3 wichtige Yoga Übungen für Anfänger

Wenn man Yoga für sich entdeckt, ist man schnell überfordert mit der Vielzahl von Haltungen, Stilrichtungen, Begrifflichkeiten. Aus Ayuryogischer Sicht ist es sinnvoll, sich an seinen Konstitutionen zu orientieren. (Mehr dazu erfährst du hier: https://wiki.yoga-vidya.de/Ayuryoga) Um anzufangen eine Routine in den Alltag zu integrieren, braucht man aber gar nicht viel.

Deswegen stelle ich heute drei essenzielle Übungen vor, nämlich den Sonnengruß, den Baum und das Hündchen – mit diesen drei Übungen etablierst du Yoga mit wenig Aufwand aber viel Effekt in deinen Alltag. Die Übungen eignen sich super, um morgens in den Tag zu starten, in der Mittagspause kurz einmal in Bewegung zu kommen oder Abends vor dem Schlafen gehen. Sie bringen deinen Kreislauf in Schwung, wärmen dich auf, helfen dir Balance zu finden und dich ausgiebig zu strecken.

Beim Yoga und Ayurveda ist eine gewisses “dran bleiben” wichtig – die erhofften Wirkungen lassen dann nicht lange auf sich warten.

  1. Der Sonnengruß

Der Sonnengruß ist tatsächlich eine Übung für sich, besteht aus 12 Übungen, die in einer dynamischen Reihenfolge wiederholt werden. Hier kannst du dich aufwärmen und einmal alle Bereiche des Körpers beanspruchen – das bringt den Kreislauf in Schwung! Mit 6 Runden kannst du dich gut einstimmen:

  1. Atme ein, nimm deine Hände vor deiner Brust zusammen und atme aus.
  2. Atme ein, strecke beide Arme nach oben, zieh deine Schultern und Schulterblätter zusammen, beuge den Oberkörper leicht zurück.
  3. Atme aus, beuge leicht deine Knie und beuge deinen Oberkörper nach unten, die Hände landen, wo sie landen.
  4. Atme ein, strecke das linke Bein nach hinten, setze dein Knie auf dem Boden ab und setze den rechten Fuß vorne zwischen die Hände. Der Oberkörper bleibt aufgerichtet, Brustkorb ist nach vorne ausgerichtet.
  5. Atem anhalten und das zweite Bein nach hinten stellen, für den “Yoga-Liegestütz.” Die Arme durchstrecken.
  6. Atme aus, sende Stirn, Brust und Kinn auf den Boden, lass deine Arme dicht am Körper.
  7. Atme ein, hebe den Oberkörper an und komme in die kleine Kobra.
  8. Atme aus, komme für den herabschauenden Hund mit dem Becken hoch, strecke die Arme durch, Gleichgewicht gleichmäßig auf deinen Händen verteilt, Rücken in die Länge gezogen, Kopf in Verlängerung der Wirbelsäule.
  9. Atme ein, stelle deinen rechten Fuß nach vorne,
  10. Ausatmend, mit dem linken Fuß nach vorne kommen, die Beine leicht durchstrecken, die Hände landen wieder da, wo sie können.
  11. Atme ein, dabei beide Arme über den Kopf strecken, leicht zurückbeugen
  12. Ausatmen und beide wieder vor dein Herz führen. Den Sonnengruß wiederholst du immer links/rechts.
  1. Der Baum

Der Baum sieht aus wie eine sehr leichte Übung, hat jedoch wunderbare Wirkungsweisen, denn der Baum schult deine Balance im Außen und kann deine innere Balance harmonisieren und ausgleichen. Der Baum verbessert zudem deine Körperhaltung. Atme ein paar mal tief ein und aus, lass dich wie ein Baum im Wind von deinem Körper bewegen und schenke dir ein Lächeln!

