Vata Balancing Diet


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A bowl of creamy butternut squash soup for a vata balancing diet.

 

✫ Vata Balancing Diet ✫

THE BEST FOODS FOR:

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Vata Season – Autumn + Winter

Vata Dosha

Vishama Agni = Irregular Digestive Fire

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EMPHASIZE: 

Sweet, Salty and Sour taste

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REDUCE: 

Bitter, Pungent and Astringent taste

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{To read more about the 6 Tastes click here}

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Vata qualities are: dry, light, cold, subtle, mobile and rough 

Vata balancing foods are: moist, heavy, warm, grounding and oily

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The vata balancing diet is for the fall and winter season, for anyone who is experiencing more vata in their body/mind, or has a variable type digestion.

A vata diet is warm, sweet, grounding, hydrating, nourishing and oily. Cooking your food, rather than eating it raw, adds the warm element and makes it easier to digest, which prevents the gas and bloating. Using a lot of oils when cooking and adding healthy fats to meals  balances the light, rough and dry qualities of the fall and winter or excess vata in the body. If you choose to eat a salad, it’s best to massage the greens with high quality oil and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes or longer, such as making it during breakfast so it’s ready by lunchtime.

 

Soups, stews, and one-pot meals are heavenly for vata. Think of all the yummy fall vegetable soups or winter stews.

Emphasize more cooked foods – sauté or steam your veggies, enjoy hot herbal tea, and have more liquid type meals.

Avoid too many raw salads or vegetables, too many green smoothies, snacks, dry or packaged food, dried fruits, iced or carbonated drinks, caffeine, white sugar and processed food.

Meals should be at the same standard time everyday. Vata people might want to have three or even four meals a day, and avoid changing the mealtime for any reason.

Always sit down and enjoy your meal. Be ready to take in your nourishment. Close off all distraction, and never eat while standing up or on the go.

 

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Roasted root vegetables for a vata balancing diet.

 

Best Foods for Vata Dosha

 

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New Moon


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NEW MOON, DARK MOON

 

“The Dreamer”

 

Winter Season, Vata Dosha

 

Menstruation

 

The new moon phase represents the quiet, dark stillness of winter. It is a time of deep rest and nourishment. Similar to a winter hibernation, the yin energy of the new moon is our invitation and request to practice being rather than doing. This is an essential part of life – to pulsate in opposition from the modern day society mode of accomplishing goals and striving forward, and instead surrender into a soft experience of non-doing.

 

In the place of non-doing, we turn our attention inward. We relax and open into our quiet, mysterious nature. From rest, reflection, silence and openness, we have greater access to our innate sense of knowing, of our bodies strong wisdom, and our intuition. During menstruation, the hormones released cause the left and right hemispheres of the brain to merge. We live in a waking meditation. This meditative state supports our openness and connection with the soul, and realms beyond the physical. We are in a better connection and communion with our higher self, ancestors, spirit guides, angelic beings, animal totems, goddess / god, and the divine. The veil between the human personality and the soul is the thinnest.

 

When menstruating, the portal where spirit becomes matter (the uterus) is opened and flowing. This special time of the cycle creates a heightened sensitivity and great vulnerability. It is also a time of incredible power.

 

In ancient times, as many Native cultures still practice and as we are collectively remembering, the period of the dark moon and  menstruation was a holy ceremony. The open portal and easy, natural state of spirituality was honored in the space of a moon lodge. The dark moon and the moon lodge are quiet, sacred containers to support the important processes at this time in the lunar cycle.

 

In the space of darkness, all that is ready to be released and die can come forward and move out. Unfulfilled needs and longings are brought up and out. Anything that does not match our current or raising frequency is pulled to the surface and cleared away. This process can be uncomfortable, yet is and essential part of personal growth.

 

The dark moon, like winter, honors death as a very vital part of life. When we slow down, stop, rest in being and hold time in a dark place, we support and can even enhance the new moon time and all the beauty and power it brings. We align with the greater energies of nature.

