Monday Motivation Interview with Erin from Uniquewellnesscodes – dive deep into your genetics!

I remember a time when I felt like I should giving up on Yoga teaching, Wellness and stick with my office 9 – 5 Job.

I felt there were already enough teachers, massage therapists and Ayurvedic health coaches.

Right now you maybe might be feeling the same and alone on your journey to make your money with what you really want to do and love, your Dharma!

I have been there too.

But there is enough space for all the health coaches, wellness fairies, massage therapists, Yoga teachers. We all can make it. And so I love to share here from time to time powerful and inspiring people which already live their Dharma, their purpose! There are so many different ways and possibilities!

I share those interviews with you so that you know: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you ever feeling alone on this journey to become your own boss and finally do what you love and what is truly fullfilling you, come back to this blog and get your daily dose of empowerment!

Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful scientific skilled lady and friend of mine – her name is Erin, she is known as Uniquewellnesscodes on Instagram! What she exactly does, you can read here below! Have a great start into your new week and let´s raise the vibes out there, wellness warriors of light! 😉

  • Erin, „From Ayurveda With Love“ means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

I am compassionate about the struggles people have with finding optimal health and living their best life.

  • Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for the rest of 2019?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.  I recently moved to Boulder, CO and expanding my online wellness business into some in-person work.  I am looking to teach Yoga and practice Reiki part time as well.

  • Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

 I work mainly online but can see people in person in the Boulder/Denver area as well.

  • What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it also besides Yoga?

My Integrative Health Training provided education on Ayurveda, but it is not my strong suit. I know details about the Doshas. I practice tongue scraping, dry brushing, and try to reign in my Pitta-ness with cooling diet and exercise. I like to make kitchari in the winter for cleansing.

  • What are your thoughts on Ayurveda?

It is a great resource for health and healing and overlaps with other modalities I use.

  • Do you know your Dosha constitution?

Yes, I know that I am Pitta-Kapha!

  • How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I like Reiki while still in bed, tongue scraping and brushing my teeth, go to the bathroom. Have lemon water and celery juice. Meditate and/or go for a walk and/or journal. Eat breakfast.

  • How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

By tongue scraping and dry brushing.

  • Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

I would love to try an Abhyanga massage!

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

I love Yoga!  I practice Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Buti Yoga. I am also certified to teach.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

With a thriving wellness practice and teaching other practitoners how to incorporate genetics/nutrigenomics into their practice. Hosting wellness retreats with Yoga and Reiki.

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Being impatient and overly direct.  (I’m an Aries and Pitta!!!!)  I am so aware of these innate qualities and have really learned to trust the timing of life and soften my demeanor and words.

  • How did you found the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

Everything I have done has led me to this moment.  I started as a genetic counselor in 2005 after getting a Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters degree in genetics.  I worked with patients for 10+ years and 3 at a genetics lab creating content and leading the clinical oncology product line. Through my own health struggles, I learned and was in the functional medicine system and became very interested in holistic healing through food and lifestyle

  • How important is meditation to you?

I meditate daily.  It helps to keep stress at bay, gives me a lot of clairty and gets my mind quiet.  I do mostly guided meditations and quiet meditations in nature.  I love binaural beats and sound baths at night.

  • What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

I believe that everyone is truly unique when it comes to what works best for them health wise and in life.  Modalities I think everyone can benefit from are mediation, inner child and shadow work, and journaling. I also resonate with Astrology, Human Design, energy healing, and Psych-K.

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I’ve done a lot of inner work and emotional work.  I used to be a workaholic, perfectionist and total relationship avoidant.  Through the help of a fanstastic life and human design coach and online reparenting course, I have cleared a lot of blocks and I am much more emotionally stable and not reactive.

  • Who has been your greatest influence?

There’s really not one person I can think of. I have been fortunate enough to have mentors and expanders in different areas of my life.

  • What is your greatest strength?

Taking very complex medical information and making it digestive, relatable and actionable.

  • How do you handle stress and pressure?

