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  • Rice with Shredded Carrots and Coconut
    Rice with Shredded Carrots and Coconut This a favorite recipe is from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking, a cookbook classic by the late Yamuna Devi. She was a remarkable person, an exceptional chef, and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to learn from her. Yamuna Devi wrote several award-winning vegetarian cookbooks. I highly recommend them to everyone who wants to improve their knowledge of food and skills in the…
    Written on Sunday, 05 October 2014 16:40 in Cooking
  • Functions of Marut & Vata Dosha
    Functions of Marut & Vata Dosha Marut energy governs movement and circulation in nature and in our physiology. On the physical level, Marut corresponds to the action of Vata dosha. Vata is that which moves things. Vata exists as movement in the body and is visible in the action of the breath and lungs, the nerve impulses, the heartbeat, the expansion and contraction of muscles, the transport of nutrients and wastes, the microscopic movement of cells,…
    Written on Sunday, 05 October 2014 12:41 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Cleansing with Ease, an Ayurvedic Perspective
    Cleansing with Ease, an Ayurvedic Perspective Detoxification is a delicate process, one that should work with your chemistry to determine which of the many procedures are best for you, considering body type, imbalances, age, life style, etc. No matter what cleansing protocol you choose to follow, the main principle is to go slowly and gently. Your goal should be to have more toxins going out of your body than coming in. As soon as you cross…
    Written on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:40 in Cleansing
  • Friday Night Bliss in New York
    Friday Night Bliss in New York "Blissful.  Peaceful.  Soulful.  Delightfully full.  This is how I felt after a recent meal at Bhagavat Life.   On a Friday night, I opted out of the crowded New York restaurant scene -- you know the type where you mistakenly drink out of your neighbor's wine glass because your tables are so close -- and joined 11 diners for a private meal at a large table in a spacious room.  We were there for a communal…
    Written on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:03 in Cooking
  • Functions of Agni & Pitta Dosha
    Functions of Agni & Pitta Dosha   In the physiology, Agni is primarily responsible for digestion and all transformations on the physical and vibrational level. Whenever an organ or cellular system needs real flame (Agni) to digest, metabolize or transform something, the Pitta “fuel” is ignited. The flame (Agni) is what cooks or transforms, not the fuel (Pitta). Pitta is that which digests things. It exists as metabolism in the body and is responsible for body…
    Written on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Pitta Imbalances & How to Balance
    Pitta Imbalances & How to Balance A useful list of common imbalances, both physical and psychological, with recommended practices for sustaining balance.
    Written on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Pitta Balancing Shopping List
    Pitta Balancing Shopping List * Indicates that these foods are OK in moderation, prepared with Vata balancing spices. Fruits Astringent Fruits (sweet) Apples (sweet) Apricots (sweet) Avocado Bananas* (Baby bananas best) Berries (sweet) Coconut Dates Figs Grapes Green Papaya  Mango  Melons Oranges (sweet) Papaya Pears Limes* Plums (sweet) Prunes, Raisins Watermelon Vegetables Astringent  Vegetables (sweet and bitter) Artichoke Arugula Asparagus Bok Choy   Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cauliflower Celery  Collard Greens Corn (fresh) Cucumber Fennel Green…
    Written on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Pot of Gold: How Divya’s Khichari saved me $10,000
    Pot of Gold: How Divya’s Khichari saved me $10,000 I was fortunate to meet Divya and Prentiss Alter last year, and I was immediately drawn to Bhagavat Life and Ayurveda since many of its principles align with my own as a chiropractor. I welcomed Divya into my practice as a practice member late last year, and, as I am sure you know, it is impossible not to be inspired by her knowledge and expertise I have been on my…
    Written on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:02 in Cooking
  • “Iron” Smoothie
    “Iron” Smoothie With this smoothie, you can have a light, quick and nourishing morning meal even when you are in a hurry. It is delicious and so satisfying, and it should not take more than 10 minutes to make. The more you make it, the faster you’ll get. It is especially good for winter and spring when seasonal fresh fruit is not easily available. The dates, black mission figs, prunes and raisins…
    Written on Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:38 in Cooking
  • Channels: The Pathways Within
    Channels: The Pathways Within The Channels Like a city needs it’s wires, pipes and roads, your body needs its many channels.  Imagine the chaos if your organs couldn’t communicate, if your nutrients couldn’t get where they needed to go, if your toxins had no path out of the body, if your prana couldn’t get around. The health of all your body’s channels is crucial for good circulation of blood, which carries nutrients for tissue…
    Written on Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • How ancient is your biscuit?
