Why I started this blog?

IMG_0606

The reason I decided to start blogging is to help people to understand what is Ayurveda so that you can tap into your inner wisdom.

I will be posting once a week to share with you this beautiful ancient tradition, so you can align yourself with the rhythm of the universe.

I will plant some seeds to discover more about yourself by being more connected to yourself (mind, body, spirit)

Looking forward to connecting with you all soon,
Namaste
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om ❤️🙏

If you would like join the Ayurvedic Sisterhood and Healing Facebook Group please Click Here

 

 

 

Continue reading “Why I started this blog?”

Featured post

WHAT IS SHIRODHARA

CFE6ED66-4AD2-40EF-A6EA-6537E34F5861Shirodhara is a form of Ayurvedic therapy used in Panchakarma. The gentle pressure and the soothing warms of the oil allow the body, mind and the nervous system experience a deep state of rest.

To receive Shirodhara a client lies down on a massage table and 2 liters  specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured in a thin steady stream directly onto the forehead for 60 minutes.  In Panchakarma Shirodhara usually begins with Abhyanga

According to Ayurveda, Shirodhara is beneficial for all Doshas. The action and qualities of the liquid used counters the qualities of the out of balance doshas.

Benefits of Shirodhara:

  • relaxes the mind
  • promotes better sleep
  • improves concentration
  • nourishes the hair and scalp
  • reduces anxiety and fear
  • reduces memory problems

The 3 types of Shirodhara:

  • sneha dhara – uses herbal oils
  • ksheer dhara – uses herbal milk4
  • takra dhara – uses herbal buttermilk

WHAT IS AN ABHYANGA MASSAGE

B38109C9-AB3A-4FEC-B102-124D1977FFD8

Here are some of the benefits of Abhyanga:

  • increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
  • toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
  • calming for the nerves
  • lubrication of the joints
  • increased mental alertness
  • improved elimination of impurities from the body
  • softer, smoother skin
  • increased levels of stamina through the day
  • better, deeper sleep at night

Our skin is the biggest organ of our body and Abhyangha helps transdermal absortption. If you would like to do home Abhyanga make sure you choose cold-pressed, chemical free organic sesame oil or medicated oil for your dohsa.

Vata dosha: 4-5 times a week using sesame, almond oil or Vata balancing oil from Banyan botanicals

Pitta dosha: 3-4 times a week using coconut, sunflower ot Pitta balancing oil

Kapaha dosha: 1-2 times a week using safflower or Kapha balancing oil

Sesame and Jojoba oil is tridoshic

The Ayurvedic massage can be part of a self care program or part of  Panchakarma. It is traditionally performed in the morning before shower, to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night.

  • warm 1\2 cup of oil of your choice
  • sit or stand comfortably in a warm room/bathroom, on a towel that you don’t mind ruining with the oil accumulation
  • Apply oil generously to your entire body starting at the extremities and working toward the middle of the body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad clockwise, circular motion.
  • Massage your body for 5-20 minutes with love.
  • Have a quick shower without using any soap
  • Towel dry. Use a special towel because it will eventually get ruined due to the oil.

Enjoy!

What is PANCHAKARMA?

IMG_0816I have been silent for a while – the reason I am working on setting up an Ayurvedic Panchakarma center here in Spain.

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. It is an ancient system of Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies designed to facilitate the removal of deep rooted toxins in the body. Many diseases are caused by these deep seated toxins which lead to improper digestion, stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, loss of concentration, premature aging, heart disease, diabetes, cancer just to name a few. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials. However due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle a waste matter called ama can accumulate in the body. The purpose of Panchakarma is to extend the lifespan.

The treatments you can expect:

  • ABHYANGA – is an individually prepared herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body
  • SHIRODHARA – methodically pouring warm herbalized oil over the forehead, synchronizing brain waves
  • GARSHANA – a dry lymphatic skin brushing with a silk glove. It enhances circulation and cleans the skin so that subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply
  • SWEDANA – is an individually herbalized steam bath, during which the head and the heart are kept cool while the body is heated to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues.
  • PIZICHILL – is a continuous stream of warm herbalized oil soothingly poured over the body
  • UDVARTANA – is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage.
  • BASTI – is a herbal enema specially prepared to pull toxins out of the colon – to eliminate excess Vata.
  • VIRECHANA –
  • NASYA – medicating the central nervous system by inhaling medicated oil through the nose
  • SHIRO ABHYANGA – head, neck and shoulder massage
  • PINDA SWEDANA – is a deep cleansing treatment where rice boiled in milk and herbs (bolus bag) is massaged deeply into the tissues and joints.
  • KATI BASTI – warm oil is poured in a dough dam on a specific area of the body

Benefits of Panchakarma:

  • eliminates toxins from body and mind
  • it improves your health and wellness
  • it strengthens your immune system
  • slows down your aging process
  • it enhances your strength, energy and mental clarity
  • it helps you to relax deeply
  • it rejuvenates your tissues and helps you to lose weight
  • it improves the strength of your digestive juices

In my next posts I will talk in more detail about each of the Panchakarma treatments.

Stay tuned

Summer drinks

In the heat of the summer especially when we are on vacation we tend to grab a cold alcoholic beverage like beer,  cider, a glass of white wine or a gin and tonic. But since like increases like (an alcoholic beverage will vitiate your Pitta dosha) and opposite heals (Ayurveda recommends “cooling” drinks)

By cooling we don’t mean cold, but energetically cooling. There are some fruits, vegetables and herbs that have a cooling energy (virya). My favourite is aloe vera juice.