I rarely get stessed anymore.  When I get stressed or overwhelmed, I recognize the feeling and use some of my skills to work through it.  That could be breath work, going for a walk, asking for help, or just doing one thing at a time.  Daily mediation and Yoga practice helps.  Getting into water or nature is a huge stress reliever for me. I also support myself with lots of fruits and veggies, B- Vitamins, Magnesium and Ashwagandha/Holy Basil/Reishi when needed.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

Yoga, Kundalini, Mediation, New and Full moon rituals, Reiki, salt baths, saging, being in nature, enjoying good food with friends, and quality timewith myself and to rest when needed.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!  I believe wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.  It has so much to do with your well being, mental health, relationships and what is going on inside the body at a biochemical level.

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

Yes!  Living in Boulder makes it easy to compost, recycle and really think about packaging and any plastic use!

I’ve also been trending towards a more minimalist lifestyle when it comes to clothes and material possessions.

  • Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

Luckily I have turned my hobbies into a career. My creativity comes in stillness, from writing.  I also love to photograph colorful food and nature scenery. I have a love for personal fashion and asthetic as well.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

@uniquewellnesscodes on instagram.  www.uniquewellnesscodes.com

  • Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“If everyone likes you, you are doing something wrong.” 

This made me realize I am not for everyone, but the more authentic and aligned I am, the best people for me come into my life.

Give her a like and some love on Insta! ❤️

Thank you so much for your time Erin! I hope to host a retreat with you in future and to meet you in person!

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Ayurvedic – holistic skincare routine for a healthy, glowing skin

Easy Ayurvedic secrets for a beautiful skin

A healthy, glowing skin is something many of us want to achieve, but imbalances and modern lifestyle causing often the opposite of it. When you already tried everything that is available, go on to read this article and find some helpful secrets here – and maybe the skin you were always wishing for!

Having a healthy skin is not a fairytale, it is also not hard work and it does not have to be expensive. But there are some changes you have to make when you want a change and have bad skin conditions. You have to do the work.

Nature is key!

How your lifestyle is connected to your skin condition

According to Ayurvedic skin Routine, it is not enough to just apply something onto your skin. The core philosophy is here: A healthy inside is a healthy outside. Skincare is a tool to balance our Dosha – makes sense, as the skin is our largest organ!

What causes bad skin conditions?

Lifestyle, natural tendencies and diet. I also would add a special hygiene routine for sensitive skin!

Instead of labeling our skin now to oily, dry, and T-Zone problems, let´s analyze the skin the Ayurvedic way. Maybe you will find your Dosha and yourself in the following description:

Vata skin is mostly thin, dry, sensitive, fine-pored to large pored when skin tendencies went to overdry, delicate and got wrinkle prone skin.

Pitta skin experiences the most rashes, breakouts and got a tendency to rosacea when it is out of balance, here is also the tendency for sensitive skin.

Kapha skin is often oily, got a tendency from prone to enlarged pores, blackheads and pimples, and is commonly suffering from eczema when out of balance.

As you know we have all Doshas inside of us – in a different amount. You don´t need to fit here in ONE skin type, many of us have a mixed Dosha and so our imbalances can show up in different ways. But it is good to take a closer look on the tendencies to help our skin the best possible way.

Your Dosha and skin can change also with the specific seasons. Ayurvedic skincare goes with seasons, constitution – lifestyle, habits, diet – and elements. The best thing about it – you can use your kitchen to prepare and help your skin and make it glow!

A good skincare is something you should be able to eat as well.

Let´s concentrate mostly on our face today and besides a self massage with oil before bedtime, which is awesome to balance your Doshas, the skin of our face is a sensitive area that needs a different treatment.

