Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

Ayurvedic Recipes For Spring

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Ayurvedic Recipes for Spring

 I’ve put together some of my favorites for you. These recipes will help balance Kapha Dosha, or the elements of water and earth that tend to be predominant in the spring in the western hemisphere. They include bitter and astringent tastes which have a lightening invigorating nature. During Kapha season, add more warm, light and dry foods to your diet.

Kitchari Recipe Ayurvedic Cleanse

Kitchari

  • ½  cup mung dal
  • ½ cup masoori rice
  • 2 teaspoons ghee 
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro including stems
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 ¾ cup water

Soak the rice and mung beans overnight. Rinse well and set aside. Add the ghee to a pan and once melted, add the cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, ginger, and coriander seed. Sautée for 30 seconds. Then add the turmeric, cumin, and fennel along with a pinch of hing until it becomes aromatic. Add the mung beans, rice, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

 

Ayurvedic carrot ginger soup recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup

  • 4 teaspoons ghee
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-pound bag of carrots chopped
  • 1 sweet potato chopped
  • 2 heaping teaspoons freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • 4 teaspoons of your favorite curry powder
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
    • In a large pot heat the ghee. Break the cinnamon sticks and sauté until fragrant. Add the ginger then the carrots and sweet potato. Cover until the veggies are soft, stirring occasionally. When you can break the carrots with a wooden spoon, add in the rest of the spices. Mix well and pour in the stock. Close the lid, lower the heat, and simmer for approximately 30–40 minutes. Add coconut milk for a creamy texture and blend until smooth.
    Ayurvedic Recipe Sautéed Vegetables

    Sautéed Veggies

    • 1 tablespoon ghee
    • a variety of vegetables, cut into 1-inch cubes: butternut squash, zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato
    • 1 ½ cups cold water
    • Soma salt to taste
    • ¼  teaspoon turmeric powder
    • ⅛  teaspoon mustard seeds
    • ¼  teaspoon grated ginger
    • ¼  teaspoon coriander seed
    • ⅛  teaspoon black pepper

    Sautée the spices in ghee. Add the firm vegetables and sautée until soft. Then add the softer vegetables and stir until tender. Add salt and adjust the spices to taste.

    A photo of cilantro for Ayurvedic Spring chutney

    Cilantro Chutney

    • a handful of fresh cilantro
    • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
    • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Shredded coconut
    • Water as needed

    Blend all ingredients together. Add water as necessary and adjust the amount of ingredients according to taste.

    Ayurvedic Chai Recipe

    Warming Chai

    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 5 cardamom pods
    • 5 cloves
    • 1 tbsp grated ginger
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 star anise
    • 4 cups of water
    • 1 cup of nondairy milk
    • 2 tbsp of honey or another natural sweetener

    Bring the water to a boil. Then add the spices and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for 30 minutes. Let cool, add the milk and honey to taste. Do not add the honey to hot liquids as it becomes toxic over 140 degrees.

    Baked Apple Recipe

    Apple Bake

    • 3 organic apples
    • 3 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 3 tsp cardamom powder
    • 1 tbsp walnuts 
    • 1 tbsp almonds
    • 1 tbsp chopped dates
    • 1 tbsp melted ghee
    • 3-star anise

    Preheat the oven to 325°. Wash and core the apples. Chop the almonds and walnuts into small chunks. Melt the ghee and brush the apples. Divide the cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and sprinkle equally on all the apples. Fill the apple centers with the nuts and dates. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

     

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    Compassion In Action

    In Buddhism, compassion is one of the Brahma Vihara or the four immeasurables. ⁠It is⁠ one of the noblest states of being human. ⁠



    Compassion, karuṇā, in Sanskrit and Pali, is the desire to see someone free from suffering. The etymology of “compassion” is Latin, meaning “co-suffering. It’s an open-hearted experience of sharing another’s pain. It is a warm-hearted response to sometimes suffering and a desire to help.  ⁠

    Merriam Webster defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. 

    Have you felt this unconditional empathetic concern for another’s well being? 

    Perhaps, you have also felt it’s near enemy.

    The near enemy of compassion is pity. We may think feeling bad for someone is kindness, but in fact, it sets up separation.

    ⁠Another challenge facing one who practices compassion is compassion fatigue, which can lead to burnout or apathy. This usually happens when we are giving from an unsupported place, overgiving, lacking clear boundaries, and overall not caring for our own energy.

     


    “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama⁠

     

     

    So how do we remain in a field of compassion?

     

    • Awareness

      First recognize where you are in your ability to hold others and yourself in a compassionate space. Here are two tests to evaluate your current ability: 
      Compassionate love for close others and humanity
      . Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 629-651 Sprecher, S. & Fehr, B. (2005).
      Self Compassion Scale . Development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223-250. Neff, K. D. (2003).

    • Practice –

      Second is practice. Make it a part of your daily routine to sit in meditation and focus on yourself, on those you love, and on humanity as a whole – cultivating a deep desire for their freedom from suffering.

    • Action –

      Third and perhaps most important is taking action. Where do you see suffering? What actions can you take to help relieve that suffering?

    • Evaluate –

      Finally, evaluate your progress.  From time to time check-in with the tests above to evaluate your progress in building compassion.

