How to Stay Healthy While Traveling in India Using Maharishi Ayurveda

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling in India Using Maharishi Ayurveda

India is a place of wonder, a place of adventure and spiritual awakening. It is the ancient birthplace of ayurveda, and it is the source of the high-quality herbs used in vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda formulas. Staying healthy as a Western tourist in India can be a challenge. ...Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Patterns, Children, & Chronobiology

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda, stated that orderliness in our bodies connotes health, and disease is a symptom of disorder. Nature's pattern, once disturbed, can create disease ...Continue Reading →

Ayurveda in the Workplace

“How was your day?” — words that we often hear from friends or loved ones at the end of the work day. Our jobs can bring experience, fulfillment, fortune, gratitude, and sometimes stress, anger, or worry into our lives. So, how do we create a “day-to-day” for ourselves where we can truly thrive — not just at home and on the weekends, but each and every workday?...Continue Reading →

Slowing Down — Living Primed

My Experience with The Prime Program

It is said that approximately every 27 days our skin regenerates itself. The stomach lining replaces itself every four days, and our stomach cells are being replaced by the minute. Our bodies are constantly transforming the food we eat and nutrients we assimilate into life energy. So naturally, what we eat has a major impact on how successful our bodies are at transformation...Continue Reading →

Finding Ayurveda

An Interview with Alan Marks, CEO of vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda

Alan Marks, CEO of vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda, discovered Transcendental Meditation® as a teenager. And while Alan found the deep silence he experienced during his twice-a-day meditation life changing (despite his busy schedule of running two companies, he claims to this day he can count on only one hand the meditations he has missed) ...Continue Reading →

Milk and Fruit: Do They Mix?

The role of milk in ayurveda is one that is highly regarded and valued. It has a profound nourishing property for our bodies that is able to help regenerate and strengthen the tissues of the physiology as well as increase our subtle essence known as ojas. Ojas is responsible for maintaining our immunity, vitality, complexion, luster and strength of our entire body ...Continue Reading →

Gut Health and the Microbiome

One of the most important medical discoveries in the 21st century is the role of the microbiome (the population of bacteria that inhabit the human body) on health and disease. This is particularly true of the population of the bacteria inhabiting the human digestive system. It is estimated that 90% of all DNA within the human body is actually bacterial DNA — bacteria effectively outnumber us 9:1. The implications of this on human health are enormous, ...Continue Reading →

Reduce Ama with Garshana Lymphatic Massage

Garshana (pronounced gar-shan), often called “dry-brushing,” is ayurvedic lymphatic massage that helps remove ama (digestive toxins). In Sanskrit, garshana means "friction by rubbing." Garshana massage is usually recommended for people with a Kapha imbalance or predominance — that is, slower metabolism — or with symptoms of ama ... Continue Reading →

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary and The Prime

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary never intended to write a diet book. “I still can’t imagine that I wrote a book about weight loss,” she said in a recent interview. And yet, men and women everywhere are getting to know Dr. Chaudhary and learning ayurvedic principles through her first book, The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss, which was published in January. ... Continue Reading →

Balance Digestion with Asana

The practices of ayurveda and yoga honor the connection between our mind and body — and more specifically, the connection between our brain and gut. Ancient ayurvedic texts tell us, "Rog sarve api mande’anau." Translated from Sanskrit this means, "All diseases have their basis in dull digestion." It’s clear that digestion is an all-important consideration for our health and well being... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Approach to Spring Cleaning – Home, Body, Mind

You can almost taste it. You can certainly smell it. From that first rainfall on a mildly chilly day in late winter, there’s that quality in the air — is it the scent of softening soil? A change in the wind? The beginning stages of new life — buds and grasses and flowers — still invisible beneath the earth, but nonetheless preparing for their emergence? Continue Reading →

Afternoon Ayurveda: Tips to Avoid Digestive Drama
Yoga Iowa, Spring Issue

“What you eat becomes your mind. As is the food, so is your mind.” Ayurvedic proverb as stated in The Prime by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. The next time your lunch hour rolls around, keep the following Ayurvedic tips in mind. Continue Reading →

Ayurveda and the Healthy Heart

To say that the heart is an astounding feat of nature would be the understatement of the year. The heart is the epicenter of life itself. Circulating approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through the body on a daily basis (that’s almost 1.4 gallons every minute), the average heart beats 100,000 times per day as it works to supply almost every cell in the body — roughly 75 trillion of them — with oxygenated blood. Continue Reading →

Finding My Doctor, Finding My Doshas

Admittedly, I picked the first doctor in a fairly juvenile way. I was a self-employed writer with the cheapest insurance I could find and, reliably healthy, I had never used it. The tingling in my fingertips, however, seemed like it meant something — like my fingers were trying to tell me something — so I looked at the HMO’s website and picked the doctor with crazy, curly hair. Continue Reading →

