Natural Remedy for Jetlag

Having a warm beverage during a long flight, or frequent travel does wonders for the body. In Ayurveda, it is believed that Vata Dosha gets severely aggravated when the body is made to travel long distances. This results in pain, fatigue and the very dreaded jetlag that follows. To avoid the nuisances of aggravated Vata, try to stick to warm beverages, rather than cold ones, (especially with ice). A good cup of tea should have a pinch of black pepper. The warming qualities of Black Pepper counteract bloating, gas, constipation and overall discomfort and keeps Vata Dosha in balance.

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What are the Doshas?

Dr. Sashina teaches what the 'Doshas' - Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are in Ayurvedic Medicine in this brief video.

Trust your inner voice

So often in life, we shrug off the inner voice that guides us. When something doesn't feel right, we usually get that little notion within ourselves to change something about the situation. But how often have we just chosen to not listen, turn a blind eye and do the complete opposite of what we know … Continue reading Trust your inner voice

Body Constitution/Type | Pitta Prakruti – The Fiery Fighter

Pitta Prakruti (constitution) people are the fieriest of the lot. They have energy to keep on going, even when other constitutions back down (Vata & Kapha). They do not give up in a fight, and are witty, sarcastic and extremely intelligent. On the negative end of the spectrum, Pitta constitutions can be judgmental and adament about having their own way. Their dominating elements are Fire and Water. Their digestion is usually very powerful, however it can very easily lean towards Tikshnagni, meaning an overly strong digestive fire, which chars up food, instead of breaking it down and properly absorbing nutrients. Pitta dominant persons have a fiery personality, sharp tongue and can easily dominate a conversation. They are charismatic, charming and can win people over with ease. They tend to have reddish hair and a beautiful, lustrous and alluring glow. Their eyes are sharp and penetrating, as if they could look into your soul. They bruise and bleed easily, and can suffer from disorders related to the digestive system, liver and spleen. They often suffer with inflammation, bleeding gums, balding and early graying. Ruled astrologically by the Sun, Mars and the south node of the moon, Ketu, they are impulsive, argumentative, competitive and domineering. They make excellent teachers, doctors, surgeons, scientists, inventors and technicians. Being highly expressive in nature, Pitta dominant people are usually very creative and artistic. They are vivid and passionate. They express their intense stamina and force through their sexual energy. They are deep thinkers and can be jealous and revengeful at times. Pitta constitutions are natural born leaders and do well in positions of authority and power. Pitta's are courageous and enthusiastic. They have a keen sense of judgement, are highly perceptive and discriminative. If the Sun and planet Mars are...

Body Constitution | Vata Prakruti – The Airy Wanderer

Ayurveda is very specific about the different classifications of people. There are three main categories, each representative of the 5 elements and their combinations. These are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata dosha is comprised of the Air and Space element. Hence people with predominance of these two elements tend to be rather airy and spacey! Lets talk about some of their characteristics. They tend to be on either side of the spectrum in terms of height - either rather short, or unusually tall. They're typically frail and thin, and have a hard time putting on any weight. The planet Saturn, and North node Rahu rule over Vata Dosha dominated people. There is however, Mercurial influence because the planet Mercury is Airy in nature. This Mercurial energy makes them excellent communicators. Their energy is best utilized in fields such as teachers, consultants, computer programmers as well as in media. They also tend to have changing and often unpredictable emotions. Their memory is often short term or erratic. Vata dominated people are however, very talkative and sociable. They mix easily with others, especially if Mercury and Rahu are well placed in their birth chart. When Vata is too high, due to an ill-placed Saturn and Rahu, Vata's suffer from alienation and find themselves unable to relate to anyone. They do tend to be rather intellectual and communicative, but often times restless and changable. Often influenced by the behaviour of others, Vatas are sometimes regarded as fickle and unstable. This is a characteristic that can be modified with Yoga and meditation, which are two practices extremely beneficial to Vata predominant persons in particular. Vata dominated individuals should avoid dry and light foods, cold climates and sleeping late. Once they get into the habit of sleeping late, it is usually difficult to break the habit, and their naturally high Vata dosha, gets further aggravated, resulting in fatigue, insomnia and body ache. On the flip side, it is advised to keep warm, indulge in somewhat oily foods (preferably cooked in Ghee) and try to get into bed earlier. Indulge yourself in hot oil massages every now and then (daily if possible) and get plenty of sunlight. Spend a few minutes everyday to meditate and practice Yoga. Vata dosha, is said to be the King of Doshas, without which, neither Pitta nor Kapha can be fully expressed. Vata dominated individuals make life interesting, adventurous and evolutionary. Their sense of adventure and thrill, makes them exciting to be around. They do however, need to be aware of getting burnt out due to over-exertion and hyperactivity.