The second installment from my trip to India in
January focuses more on my cultural exploration and
the challenges and joys that I found during my
second week in Vrindavan. With the help of a local, I
explore the town only to discover a Disneyland ride!
In southern California, Kapha season is our wet
season. The rains come relieving us of the dryness of
vata from the fall. Seems like this year the rains have
passed us by. Never the less, kapha or the earth and
water in our body have increased during the winter.
may have expressed itself as respiratory congestion,
oily skin, lethargy, mental dullness or weight gain.
Our feature article on balancing the
kapha dosha will help anyone who wants to lose a
few pounds before summer.
The Art of Living to be taught at UCI!
April 6 to June 14, Wednesdays, 6-9pm; 10 meetings.
No class May 3rd.
Presented as part of UCI extension Yoga Studies
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May all beings be with Peace,
|India Part 2: Space Mountain Revisited
2006.01.06 The last few days have been a gradual
exploration to move beyond MVT guesthouse and
starting to explore the surrounding area. Dr.
Gupta has recommended that I take this slowly.
I suspect that seeing too much poverty to close,
or too many farm animals and their excrement or
too much raw sewage in the gutter might be
difficult for my American sensibilities.
|Lighten Up: Balancing Kapha Dosha
If you are slow to anger, sweet-tempered and larger
in build, you probably have more of Kapha dosha in
your mind-body makeup. Kapha dosha is comprised of
the water and earth elements, so you will naturally
have more moisture in your skin, for instance, and
reflect more of the stability of the earth in your
steady emotions. These are both admirable qualities,
and there are many more that a Kapha person can
claim: strength, stamina, loyalty, graceful
movements, and a good long-term memory.
To stay healthy, though, you will need to
counterbalance your watery, earthy nature by
infusing more of the other three elements -- space,
air and fire -- into your system. Adding these
elements to your diet can keep you from developing
the Kapha-aggravated imbalances that you might be
susceptible to, such as respiratory congestion, oily
skin, lethargy, mental dullness and weight gain.
|Barley Mushrooms Recipe
Barley is an excellent Kapha reducing grain due
to its attributes of lightness and
dryness. It is a diuretic and is laxative in action.
It pulls water into the body and then pulls it our
in an even greater amount. Its cool grounded
qualities make if helpful for Pitta. It is
serviceable for preventing constipation,
especially in those of Pitta and Kapha
persuasion. It is
the main food to heal urinary diseases. Here
is an easy to make introductory recipe using
Barley and shiitake mushrooms which add an
extra immune boost.
Free Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine
March 23rd, 6-7:30 PM at UC Irvine
Lecture topics include:
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- Holistic Medicine and Ayurveda
- Constitution and balance
- Food as medicine
- Balancing through opposites
- 14 tips for healthy eating
- Yoga and Ayurveda