Assistant chef - opportunity to study and work with Janesh Vaidya at the Ayurveda Village in Kerala, South India for 6 months (Oct-April). Skills needed: basic nutrition and raw food knowledge plus food decoration talent and an interest in Ayurveda. Send cv with experience and work sample to office@janeshvaidya.com. Feel free to tag if you know somebody who might be interested. #ayurveda #kitchen #work #study #opportunity #rawfood #vegan #vegetarian #health #food #kerala #india

according to ayurveda, water stored in a copper cup or bottle has the ability to positively charge the water & stops water from becoming stale. it’s supposed to be consumed after 8 hours so having the water sit overnight and drink in the morning when you wake is a good idea. copper is believed to have anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic & anti-inflammatory properties

What’s is Ayurveda? 🌿 Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term. Sanskrit is the language of Ayurveda and it is the oldest written language on the planet. The term Ayurveda comes from the roots “Ayus” and “Veda.” Ayus may be translated as life and veda as knowledge. Hence, Ayurveda is the knowledge of life. The terms knowledge and life require deeper explanation. Genuine knowledge is not simply the understanding of facts but a deep knowing of truth. To know something means to become one with the knowledge. This is the highest form of knowing and is called direct perception. Life is more than that which invigorates and animates the body. It is also that which invigorates consciousness. It exists in both a gross and a subtle form. The gross form ends when we die. The subtle form is immortal. It proceeds from lifetime to lifetime, carrying with it our karmic seeds. Ayurveda is thus the science of life, both gross and subtle. #ayurveda #life #natureheals #foodismedicine #Ayurvedicmedicine #holistichealth #hippylife #truth 😘

Find the source within yourself

Sit in stillness and stop looking outside of you to be your best you. 

/Everything that you’ve ever needed is accessible through a deeper knowing of self. It isn’t about striving for perfection or an all-knowing outlook; instead, it’s about being willing to use patience in order to cultivate an awareness of true progress. 

/Enjoying the journey is half the battle/all of the matter. 

/You’re capable. 

/Sit in stillness and stop looking outside of you to be your best you.

My week of panchakarma at Blue Sage Ayurveda included fennel, cumin and coriander tea 30 minutes before each meal and reading The Book of Secrets! Moments of connection, reflection and multidimensional healing - “We are the totality of the universe acting through a human nervous system”! So grateful. #being #ayurveda #panchakarma #healing #deepakchopra (at Blue Sage Ayurveda)

Ayurvedic Advice for a Happy Menstruation

Ayurveda says that bleeding every month gives us a distinct advantage over men, and it’s probably why we live longer than they do. It sounds weird, I know, but that’s because Ayurveda believes that your monthly is much more than a way to shed the ol’ uterine lining.

Think of it as a built-in detox cleanse that you get to do every 25 to 35 days, one in which all the toxins— the sticky, icky stuff Ayurveda calls ama— that have accumulated during the month get a free ride out. These toxins can come from anything your body hasn’t digested— bad food, stress at work or at home, even any emotions you’ve shoved down.

Of course, if you’ve taken good care of yourself all month long, your body should have a pretty easy time self-cleansing. But if you’ve pigged out on junk food, hit the Red Bull a little too hard, functioned with barely any sleep, skipped out on your usual yoga classes, or failed to deal with hurt or angry feelings that cropped up, guess what? It’ll be a drag later on in the month.

Add these if they speak to you!

1. Focus on your breath on Day 1

While you’re taking it easy on the first day of your period, your body is working really hard to move the menstrual blood (and all the toxins it finds) down and out.

You can help it along by focusing on soothing, conscious breaths, with a special emphasis on the exhale.

This type of breathing will encourage what yogis call the apana vayu— the downward-moving wind energy. Apana vayu (a type of prana, or life force) not only governs menstruation and digestion, but it also allows us to let go of what no longer serves us— destructive thoughts or negative emotions.

2. Be selfish

The first day or two should be a time for reflection. This is a perfect opportunity to do a loving-kindness toward yourself, your family, and your friends. It can really help dislodge you from the poor-me attitude your cycle has unleashed.

Focusing on your basic goodness— after all, you’re beautiful just the way you are— turn it inward and then toward the people you love (even if you’re not feeling all that loving toward them right now!).

