Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Maharishi Ayurveda Herbs and Tips for a Smoother Cycle

By MAPI Staff Writers

A smooth cycle is what Nature intended.

Modern lifestyles, diets and stress can knock your cycle out of balance. Ayurveda herbs can help to rebalance Apana Vata, the Ayurvedic sub-dosha responsible for the normal, downward flow of menstruation and elimination. Keeping this subdosha balanced is a key – a priority in Ayurveda – for a smooth monthly cycle.

Specific Ayurvedic herbs can also help remove digestive impurities (ama) that, in the Ayurvedic model, can lead to menstrual discomfort. The herbs and minerals in Smooth Cycle help nourish and balance your hormones, emotions, mind, liver, blood, hemoglobin, digestion, bones and fertility.

Posted by on 6/3/2013 4:51:00 PMComments 0
Ayurvedic Herbs for Dissolving Stress

By MAPI Staff Writers

The modern world is stressful.

Ayurveda understands the need to create inner calm in this world without diminishing your alertness. Ayurveda offers herbal support to accomplish this – without brain fog. Scientific research shows that Ayurvedic herbs can reduce stress and anxiety, create calm and heighten alertness.

Reduces Generalized Anxiety

Researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) conducted a randomized, controlled pilot study to measure the effects of an Ayurvedic herbal formulation called Worry Free on ten patients who suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This condition affects 25% of the population.

Posted by on 4/18/2013 3:59:00 PMComments 0
Spring, Allergens and Ayurveda

By MAPI Staff Writers -

Spring flowers, ragweed, dust, mold or pet dander can cause your immune system to overreact to harmless natural substances. The result can too commonly be allergies. Millions each year suffer from an overactive immune response to dust and pollen in the air.

It’s not what you are breathing – it is your body’s response to it! Instead of reserving its immune response for viruses and bacteria, your body sounds a false alarm when exposed to a certain food, pet dander, or pollen — and tells the immune system to attack. Sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes; indigestion; swelling or skin rashes — these are some of the all-too-familiar results.
Posted by on 4/12/2013 11:19:00 AMComments 0
Ayurveda for Athletes (and everyone else)

By MAPI Staff Writers

Ayurveda and High Performance

There are three fundamental Ayurvedic principles or goals that support ‘high performance’ – whether physical or mental. They are broadly summed up in three lifestyle strategies:

1. Reducing ama (toxins)

2. Balancing and strengthening digestion (agni)

3. Significantly lowering stress

Under each of these key areas are a wide variety of tactics and sub-categories. Each of these three plays a powerful role in supporting high performance and wellness, short and long term, according to Ayurveda.

Posted by on 4/5/2013 6:58:00 PMComments 0
A Natural Ayurvedic Detox For Springtime
By MAPI Staff Writers

The shift to springtime energy has been scattered across the country, with unseasonably warm weather in the East, back-to-back storms in the Midwest and vacillating hot and cold days in the West. This natural upheaval demands more flexibility in the body. That’s because the body senses the shift of seasons on a cellular level and begins a natural detox. Pets slim down, losing their winter fat, and human frames lean towards lightness as daylight stretches longer towards the horizon.
Posted by on 3/15/2013 3:34:00 PMComments 0
Kapha Season: 5 Ways to Lighten Up in Spring

By Linda Egenes and MAPI staff writers

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 the extra pounds that we may have put on over the winter.

Yet spring is the perfect time to detox and lighten up. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the wet, cool weather of spring is called Kapha Season, associated with the cool, heavy, slow Kapha dosha.

If you stay sedentary and continue eating the heavier foods of winter, you could be headed for the kinds of Kapha disorders prevalent in spring — respiratory issues, allergen reactions, sluggishness, dullness of mind and weight gain.

Try this invigorating daily routine to help shed pounds and toxins in spring.

Posted by on 4/2/2013 3:01:00 PMComments 0
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: to restore balance by lifestyle changes that nourish wellness. This is done by adopting an Ayurvedic diet, use of Ayurvedic herbals, routines, lifestyle and more.

Sattva Vijaya is a Vedic term that means literally, "winning over the Sattva," or "triumphing with Sattva." Sattva means the positive, pure qualities of the transcendental Self, one's true completely-balanced, cosmic nature.
Posted by on 3/5/2013 12:58:00 PMComments 0
Healing Emotional Wounds (Part 1)

By MAPI Staff Writers

In Ayurveda, the inability to process emotions in a timely manner is seen as the main cause of emotional imbalances. So the Ayurvedic emphasis is on efficiently processing emotions.

Occasional low moods can take many different forms. This list includes: frequent feelings of anxiousness or emptiness; a loss of interest and pleasure in activities; fatigue; irritability; social withdrawal, acting-out behaviors, family conflict; occasionally feeling blue, down, sad or simply emotionally bogged down; difficulty sleeping; loss of appetite; weight gain; feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or pessimism; declining school grades or job performance; and poor concentration.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 5:38:00 PMComments 0
Neem: The Wonder Tree of India
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Neem, the “wonder tree of India,” is known in Ayurveda as a detoxifier, and, in traditional use, it is considered a multifaceted support for skin health. A cleanser and blood purifier, dexterous neem supports clear and healthy skin and promotes general well-being.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 5:11:00 PMComments 0
Food For Consciousness – The Subtle Ayurvedic Techniques for Preparing a Meal

By MAPI Staff Writers -

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 the cells, blood and bones of your body.