An Ayurvedic Perspective on Healthy Relationships

Relationships can be challenging — there's no arguing that one. From minor disagreements to seemingly insurmountable differences, keeping a partnership happy, healthy and mutually fulfilling takes commitment and work, but it's certainly possible. Knowing your partner's predominant dosha(s) and tendencies can help take much of the mystery (and dare I say frustration?) out of relationship woes. Knowledge allows for insight, and insight for patience and compassion. Continue Reading →

Dosha Balance: Kapha

If I could just get up from this comfy couch and make my way over to my computer, I could tell you all about the Kapha dosha... Kapha, made up of the properties of earth and water, embodies structure and stability. Earth and water… slow, stable, down to earth, slow to anger, and easygoing! The Kapha-dominant take their sweet time, too. If you’ve heard the expression, “Slow and steady wins the race,” that’s a good example of Kapha. Continue Reading →

Dosha Balance: Pitta

The Pitta dosha governs metabolism and all things heat-related — it is the dosha of transformation. Think flow and fire! Our digestion — our digestive fire — known in ayurveda as agni, is what we use to transform food. Named for the Rigvedic element of fire, agni is responsible for the transformation of food into fuel for our bodies. Pitta is responsible for this “fire” in our bellies, and if it’s out of balance, our entire physiology can be thrown for a loop. Continue Reading →

Dosha Balance: Vata

Vata dosha governs flow and motion in the mind and body — the movement of thoughts across our minds; memory; food moving through our digestive tract; elimination of wastes; the flow of our blood; and our breath. For the movement of all three doshas — Vata makes it happen; it’s the leader! Since the other doshas, Pitta and Kapha, cannot move without it, it is important to keep Vata in balance. Continue Reading →

Five "Healthy" Habits That May Actually Be Harming You

Dating back thousands of years, ayurveda is an ancient and complete healthcare system, aimed at whole body and mind balance. Through the practice of ayurveda, we can tailor our lives to live in alignment with nature. Empowered with the knowledge of ayurveda, it is possible to live a life in balance, and according to ayurveda we can avert the danger yet to come. Continue Reading →

The Evening Routine to Unwind and Recharge

It’s no big secret: for many of us, it’s extremely difficult to unwind — especially after a long day of answering emails, attending meetings, taking phone calls, taking care of kids or pets, and battling traffic on the way to and from our jobs. It seems increasingly difficult to find the “off” switch once we enter our personal sanctum — home, at the end of the day. Continue Reading →

Stress-Free Holiday Travel Tips

Long delays and canceled flights… traffic jams… inclement weather… crowds… wrangling little ones…. all these factors and more can make traveling during the holiday season stressful. Yet, getting together with friends and family is a big part of what makes the season so special. Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Time and Balanced Sleep

There was no siren nor light nor gentle nudge that woke me up. Nothing external interrupted me and yet, suddenly, in the middle of the night, I was awake and my brain was racing. I wanted sleep; I needed sleep; and none was coming. All I could do was lie there, frantically making mental lists and composing what seemed to be brilliant and urgent plans that I would no doubt forget in the morning. Continue Reading →

An Ayurvedic (Vegetarian) Holiday Meal

This Thanksgiving, whether we are hosting a meal or cooking for ourselves, these wholesome recipes from top ayurvedic chefs will fill our plates and our lives with nature’s bounty. Continue Reading →

Ten Tips to Avert Ama Build-Up Over the Holidays

Ama, the toxic waste-product of inefficient digestion, can accumulate at any time of the year. During the holidays, we’re particularly susceptible to it. The bounty of festive meals and lots of sweets tempts us to overeat and eat at irregular times, and these are all triggers for the build-up of ama. If left unchecked, our body can become clogged and our immune system weakened by the accumulation of ama. Continue Reading →

The Yoga Ayurveda Connection Part 4 — Balance Vata with Asana

The transition to fall is in full swing…it’s tangible. The leaves are changing around us, the days are becoming shorter and we feel a cool change in the air. During the fall and into the winter season, Vata dosha reigns (October - February). Vata is comprised of the elements air and space… air + space = movement! That’s right, Vata is the essential dosha which governs movement within our physiology (bodily functions)... Continue Reading →

Joint Health: Flexible for Fall

Many of us experience occasional joint discomfort or stiffness. For many of us this is associated with normal wear and tear and stress on the joints. Naturally, the older generation may experience this more, but even the younger generation can experience joint issues, depending on their lifestyle. It is a good idea for all of us to focus on ways to maintain joint health. Ayurveda has much to offer with lifestyle suggestions and herbal supplements to support healthy bones and joints... Continue Reading →