Here’s how:

Sit down comfortably either on a cushion or in a chair. Close your eyes and allow your breath to find its natural rhythm. And then turn your attention to the area around your heart.

Breathing in and out of your heart space, repeat the following several times to yourself:

Loving-Kindness Meditation:

May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be free from harm.

And now visualize someone in your family, and repeat

May s/ he be happy,
May s/ he be healthy,
May s/ he be free from harm.

Repeat the same meditation/ prayer with one of your close friends in your heart.

3. Give yourself an Ayurvedic massage

Begin your massage with a loving attitude— toward your body and your mind— and focus your awareness on the task at hand.

Warm some sesame, almond, or coconut oil and massage a thin coating over your whole body.

Use long strokes on your arms and legs— moving from the tips of the toes and fingers in toward the body— and circular movements on your joints.

Let the oil soak in and then shower in warm water. No need for soap. If you want to feel even more luxurious and rejuvenated, massage some of the warm oil into your scalp, onto your forehead and temples, and the soles of your feet just before bed. Throw on a pair of cotton socks and call it a night.

via Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle

want to eat in tune with your menstrual cycle? follow yourcycleyourfood

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Traditional Knowledge of Life from India that Has Endured the Passage of Time

Ayurveda, known also as Ayurvedic medicine, is an ancient medical system that has its roots in India, and has been considered by many as one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world. In today’s society, Ayurvedic medicine is classified as a traditional, complementary, and/or alternative medicine. Nevertheless, it is a widely used form of medical care in some parts of the world.

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In every Tuesday Thoughts post, I just take some time to elaborate my personal thoughts on a certain topic and rant on and on and on about something on my mind in hopes that I’d feel better after or if I’d find that someone agrees with me. However, as much as I love to talk, I love to ask questions and learn about others! It’s a great way to learn something new about not just someone else, but about yourself.

With that being said, I decided to make a huge list of random little questions that I think would be really fun to answer in order to exchange information with you guys! So far, I’m thinking of doing this once a month to give people time to answer this and have fun with it, and I hope that it’s successful and if not, we can just say this was an epic FAIL and I’ll never do this again! If you find I deleted this post, don’t be surprised, either.

Today, I thought I’d layout some fun questions about everyone’s favorite topic, plus my favorite as well: FOOD! They range from pretty basic to a bit more complex. Hopefully you guys have fun with this, answer as many questions as you want (make sure you number them so I’d know which ones they are!), and you can also comment below what questions you’d want me to answer and I’ll update this every time I receive a request with my answer at the bottom!

