The Art of Discernment

The Art of Discernment

In Āyurveda, Śatāvarī has become a popular herb that is often called adaptogenic. Taking this herb without understanding its innate properties, combinations + methods of use is wasteful at best + harmful at its worst. This is from Caraka Siddhisthāna 2.24-28. The...
Vāta’s Imbalance is a Path of Destruction

Vāta’s Imbalance is a Path of Destruction

Vāta’s Domain We’ve discussed previously that Vāta is the King. When we say it this way, it makes the potential of Vāta seem kind of cute. We associate “Vāta’s” with being spacey and forgetful. We discuss having too much Vāta as a cause...
Basti, What’s the Point?

Basti, What’s the Point?

I will of course get into this more once I complete the program in June, but since there are so many kinds of enemas in the world, I thought it would be nice to elaborate on the differences. In Āyurveda, there are many types of Basti – some are...
Tantra Yuktis – Methods of Āyurvedic Thought

Tantra Yuktis – Methods of Āyurvedic Thought

Tantra Yuktis In the workshop on Sunday I referenced the Tantra Yuktis of Āyurveda. Tantra means scientific system on a particular topic. Yutki is the process of thinking that comes from experience related to textual knowledge. Yutki also...
Kitchen Witchin’

Kitchen Witchin’

Learn the Personality of the Friends in Your Kitchen! Did you know there are inherent differences between Ginger Powder (Śunṭhī) and Fresh Ginger (Ārdraka)? They might be the “same” substance, but Ginger undergoes a huge transformation when it becomes dry...
To Dance with Kapha

To Dance with Kapha

Have You Noticed? I know for me, I have observed in the last few weeks that I have not been as hungry as I usually am at mealtimes and my food is taking longer to digest than usual as well. These are signs that the environment is affecting my interior. This is due to...
The 3 Pillars of Life

The 3 Pillars of Life

How To Food… There are so many ways to go with diet, aren’t there? And it is so hard to choose what to eat when with so many different methods. There’s even conflict around something as simple as hydration! Lord! We can actually drink too much liquid...
The Benefit of Staying Pit

The Benefit of Staying Pit

I must say though, in a world that continues to cause really intense physical and emotional anguish, I am so grateful for the opportunity to show up three times a week for three hours a day to talk about the artful science of Āyurveda in the 30h course. I wanted to...
The Removal of the Cause

The Removal of the Cause

Epistemology – Nidana Parivarjana  Nidana means a few things. It can mean the cause of something. This is also called a Hetu. It can also mean the combination of the Hetu and the process of disease manifestation, called the Samprapti. Because it means both...