Eating the Ayurvedic Way: 7 Tips for Good Digestion

Do you suffer from everyday digestion problems: gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, occasional constipation, occasional heartburn, or fatigue after eating? A simple solution to these common complaints is to consider not only what we eat but how we eat... Continue Reading →

9 Tips to Live Ayurveda This Fall

As we transition into the fall season, the season of Vata, we can empower ourselves by bringing all the energy and happiness we can into our everyday life with these simple ayurvedic tips. With a few easy changes in our routine, it may surprise you how easily we can transition from one season into the next! Continue Reading →

The Morning Routine to Kick-start Your Day

All right, Vata season, let’s do this! As the season changes, what’s going on around us? The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing colors and falling, and we feel change within. Vata — light, airy, dry and governing movement — has great qualities. In our bodies, when Vata is in balance it is expressed as mental alertness, ability to fall asleep easily, good circulation, calm demeanor, balanced digestion and elimination, and balanced body temperature... Continue Reading →

Maharishi Aromatherapy: Four Ways to Use Essential Oils for Natural Immunity

As the weather begins to cool and the days become drier, our physiology can become more susceptible to Vata imbalance. It’s easy to understand why, and taking steps to balance Vata dosha is essential. So, how can we begin to boost our natural immunity? One powerful technique is with natural, therapeutic remedies that enliven our own self-healing mechanisms — pure essential oils! Continue Reading →

The Yoga Ayurveda Connection Part 3 — Balance Pitta with Asana

As the year unfolds before us, our knowledge of ayurveda allows us to begin living more in tune with our environment, and we might recognize that each season has a dosha, or set of qualities, associated with it. When the days feel longer, brighter, and hotter, the season of Pitta is in full swing — summer (July - September). Continue Reading →

A Natural Helper for Returning to “Cool, Calm & Collected”

One year ago, almost to the day, I was on a two-week retreat. It involved a lot of silence, yoga, meditation and hours spent just being. As the days went on, I found myself really feeling amazing. Totally full of life and absolutely connected. I was digging this break from my “real life.” Then it happened. Continue Reading →

The Magic of Rose: Not all Triphala is Equal — The Organic Digest Tone Difference

I was first introduced to vpk’s® Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. Her recommendation was given to me as part of my comprehensive detoxification program. When I first received the suggestion, I remember thinking, "Oh, it is just another bottle of Triphala!" I was wrong. Continue Reading →

Worry Free

Worry Free is one of my favorite herbals to balance a state of increased Vata. This preparation is a masterpiece of the traditional Ayurvedic art of composing herbs for efficient and fast action. It consists of seven herbs and one mineral component. Continue Reading →

Honey Under Heat (Why you should never overheat honey!)

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancients of Vedic civilization as one of the most remarkable gifts to mankind, and it is still, when used properly, revered today. Honey that is properly used possesses unique nutritional and medicinal properties. Continue Reading →

Tender Loving Cauliflower

Healthy sauteed cauliflower and quinoa recipe to satisfy the whole family! Continue Reading →

Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry muffins. Vegetarian cooking for lifelong health the ayurveda way from heaven’s banquet by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. Continue Reading →

The Yoga Ayurveda Connection Part 2 - Balance Kapha with Asana

Yoga asanas are the ideal non-strenuous ayurvedic exercise. We can stay balanced during Kapha season by incorporating asanas that fire us up and make us move. Uplifting, heart-opening backbends will open up the chest and lungs, helping with congestion and upper-respiratory heaviness. Continue Reading →

Four Ayurvedic Tips to Stay Grounded

The concept that we are a continuation of everything around us — ever-present consciousness underlying all creation — lies at the heart of Ayurveda. When we cultivate and experience this underlying field of silent awareness, we can begin to understand what is happening within and around us, as well as how to manage it… we become more integrated with our world. Continue Reading →

Earth Day and Beyond: How I Stay Grounded with Ayurveda

I always wanted to be one of those “morning people.” You know, the kind that wakes up easy as pie, flies out of bed and checks off seven to-do list items before noon. Those kind. But, alas, I seemed to inherit the midnight adrenaline gene and its morning melancholy defect. Even as a child with two alarm clocks ringing intermittently across the room, I’d slam the snooze buttons for an hour — only to fall back asleep until my dad sang Broadway show tunes in my ear. Continue Reading →

Know the Skin You’re In: Soaptherapy

Have you ever tried a skin care product and found it just doesn't feel right for you? Ever wonder why? Based on our dosha makeup, we all have different skin types — which can vary from soft, smooth and unwrinkled to sensitive, “rashy” dry, or even a combination of a few different types. Nobody knows the qualities of your skin better than you! Continue Reading →

