Archive | December 2011

Ayurvedic Yoga!

Ayurvedic Yoga!

This is another Wonderful video on how Ayurveda envisions Yoga for each Doshic Constitution. 

Vata, Pitta and Kapha Prakritis can all benefit from watching Juliet Jivanti’s video.

Enjoy!

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Vata Soothing Potato Leek Soup!

Warm up this Vata Winter Season with a bowl of steaming hot, dairy-free Organic Potato Leek Soup!

A super easy and delicious recipe, this root based soup will ground and sooth Vata in a season filled with cold, dry and rough elements that aggravate Vata.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of organic red potatoes or white waxy potato chopped fine
  • 4 leeks whites and light greens sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp himalayan rock salt
  • 1/2 tsp organic black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp organic paprika
  • 1/2 tsp organic garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp organic onion powder
  • 1 carton organic almond mil
  • optional – herbed olive oil for garnish
  • organic ghee

1. Boil potatoes in water until soft ~ 15min then drain and set aside

2. Saute leeks in 2-3 tsp of ghee until soft ~8min

3. Add all spices to leeks and cook 3min more, stirring gently

4. Mix in leeks with potatoes and blend with a hand emulsion blender or in batches in a food processor

5. Return soup mixture to potato pot (will be thick)

6. Add in carton of almond milk, blend well and re-season according to taste

7. Optional – Drizzle herb infused olive oil over soup

8. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8

Avoid Amoebas – Neti Nightmare…

Please use Distilled Water for your Neti Rinses and not Tap Water.

In light of recent events involving the death of two people who used tap water to cleanse their sinuses with their Neti pot, it is important to adhere to Neti pot recommendations and use Distilled Water and Not Tap Water for rinsing.

Interestingly, for thousands of years, this Ayurvedic and Yogic cleansing practice has been safely utilized. It is a rare and unusual occurrence to have such a Neti pot night mare in modern day society.

This instance, however brings up an interesting point about pathogens in our water supply and also the immunity of our current day society. Without delving too much into the science, there is also the Hygeine Hypothesis to consider.  This speaks to the lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents due to overcleansing and other sterilization techniques and how it increases our susceptibility to diseases by suppressing natural development of the immune system. In Ayurveda, this would refer to poor “Ojas,” or immunity and a low level of “Agni,” our digestive fire required to properly eliminate foreign organisms.

Another interesting point the article below and a WebMD article  points out is that certain pathogens found in our water supply such as these amoebas Can Be properly eliminated via digestion when drinking tap water but are however too challenging when delivered via such a direct mechanism as a Neti Pot or Sinus Rinse device. It is thought that the direct migration of the amoeba into the brain via the nasal cavity was the source of these two deaths. The articles also state the most of our water is chlorinated and that pathogens such as these are not typically viable. This excludes fresh waters such as lakes and rivers that have not been chemically treated. 

Nonetheless, it is important in today’s modern society to be cautious, so Please purchase a separate gallon of Distilled water and safely continue this wonderful and useful cleansing ritual.

~Namaste and Good Health~

 

A sinus-flushing device used to relieve colds and allergies has been linked to a deadly brain-eating amoeba.

Louisiana’s state health department issued a warning about neti pots – which look like mini watering cans, that are used by pouring salty water through one nostril.

It follows two recent deaths – a 51-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man from the ‘brain-eating amoeba’ Naegleria fowleri.

It is thought the amoeba entered their brains when they used the devices.

Both victims are thought to have used tap water, instead of distilled or sterilised water as recommended by the manufacturers.

Dr Raoult Ratard, Louisiana State Epidemiologist, said: ‘If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, for example, by using a neti pot, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution.

‘Tap water is safe for drinking, but not for irrigating your nose.’

He added that it is important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

The very rare infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater lakes and rivers.

In very rare instances, health experts said such infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources, such as from an inadequately chlorinated swimming pool or when people irrigate their sinuses with devices like neti pots.

Naegleria fowleri (centre) and coloured images showing stained samples in brain tissueNaegleria fowleri (left) and a stained sample seen in brain tissue

According to The Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana, the amoeba causes the disease primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection that leads to the destruction of brain tissue.

In its early stages, symptoms may be similar to symptoms of bacterial meningitis and can include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck. Later symptoms include confusion, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within one to 12 days.

A spokesman from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the Louisiana cases are still being investigated.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2074957/Deaths-brain-eating-amoeba-linked-sinus-remedy-colds.html#ixzz1h4k9luKt

92 Years Yoga Young!

This is a truly amazing real life 92 y.o. Yogini!

After 42 years of teaching Yoga, Ms. Porchon Lynch is considered a yoga master by many of her peers and followerr. She is 92 years young with a gentle spirit and a generous heart. 

Ms. Porchon Lynch still practices asana and teaches yoga regularly. She is truly practicing in the Yogic and Ayurvedic spirit of mind, body and soul nourishment. 

Take a moment to see this incredible woman. 

May God Continue to Bless You Porchon =)

Ayurvedic Beeno!

Feeling bloated from holiday parties? Greasy, fried and raw foods are known to increase Gas in the body, aggravate Vata dosha and result in significant gastric upset. Well, Ayurveda has a 5,000 year old solution to this problem – the HerbHing. Also known by its latin name of Ferula assafoetida” or Asafoetida,this herb works wonders on your holiday or anytime gassy meals.

*Specifically, Hing is known to reduce the growth of some of our gut microflora and therefore reduce flatulence.

Hing has a onion-garlic-sulfur smell to it before you add it to foods, but when cooked, the scent mellows out significantly and presents a mild leek-like flavor to your food. It is a classic spice in Indian food and can be easily extended to season any type of cuisine including Italian, Mediterranean, German, Spanish, Polish, Asian or British cuisine.

The most natural and pure source of Hing that I have been able to find is from Frontier Spices. This brand is known for its organic and pure sourced spices and one I trust and use regularly. You can find it at health stores such as Nature’s Corner in Spring Lake, NJ or sometimes Whole Foods across the country. If you cannot find Hing, you can email us at Veda Healthand we will procure some for you. Cost is typically $6-7/bottle and it lasts at least 6-8 months since you only use a pinch per dish.

I highly recommend having a bottle of this “Ayurvedic Beeno” in your cabinet to add to both Vegetable and Meat dishes. Sprinkle it on sandwiches, in soups, vegetable dips, sautés, and baked meat dishes to prevent bloat and enjoy your meals with enhanced digestion. =)

Culinary Spices & The Doshas!

Ayurveda views food as medicine. Spices are particularly beneficial for our health but need to be adjusted according to our doshic constitution.

This brief video outlines a host of everyday culinary spices with great suggestions on how Ayurveda would use them for each dosha. 

*Please note that Yellow Mustard Seeds are Less Pungent than Brown/Black Mustard seeds and are therefore better for Pitta. (Video says opposite about mustard seeds)