 

With surrender death and release, we create emptiness. In the emptiness (as often symbolized by the chalice) we have room for something new to emerge.

 

Letting go of what’s done or no longer serving allows us to plant seeds for what can become!

 

At the new moon we are prime to set intentions for the coming cycle – in this lunar phase or in the next 6 months. We can take this opportunity to clarify and refine what we need or desire, to state that intention, and send the wish into the quantum field of the universe to be manifest.

 

As a whole, this portion of the lunar cycle is a time for aloneness, rest, relaxation, release, meditation, moon-time rituals and connection to spirit. It is a time to honor the art of being, and pulse away from doing.

 

Ayurvedic Lifestyle practices for New Moon Phase  ➤

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Waxing Moon


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{Moon Goddess of Mystery Psychedelic} by {Emily Balivet}

 

 

 

 

WAXING MOON

 

“Moon Maiden” 

 

Spring Season, Kapha to Pitta Dosha

 

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The waxing moon is the lunar cycle from new into full. It is a movement out of the internal, into the external world.

 

Waxing moon is post menstruation, pre-ovulation for those who bleed. The lining of the uterus has just been shed, and all that along with emotions, things unmanifest, and anything we released with the dark moon. We are starting fresh and renewed, just like a bright spring day.

 

Physically, the body is more light and energized. We are less associated with our physical or emotional sides, and most in a mental, analytical, intellectual space. We feel light, free, inspired and joyful. We are at our optimal time for planning, organizing, and thinking things through. It’s a time of being extra motivated, enthusiastic, determined, goal-oriented, independent and mentally clear.

 

This is a great time to map out your upcoming cycle. You can leverage this present energy to plan out what will suit you best during each phase of the coming cycles. This can support your alignment with each of the four phases, and support you with what you need at that time.

 

It’s also ideal to schedule your business meetings now, doing more mentally focused work, cleaning, organizing, and taking part in more social activities.

 

This waxing moon can be considered the standard phase society operates at. It can be easy to continue to operate from a waxing phase, but ignoring, pushing away or denying the beauty and power of the other phases does harm and diminishes the potential of our full spectrum.

 

Thus, it’s important to recognize the qualities of this phase and have greater awareness to your tendencies to stay “stuck” in waxing moon mode. When you notice you don’t naturally flow into the full, waning, and new energies, you can make a conscious effort to adopt a more feminine lifestyle and change with the ‘season’.

 

Ayurvedic Lifestyle practices for Waxing phase  ➤

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Full Moon


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The Star Goddess of Hope by Emily Balivet

 

Full Moon

 

“Lover’s Moon”  /  “Mother Moon” 

 

Summer Season,  Pitta Dosha

 

Yang – Externally Focused

 

Ovulation

 

“Full moons she light. They reveal. They exaggerate. They can bring closure. They keep us up at night. Tire us out during the day. Excite our senses. Have us feeling full. Satiated. Overwhelmed. Alive. Wild. Coming apart at the seams.”  — Chani Nicholas

 

 

 

{ ART: The Star Goddess of Hope by Emily Balivet }

Waning Moon


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WANING MOON ~

“Wild Woman Enchantress” 

Autumn Season, Pitta to Vata Dosha

Pre-menstruation

 

The waning moon happens as the full moon descends into the new moon. Just as her energies are shifting from bright to dark, we shift our energy and attention from the external world into our internal world.

 

We move into a mysterious, mystical, witchy and magical space. When our focus is less on what is outside, and instead on what lays within, our intuitive and psychic abilities are naturally more available.

 

In this distinct shift from outer to inner awareness, emotions become stronger and more active. We may feel more dramatic and even destructive. It’s important to make time and space to be with the emotions, allowing them to be felt and moved through. Emotion = energy in motion.

 

Emotions are a powerful spiritual tool to guide us deeper into our divinity. When we slow down from our ‘regular life stuff’ and honor the slower pace of the waning moon, we are able to utilize this more vulnerable and raw place.

