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Grounding Nourishment: Sweet Potato & Brown Rice Patties

This is the time of year where we dig our heels in and stay grounded, or allow the winter winds and cold air to pull us up, up, and away! If you are ready to dig your heels in, then this is the recipe for you. The warm, moist, heavier qualities of sweet potato, brown …

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Agni Aid Spice Mix for Igniting Your Digestive Fire

The importance of agni Agni is of paramount importance to maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit. When you think of digestion, do you only think of food as being something that is digested? Did you know that we also digest what we see, hear, smell, and touch?   Well balanced agni is important so …

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Bala Balls: A Source of Raw Energy

Enjoy a dynamic December! For many of us, December is an extremely busy time of year. Holiday parties, shopping for gifts, decorating, baking, participating in extra activities with children, and meeting year-end deadlines at work are some of things that take up more of our time.   While much of what we experience at this …

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Ayurveda Yam Recipe

Staying Rooted with Comfort Food: Yams Two Ways

Stay warm and grounded If there’s one thing that can bring us back to a fond memory or comforting feeling, it’s an aroma. Of the five tanmatras (senses-hearing, touch, sight, taste, smell) of Ayurveda, the sense of smell corresponds to the earth element and nose. So it stands to reason that root vegetables, such as …

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Healing Journeys of Ayurveda: Ayurveda for Psoriasis

  The condition As though overnight, patches of my skin began to become flaky. Literally, I woke up and started finding patches of scratchy skin, more of them each day. What was worse, they grew. More and more of my skin, day by day, became a scratchy source of flaky consternation.   Not being in …

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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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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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Ayurvedic Recipes: Beet Soup a la Poland

  Food blogger and yoga teacher Kasia Fraser specializes in healthy, delicious food with a flair for vegan and raw cuisine. Here Kasia shares a recipe for one of her favourite winter meals – beet soup a la Poland! Beets are a wonderful Ayurvedic winter food, due to their ability to cleanse the liver and rejuvenate …

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