Ayurvedic tips for the Fall Season

Written by the Art of Living Foundation

Autumn has arrived. Trees are turning colors, daylight is waning, and the nights are becoming cooler. Summer’s sun and heat are surrendering to the cool, soft embrace of fall weather.
At the change of seasons, we automatically change their thermostats and wardrobes. Yet, many of us do not realize the importance of changing their fitness regimen, self-care routine, and food choices.
Ritucharya: The Seasonal Routine
According to Ayurveda, seasonal and weather changes significantly affect the physical and mental body. Factors like temperature, humidity, wind, rain, and daylight hours, all influence the body’s natural cycles and vital systems. So, we must know how to adapt diet and lifestyle in order to maintain balance in digestion, sleep, immunity, and energy.
As the seasons change, so must our daily routine. This practice is known as a ritucharya. “Ritu” means “season” and “charya” means “routine”. Ritucharya is a seasonal regimen for diet and lifestyle that helps maintain health and well-being.
Autumn from Ayurveda Perspective
In Ayurveda, each season is associated with a dosha, with autumn being linked to vata dosha. The qualities of fall weather and vata dosha are dry, mobile, subtle, and cool. Plants and leaves dry up and turn color. The sun’s light is subtler. Temperatures become cooler.
In the body, excess vata manifests as dry skin, cracking joints, irregular digestion/elimination, and stiff muscles. In the mind, brisk winds and shorter days create feelings of restlessness and spiciness. Suddenly you want to do a bunch of fun projects, and find yourself starting them all, yet finishing none.
Here are five easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic self-care tips to create optimal health, vitality, and creativity in your life this fall.
Five fabulous fall self-care tips
1. Do a seasonal cleanse. As summer turns to fall, it’s important to remove excess heat from the body and mind, and prepare your immune system for winter. Observe nature and notice how trees naturally shed their leaves. Autumn is the perfect time to shed habits and foods that no longer nourish your body and mind.
2. Grounding Yoga Poses. Take a cue from nature, where her pace slows down in the amount of daylight hours and by the waning of plant life. Slow down the pace in your life. Start doing some gentle yoga practice.

3. Warm Oil Massage. The Ayurvedic fountain of youth is Abhyangha –( warm oil massage). Abhyangha pacifies the dry, subtle, and cool qualities of fall. It nourishes the body, calms the mind, relieves dry skin, improves circulation, and maintains the skin’s youthful glow. Abhyangha self-massage is easy to do before showering. A Harvest of Nourishing Foods. During autumn, nature provides the perfect foods to nourish the body and ground the mind. Enjoy the harvest of root vegetables! Roast or sauté carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips using organic oils like coconut, olive or ghee, for extra support for the nervous system. Use spices to warm the body and stoke circulation. Enjoy kitchari once a week. Kitchari, an easy to digest dish of mung dal, rice, vegetables and spices, gently detoxes and powerfully nourishes the body.

4. A Harvest of Nourishing Foods. During autumn, nature provides the perfect foods to nourish the body and ground the mind. Enjoy the harvest of root vegetables! Roast or sauté carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips using organic oils like coconut, olive or ghee, for extra support for the nervous system. Use spices to warm the body and stoke circulation. Enjoy kitchari once a week. Kitchari, an easy to digest dish of mung dal, rice, vegetables and spices, gently detoxes and powerfully nourishes the body.

5. Ayurvedic Date Shake. Cooler weather creates a stronger appetite. An Ayurvedic date shake is a fantastic and filling snack. Date shakes are easy to make, boost energy levels, and nourish the bone and muscle tissue. Date with tahini 5 dates, pitted 1 ½ cups cow, almond, or coconut milk 1 tbsp tahini ¼ tsp vanilla ¼ tsp cinnamon Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. This shake is perfect for vata types because it warms their delicate body type and calms an overactive mind. Tahini is high in protein and rich in calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iron. Cinnamon improves circulation, which tends to run low in vata types. And vanilla has a relaxing effect on the mind. Fall in love with Ayurveda this fall season Celebrate fall’s colorful changes by welcoming Ayurveda into your life. Honoring baby steps when implementing change in daily habits is the best strategy to long-term success. So start with integrating 2-3 of the Ayurvedic self-care tips into your daily routine. During Autumn, many trees stop branching out and shed their leaves. With less daylight hours, it’s more effective to receive nourishment from their roots. It’s a great reminder of the sacredness of letting go. Clear your calendar to make room for rest and reflection. Reflect on what you wish to let go of in your life. Root into Ayurvedic self-care and enjoy autumn and a lifetime of health and happiness.