 

It’s also important to be with the rising emotions to feel and release what needs to be let go of, in prevention from carrying it into the next cycle. It is a cleansing and a clearing. The stronger emotions can also be a way for us to see what is or isn’t in alignment with our higher beliefs and deeper desires. At this time, we need to be with the emotions and the messages they bring to see what needs to change in the future for our needs and desires to be met.

 

As we descend into the darkening moon, we dive into the darker and deeper aspects of ourselves. This is a beautiful time to step away from the mode of productivity and more into creativity, rest, and reflection. We are meant to withdraw from intellectual and physical activities and instead practice nourishment and self inquiry.

 

During this last quarter phase, be careful and selective with how you schedule your time. Don’t over-do it, and leave plenty of space for personal, quiet, creative and restful time.

 

Naturally, we may also be inclined to clean and clear-out our home. Just as the uterus is preparing for the shedding of its lining, we are inspired to shed the physical things in our surroundings. Cleaning, letting go and clearing out extra stuff in the home has a supporting impact on the energetic and emotional releases that are happening, too.

 

It’s also really nice to clean, clear, freshen and beautify your home temple before drawing inwards even deeper during the approaching dark moon phase.

 

 

Ayurvedic Life Style Practices for Waning Phase ➤

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Easeful Living


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Easeful Living 

 

Why:

 

Relax to allow. Soften to open, to be a channel of spirit. Flow through life like water as the wu wei.

 

When you’re stressed out, you’re constricted. When you’re constricted, you’re closing yourself off from source. You’re impeding the flow of your spirit ~ the deepest, most subtle and all-pervading aspect of yourself. Being stressed out increases your chance of dis-ease and poor health.

 

When you let go and drop into an easeful state, you flow with grace. You are open to and in synchronization with “the bigger picture.” You’re in alignment with your divine nature.

 

The more easefullness you can practice living everyday, the more easefulness you will regularly experience and attract into your life. You experience greater health.

 

How:

 

Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. It doesn’t have to be nor is it meant to.

 

When you’re pushing into your edge of evolution, there will be discomfort. Often times things don’t go as planned, or challenges confront us. Stressful situations can happen.

 

The practice is not to turn away from what can arise, but instead to remain in your center – with your perception coming from your heart, the larger field of consciousness, or your point of awareness.

 

Living from this perspective, moment by moment, day to day, trains yourself into relaxing into the field of the divine, even with all the bumps along the way, rather than constrict or restrict your openness to it.

 

To support your easeful approach to life ~

  • meditate or sit in silence everyday
  • do what brings you joy
  • cultivate and share the feelings of love, trust, faith, gratefulness, support
  • don’t suppress or avoid emotions, feel them deeply and allow them to move through you
  • continually refer to or lean into your experience of the great mystery, of the under-lying beingness that up-holds and gives life.
  • when stress or challenge is present, orient your perspective from your point of awareness or your heart. Relax or soften the stress as much as possible
  • practice deep breathing
  • follow the wisdom from spiritual leaders that resonate with you.

 

Namaste

 

{ Art : Primrose – Alphonse Mucha }

Scrape Your Tongue


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Tongue Scrapping 

 

Why:

 

Scrape off the ama to support the functioning of this massively important organ, and get a clue to what’s going on internally for you.

 

The tongue is a map of the internal body. If reflects what is happening inside with your main organs and digestive tract. When you look at your tongue everyday, you can make better decisions to support a healthier digestive system and body, overall.

 

Also – the sensory ability to taste is an incredibly important part of eating and staying healthy. The tongue wants to communicate to the body information about whats being digested, and make an intelligent decision as to whether or not that is the best food for you.  Plus, it’s nice to be able to taste your food. Eating is awesome.

 

A tongue with a white, plaquey coating (ama) has blocked taste buds. It can’t function to its fullest and decipher exactly what you’re putting into your mouth, leading to bad or unintelligent decisions.