Yellow Squash Couscous with Garbanzo Beans

This Middle Eastern-style dish is a delight for the eyes. The color and aroma are heartwarming. Serve as a side to a more opulent main dish, or as the entrée itself. Continue Reading →

Ginger Pear Crisp

Comfort food at its best! Continue Reading →

Creating Balance Where Imbalance Exists: Aci-Balance

Are you one of the many Americans who experience occasional acid indigestion or heartburn? The feeling of hyperacidity is due to excessive production of acid by our system (more on that later…). A very simple and immediate solution, logically, seems to be to take some alkaline product to immediately neutralize the acid. This is OK, if all you want is a temporary fix. Continue Reading →

Inside Out: Healthy Spring Beginnings

Hello, spring! It's time to clean out the cobwebs — in your body. You know, the build-up from holiday eating, too little exercise or the winter blues. Ayurveda has you covered, because it’s the only health system that accounts for physiological changes that come with each season. Continue Reading →

Peas and Potato Curry

Try this delicious Pea and Potato Curry recipe — a vegetarian delight from the ayurvedic cookbook Heaven's Banquet by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. Continue Reading →

3 Tips for #HealthyBeginnings

3 simple tips for healthy beginnings

Date Chutney (Khajur Chatni)

Try this delicious Pea and Potato Curry recipe — a vegetarian delight from the ayurvedic cookbook Heaven's Banquet by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. Continue Reading →

The Bringer of Balance, The Golden Elixir

I used to think sesame oil was for cooking — until I met Doctor Kulreet Chaudhary, the Maharishi Ayurveda expert and neurologist who has remade my relationship with the aromatic liquid. “There’s nowhere we won’t put oil!” she once said, and as her patient, I attest. Parts of me previously unexplored can personally validate this. Continue Reading →

The Yoga Ayurveda Connection Part 1

Yoga in America has grown exponentially over the last several decades. As popularity continues to increase, many practitioners have started to realize that Yoga is not just a physical exercise — it creates balance of body and mind, emotions and consciousness. Continue Reading →

Tortilla Soup

Vegetarian Cooking for Lifelong Health the Ayurveda Way from Heaven’s Banquet by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. Continue Reading →

De-stress During Seasonal Chaos

With looming to-do lists, invite lists, gift lists, wish lists, and grocery lists, the most wonderful time of the year can quickly become seasonal chaos. It’s no wonder that many of us feel so stressed out during the holiday season! Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Pumpkin Pie & Pastry Crust Recipe - Vegetarian Cooking for Lifelong Health the Ayurveda Way. You can substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin. All manner of winter squash also work well; kabocha squash has a particularly lovely color and texture. White sugar gives the pie best color. Continue Reading →

Dissolving Vata Derangement

vpk, or Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are the mind-body elements of which all of us are uniquely comprised. Knowing our Prakriti, or our underlying dosha combination, allows us to understand our nature, physically and emotionally. Continue Reading →

Seven Ways to Balance Vata, part 1

According to Ayurveda, from October - February the Vata dosha reigns. If you are Vata-predominant, you may notice imbalances in your physiology that did not exist during warmer months of the year. Whether you're Vata-predominant or not, attention to the season and efforts to stay balanced during the cooler months are recommended. Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Essentials: Reasons to Practice Tongue Scraping

Tongue scraping, or Jihwa Prakshalana, has long been an important part of the recommended Ayurvedic daily routine. Have you ever noticed a film or coating (which can range in color from clear to white, yellow, or green) on your tongue in the morning? Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Beauty Secrets

Before there was yoga, there was ayurveda, the “science of life.” This complete healthcare system strives to restore and maintain balance and purify the mind, body, and emotions. In fact, yoga asana practice is a branch of ayurveda. Continue Reading →

The Power of Synergy

In many supermarkets one will see a variety of products based on partial or fragmented knowledge: e.g., the newest wonder ingredient, trend, or superfood. vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda formulas are quite the opposite — they are ancient, traditional, synergistic, precise combinations of herbs that are carefully selected and combined to create the most effective, highest-quality products. Continue Reading →

Thrive Through Student Life

The brain of a teenager is inherently different from that of a mature adult. Undoubtedly, teens and parents would agree. During the second decade of life — the years between childhood and adulthood — profound growth and remarkable changes in the brain occur. The brain's "wiring" becomes more complex and even more efficient, ... Continue Reading →

Pitta’s Plight & Vata’s Dream

The summer season of Pitta heats us during the longest and warmest days of the year: July - October. Pitta dosha, represented by fire and water, governs metabolism, particularly digestion, and is in charge of transformation in the mind and body... Continue Reading →

