Dosha

Ayurvedic Travel Tips

From the perspective of Ayurveda, travel increases the vata dosha. Vata is the air and ether elements in the body.  When there is too much Vata we feel ungrounded and sometimes a bit scattered. Excess Vata leads to dryness in the body. This is why a lot of people become constipated or bloated when they travel.

Stay Hydrated – sip warm water throughout the flight/drive to hydrate your body.
Liquorice tea is great to help soothe the stomach and ginger tea is great for nausea.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb recommended for preventing constipation. (Contraindications include pregnancy and if you are on blood thinning medication).
Use sesame oil in ear lobes and nostrils to prevent dryness.
Pack a soft scarf – use it to keep you warm, to cover your eyes and ears, to use as a pillow.
Essential oils are great for refreshing the mind and relaxing the body. Try peppermint, eucalyptus or citrus aromas.
Use an organic rose water to hydrate your skin on a flight.
Eat small portions and eat slowly.
When you arrive at your destination take off your shoes and pop your legs up the wall for 5-20 minutes to promote blood flow through the body.
Use alternative nostril breathing (Nadi Shodana pranayama) to help with sleeping and jet lag.

Ayurvedic Beetroot Relish

Here is my delicious Ayurvedica Beetroot Relish. Beetroot has myriad of health benefits including Vitamin C and Fibre.  From an Ayurvedic perspective they are Vata Pacifying, this is because beetroots grow underground, this makes them supremely grounding and stabilizing for vata.

Don’t stop the Beet!

Ayurvedic Beetroot Relish

Ingredients

4 beetroots

5 curry leaves

1 Tbs Ghee or Olive oil

1 tsp Yellow mustard seeds

1tsp cumin seeds

1 pinch of Asofedida (Hing)

½ cup plain yoghurt

Salt to taste

 

Directions

Wash beetroot and trim stems, leaving 2–3 cm intact, before cooking.

Wrap beetroots with skin on in baking paper and roast in the oven until cooked. Approximately, 1 hour at 160 degrees.

Remove beetroots from oven and use baking paper to scrape off skin.

Cut the beetroots into quarters and add to blender with all the other ingredients.

Pop relish in a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Delish as a side dish or served on crackers as a snack.

 

Enjoy!

Revive + Thrive @ Dharma Shala Bondi Beach

I am super excited to announce I will be teaching my 6 week ‘Revive and Thrive’ course at Dharma Shala Bondi Yoga School ~ Starting Sunday October 27.

Future proof your health with this habit change course. We work on creating a daily routine customised to you. We make small incremental changes over 6 weeks that make a huge impact. The course is based on the principles of Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) so it’s all about following your intuition and listening to the bodies natural intelligence. It’s about making life more enjoyable and contributing to your wellbeing at the same time.

~ Digestion
~ Sleep
~ Starting the Day Right
~ Breath Body Practice
~ Mindset and Meditation
~ Strategies for Self-Care

Please take a moment to watch my short video to find out more…(2:27 min video)

Kaizen approach to habit change
Kaizen is the Japanese philosophy and practice of continuous improvement. Instead of making big changes all at once, the kaizen approach focuses on small improvements over time for big results. We use this approach in our daily habits course Revive + Thrive, making small incremental changes to our daily routine, over time this gives great results.

What
Each module is a 1 hour group coaching session where we will cover the topic looking through the lens of Ayurveda, there is the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot the topic. Each week you will also receive an email with instructions and homework to help support you in the week’s lesson. We will finish each session with a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra to integrate the knowledge.

When

Weekly for 6 weeks starting:

Sunday 27th October 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 3rd November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 9th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 17th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 24th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 1st December […]

The Ayurvedic Clock

Do you have a favourite time of the day? When do you feel most vibrant and
alive?

In Ayurveda there is a clock for energy. There is an optimal time of day for
different activities.

