Spring is here, Kapha season, where water and earth elements are dominant! Think of mud, it is heavy and dense. In the same way when spring is in the air we feel the effects of heaviness, humidity, dense qualities of air, heavy rains and growth in our body and mind. There are many ways in Ayurveda to balance this, one is with the food we eat.
Instead of looking at the individual components of foods—ie: carbohydrates, protein, fats, and calories— Ayurveda identifies six “tastes” of foods. Each taste has specific effects on the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). By including all six tastes in each meal we satisfy our nutritional and dietary needs without the need to count calories or consult a manual. Kaphas should focus on eating more of the Pungent, Astringent, and Bitter tastes, ie: leafy greens, lentils, dried beans, pomegranates, potatoes, cabbage, apples, and all digestive herbs and spices are good choices for Kapha or really for anyone in the Kapha season.
1 tablespoon organic tangerine peel (orange can be substituted)
¼ cup blanched almonds, chopped
¼ cup date sugar (or less)
Chop the dates finely. Mix the dates, water, syrup, vanilla, and tangerine peel in a small heavy skillet and cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until all the water has evaporated off and the dates are a thick mass. The thicker it is, the easier it is to work. Stir in the almonds and let cool. When cool, form into 1 inch balls (you can grease your hands with a bit of ghee, but basically you’re going to get sticky with these). Roll the balls in date sugar (to get them dry enough to serve).
2 cups whole milk (non-pastarized) or coconut milk
½ cup raisins
½ cup blanched almonds or almonds and pecans
4 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
15 to 20 threads of saffron
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Grind the nuts in a blender into a fine powder. Wash and grate the butternut squash. Saute the butternut
in 2 tablespoons of ghee, just enough to coat it. Stir in the milk and raisins.
Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking pan or iron skillet and transfer the mixture to it. Cover and bake for 40 to 55 minutes or until all the milk is absorbed. If you need to, uncover the halva in the last 10 minutes of baking to allow the milk to dry. When all the milk is absorbed, stir in the rest of the ghee, nutmeal, cardamom, and saffron. Press back into a flattened shape. Add sweetener (such as brown rice syrup) if desired. Cut in small pieces and serve.
March's weather is unpredictable. You might step out to find wind, rain, snow or sunshine - anything can happen. There's enough warmth and sunny days to spawn the big yearly melt of snow externally as fat "melts" internally. As rivers begin gushing with ice cold water, your chest and sinuses begin oozing with phlegm. Everything feels wet. The earth is soggy and fertile, rich with possibility. You may notice moisture and puffiness in your skin, even your forehead feels cool and moist. As hibernating animals come back to life, so should you. The longer and brighter days beckon you to enjoy the sunshine. Catch it when you can - heavy clouds might be on the horizon!
The wateriness of March has emotional repercussions as well. Psychologically, March is a month of lamentation, sadness, grief and release of deep seated emotions. Breathing exercises (pranayama), such as bhastrika and kapalabhati can flush out heaviness from the chest.
For those of you who know basic Ayurveda, you know what Dosh...
When I was in my 20s, I had goals, life goals that I was going to make reality no matter how hard I would have to work or whom I would have to convince to help me along the way. Later in life as I reached my 30s I started realizing that putting my attention where I wanted to direct my life was so important and was working perfectly but the outcome of that was completely out of my hands. I was planting the seeds and every time I would go to a direction I wasn't supposed to, I would so very clearly hear the messages of the universe trying to warn me, and if I kept going the results were harsh, heartbreaking lessons, it however always led to where I was supposed to be, something much bigger, magical and beautiful that I had ever imagined!!
I learnt if I let go of what I thought things must be like, that they became what they should be. I learnt that there is this mysterious, magical force in the universe that conveys everything, it connects everything together and only if it knows tha...
Pitta: Pacifies Pitta mainly because Asparagus is a blood cleansing vegetable and the blood is a pitta tissue.
Kapha: Pacifies kapha
2 c ASPARAGUS
1/4 tsp BLACK PEPPER
1 tsp CUMIN
2 tbsp GHEE
1/4 whole LEMON
1 c RISOTTO
2 pinch SAFFRON
1/2 tsp SALT (MINERAL SALT)
Grind saffron with a mortar and pestle. Place a few drops of water and continue grinding until saffron is completely dissolved. Let sit ten minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate pot bring 1 quart of water to a boil and set aside. Clean and dice asparagus. Sautee the cumin seeds in ghee in a large pot.
Add risotto, asparagus and other ingredients to the cumin while the seeds are still aromatic, before they begin to brown. Sautee for an additional 30 seconds. Add 1c of boiling water and lower heat to a simmer. Continue adding 1c of boiling water from the other pot every five minutes.
I know I love my one drink of coffee a day, I love the taste but sometimes this interrupts my Data Doshas by aggravating and over stimulating the nerves fo me. If you are the same this recipe is for you.
Coffee is stimulating and depleting, but adding butter & coconut oil can help mitigate the harmful effects of coffee. Grass-fed butter and nourishing coconut oil contain stable, healthy saturated fats that soothe your nerves and help protect your stomach lining from acidic coffee. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants, but is also a very strong stimulant and is therefore only recommended on occasion in Ayurveda. Body-Kind Coffee is one of the few ways that Vata-types can safely enjoy a cup of coffee with getting over-stressed and depleting their adrenals. Grass-fed, organic butter (the kind that is very yellow) is rich in Vitamin A, which is a key for adrenal and thyroid health.
The good fats have the ability to balance the Doshas and kindle the Agni or fire of your digestion. The car...
Nasal Cleaning with Neti pot is one of the tools used in Ayurveda as part of basic daily hygiene for thousands of years. Simply put, it cleans out the nose and sinuses with salt water and ensures they stay clean. It is such a simple technique that I sometimes forget how impactful it is until I need it again. The cold season has begun and my sinuses have been acting up and my lungs have been filled with excess mucus so I reached for my Neti pot again and the magic of watching it clean me out reminded me of the importance.
On a deeper level, though, the function of nasal irrigation has to do with maintaining balance in the kapha dosha. A dosha is an energy pattern, and according to Ayurveda each day the body moves through a series of dosha changes, from predominance in kapha (earth/water) in the morning, to pitta (or the fire element) at midday, to vata (air) in the evening. The kapha-predominance of each waking morning often results in sluggishness and congestion res...