Kapha Doṣa, How We Adore Thee

Kapha Doṣa, How We Adore Thee

According to the AH.Su.11.3, Kapha is made of the combinations of Earth (Pṛthivi) and Water (Jala). Its presence confers stability, lubrication, compactness (firmness) of the joints, forbearance (capacity to withstand strain – physically and emotionally). Kapha...
Pitta Doṣa, Who Are You?

Pitta Doṣa, Who Are You?

Pitta Doṣa is described as a Pathogenic Factor made of the guṇas : oily, hot, sharp, liquid, and fluid. It is also known to be pungent and sour. (Ca.Su.1.58) It is balanced by guṇas which are opposite to those just described like cold, soft, and dry as well as the...
Vāta. All Hail the King.

Vāta. All Hail the King.

Ok, so we grappled a bit with Doṣa as a whole, so now let us look at each one individually to better understand its function and how to engage with it. We’ll begin with Vāta because it is often called the King of Disease as well as Yama Raja – the King of...
What are Doṣa?!

What are Doṣa?!

We are diving into the world of Doṣa. It is complex – partially because it requires some unlearning. I love this quote from Ganesh Mohan that speaks to the importance of waiting for right knowledge before consuming it! Visit their website for more goodies! What...
A Comparative Overview of Health

A Comparative Overview of Health

When we think of health outside of the Āyurvedic paradigm, some of the things I look for as definitions are :  Absence of Pain – The body does not ache regularly and any pain does not last longMental Clarity – Thoughts feel unfettered and...
Essential Oils, the Good, the Bady, the Caustic

Essential Oils, the Good, the Bady, the Caustic

Not all Oils are the Same Before we go into Essential Oils themselves, let’s examine the differences between Oils prepared Āyurvedically and those that are not.  The way Oils (Tailams) are made in Ayurveda is very different than how they are often made...
The Empty Promise of “Sweating Away Toxins”

The Empty Promise of “Sweating Away Toxins”

…and a deeper look at Sweat and its functions In a variety of ways, we have peered into the management of health. In summary, the means to protecting your health is through your gut – by managing the proportion of space around your digestive fire, the...
You CAN Drink too Much Water – aka What is Kleda

You CAN Drink too Much Water – aka What is Kleda

Last week we learned about the 6 tastes of Ayurveda and how a balance of these tastes is a prerequisite for health. We discussed how we are only healthy if we can digest what we consume and if what we consume contains the balance of the 6 tastes that we, in...
Shad Rasa – the 6 Tastes

Shad Rasa – the 6 Tastes

Rasa means many things in Sanskrit. It can mean the Divine play of Lord Krsna, it can mean energetic characteristics in Yoga Tantra, it can mean the first tissue made in Ayurveda – the one we mentioned often carrying Āma in last week’s conversation. It...
What is Āma?

What is Āma?

Often when a practitioner asks you to stick out your tongue they are looking at many things, but one of those things is the coating that may reside there. There are times when that coating can indicate health and other times when the coating can indicate ill health....