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Spring is Kapha Melting

Spring is Kapha Melting

by Kottakkal Support May 01, 2019

Our bodies are continually exposed to natural seasonal changes, which has a direct effect on how we feel. In nature kapha is called soma, it is all things cooling and nourishing. Things like the moon, forests, freshwater or plant nectar all represent kapha in our external environment. When the season is providing an abundance of cold, rainy, snowy weather there is greater potential for kapha vṛddhi (increased kapha). In our internal environment kapha performs both normal and abnormal opposing activities, such as sturdiness or looseness, nourishment or leanness, enthusiasm or laziness, potency or impotency, wisdom or ignorance, and many other opposing pairs.

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How to Begin An Ayurvedic Lifestyle In 2019

How to Begin An Ayurvedic Lifestyle In 2019

by Kottakkal Support December 26, 2018

It can feel overwhelming to begin learning Ayurvedic practices and routines. You may ask yourself questions such as "How can I do an Ayurvedic morning routine if I have to go to work early/take my kids to school/exercise?" "How can I make time to meditate if I'm so tired in the morning or after work?"

The most important thing when first bringing Ayurveda into your life is to take one step at a time. It takes from 14 to 21 days of consistency for a new practice to become a habit. Go slowly and introduce the new practices and habits into your life one-by-one.

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Health

New Year's Resolutions for Your Health

by Kottakkal Support December 12, 2018

2019 is only a few weeks away. Prepare for the new year with some simple, delightful resolutions that can be easily implemented on a daily or weekly basis. From meditation to cumin tea, check out our recommended Ayurvedic New Year's Resolutions!

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9 Ways to Avoid Accumulating Toxins Over Christmas

9 Ways to Avoid Accumulating Toxins Over Christmas

by Kottakkal Support December 07, 2018

There tend to be SO many sweet and heavy foods during Christmas! From office parties to "friendsgiving" to time with family, it's hard not to over-indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion.

Holidays can easily lead to over-eating, drinking alcohol and snacking and sleeping at irregular times, which promotes the build-up of Ama. If this process is left unchecked, you could face health problems and sickness.

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4 Tips for An Ayurvedic Christmas

4 Tips for An Ayurvedic Christmas

by Kottakkal Support November 11, 2018

Christmastime can be very stressful mentally, emotionally and physically (think all the heavy foods with dairy that are typically eaten during the holidays)!  Stress leaves imprints on our health in a variety of ways but with a few Ayurvedic principles, you can avoid holiday downfalls!

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Settling Into Autumn with Ayurveda

Settling Into Autumn with Ayurveda

by Kottakkal Support October 26, 2018

It’s Vata Dosha season, the Dosha of air and space! According to the Ayurvedic calendar, fall is when these elements increase in our environment. You can see it all around you - cold wind, dryness, cracking leaves. These elements also increase in our minds and bodies just like they do in nature and they can cause a wide variety of health problems. 

Here are a few practical Ayurvedic practices to settle Vata into balance as well as more information on what Vata looks like when it manifests as sickness.

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Tuning Into Autumn with Ayurveda

Tuning Into Autumn with Ayurveda

by Kottakkal Support October 10, 2018

Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter. The winds are cool and the air is scented with falling leaves and fires. Autumn is full of magnificent colors. This season is perfect for admiring beauty of nature and taking endless scenic pictures. Nothing can relax and rejuvenate more than enjoying nature in fall.

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Lessons From A Tree

Lessons From A Tree

by Kottakkal Support September 26, 2018

Vata season is coming. Fall is the season that is ruled by the air and either element according to Ayurveda. All you have to do is look around you, nature is so intelligent and will show us everything we need to know and do. The leaves start chaining colour and one by one fall off, how beautiful, they show us it is the season to let go. To shed away what no longer serves us and take care of our body and mind by bringing our energies internal. 

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Balancing Vata with A Fall Cleanse

Balancing Vata with A Fall Cleanse

by Kottakkal Support September 22, 2018

One of most important gifts of Ayurveda is the knowledge that we are not separate from anything else in the Universe, even the intangibles. Our mind, body and spirit are all one in the same along with our connection with all else that exists. When a butterfly flutters its wings on the other side of the planet, we really are affected by it in a subtle way.

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