  1. Stelle dich an den Anfang deiner Matte, Füße sind leicht geschlossen, Fersen zeigen zueinander. Atme tief ein und aus.
  2. Verlagere dein Gewicht auf das rechte Bein, hebe langsam den linken Fuß an, und versuche das Knie nach außen zu drehen und den Fuß auf deinem anderen Fuß, deiner Wade oder deinem Oberschenkel abzulegen. Finde hier dein Gleichgewicht.
  3. Arme seitlich ausstrecken oder die Hände vors Herz nehmen – wer sich fordern möchte, streckt die Arme leicht angewinkelt nach oben und zieht die Schulterblätter hinten zusammen. Spanne deinen Bauch an.
  4. Halle die Übung bis zu 10 Atemzüge lang und wechsle dann die Seite.
  1. Extended Puppy Pose

Die Schultern, den Rücken nach einem langen Tag oder früh am morgen strecken tut unglaublich gut – und so kann die Hündchenhaltung auch deine Haltung verbessern, hier werden die Wirbelsäule und die Schultern gedehnt. Die Übung beruhigt zudem deinen Geist und hilft dir, dich zu fokussieren.

  1. Begebe dich in eine Position auf deinen Knien auf deiner Matte. Deine Handgelenke sind dabei in einer Linie mit deinen Schultern und die Knie in einer Linie mit deiner Hüfte. Diese Stellung heißt “Vierfüßlerstand.” Atme tief ein und aus.
  2. Mit der nächsten Ausatmung wanderst du mit deinen Händen Schritt für Schritt nach vorne und streckst deinen Rücken und deine Arme in die Länge. Lass dabei deine Hüfte über den Knien und senke den Brustkorb nach unten. Lege deine Stirn auf der Matte ab, wenn das nicht klappt, lass deinen Nacken in der Verlängerung der Wirbelsäule und den Kopf zwischen den Oberarmen.
  3. Atme tief ein und aus, halte die Position für mehrere Atemzüge.
  4. Um aus der Stellung zu kommen, kommst du mit deinen Händen wieder achtsam zu deinem Körper und richtest den Oberkörper langsam auf.

Wenn du etwas mehr Zeit hast, findest du einen wunderbaren AyurYoga Flow für deine Morgenroutine hier: https://fromayurvedawithlove.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/good-morning-ayuryoga-flow/

Komm gut in deine neue Woche!🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Best Ayurveda Quotes To Fall In Love With Ayurveda

From Ayurveda with love is all about – falling in love with this ancient science! Of course! And as we just dived into a new season, let´s fall in love with this ancient, medical system to maintain balance and health!

I have here a collection of my favorite Ayurveda Quotes and they are also book reccomendations at the same time.

Every quote comes from an author I would totally suggest to read books from and dive deeper into Ayurvedic knowledge! Some have a deep key essence of what Ayurveda is! Some are perfect to get started.

The days are getting now longer, darker and being relaxed at home with a cup of turmeric latte is the perfect moment to read all the books we want to!

Find my top 10 Ayurveda quotes today:

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“A well-lived day is medicine unto itself.”

―Acharya Shunya

“The Ayurvedic route to great health involves two simple steps:

1. Doing less;

2. Being more.”

―Shubhra Krishan

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.”

―David Frawley

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”

― Sebastian Pole

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

―Ayurvedic proverb

“Ayurveda teaches us to cherish our innate-nature – “to love and honor who we are”, not as what people think or tell us, “who we should be.”

―Prana Gogia

“Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body.”

―Deepak Chopra

“From its ancient origins in India, Ayurveda has now spread all over the world. Its teaching uses a blend of herbal medicine, massage, nutrition, spiritual insight, practical experience, scientific analysis, and artistic creativity to guide us to a balanced fulfilled life style.”

―Sebastian Pole

„Be friendly to all creatures, reconcile the angry, console the frightened, be merciful to the poor and be truthful.“

Ayurvedic Proverb

What is your favorite Ayurveda quote? Share with us in the comment section below!

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From my heart to yours,

Namaste,

We are on vacation….

For two weeks this blog is going to be more quiet! We are traveling for a while through beautiful and inspiring South Korea! Searching delicious food, wellness treatments and massages, beauty and skin care! There is so much to explore!

So if you can´t catch us here via mail or comment, please be patient, we will come back to you as soon as we are back!

Wishing you a beautiful start into the new season, love and good vibes!

Namaste,

„Good Morning AyurYoga“ Flow

Practicing Yoga in our busy day to day lives can be challenging with Job, Kids a dog and our daily schedule. Ayurveda is recommending to start the day with Yoga and Meditation to feel more stable, awake and grounded.

