure smooth sailing into spring.

One of the most beautiful aspects of Ayurveda is that there is no need to memorize a lot of information. Common sense and an organic approach of following the lead of Mother Nature guides us as she serves up spring’s verdant variety of chlorophyll rich (alkaline) foods that aid in transformation from the acid to alkaline state.

Here are my favourite spring seasonal eating lifestyle tips!

 

Honor Your Agni with Ginger

Encourage strong digestion with ginger tea. Ayurveda has a saying – “honor your agni” – because good health or dis-ease is predicated upon the strength of one’s agni, or digestive fire. When agni is weak, we experience imbalances, and when it is strong, we feel well. This is one of the main tenets of Ayurveda.

Ginger is heating in nature, and so, helps kindle agni. Ginger aids in stimulating the appetite, improves digestion and assimilation of nutrients, provides an analgesic effect for joint pain, and facilitates the clearing of wastes from the body. Generally speaking, ginger can be used every day.

Those with hyperacidity should introduce ginger into their diet slowly and with guidance from their health care practitioner. A tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger brought to a boil in 8 to 12 ounces of water, simmered for about 10 minutes, and accompanied by the juice of half a lemon can do wonders! Dried ginger in a tea bag is effective as well.

Protect Yourself with Chlorophyll

The many delicious green vegetables that color our plates in spring contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a plant pigment responsible for the many disease-fighting and detoxification properties of fresh greens. Because it slows the rate at which harmful bacteria can reproduce, it is a potent wound healer. It’s anti-viral effects protect the skin from viruses like herpes, that cause cold sores, shingles, etc.

Since cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment, chlorophyll is a boon for cancer prevention. Chlorophyll cleanses and detoxifies the liver by inhibiting the ability for certain chemicals to metabolize and cause cell damage. It also increases the activity of enzymes that protect healthy cells. Chlorophyll is the superhero you want on your side!

 

Snack on Spirulina

This is one of my favorite recipes for a spring snack – chlorophyll-filled, protein-packed Spirulina (blue-green algae) power balls! They’re no-bake and easy to make.

1/2 c. softened coconut oil
1/3 c. raw honey
1/2 tsp. mineral salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. spirulina powder (or, up to 1/4 cup)
3/4 c. white or black sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds, ground
1/2 c. hemp, chia, or sunflower seeds, ground
*Optional – toasted coconut flakes or raw cacao powder in which to roll the balls.

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour, so that the balls stay formed when you roll them.
3. Roll into bite-sized balls, and then roll in coconut or cacao.
4. Store in the fridge, eat and room temperature for best flavor and digestion.

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Asparagus - Ayurvedic Recipe

Ayurvedic Recipes: Sauteed Asparagus with Slivered Almonds

By Paige Reist
March 1, 2017

Asparagus - Ayurvedic Recipe
Asparagus is known for its antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also very low calorie – 10 calories per 100 grams. It’s low in fat and cholesterol, and high in fibre, folates, B vitamin complex, and vitamins K and E.

This makes it a great food for March, where vata season is turning into kapha. It helps decrease water retention, weight gain, improves overall immunity, and increases elimination. Besides the above, asparagus is also good for both women’s and men’s reproductive health, for skin, hair, nails, beauty, and strength. Making the recipe with ghee helps to stimulate the digestive fire, or agni, and the almonds and sesame seeds provide protein and omega fatty acids – the good fat that the body needs for immunity and endurance.

Sauteed Asparagus with Slivered Almonds

Prep time: n/a
Cooking time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

1 tsp ghee

1 bunch asaparagus

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp lemon juice

 

Directions

Heat ghee in pan. Add asparagus and saute until tender (about 10 minutes). Add slivered almonds and cook for 1 more minute. Season with black pepper, salt, maple syrup, and lemon juice.

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Balancing Kapha - Art of Living Retreat Center

Wellness, Naturally: Balancing Kapha in Late Winter

By Paige Reist
February 21, 2017

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During the weeks before the advent of spring, kapha begins to awaken. Ayurveda teaches us that our bodies mimic what takes place in the ebb and flow of nature’s seasons. In late winter, we may find ourselves beginning to notice the qualities of kapha (earth & water) in ourselves that are abundant in the upcoming springtime.


The heavy, wet qualities of spring rain and melting snow are reflected in our bodies, and we may feel out of balance as we try to adjust to the new season. We’ve put together a few tips for making the most of this transitional time, so you can live your life feeling energized and empowered.

Understanding Kapha

This list offers a brief psychophisiological profile for the kapha dosha and energy.