 

How:

 

Buy a metal tongue scrapper, like this one, from Banyan Botanicals or at a local health food store.

 

Every morning, just before you brush your teeth, check your tongue out. What’s going on?  You can refer to the tongue chart below. Start noticing that what, when, and how you eat affects your digestion and is reflected on your tongue.

 

Then, using the scrapper, lie the metal edge at the back of the tongue and pull forward – scrapping off the gunk and goo. Scrape seven times to ignite the agni (digestive fire) in each of your seven tissues.

 

And enjoy your next meal!

 

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{ Art : The Moon – Alphonse Mucha }  { Chart from “Ayurveda, The Science of Healing” by Dr. Vasant Lad }

Healthier Eating Guidelines


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Healthier Eating Guidelines

 

Why:

 

How, when, and why you eat is just as important as what you eat.

 

By eating with the basic healthy eating guidelines, you:

  • support a stronger, ‘clearer’, more balanced digestive system.
  • burn off fat and ama between meals and overnight.
  • prevent over-taxing your system and free up energy
  • have a stronger immune system and stronger, healthier tissues

 

When you eat three basic meals a day with your loving attention, you are honoring the sacred act of nourishment and the food that creates your physical body. You are also creating the time and space to be more deeply satisfied by the food you eat.

How:

 

Some very simple guidelines to eating in a healthy way :

  • Have your biggest meal of the day around noon, when your digestion is the strongest. Just like the fire in the sky (the sun) the fire in our body is the strongest around noon. When you have your majority of sustenance around this time, the body is able to break it down, digest and assimilate it into nutrients for it to become the beautiful, healthy tissues of your body.  Food eaten to late in the body weighs down the body and creates health problems, especially a tired/ groggy/ crabby feeling in the morning.
  • Eat fresh foods that are freshly prepared. Fresh, whole, sprouted and living foods contain enzymes to enhance our digestion and assimilation. They also have prana — vital life force energy. High prana foods give us high, clear, vibrant energy.
  • Incorporate the 6 tastes — sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent, into every meal. Everyone needs a certain proportion of each taste or food depending on their dosha. Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas can read more in this blog to see their preferred foods and flavors. Different tastes help to balance us on multiple levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically, and more. Having all tastes, and your specific tastes in the right proportion,  ensures your body is more balanced.
  • Dine in a lovely atmosphere. You can light a candle, play some sweet music, add a flower to your table, but at the very least sit down in a quiet, settled atmosphere. Eating on the go, while driving or walking, standing up, and otherwise distracted hinders your ability to digest what you’re taking in, let alone enjoy it. Sit down and savor!
  • Allow yourself to be ready to receive. Let go of any negative emotions or distractions, say a prayer, blessing or gesture of gratitude and relax to receive your nourishment.
  • Be hungry. Cultivate a true, strong hunger. This ensures the body is ready to digest. True emptiness allows for a deeper level of satisfaction after eating.
  • Don’t confuse thirst and hunger.
  • Fast on water between meals.
  • Keep good company and let the conversation be light or minimal.
  • Allow your attention to remain with the flavors, scents, textures and deliciousness you’re experiencing.
  • After dining, relax for a short while before hustling off. Anyone who has more time, or indigestion issues, can practice laying on the left side of the body for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the stomach digest.

 

If you’re experiencing digestive issues I can help. Click here to learn more about an Ayurvedic Assessment and schedule a time for us to talk.

Cheers to feeling good. xo

 

{ Art : “Autumn” – Alphonse Mucha }

 

Meditation


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Meditation

 

Why:

 

Why meditate?

 

There are just about as many answers to this question as there are people on this earth.

 

Perhaps you can ask yourself why you want to meditate and allow that answer to guide you toward what will suit you best and help you receive or experience what you’d like.

 

To me, meditation is time to experience the simple beauty of our deepest truth – our spirit. It is a time to let go of all other things in this phenomenal world and rest in the realness, the blessing, the love of your heart.