Body-Full- Ness

Written by Marni Levitt

Mindfulness has become a popular word, used widely to describe the mind’s awareness of what is happening in the present moment. A state of being that can improve our health, relationships and work. I believe it should be called ‘Body-Full- Ness’. Part of the reason the word has become so popular in modern western life is because we can relate with the word ‘mind’ that is in ‘mindfulness’. We love anything to do with thinking and cognition. Mind over matter. What I have learned from my years of self-study and learning in mindfulness meditation and personal growth, is that my emotional experience resides primarily in my body. ‘Mindfulness’ is a paying attention, not just to thoughts, but (perhaps more importantly) to the direct physical experience that locates itself in the body.

The body is the resonator for emotional experience. Like the body of my guitar that reverberates when I pluck the strings, my bodily experience resonates and responds along with my thoughts, perceptions and experiences. When I really pay attention to what is going on in my bodily sensations, and the emotions swirling inside, I have a natural built-in compass that directs my course in the day-to- day and in life. Easier said than done in a culture that so values the cognitive (thinking) aspects of experience. It is all related and interconnected. When I practise ‘mindfulness’ in my modern western lifestyle, I am getting acquainted intimately with my thoughts, but even more importantly, tuning into my body and the multiple facets of emotional experience and knowledge. Every time I do that, I access a whole self, with a full range of awareness – not only of what is going on inside myself, but what is going on around me. You could say my ‘Body-Full- Ness’ is a key that opens the door to a whole universe.

Today, see how many times you can notice physical sensations: the air going in the nostrils, the abdomen rising and falling, the feeling of your foot touching the ground with every step, the feeling of your hand touching a doorknob, the taste of the food in your mouth. Simple. Not easy, but simple. This basic awareness sets a baseline for noticing when emotional ups and downs come rolling through the body like waves in a storm.


 

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How to Reduce Joint Pain Without The Use Of Medication

Written by: Sophie Addison

Whether your joint pain is just temporary, due to a weird sleeping position or working out incorrectly, or more chronic, like the kind that comes from arthritis, it interferes with your daily routine and makes even simple movements more difficult. Although your first instinct might be to reach toward the medicine cabinet, many of the medications used to treat joint pain have unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.

Taking an ibuprofen now and then is probably okay, but doctors warn these anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers over time while stronger medications to manage chronic pain often include steroids or prescription opioids. Given the recent warnings about over-prescribed addictive opiates and an increase in overdoses in recent years, finding natural solutions may be the safest and longest lasting way to manage joint pain.

 Exercise

Physical activity is “crucial” to relieving joint pain advises the Mayo Clinic. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/arthritis/art-20047971) It helps manage weight, and those extra pounds can put more pressure on your joints to aggravate the pain. However, the benefits are much further reaching. Studies have shown vigorous exercise that gets your heart pumping release endorphins that bind to pain receptors in the brain, actually reducing pain. The key is finding safe exercises that won’t put pressure on delicate areas. The Mayo Clinic says to stay away from high-impact activities like running and jumping and stick to low-impact activities like walking, cycling, swimming, and stretching.

 Get a massage

Many people see massage as an alternative medicine or simply a way to indulge and relax, but not as a necessary medicine. However, for those with joint pain, massage may be a much-needed relief and natural remedy for joint pain. Even the Arthritis Foundation says regular massage is a powerful tool to reduce pain, increased range of motion, better grip strength, and many other psychological and physical benefits. Specifically, the American Massage Therapy Association writes that studies have shown massage to be particularly effective in reducing lower back and neck pain.

 Practice Gentle Yoga

If you’ve been following Glozine health news updates, (https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health) you know yoga has many physical and mental benefits, and relieving joint pain may be one of them. Some are concerned some yoga poses may be difficult or dangerous for people with joint pain, especially because many require a good sense of balance. However, John Hopkins Arthritis Center published a recent study showing gentle yoga poses, typical to what you’d find in a beginner class. They determined yoga was safe and beneficial, even for people with arthritis as long as the positions were gentle and the participants used adaptions to meet their individual flexibility, like blocks and straps.