Here are some spices, herbs that are key in Ayurvedic skincare philosophy:

  1. Turmeric – is not also just awesome in your food, because of it´s  antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It can be also be used in treatments for Acne breakouts as a mask.
  2. Ginger is another one which is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful to reduce acne breakouts. Prepare a mask by mixing dry ginger powder and holy earth with a small amount of water to a paste. Apply this onto your face and wash off with lukewarm water.
  3. A moisturising, anti-inflammatory ingredient that’s great for reducing sensitivity is Oatmeal. Right. You got me. That oatmeal out of your kittchen. Blend a half cup of Oatmeal and mix it with almond joghurt and one tablespoon of rose water. Apply onto your skin and feel the release…
  4. Neem and Vetiver –  as a mask with holy earth, two times a week can help to reduce acne breakouts overnight. Neem can be very overdrying, so keep your skin nourished after that.
  5. Spicy tea with ginger and lemon – will help your digestion to work and will also help your skin quality.

Cultivate a daily skin routine for your face

7 steps to glowing skin

A skin routine should also be integrated into your day, the 7 steps of Korean face routine is perfect here to keep your skin clean, glowing and nourished. There are many Ayurvedic brands which have what you need when you are not into a DIY lifestyle. I know, life get´s busy nowadays.

  1. Wash your face with an oil cleanser and a gentle skin soap such as neem soap in the morning and evening.
  2. Apply next some toner to nourish and hydrate your skin.
  3. Apply and tap a liquid or essence onto your skin.
  4. A dry face oil or moisturizer to finish the layering, just in the morning. Leave your skin overnight some space to breathe!
  5. Instead of Make Up, try to use BB creams and lotions – Dr. Hauschka got a very gentle one, also Dado Sense. Those brands use natural ingredients only.
  6. Face masks twice a week for cleansing if necessary and apricot oil treatment twice a week to nourish your skin. Leave the oil overnight.
  7. Gentle scrubs once a week. Two tablespoons of oat flour, one tablespoon of aloe vera jelly, one tablespoon of aloe vera water mixed with almond joghurt. Apply on your skin and massage gently. Leave it on your face for ten minutes and wash off with lukewarm water and massaging movements.

My favorite brands for skincare routine are Whamisa, Dr. Hauschka and Maharishi Ayurveda. None of those brands are sponsoring me – but with a sensitive acne skin, I had the best experiences with their products!

There would be so much more to say, but let´s stop here! 😉 So much information again! If you have got any other kind of recipes, tips and ideas for an holistic-ayurvedic skin routine, let us know in the comments!

I will also publish SOON an “Acne SOS guide” which will contain recipes, a diet plan (Kapha diet is the key!), recipes for skincare treatments and more informations on the specific doshas and skin conditions.

Have a beautiful Sunday and a great start into the new week and feel loved! Namaste!

Interview with Angela Glaz – Founder Of Eka Yoga, Seattle – Win an Online Consultation with her!

We are super excited and honored to Feature This week Angela Glaz on “From Ayurveda With Love!” Angela is a radiant and joyful Yogateacher, Ayurvedic Counselor and The Founder and studio Owner from “Eka Yoga” in Seattle, WA. How to win the Online Consultation you will find at the end of this interview!

Angela got such a bright smile that brightens up every grey and cloudy day in Seattle! Meet her on her way, let her inspire you and learn more about EKA Yoga in Seattle, the way of an Ayurvedic counselor and why a daily routine is so helpful!

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  •  From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?

My Dharma is to help people understand, love, and appreciate what makes them unique, through Yoga and Ayurveda, so that they can live their best life.

  •   Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I am originally from the Midwestern region of the US, but have been living in Seattle (the West Coast) for about the last 10 years. This year, I’m refining my business, meaning I’m setting myself up to spend more time doing new and exciting things, relaxing, and hanging out with my family. Fall of 2019, I am planning on heading to France, which has been a childhood dream.

  •      Where do you teach/work/heal actually?

I own a yoga studio (Seattle) and an online platform, Eka Yoga, that is dedicated to reconnecting Yoga and Ayurveda through education and inspiration.

  •     What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I know quite a bit! I have been studying Ayurveda for nearly 10 years and it is a huge part of my everyday life and practices.

