Even Yogis can have a major mental breakdown.

It´s been a while now. I am very sorry about that. But how can you write inspiring posts, when your whole life is a mess? After the month of December, everything went wrong, now August is over, and I finally have some muse to sit down on my desk and reflect on the past months of my life.

I am still not sure if it is the weird year 2020 itself, that brings so much craziness and sadness to so many of us or if I have a worse year for myself. But the last days of my vacation, traveling a bit through the Netherlands, watching a sunset at the beach, seeing the night sky, and visiting Rotterdam pulled me out a bit out of my rabbit hole.

My dog died very unexpectedly in February, and the whole world was closed down the end of March because of a deadly virus. I work from home most of the time and meet rarely people because I moved to a new place. So being alone, super broke because some crazy people just stole from my bank account, at a new place, without my dog. I even lost my lust to cook and ate just vegan junk food all over.

The only constant line is still my Yoga practice. And my love for music and maybe also my sunshine mind, that always holds me above the deepwater somehow. But now. Today. I felt it again. I am longing to go back to my Ayurvedic routine and healthy decisions. And I also think I finally pulled myself out of that rabbit hole. I am on a waiting list for a street dog from Hungary, and I walked around in nature lately a lot. I started to work out again and move my body regularly.

But – the topic of my text – is that I also understand in general how hard it is for so many of you, to start over with your strenght. To find the strenght and motivation to do something healthy for you and your body and get rid off old routines. (Old habits die hard is a thing, huh?) And that even some healthy living person like me, can have weak moments. I really would love to support and inspire so many of you to find a path to change, what you want to change. Especially in these crazy times, I think – Ayuvreda and Yoga are great tools to help us, to find our center again. (If we lost it or if we never had the feeling that we found it.)

But what is also important to me is, that we take slow steps on our way. Because we struggle enough in our day to day life and our brains are full, maybe in 2020 even our pockets are empty. We lost friends, we maybe even lost loved ones because of a disease and maybe because we didn´t agreed on what is right or wrong about the Covid topic. But what is important to me, what is a wish deep down from my heart, is that we all can pull us out of the sadness and chaos and find peace of mind.

I will start with blogging again regularly and share easy and affordable recipes and will upload Yoga videos, meditations – and maybe we can all thrive together and make the last months of 2020 a bit more magical and peaceful for us.

Because you are worth it. I am worth it.

You are a wonder and everything will be alright at the end.

Where I found my center again….


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From my heart to yours,

Traveling Korea Ayurvegan style

Let me tell you something about Korean food habits and Ayurvedic facts!

A travel blog about traveling Korea and exploring the similarities about TCM nutrition facts and Ayurvedic nutrition

I am back from my trip to Seoul and Jeju-Island and had a thriving September and time there! There was so much to explore – and one of my most favorite things is for sure – exploring food! Korean food got a delicious and unique taste, so very different from other Asian food combinations. But I also found some interesting things about Korean food and Ayurvedic nutrition facts – especially when it comes to the six tastes of Ayurveda.

Being vegan or vegetarian in Korea is possible, but sometimes challenging these days, as the Korean food is now mainly prepared with meat and fish compared to the traditional temple kitchen for example. It was even more, thriving to search and find those little vegan food spots, meeting other Korean vegans and make a difference as a vegan traveler.

Vegan in Seoul is easy!

Restaurants in Seoul often had one dish which is vegan, or vegetarian, so there it was kind of easy to find something. Some Kimbap restaurants which prepared fresh Kimbap rolls in front of your eyes, just made the rolls you would wish for. But what about the small and beautiful Island of Jeju-Do?

Vegan on Jeju-Do is adventurous

Jeju-Do is famous for sea animals, black pigs and even horse meat – when I was getting it right. So I guess many tourists are coming there for exactly those „specialties.“ But even on Jeju-do, there are small and thriving vegan food spots!

At first, it is simple at most temples to find temple food which is vegan and vegetarian. Here I can recommend to check their online pages, look for registration or opening times before you get there. Temple food with all it´s little traditional side dishes is about TCM components, which are perfectly fitting the six tastes of Ayurveda. After a meal like that, I was fulfilled, rejuvenated, not tired and sluggish, I had also no cravings at all.