I really enjoy it to start my day the “Ayurvedic way”, because it gives me lots of strength, energy and creativity but also more balance.

A gentle morning Yoga practice got many benefits

In the morning hours our brain is still in it´s “theta waves” status, which is similar to the status you arrive in deep meditation. We are deeply in contact with intuition and creativity – practicing to make a slow transition from sleeping to being awake can help you to improve your whole life.

This is also the reason why in India and Ayurveda the morning hours are sacred and important for our spiritual progress. It is a sacred space to make the connection to your highest self, to the Universe.

Here is a short sequence I love to practice in my morning hours – it can be done in 15 minutes, if you find some longer time on your mat, it is also possible to stretch it to 30 minutes. But it will help you to start your day in a calm and gentle way!

  1. Bananasana
It is allowed to feel at ease
  • 1 minute each side

Lay on your back. Walk your feet to the right side of the mat, your hands to the right side, arms stretched over head. Place left foot on the right and grab with your left hand your right wrist. Stretch into the side and breathe deeply. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps to relax the area around your bile and will let you feel less anger throughout the day.

2. Crocodile Twist

Breathe deeply into your heart and try to connect with your intuition
  • 1 minute each side

Place your feet now on the mat and cactus your arms – let your legs sway gentle from side to side. Massage your lower back, close your eyes. Let your legs now fall to the left side. Place your foot on the other leg and try to ground your right shoulder as far as possible. Breathe deeply into the area around your belly and enjoy the side stretch and twist. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps you to relax the Psoas muscle. This helps to breathe more deeply and relax our nervous system.

3. Shoulder Bridge

Connect to your inner peace
  • hold for one minute

Open your heart for the new day. Plant your feet on the ground, hip distance apart. Press through your feet and lift your hips to the sky. Externally rotate your arms so your palms face the ceiling, then interlink the fingers behind your back. Open your chest and press into your forearms and hands.

This posture helps you to encourage strength and to walk throughout the day with an more open-heart.

4. Legs Up The Wall on a pillow or block

Feel happiness and balance
  • 2 minutes

Bring now a pillow or block underneath your sacrum and begin to stretch your legs towards the sky. Hips and legs are in alignment. Cactus your arms again to open your chest and feel your shoulders waking up from the night. Flex your feet and make circles to wake your whole lymphatic system up. Breathe deeply into your belly and close your eyes.

The posture helps your spine to start regenerative into a new day and will leave you awake, energized and will give you a happy mood boost.

5. Reclining Bound Angle Pose

You already start to feel awake
  • 2 minutes

Now bend your knees. Bring your feet together with the outer edges of both feet on the floor. Place your heels close to your groin.

Let your palms lie next to your hips, palms facing the earth.

Exhale, and ensure that your abdominal muscles contract as your tailbone moves close to your pubic bone. Feel the elongation in your lower back and the stability of your spine as your pelvis tilts.

With the next deep exhale, let your knees open up such that it creates a good stretch in your groin and inner thighs. Feet are touching. Let shoulders and head relax.

Bring your hands in prayer position to your forehead and let your thumbs rest on your third eye centre.

This pose will bring you a deep relaxation and open up your third eye. The morning hours are perfect for this practice.

6. Gentle side stretches

Make space for yourself
  • 1 minute each side

Come to a seated, cross-legged position. Bring your right hand on the floor close to your hip area. Draw your right shoulder now down, bend the right elbow a tiny bit. Focus on your shoulder here, breathe deeply in and move the left arm now in front of you and above your head. Stretch the left arm and upper body now while you lean towards the right. Change sides after one minute.

This posture will help you to get rid of stiffness in your shoulders and neck.

7. Crossed legged forward fold and side stretch

Everything is allowed to flow throughout you
  • 3 minutes

Sit tall and straight. Breathe deeply in and out and start slowly to walk your hands away from you. Find your back straight, shoulders open, neck long and relaxed and focus on the stretch of your back. Stay here for 10 – 15 deep breaths.

Start walking the hands now to the right (later left) and focus more on your shoulders and side. You should feel here a good stretch in your side body. Bring your hands close to one another and start tot wist gently. Your chest wants to open up to the sky. Relax your neck.

Walk your hand back in the middle and stretch the other side.