When we look at the world through the lens of Ayurveda everything is made up of
the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether. ⁣

The 5 elements are condensed into 3 Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. ⁣

Vata = Ether + Air⁣
Pitta = Fire + Water⁣
Kapha = Earth + Water⁣
At different times of the day, these different elements are present which creates
certain energies. They are:

Vata – the subtle wind energy is active between 2-6am/pm
Kapha – nourishing water energy is active from 6-10am/pm
Pitta – transforming fire energy is active from 10-2am/pm

What does this mean?
When we match our activities to make the most of energies naturally present we
have a routine for feeling vibrant and alive. This is what it’s like to be in sync, to
go with the flow, to be in rhythm with Mother Nature. This is common sense,
which is not that common!

An example of an Ayurvedic daily routine would look like:

Day
6am/sunrise – 10am
This is when KAPHA energy is present, there is heaviness in the air, you may
notice dew on the grass, sluggishness if you stay in bed too late. The best
activities for this time are:
o     Wake up, hydrate, eliminate
o     Drink warm water and lemon
o     Move your body for at least 20min
o     Meditate

10am – 2pm
This is PITTA time, it’s when the sun is at it’s hottest, it’s also when our digestion
is the strongest.
o     Eat the largest meal of the day
o     This is a good time for strategy work

2pm – 6pm/sunset
This is VATA time, a time […]

Peppermint and Chocolate Bliss Balls

I realize that bliss balls have been done to death, but they are yummy and super practical. I have been making these ones every few days lately as my kids love them and they are nut free so they can go in the lunchbox.

As I roll them in the coconut, it reminds me of a healthy version of the ‘rum balls’ my mum made in the early 80s!

From an Ayurvedic perspective these balls are Vata-pacifying with the salty and sweet tastes. The peppermint has a cooling quality so in Winter you may omit it and add a pinch of cardamom or cinnamon instead.

Ingredients

1 cup sunflower seeds, I process these in a high speed blender but you can also leave them whole for more texture.
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
6 dates (soaked and blended)
½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 Tbsp coconut oil
dash of peppermint oil to taste (I use about 6 drops)
1/3 cup desiccated coconut for rolling

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together, I like to use a blender but you can mix by hand if you don’t have one. Scoop out 1Tbsp of the mixture at a time, create a ball and then roll in the coconut. That’s it so quick and easy! If they are not all eaten straight away, they last in the fridge up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

Love

Justine

Vitamin or Pain Killer

‘Your role as a Yoga Health Coach is more like a Vitamin than a Pain Killer’, my mentor explains. In other words, as a health coach I work to support people to optimize their health and prevent disease by  listening to their bodies natural intelligence, rather than react once symptoms occur. Yoga health coaching helps you to read the signs.

This analogy reminded me of when Dr Robert Svoboda (American author and Ayurvedic Doctor) spoke in Sydney last year, he was interviewed by western GP, Dr Mark Donohoe. Dr Donohoe described a visit to the doctor, as like a visit to the smash repairer, the doctor usually deals with the ‘what’ rather than the ‘why’.

Don’t get me wrong, western medicine is incredible, I wouldn’t be here today without it. We need western doctors but we could also learn to understand our bodies and the different dimensions of the body-mind connection, why do we get sick and well again? This is where Yoga Health Coaching comes in, it’s like a users guide to our physiology.

Yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine all offer wisdom on preventative health, they all teach awareness, how to tune into the whispers of our bodies so we can take the responsibility of our health into our own hands, take our power back and heal ourselves. In other words, living in our bodies and not just our heads. Looking within ourselves rather than externally for someone to ‘fix’ us with a ‘pill in a bill’.

You see, I’ve tried the ‘pill in a bill’ approach before to help with severe migraines. It may work for the short term but doesn’t work in the long term. Not if you care about being able to rely […]

Why you love fast food

Do you crave, the salty, sweet and sour taste of fast food? Did you know that consuming these three tastes have certain physical and energetic affects on the body?
 
