ARTICLES: Insights and experience
Understanding the Doshas
Vimshati Gunas: It is said, to understand these three “humors” or forces, one needs to study them for eight years...
Vata: Dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, regular movement.
Pitta: Slightly oily, sharp, hot, light, bad smell, mobile, flowing/liquid.
Kapha: Unctuous, cool, heavy, slow, smooth, slimey, static/steady.
The Principles: Ayurveda articulates eleven relatively simple principles that facilitate a healthy attitude towards eating.
Ama and What It Means To Detox: In Ayurveda, toxins are known as Ama. Ama is a sanskrit word that translates literally as “unidgested food”.
Food Combining: There’s a hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that has the best breakfast I’ve ever had the pleasure to indulge in.
The Order of Eating: In the west we tend to view the body as a simple machine – fuel goes in, energy is expended, wastes go out...
The Fasting Pulse
Part I: Fasting has long been used in Ayurveda and forms part of the langhana, or reducing, therapies.
Part II: It's the end of the first week of fasting and I am discovering that the impact on the pulse is very informative.
Part III: The fast is over and the results bear testament to the wisdom of Ayurveda.
Unmodified Ashtanga Vinyasa: Ashtanga Vinyasa, unmodified through the ages. Or is it?
Ashtanga Club: The first rule of mysore class is – you do not talk about Mysore class.
Ashtanga: The Yoga of Acquiring: To imply that we practice Ashtanga merely to acquire the next pose is often perceived as an insult, an indication that the practitioner is missing the point.
Mysore or Bust?: Students spend large amounts of energy debating the merits of making the costly and time consuming trip to the “source” of Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore, India.
The Mirrors of Mysore: It’s not about what pose you’ve been given (it never is).
Abhyanga Massage: A simple and effective method to calm the body and the mind.
Pranayama: Pranayama provides a link between the mind and the body. You can communicate with your body through the breath, it’s a two-way relay.
The Myth of Superfoods: Superfood does not mean what you think it means.
The Myth of Calories: Reducing our faith in calories and restoring our faith in whole, natural foods.
Got Milk?: Newcomers to Ayurveda are often confused at the reverence the science has for milk and products derived from milk. Explaining the misgivings of this nutritious substance.
Being a Vegetarian: Understanding the importance of a shift in perspective in becoming, and remaining, a vegetarian.
The Myth of the Ayurvedic Cleanse: Classical teachings of Ayurveda in no way support or advocate the "quick fix" approach to cleansing the body – in the spring or any other time of the year.
Make Your Own
Rice Milk: Simple ingredients, delicious taste and an ideal drink for Kapha types.
Almond Milk: Nutritious and easy to make, excellent for balancing both Pitta and Vata types.
Almond Cheese: An alternative to regular cheese and a by-product of almond milk - how convenient.
Ghee: The most nutritious and healthy oil that we can use. Learn how to make it at home.
Bread: Basic bread making has never been so simple, nutritious and delicious.
Chapatis: Flour and water, delicious food could not be more simple.
Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodhah: Yoga is a means to discipline the mind so as to avoid responding from the (habitual) grooves.
Verses on a Faith Mind: The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Be Here Now: Forget Ekhart Tolle’s longwinded advice. Your next everyday, regular, habitual, ingrained choice? That is the power of now.