Spring, Allergens and Ayurveda

The shift to springtime weather and energy has begun. Fickle, changing hot-and-cold days send mixed signals to the body. This natural ... Continue Reading →

Spring Detox (Power of the Seasons)

The shift to springtime weather and energy has begun. Fickle, changing hot-and-cold days send mixed signals to the body. This natural ... Continue Reading →

Why Happiness Starts in the Stomach

Why Happiness Starts in the Stomach By Linda Egenes In the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock decided to eat a steady diet of ... Continue Reading →

Kidney Bean Soup

Ayurvedic recipes for kidney bean soup, satisfies all 6 tastes and does not imbalance the doshas... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Cilantro Chutney

This is a simple recipe using the remarkable Coriander leaf (cilantro). It is not only delicious, it is a safe way to begin purifying deep toxins (known as garavisha) from the body. You can eat cilantro chutney with holy basil (tulsi) as an addition to your diet... Continue Reading →

The Gap between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The change from summer to fall is a period of time called Ritu Sandhi in ayurveda. It refers to the gap between seasons. This is a delicate time for the digestion, because the doshas are fluctuating and digestive capacity can also waver. This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body, and ayurveda suggests that we make good use of the natural tendency of the body to cleanse itself... Continue Reading →

Rustic Polenta Muffins with Pine Nuts

Rustic Polenta Muffins with Pine Nuts These savory, organic pine-nut-studded muffins are wonderful accompaniments to luncheons and dinners, in addition to playing their usual role... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Garbanzo Bean Party Dip

Party's can be healthy too! Enjoy this recipe for Ayurvedic garbanzo bean party dip, goes great with pita chips. This slightly-tart, slightly-sweet dip is perfect for a party. It can also be used as a stuffing for quesadillas or as a pesto-type sauce... Continue Reading →

Better Brain, Better Grades: Ayurvedic Herbs and Tips for Students

The timeless principles of ayurveda can help busy students - especially teenagers - thrive in today's tough academic and social environments.... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Turmeric Cooked in Ghee

Cooking with turmeric is a key component to an ayurvedic diet. Turmeric helps balance the doshas, reduce inflammation, and provide antioxidants to your body. A bright yellow-orange wonder herb, turmeric is one of the oldest, most significant spices known to man. Turmeric plants thrive in hot climates with light ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Walnut Brainburgers (Veggieburgers)

This recipe for walnut veggie burgers is not only delicious, but follows the ayurvedic principles of providing all six tastes and balancing the doshas. According to Ayurveda, nuts of all kinds in moderation, nut milks and nut butters, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are excellent for pacifying Vata. Blanched... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda on the Road: Pacifying Pitta

Travel can be stressful, especially for Pitta people. Follow these tips to avoid the stress and sit back to enjoy the ride! According to Ayurveda, summer is considered Pitta season. Wherever you choose to... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda on the Road: Grounding Vata When You’re on the Move

Traveling can be stressful. Learn how to ground Vata to maintain calm when you are on the road. Travel stimulates new ideas, creativity, and personal growth. A change of routine and surroundings brings a sense of... Continue Reading →

Organic Ayurvedic Strawberry-Cherry Chutney

Ayurvedic recipes for strawberry-cherry chutney. Goes good on toast or to add a little sweet & tart flavor to any dish. There are two major types of fruit chutneys — fruit that has been cooked with spices, or fresh fruit that has been mixed in a... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Spice Mixture for Emotional Balance

Use this ayurvedic spice mixture to balance emotions AND add delicious, oriental flavor to any dish! Spice Mixture Recipe for Emotional Balance Most spices enhance digestion, and that's one of the reasons spices are revered in Ayurvedic cuisine. Not only do... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Phirni (Rice & Milk Pudding)

This ayurvedic rice-pudding mixture is a sweet and delicious after-meal treat any time of the year. Ayurvedic Phirni: This is an excellent summer sweet – cool for Pittas, wet for Vatas and usually light enough for Kaphas to digest. When the ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Bulgur Wheat Salad

Ayurvedic recipe for bulghur wheat salad - makes a refreshing summer salad for lunch or dinner. Ayurvedic Bulgur Wheat Salad Grains are useful because they help in creating whole proteins when combined with legumes, beans or milk products. (Choose organic non-GMO... Continue Reading →

The Remarkable Qualities of Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)

What makes Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) so remarkable? Triphala is one of the most famous herbal formulations in Ayurveda. Triphala literally means “three fruits.” ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Quinoa Pilaf

