Posted on 5th Jun 2015
A large part of understanding Ayurveda is understanding nature. By spending time in my own garden I can connect with the biorhythms of Mother Earth. Being close to plants in this way, growing my own food (when possible) and helping to create a beautiful, colorful space strengthens my relationship with Prakriti, a Sanskrit word describing the basic nature of intelligence that is the foundation of all creation. Eastern health systems recognize this need for strengthening our relationship with Prakruti as a biological necessity. Most life forms satisfy this necessity through procreation, yet because not everyone has or will have children, having a garden to tend to and nurture can be a delightful alternative, or addition to family life.
My Living Art when not working at Tattva’s Herbs!
Each year we observe the natural process of existence through the seasons and cycles of life, death and rebirth. Our world is in constant flux and flow, and this can be seen in the plant world as well. As the sun gets stronger and heat becomes rampant we enter summer time, Pitta season. Pitta Dosha consists of the fire and water elements so it is necessary to balance out the heat in our bodies with cooling foods, herbs and activities. Green salads and vegetables, berries and other fruits are great for a summer diet. Of course it is necessary to soak up some solar energy to warm the bones, as long as we’re careful not to get too much. In Ayurveda many things can be either medicinal or poisonous, so long as we consider moderation, then we can balance from a holistic perspective.
So we need to look no further than our own gardens for medicine! Fresh greens for salads and teas cool the blood and provide nutrition and lightness. Edible goodies sourced locally have ample prana or life force energy, being most fresh from the earth.
Ingredients:1-2 TBS. Ghee1 tsp. Fresh Ground Cumin seed Powder1 tsp. Fresh Ground Coriander seed Powder1 tsp. Whole Cumin seeds1 tsp. Mustard Seeds1 tsp. Fenugreek1 Pinch HingFresh Zucchini or other summer squash, cut in cubes1 Cup Fresh Asparagus1/4 Cup Red & Yellow Bell Pepper1 tsp. Salt1/4 Cup fresh cilantro leavesDirections: Melt Ghee in medium sauce pan. [...]
Long before processed paper symbolized currency, the plants themselves directly moved from hand to hand in the economic exchange, acting in their own right through myriad displays of desirable qualities. In days past, the Frankincense resin in particular held the power to take away pain, purify and electrify the air and senses, and buy [...]
Today we summarize this series on the diet’s Ayurvedic dimensions and role in maintaining good health and preventing disease. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Kṛṣṇa compares Himself with the digestive fire, or agni, which assimilates and digests food in order to sustain Life.Though diet plays a vital role in Ayurveda’s healing modality, these “rules” [...]
Ayurveda conceptualizes the effects of food on the mind as causing either an increase or decrease in the three Modes of Nature: SatvaGuna, the mode of goodness; RajoGuna, the mode of passion; and TamoGuna, the mode of ignorance. General guidelines are as follows:SatvikA Satvik diet consists of fresh fruits like pomegranates, apples, berries, oranges, grapes, [...]
Sukti amongst the Mexican FlowersAyurveda approaches health through diet based on eight simple concepts – these are the second four:Five: Place (Desha)The classification of Places into distinct types, for example; marshy, dry and normal, reflects diverse climatic conditions and their influence on the body when she eats. As the individual perceives a complimentary environment, [...]
Ayurveda approaches health through diet based on eight simple concepts, the first four of which we will expound upon today:One: The Nature of Food (Prakruti)Classification of food into two distinct categories of heavy and light depends on digestability. For example, meat is heavy for digestion while rice and vegetables are light. This is the basic [...]
Within Ayurveda, we are what we eat, with primary importance placed on the foods we choose in our daily lives. Cultivating a healthy diet nourishes the body’s vitality, as well as the mind and spirit. According to Ayurveda, a healthy human being possesses both a strong body and a sound mind.A nutritious diet helps balance [...]
This salad is simple, yet deliciously satisfying. Ingredients can vary depending on personal taste and availability.Ingredients:mixed greens (included but not limited to): spinach, arugula, kale, lettucecherry tomatoessliced beetshazelnuts (walnuts or pecans are also wonderful)chickpeasfresh mozzarella