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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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Stress and Immunity: The Microbiome Connection

An interview with Gut Crisis co-author Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D. by vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda on April 4, 2018 Life has its ups and downs, and stress is a natural part of human existence. These days, though, American stress levels are at a record high, according to the American Psychological Association. We discussed the stress-microbiome connection with Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who—along with his wife and co-author Samantha Wallace—wrote Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Dr. Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness and the mind/body connection as applied to behavioral medicine. His seminal research on higher states of consciousness has been published in Science, The American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. He’s currently Chair of the Department of Physiology and Health at Maharishi University of Management, of which he was a founding President. Read more>> …
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Dinacharya: A Routine to Align Our Natural Rhythm

From an Ayurvedic perspective, following a Dinacharya, or daily routine, aligns us with nature’s rhythms each day. There is new evidence that demonstrates that our genes may have, over time, lost their ability to hear the natural circadian rhythms of nature. Doctors are only now beginning to understand exactly how important it is for the body to stay in rhythm with nature. In our modern high-tech world, it is becoming a challenge to align our body with the laws of Nature. Our priorities have shifted from being existential to being very concerned with to-do lists, work schedules, finances, etc. Many times, we are so bent on our daily activities that we ignore our health and well-being in order to achieve what we believe is of utmost importance at that particular moment. With social media and cell phones giving us instant access to anyone in the world, these “distractions” may take us out of balance and we lose alignment with the rhythms of nature. So, how do we realign our routines …
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Satsang–Weight Loss For Your Dosha with Manas

Weight Loss Made Easy In Ayurveda there is an emphasis on determining the cause of your health need, and then offering treatments individually that include diet, daily routine and herbal formulas. This is a safe, holistic way to lose weight that is better for your body than popular fad diets and quick cleanses. There are three main doshas: Kapha, Pitta & Vata. Once you know your dosha you can then decide how to combat your weight problems. Find Out Your Dosha Vata Vata types are normally thin and wiry, but can still struggle with weight gain. Sometimes they can be thin their whole life, but suddenly gain weight because their metabolism has changed. They can be susceptible to stress and forget to eat regularly, which disrupts digestion. Things you can do to counteract weight gain as a Vata is by reducing mental stress, nourishing the body with light, easily digestible food, eating at regular hours and practicing yoga and meditation. Do NOT use stimulants or eat raw/cold foods and drinks …
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