  •     What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

I love it! Through the ancient wisdom of both Ayurveda and Yoga, I healed my own body and mind. I am continually amazed how it is able to transform lives.

  •     Do you know which Dosha you are?

I am Vata dominant, with a big dose of Kapha.

  •     How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

I love my morning routine! I normally leave my house around 5:45 am every morning to teach, so I do get up quite early to get everything in, but it’s well worth it.

– Wake up

– Tongue Scrape

– Drink warm water with lemon

– Oil pull

– Bathe while oil pulling

– Spit out oil and then brush teeth.

– Meditate or journal for 10-15 minutes. There are days where this is only 2-3 minutes, but I make sure it always happens. J

  •     How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?

Both my morning routine and evening routine are heavily focused around Ayurvedic daily habits. As of right now, in the evening, I only practice dry brushing and Abhyanga about once a week, but I do massage my feet with oil every night to promote a good night of sleep.

As for food, I enjoy cooking, so I normally make most of my meals fresh. Being Vata dominant, my belly does way better with cooked vegetables that are heavily spiced.

I also, of course, practice yoga daily. Sometimes I go to a class; sometimes my practice is just my dog and me in the living room.

  •  Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?

Yes… I have not yet done a full and proper Panchakarma session. I would love to go away to a serene location and be fully guided through the practice  

  • Are you into Yoga or practicing it?

Yes and yes. I have been practicing for about 15 years and teaching for a little over 10 years.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Living a joyful and abundant life with my husband and kids (no kids yet), somewhere a bit more sunny than Seattle. I see myself running my business online so that I am able to help more people feel like the best version of them!    

  • What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

I always feel the need to justify what I am doing to ensure people know that everything I do has been thought out and with good intentions. I have a fear of being judged and not liked, which has, many times, put me in my own way. It’s silly some of the things we think, believe, tell ourselves.

Anyway… I am aware of it and I have asked my husband to call me out  whenever I do it to break the habit. Often, I don’t even realize I am doing it. Eeek!

  • How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

I fell into it.  It started with gym yoga, which I absolutely hated the first time I did it, as I am not athletic or coordinated and it forced me to be alone with my thoughts. Quick back-story: I was diagnosed with depression around the age of 7 and had a challenging upbringing, by the time I hit college and took this yoga class; I was a pretty angry and bitter human being.  The only reason I went back was because I bought a pass and I was determined to get my money’s worth.  After a couple months of yoga, I noticed that my insomnia was lessening and my lower back didn’t hurt as much, so I kept going.  Long story short, I met a yoga professor who introduced me to more of the spiritual side of yoga, and it blew my mind! Shortly after, I decided to head to India to further my studies. In India, I was introduced to Ayurveda, which was probably my key moment. There, I realized how much Yoga and Ayurveda were changing me physically, mentally, and emotionally, and thought, “If I can do this, anyone can.”

  • How important is meditation to you?

Meditation wasn’t always a part of my practice because I felt like I couldn’t do it. However, after opening my own business I realized I could, I had to, and I could do it anywhere. Meditation is what keeps me grounded and helps me flow with ease and grace through each day.

  •  What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

Be kind to your self, others, and the planet. If you can do that, we all win!

  • What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

I started doing talk therapy. Between running a business, managing staff, all of my yoga students, and Ayurvedic clients, I realized that I take in a LOT of input, feelings, and emotions each day with no real outlet.  I see a therapist monthly to literally just talk it out. This allows me to release all that I absorbed over the month, resolve any internal conflicts I’m battling with and also be more present with my clients and students.

  •    Who has been your greatest influence?

I’m Vata, I can’t just choose one! Most recently, I’ve been reading everything Deepak Chopra, and feeling very inspired and connected to his message.

  •  What is your greatest strength?

I’m inviting.  I like making people feel safe and welcome, whether it’s in their own body, a physical space, or on social media.

  •   How do you handle stress and pressure?

The usual… Yoga, meditation, and most importantly, breathing. Breath work is amazing because you can do it anywhere and at any time. When I know that I have a busy or stressful period of time coming up, I will also take Ashwagandha daily to help combat that fight or flight response.