The Loving Hut on Jeju-do

My favorite place on Jeju-Do was „The Loving Hut Jeju“ which is run by two amazing women. The chef is vegan for 23 years now and is saving stray dogs (and I also saw cats) from the Island. She said to me that she is doing it for the animals. Her food was like a homecoming. It was like coming home to your „Omma“ after a long and stressful week at work and so tasteful, delicious, that we went there twice in our short stay.

Kimchi Jigae

The menu there is changing with every season, which is form e even more Ayurvedically! Beautiful small, and comfortable place. I will come back for sure!

So if you are looking for a stay in Korea and you are vegan and vegetarian – prepare yourself with researches. If you haven´t any local and native speakers around, it could get challenging – but it is still possible!

Korean travel tips for you:

1. Be curious to try something new and try all the leaves to wrap your meals up and try all the side dishes! (So many Kimchi flavors! I loved it! )

2. Search the internet for vegan and vegetarian-friendly spots, you will find some but maybe you can´t sit down in every restaurant or place on your way. But the searching was always worth it!

3. Go and try temple food because those places were the most beautiful ones and the traditional Korean flavors are something you will mainly never taste in European restaurants or US places.

4. Not every dish is super spicy (I was warned that it is), also not every Kimchi was hot as hell – I was able to eat a balanced, on Ayurvedic tastes related, delicious diet there!

5. Most restaurants offer water for free and many are serving warm water or tea – this was amazing and also is an Ayurvedic principle for sure! As warm water is helping us to keep our digestive fire running and to digest properly.

6. I would also recommend trying as many dishes as possible. There is so much to explore in Korea!

So if you are planning to go there and feel a bit helpless, please feel free to mail me at any time. I can name some places for you and also have my brother there which can also help out with questions where to go and what to eat!

What do you think? Are you now in Wanderlust mode? Leave a comment in the section below and if you don´t want to miss the main principles of TCM nutrition and Ayurvedic nutrition next week, subscribe!

Have a beautiful Sunday,

Namaste!

Shirodhara – The Third Eye Therapy

When it comes to Ayurvedic treatments, many people are a bit lost in all those terms in a foreign language. Before their busy minds are even open to read a flyer so far, they decide to book a classic massage. I will try to break down some amazing Ayurvedic bodywork treatments the next weeks and also tell you about their benefits and why they are something you should experience at least once a lifetime!

Warm oil is poured on your third-eye-centre to release tension on a deep level


One of those „you have to do this once a lifetime“ treatments, and also highlights of my Ayurvedic Health Coach training, was this sacred and effective healing technique, called Shirodhara, which is best placed right after an Abhyanga massage (which is a full body massage).

Ayurvedic bodywork related to traditional Wellness treatments

Ayurvedic bodywork offers us a great and powerful tool to bring our body, mind, and soul back in balance. Traditional massages, like the well- known Swedish Wellness massages are working also onto a level of relaxation, but more on a physical level.


Ayurvedic treatments are different on that point – they have a massive impact on multiple layers of our body. They have already a long history of emotional – well being, soul connecting elements as well, as physical health benefits like moving lymphatic fluids, helping to release tension in the muscles, releasing toxins – but also helping to open the third eye center, the center of your intuition.

Deep relaxation and outer body experience


The first time I had a Shirodhara, I was spaced out completely! I forgot about the time, about location, about my thoughts. Yes – exactly – my Vata mind was able to shut down completely. I never experienced such a deep relaxation before this treatment in my whole life. Many customers of mine experience similar things and are surprised about the highly effective way to find balance. I literally felt like a monkey in space, but a very satisfied one!

Relaxation is sometimes hard for beginners…


In many relaxation techniques of Yoga and meditation, the first times are crucial to many beginners and people who are highly stressed. The overwhelming day to day lives of so many people with hours of screen time, busy scheduling and problems are giving them a hard time to shut down their minds. They feel often encouraged after trying Pranayama, meditation or Yoga Nidra – because of course – their mind is still noisy and wandering at the beginning.