 

It is also incredibly healing, uplifting, re-aligning, refreshing, igniting…

 

How:

 

 

1. Find a quiet place to sit. Ideally, find somewhere you won’t be disturbed and you can go back to everyday. In your bedroom at the foot of your bed, in your yoga space, on the porch, in a guest bedroom, or wherever you can create a peaceful sanctuary is a nice place. Avoid any habitual spots where you watch t.v., read, or sit for regular day-to-day activities. In these places your mind may go into its automatic thought mode.

 

2. Find a regular time. If you can fit your meditation into your everyday routine and regular schedule you are more likely to stick to it and it will become a regular part of your day. For example, in the morning after you get up and brush your teeth, on your lunch break, in the evening before dinner or at sunset, or as part of your night routine are all great times to regularly practice. Regular consistency everyday, even if for a short time span, can be more beneficial than long and erratic meditation sessions.

 

3. Find a comfortable sitting position. Relax into your body, with your spine straight and aligned. You can sit on a cushion or stack of pillows on the floor, with your sit bones near the edge of the pillows to allow your hips to tilt forward and your legs to rest comfortably. Sitting in a chair works fine too. It is best to sit at the edge of the chair to avoid leaning back too far on the back rest. Place your feet flat on the floor and rest your hands on your knees or thighs.

 

4. Relax. Take a few deep, long, and slow breaths. Focus on your breath for as long as you like- a couple of breath cycles, a couple of minutes, or longer, whatever feels good.

 

5. Bring your awareness to the center of your being. Feel into the presence and spaciousness of your inner self. Rest in this space. Allow thoughts to come and go, just pass through like clouds in the sky. Do not give them any extra attention nor be discouraged that they appear. Simply allow them to be, and refocus your attention back into the space of your being. Rest in the awareness and peacefulness of your center.

 

Namaste

 

{ Art : Morning Star – Alphonse Mucha }

Self Massage – Abhyangha


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Self Massage ~ Abhyanga 

 

Why:

 

Self massage (abhyanga) is a beautiful loving act of self care.

 

It puts you in touch with your body (literally), your nervous system and emotional body.

 

When you rub oil into the top layer of your skin, all seven layers absorb the nourishment – all the way into your nervous system. This helps to strengthen the skin and your nerves. As you massage your skin, you are simultaneously massaging your nerve endings in the skin and hence your nervous system. Your skin, muscles, joints, lymph system, everything benefits. You feel cared for, loved, nourished, strengthened, grounded, and moisturized. You can sleep better, relax better, have better focus, an enhanced immune system…. You glow.

 

How:

 

Start with your feet, if self-massage is new to you. Every night, rub some oil into the soles of your feet before you go to bed.

When you’re ready, slowly upgrade to a full body massage. This can be done before or after your shower. If you want, first warm up your oil of choice by running the bottle of oil under hot water or filling your sink with hot water and let the bottle warm up. Sit on an old towel, at the edge of your tub, on the toilet, or on the floor. Make sure you feel warm and comfy.

Begin by rubbing the oil into the soles of your feet. Take your time. Be present. Get to know your body, how you feel, and what you need. Working your way up your legs, use a circular motion over your joints (ankles, knees, etc). Use long, steady strokes over your limbs (calves, thighs, arms.) Use large, slow circles over your abdomen, butt, and chest. Kneed some TLC into your neck and shoulders. Don’t forget your ears, and your scalp if you don’t mind a little oil in your hair.

Keep in mind the oil can seep into your towels, clothes or bedding. Wear pjs or fabrics you’re not concerned about getting a little spotty. Or just use the oil sparingly.

 

 

Use:

  • unrefined, untoasted sesame oil for dry skin or colder climates (vata)
  • coconut oil for warmer body types or warmer climates (pitta)
  • almond or jojoba for cooler, medium skin types (kapha)

 

 

Take your time, let this rich practice of self love and deep self care nurture your body, mind and soul.   💗

 

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xoxo

 

{ Art :  Edelsteine: Amethyst –  Alphonse Mucha }