Archive | November 2011

Good Morning Post Turkey Day Ayurveda Enthusiasts!

Here is a short video showing beautiful photos of Ayurvedic herbs. It serves as a brief introduction to how Ayurveda views herbs and food as medicine.  

Enjoy!

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Gratitude & Blessings!

May You be Nourished Mind, Body & Soul – Wishing You and Your Families a Beautiful & Blessed Thanksgiving…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”    –Melody Beattie

Feeling Off Balance?

The ear is an organ of Vata.  
It is susceptible to Air and Ether (space) which are Vata elements.
When Vata is disturbed by the airflow, ie. the passages are not clear from sinus blockage or infection, the cochlear cannot correctly sense the otolithic crystals and properly ascertain balance.
Oil is the best way to eliminate the dryness of Vata. We use warm sesame oil (place bottle in a cup of hot water) because of its properties of heaviness & wetness to lubricate the ear, decrease Vata & allow proper air flow to restore balance.
The full technique is called Karna Poorna and is typically done preventatively in Pancha Karma (5 cleansing Ayurvedic Actions parallel to Shad Karma – 6 actions in Yogic Cleansing).
Karna Purna is Excellent for:
Tinnitis
Vertigo
Ear Congestion
Ear Pain
Earache
Until one gets used to the idea of oiling their ears, if you are in the middle of clearing a sinus infection/cold or if you are not able to receive a Karna Purna treatment, I recommend putting some oil on a Q-tip (keep stock bottle clean) & swabbing the inner ear gently. Switching swabs & repeating on the other side.
 Once your cold/sinus is gone, you can do a more full treatment with a few drops inside the ear, massaging it around, coating the inner ear well.
Here is a short video demonstrating how Karna Purna is done.  The practitioner first massages the outer ear with warm sesame oil and then pours a few drops of oil into the ear. The person lays on their side throughout the treatment so the ear can absorb the oil.

Acu-Yoga For Chronic Pain!

Om Shanti Fellow Yogis & Yoginis, 

Although this is an unflattering photo of me, click on it to read about my          Acu-Yoga partnership with The Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Clinic. =)

Tell your friends so they can experience some Prana flow as they do some gentle Acu-Yoga.

Namaste

Peter Pumpkin Eater!

Pumpkin Season is upon us and I LOVE PUMPKINS!!!

Not just for Halloween anymore, the Pumpkin is a delicious gourd-like squash that can is part of the  Cucurbitaceae family. “Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers.” (Wikipedia)

Pumpkins have a mildly sweet flavor and can be used interchangeable in recipes that call for butternut squash and other winter squashes. Sugar Pumpkins are typically the choice for cooking and work amazingly as a pumpkin pie, roasted herbed pumpkin or sweet puree for cakes and breads.

So you know about carving them up, but Did you know that pumpkins are also Very Good for you?  Pumpkins are an excellent source of the antioxidant, beta-carotene and Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. *These little orange babies are also a great source of Vitamins E (Alpha Tocopherol), A and C, B Vitamins such as Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, and Riboflavin and trace elements including Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Potassium and Phosphorus.

Read More Pumpkin Nutrition

So, knowing all this, I swapped pumpkin into my favorite Rice Medley And made an Awesomely Moist Vegan Pumpkin Cake.  All the credit goes to this fabulous Vegan Recipe Website:  Kitchen La Boheme

WHY VEGAN, you might ask?  Well, Eggs are a common allergy for some people and Ayurveda focuses on proper food combining (low emphasis on eggs as a source of daily protein). Since I was using Almond Milk in the recipe, I wanted to reduce potential Food Combination interactions between eggs and nuts. *oh, and I didn’t have any eggs in the house. =)

Ayurvedic Highlights: My cake was made with Organic Ghee (Tridoshic), Garam Masala (to balance Kapha) and Almond Milk (Tridoshic).

So, here’s the recipe Link of last night’s Pumpkin Creation…Enjoy!