Make this ayurvedic quinoa pilaf for a tasty lunch or light dinner. Quinoa is an ancient seed that provides an excellent source of protein. It is closely related to beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds. Quinoa is balancing to ... Continue Reading →

10 Ayurvedic Secrets to Uplift the Emotions & Create Inner Calm

Use these 10 ayurvedic secrets to avoid stress, be happy, and create a sense of inner tranquility. The power of the Ayurvedic approach is in its simplicity. The advice can be deceptively simple, but remarkably powerful. Any one... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Fried Plantains (Bananas)

Fried plantains and bananas can be a delicious ayurvedic dessert that is both sweet AND healthy! Plantains are a delicious fruit belonging to the genus Musa, which includes the banana. There is no formal botanical distinction between plantains and bananas. Plantains ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Thermos Lunch — Fast Fresh & Ayurvedic

Ayurveda favors fresh food - use this simple trick to have a hot, fresh and ayurvedically delicious lunch! Ayurvedic Thermos Flask Lunch — Fast Fresh Ayurvedic thermos lunch Ayurveda recommends freshly-made foods. "Freshly-made" is a central principle in Ayurvedic cooking. It is recommended ... Continue Reading →

Amla Berry and Feminine Health

Amalaki - or Amla Berry - is one of the revered ayurvedic herbs. Learn how it contributes especially to feminine health. Amalaki (also known as Amla or Amla Berry) is considered good for both men and women, but especially so for women. ... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Organic Rose Petal Thirst Quencher

The essence of rose appears in aroma therapy, and tonics are made from mixing rose paste, water, and spices. Cold poultices ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Herbs and Tips for Menopause

Herbs and Tips for Menopause In many cultures, menopause is looked upon as a time of greater freedom and happiness. While western attitudes are changing, ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic recipe: Organic Coconut-Mint Dhal

Coconut-mint dhal is a cherished food in Ayurveda. It's delicious, easy to prepare and is balancing to all three doshas (tridoshic). ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Herbs and Tips for a Smoother Cycle

A smooth cycle is what Nature intended. Modern lifestyles, diets and stress can knock your cycle out of balance. Ayurveda herbs ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Herbs for Dissolving Stress

The modern world is stressful. Ayurveda understands the need to create inner calm in this world without diminishing your alertness. Ayurveda ... Continue Reading →

Spring, Allergens and Ayurveda

Spring flowers, ragweed, dust, mold or pet dander can cause your immune system to overreact to harmless natural substances. The ... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda for Peak Performance

There are three fundamental ayurvedic principles or goals that support "high performance" — whether physical or mental... Continue Reading →

Kapha Season: 5 Ways to Lighten Up in Spring

When spring rolls around, it’s a relief to shed winter hats, boots and coats. But for most of ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Spring Detox

The shift to springtime weather and energy has begun. Fickle, changing hot-and-cold days send mixed signals to the ... Continue Reading →

Healing Emotional Wounds (Part 2)

Whether a person is born with low Sadhaka Agni or whether they acquired it through poor diet, lifestyle or behavior, the solution is the same: ... Continue Reading →

Healing Emotional Wounds (Part 1)

[Note: If you have a clinical condition, or you are under the care of a health professional, we recommend that you ... Continue Reading →

Seven Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Energy (with food)

Any season is a good time to think about supporting immunity. There are a few good strategies for doing this, and ... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda For Teens and Kids (Part 2)

Super Healthy Kids (Excerpt 2) The following article is excerpted from the book: Super Healthy Kids, A Parent’s Guide, with permission from the author, Kumuda ... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda and Weight – Find Your Balance (Part 2)

(Article continued from last week) Finding and maintaining your ideal weight doesn't have to be difficult - ayurveda has a no-nonsense approach to being healthy and fit... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda and Weight – Find Your Balance (Part 1)

Your weight and the overall shape of your ... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda for Teens (and Kids)

The following article is excerpted from the book: Super Healthy Kids, A Parent’s Guide, with permission from the author, Kumuda Reddy, M.D. To comply with ... Continue Reading →

Ayurveda, Stress and Sleepless Nights

On a typical day in America, 125 million people wake up feeling exhausted. For 50 percent of the nation’s population, ... Continue Reading →

The Maharishi Ayurveda Holiday Survival Guide

It can be a wonderful time of the year—a delightful time of parties, feasts and gifts. So why do so ... Continue Reading →

Ten Tips To Fall Asleep Faster

You toss. You turn. You count sheep. But still your mind is whirling. For 50 percent of the ... Continue Reading →

Creating A Serene Sanctuary for Your Holidays

The holidays are usually exciting and fun-filled. But the holidays can also be hectic, accompanied by worries and a feeling of being ... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Skin at Any Age

