Ayurveda is great for everyBODY. Now more than ever as we rush through our ever-demanding lives we need to take some time out for ourselves to slow down, nurture, live with nature and nourish ourselves by the laws of ancient Ayurveda.
Traveling has been a big part of my life, visiting over twenty countries living and working abroad. Travel, especially via air, can be very strenuous on the body. Over the years, I have learned to apply the principles of Ayurveda to combat the effects of travel.
One of vata’s qualities is mobile and so travel tends to aggravate the vata dosha. The elements of air and ether are increased in the body and mind and can leave us feeling ungrounded. From the re-circulated air, low humidity, temperature, changes in cabin pressure to excessive movement and eating foods often low in prana, our body’s functions can become under stress.
Arthritis manifests in many different ways as an inflammatory disease or disorder, generally affecting the musculoskeletal system, specifically connective tissue and joints. There are about a hundred different forms of arthritis, but some of the more common types include Rheumatoid arthritis, Gouty arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Juvenile arthritis.
Arthritis may not be life threatening, but it can be debilitating and severely affects the quality of life. Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms, resulting from inflammation or damage to the joint as a result of the disorder. The pain can be excruciating, reducing mobility in the affected joint and also causing deformities.
Many people in today’s society fail to get enough iron in their diets.
There are many factors which can cause anemia. It may be due to a vegetarian diet lacking in the right combination of foods, including plant-based proteins, or living a life so busy that meal times are hurried and feature too many processed foods devoid of nutrition.
Ayurveda views anemia to be a linked with the subdosha of pitta: pachaka pitta. Seated in the stomach, it aids in the process of properly assimilating digested foods. If this process does not function properly, the minerals in the food, like iron, do not pass into the blood stream.
Spring is traditionally a time for new life and renewal. Envision spring to be a time for weeding the garden (de-cluttering and cleaning) and for sowing the seeds and establishing roots (setting intentions and new routines) for the season ahead after the months of hibernation and stagnation that is winter.