Menopause…supported by Ayurveda

Every woman will generally go through natural menopause (defined as 12 consecutive months without a period with no other obvious pathological or physiological cause) sometime in her mid-forties to mid-fifties. The average age is 51 years. Perimenopause can start up to 10 years earlier and is the time during which we make the natural transition […]

Yoga, Ayurveda and lower back pain.

Do you or someone you know suffer from lower back pain? It is said that as many as 80% of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their adult life. Whether this brought on by an injury or appears apparently out of the blue, yoga and its sister science of Ayurveda can […]

Health and Buildings

We all have an awareness no matter how small, that the buildings we live in or visit have an effect on us. Think of the visit to a monastery or medieval cathedral and how uplifted you felt. Compare that to a building where you felt unhappy or lacking in energy – you may even experience this in […]

What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine.  Ayurveda is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest & most complete health system known to man.  The first written evidence […]


In Sanskrit Agni translates as Fire. Agni is the body’s digestive heat and transformative energy that is responsible for all it’s transformative processes; not just metabolically but mentally also. The key to health in Ayurveda is good digestion. The relative strength or weakness of one’s digestion is dependent on the strength of one’s Agni  (digestive […]

Triphala – benefits & uses

Triphala is one of the most well known and popular Ayurvedic formulas. Not surprising as it is so beneficial and is suitable for most people (in Ayurvedic terms it is tridoshic). Each of the three herbal fruits of Triphala takes care of the body by gently promoting internal cleansing of all conditions of stagnation and […]

Tips to enhance digestion

Natural solutions to help with Christmas overindulgences… It’s easy to get carried away and overindulge at this time of year! Christmas is full of tantalising treats but unfortunately many festive delicacies are heavy, hard to digest, mucous forming, liver inflaming and Kapha increasing…. The end result leaves us feeling bloated, foggy and a bit worse […]

Ayurvedic Astrology & The Cosmic Body

Article written by Gary O’Toole (Guest teacher on our Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies) The Sun, Moon and 5 visible planets find expression in the seven tissues of the body, showing how the Universe and Body mirror each other. In Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, the most comprehensive text on Vedic astrology, it states that ‘bones, blood, […]

Glossary of Ayurvedic terms

abhyanga Full body Ayurvedic oil massage; self-massage is an important component of an Ayurvedic daily routine, but trained professionals also give abhyanga treatments—either as a stand-alone therapy or as part of a deeper cleanse, such as panchakarma.   agni The third of five elements recognized in Ayurveda: the fire element; the principle of transformation; the […]

Frozen food & Ayurveda

Our food should be vital, full of Prana (energy) and a source of nourishment. In Ayurveda, food that is lifeless or lacking in Prana is referred to as Paryushita. Unfortunately frozen food falls under this unpleasant title… Although science suggests that frozen foods can be nutritious, Ayurveda views them as lacking in essential vitality and […]