Agni

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 fire). The basic nature of Agni is to convert and consume. (A non stop... Read More

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 for wear by the New year. If this is something you would like to avoid this Christmas... Read More

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 digestive fire, which is responsible for digestion, absorption and assimilation;... Read More

Nasya: perfect treatment for Spring

Nasya is one of the Panchakarmas (5 cleanses) mentioned in Ayurveda, Nasya therapy is a process wherein medicated herbs (decocted in oil or as a powder) are administered through the nostrils, this follows a face massage and steam. Since the nose is the gateway of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases pertaining to the head, if it is performed systematically. The therapy cleanses and opens the channels of the head,... Read More

Whats a Dosha?

Do you identify with any Dosha?… Take the Dosha Quiz if you’re unsure A little bit of the philosophy behind the Science of Life. Everything in our universe is composed of 5 elements or in sanskrit Mahabhutas. The 5 elements are: Akash (ether) Vayu (air) Agni (fire) Jala (water) Prithvi (earth). These 5 elements are found in varying proportions in all things both animate and inanimate. The combination of these 5 elements give each object or... Read More

Take a Dosha Quiz

THE DOSHA QUIZ 1=Rarely 2= Sometimes 3=Often 4=Mostly (Be honest…) DOSHA QUIZ Vata I tend to do things quickly 1 2 3 4 I learn & forget easily   1 2 3 4 I am energetic and  upbeat 1 2 3 4 I have a lean physique and an active mind 1 2 3 4 I move and talk quickly 1 2 3 4 I often get cold hands & feet 1 2 3 4 I am prone to anxiety and stress 1 2 3 4 I dislike cold weather 1 2 3 4 My sleep is disturbed easily 1 2 3 4 My skin is often dry... Read More

Tips for a healthier Spring

Unfortunately the transition into Spring can sometimes be tricky for our bodies!  For many, Spring is associated with  congestion & excessive amounts of mucous which may lead to conditions such as sinusitis, coughs, colds, asthma, hay fever, digestive problems, joint pain, etc. On a positive note, Spring is a great time for doing a detox, for losing weight, improving fitness & kickstarting your health. From the Ayurvedic perspective,... Read More