Tag: vata

Ayurveda and Adrenal Fatigue

Ayurveda and Adrenal Fatigue

Depending on who you ask, the symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, lack of energy, weight fluctuations, decreased appetite, and more—often described as “adrenal fatigue”—may or may not be a real thing. The incredible frustration of this opinion is a topic for another post, but inread more

Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup

Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup

When the days get darker, our internal light needs to get brighter. Ayurveda speaks about this energetic shift in terms of agni, our digestive fire, which is at its strongest in the fall and winter, allowing us to digest the heavier, denser, and more building seasonalread more

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple, Kale & Leek

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple, Kale & Leek

Published on Breathe Together Online, 11/20/2020 This year’s Thanksgiving spread will probably look a little different in a number of ways. Whether you’re limiting the size of your gathering or canceling the whole thing, the holiday that many of us associate with food extravaganzas (of the healthyread more

The Space

The Space

“Holding space”—a task given to many a yoga teacher and holistic practitioner, a responsibility and a blessing that gives us a sense of unity and connection and safety. I spent many years leaning on my teachers to hold space for my personal healing, whether itread more

Sweet Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Discard Sourdough Starter

Sweet Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Discard Sourdough Starter

Last fall I experimented with a savory pumpkin bread to make use of some discarded sourdough starter that had been hanging out in my fridge all summer. It was delicious, and empowered me to play around with a classic family recipe I otherwise wouldn’t haveread more

Fall Kitchari with Cauliflower, Squash, Carrots, and Beet Greens

Fall Kitchari with Cauliflower, Squash, Carrots, and Beet Greens

I sort of feel about kitchari the way Mary Oliver feels about mangoes. It’s a magical food—easy and delicious, and in the words of my first Ayurvedic counselor, “you should just eat as much of it as you want.” The basics of kitchari might seemread more

How to Do Abhyanga, or Ayurvedic Self-Massage with Oil: Self-Healing through Touch

How to Do Abhyanga, or Ayurvedic Self-Massage with Oil: Self-Healing through Touch

Note: This post contains affiliate links. There’s nothing like a hug from a loved one (human or animal) to settle the body and mind in times of distress. Hugs are powerful medicine for a host of reasons, but in Ayurveda we also look at theread more

Shad Rasa—The Six Tastes

Shad Rasa—The Six Tastes

Most of us associate the idea of cravings with comfort—whether it’s chocolate, coffee, cookies, or ice cream, the foods we crave are messengers of important information about what our bodies and minds are experiencing. But not all cravings are of the sweet variety; our bodyread more

The Three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha

The Three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha

In nature, the five Ayurvedic elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—very rarely exist on their own. Instead, what you see are beings and creatures that are combinations of elements, usually all five if they are alive. This is especially true in us humans, for withoutread more

Your Cycle, Nature’s Cycle: An Ayurvedic Guide to Making Friends With Your Period

Your Cycle, Nature’s Cycle: An Ayurvedic Guide to Making Friends With Your Period

Vata, Pitta, Kapha: The Ayurvedic doshas are part of our vocabulary usually thought of as yet another label we can put on our personalities, body types, and diets. “I’m so vata,” you might hear from your friend who can’t keep a lunch date or constantlyread more


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