Aloe vera juice  has many health benefits

  •  helps the immune system
  • eases stomach ache and acid
  • reduces acidity in the body
  • soothes redness and swelling
  • encourages normal stomach lining

Add a tablespoon of aloe juice into a glass of water 1-2x/day

Cilantro juice is a popular herb around the globe. Some of the benefits are:

  • lowers anxiety and immproves sleep
  • lowers blood sugar levels
  • prevents urinary tract infections
  • settles digestive upset
  • protects against colon cancer

To make juice: place a handful of washed and chopped cilantro into a blender with about 1/2 cup of water and blend. Strain and drink.

Limes have similar qualities to lemons, however limes are not as aggravating to Pitta energies as lemon. Benefits are:

  • stimulates the peristaltic motion
  • helps with weight loss
  • the roughage in lime is helpful in easing constipation
  • an interesting fact that lime can help counter the effect of alcohol. Lime/lemon juice is added to so many coctails and even used as a wedge with some beer

Cucumber juice is a healthy, nutritious and versatile drink. Benefits:

  • rehydrates the body
  • fight cancers
  • aids weight loss and digestion

You can add a couple of slices in your water or drink it as a juice

Watermelon juice – deliciously refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals. Benefits:

  • cleansing
  • alkalizing, mineralizing
  • diuretic
  • effective in promoting intestinal elimination and keeping the body free from toxic wastes

Peppermint – the theraputic effects have been known since ancient times. Benefits:

  • helps alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • colonic spasms and gas

You can add it to your water or any of your drinks

Pomegranate juice – contains high levels of antioxidants. Benefits:

  • reduces risk of heart disease
  • full of Vitamin C
  • helps prevent against cancer
  • protects against Alzheimer’s disease
  • anti-inflammatory

Best to drink it as a juice

My favourite drink for the summer:

Take a lemon and a cucumber and cut it into thin slices. Squeeze the juice of three lemons and add it to 2 litres of water. Add the slices of lemon, cucumber and some mint leaves. Add some honey. Chill it in your fridge and enjoy it!!

Next week I will share with you my favourite cooling herbal tea mix

Stay hydrated and in case  you are not already following my blog please do so

namaste, Valeria

IMG_0847

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITTA – hot, hot, hot

IMG_0719

Summer  is Pitta season.  Pitta elements are Fire (hot) and Water (humid). As the sun warms up the air, the fire element does the same with our body.  Being Pitta and living in Spain, I know first hand how Pitta vitiated one can get, since like increases like – hot increases heat.  Whether you have a lot of Pitta in your constitution or not you need to pacify (cool) Pitta during the summer months.

Though Pitta is aggravated in summer, Pitta vitiation can occur at any time of the year. Here are the signs that Pitta is increased in the body:

  • skin irritation (red, inflamed rash, cold sores, acne)
  • burning sensation
  • acid indigestion
  • diarrhea
  • excessive sweating (can be very stinky)
  • hypertension
  • fever
  • inflammation
  • blurred vision
  • light sensitive eyes

The symptoms in the mind are:

  • anger
  • aggression
  • irritability
  • impatience
  • criticism
  • intolerance
  • excessive perfectionist tendencies

The dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatments you can do to decrease Pitta.

DIET

  • favor sweet, bitter, and astringent foods

Sweet taste does not mean dessert or soft dreanks. It is honey, rice, oat, quinoa, bread, sweet fruits

Bitter taste is dark, leafy greens, aloe vera, lime

Astringent taste is pomegranate, cilantro, cranberries, green beans, bean sprouts, mung daal

  • use cooling spices/herbs like fennel, coriander, mint, cardamom, saffron,  rose, dandelion, neem
  • avoid spicy, pungent, sour, salty, oily, processed and pungent foods
  • avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol
  • reduce sour fruits like grapefruits, apricots and berries
  • reduce vegetables like tomatoes, hot peppers, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, and radishes
  • use hotter spices sparingly like ginger, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, salt
  • if you eat meat be mindful that red meat and seafood increase Pitta

Knowing this, you can see how easy it is to get your Pitta out of control. All you need is to stay out in the sun for a couple of hours, then have one or two drinks with spicy salsa and tortilla chips. For main course some salmon and to top it off for dessert a little bit of strawberries. I know, it sounds somewhat healthy but very Pitta vitiating.

Essential oils that pacify Pitta are Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankisence, Lavender, and Mint. I recommend rose water spritz to spray the fine mist on your face,

Pranayama: (cooling)

  • Chandra -Bhedana, Left-Nostril (Lunar) Breathing
  • Sheetali

Exercise: moderate that includes yoga (yin and restorative),  biking, swimming and walking/hiking

Self-abhyanga: 10-20 minutes with coconut oil

Mantra:

Lokah samastah sukinoh bhavantu  (May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute to that happinessand to that freedom for all)

Color therapy: since Pitta is hot, choose soft, pastel colors. Blues, greens, pinks and roses are the best

Instead of sun bathing choose moon bathing

Stay cool!!!

 

 

What is Ayurveda?

IMG_0599

Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) and the art of well-being

As one of the oldest documented bodies of holistic medical knowledge, originating in India, Ayurveda emphasizes a balance and harmony with help from nature itself.
Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine that brings the body back to wellness so it can heal itself. Discover how you can become your own healer and tap into your intuitive body wisdom! Feel physically and mentally vibrant as you learn to use natural remedies that support your well-being. Ayurveda is also a ’one with one’ personalized approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise, supplements, and all other aspects of your lifestyle. Your well-being does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself in the activities and indulgences that bring you happiness just align them in a more holistic pattern.

Today, the holistic popularity of Ayurveda is rooted as a complementary and at times alternative to modern medicine.

 

 

WordPress.com.

Up ↑