    How ancient is your biscuit? I realized the other day that I'd been taking biscuits for granted.  Heaven knows I've had a gazillion of them in my life.  When I was a kid there was something special about them, but not in the way you're probably thinking.  If we were having “biscuits” at home that meant I might get to open the tube of factory-made biscuit dough, which meant I’d be officially sanctioned to bang…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:33 in Wellness Meals
  • Yoga in spring
    Yoga in spring In spring we see nature transform itself from seemingly ‘asleep’ or ‘dead’ to growing and blooming. Not only is it a feast for our eyes to observe plants emerge anew with the growth of fresh leaves, buds and beautiful blooms, it also reminds us that we have this potential for transformation too. Yoga is one way to access this potential. In Yoga Sutra 1.50 Patanjali tells us that through the…
    Written on Friday, 07 March 2014 13:01 in Yoga
  • Side of Fries
    Side of Fries Would you like taro with that? What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “side of fries”? Weight?  Guilt?  Comfort?  Fear?  We all have skeletons in the cupboard, a guilty pleasure. Well, last week our wellness meals offered something we don’t always include: redemption.  Yes, there was a big side order of fries, but hold the grease. Hold the nightshades.   Divya’s creation was an Ayurvedic alternative to…
    Written on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 06:00 in Wellness Meals
  • Cilantro Cashew Chutney
    Cilantro Cashew Chutney Once I asked Nancy, who keeps coming to our hands-on class series, “How did you hear about us?” and she said, “I took a workshop where I tried your food, and that green sauce… ah, that green sauce! I signed up for your cooking classes because I wanted to learn how to make it.” That green sauce has now quite a few admirers. So no more secrets—here is the recipe…
    Written on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 05:52 in Cooking
  • Romancing The Mousse
    Romancing The Mousse Sure, snow is in the forecast, but so is light, more light. The days are getting longer. Love and good health is in the air. For Valentine’s Day last week, Wellness Meals subscribers were treated to a sumptuous Chocolate Mousse made with fresh almond milk. What made it so sumptuous? Loving care, of course, but also Irish Moss. You didn’t expect moss? Okay then, how about seaweed? Irish Moss is…
    Written on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:55 in Wellness Meals
  • Hardy Vegetable Soup (“Flu Soup”)
    Hardy Vegetable Soup (“Flu Soup”) Flu season is upon us again and as we all know, having the flu or cold is no fun.  In addition to resting and drinking plenty of fluids, enjoy this Hardy vegetable soup to help you fight off the flu and make you feel better in no time. If you have a high fever, skip the beans and lentils. The recipe may seem to have a lot of ingredients, but most…
    Written on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:32 in Cooking
  • Winter Yoga by Guta Hedewig
    Winter Yoga by Guta Hedewig Winter is a time when, due to the colder temperatures, we usually spend less time outside. Not only do we move less as a result, we also tend to have fewer connections and interactions with other people as we withdraw to our warm 'nests'.  Consequently, our bodies tend to get a bit more sluggish and our spirits might not soar as freely and brightly as they do at warmer times.…
    Written on Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00 in Yoga
  • Vata Imbalances & How to Balance
    Vata Imbalances & How to Balance Due to the mobile and volatile nature of Vata, nearly 60 percent of all listed disorders in classical Ayurvedic texts are associated with this dosha. While most chronic disorders are linked to Vata, common Vata disorders, such as constipation and low energy, respond quickly to dietary, medicinal, and lifestyle changes. After adjusting to a new regimen, Vata individuals often follow their course of treatment with great dedication and enthusiasm. Common…
    Written on Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Vata Balancing Shopping List
    Vata Balancing Shopping List * Indicates that these foods are okay in moderation, prepared with Vata balancing spices. Fruits All Sweet, Juicy Fruits Rehydrated Dried Fruits Vegetables (to be cooked) Artichoke Arugula* Asparagus Beets Bitter Melon* Broccoli* Carrots Celeriac (celery root) Cucumber (best in summer) Daikon Radish Fennel Green Beans Green Leafy Vegetables* (kale, collards, spinach, chard, beet greens, bokchoy) Green Papaya Jicama* Lettuce (best in summer) Moringa (leaves & fruit) Okra Olives (black…
    Written on Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00 in Cooking
  • Teas for Inner Peace
    Teas for Inner Peace Teas for Inner Peace "I am a very Vata person,” I admit it. And like many fellow Vata individuals, when out of balance, “regular” evades my daily routine; multitasking becomes my second nature, and worry overwhelms me—welcome to my Vata world. I know the best thing for me is to eat warm, fresh meals, but even I, a person sincerely trying to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle, occasionally skip or delay…
    Written on Sunday, 01 December 2013 23:15 in Cooking
  • Cooking, Zen & Writers Block
    Cooking, Zen & Writers Block Something happened to me last night.  I had been writing my novel for almost two years, and for the last ten months it's been non-stop to finish. I got stuck about two weeks ago and have been having a hard time with it. I guess you can call it writer's block, something I have never had. I felt depressed, almost despondent about it, and also felt overwhelmed that it would…
    Written on Friday, 22 November 2013 12:29 in Living
  • How to Stay Balanced While Traveling
    How to Stay Balanced While Traveling Dear Friends, I am beginning to write this blog while visiting my family in Bulgaria. Of course, I had to travel for more than 15 hours to get here and I kept thinking about the travel tips I learned from Dr. Vaidya Mishra. They’ve helped me so much—I want to share them with you today. Traveling has become an essential part of our lives. The problem is, the faster the…
    Written on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:56 in Living
  • The Four Essential Spices for Cooking
    The Four Essential Spices for Cooking I meet a lot of people at my cooking classes who tell me that when it comes to seasoning, they mostly use salt and pepper. By the end of the class, I have introduced them to at least ten other spices, and if our guests pass by my kitchen, they will see 30 more spice jars on the shelf! Let’s say you decide to expand on your salt and pepper…
    Written on Thursday, 31 October 2013 03:45 in Cooking
  • The Seven Tissues
    The Seven Tissues Ayurvedic texts describe that the body is made of seven types of vital tissue or dhatu. These dhatus work together to ensure the smooth functioning of the body. They include: Plasma (rasa) Blood (rakta) Muscle (mamsa) Fat (medha) Bone (asthi) Bone marrow and nerves (majja) Reproductive fluid (shukra)
    Written on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:50 in Basic Concepts of Ayurveda

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