Bits & Tips

Bits & Tips came about by inspiration from Lys Ferreira, my wonderful assistant who is helping me convey Ayurveda to a younger seeker. 

Enjoy this series of less than 5-minute video clips featuring various introductory topics of Ayurveda.  We love receiving your comments, suggestions and enquiries. Thanks also for sharing these Bits & Tips with  your network!

Is Triphala for everyone?

 Triphala is usually not needed by someone with optimum health of body, mind and consciousness. It is classified as Rasayana or rejuvenating substance, and acts on all Dhatu’s (tissue systems) in due course, with consistent use. Each ingredient has affinity for different channel systems in the body, so together in equal proportions, this combination renders any taste that is absent or insufficient in the blood profile. Fruits are generally not mixed with any other food, so triphala is taken by itself at bedtime (9pm) on empty stomach with warm water. This short presentation on triphala is not at all the entire store of this widely used combination, but gives some hints for now. 

Hair Loss

 External use of cosmetics and medicinal substances depends on assimilation of their properties from the skin to the general circulation, a process called 'rasa agni’ in Ayurveda. Petroleum products are disturbing to the tri-dosha and are therefore not considered medicinal or food grade. Sustainability guides us to the use of annual plant oils over the consumption of deep-seated carbon stores. Unrefined status is generally considered more assimilable than if the substance is affected by a refining processes. Fresh status is generally preferred over preserved status, though each oil is unique in properties, actions and timelines. 

Happy New Year

’New’ is an interesting term referring to freshness, re-starts and revised intentions. ‘Sankalpa' means intentions or what we might call wishes. However, an intention has more power because of drawing from our life philosophy and governing core beliefs. Now is the time to be aware of how our mind and emotions transmit our core identity to the world. What is the change you would like to see in 2021? Do you intend to dispel any arising darkness with your own inner LIGHT? You are indeed whole and complete, dear reader!

Staying warm in winter

For staying warm in winter, wear warm colours, exercise to light sweating before 10am, be active outdoors and sip hot beverages. Breathing from the right nostril warms the body. Enjoy this conversation to discuss a Bit about maintaining good cardiac circulation as the dampness and cold of winter deepen.

Petroleum based

External use of cosmetics and medicinal substances depends on assimilation of their properties from the skin to the general circulation, a process called 'rasa agni’ in Ayurveda. Petroleum products are disturbing to the tri-dosha and are therefore not considered medicinal or food grade. Sustainability guides us to the use of annual plant oils over the consumption of deep-seated carbon stores. Unrefined status is generally considered more assimilable than if the substance is affected by a refining processes. Fresh status is generally preferred over preserved status, though each oil is unique in properties, actions and timelines.

Herbs: is there such this as too much?

The term ’too much’ is relative to one’s agni (metabolism), satva (mental status), exertion (energy spent from storehouse), age, availability of substances, seasonal change and personal preferences. 'Just right' for each person is the middle path of Ayurveda. Suitability of foods, herbs, job activities and lifestyle choices is to optimize life functions of digestion and contentment to integrate one’s purpose of Self-realization. Ayurveda talks about ‘ama’ or toxins at the physical, emotional and mental levels, resulting from weakened digestion due to excess herbs or supplements, combining fruits with other foods, unresolved emotions or eating late, among other causes.

How to know one's Prakruti?

To know one’s Prakruti or constitutional nature from conception means that we can understand our elemental tendencies to express our unique combination and permutation of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. This knowledge of one’s own Prakruti tendencies is a fundamental key to unlocking the blueprint of your body/mind uniqueness and how to manage your life for happiness and contentment. Prakruti is formed from the union of egg and sperm of mother and father, and remains for life for most people. If we are born an artist and work in a factory, diseases may result from emotional suppression. If we are born to contribute in academics, we are more likely dominant in pitta constituents right from childhood.

Onion

Onions are beloved throughout the world, but are they suitable for you at any given time and circumstance? Please join our discussion of the suitability of onions in various situations. Onions may be indigestible to a person with high pitta factors such as rashes, ulcers, boils or infections. Onions may causes gasses to ‘repeat’ or burp up after the meal. The sulfanic acid within onions may increase pungency causing reflux.

Fall in love with fall

Welcome back to Ayurveda Bits & Tips! We’ve been sharing some questions and answers on various aspects of the world’s oldest holistic health science. Today the enquiry is about the change of season from summer’s build-up of Pitta dosha and fall’s onset of Vata dosha. It’s the perfect time to flush excess pitta from the small intestine with a home-based cleanse, and plan to be home for earlier sunsets. Extroversions of summer are now beginning their inward pull.