People which are burnt out and can´t even make the connection to themselves, or even have a negative mindset like „I can´t relax twenty minutes of doing nothing“ are best treated first with a full body massage and a Shirodhara experience.


The direct effect of relaxation kicking in is going to open a new mindset for them towards Yoga and other relaxation techniques. Because sometimes you just need some successful moment to start something new and healthy. Like „Oh wait, I can also relax!“
That they can´t ever relax is something many people believe when they first show up at my practice.

Classic Shirodhara pot
Benefits of Shirodhara:


Shirodhara is also part of any Panchakarma detox program and got many benefits!


At a Shirodhara treatment, a steady flow of warm oil is poured onto your forehead between your eyebrows, which is known as the „Third Eye Centre.“ You might know this from some Wellness catalogs. This practice is not just a „fancy Wellness technique,“ it also can awaken your intuitive self and activate the third eye center.


More benefits are:

  • Treatments at imbalances like headaches and migraines, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • It can improve your sleep quality, balance your Vata in the best possible way, relaxes your whole nervous system and improve even your cognitive abilities.


This is not just something which can help many people with chronical struggles like migraine, this is also an amazing first step into a more conscious lifestyle. Yoga teachers, health coaches, and meditation teachers can help their clients with Ayurvedic bodywork.

For example –
You have a nice client who is highly successful in his or her job but comes to you to find peace and relaxation. But this person is so stressed out and out of balance, that he or she is already telling you after the second session, how hard it is to change their lifestyle, even when they know it would be better for them.


A tip for visiting an Ayurvedic health coach, doctor or center and getting treatment could motivate them to stay your client and want to work with you!
Sometimes people just need a little step in the right direction to start a more healthy and conscious life.

And I think as health coaches, Yoga teachers, and mindful people, we want that as many people as possible make the experience to live their best life and find relaxation and happiness.
Even better when the little step is such a sacred and wonderful life-changing treatment like Shirodhara!

Let´s dive next week deeper into Abhyanga massages! I booked my next Abhyanga and Shirodhara for the first week in September and will share this experience for sure with you! Hope you enjoyed this little insight and also inspiration if you work with clients!

Have the most beautiful week, from my heart to yours,

Namaste,

Easy peasy vegan summer Dal recipe

It´s warm outside and all those fruits and salads are nourishing and fine but in the evening hours you are craving somehow, something grounding and warm?

Got you!

My Vata Dosha is actually aggrevated a bit as well, on hot days delicious salads and more raw foods than usual are making me feel really good. But a warm dish in the evening which is easy to digest (and even easier to prepare) gives me that grounded feeling I need! (And let me sleep way better)!

Why is it a summer Dal recipe?

I used yellow lentils (which are easier to digest) and ingredients that are growing now in my garden and are also in season. You will see that the balance of herbs and veggies in this recipe are fitting perfectly into summer and you will also feel – how good it is for the hot season!

Dosha specific informations about ingredients, will also follow after the instructions! This recipe is Tri-Doshic but when you struggle with balance, you will find some useful tips how to adjust the meal for your specific needs!

Here is my delicious easy peasy vegan summer Dal recipe:

I also added some carrots! Be creative! 🤗

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups yellow lentils, soaked in water overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • fresh cilantro and parsley
  • Gomasio (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wash the soaked lentils and prepare a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring it to boil and cook the lentils until close to soft.
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the garlic, onions and zucchini and wash and prepare the fresh spinach leaves. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a medium sized pan and start with the onions, add the garlic when the onions begin to glaze.
  3. Add the other spices until you have a nice paste before you add the zucchini. Stir well on medium heat until everything is coated evenly. Drop some water in if needed – but stay low with the fat!
  4. Add coconut milk to your lentils and stir in the spice – veggie mix from your pan. Let simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Chop the cilantro and parsley.
  6. Serve Dal with basmati rice, flatbread or quinoa! Top with cilantro and parsley and Gomasio.
  7. Enjoy! 😊

Easy peasy Ayurvedic Dosha hacks:

Vata: If Vata is aggrevated a lot and you don´t feel heat at all, use sesame oil and add some cinamon into your spice mix or use Vata Churna (which I also do a lot)!