Elements: Earth & water
Season: Spring
Qualities: Heavy, solid, hard, cool, inert, wet, dull, sticky, soft
Balancing qualities: Dry, light, mobile, hot, clear, subtle, spreading, sharp
Organs: Stomach, lungs, pancreas, head chest
Digestion: Slow/sluggish bowel movements
Balanced traits: Sweet, trustworthy, intelligent, loyal
Imbalanced traits: Overweight, apathetic, sedentary, depressed, greedy, attached
Tastes: Sweet, sour, salty
Balancing tastes: Bitter, astringent, pungent
Time of Day: 6-10 AM, 6-10 PM

 

Tips for Balancing Kapha

1. Turn off all screens one hour before bed, to allow your body to adjust. Screens mimic daylight, and therefore trick your body into wakefulness.
2. Try to be in bed by 10PM, and rise by 6AM. These particular sleeping hours are beneficial to your body’s natural circadian rhythms, and you’ll experience a much better quality sleep that will help you sustain your energy level and digestion throughout the day.
3. Avoid coughs, colds, and the flu by keeping your digestive fire (agni) stoked properly. A cup of ginger tea and lemon every day kindles this digestive fire, which burns off toxins and unhealthy types of fat.
4. Eat well, favoring warm, juicy, and well-cooked food, which is beneficial this time of year. To maintain a healthy weight, consider your climate, constitution, and personal habits when making food choices. Avoid snacking, and explore how much food you need at each meal to feel satisfied. Implement the use of spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom, to stimulate warmth and circulation at this time of year. Eat in a calm, relaxed environment.

 

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Ayurveda Retreats – Heal Yourself Inside and Out

By Paige Reist
January 20, 2017

Discover Ayurveda Retreats in the Blue Ridge MountainsYou deserve to take care of you. So often we find ourselves lost in the hustle of life, eating the fastest of fast foods and worrying about the stresses of the day. It can be exhausting, but not only that, it can also be harmful. The stress, the lack of sleep, the poor diet, the minimal exercise – each of these puts the body through tremendous strain, and affects you inside and out. An Ayurveda health retreat can help you realign and rejuvenate yourself, helping you get back to living your best life.

Relax and Detoxify

One of the reasons that we offer our Ayurveda health retreats is because they provide both of the key components to refreshing your mind and spirit:

  • Mental Health – The word “retreat” has a meaning. You have a chance to escape from the stresses that you’re faced with each and every day. Our Ayurveda retreats are a chance to truly relax, slow the world down, and regain your strength for the road ahead.
  • Physical Health – Our retreats are also combined with the detoxifying and restorative power of Ayurveda, an ancient Eastern healing art that invigorates the mind and eliminates some of the toxins in the body that cause you to feel sluggish and downtrodden.

These Ayurveda retreats also provide a spiritual renewal that is unavailable with other types of retreats, helping you feel more in contact with yourself and the world around you. Ayurveda is an inherently spiritual experience, and these retreats give you that chance to center yourself and feel more at ease.

The Benefits of Ayurveda Retreats

Ayurveda retreats are designed for complete restoration, inside and out. They are that chance for a vacation that is really a vacation, where you are able to feel the difference after your retreat is over and experience greater levels of:

  • Energy
  • Vitality
  • Coping with Stress

The Ayurveda health retreat is a chance for renewal that is perfect for relieving stress and detoxifying, using the natural power of Ayurvedic therapies, as well as the strength of a team and healing center that knows how to make your stay a fulfilling one. For more information about our Ayurvedic healing retreats, please call us today at 1-800-392-6870, or browse some of our Ayurveda detox retreats.
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Consciousness-Based Medicine

Consciousness-Based Medicine

By Paige Reist
January 17, 2017

Consciousness-Based Medicine

In recent years, pop culture has tuned to Ayurveda as a way to create dietary guidelines for ourselves based on our unique body type, or “dosha”. This is wonderful press for Ayurveda, or consciousness-based medicine, which can absolutely provide specific guidelines for healthy eating – but this ancient Vedic science goes far beyond which foods to select or avoid.

 

Consciousness-Based Medicine

Ayurveda is consciousness-based medicine. It is about coming back to your True Nature, and back to Nature itself. Ayurveda views the body as a sacred temple, and helps us understand that keeping the body properly nourished is of utmost importance to physical health. Ayurveda give us tools not only to nourish our physical bodies, but to unlock deeper meaning in our lives through coming to know ourselves and the world around us. Meditation is clinically proven to be the best tool for coping with stress, and a daily meditation practice is essential to keeping the body free of disease and the mind at ease. By acknowledging the value of keeping stress levels low and optimizing health for the body, we can simplify the goal of Ayurveda into two vital concepts: improving digestion and meditating.

 

What is “consciousness-based medicine”? Consciousness means, simply, the state of being awake. Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Given those definitions, consciousness-based medicine is a diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease through the state of awareness. Cultivating this awareness through developing a meditation practice is absolutely essential in Ayurveda. Far more important than a set of instructions for healthy eating, Ayurveda teaches us how to heighten our consciousness and improve our physical and mental health, improving the health of the planet along the way.

 

The Essential You

Coming back to your true nature means going deep within, and discovering that essential being that is YOU. The person you used to be before becoming a parent, before paying bills, before sickness and loss, before you built walls around your heart. It means to fully participate responsibly in this amazing, challenging, beautiful, difficult, wondrous life that you lead. Through a series of meditations, journaling, sound healing experiences, and a walk in the labyrinth, you’ll have an opportunity to fully explore your true nature and learn ways to nourish yourself while honoring and embracing the multi-faceted responsibilities you have accrued.