  • What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

I love daily walks with my pup, nightly oil foot massages, and a weekly face mask/reading session.

  • Are you into Wellness?

Yes!

  • What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?

I am definitely on board with the Zero Waste Movement and I do try to reduce my waste. I’m lucky to live in a city that has banned plastic bags and is huge on composting, so it makes it pretty easy to get started.

  •  Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also an “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?

It has to be the Vata in me because I never run out of ideas. I’m not sure where it actually comes from. Sometimes I get an idea by someone I saw walking down the street. (“Is laughing.”) The hardest part for me is sitting down long enough to make them into something real and tangible.

I really love the opportunity to create anything in any way shape or form. I do draw or doodle as another form of mindfulness and meditation.

  • Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

www.ekayogaandayurveda.com

@ayurvedicangela

@eka_yoga_ayurveda

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ekayoga/

  •  Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish Proverb

Wasn´t that inspiring and uplifting?

If you ever have the chance to show up at EKA yoga in Seattle, do it and say hi to Angela! I will definitely stop by there next week when I am in Seattle. But let´s get real now! Win an online Consultation with her to find out more about your Dosha!

How can you participate?

  1. Follow Angela on Instagram:
    @ayurvedicangela and
    @eka_yoga_ayurveda
  2. Follow on Instagram @fromayurvedawithlove
  3. Post a picture of your favorite Ayurvedic Practice, Meal, Yogapose and tell us why you want to win an Ayurvedic Consultation!
  4. The Winner will be called out on the 7th of April here and on Instagram!
  5. We love to see you there! Have a beautiful start into the new week!

The “period cure” Fhô-real!

Another great way to treat your body with relaxing herbs is to make this Phô! This Phô comes along with Fennel, Cinnamon and good ingredients that leave your body satisfied and balanced. So your body doesn´t have to deal with digestion so much and this will release tension in your body. It is also super delicious and easy to prepare, one of the recipes we also can make every time when we are hungry and need something fast-to-go. Let´s make our period magical!

Ingredients:

Broth:

  • 8 cups vegetable broth (I usedDashi)

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole star anise (or ½ teaspoon powder)
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon of cinammon
  • ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • 1 package rice noodles

Toppings:

  • Fresh or frozen basil 
  • Fresh or frozen cilantro
  • Fresh or frozen mint
  • Green spring onions
  • Sautéed mushrooms (used here Champignons, Shiitake and Oyster)
  • 1/2 Spiralized carrot
  • 1/2 Spiralized zucchini
  • Optional:
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedges or juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat sesame oil, onions, garlic and ginger in a pot and after a few minutes add the spices all together. Stir for 5 minutes and add broth. Cover and let the spices and broth simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Taste and add soy sauce as needed. The amount you need will vary a bit depending on your taste preference and how salty the broth you used is.
  3. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook your rice noodles. Follow the directionsof the package and reduce the amount of time about one minute. Drain and rinse the noodles with very cold water. Add the noodles to a bowl, because the get sticky super quick.
  4. Heat sesame oil in a pan and start to sautee the mushrooms. Add the shrooms , zucchini, carrots to the broth and let simmer for one more minute.
  5. Bring broth into the bowl and start to bring the toppings of choice on top.

Here are some facts about the magic ingredients and why they are helpful to you:

Fennel relieves gas and bloating.

Star Anis is a warming aromatic herb that moves blood and reducing cold-stagnation.

Cinnamon is long relied upon for it´s stimulating effect on the circulation – it warms your blood and your body into coziness with a sweet taste. The warmth it brings to cold hands and feet is so helpful for your period time!

The laxative and circulatory qualities of garlic are useful in cleansing regimens.

The earthiness of mushrooms is a sign of the ability to keep you grounded and calm your nervous system.

Ginger lifts your mood and boosts enthusiasm.

Sounds good, right? Let us know how this worked for you! I usually eat this on my first day of my period and it helps me a lot to stay comfortable and relaxed.

