Lifestyle — Ayurveda


Ayurveda After Dark: 4 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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Ayurveda After Dark: 4 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

A good night’s rest is the elusive goal we all seem to be chasing. The busyness and anxieties of modern life follow us to our bedrooms, often as the phones and tablets on our bedside tables or the television at the foot of the bed. As the minutes tick by, it’s hard to let go of the day that was, or to stop planning for the day to come. Adding to the stress are the never-ending studies reporting just how bad not sleeping is for us. Reduced productivity, lowered immune systems, weight gain, general crankiness – even early death! It’s...

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

Mindfulness gets talked about a lot these days. It’s being promoted for everyone from Silicon Valley execs to British schoolchildren as a way to improve productivity, concentration, even as a way to treat serious mental health issues like depression and anxiety. But mindfulness isn’t some new trend, the practice has been around for thousands of years – science finally catching up is a welcome development, because it gives us studies to back up what practitioners have been saying all along. Changing the way you think is possible, and comes with a host of positive side effects. Now we have the...

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Taking the First Step – Why Challenges Like 10,000 Steps a Day are Great Motivators

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Taking the First Step – Why Challenges Like 10,000 Steps a Day are Great Motivators

You see people with them all the time – colourful bands on the wrist, or strapped to the waist – pedometers, fitness and heart rate monitors. A quick check to these devices will often cause a person to jump up, trying to get in a few extra movements to make that goal of 10,000 steps. But do these fitness challenges actually work?   Why 10,000? Taking 10,000 steps in a day isn’t actually a magic or even scientifically derived number. It’s used largely because it sounds impressive, harkening back to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours theory about how to become awesome...

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Your No Cook Cooking: 3 Summer Salads

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Your No Cook Cooking: 3 Summer Salads

Summertime is when living should be easy. While barbequing is a beloved hot weather ritual enjoyed outdoors, hopefully with a beverage in hand – regular cooking, involving the stove and oven is something no one wants to do when the weather turns steamy. Instead make the salad bowl your friend with some easy recipes that are as healthy as they are delicious. They’ll bring a smile to the lips but no sweat to your brow!   Avocado Crunch Salad This yummy dish is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen blog, but plumps things up by adding more greens, and slims down...

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3 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer – Using Ayurveda

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3 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer – Using Ayurveda

The practice of Ayurveda believes in balancing the different elements that affect our minds and bodies. One of these elements, pitta, is associated with heat. It especially has to do with the body’s metabolism and digestion. In the summer months, it’s easy to get out of balance with an excess of pitta, leading to over-heating, heartburn, and general crankiness. Through centuries of study and observation, Ayurvedic practitioners have developed ways to calm excess pitta and cool the body in the hot summer.   1) Eat Cooling Foods The sweet fruits of summer can help cool you off. Try fresh cherries,...

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