Pitta: You could eat the Dal with a fresh salad instead of rice and stay away from the spinach if you feel super hot – you could simply replace it with carrots.

Kapha: You can make this dish without coconut oil and glaze your veggies in a non stick pan by simply adding water after roasting it on medium heat and add water, in small amounts to it. You could also make it like a soup and stay away from the carbs like rice or bread!

So I hope you will like my vegan summer Dal! I will also have a big potion of it this evening – by the way, adding less salt into your dishes and adding more fresh herbs and spices can help you to lose weight if wanted or needed. I like to top with Gomasio which is a mix of sesame seeds and high quality salt for the extra taste! 

Have a beautiful week ahead! If you liked this recipe, leave some love in my comment section below! And tag us on Instagram with your creations! We would love to repost that!

Namaste,

Yours,

Krishnaprema

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!

If you don´t want to miss on the next interviews, and believe me, there will be many! You can subscribe hereand leave love in the comments! You want to be interviewed? Message me!

Ayurveda SOS guide to stay cool during the heat wave

Climate change brought us last year some challenging summer in Europe and it seems that is will continue this year. As we have Sahara winds this week and upcoming days, I would like to call out to you that you pleeeeease stay safe and hydrated.

Watch out for elderly people and animals as well. Offer help when you see someone is suffering during the heat – homeless people have often no chance to hide before the sun as good as we can.

Stay compassionate, stay conscious. Here is my SOS guide to make the hot days safe!

Dr. Vasant Lad is writing in his book ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ that “Summer is hot, bright and sharp, the season of pitta. Thus, it is recommended to keep cool and not allow pitta dosha to become aggravated.”

Here are the most effective ways to stay cool during the heat period and this summer

Gentle Yoga or Tai Chi in the early morning hours
  • Do not excersice like crazy

When you want to practice Yoga or sports, do it in the early morning hours and do it more gentle than you usually would. Don´t stress your body more than the heat already does. A gentle flow, and followed by gentle stretches, a short and calm jogging session would be the best way to move your body in a safe way.

  • Practice Pranayama to cool you down!

Pranayama got some amazing possibilities to cool down the body temperature. Imagine that in some parts of India it is naturally super hot – for sure Yogis had some ideas how to stay cool and relaxed for meditation!

Beat the heat with Sitali:

  • Sit in a comfortable seated position with the head, neck, and spine in alignment.
  • Close your eyes, breathe even and deep for several minutes, then open the mouth and form the lips into an “O.”
  • Curl your tongue lengthwise and stick it out of the mouth about ¾ lenght.
  • Inhale deeply across the tongue and into the mouth as if drinking through a paper straw.
  • Focus your attention on the cooling sensation of the breath as the abdomen and lower ribs expand during your inhales and exhales.
  • Withdraw the tongue and close the mouth, exhaling even through the nostrils.

If you can´t curl your tongue, try Sitkari:

  • Sit in a comfortably seated position with your eyes closed.
  • Press your lower and upper teeth gently together and separate your lips as much as you comfortably can, so your teeth are exposed to the air, feel like the cheshire cat!
  • Inhale slowly through your teeth gaps and focus on the hissing sound of your breath.
  • Close the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose.
  • Repeat this up to 20 times.
  • Close your mouth and breath evenly in and out.
Calm your Pitta horses!
  • Eat Food that is Pitta pacifying

Forget your Dosha for one moment and focus on a heat reducing diet. Summer is Pitta season and so it is awesome to follow a Pitta friendly diet anyways!

Water-rich fruits like Coconut, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, berries will taste even better these days. Watery veggies like cucumber, asparagus and broccoli will be perfect alongside leafy greens. Salads are cooling, especially for dinner time.

Avoid food that is causing heat into your body – tomatoes, chilies, but also citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, beetroots and carrots have warming qualities.

Avoid excessive consumption of meat. Do not skip meals – this will aggravate your Pitta Dosha. Do not overeat.

Coconut oil is perfect to calm Pitta and also got cooling qualities
  • Apply oils with cooling qualities

Coconut oil is – like you might know – a perfect match in summer, but also Sandalwood, Jasmine got the ability to cool you down. Apply in the evening and leave the oil over night onto your skin, coconut oil is also great into your hair to keep it nourished from the dry weather and sunlight. And – it will help to keep your head cool!