    Evidenced-Based Changes From Compassion Meditation

    We can cultivate compassion through practice. Studies show that meditation training leads to enduring changes in brain function, even outside meditation sessions (Slagter et al., 2011). A pilot study indicated that compassionate mind training could lead to significant reductions in depression, anxiety, self-criticism, and shame (Gilbert and Procter, 2006). Another study suggested that compassion meditation may offer health-related benefits such as reduced immune and behavioral response to psychosocial stress (Pace et al., 2009, 2010)

     

    Cultivating Tapas to Evoke Tejas

    Cultivating Tapas to Evoke Tejas

    The Yoga of Inner Fire

    Beautiful ones, today I want to share with you the concepts of Tapas and Tejas. Through the study of Yoga Philosophy, you can cultivate vibrant living and inner radiance.

    In Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, there is the concept of humans as the microcosm of the macrocosm. Everything in nature presents within us and everything within us presents within nature. We are the little world in which the universe is reflected. Look around and you may see this to be true.

    Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire. It represents the Vedic god of fire and illuminates, transforms, creates warmth and energy. In Ayurveda, Agni is the fire of digestion and metabolism. It is present in the body in the form of Pitta Dosha and has its origins in Tejas.

    Tejas is illumination, radiant splendor. It represents intelligence, illumination, energy, and vitality. It is the superfine essence of Pitta (one of the Ayurvedic Doshas) and can be seen as a melting heart that draws others in.

    How does one build Tejas?

    Through Tapas – tap is the Sanskrit word for “burn”. Tapas, which means austerity is purification through discipline. Tapas is related to Agni, the element of fire, and it can be perceived as burning enthusiasm.

    It purifies samskaras, deeply ingrained habits, and ways of being that no longer serve us. For instance, Tapas builds character and strengthens our will. It also helps us hone our intention so that it is stronger than the obstacles we encounter.⁠⁠
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    ⁠With a steadfast dedication to Yoga practice, we can turn Tapas into the more refined Tejas. ⁠⁠
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    As a result of my own evolution through Yoga practice and all the benefits it brings, I am inspired to rededicate my heart to daily Sadhana. I already feel the burning fire of discipline ignited in my soul. It feels good.⁠⁠

    Here is a little look at my daily practice:

    • 7:00 am: Wake-up and meditate. Get some exposure to sunlight.
    • 7:20 am: Perform oral hygiene that includes oil pulling, tongue scraping, and brush teeth.
    • 7:30 am: Drink hot water with lemon or lime if you have a fiery nature. This will hopefully stimulate elimination. Sit and plan out my day.
    • 7:45 am: Move my body/ care for kids. In the first part of the day, I like to get in the bulk of my exercise. I vary my workouts but usually, they include rebounding, Yoga sun salutations), pranayama (breathwork), dance, and sometimes Agni Sara.
    • 9:00 am: Perform abhyanga (warm oil self-massage)/ shower/ eat something warm, light, and noruishing.
    • 10:00 am: Begin Work. I try to get the bulk of my work done during Pitta (fiery) time of day 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. You will notice this is the time the sun is highest in the sky – it is also the time when the fire is strongest in our bodies.
    • 12:00 pm: Lunch – eat your largest meal of the day in this time of fire and digestive strength. Eat in silence if possible and try to stay off screens.
    • 12:30 pm: Take a walk in nature.
    • 1:00 pm: Finish up any computer tasks or work that requires a lot of focus.
    • 2:00 pm: This begins Vata time of day which is the most creative time. I love to use this period for creative projects, meditation, communication, and things like restorative Yoga.
    • 5:00 pm: Dinner prep food and eat. Choose from local – whole foods – close to nature and filled with Prana so nothing with a long shelf life and freshly made if possible.
    • 6:00 pm: Commit to completing any work tasks by now and turn work off. Be fully present with my family, and invite play and pleasure. As a person who tends toward overwork, making this commitment to myself is supremely important.
    • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Catch evening sunset – view outdoors if possible. (More on this from the brilliant Dr. Huberman)
    • 8:00 pm: Turn off all electronics by this time. Ideally two hours before bed. (Or get blue light glasses)
    • 10:00 pm: This is the ideal time for bedtime.

    I hope this sample routine helps you! It is a way to cultivate the power of discipline which has innumerable benefits. When we build Tapas – we increase our pure potential and authentic power to show up in the world as who we are meant to be.

    Here’s a beautiful video from Rod Stryker on turning Tapa to Tejas.

    https://yogainternational.com/article/view/tapas-into-tejas-building-character

    Join me on Wednesdays for small group Yoga Therapy classes. This month our focus is cultivating Tapas.

    What I wish I had known when I started my business

    What I wish I had known when I started my business

    What I wish I had known when I started my business

    Is your heart and soul invested in your business?⁠⠀
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    Mine has been for as long as I can recall. When this is the case, there may be a tendency to get burnt out, overwhelmed, disappointed, and all other heart-centered challenging feelings when we find things not going our way. ⁠⠀
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    Here are the TOP 3 THINGS I wish I knew when I started my business:⁠⠀
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    1. Stay committed to the journey. No matter what anyone tells you, success doesn’t happen overnight. Stay steady, aim your compass to your true north, and remain focused on the end goal. ⁠⠀
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    2. Remove your sense of worthiness from the extrinsic success of your offerings. For example – you launch your heartfelt offering to the world and….crickets. Do not let this dissuade you! Lean back, tune in, is it still aligned? What worked well? What didn’t work? What can you do better? For this part, use the second brain or the top brain and remain cool and detached. Your worthiness is not determined by your outward success. ⁠⠀
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    3. Focus on building relationships! Business can be fun and playful and sexy! Dance, move, sing …. stay connected to source, and become a crystal clear channel for what wants to flow through you. ⁠⠀
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