 Meditate

Although many people find it hard to focus, that’s exactly why meditation is beneficial. Sitting down to notice your body, thoughts, and breathing might not come naturally at first, but over time, meditation can change your brain to reduce pain dramatically according to Psychology Today. Studies show meditation activates and develops the brain so much so it can reduce chronic pain intensity by 57 percent and even up to 90 percent of people who meditate regularly throughout their lives.

 Get enough omega 3s

Omega 3s are an essential fatty acid, one our bodies can’t produce naturally. You can get it from fish, and some plant based products like flaxseed and olive oil. However, most Americans don’t get enough of it and load up on omega 6 instead, which can contribute to inflammation according to the Arthritis Foundation. They go on to explain that studies have documented the importance of omega 3s to reduce inflammation and some of the stiffness and tenderness that come along with joint problems. To get the benefits, and all the omega 3s you need to stay healthy, they recommend eating two 3-ounce servings of fish a week and to talk to your doctor about taking additional supplements.

 Acupuncture

Many see acupuncture as an alternative medicine, one not completely backed by science, as demonstrated by Harvard Health Publication’s advice that it’s “worth a try.” Although not a particularly encouraging suggestion, studies do show acupuncture helps relieve pain for many people. An analysis of 29 studies involving about 18,000 people found that acupuncture provided joint pain relief for most, (https://www.jointhealthmagazine.com/jointrelief )even reducing it by 50 percent and the Arthritis Foundation also recommends it as a natural treatment.

 Take turmeric supplements

The New York Times blog Well interviewed Dr. Minerva Santos to find natural remedies for joint pain, and turmeric shows lots of promise. Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that studies show work as well as ibuprofen in treating pain, and at least one study showed taking curcumin in capsules daily for up to three months was safe. Dr. Santos recommends 1,000 milligrams a day and choosing a capsule that also comes with piperine to aid in absorption.

Sometimes joint pain is so unbearable people need the instant relief medication can bring. However, in most cases medication doesn’t treat the underlying cause of pain – it just gets rid of it temporarily, so when you stop taking the medication, the pain returns. These natural solutions may provide a more lasting, and safer way to treat joint pain, whether chronic or temporary. If you have chronic pain or an injury, make sure you speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement or trying a new workout.

References:

1. http://dealpain.net/2016/03/10/7-ways- to-reduce- joint-inflammation- and-relieve- joint-pain/

2.www.socialandhealthservices.com/general-health/stiff- knees-7- simple-ways- you-can- banish-joint- pain-for- good/

Author Bio:

Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, best eye creams, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.

When the spine is flexible, the mind is flexible.

Written by: Marni Levitt

Did You Know?

The body is part of the brain!  The spinal cord goes all the way down the back.  The spinal cord is like the fiber optic cables for the internet.  It is the passage-way, the pathway for the electrical impulses from the brain to be delivered to different parts of the body, and the way that feedback is delivered back to the brain.

When the spine is flexible, the mind is flexible.  

When the body moves, stretches and bends, the mind does too!  It is then possible to think of more solutions, more innovations – more connections, than could have ever been dreamt of without that movement.

I have experienced it firsthand over and over again (the idea that comes to me suddenly while walking outside or biking, the inspiration to solve a problem that I receive right after a yoga sequence, or the songs that I write in my mind while I am dancing!)  But don’t take it only from me, there are countless studies on mind-body relationship now that point to similar results.

These results can help your camp staff work better together – and your campers express their best, while having fun!

 

 


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Founder Move-N-Music
Arts & Wellness Educator,
Animator, Speaker

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Delicious Ayurvedic Probiotic Drink Recipe!

Written by: The Art of Living Foundation

Fasting is a process that proves to be an effective method to ignite the digestive Agni or the body’s inner fire and burn off the accumulated impurities and amas or toxic wastes in the body. Amas are the root cause of almost all diseases. Fasting rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit entirely. It nurtures general wellness by discarding toxins and gas, and augmenting mental lucidity. It also makes the physical state light and easy.
In Ayurveda fasting depends on the body constitution based on dosha and its dependent cleansing needs. In fact it does not support the route of completely abstaining from food or water for long time periods as it leads to disharmony. It also drains the dhatus or body tissues. This is why Ayurveda advocates more of regular, short span detoxifying fasts than infrequent long drawn hunger strikes. This type of fasting is non-stressful and gentle. It is very convenient and can be easily integrated into one’s schedule. Such fasting boosts the body energy level and cleanses the body beautifully.