It’s also the time to adjust the footwear to warming and non-slip, layer the clothes for rapid temperature changes from am to pm, and protect the ears from cold winds. Plan ahead, OK?

Kapha Psychology

Now is the rainy day to consider about Kapha’s psychological tendencies to lethargy, slowness and shyness. We can set our positive intention to activate the soft, compassionate and long-suffering nature of Kapha, and develop more patience and tolerance. Kapha is dominant during winter season and can be balanced by steady exercise, early rising and intermittent fasting.

Vata Psychology

Onward with the Ayurveda Bits & Tips! Now we'll turn our attention to the psychological influences from the doshic qualities energies and actions. For the next 3 posts, we'll explore some humorous ways to recognize our behaviours throughout the lens of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda somehow helps us to accept and love ourselves as we are, while making self-improvements, and to accept others as they are, while allowing them space to be themselves.

Face reading

 Keen observation is developed as part of Ayurveda study. This very brief intro. shares a Bit about reading the shapes, colours, lines and markings of the head and face, as part of ‘darshana’ or seeing, an important tool for understanding the person’s unique expression of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Attention on one fragment at a time leads to a whole understanding of Life. Let us know if you would like to go deeper into this topic with a Zoom class in February, OK? 

Yogurt and fruits

Yogurt is useful, but for whom, when, how much and with what? Yogurt is preserved milk and as such is considered stale, except on the morning after setting it for coagulation. As a dairy product, it is not compatible with fruits, which are to be taken separately from other foods, especially if one’s digestion is variable. Stale foods fall under the classification of ’slow poisons’ in Ayurveda, so it may not aggravate digestion right away, but continuing the practice of taking stale or wrongly combined foods can lead to digestive depletion. Avoid yogurt if the tongue is coated and choose it in summer if lactobacillus is needed.

Merry Christmas

Christmas this year is for inner contemplation of the Christ Consciousness and for giving the best of ourselves to others in selfless service, and all without meeting together! This year, we have time and opportunity for inner communion, self-reform and re-evaluation before beginning a new time cycle. Each person worldwide has experienced a challenge this year from a small virus - now we all can draw on more inner compassion, strength and faith. Now we know for sure and certain that we can rise up and change our lives and our world. In celebration of the inner peace and goodness within each one.

Petroleum based

OJAS and AMA are short Sanskrit words that are pregnant with meaning. So let’s understand these terms in relation to digestion as the foundation of immunity and wellness in Ayurveda. Is anyone interested to take a deeper dive into these important concepts together?

Tips for SAD

Hello friends! Here are a few tips for understanding and dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, as the daylight is less until the solstice. Make a point of exposure to sunlight each day, even if hazy or rainy, and looking upward. Practice anuloma viloma or alternate nostril breathing. Practice Trataka or ghee lamp gazing for increasing photons reaching the pupil and optic nerve. Meditate on Light at the third eye, and feelings of darkness reduce. Soon light returns.

Happy Ayurveda Day!

Dhanvantari Jayanti is celebrated on the festival of Dhanteras, an important celebration of Divali, the famous Festival of Lights. Today commemorates the advent of Sri Dhanvantari to the worlds, as the agent of healing. Attunement with the divine essence of healing, wholeness, goodness, order and harmony bring empowerments for health and wellness at all levels. 

How to heal from a broken heart

How to heal a broken heart is a big question which most of us have to figure out how to answer. Thankfully Vedanta has given detailed guidance on the concepts of expectation, attachment, ego and disappointments. These emotional traumas come into better balance with the main medicine of Ayurveda, meditation on Self. Enjoy this discussion!

Garlic

People love garlic because of its pungent flavour, making it popular all over the world. But is garlic right for you at any given time? These insights from Ayurveda will help you choose when and how much garlic may suit your constitutional and current needs.

If you are a meditator dedicated to calm, quiet mind, you may choose to reduce or eliminate garlic because of it’s ‘rajasic’ or stimulating effects. Are you familiar with some common contraindications for garlic?

Do animals have doshas?

All of nature is governed by the PanchaMahaBhutas, or five great constructing elements of the creation. These five elements assume differing combinations and permutations. For example, air element is more in birds while water element is more in whales and earth more predominant in elephants. The other elements are also represented, though less dominant. Observing the interplay of these elements and their relationships is a fun doorway into the macrocosmic experience of divine communion.

Pitta Psychology

Today’s post takes us more deeply into the psychology of a pitta-dominant individual, to where we can set intentions to channel our frustrations into constructive action. Balanced pitta is all about being as compared to doing. Pitta’s value system can become associated with outer accomplishments, whereas spiritual accomplishment is inward. Hope you enjoy - your comments help us to understand your interests.

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