This posture will help you to open up and get rid off tightness in your side body and shoulders.

8. Seated spinal twist variation

Listen to your breath and let it come and go like waves
  • 1 minute each side

Sit tall again and let your spine grow long. Inhale and bring up both arms, palms facing one another. Exhale and twist with your upper body to the right. Bring your right hand on the bottom behind your back and the left hand onto your right knee. Your neck stays long and you can look towards the right if your neck allows it. If not, let your neck rest above your collarbone. Change sides.

9. Clear the air Pranayama and gratitude practice

Make space and let go – clear the surroundings around you
  • 1 minute up to five minutes

Sit tall, bring your hands onto your knees. While inhaling you bring your arms up slowly and let the palms touch above your head, look slightly up to your hands and pause for a moment. While exhaling, you bring the hands in prayer position slowly to your heart. Inhale through the nose and exhale with a sigh through your mouth. Inhale new space, energy – prana. Exhale everything, you want to let go off. Take 10 of these deep breaths. When finished, bring your hands in prayer position to your heart. Close your eyes.

Let your heart open wide

What are you grateful for today? Can you invite gratitude into your morning?

Here are some helpful gratitude affirmations:

  • Thank you for this new day.
  • Thank you for all the blessings this day will bring.
  • I invite gratitude to my heart.
  • I am grateful for who I am and what I have.
  • I am thankful for simply being alive.

When you found your affirmation, stay a moment with it and repeat it in silence. Let it sink to the bottom of your heart. Bring your hands in prayer position to your third eye center.Bring your hands to your mouth. Bring your hands back to your heart and bow your forehead slightly down towards your fingertips.

Gratitude towards yourself. For showing up. For taking time. For your practice.

This new day is full of new possibilities. Let it be your best day yet.

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

Kick-start your day with an Ayurvedic Morning Routine!

Why you should start an Ayurvedic morning routine

Feel the bliss!

Just imagine: you wake up early, the sun rises, everything is calm and quiet. The birds sing outside. You feel rested, relaxed and calm. You just sit one moment longer in your bed and breathe deeply in and out, thinking About your dreams and how you feel…no stress. No rush. You are present, you are in the here and now. You head over to your bathroom for a morning routine with cleansing your teeth and tongue, a shower and a self-massage.

You make yourself some cup of hot water with ginger or a fennel tea and sit down on your meditation pillow for a few rounds of Pranayama and a short meditation to reflect on your day ahead. Maybe you wake your body up with some gentle sun salutations and stretches.

Can you feel the bliss?

To keep this blissed-out feeling all day, I am going to share with you today some easy ways to start your day in a new and fresh way. You will increase your energy level, helping your body with preventive movements, cultivate balance and peace. You will even boost your metabolism and enhance your digestion.

Sounds good? Let´s make it real!

Beginning your day conscious and mindfully will give you the possibility to create your ideal day.

Why morning routines are important according to Ayurveda

Imagine now one of those days: Hitting the snooze button too many times, rushing out oft he bed for a quick shower and running out oft he house. The traffic drives you crazy, you arrive the office too late and everything is just super annoying to you right away.

Your colleagues are asking stupid questions, your boss is so mean to you – in the lunchtime you head over to calm yourself with fries, a burger and a milkshake „because you deserve that.“ After your meal you feel worse than before.

Sound familiar to you? Don´t worry, I have been here before. A bad day caused by a rushed morning without even had the feeling that everything will „suck.“ But things sometimes start to fall in place and everything works against you.

Keep up the reality modus for working people!

I know that all of this sounds super nice but you don´t know how to integrate it in your short and busy day routine. The first situation I described up there was my routine for days off and the weekend. Because yes, I feel you – I had an office job with frequent office hours and know that we need to keep things realistic here.

But there is a way to start a balanced morning routine even without waking up at 4 a.m. in the morning. Because that was what I thought about Ayurvedic routines first – “how does anyone who is working in a normal job, have time for this?!” It was Kind of overwhelming.

Let me teach you how we can bring more peace and bliss into your day 😊

Wake up 30 minutes earlier than normally – I will promise you, even when this sounds harsh at first because you maybe have to wake up at 5:30 and now you need to wake up at 5:00 a.m. – you will make space and more time for your during the day. You will be more focused, relaxed and productive.