Shower in the morning. And feel fresh!

Cucumber water with mint will Keep your head cool
  • Drink at room temperature

Avoid drinking ice cooled drinks, also stimulating drinks like coffee, alcohol, and sugary soda. Opt for homemade lemonade or cooled-down herbal teas like peppermint.

Water at room temperature with some cucumber slices will be perfect during the day to keep yourself hydrated and cool your system.

  • Stay away from the sun and try to relax in the shades. During the hottest time oft he day, try to avoid being outside. Wear light and loose natural fabrics that allow your skin to breathe, a hat and sunglasses will give you extra shade when you need to be outside anyway. Use a organic sun lotion to stay safe and don´t get sun burned!
I will keep myself cool with green smoothies! 😎

And: keep it simple: If something feels too hot, stay away. If it feels cool, try it out for the summer season! Especially me as a Vata person love to drink smoothies all day now! 🙂

According to Ayurveda – a vegan diet can help to boost your health!

There is always a bit of a sceptical opinion when it comes to Ayurveda and vegan nutrition. But there is no point why Ayurveda and veganism shouldn´t be working together.

Ayurvedic nutrition is complex and a health care system. Ayurvedic nutrition is also very individual and holistic. The advice of Ayurvedic nutrition is mostly to skip fish, meat and eggs – because they are heavy to digest anyways. Cheese and sausages are also nothing any Ayurvedic nutrition plan would suggest.

But wait, what´s with all the animal based ingredients in ayurvedic recipes?

But milk, batter, honey and joghurt are part of many recipes and health care tipps. The traditional diet is here more vegetarian, but obvisously not vegan.

The vegan philosophy and ethics are perfectly fitting together with Ayurvedic nutrition. From a spiritual perspective, we have the topic of Ahimsa – which can be translated as a form of non-violence. The old vedic texts are saying that the killing of animals is giving the soul a dark shade and eating meat, fish and eggs is increasing negative emotions, thoughts, lazyness and attachment.

You might know this philosophy from your Yogateacher training or any Yoga book, which talks about the spiritual texts and basic philosophy.

Traditionally, Ayurveda got more a scientific point of view on diet and separates food in 12 different parts – even meat, fish, eggs and milk got kind of medical effects when we use them. But when it comes to illnesses and stress, there is always the suggestion to don´t eat any of those ingredients. Or to be clear – there is – depending on the kind of illness – the decision, if your diet is going to be vegetarian, mixed or vegan to heal. And – what I learned from Ayurveda over the years is for sure – there is no right or wrong, no black and white.

Many vegans are vegan for the animals. Ethical reasons are the main key here.

For vegan nutrition it would be important to eat enough plant-based healthy fats and proteins. Good oils, nuts and seeds, grains and legumes in any form should be on your daily plate. As you might know, Ayurveda uses specific herbs which will help to digest the legumes in an easy way and don´t leave you bloated. Cumin, Asafoetida and Himalayan Salt is a mix that works fine with lentils, beans and soy protein.

Vegan fast food is also just fast food according to Ayurveda. You want to eat fresh, healthy food to keep your spirit up high!

The best way to eat ayurvedic and vegan, is to eat on a regular basis lentil curries, rich soups with peas, fresh veggies and grains and add to your daily nutrition plan seasonal fruits, herbs, seeds and nuts. You should support your Agni, your digestive fire with foods which are easy for your body to assimilate, break down and absorb. That means you also have to look at your specific constitution! 😊

Tips for your Ayurvedic constitution and a vegan diet:

Vata

Vata peeps are often bloated from raw veggies and too many legumes. It will lead you to dry and rough skin, feeling exhausted and being bloated a lot. A good combination of healthy fats can help you to feel balanced – eat many nuts, sesame oil, try my coconut porridge and warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger. Vata Dosha peeps are mostly into a healthy holistic diet anyways, because it speaks to their qualities so much – which are sublte, dry and cold. Eating raw salads, drinking smoothies is increasing our ether energies, so we feel inspired, high vibing and spiritual.

