Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall is on its way. According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, vata (ruled by the elements of air and ether) tends to increase in this season. Often translated as “wind” or “that which moves,” vata’s qualities are cold, dry, light, and mobile. Think of those fall leaves you see dropping from the trees.

In order to “rein in” the vata:

1. Reduce stress. Prioritize self-care, by creating a soothing morning routine, including a sesame oil self-message before the shower and grounding yourself in breath, such as Alternate side of the Nostril, in quiet.  Taking a walk outside each day in quiet in nature, also grounds your body.

2. Get more sleep. As the sun sets earlier, now is the time to set a consistent bedtime routine. Electronic devices in the “off position”, one hour before bed. A soothing sesame oil foot massage applied with Lavender essential oil, calms the body for sleep. Calming tea, such as Tulsi (Holy Basil) mixed with Chamomile also soothes the body.

3. Practice Alternate-Nostril Breath. To reduce excess “vata” undertake a deep, gentle breathing practice called Nadi Shodhana, or Alternate-Nostril Breath.

4. Start incorporating more root veggies such as roasted beets into your weekly routine, as well as slow cooked soups and stew.

5. Increase oelation, both internally and externally. From coconut oil or Udo’s 3-6-9 blend in your smoothies to an avocado with your dinner, oelation and essential fats prepare our bodies for the longer haul.

5. Slow down your yoga practice. Make sure that your yoga practice is nourishing instead of depleting, such as yin and restorative classes and spending extra time in Savasana (Corpse Pose).Make each day a joy filled adventure!

Please contact Karen Tyson, M.S.at ktyson1112@earthlink.net, if you would like to schedule a private Nutrition, Herbal and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation.

Alternate Side of the Nostril Breathing

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ensuring the Good Health of Our Brains

On March 18 the Wellness & Nutrition Book Club met to discuss the book Grain Brain by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. One of the interesting aspects of this book is its focus on keeping our brains healthy. It is easier for us to know if our physical bodies are struggling as we can feel many dis-eases, but what about our brains? Our brains are more silent and not an area we commonly think very much about. Yet, we will all agree that healthy brains are absolutely critical to our quality of life!
Interesting takeaways from the discussion included:

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Ayurvedic Spring Tips

Lentil sprouts to top a soup or salad
Heavy, wet and muddy are how we would currently describe Connecticut!
According to Ayurveda, spring is called kapha season. Kapha literally means "to stick together." It's a muddy, wet and rainy time of year in nature, where the earth is holding onto more water. This is nature's response to a long dry winter. As the Earth swells with new moisture, seeds begin to germinate, flowers bloom, and the trees begin to bud.