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Overheated? Revved Up? Try the Pitta Pause!

July 27th, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Sarah Guglielmi, AHC. As the summer heat rises, I’m reminded of all the Ayurvedic tips and tricks to cool things down. One of the most effective is what I affectionately call “The Pitta Pause”. Get that overdriven, overdoing mind to take a moment, and STOP. Refuel the tanks, downshift the [...]

AYURVEDIC PRACTICE – THE MODERN CURE FOR DISEASE??!

April 22nd, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Laurie Dean, AHC. As someone who has a relationship to Ayurveda – how many times have you read an article and been awed by how modern medicine is now confirming the knowledge the Ayurvedic rishis knew 4-5000 yrs ago??? It’s mind boggling! • how simple behavioral changes can give great results [...]

When Lifestyle Choices and Inherited Health Issues Collide

April 10th, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Heidi L. Audet, NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor One evening at the beginning of March, I thought my end was near. My partner, Dan, drove me to the hospital upon my request– the tell tale signs of a heart attack were rearing their ugly head, accompanied by a side order of [...]

Strategies and Recipes from the Ayurvedic Summer Kitchen

February 18th, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Fundamental to any Ayurvedic self-care routine is the proper feeding and nourishing of one’s 5-elemental body. As an appreciative student of Ayurveda, I’m in awe of the logic and cohesiveness surrounding the guidelines for diet and food preparation. But putting theory into regular practice ~ that can be a tall order especially in the summer [...]

February, Kapha’s Playground… and the longest month of the year!

February 4th, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Kay Franz, AHC, RYT-500. Growing up in Virginia, I remember as a little girl thinking that February seemed to drag on and on, like it would never end. The shortest month of the year always felt like the longest. The thrill of the holidays, the cold snowy weather and we [...]

WHAT MOVES OR DOESN’T MOVE YOU – A PERSPECTIVE ON DIGESTION

January 21st, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Minta Davis, AHC. Have you ever wondered why some days your elimination happens smoothly, and yet other days it does not? Well, let’s take a closer look at the digestive system, and perhaps better understand what is needed to avoid the digestive roller coaster. From birth through adulthood we have [...]

Winter Healing – An Ayurvedic Way to Move Forward from the Longest Night

January 4th, 2016|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Heidi L. Audet, ERYT-500, AHC   In the areas north of the equator, many people feel the transition from days filled with light to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year occurring around December 21st-22nd. Interestingly, the term Solstice is a combination of two Latin terms, sol (sun) [...]

The Return of the Light

December 7th, 2015|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Liz Ritoli.   My Dear Sangha, In 1965, not long after Adlai Stevenson died, Parade Magazine featured an article about Ambassador Stevenson, which included the quote that follows. I was so moved by these thoughts that I saved the article and copied the quote with my best calligraphy pen, framed [...]

STAY HEALTHY and HAPPY

November 17th, 2015|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Laurie Dean.* 5 Ways Ayurveda will help you Thrive this Holiday Season! The holiday season begins next week – how we love to enjoy this special time of year! Think Thanksgiving – such a delicious time with family and friends enjoying all our favorite foods. We barely have time to [...]

Balancing Vata during Vata Season

October 22nd, 2015|AYS Torchbearer Blogs|

Guest post graciously contributed by Julia Kress Considerations for our self-care regime during vata season could include some exercises that at the Himalayan Institute we call affectionately container work. This is exactly what we want during vata season, is to contain and direct our energy in responsible and effective ways. That being said the exercises [...]