When I was a teenager my skin was a huge challenge. Blemishes and an oily nose were two ... Continue Reading →

Avoiding Bad Breath – Ayurveda’s Solutions

From the Ayurvedic perspective, the root cause of bad breath is poor digestion and/or poor oral hygiene. The two are usually ... Continue Reading →

Women’s Health: Six Ways to Have It All without Losing Your Health

For many women today, it’s hard to find a ... Continue Reading →

Happiness Is A Gut Feeling — Elimination & Your Health

Feeling heavy, lethargic, fatigued, worried or a little down? According to Maharishi Ayurveda, irregular elimination (known commonly as occasional constipation) can cause ... Continue Reading →

High-Caffeine Energy Drinks—The Ayurvedic Perspective

A number of recent deaths possibly linked to ... Continue Reading →

Avoiding Dry Winter Skin with Maharishi Ayurveda

Winter doesn’t have to be hard on skin. As odd as it may seem, winter is actually the best time of year ... Continue Reading →

Fine Fall (and winter) Meals: Ayurvedic Soups

Nothing warms and nourishes quite like a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold fall day. Ayurveda loves soups. They are ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic Power Foods

Americans spend millions every year on expensive power bars and shakes to power up sagging energy levels or ... Continue Reading →

The Sweet 15: Simple Ayurvedic Tips for Bliss and Beauty

1. Enjoy a walk with a friend, co-worker, or your dog. A daily moderate walk benefits the cardiovascular ... Continue Reading →

Immunity — Your First Line of Defense

Your body’s first line of defense in maintaining optimal health is the immune system. Natural immunity is a core focus of Maharishi Ayurveda... Continue Reading →

Foods for the Blues — 2 Recipes for Emotional Health

When possible, and especially when you are feeling blue, choose intelligent foods. Intelligent foods, in the Maharishi Ayurvedic perspective, are fresh, organic, GMO-free, pesticide-chemical free, ... Continue Reading →

Healthy Skin Begins Within — Good Digestion, The Best Beautician Money Can Buy.

Beautiful skin is radiant, smooth, well hydrated, and even colored. It has firm elasticity with few wrinkles. What exactly is the secret of ageless beauty? ... Continue Reading →

Total Heart Health with Maharishi Ayurveda®

Maharishi Ayurveda recommends the experience of transcendence, through the practice of Transcendental Meditation®, as a balance-restoring treatment of Ayurveda. The benefits of this experience for health and wellness have been repeatedly verified in hundreds of peer-reviewed, published scientific studies over the last 30 years... Continue Reading →

Soul Food — The Subtle Ayurvedic Techniques for Preparing a Meal

We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” To most people this means simply that the vitamins, carbs, and proteins in food build ... Continue Reading →

A Pitta-Calming Mexican Lunch, Ayurveda-Style!

A Mexican menu can work well for cooling Pitta. Below are a few easy, delicious recipes that will help keep Pitta balanced, and will give ... Continue Reading →

How to Fight Fatigue (and Beat It) - Recipes, Diets, Herbs

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, fatigue is caused by overuse, misuse or no use of the mind, emotions or body. Misuse is doing something that is ... Continue Reading →

The Maharishi Ayurveda View of Alcohol

The authoritative Ayurvedic text called Charaka Samhita talks about the consumption of alcohol both for benefit and as a dangerous toxin. The texts of Ayurveda, ... Continue Reading →

Rose Lassi, Rose Milk, Rose Thirst Quencher – Recipe

According to the ayurvedic texts, it is not a coincidence that the rose is associated with romance, because it balances Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of ... Continue Reading →

Taking Ayurveda on the Road Part 3: Kapha is King of the Road When Balanced

In the heat of summer, Kapha-predominant folks may have a challenging time getting off the couch and leaving the cozy comforts of their air-conditioned homes. ... Continue Reading →

Taking Ayurveda on the Road Part 2: Pacifying Pitta

Pitta, the dosha made of fire and water, is responsible for digestion and transformation in the body and mind. Its main site is the small ... Continue Reading →

Taking Ayurveda on the Road: Grounding Vata When You Are on the Move

Travel stimulates new ideas, creativity, and personal growth. A change of routine and surroundings brings a sense of freshness to our life and relationships. However, ... Continue Reading →

6 Tips to Balance Your Skin this Summer (Includes Recipes!)

Summer is fun, but it's a season that has its own set of demands. Your skin, overall beauty and digestion can take a hit. This ... Continue Reading →

Heart Health and Ojas: From Tragedy to a Healthier, Happy Heart

Heart health and preventative care are not a vanity issue. Other health issues aside, it’s vastly easier to prevent most heart problems in the first ... Continue Reading →

The Ayurvedic View of Marijuana

It is understandable that some people may think at first that anything that is “natural” and gives a measure of relaxation is a good thing. But with experience, it becomes obvious that not every plant that grows in nature is necessarily safe or without negative side-effects... Continue Reading →

Aci-Balance — Oh What a Relief It Is!