First step is for sure to sleep earlier. Did you really need to watch that Netflix episode in the middle of the night and feel worn-out the other day? 30 minutes earlier to bed, waking up 30 minutes earlier. Sounds like we all can do this, right?

Set up a morning routine

My morning routine for busy work days:

  1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier – ideally according to Ayurveda around 6 a.m.
  2. Rise from your bed and stretch gently your body, stretch your spine looooong ~ 1-2 minutes
  3. Make your way to the kitchen and warm up water for a tea or ginger water ~ 3 minutes
  4. Go tot he bathroom and wash your face with luke warm water, splash it six times into your face ~ 1 minute
  5. Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, followed by oil pulling – pull the oil 1-3 minutes before you spit it out ~ 6-7 minutes – Find more details to tongue scraping practice here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/02/24/show-me-your-tongue/
  6. Sit down on your mat for a second and meditate and reflect up to 5 minutes ~ 5 minutes
  7. Two rounds of sun salutations and gentle stretches will wake your body up ~ 10 minutes
  8. Take a shower and get ready for your day ~ it´s up to you! 😊
  9. Before you head out, have a warming breakfast which you prepared the night before so that you just need to warm it up ~ 10 minutes
  • So with those extra 30 minutes we have here roundabout 40 minutes, including breakfast – it depends if you are a breakfast person or not, but if not, you should start to cultivate it. 40 more minutes that will make your day amazing!
  • Besides meditating you can also write a gratitude list or a journal and set up a positive mindset for your day, or start with Pranayama !If I feel more like Pranayama on some days, I don´t meditate and raise my vibes with „Breathe of fire“ and „Alternate nostril breathe.“
  • When you are a mom, try to time it before your kids wake up, or you wake them up. This will not work 100% everyday, but you will also profit from a routine like that a lot!
  • On the weekend, I take some more time for my meditation and Yoga practice.

Tomorrow is Monday and a blank new page starts. Won´t you try and let us know how your day have been after setting up an Ayurvedic morning routine? Post in the comments below and let´s share a good day! Let´s have our best new week, new month and thank you so much for your attention!

Namaste,

Yours,

Krishnaprema

Let´s talk about (conscious) Sex!

Erotic is all about energy! How is the principle of erotic and sex working from an Ayurvedic perspective? We will find out today!

Vitality, energy and charisma are qualities we call in Ayurveda “Ojas.” Ojas is our vitality; it is the most etheric metabolism product our organism is able to produce. It is no material we can grab, but it is also not intelligence in it´s purest form. It is what makes us vital, alive. It is the connection between body, mind and soul and the purest form of life energy.

And now ask yourself what makes a human attractive.

Isn´t it the vitality, energy and charisma we find hot?

Ojas as a product of our metabolism is deeply connected to our nutrition

But all that “feeds” us is food. Nice food, a hug, a compliment, or beautiful music, a sunrise we watch on a beach. Whatever we feed to our five senses – our metabolism will process that.

Agni is the principle that breaks down what we eat – the rice, the asparagus, the berries. When our Agni is working well, it will turn the food into subtle qualities. Food and what we feed our senses. In fact: when we eat the right food and our metabolism can work as it´s best, we will have all the Ojas!

Creativity, vitality, optimism and radiance are what people will see when they look at us and find attractive about us.

How is this attraction been created?

Our food will break down in seven Dhatus which are our bodily tissues:

Rasa (Plasma)

Rakta (Blood)

Mamsa (Muscles)

Meda (Fat)

Ashti (Bones)

Majja (Nervous system)

Shukra (Reproductive Tissue)

Shukra is the most subtle form of tissues we have in our body which can create Ojas itself. Let´s say you are high in Shukra – translated that means your libido is high, as well.

When you are a man, you will lose Shukra during the sexual act and ejaculation. The old Ayurvedic texts recommended drinking milk after sex, so that you can build up Shukra ASAP. Today the milk quality is poor so that we don´t recommend that. 😉

The Ayurvedic medicine will teach us that it is important to be sensitive with our Shukra, because it means vitality and influences our whole energy level. The idea of Tantra is to practice sex so conscious, that you don´t lose your Shukra during it.

