Come November, change is definitely in the air.
Leaves turn color
and fall. The air feels cooler--and dry during the
Santa Ana winds. Inside your
body, Vata dosha, the dosha of the season, tends to
increase, often commanding Pitta and Kapha doshas
to play second, and third, fiddle. This is how it is
likely to be till February, when the season both
outside and within you will change once again.
When Vata dosha takes over for these few months,
its restless, sweeping quality can throw your
physiology-and psychology-completely out of
balance. Constipation, dry skin, irregular appetite,
lack of sleep, stress, fatigue--an out-of-sync Vata
can cause all of these problems and more.
But in nature's scheme of things, the Vata
environment outside is supposed to synchronize
perfectly smoothly with changes within our bodies
and minds. If, that is, we stay in tune with some
simple rhythms of nature. Presented below are a few
suggestions to stay in harmony this fall.
May all beings be with Peace,
|A Good Night’s Sleep
Millions of Americans of all ages are affected by sleep
problems, many with severe, chronic sleep
deprivation. A round-the-clock activity-driven
society has meant that many individuals habitually
defer sleep to get other things done. “I’ll catch up
later,” is, however, easier said than done. Recent
research indicates that pervasive sleep deprivation
can lead to more serious health problems than just a
dull clouded feeling the next morning – including
obesity, high blood pressure and diminished
resistance to infections. While there is substantial
awareness about the need for proper nutrition and
exercise, many people tend to shrug off lack of sleep
as not being of much consequence, and, as a result,
go through life with both mind and body always
performing at less than optimal levels.
|Curried Potato Patties With Carrots
Try this delicious vata balancing recipe. This goes
well with Cucumber Raita and a vegetable side dish.
- 6 large or 8 small red potatoes
- 2 large carrots (2 cups grated)
- 1 ˝ tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 to 1 ˝ teaspoons sea salt (to taste, the
lesser amount for kapha)
- 2/3 cup green onions, finely chopped
- ˝ cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
Put water in a large pot to boil for the potatoes.
Wash the potatoes well and leave on their skins. Put
them in the water to boil until tender, about ˝ hour.
While they are cooking, wash and finely grate the
carrots. Wash and finely chop the green onions. Put
the oil in a large skillet and add the mustard seeds.
When they pop, add the grated carrot and cook just
long enough to wilt them slightly. Stir in the curry
powder and salt. When the potatoes are done, drain
them and let them cool enough to handle them. Mash
them well, with a fork or your hands, and stir or mash
in the rest of the ingredient, including the uncooked
green onion and coriander leaves. Form the mixture
into patties and cook on a skillet, browning them 1 to
2 minutes on each side. Serve hot. If you are trying
to reduce kapha or if you have high ama (toxicity),
use a cast iron pan and little oil. Makes sixteen 4-inch
|Calming Fall Aromas
Aromatherapy uses essential oils made
from flowers, plants, trees, and grasses to relay
fragrances through the olfactory sense to the brain,
in order to bring healing energy to mind and body.
Ayurveda teaches that smells are directly related to
doshic balance and imbalance, and that certain
aromas are heating, cooling, or neutral.
Dr. David Frawley said, "Flowers are a recent
part of nature to evolve. They parallel the evolution
of mammals and reflect the entrance of the soul into
the creation. Many have evolved under human
cultivation. Hence, they carry a greater power of the
soul within them and aid in its unfoldment."
Fall is the time of Vata (space and air). Vata is light,
dry, mobile and cold, and is balanced by oils that are
wet, heavy, calming and warming. Essential oils that
sooth vata are sweet and spicy aromas such as
sandalwood, cinnamon and orange. Tulsi (Holy Basil),
rose, and lavender are also beneficial.
Essential oils are blended in Ayurveda according to
their properties. A good vata reducing blend would be
2 parts orange, 7 parts cinnamon and 1 parts
sandalwood. This blend would have an overall
tonifying and calming effect on the nervous system
which would thereby calm vata's worrying mind.
Free Introductory Lecture
November 16th, 7-9 PM in Laguna Beach
Lecture topics include:
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- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Constitution and balance
- Food as medicine
- Balancing through opposites
- 13 tips for healthy eating
- Questions and Answers