Pitta

Pitta peeps have a grounded metabolism and can eat many grains, legumes and even cold and raw food and digest it well – especially according tot he other Doshas. A vegan diet can be very easy for this dosha when it is mainly based high carb and low fat, without many spicy dishes. Sour, spicy and meat are increasing the acidity of your digestion so much that it leads to irritated skin, infections of the nerves and even heartburn. Coconut can cool you down, also chickpeas, mungbeans and leafy greens will make you feel super balanced.

Kapha

Kapha peeps can also benefit from a vegan diet because they can easily reduce their fat intake. Animal based proteins are also causing the feeling of heavyness and increasing the mucus production – which is not supportive for this Dosha anyways. Veggies, spices and fruits who spice up your life and energy level are perfect! Ginger, pepper and eggplants or pineapples will help you to digest plant based proteins. Spices which are keeping your metabolism going like pepper and ginge rare perfect for you! Kapha Dosha can benefit a lot from a vegan diet, but also should avoid to eat raw foods too much.

As you can see, a vegan and ayurvedic diet are pretty compatible! It is a very young movement and there are many options not available yet but I am sure also ayurvedic-vegan products are increasing in the future. Today I just found one company which seels Chyavanprash vegan and without Ghee, so I decided to work on a nice recipe now for my own (and you for sure!) 😉

To keep it short here for you:

  • Ayurveda and veganism got a lot in common, also based on the ancient philosophy about „doing no harm.“
  • Ayurveda and veganism can be a huge benefit for some Dosha related characteristics.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are working great on your health, when you watch out for a balanced diet with healthy veggies, grains and fruits, also healthy fats.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are a younger movement and there is much to explore right now according to recipes and treatments.

I hope you have the best Sunday! Stay compassionate and humble! Namaste!

Vegan, healthy and happy for 18 years now!

Krishnaprema

Strawberry Coconut Porridge

Cool down for the summer months!

It is strawberry season and berries have wonderful qualities we all can benefit from now in our nutrition! I am all addicted about those little, red berries…full of flavour and freshness!

I want to share one of my most favorite porridge summer recipes with you today. Find tipps for your dosha down below!

„Strawberry Coconut“ Porridge

Dream Team: strawberries and coconut flakes!

Ingredients:

½  cup gluten-free oats

½ cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened

2 Mejdool dates, soaked over night

3-4 cups of plant based milk

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamom

1 handful of fresh strawberries, stems removed 

1 tbsp natural maple syrup or agave juice

Chia seeds or flax seeds

How to make Strawberry Coconut Porridge:

 Heat the plant milk and add the oats and salt. Stir until nicely cooked, on low heat for about 5 minutes. Chop the dates in small pieces. Add the spices, the shredded coconutand the dates and continue stirring.

Chop some strawberries in small cubes and add them for 2 minutes to your porridge, stir well and let them get warm a bit. If you need more creamy consistency, add more plant milk if needed.

Add the porridge to a serving bowl and top with fresh strawberries and the syrup. Sprinkle with flax seeds or chia seeds!

For the extra vacation feeling: Put your porridge into a coconut bowl and spoon it with a wooden spoon, lay down in a hammock and enjoy it there – to have all the tropical summer vibes you need!

Easy, holistic, vegan!

Vata: This recipe is for you during the summer months, but coconut and strawberries have cooling qualities – be mindful here!

Pitta: This is your breakfast recipe! You could also use coconut milk to get more oft he coconut-cooling qualities during the summer months!

Kapha: Leave the shredded coconut and dates away. Add more strawberry cubes into the porridge and use no or less sweetener. Double the oats.

Ayurvedic facts about strawberries:

  • They pacify all three doshas
  • Strawberries have a taste of sour, sweet and anstringent
  • They are high in fibre, Vitamin C and anti-oxidant – Antioxidants neutralize harmful molecules called free radicals
  • They are anti-inflammatory and make our skin glow

Do you like my Porridge recipe? Let me know and share your experiences in the comment below! I also love tags on Instagram!

Enjoy and have a beautiful start into the new week!

Namaste!

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!