Does that now mean you are not allowed to have lots of sex or even – no sex?!

It means that you should try to have a conscious way of sex and it depends also onto your Dosha!

Vata constitution is about a low libido, Pitta is about passionate libido, Kapha is high in libido. Kapha Dosha stands for strength, robustness and endurance. When it comes to the amount of sex, the ayurvedic texts recommend also noting age, the seasons and the climate. When it is hot in summer we shouldn´t have as much sex as in the winter season, where we build Shukra throughout vigorous food.

The principle of Brahmacharya, which many Yoga peeps should be familiar with, teaches us to avoid sex. But in Ayurveda it is one of 13 natural needs we have as humans. The avoiding of those needs or the excessive practice of them, are bringing our Doshas to imbalance. Which also means – it could lead to illness!

Finding your own “truth”

It should be our goal to find a balanced life and that can also be very unique. Ayurveda describes this philosophy with two words – Satmya (compatible) and Asatmya (intolerance). Satmya means translated through the old texts “My Truth.” Not everything is good for all people in the same amount!

We try to find out what is the best for us and our organism is going to tell us what is good and bad for us. All the disciplines like Yoga and Ayurveda are helping us towards this step.

Increasing your sexual attraction and libido

Is it even possible through Ayurveda to increase attraction and libido? Sure. The key is to have a conscious relationship with your vitality. Breaking the topic down, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that means:

  • Every kind of energy that you consume, like liquid, food, air, light, experiences can be transformed by Agni in Shukra (the magical life force) and Ojas (the bodily tissues) in the best possible way.
  • Take care of your Agni, eat for your Dosha constitution, eat nutritious, light and not too heavy food, don´t eat late in the day.
  • Everything that you feed your body with, should be “sattva” – the cleaner your food, your experiences, your music, your thoughts, the more Ojas your Agni can produce!
  • The more “tamas” you will consume, the more unhealthy stuff, less Ojas your Agni will rock!
  • Your attraction is your energetic radiance, the vitality and joy you send out there. When you are balanced, you can be truly yourself! And that´s also the secret to a fulfilled sexuality!

Ayurveda is the way about balancing our life in the best possible way, and as you can see it is not as complicated as some old texts may seem to in the first moment. Isn´t a more conscious way of sexuality a beautiful theory, to practice and integrate in our society? All is about performance and bringing the best results nowadays – what when we make a change here?

What are your thoughts on Ayurveda and Yoga and Sex? Let us know in the comments!

Read you hopefully next week and wishing you the best possible day! Namaste!

Monday Motivation Meditation

Find here my first video of a guided meditation! This meditation is for beginners and will help you to start reflected and inspired into your new week!

Grab a pillow or folded blanket, or a block and sit down with me for a few cycles of breath and setting an intention!

Cultivating a practice like this can help you to focus more on the important things in life and find joy and peace. Find better sleep, wake up more energized, concentrated and relaxed!

I had fun doing this and will do some more for sure! Exploring the possibilities of techniques and technology was fun! If you like my blog, I would love a subscription – visit us soon again and have a beautiful week ahead!

Namaste!

Explore the six tastes in Ayurveda

Nutrition is one of the fundamental principles in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a preventive science and how can we be more preventive than with the food we consume daily? Every substance we can eat got specific qualities, these qualities have the ability to cause a reaction. So we can use every substance to a unique, individual person or animal and use so the healing qualities – Food is therapeutic in Ayurveda.

Another fact is, there is no dogma in Ayurveda, no “THAT DIET IS THE RIGHT DIET” – we see the human as a individual. What good is for you, can for another body type be really poisonous. For every therapy in Ayurveda, we switch the diet for the patient.

One basic about the understanding of Ayurveda is, that we use the opposite qualities of food – we balance the doshas with antagonistic qualities. The six tastes play here a big role. Let us dive now deeper into that concept!

There are 6 qualities of food according to Ayurveda, we start with RASA which is the taste. It is the taste we experience when we eat a specific food. It is exactly what our tongue perceives during the chewing. The 6 tastes of Ayurveda have effects on our organism and our Doshas.

