Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Rakta

 Rakta is the second tissue, according to Ayurveda. It corresponds to the blood - especially the red blood cells - and the bile. The blood carries nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body, and a rich blood flow is among the most important things that exist for good health. Rakta is affected by our lifestyle, food, and, to a large extent, our emotions. To keep rakta and thus the blood healthy, you can think of the following:

• Do not eat too much strong, acidic or salty foods.

• Do not skip meals.

• Eat sweet, juicy fruits such as pears, apples, grapes and melons.

  • Juicy vegetables such as squash and cucumber are also good.

• Use turmeric in cooking.

• Avoid alcohol, tobacco, drugs and synthetic additives in food.

  • Drink plenty of water, make sure it is clean and fresh and not cold.

• Roses are good for our emotions, enjoy their beauty and feel free to eat (organic) rose petal pasta.

• Go to bed early.

• Do not expose yourself to negative emotional impressions in the form of violent films or other media.

• Meditate and do yoga regularly.

• Avoid conflicts and negative people, be forgiving and compassionate and enjoy loving fellowship with those you love.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Rasa

 Rasa is the first of the seven tissues that Ayurveda describes. Rasa is usually translated as plasma, and it mainly corresponds to the blood plasma and the nutrients and the enzymes that are transported by it. Problems with rasa can cause both overweight and underweight as well as fatigue, wrinkles, nausea and aches. The problems are usually caused by digestion not working so well. This may be because you eat too much or too little or skip meals and eat at irregular times. It is especially harmful to eat before you have had time to digest the previous meal. Stress is also an influencing factor. To keep rasa in good shape,  keep the following in mind:

• Eat only when you are hungry and not more than until you are comfortably satisfied. Then wait to eat until you are hungry again. At the same time, you should have regular times for your meals and not skip any of them. It may sound contradictory, but if you maintain a good regularity and eat suitable amounts, the body will adjust so that you are hungry just when it is time for food.

• Eat juicy fruits and vegetables.

  • Drink plenty of water - hot or at room temperature, never cold.

• Do not stress too much, avoid too much mental work, meditate and do yoga regularly.

• Try to do oil massage, abhyanga, regularly.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

 According to Ayurveda, in addition to the three doshas,  our bodies are made up of seven tissues - dhatus. These are (simply put):

1. Rasa - plasma

2. Straight - blood

3. Mamsa - muscles

4. Meda - fat

5. Asthi - bone tissue

6. Majja - bone marrow

7. Sukra - reproductive tissues.

They are formed sequentially, so f we have blockages in one of the tissues and it will also lead to problems in the tissues that are further down the list. Therefore, digestion is absolutely central to the formation and maintenance of healthy tissues. For digestion, it is important to eat warm, well-cooked food that is not too hard to digest and eat in peace and quiet - sit down, do nothing else in the meantime and chew properly. One should eat the main meal in the middle of the day, never eat at night, never drink cold drinks with food and really enjoy the food. I will return with a little more detailed advice on how to keep each of the tissues healthy and strong.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Dried fruit

 Dried fruit is a good way to add nutritious nutrients, according to Ayurveda. But you should not eat them "raw" because then they absorb fluids and cause obstructions in the digestive system. Instead, you should either soak them, for example, overnight or boil them. Cooking dried fruit together with fresh fruit, nuts and spices creates a tasty and healthy dessert :)



Tuesday, 23 March 2021

 All the food we eat affects the different doshas in one way or another. But it can be difficult to keep track of what effects everything has. The taste can be a clue. The different flavours affect the doshas as follows:

• Sweet (not only what we usually think of as sweet but also rice, cereals, milk, etc.) raises kapha but lowers vata and pitta

• Sour raises pitta and kapha but lowers vata

• Salt raises pitta and kapha but lowers vata

• Hot (spicy) raises vata and pitta but lowers kapha

  • Bitter (eg leafy vegetables) raises vata but lowers pitta and kapha

• Astringent (e.g. some nuts and beans and not fully ripe bananas) raises vata but lowers pitta and kapha

The taste does not give the whole picture because there is also the aftertaste that can be different and other qualities such as the heaviness of the food, oiliness etc. But it can be a good start.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

 Now the wonderful spring is here and for me, it means that the running season begins. This year I have the ambition to focus more on yogic running. I should do that as an Ayurveda consultant and yoga teacher, shouldn't I :) What does that mean then? There does not seem to be any unambiguous definition or generally accepted knowledge about it. But based on my experience of yoga, I think like this:

• It must be comfortable. In Maharishi Yoga, the concept of pleasant steadiness is used as a prerequisite for a position to be a yoga asana. Thus, yogic running should be a state of pleasant dynamics.

• Awareness is probably important. In Maharishi Yoga, attention is allowed to rest easily on the parts of the body that are stretched. Similarly, attention should probably rest on the dynamic activity that the body performs.

• In Bhagavad-Gita, we are advised to "established in yoga, perform action", ie. established in the silent pure consciousness which is the basis of everything, one performs actions which then automatically become right. In the same way, I think of yogic running as an activity where the body is dynamically active while the mind is established in silence - a bit like the eye of the storm which is the still point around which all activity revolves. The activity comes from silence.

• To be able to achieve this, it is of course important to supplement with yoga and meditation.

This is how far I have come so far. What do you think?

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

 Now that spring is in full swing, we have entered the period dominated by kapha-dosha. Therefore, balancing kapha is vital, especially if you have a lot of kapha in your basic constitution or an imbalance in kapha. Kapha is heavy, cold and sluggish. In balance, it gives strength, perseverance and affection. In imbalance, it can lead to inertia, lethargy, greed and ailments such as colds, allergies, obesity, diabetes and more. Some keywords to balance kapha are activity, warmth and stimulation. Here are some tips:

• Exercise. This is the part of the year when we can exercise the hardest. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep kapha in balance. Modern research also shows that spring is when we can most easily strengthen ourselves and build our muscles - it is also the time when children grow the fastest. Do something that you think is fun and that feels good but do not be afraid to make some effort.

• Be active in other respects as well. Engage in things that you enjoy.

• Stay warm. Avoid particularly humid cold.

• Food and drink should also be hot. Avoid cold foods and beverages. Drinking hot water during the day and at meals is a great habit.

• The food should not be too heavy.

• Use spices in food. All spices except salt are balancing for kapha. They also make the food tastier, and you should enjoy the food and eat in peace and quiet so that you feel when you are full and satisfied.

• Get up early in the morning, preferably before six o'clock. This also means that you have to go to bed early.

• Take the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful spring. Especially the scents of nature are beneficial for kapha, which is related to the sense of smell.

Have a wonderful spring :)