Let us know if you tried and share your experience with us! ❤️ Beautiful Saturday to you and much Love!

Easy Facts about the qualities of the Doshas

To understand the Doshas and how they work, it is super helpful to check their qualities. You will see, that all makes sense and you will also learn how to categorize food,habits and seasons to the Doshas. As we mentioned last week, Doshas can be related to the Elements. When we are born, we become an amount of each element and this is what changes during our lifetime – it is connected to the food we eat, the activity level, stress, emotions and so far. So we are all three Doshas –  and about what we talk in Ayurveda are the imbalances of the three Doshas, named Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 

The windy Vata Dosha

Vata qualities are Dry, Light, Rough, Subtle, Cold, Mobile, Astringent and Clear. When you relate those qualities now to the human body it could look like that:

Dry skin, hair, tongue, voice.

Light body frame, skinny, light bones and muscles, a light sleep.

Rough hair, brittle nails, bumps on skin – especially in Winter time, cracking joints.

Subtle manifests in anxiety, muscle tremors, nervousness.

Cold hands and feet, menstrual irregularities, stiffness in some body parts around joints.

Mobile can be a very flexible body, fast talking and walking people, mood swings, uncertainty.

Astringent means some sort of dryness like hiccups and burps, the cravings for sweet, salty and sour food comes along.

Clear is such a good way to describe Vata Dosha with itS ethereal qualities – philosophy, intuition and an open minded person is what we could relate to this one.

The fiery Pitta Dosha

Pitta comes along with qualities like Hot, Oily, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Sour, Bitter, Pungent. That means in our human bodies:

Hot stands for our Agni, our digestive fire and also a strong and healthy digestion, a higher body temperature, inflammation and acne.

Oily skin, acne again, greasy hair, liquid stool.

Sharp memory, gaze, mind, teeth, voice.

Light colored eyes that are sensitive to bright sunlight and light, an agile body, fair skin.

Liquid stands for sweat, being thirsty, urination.

Sour is manifesting in high stomach acid, excessive salivation, sensitive skin and teeth.

Bitter is vomit and a bitter taste on your tongue and mouth, also a cynical person could be related to that quality.

Pungent means anger, heartburn, burning sensations in your stomach when your acid in the digestive system is too high.

The earthy Kapha Dosha

The qualities are here Cool, Heavy, Slow, Oily, Damp, Soft, Dense, Cloudy, Sweet, Static.

Cool as also in Vata Dosha, think about a person who gets easily cold, a low body temperature, cold hair, low digestion (think about our digestive fire).

Heavy stands for bigger bones, body frames, tendency to gain weight.

Slow digestion and metabolism, slow talking and walking people.

Oily hair, skin and stool here as well.

Damp is manifesting in the sinuses, throat or in headaches, think about clammy hands.

Soft skin, hair, voice, a calm person, relaxed and gentle, big eyes, compassionate.

Dense like thick hair, skin and nails, legs and stool.

Cloudy as a cloudy mind and the feeling you have in your mornings before your first coffee, or after a night without enough sleep.

Sweet cravings and personalities, with the intention to serve people, highly fertile.

Static like lots of sleep, a long-standing energy level during the day, sitting all day is not a big deal.

So this is just a small overview about the gunas. Which do you feel the most related to?

Think about your body and your skin quality, hair status, seize.

Are you easily freezing or are you constantly hot? Do you feel heavy or light in your body? Share with us in the comments which Dosha is mostly related to you, after reading about the related qualities of each Dosha.

I am not going to create another Dosha test for you, but would love to suggest the best one I could find online – it is detailed, it comes along with diet suggestions to balance your actual Dosha situation and I think the founder is such a sweet person to offer so much wisdom with us all. You can find the Link here:

https://www.joyfulbelly.com/

(No advertisement, just love, connection and support.)