From a scientific standpoint. Food literally is like input or information for the body. Like any other form of matter it consists of atomic particles in a specific arrangement. These get broken down by the various elements of Agni comprising of enzymes, hydrochloric acid, etc., and reform new cells. Simply put, during the process of fasting the quantity of the input in the digestive system tends to disintegrate and then reassembles. They do this by absorbing the nutrients. Major organs such as the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and gall bladder get ample rest and this swiftly leads to their revival. The process strengthens digestion and bolsters the immunity of a person. According to Ayurveda, fasts help in maintaining balance within the body. Otherwise while curing one condition, one can set off another.
There are four main classifications of fasting according to the ancient practices of Ayurveda. These are decided based on factors such as one’s body structure and composition, digestive power, age and toxin level. One must also check the overall health status like if one is suffering from any ailments or health conditions. Due to this reason professional recommendation is important.
The type and style of fasting is different for different individuals. A fast pattern based on a proper Ayurveda diet is always customized to suit the person. There are four distinct classifications based on the kind of intake that goes into the system. These include firstly consuming fruits, veggies and juices only. The second type involves consuming light foods like khichdi, mashed rice, and kanji. The third is completely staying away from all solid foods and drinking fluids like water and herbal teas. Water can be consumed during the first three. The fourth and most severe is completely abstaining from food and water for a short spell.
In fact during normal meals too, Ayurveda doesn’t encourage excess eating. In fact one should consume only the amount that can be cupped by one’s hands. If we eat too much the excess amount is partially digested and stays lodged permanently. Heavy meals put a strain on the digestive tract and get stored as unwanted flab in the body.
Detoxification fasts in Ayurveda are streamlined with body types. The three doshas namely Vatta, Pitta and Kapha have their very own specifications. During fasts Vatta types can add warming spices, starchy vegetables, a little oil and fruits like avocado and bananas to their meal plan. Vata types are generally lean with a dry, cold dosha and their bodies don’t gel with total fasting. Due to the excess of air and ether lack of food can make them very weak.

Those with Pitta dosha can try lime juice with a dash of coconut water and sprinkled with cooling coriander leaves. Kaphas can also integrate warming spices into the diet but must avoid starch and oil. These two types have larger builds and more energy with weigh gain tendencies. Both can benefit from aggressive abstinence. Generally these fasts don’t last more than a couple of days.
Ayurveda supports regularly going in for partial fasting. This can be done for at least a day or so once every week. This is known as a mono diet. One can drink plenty of salt-free fluids like water, vegetable juice, raw milk boiled with ginger and yogurt mixed with cumin powder and water. A single light meal at noon is ideal. This can consist of milk, rice, yogurt, veggies, fruits, yellow lentil garnished with pepper, ginger, cumin, etc. One can also extend a mono diet for 2-5 days if one can manage the same. It will result in complete detoxification. One should not be tempted to snack. The value of hunger translates to a positive effect for the body at the end of the day. During the time of the fast one must maintain a certain intake of water. Hence one should frequently drink water and expel the same from the body. This is also a technique for discharging the toxins.
Change in seasons is also great for fasting according to the principles of Ayurveda. Fasting can be done any time but usually the cusp between winter and spring is a great time for any kind of cleansing therapy. It helps one to release the toxins that build up in the body over the harsh winter months. Fasting is not just cutting food but also a time for breathing exercises and positive thinking.
This is how a detoxifying fast can completely purify and energize the body and mind in order to promote fitness, wellness and contentment.

Carrot kanji (probiotic drink)recipe | gajar kanji recipe
**prep time
15 mins
total time
15 mins
carrot kanji recipe – a fermented north indian probiotic drink made from carrots, beetroot and ground mustard and water.carrots, beetroot and ground mustard and water.
serves: 2 litres of kanji drink
ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
5-6 medium sized carrots/gajar
2 small beetroots
8 cups water – approx 2 litres of water (boiled & filtered or purified)
1 or 1.5 tsp red chili powder
3 tbsp mustard powder (dry grind 2 or 2.5 tbsp mustard)
black salt as required
how to make the recipe:
rinse and then peel the carrots and beetroots.
chop into long pieces.
mix all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic jars.
cover with a lid or muslin cloth and keep the jars in the sun for 3-4 days.
stir with a wooden spoon everyday before keeping the jars back in the sun.
when the kanji tastes sour, it means the drink is fermented.
Serve carrot kanji straightway or refrigerate.