Neighborhood barbeques, county fairs, and family reunions are sure signs of summer. Hot wings, fried funnel cakes, and Aunt Verna’s jalapeño potato salad fill the ... Continue Reading →

Is Stress Keeping You Awake?

You know the feeling—you dread going to bed because you aren’t going to fall asleep anyway. If stress is keeping you awake at night, you ... Continue Reading →

Ginger—Ayurveda's Remarkable Rhizome

Ginger helps balance Vata and Kapha doshas (mind-body types) and aggravates Pitta. Traditional ayurvedic texts recommend ginger to help with joint pain, motion sickness Continue Reading →

Summer, Sun and Your Skin Care

Soaking up the sun’s rays used to be considered a safe summer pastime. My friends would slather suntan oil over their bodies and relax in ... Continue Reading →

Healthy Summer Food for Kids (Recipes)

Finding healthy food for kids can be a struggle, especially in summer, when everyone wants to kick back and relax. It helps to have an ... Continue Reading →

Maharishi Amrit Kalash — The Rasayana of all Rasayanas

Maharishi Ayurveda's herbal food supplement, Amrit, is a Rasayana of Rasayanas—the quintessential ayurvedic herbal compound for all-around longevity, health and vitality. This super antioxidant contains ... Continue Reading →

A Review: The Use of Antioxidants and Cancer Therapy

It is always inspiring to meet people who have been through and survived cancer, and especially those who have undergone the Western medical treatments for ... Continue Reading →

Brahmi — Brain Power for Deadlines

You’ve been pushing to get a project done to meet your deadline. Fighting against the clock while working long hours, your busy mind resists sleep, ... Continue Reading →

Neem: The Wonder Tree of India

Neem aids in cleansing deep toxins from the teeth and mouth. Neem bark especially supports dental health; in fact, its most common use is as ... Continue Reading →

Balanced Digestion, Balanced Health

If you're feeling sluggish, dull or occasionally constipated, it's likely that toxins are building up in your body. ... Continue Reading →

Turmeric

A bright yellow-orange wonder herb, turmeric is one of the oldest, most significant spices known to man. Turmeric plants thrive in hot climates with light ... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Ayurvedic Khichadi (Mung Bean) and Basmati Rice Stew

Khichadi is the easiest solid food to digest. Ayurveda offers khichadi, a recipe that Ayurvedic experts consider a vital food for restoring balance to body ... Continue Reading →

Weight Loss, Sleep & Ayurveda: New Research on an Old Ayurvedic Secret

As more and more Americans work hard to keep the pounds off, an interesting study shows that when you eat is just as important as ... Continue Reading →

The Yoga Ayurveda Connection

Yoga has taken America by storm. Approximately one in sixteen Americans now practices yoga—an estimated nearly-twenty million. Most fitness clubs offer yoga classes, and yoga ... Continue Reading →

How to Get Rid of Acne — Common Non-Cystic Acne

Non-cystic acne is the scourge of teenagers and usually disappears once past those difficult years, but for some it continues on and off all their ... Continue Reading →

Ayurvedic “Panchakarma” on The Dr. Oz Show — Detox and Balance Support Healthy Weight Loss

I just saw Dr. Oz’s special segment on panchakarma – which aired on national TV Friday May 11th. For those who missed it, it was ... Continue Reading →

Spring Allergy Symptoms — Say Goodbye

Every year when the spring grasses grew long enough for their first haircut, Carolyn’s nose started running and her eyes itched so much she had ... Continue Reading →

10 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster at Night

You toss. You turn. You count sheep. But still your mind is whirling. For 50 percent of the nation’s population, getting a good night’s sleep ... Continue Reading →

Natural Detox for Springtime

Spring is natural detox time for your body. The shift to springtime energy has been scattered across the country, with unseasonably warm weather in the ... Continue Reading →

An Ayurvedic Path to Heartbreak Recovery

A devastating breakup clouded my days, which stretched to months and longer. The stressful situation couldn’t be avoided – I was spending the summer working ... Continue Reading →

Kapha Season: Springtime Strategies

When spring rolls around, it’s a relief to shed winter hats, boots and coats. But for most of us, it’s not so easy to shed ... Continue Reading →

Shilajit — Himalayan Mineral Masterpiece

We’re juggling it all and feeling the effects. As a professional, a parent and homemaker, it’s easy to plow through days feeling overwhelmed with social, ... Continue Reading →