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Balancing Your Mind & Body with Ayurvedic Wisdom of Gemstones & Colours

We don’t know exactly how these gemstones work. They seem to be able to strengthen & nourish a person with their corresponding planetary energy, but also protect them from an excess of that energy. The actions of gemstones and crytals can only be explained by prabhāva, and not by the logic of rasa, vīrya, vipāka, nor even by the phytochemical effects on the doshas. ~Dr.Vasant Lad Edmonton Even Alert! Before diving into the juicy details-Mark your calendars!! Join us…

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Abhyanga ~ Ayurveda Warm Oil Massage

Many people ask me, what is the difference between Abhyaṅga Warm Oil Massage and other techniques such as Swedish or Sports Massage? Western techniques tend to have a sole focus on treating the physical body, using a variety of effective techniques on the myofascial system. Here a lotion or ointment is used simply with the intent of lubrication for soft tissue manipulation; and potentially for relief of pain or inflammation, if the ointment is also infused with herbs. Ayurveda…

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Ojas: Boosting Immunity through Seasonal Practices

Ojas: Boosting Immunity through Seasonal Practices The transition from summer to fall is a time to expect cooler days and nights, sudden cold bursts of wind and the accumulated dryness that comes with the beginning of autumn. These winds can stir up and transport viruses, bacteria, fungi and other infectious agents, so be sure your home is stocked with immune strengtheners ready when the need becomes more likely.   It’s a time to prepare for earlier sunsets and later…

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How to Make Ghee

  INGREDIENTS ▸ 1 pound (Organic) Unsalted Cultured Butter UTENSILS ▸ Stainless steel heavy bottom pot and strainer ▸ Cheese cloth (organic unbleached ideally) ▸ Mason Jar or other air tight container to store ghee PREPARATION Put the butter (ideally cultured-details on how to prepare at home below. If no time to make just buy cultured butter) in a heavy, medium-sized pan. Turn the heat on to medium until the butter melts. Turn down the heat until the butter…

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Dinacharya~ Ayurvedic Daily Routine

Ayurvedic Daily Routine Ayurveda is an eternal science, something that has no beginning or end. It not only helps you to understand the value of life, but it also provides timeless direction that encourages one to live life in the most harmonious way possible. Ayurveda is an ancient wisdom that is meant to be used everyday, it’s not something you look for only when you need it. It’s very practical and accessible because its foundation is based in maintenance…

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8 Ayurveda Travel Tips

  Stay Hydrated! The air in the airports and aircraft cabin is extremely dehydrating to the body. Plus naturally, travel vitiates vata dosha, increasing the dry, rough, cold, light and mobile qualities in the mind and body. This can cause dry skin, dry mouth, fatigue, constipation, anxiety, indecisiveness, insomnia and poor concentration. So drink plenty of water a few days prior to flying, after and during the flight. Also make sure to avoid further dehydration by passing on the…

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14 Benefits of an Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

1. CONNECT WITH NATURE AND DISCONNECT FROM TECHNOLOGY More often than not, Ayurveda and yoga retreats take place in beautiful locations nestled in nature. Whether it’s the beaches of Mexico and Goa, the rain forest of Costa Rica, or the Rocky Mountains of Canada. A yoga retreat is like getting two for the price of one, a vacation in a beautiful place combined with an immersion to healthy living that benefits you on a profound level. Especially if you…

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Summer Season According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system. It is a science and art of appropriate living which helps one to achieve longevity throughout the seasons of the year and cycles of life. As summer is fast approaching, here is some information about pitta dosha, which is the governing, fire and water dominant energy of the summer season. We should all strive to pacify pitta during its dominant season, no matter what your constitution is. The following will help…

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Ayurvedic light on Aromatherapy

Ayurveda, becoming recognized in the west for its timeless remedies and treatments, is more than a mere healing system. It is a science and art of appropriate living which helps one to achieve longevity. Being that Ayurveda is the ‘Science of life’ its scriptures include everything from diet and lifestyle, including excersize and rejuvenation techniques, to meditation and medication. The commonly known objects of perception are referred to in Ayurveda as the five ‘tanmatras’; Shabda (sound/hearing), Sparsha (touch), Rupa…

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Why I practice Yoga and Ayurveda; Side by side as they have been practiced for thousands of years.

Ayurveda is the science of life and over the past decade, it has become my life. The journey into my personal yoga and meditation practice commenced at the age of 16, looking to learn something I wasn’t attaining from my small town high school in Alberta. Eager to travel at 18, I left my family and friends to live and study in Southeast Asia, Mexico, India and Costa Rica. Living out of a backpack while learning how to adapt…

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