Pranayama

Pranayama

Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. Pranayama is the working with the breath in a way that activates the vital energy, the five pranas of the system, as well as moves the lymph and increases oxygen in the system. Pranayama is defined as yogic breathing exercises often used to activate the Kundalini energy. Pranayama is very important, and generally increases the prana of the mind and helps expand consciousness. Pranayama purifies the annamaya kosha, the kamamaya kosha, and especially the manomaya kosha. The manomaya kosha is […]

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The Doshas and the Cycles

Doshas Life Cycle

From the book, Spiritual Nutrition:  The seasons, the time of day, and one’s age are also forces affecting the balance of the doshas. From birth to the teen years, the predominant dosha is kapha. It governs growth. The most obvious manifestation of this is the tendency for frequent colds and runny noses we see in young children. From the teens to the sixties, pitta tends to predominate. Later, there is a tendency toward vata disorders such as arthritis, dryness of skin, tremors, emaciation, and memory loss. As we get older, no matter what our constitution, we need to shift our […]

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🌐 The Vata Dosha 💨

Vata Dosha

Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic doshas and is made up of the elements Space & Air. Pitta and Kapha cannot move without the presence of Vata therefore keeping it in balance key! The vata dosha is roughly translated as air or wind, or ether in the Greek system. It is the principle of movement in the body and the energy that governs biological movement in the body. It is formed of two of the five elements: ether (space) and air. Vata regulates breathing, all movements of the muscles and tissues, the heart muscle, and all biological […]

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The Dosha Breakdown

The Spiritual Nutrition live-food diet is qualitatively different from the classic Ayurvedic diet, which aims primarily at balancing the doshas to prevent or heal disease. Although classical Ayurveda does not usually recommend a 100-percent live-food diet, we can certainly employ its principles to create an optimal, individualized, Spiritual Nutrition diet for ourselves.  Tridosha Defined There are many perspectives we can use to help guide our choice of diet. The tridosha system of the science of Ayurveda is particularly useful in helping us maintain our awareness of nutrition as the interaction between the forces of food and our own dynamic forces. […]

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Banana Smoothie Masalas- Phase 2

What is Masala? “Masala” is a Hindu word for referring to a seasoning blend that can be any combination of herbs, spices, and vegetables. These already prepared combinations speed up the food preparation process. In India they are often individualized to a particular geographic area or even to a particular food preparer. As you play with these combinations, I encourage making you own mixtures or varying proportions to your dosha needs.  Purchased masalas often have spices processed in several ways, including cooking in oil. Processing the herbs and spices in this way is said to help preserve the masala because it […]

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How to Develop the Best Diet for Yourself

The following article is an excerpt from Dr. Cousens’ book Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. Click here to download the remaining chapter to learn about Fast-and-Slow Oxidizer Diets, Ayurvedic Dietary Considerations and Blood Type and Diet. The key to creating the optimal diet for yourself is to understand that there is no single best diet for everyone. This is contrary to the fallacy of allopathic thinking which, as a rule, does not address the person’s underlying biochemical individuality. Recently the human genome research by the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) found as many as 1.4 million variations in the […]

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Shilajit – The Mover of Mountains

In Sanskrit, shilajit means, “Conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weaknesses.” Shilajit is an alchemical substance with life-giving power beyond our understanding. It is a rare tonic herbal substance collected from the Southwest Himalayas and as far north as the Northern Heavenly Mountains in China. It has been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging tonic. Many people feel it to be the chief tonic substance of Ayurvedic medicine. It is a chi tonic and a jing tonic in Chinese medicine. It is an extremely rich plant source of organic minerals. Depending on its source it contains as many […]

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