But in Maharishi Ayurveda, “You are what you eat” means something far more subtle and powerful. Food is known to directly influence your consciousness and feelings. It can create bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind, emotions and consciousness.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 4:50:00 PMComments 0
Healthy Skin Begins Within – Good Digestion, The Best Beautician Money Can Buy.
By Kellen Brugman

Sophia Loren, one of the world’s legendary beautiful women, and one with a still-radiant complexion at age 77, once said, “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” To put an Ayurvedic spin on her statement, beauty is how you feel and function inside, and it reflects in your skin.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 4:24:00 PMComments 0
15 Simple Ayurvedic Tips for Bliss and Beauty

By Kellen Brugman and MAPI staff writers

1. Enjoy a walk with a friend, co-worker, or your dog. A daily moderate walk benefits the cardiovascular system, tones the muscles, and balances all three doshas. The rhythmic pace of walking also calms the mind. If safe and easy, walk outside and enjoy the extra health benefits, as the beauty of Nature nourishes the senses and contributes to overall well-being.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 4:15:00 PMComments 0
Ayurvedic Power Foods

By Linda Egenes and MAPI staff writers

Americans spend millions every year on expensive power bars and shakes to power up sagging energy levels or to replenish themselves after a workout.

If you’re spending your money on power bars, you might want to consider a different approach. Power foods are not a modern invention—Ayurveda has long recognized certain foods as natural but serious energy-boosters. The list includes fresh organic fruits, vegetables, spices, and whole grains. These foods are rich in chetna, a Sanskrit word for the healing and nurturing intelligence of nature. They are foods so lively with nature’s intelligence and purity that fatigue-causing toxins are less likely to accumulate in your body when they’re eaten.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 3:52:00 PMComments 0
Foods For The Blues
By MAPI Staff Writers -

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, tree- or vine-ripened foods. These foods contain the full measure of Ayurvedic nutritional value – nourishing not only the surface levels of mind and body, but their deepest levels as well.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 4:05:00 PMComments 0
Avoiding Dry Winter Skin With Maharishi Ayurveda
By MAPI Staff writers

Winter doesn’t have to be hard on skin.

As odd as it may seem, winter is actually the best time of year to nourish the skin, because it is dryer and more receptive during this cold season. This illustrates one of the great underlying principles of Ayurveda: it takes advantage of the natural tendencies available in every season for rejuvenation and purification. In warmer seasons, the skin is naturally detoxifying more, and therefore is less absorbent. In winter months, it’s just the opposite.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 3:00:00 PMComments 0
Winter Soups - The Art Of Ayurvedic Soups
By MAPI Staff Writers

Nothing warms and nourishes quite like a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold fall day. Ayurveda loves soups. They are easy to make, they are nutritious and easy to digest, and they are perfect for the light evening meal recommended by Ayurvedic experts (vaidyas). Because they are so easy to digest, soups are ideal for children. Made with fresh organic fall vegetables, grains, pasta, beans, dhals, herbs and traditional Ayurvedic spices, soups make great Ayurvedic dietary anchors. Enjoy your soup with freshly-made chapatis (flat breads) on the side, and it will be a meal you’ll want to return to.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 3:07:00 PMComments 0
Happiness Is A Gut Feeling – Elimination & Your Health

By MAPI Staff Writers

Feeling heavy, lethargic, fatigued, worried or a little down? According to Maharishi Ayurveda, irregular elimination (known commonly as occasional constipation) can cause you to feel off-balance mentally and physically. You may think it’s not a big deal to skip a morning, yet regular elimination makes a huge difference in how you feel during the day.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 2:36:00 PMComments 0
Ayurveda's Secrets for Beautiful Skin
By Linda Egenes and MAPI staff writers -

When I was a teenager my skin was a huge challenge. Blemishes and an oily nose were two problems I remember—not to mention blotchy coloring. Now that I’m more worried about wrinkles than acne, I’ve found out something that brings my quest for healthy skin full circle—antioxidants.

Posted by on 2/19/2013 12:11:00 PMComments 0
Women’s Health: Six Ways to Have It All without Losing Your Health
An Interview with Sankari Wegman, Ayurvedic Consultant at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa - By Linda Egenes -

For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents—it’s a balancing act just to get through the day.

Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career.

“Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside time to maintain their own health and happiness,” says Sankari Wegman, an Ayurvedic expert at The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa in Fairfield, Iowa.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 12:55:00 PMComments 0
Ayurveda, Stress and Sleepless Nights

By MAPI Staff writers -

On a typical day in America, 125 million people wake up feeling exhausted. For 50 percent of the nation’s population, getting a good night’s sleep is difficult.

Fatigue caused by sleep difficulties is now considered one of America’s top health problems. Medical researchers say lack of sleep can lead to health problems ranging from blood sugar issues to high stress levels. Studies show that people who sleep fewer than six hours a night don’t live as long as those who sleep seven hours or more.
Posted by on 2/19/2013 11:12:00 AMComments 0

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