Essence of Ayurveda

Take time each day to quiet your mind (meditate).
Eat a colorful, flavorful diet.
Engage in daily exercise that enhances flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness.
Sleep soundly at night.
Eliminate what is not serving you.
Cultivate loving, nurturing relationships.
Perform work that awakens your passion.

10 Tips for Healthy Digestion

1. Eat wholesome food.
2. Eat your meals at regular times.
3. Do not rush meals.
4. Appreciate your meals [i.e. the smell, taste, feel and appearance of the food].
5. Chew your food properly.
6. Start your meals with an appetizer like soup and end it with a sweet dish [i.e. payasam].
7. Avoid too much liquids just before and during meals.
8. Eat food with a pleasant and positive mind.
9. Consider eating while sitting in a cross-legged position [i.e. sukhasana pose].
10. Walk a few steps after finishing the meal.

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Yogic Diet Vs Ayurvedic Diet

kitchariAccording to Dr. Frawley in his book, “Yoga and Ayurveda”,  there is a difference between Yogic and Ayurvedic diets.  Ayurveda brings about health and balance to the physical body through diet and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic diet aims to reduce all the doshas and consists of mainly cooked foods which are sattvic (balanced and pure) and a small amount of raw foods. A sattvic diet consists of natural, vegetarian foods grown in harmony with nature and cooked with love.

A yogic diet also consists of a sattvic diet, but  it contains more raw foods and has a different purpose.  “Yoga aims at helping us transcend body consciousness. … Yoga helps us move beyond bodily limitations. For this reason, most traditional yogic disciplines are ascetic in nature, including fasting, and light diet, raw foods, and detoxification measures as well as sensory deprivation, pranayama, and meditation.”  Raw foods especially fruits and nuts contain more air and ether elements and those foods bring about more lightness in our being.

So if you are trying to incorporate both into your life, how would one know if they should aim more for an Ayurvedic diet, or for the Yogic diet?  If you are mostly balanced in your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies and express mostly the positive qualities of those energies, and you have good agni (digestive power), then you can incorporate more raw foods and more of the Yogic aspect.  If you are experiencing low agni and doshic imbalances then you would seek to incorporate more of the Ayurvedic diet.  Check back soon at this website  for more information on specific foods and the pranic energies associated with those foods.