The Ultimate Ayurvedic Holiday Gift Guide
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship," the Buddha is known to have said long ago. With the holiday season upon us, Ayurveda offers many wonderful gift-giving options to nurture health and contentment among your nearest and dearest. Below, we’ve narrowed things down to help you tick those all-important names off your list.
They’re always on the go — whether for business or pleasure — and travel’s their middle name. Their shelves boast mementos from far-off places, and they spend more time in airplanes than at home. We all know that adventurous, jet-setting friend or family member! While frequent travel can be fun, those long flights can take a toll and throw Vata dosha out of balance. To ground whirlwind Vata, consider the following gifts:
Student or lifelong learner on your list? “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” Benjamin Franklin once famously said. So, while your stellar student is diligently cultivating his or her mind — whether far from home or nearby — here are some gifts that can help aid focus and mental clarity. We’ve also included some self-care essentials for those much-loved student care packages.
Whether dancers, runners, triathletes, or yogis, athletes thrive on movement and endorphins. But even the most energetic among them need to relax and recharge from time to time. Help your favorite athlete stay on top of their game with these nurturing traditional Ayurvedic formulas, which are designed to strengthen and replenish.
She’s the high-powered CEO of a Silicon Valley startup. He’s the Chief of Emergency Medicine in a big-city hospital. Whether the executive in your life works for a giant organization or a small-town nonprofit, chances are they’re shouldering some significant stress. Meditation and yoga are great first responders for stress, and the following gifts can help your loved ones unwind.
When they visit Paris, it’s not to see the Eiffel Tower — it’s for the Coq au vin and buttery chocolate croissants. Even the most seasoned (forgive the pun!) foodies need the odd night in for nourishing, lightly-spiced kitchari and soothing herbal tea. Traditional Ayurvedic texts state that it’s important to have all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent) in a meal, for optimal digestion; our delicious churnas (spice mixes) solve that recommendation in one shaker. For the epicurean in your life, consider:
That Person Who Has It All
What do you give someone who seems to have everything they could possibly want or need? Another pair of socks probably won’t cut it! Sometimes, simply spending quality time together is the best gift of all. But while you’re at it, why not bring along something to enrich your loved one’s senses and soothe their mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few suggestions:
An Ayurvedic consultation (search our Directory to find a Practitioner in your area) also makes a great option for absolutely anyone on your list. What better way to help friends and family to start the new year off in good health and happiness?
Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season from all of us at vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda!
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