   

The Universal Pharmacy

Ayurveda is not a diet trend. It is not a list of restrictions. Ayurveda asks us to redefine our relationship to hunger and to food itself. In this workshop, you’ll come to an understanding of your own dosha type, as well as how to use every experience as an opportunity to heal and grow. We place a huge emphasis on being kind and forgiving to yourself, and perhaps an even larger emphasis is placed on taking pleasure in eating, which sometimes includes pizza at midnight or ice cream at the park. Remember – eating isn’t the only way we take things in. We digest anything we take in with our eyes, ears, mouths, and skin. In this way, Ayurveda examines all of our experiences and teaches us to use every food or experience in the universe to create health and happiness. We call this effect the Universal Pharmacy.

 
“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”

– Deepak Chopra

 

Our Thoughts Become Our Reality

The most well-known name in the West when it comes to Ayurveda is Deepak Chopra. He is a true sage living in contemporary times. The above Chopra quote thrills me! We are, indeed, creating ourselves as we go through life! We have choices, we have chances. Our thoughts become our reality. Creating a life of peace, joy, purpose, and with deeply loving connections is accessible to us. My mentor, Carey Smith of Body Therapy Institute Center for Somatic Education, says, “when we create peace inside, we will have peace outside.”.

 

These concepts are simple, but not easy. It does take practice to cultivate peace. During this workshop, in our shot time together, you will learn how to access the tools for peace and create bliss with Ayurveda.

 

By focusing on these two main themes of Ayurveda – improving digestion and meditating – I guarantee that you’ll leave the retreat with a feeling of deep-seated peace. You’ll find a fresh way of looking at the world that invokes a sense of excitement and inspiration in your heart of hearts.

 

Sally Raspberry is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Educator with a background in Theraputic Massage and Yoga. 

 

Join Sally for Creating Bliss With Ayurveda on March 24 – March 26.

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The Pungent Taste: Spicing It Up With Ayurveda

By Dr. Harrison Graves, MD
October 28, 2016
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The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

In this blog we are heating things up with pungent, the hottest of Ayurveda’s six tastes.

Think spicy.  Pungent spices like chili peppers and wasabi titillate the taste buds while heating up the body — and the mind. The pungent taste is found in the following:

 

• Peppers (green and red, habaneros, jalapenos)
• Wasabi
• Pungent Spices (tumeric, cayenne, sage, thyme, cumin, cinnamon, peppercorn)
• Horseradish
• Mustard Seeds
• Ginger
• Garlic

 

Pungent and the Doshas

Pungent increases Vata and Pitta and decreases Kapha.
The most heat producing of all the rasas (tastes),  pungent improves appetite, clears the sinuses and stimulates blood circulation. A pungent spice, like a cayenne pepper, will taste hot and stay hot from start to finish. It is sure to balance wet, heavy kapha, but it can be too hot and dry for vata, especially when taken in excess or paired with too many other drying foods. Vata does best when the pungent taste is combined with sour, sweet, or salty foods. Too much spicy can quickly aggravate pitta (and vata) in the form of excessive dryness and inflammation.

 

Recipe For Pungent

Need to boost your metabolism? Feed your inner fire today with the pungent taste. Try this amazing pungent soup, ideal for an Ayurvedic detox:
Spicy Mung Dhal Soup
(Makes 5 generous portions)
400g (1 lb.)  mung beans (whole green or split green) *Sweet*
2 quarts water
½ tsp. turmeric powder   *Pungent*
2 pinch asafoetida   *Pungent*
lime or lemon juice   *Sour*
fresh root ginger   *Pungent*
2-3 cloves garlic   *Pungent*
an inch of fresh root ginger   *Pungent*
1 tsp. cumin seeds   *Pungent*
1 tsp. coriander seeds   *Pungent*
rock salt   *Salty*
Wash the mung beans and soak for at least four hours or overnight. Heat ghee or olive oil in a pan and add teaspoon of turmeric and 2 pinches asafoetida (to prevent gas). Sauté for a few seconds then add the beans, fresh water and fresh root ginger. For one part soaked mung you need about four parts of water. Simmer for 30-40 minutes adding more water if necessary, until beans are soft. In a pressure cooker this takes 8 minutes once the vessel has come to pressure. You can then turn off the heat and leave the pot to cool for a further 10 minutes before opening it. Once the beans are cooked, heat ghee or olive oil in another pan, add 2-3 cloves chopped garlic (if you wish) and sauté lightly for a minute until soft. Add chopped fresh root ginger, then one teaspoon of cumin and coriander seeds plus any other herbs or spices (except chillies) eg: cardamom, black pepper, cumin seeds and briefly sauté. Add these sautéed spices plus some rock salt into the beans and simmer for a further few minutes.
Serve soup warm with a squeeze of lime juice and some fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped.

 

Summary

Ayurveda teaches that combining the six tastes helps us to feel satisfied and to ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. As you eat your food mindfully, become aware of the spices of life — including the heating taste of pungent.

Review Question: What are two spices that fall into Ayurveda’s pungent category?

Comments? Please share with us your favorite pungent spice in the comment box below.

 

If you want to download our cheat sheet to finding harmony in the kitchen with the principles of Ayurveda, you can download it here.

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