These are the three tastes that are most common in Western Diets, they are also the three tastes that pacify Vata? For those of you not familiar with Ayurveda, Vata is the wind and ether elements in the body. When Vata is out of balance in the body some of the symptoms are stress, anxiousness, hyperactivity, restlessness or nervousness. Therefore when we consume these flavours it gives us the sensation of releasing some of these symptoms, i.e. stress release, feelings of comfort. Have you ever noticed someone who is stressed adding lots of salt (salty taste) to their meals and sipping alcohol (sour taste) or reaching for a cake, chocolate or even something like a big bowl of pasta (sweet).
 
The Upside
 
When we consume foods with the sweet taste the effect on the body is soothing, satisfying, comforting, it can even be blissful! When we consume foods with the salty taste it will enhance the appetite and make everything taste delicious. Sour foods also stimulated the appetite and can make us feel more alert. No wonder fast food is so popular in Western Society.
 
The Downside
 
When you consume these three flavours, sweet, salty and sour, in excess there is a negative impact on the body. We all know the effect too much sweet taste has on the body, it increases weight. Did you know that excess salt would weaken the kidneys and aggravate stomach acidity. Too much sour can lead to an increase in acidity in the body. Hmm…so think, obesity, adrenal burnout (related to the […]

Hot in the City

Our bodies are in a constant state of flux reflecting changes in the external environment. The Seasons are an important factor in this external environment and in summer Pitta dominates. In Ayurveda, Pitta is responsible for all the chemical and metabolic actions in the body. Pitta also governs mental perception, enthusiasm, joy and courage.

If you have a Pitta constitution, fire (heat) is already predominant in the elements that make up your body. As generally, like increases like, the heat of summer will increase this element. Understandably, people of Pitta Dosha don’t normally like the hot weather as the heat aggravates, and can manifest itself in the mind as anger, impatience or irritability and in the body as such things as inflammation, ulcers and indigestion.

Saying this, on hot days heat affects everyone!  If you feel that Pitta is increasing in your body, you can try the following tips to help counteract Pitta and cool your-self down.

Choose bitter, astringent and sweet food
Favour Sweet fruits Apples, Avocados, Cherries, Coconut, Figs, Dark Grapes and Mangoes
Hot spices are aggravating so favour the cooling herbs and spices  such as Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill and Fennel.
Avoid excessive tea and coffee and limit salt and alcohol.
Expose your body to a cooling environment, taking cooling baths rather than hot ones & go for walks after the sun has gone down.
Drink plenty of liquid.
Favour raw, cold foods such as salad and fruit (if you are Vata or Kapha steam your veggies rather than eating too much raw food).
Choose food that is cooling, slightly dry and a little heavy.
Vegetables – good for pitta, especially raw vegetables in summer, but steamed vegetables in winter.
Oils – ghee & butter, olive oil and sunflower oil pacify […]

Know Thyself! What’s your dosha?

How well do you know your individual constitution? What is your body type according to Ayurveda?

In Ayurveda everything, including humans is made up of five elements earth, water, air, fire and space (ether).

In humans these elements are categorised into Tridoshas. The Tridoshas consist of the 5 elements but in different proportions, each having two elements predominant.

Kapha  – water and earth elements predominant
Vata – air and ether predominant
Pitta – fire and water predominant

When you know your body type you will gain insight into how your mind and body naturally operate helping you make the right diet and lifestyle choices.

Also, when you understand the body type of others this brings a unique understanding that leads to compassion in relationships.

Each Dosha or body type has certain characteristics determined by the elements it is made up of. These characteristics may inform us of our mental constitution, the diseases we maybe prone to and even the way we spend money. For example:

Kapha when in balance are loyal, stable, grounded people with big hearts and good stamina. When they are out of balance they can be lethargic, sluggish, heavy and unmotivated. They may suffer from being overweight, edema, sinus, congestion and allergies.

Vata types when in balance are creative, spontaneous, passionate but when out of balance may become scattered, fearful, restless and may suffer from anxiety and constipation.

Pitta body types when in balance are quick thinking, organised, motivated but when out of balance may anger easily, become judgemental and argumentative. When out of balance they maybe susceptible to hyperacidity, ulcers and inflammatory diseases.

Each person has a unique dosha, to find out yours you can explore online there are many free quizzes available or come in for a one on one consultation to determine which […]

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