Meanwhile, enjoy some food…or a lot…

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  1. Favorite type of fruit, vegetable and grain?
  2. What was a family staple you ate as a kid?
  3. Favorite food product that is no longer available?
  4. Ideal wedding cake flavor?
  5. Self-serve buffets or sit-down restaurants?
  6. Favorite meal of the day?
  7. Would you rather have your spouse bring home your favorite takeout, or cook a homemade meal for you one day?
  8. If you were stranded on a deserted island with a single tree that could grow ANY type of food, what would that food be? (Heck, you can make PANCAKES grow on a tree in this scenario ;) )
  9. Where would you most likely be found in a grocery store?
  10. Best memory that involved food?
  11. Favorite food-related tradition?
  12. Most delicious-looking dish that you saw in a cartoon?
  13. What food would you want to bathe in (as demonstrated)?
  14. Favorite type of cuisine?
  15. How many food-related Pin boards do you have?
  16. Most versatile food in your opinion?
  17. Wraps or sandwiches?
  18. Are you a scheduled-meal eater or a grazer?
  19. Chocolate or vanilla?
  20. What is a food that you could eat every single day without getting tired of it?
  21. Food that you LOVE but rarely have?
  22. All-time favorite restaurant?
  23. Best cookbook?
  24. Do you prefer to eat pre-workout or post-workout?
  25. Food that you used to hate but now you love?
  26. What is a food that you could probably never stop eating at once?
  27. Crunchy or doughy cookies?
  28. What is your favorite go-to recipe for anytime of the day?
  29. Cold cereal or oatmeal/porridge?
  30. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  31. Would you rather have to wait 12 hours (not including sleep) before eating a huge meal, or be able to eat at every hour but only in hand-sized portions?
  32. Do you like sharing food?
  33. Sweet or savory?
  34. Favorite seasonal flavor?
  35. Would you rather eat an unlimited amount of carbs or an unlimited amount of fat in one sitting without gaining weight?
  36. Tea or coffee?
  37. Raw veggies or cooked veggies?
  38. Biggest pet peeve about food?
  39. What restaurant dish would you want to replicate?
  40. How do you best like your oatmeal?
  41. What do you typically eat in a day?
  42. Best city for foodies?
  43. Guiltiest food pleasure?
  44. What is a way someone can ruin your favorite meal?
  45. Favorite food-related challenge?
  46. Last thing you ate?
  47. Greatest “not-so-healthy” meal you’ve ever had?
  48. Favorite childhood candy?
  49. Best junk food to healthify?
  50. What is a dish or a type of food that you’ve always wanted to try and that you haven’t already?
  51. Weirdest food combination that you think surprisingly works?
  52. Do you have trust issues with people when it comes to food and cooking?
  53. Would you rather do all the cooking in the house or have your spouse make food for you every single day?
  54. Favorite cooking tool?
  55. What kind of eating utensil would you be most willing to give up?
  56. Five-course or family-style?
  57. Something that you ALWAYS have to eat raw?
  58. Weirdest food label you’ve ever seen?
  59. Favorite savory condiment?
  60. Food that you used to LOVE but now you HATE?
  61. How do you best like your eggs?
  62. Favorite movie-night snack?
  63. What is a not-so-healthy meal whose healthified version tastes better than the real thing?
  64. Hamburgers, hot dogs, or chicken nuggets?
  65. Last meal on Earth?
  66. Most exotic food you’ve ever had?
  67. Favorite type of food-related gathering?
  68. What kind of food eating contest do you think you’d win if you entered?
  69. What do you generally do with something that didn’t turn out well in the kitchen?
  70. Rare, medium rare, or well-done?
  71. Favorite sweet/dessert condiment?
  72. Best social media platform for food porn?
  73. Most epic dish you’ve ever heard of?
  74. If you could never cook your own food again, who would you want to make everything you eat?
  75. Favorite cooking show on TV?
  76. Weirdest food you’ve ever tried?
  77. What stemmed your love for food?
  78. Something that you would never eat with your hands?
  79. Do you cringe when all of the food on your plate touches each other?
  80. Fork or spoon?
  81. Would you rather have to blend everything you eat into a smoothie/soup, or have to eat everything with your hands?
  82. Salads or lettuce wraps?
  83. Favorite food-related holiday?
  84. Crushed ice or cubed ice?
  85. What is a food that you always bring with you when you travel?
  86. Favorite cooking/food show host?
  87. Pick only ONE type of breakfast, ONE type of lunch and ONE type of dinner meal to have every day.
  88. Favorite type of protein-rich food? Least favorite?
  89. Which sounds worse: eating cereal with water or eating cereal with orange juice?

So basically, number the questions and answer them in the comments, or comment below what you want me to answer!

Tuesday Thoughts: What Are YOUR Thoughts? (Food) In every Tuesday Thoughts post, I just take some time to elaborate my personal thoughts on a certain topic and rant on and on and on about something on my mind in hopes that I’d feel better after or if I’d find that someone agrees with me.

Anti-inflammatory, warming Golden Milk 

heat up 1 cup plant milk
(I like almond, hemp or coconut best for this),
½ tsp coconut oil
and ½-1 tsp turmeric paste.
take off heat and stir in maple/rice malt/agave syrup to taste. enjoy:)

turmeric paste:
-½ cup water
-¼ cup turmeric powder
-½ tsp ground black pepper
 mix ingredients and heat up in a sauce pan on medium heat while stirring until paste thickens, pour into jar, let it cool and keep in fridge for up to a week! 

fun fact: by mixing turmeric with black pepper together, you increase your body’s absorption of the turmeric by 2000%

✨Pinda Swedana ✨is an ancient treatment destined to soothe the body and soul. It is performed with a bundle of soft material containing rice and soothing medicinal herbs; soaked in warm herbal milk or oil🌿🍶The massage is done in circular movements and provides the body
with a feeling of rejuvenation and the release of tension. This powerful therapy is used to massage and treat neuromuscular disorders and disorders of the skeletal system. Pinda Swedana is good for arthritis, aches and pains, & neuromuscular disorders.
✨✨Benefits include :
✨Lightness of the body
✨Reduction of the pain & the stiffness
✨Better mobility of the Joint
✨Regression of the disease.
✨Gain in tissue mass & activities of the organ. 💭💭@change_inc We need to do this for your knees! #Ayurvedicmedicine #ayurveda #natureheals #naturalmedicine #holistichealth #californuacollegeofayurveda #holisticlifestyle #hippylife #yoga #yogi