I also was in my garden this morning – I found every plant to our six tastes! Just to show how easy the concept is, even when it is at first strange to us! 🙂

Sweet (Madhura)

Strawberries have the quality of sweet

The qualities of sweet taste are oily, cold, heavy, moisture. It is delicious and nurturing and highly addictive. It will raise Kapha and reduce Vata and Pitta. Make here the connection to the qualities! Vata is dry and light – sweet is moisture and heavy! Get it, right? The elements are earth and water.  

The effect of sweet food is that will make skin soft, will help to gain weight and muscles, give strength, nourish you. It can give you more energy and can help to clear your sense organs. It is also important for digestion.

Sweet foods are for example

  • Sweet fruits
  • Starchy vegetables
  • Grains
  • Wheat products
  • Sweeteners

Sour (Amla)

Rhubarb got the quality sour

The qualities of sour taste are moisture, hot, light and oily. It comes with the elements of earth and fire, which you can find also at Kapha and Pitta. It will raise Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. The effect of sour food can improve your digestion, reduce flatulences (airy Vata people are now like – aaaaaaaahhh! 🙂 ), it is stabilizing the sense organs, increases saliva, gives you that hungry feeling, increases also sweat.

Sour foods are for example:

  • Grapefruit
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Salty (Lavana)

Stinging Nettles got the quality salty

The qualities of salty taste are moisture, hot and heavy. The elements are water and fire. And so it will increase Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. Salty food have the effect to make soft, get rid of stiffness and tenseness. It helps your digestion, and increases the secretions.

Salty is something many are craving for – the enhance of the flavour of food is the reason.

Salty foods are for example:

  • Salt in every form
  • Seaweed
  • Tamari and Soy Sauce
  • Miso
  • Celery

Pungent (Katu)

Sage got the quality pungent

The qualities of pungent taste are dry, heating, sharp. Don´t mess this one up with spicy. It is more a taste experience we have without even knowing it, but spicy food is also part of it. The elements are fire and air. It will reduce Kapha and increase Pitta and Vata. The heating qualities can be experienced as super nice by Vata peeps.

The effect is the amazing ability to strengthen your digestive fire, your Agni. It also helps to kill bacteria, parasites, fat, is opening your body channels, can reduce tissue, will increase saliva.

Pungent foods are for example:

  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mustard
  • Radishes
  • Black Pepper

Bitter (Tikta)

Dandelions got the quality bitter

The qualities of bitter taste are dry, cold and light, comes along with the elements of air and aether. Kapha is the only Dosha who benefit from this one in small amounts and can even handle coffee. It is increasing Vata and Pitta. The effects are all about the vata dosha. Antibiotic, antiparasitic, liver cleansing and they are perfect to clean your body. It will make the muscle tissues firmly and is the all appetizer.

Bitter foods are for example:

  • Cacao
  • Coffee
  • Turmeric
  • Bitter herbs
  • Leafy greens
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant

Astringent (Kasaya)

Lavender got the quality astringent

The qualities of astringent taste are dry, cold and heavy. The elements according to astringent are earth and aether. The effects are all about Vata! It can make your head clear and light (think about the aether qualities!), but it can also make stiff, your tongue dry (Vata again!). It can lower the blood pressure, is also anti-inflammatory. It Is with the cooling effects perfect for Pitta Dosha.

Astringent food are for example:

  • Turmeric
  • Green beans
  • Legumes
  • Pomegranates
  • Cranberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raw broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus

So, on the go for you:

  • To balance your Doshas you should try to eat all six tastes every day, every meal. But try to avoid the tastes in big amounts that will increase your Doshas.
  • The six tastes will help you to understand the nutritional qualities of food.
  • Each taste have mental, physical effects on your unique Dosha and body.
  • If you have a highly predominant Vata Dosha, try to eat less food with the taste of bitter, pungent and astringent and eat more with the taste of sweet, sour and salty.
  • If you have a highly predominant Pitta Dosha, eat more sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and avoid sour, salty and pungent.
  • If you are mainly Kapha try to eat mainly bitter, pungent and astringent and reduce the intake of sweet, sour and salty.

Try to take a walk outside today and find different plants! Some wild herbs and flowers got qualities you already know – what kind of taste do they have?

I am wishing everyone a beautiful Easter Weekend! Read you here tomorrow again – let’s start the week together with a Monday meditation! 😋❤️

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