Enjoy!

An Ancient Ayurvedic Drink that will Change Your Health

You are what you eat.

Lassi in Punjab or Chaach in Gujrat, also called as Mor in South India, is a common drink in most Indian households. It is roughly called in English as buttermilk. It is the Indian drink for healthy summers and was previously found in every home. There are many health benefits of traditional buttermilk, which will not only let you have a healthy summer season but keep you active and away from summer ailments as well.
Recipe for Traditional Buttermilk:
1 cup Yoghurt / Curd
3 cups Water
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
2 Green Chillies
1 inch piece of Ginger
1 tablespoon Coriander Leaves
Salt to Taste
Method of Preparation:

Take curd (yoghurt), water and salt and using a whisk mix it well. Add chopped ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves and cumin powder and mix well.
Serve the yummy and scrumptious buttermilk as such or serve chilled.
The following are some of the benefits of this traditional drink.
Buttermilk Keeps the Body Hydrated .
Buttermilk is a tasty combination of water, curd, essential spices and salt. It is packed with beneficial electrolytes. The salt and water works to keep our body hydrated. It is an excellent drink for summer when we need to fight dehydration.
Buttermilk Cuts Down Fats
If you feel bloated or simply have eaten too much then drink a little bit of buttermilk. The ginger, pepper and other spices in chaas help to improve the digestion and make you feel less uncomfortable. Apart from that buttermilk is very effective in washing down the fat, oil or ghee that normally coats inner walls of your food pipe and stomach making you feel instantaneously lighter.
1.Buttermilk is High in Calcium
Buttermilk is a rich source of calcium. A cup serving of buttermilk will satisfy 28% of your calcium requirements. Calcium is a nutrient that promotes stronger, denser bones. It reduces the risk of bone disease including osteoporosis. Calcium also aids in muscle contraction and supports cell communication.
2.Buttermilk Reduces Blood Pressure
Buttermilk is rich in bio-active protein which has antiviral, anticancer and cholesterol lowering properties. Having buttermilk on a regular basis helps in lowering and controlling blood pressure. It works as a natural remedy to reduce high blood pressure.
3.Buttermilk Helps in Digestion
Ginger, pepper and jeera all make an excellent digestive agents. Known for their carmative properties individually, together in a tall glass of buttermilk they make the best natural digestive out there. So, If you feel an attack of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some chaas for immediate relief. Are you suffering from indigestion? Try adding mint to quiet your digestion trouble.
4.Buttermilk Reduces Cholesterol
Buttermilk has several special components which help in reducing cholesterol levels. Consuming a glass of buttermilk everyday helps in reducing cholesterol levels and controls it naturally.
5.Buttermilk is High in Protein
Buttermilk is an excellent source of protein too. A cup of buttermilk will satisfy about 15% and 17% of protein needs for men and women, respectively. Protein helps facilitate muscle growth, tissue repair, and fat breakdown. This nutrient also keeps the bones, muscles, and skin healthy and strong.
6.Buttermilk Helps with Acidity
A powerful tool to fight acidity, buttermilk has essential spices like pepper and ginger that help to beat the burning sensation you feel during a short period of acidity. Moreover the buttermilk cools the stomach and reduces the irritation in the stomach lining due to acid reflux, giving you relief from the discomfort.
7.Buttermilk Helps in Weight Loss
A glass of buttermilk is an integral part of several diet plans helping people to lose weight effectively. Buttermilk digests foods better and washes down fat and oil which cleanses the system and helps in weight loss.
8.Buttermilk Has Beneficial Bacteria
Buttermilk is teeming with live beneficial bacteria that keep the digestive tract healthy. Probiotics re-balance the flora of the gastrointestinal tract, reducing the risk of bad bacteria overgrowth. Beneficial bacteria also keep the gut healthy, cutting the risk of cancer, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal diseases.
9.Buttermilk Helps to Cleanse the Skin
Buttermilk works as an excellent skin cleanser. You can use this as your everyday skin cleanser. To prepare the cleansing solution mix a tablespoon of buttermilk, some drops of almond oil and rose water. Apply this over your face and wash it after 10 minutes. You will love your glowing face.

This recipe was brought to you by The Art of Living.