Next Sunday we are going to explain how to balance our Doshas with food, habits and lifestyle during the knowledge of the gunas! What also comes next: I interviewed some beautiful people from the Ayurvedic scene and Wellness family! Share this article if you enjoyed it, spread some healthy vibes in the World Wide Web and leave a comment! Would love to see you here soon again! Namaste!

Discover the Doshas

Ayurveda is the quest to the most balanced way in life

Let´s dive deeper into this medical science which is focused in balancing our life and it´s healing aspects. I would like to start to talk about the Doshas and the five elements which are creating them. The most common questions I found in my Instagram mailbox are:

  • What is my Dosha?
  • How can I found out which Dosha I have got?
  • Is it possible to have all three Doshas?

There are many ways to make online quizzes and tests but it seem also to be confusing to so many of us. Let us make it simple. It is not that complicated, I promise!

The science of Ayurveda is based on Elements which we all know and experience day by day. Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Ether. We can hear, see and feel them with our senses. When we focus now on the qualities, we have fire, which is a powerful force – the main quality here is hot. Earth is grounding and the main quality is heavy. Water is fluid and the main quality is cold. The Air is light and we need it to breathe – the main quality is moving. Ether is not visible, lighter than air – the main quality is mobile.

Let us make now the connection to our bodies. We can relate the elements to explain processes in our body, mind and soul.

Fire can explain your digestion, your metabolism. Water is running through your veins. Air can be the gas in your colon when you had food. Ether can be your intuition. Earth can stand for stability.

We have got those elements, we have got an idea about how we can relate them to our body – let us look upon the Doshas next. The three Doshas are made out of those elements.


The Vata Dosha

Vata is Air and Ether. The qualities are light, cold, rough, dry. In our body it is into our heart, head, bones, joints. It stands for movements in our bodies.


The Pitta Dosha

Pitta is Fire and Water. The qualities are hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid. We can find it in our body in our stomach, blood, gallbladder, liver. It is related for all transformational processes going on, like digestion or nutrient absorption.


The Kapha Dosha

Kapha is Earth and Water. The qualities are slow, heavy, cold, soft, oily and liquid. In our body we find it in our stomach, nose, lungs, tongue. It gives our body structure and stability.

As we have got all elements in our body, it should be clear that we also have all three Doshas into our body – but in varying doses. Those Doshas are the key to keep our body in balance! As you can now make a first transition to the elements and our body parts and organs, we need to look on the characteristics of the Doshas next.

Vata Dosha Characteristics

Think about thin people who can eat amounts of sugar and never get fat. Think about cracking bones and joints. Think about a blown up belly after having beans. Think about dry skin, hair and nails. Think about feeling cold often, especially on the hands and feet. Think about problems with your back like scoliosis. Think about creative and driven people which have got so many ideas and a crazy long CV, because they already tried every job they were interested in. Think in this case also about anxiety and panic attacks.

Pitta Dosha Characteristics

Focus your mind now on a very fit and sporty person, maybe someone who lifts weights and gets easily defined. Think about oily skin and hair, maybe with red highlights on the cheeks. Think about sweat, acne and infections. Think about people who know what they want and got all the energy to just do it. Think about control freaks, impatient people and perfectionists.

Kapha Dosha Characteristics

Think about beautiful, thick hair, shiny nails, round faces and a glowing skin. Think about heavy bones. Think about just looking at that burger and fries and got that straight on your hips. Think about cold hands and feet. Think about service and compassion. Think about calm and quiet. Think about slow and lazy.

Found yourself in one or two? Or all three? Next Sunday we dive deeper into the science of the qualities of our Doshas and can work us slowly to find out which Doshas are related to us – which are in balance, which are maybe out of balance.

Have a beautiful start into your new week and show by next Sunday!

Show me your tongue…

According to Ayurveda there are a few simple ways to stay healthy and happy! By adding these practices to your daily routine, you can integrate Ayurveda easily to your daily life and help your body, mind and soul! Tongue scraping is as important as brushing your teeth, imagine our mouth as a gatekeeper!

Show me your tongue!

Show me your tongue and I will tell you how healthy you are! No, I am not kidding!

