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The Yoga-Ayurveda Connection

Yoga has taken America by storm. The number of Americans who practice some form of yoga has doubled in the last five years, and is now estimated at fifteen million. Three-fourths of fitness clubs offer yoga classes, and yoga was named one of the two fastest-growing segments of the exercise industry by Trendwatch 2000, an annual report on fitness trends. While many view yoga as a gentler way to exercise, most long-time practitioners realize that yoga is not just physical — it creates balance in mind, emotions and consciousness as well. And they are starting to realize that yoga shares the same origin and goal as ayurveda, the traditional Vedic system of health care. Read more …
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Keep Your Eyes Cool and Relaxed this Summer

Your eyes are among the most important organs in your body. Ayurveda identifies all five elements within your eyes: earth (prithvi) — muscular part of the eye; fire (tejas) — the blood vessels; air (vayu) — the color; water (apu) — the white area; and space (akasha) — the tear ducts and channels. Alochaka Pitta is the subdosha of Pitta which governs outer and inner vision, or intuition. Alochaka Pitta can become less balanced with age, so it’s important to care for your eyes throughout your life. During the heat of Pitta season — summer — when the sun’s rays are strong, your eyes can become light-sensitive, dry, or red and irritated. Here are a few ayurvedic recommendations to keep your eyes cool, relaxed, and healthy this summer: Protect Your Eyes When you are out in the bright sun, favor the shade, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the skin on your face and shade your eyes, and/or wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Read more …
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Recharge, Restore, Rejuvenate! The Ayurveda Way to Feel Young at Any Age

No matter what your age, there are things you can do to look and feel younger, healthier, happier. You hold the future of your health in your own hands. The wonderful thing about ayurvedic healing is that it teaches both damage-prevention and damage-reversal; so following these few basic tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians can make a big difference to that image you see in the mirror. Here’s what the Council has to say about looking and feeling young Eat to Live Longer How much of a change in your way of eating do you have to make to start feeling younger? “While no one has been able to quantify it, one thing is for sure. Even relatively small, painless changes in your diet — whatever your age — can make a big difference to the way you feel. I would go so far as to say your diet can lengthen your life span, if you start listening to your body and its true nutrition needs.” Read more …
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7 Easy Ways to Recharge your Gut in 2018

by vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda on December 27, 2017 With all the glorious excesses of the holidays behind us — pastries, parties, and New Year’s Eve celebrations, oh my — you might be feeling a bit worn out. Fatigue, brain fog, and a few extra pounds around your middle are all signs that your digestive system could use a little tune-up. No time for a big cleanse? No worries. We’ve got your back — and some easy, age-old Ayurvedic tips to gently purify and strengthen your digestion. Here are seven of our favorite (and simple!) strategies for restoring and maintaining gut health in 2018: Read more>> …
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Healing Greens 101: An Ayurvedic Perspective

by vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda on February 21, 2018 No longer just a frilly garnish, kale is taking the culinary world by storm. Along with it, leafy greens like spinach, chard, and even collards and turnip greens are gracing plates everywhere from fine dining hotspots to fast food restaurants across the country. These nutrient-packed veggies have long played a starring role in Ayurvedic cooking, and with good reason. They’re hydrating, nutrient-rich, and when prepared while fresh, they contain prana, or life-supporting energy. Below, we’ll share both Ayurvedic and nutritional insights on leafy greens, along with tasty ways to incorporate them into your daily diet. Read more>> …
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