3 Easy & Effective Tools For Healing

Hey guys! This post has been in the making for a couple weeks now. It’s an understatement to say that I’ve had a lot going on lately so I’m so happy to make the time to sit down and discuss a couple tools that ANYBODY can use to start healing themselves and feeling better in their daily life.

I have been studying and following Ayurvedic principles for quite some time now and have experienced healing through these tools.

Ayurveda is a Hindu medical system that originated in India years and years ago. Ayurveda translates to knowledge/science of life.

The Ayurvedic lifestyle works to eliminate disease and protects health by creating a balance within the body, mind and spirit. According to Ayurveda, our universe is made up of 5 elements (air, fire, water, earth, ether) and these create 3 types of doshas/energies (vata, kapha, pitta) which are present in each individual body. Since everybody is unique, each person has a different portion of each dosha in their body, typically making one dosha primary and the other two of lesser amounts. Ayurveda priniciples work to balance the three doshas through nutrition, toxin elimination, movement, herbal medicines, self massage, relaxation, the breath and other healing exercises.

I have narrowed the countless Ayurvedic principles down to the three that I think are very useful, effective, cheap and are fairly easy to so that everybody can access them. Here they are! :)

Dry Brush:

What is a dry brush? A dry brush is a large wooden brush that you use to gentle brush the skin of your body, avoiding the face and genitals. This is done by making small circles with the brush towards your heart or long gentle strokes against the skin. Dry brushing is recommended to be done before each shower and typically will take 5-10 minutes. A dry brush can be bought for $8-$10 and can be found at any health food store. (I got mine at whole foods).

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? Therefore whenever there are signs of imbalance or deficiency in our bodies, our skin will be the first to show it.

-Using a dry brush exfoliates the skin which removes dead dry skin, improving the appearance and complexion.
-The pressure of the bristles helps move lymph fluid (which doesn’t typically do so on its own, I’ll be creating a blog about the lymphatic system ASAP so stay tuned) which helps the body detoxify and reduces bloating.
-Dry brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings.

Tongue Scrapper:

You do WHAT to your tongue? I know, it seems kind of weird, but bear with me. Using this harmless tongue scrapper every morning before brushing your teeth actually removes A LOT of toxins from our system. When we sleep our digestive system removes toxins by bringing them to the surface of our tongue, so in the morning if we do not remove them they absorb back into our system, and we don’t want that. All you have to do is take the scrapper and place it at the back of your tongue and scrap forward, rinse and repeat 2-3 more times. Easy peasy! :) These cost about $5 and can be found at any health food store. (I found mine at whole foods).

-Tongue scrapping removes bacteria, food debri, fungi, toxins and dead cells.
-By removing all of those nasty things, we can actually improve bad breath since we are removing oral bacteria.
-By removing toxic mucus you open up the pores on your tongue and expose taste buds which leads to better digestion and a stronger taste of foods. 

Last but not least….

Neti Pot:

Okay guys, this might seem a little extreme…but I PROMISE it’s really not that bad. A neti pot is a nasal cleanser that you fill with warm salt water (about ½ teaspoon per pot) and run through one nostril and right out the other. You will want to make sure you use distilled or filtered water to avoid putting chemicals and other nasties found in our tap water in your system. Also be VERY careful to read the proper directions and warnings before using a neti pot as it is crucial to your health to do this properly. We inhale many toxins each day and the neti pot allows those to be rinsed right back out. It is recommended to use your neti pot daily upon waking. These can be found at any health food store or on Amazon for roughly $15.

-Using a neti pot removes mucus and pollution from nasal passages and washes away pollen and allergies.
-This nasal cleansing technique relieves allergies, colds and sinuses.
-Consistent neti pot usage has been known to bring relief to those who suffer from migraine and headaches.

These are just a few ways to improve your health and wellness according to Ayurvedic medicine. Happy healing! xo

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