Summer Tips for Staying Cool with Ayurveda

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Summer Tips for Staying Cool with Ayurveda

In ayurveda, summer is associated with pitta dosha, the mind-body type associated with fire and water. This means that those who are predominantly pitta in their constitution will need to take extra care.

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3 Easy Spring Health Tips from Ayurveda

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Have you noticed that — with every change of season — there is a corresponding change in your body?

At springtime, you may notice a rise in:

  • colds, congestion or mucus
  • feeling lethargic, lazy, tired or stagnant
  • food cravings for sweets;
  • slow digestion or decreased appetite (including candida overgrowth / dampness);
  • seasonal depression or lack of motivation;

Spring is Kapha Season

Spring is ruled by kapha dosha, the earth-water elements in ayurveda.

Kapha’s qualities are cold, wet, slow and heavy.

Over the winter, you need a little extra kapha to insulate you from the cold, like a good winter coat.

When the snow melts, you may notice symptoms of excess kapha, including:

  • colds, congestion or mucus
  • feeling lethargic, lazy, tired or stagnant
  • food cravings for sweets;
  • slow digestion or decreased appetite (including candida overgrowth / dampness);
  • seasonal depression or lack of motivation;

Here are 3 Easy Ways to Balance Kapha for Spring:

  1. Get Yourself Moving Using Herbs
  • Kapha reducing teas can be used to boost metabolism and aid water retention. Try ginger, cinnamon, tulsi, sage, chai, turmeric or hibiscus.
  • If your digestion needs a boost, try taking trikatu powder before meals, or taking 1-2 teaspoons fennel powder after meals.
  • On an empty stomach, take 1-2 teaspoons daily of raw honey. Honey helps scrape congestion, toxins (ama) from the digestive tract.
  • Before bed, taking 1-2 teaspoons triphala powder to naturally detoxify and balance food cravings, iron levels, weight and to support a beautiful skin tone.

2. Exercise Daily until you Sweat

Vigorous exercise is one of the best ways to boost to your mood, immunity and energy levels. A 20 minute walk or a few yoga asanas or stretches will make a big difference in how you feel each day.

3.  Lighten Up Your Meals

To lighten up your diet, to emphasize bitter, astringent and pungent tastes, including:

  • Bitter, leafy greens such as kale, chard, broccoli (try Spring Steamed Ayurvedic Greens)
  • Vegetable soups and pulses (try Kicharee with coriander chutney)
  • Add ginger or extra spices to your food, such as cumin, tumeric, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, spring onions and garlic;
  • Reduce dairy, desserts or fried foods for a few weeks.
  • Favouring kapha balancing desserts, such as homemade apple sauce or chai with almond milk.

Spring is also the best time of year to learn a new habit, or to consider a detoxification program, since nature supports letting go at this time.

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Briya Freeman has been teaching courses in meditation and natural healing since 2011, including The Bloom Project, an online course for women in natural self-healing and radiant living.

Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa. For more information, visit briyafreeman.com or follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Herbal Recipe for Better Digestion at Spring

Why Should I Boost My Digestion at Spring?

Slow, sluggish digestion is common at the onset of spring.

As we transition to warmer weather, everything that was formerly stagnant in our bodies starts to move out. This can cause irritability, sugar cravings, fatigue, slow digestion and lack of appetite.

According to ayurveda, spring is also the best time of year to try to lose weight or establish new lifestyle habits.

Read more and learn to make a simple herbal remedy to boost digestion

The Bloom Project: A Course for Women in Self-Healing and Radiant Living

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A woman connected to her nature sees all her life as a miracle.

The Bloom Project is an 8-week online, interactive course for women exploring the natural principles for self-healing and radiant living.

Who Is This Course For?

This course if for you if:

  • You are a woman over the age of 14 years;
  • You are seeking natural ways to feel more energized, radiant and healthy;
  • You are open-minded, curious and interested in enhancing feminine energy, intuition and sense of connection to others.
  • You are suffer from  : digestive issues, food allergies, anxiety, depression, constipation, mood swings, high-stress, weight gain, a slow metabolism, poor sleep, menstrual pain, etc;

“Amazingly beautiful course! As a woman who has always struggled with my body image and weight, this course has given me the BIGGEST AH-HA moment of my life!

I have been opened up to this great process that I have totally connected to — understanding how we treat our bodies, what we put in our bodies and how things affect our mind, bodies and soul equally has given me the foundation needed.

I’m truly grateful for having Briya as my teacher. She carries warmth, understanding and no judgment. I look forward to many more teachings!”

How Can I Join?
Our first course starts Thursday, May 17 at 8 pm.
Learn all the details of how to register for The Bloom Project here

7 Tips for Keeping Your Daily Practice Through Trying Times

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There will always be days when your mind feels more busy, when your emotions are agitated, when your body really doesn’t want to start that first sun salutation — when you find yourself resisting your daily practice.

One of the secrets to sustaining your practice over time is learning to motivate yourself on days when you really, really, really don’t feel like it.

Here are a 7 tips to help you be consistent in your practice on your more challenging days.