90% of all bacteria in our mouth are on our tongue. According to Ayurveda all toxins starting in the mouth. Those toxins are called in Ayurveda “Ama” and they can spread down your gastrointestinal tract and other body parts and cause harm. Toxins in the blood often accumulate on the back of the tongue. While a slight coating on the back of the tongue is normal, a thick or large coating is a warning sign of a large toxic burden. Illness starts with Ama. Scraping your tongue every morning after brushing your teeth can affect your life and health in many positive ways!

Why you should scrape your tongue:

Coat on your tongue causes bad breath

  • The bacteria, fungi, dead cells and food debris are growing literally overnight on your tongue while you are sleeping. And this is what causes morning breath.

Scraping your tongue helps to prevent from caries, periodontitis and infections in the mouth

  • Less bacteria on your tongue means you are helping your teeth to stay healthy! It improves your dental health as much as it boosts your immune system!

Your taste senses will get better and more sensitive after two weeks

  • The less coating on your tongue, the more you will taste your food and you will have a brand new experience about salty, sour, sweet and become more sensitive of flavors in general!

Your digestive fire will be stronger, because those toxins do less harm on it

  • Your digestions starts in your mouth when you taste your meal and chew. Saliva is starting to breaking down all the enzymes of your food. When your tongue is coated, your body doesn´t get enough information about what is going on and so your digestion experience is starting already low. In Ayurveda we want to light up our digestive fire, called “Agni” and scraping your tongue will help you with that!

Your immune system will be strengthened

  • A healthy and strong Digestive Fire leads to a healthy immune support for your body!

Your body can absorb nutrients better

  • This one is also connected with the coat on your tongue. By scraping your tongue daily,  your body starts already while you are chewing to absorb the nutrients you take in!

Eat less, stop bloating, let your skin glow

  • Tongue scraping can help you to eat less because the taste experiences without coat on your tongue will leave you more satisfied. Overeating comes from “wanting more” because you do not taste enough satisfying flavors. Overeating causes imbalances as bloating, other digestive issues and those leading to skin issues and other health Problems as well.

So what for a tongue scraper to buy and how to use it?

You see a tongue scraper is something you really need, let me help to find the perfect one for you! 🙂

The tongue scraper I use is from a small company called Yuveda – their beautiful copper scrapers are not just stylish, copper got many health benefits as well! You can find them here:

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Copper kills bacteria which are causing bad breath and it is also antibacterial and antimicrobial. You can wash it and use it forever – no plastic waste! Other great options for your health and environment are stainless steel scrapers or even tin or brass. I do not go to the options about silver and gold, because no one can afford that stuff! Ayurvedic traditional texts are recommending copper, silver, gold, tin or brass. Tin and brass are not super hygienic and so copper and stainless steel are the best options. I used stainless steel now for many years but love the benefits from copper since I use it!

And now let´s see how to scrape!

Do it in the morning, right after brushing your teeth.

Stick your tongue out wide in the front of a mirror and place the scraper at the end of your tongue. This might could feel weird when you have gone too deep! 😉

Stroke now from the back to the front and you can already see that white mucus is coming off. Let that drop into your sink. I scrape 5 to 10 times, rinse my mouth and the scraper with water and start oil pulling afterwards. But that is a topic for a whole new article! 😉

Ask yourself:

Do you have areas in your life who are lacking of good “taste?” Are there parts in your life who “taste” already good? Are there parts in your life who could Need more improvement of “taste?” Study your tongue to find out! For example, you can:

  • Look at your tongue every morning in the mirror. Do you see after a change after scraping?
  • When you write a journal, you can make notes about the taste in your mouth and your tongue.
  • Notice how the taste changes when you eat something.
  • Start scraping, send me Pictures of your tongue and ask any questions! Tell us about your experience in the comment section!

Next Sunday I will talk about “The Doshas” and how we can find out which Dosha is related to us! Have a beautiful start into the new week! Namaste!

You are unique…

….and Ayurveda knows about that fact!

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