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VedaWarrior is combining Ayurvedic wisdom with plant medicine and got some wonderful personalized CBD supplements for you!

As they are launching their new page, we teamed-up for a little contest and giveaway! Find here all the infos and follow up on Instagram!

Entries will close at Midnight on November 20, 2019.⁠

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From my heart to yours,

Unfold the magic of Ayurveda with therapeutic oils

You may be read in every article about Ayurvedic daily routine, to use basic oils like sesame oil or almond oil for your daily Abhyanga massage. Even when they have some small effects on your health:

What if I tell you now, that it is just (nearly) the same as using a lotion?

The magic and healing quality of Ayurveda can´t be experienced by using basic oils but it is a good start to start a daily self-care routine. There is so much more possible! And I am not talking about the use of essential oils!

Medical oils are used traditionally in Ayurveda

The perfect oil is lubricating, soothing, moistening, and calming the body and your senses and mind. In Sanskrit, the word oil is called ‘Sneha‘.

Sneha is also a term for love and therefore holds a special place in the Ayurvedic tradition. Sneha will nourish your body and mind with it’s loving, soothing and properties.

Applying medical oils will balance your doshas, can help you to heal different symptoms caused by imbalances and can help your body to gain strength and a calm state of mind. In fact, Ayurvedic oils can go down so deep into your tissues, that it is even possible to support your body after a broken bone or operation to heal properly!

The skin is our largest organ – so we can take in here a much bigger amount of herbs than in any other possible way! Ayurvedic therapeutic oils are prepared sacredly – the amount of herbs used for one liter of oil is a game-changer!

Every good Ayurvedic Health Coach or Therapist will find a specific oil for you and use it for your booked Ayurvedic massage. And also – suggest one for using at home! Don´t settle for less!

Find here today some interesting and helpful oils for your Dosha and some specific imbalances. You can buy oil online, worldwide – give it a try! Going three months of a daily Ayurvedic massage routine with therapeutic oil is not just preventive, but will also reveal the true power of Ayurvedic healing art!

Vata Oils

The most balancing oil and perfect for a daily self-massage is called:

Dhanvantaram Thaila

Dhanvantaram Thaila goes with coconut oil and is also helpful before and after pregnancy, rheumatism, arthritis, strengthen muscles, dementia.

We can say, that Vata oils are helpful to balance several Vata caused diseases or imbalances.

Watch also out for:

Bala Thaila, Karpasyadi Thaila, Chukkadi Thaila, Mahanarayana Thaila (especially for adrenal fatigue and burn out syndrome).

Pitta Oils

Chandanadi Thaila

This oil can cool down every Pitta imbalance. Thaila is coconut oil-based and can be best used on the head as well to balance Pitta Dosha.

It is helpful with mental disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression.

Watch also out for:

Bringaraja Thaila, Eladi Keram (infections of the skin, acne), Eladi Thaila.

Kapha Oils

There is not much oil for Kapha Dosha available, because we work with the opposite qualities of each Dosha to maintain balance. Kapha peeps should prefer dry massages with herbs. But there is some good Kapha oil available as well:

Sahacaradi Thaila

When you feel stagnant and slowly, your bones feel heavy – this one can help with rheumatic issues, blocked shrotas, mental disorders, pain in different body parts and metabolic diseases.

Watch also out for:

Curnas for dry massages can help to balance Kapha. Brahmi Curna, Bhringaraja Curna, and Haridra Curna can balance Kapha caused symptoms.

How to apply therapeutic oil?

You can find my guide to a self-massage at home here:

https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/31/ayuryogadetox-free-e-book-available-now/

For therapeutic oil, it is helpful to warm them a bit up in their bottle. I use a baby bottle warmer, as it goes quickly warm while I am brushing my teeth.

Rub the oil stronger into your skin than you normally would, to bring the herbs deeper to your tissues.

Therapeutic oils smell a bit different than wellness oils. I use specific pants and a shirt to sit with the oil for 20 minutes or overnight before I shower it off. Use mild soap to shower it off.

Pour a hot cup of water afterward you in your bath sink to avoid clogging from the thick oil!

I love to let the oil sink in overnight – I sleep better, I wake up rested and I feel amazingly balanced. I also helped my body with Vata oil against cracking joints, a really fragile upper spine and eczema!

It is a self-experienced practice. Hit me per Mail or comment if you have any other questions about therapeutic oil or supplier!

Where to find oils? DM me if you need help!

I am wishing you the most beautiful Sunday and a pretty good start into a new week! Don’t forget to hit the button and subscribe to my blog!

Namaste,

From my heart to yours,

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,

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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Tri-Doshic Holistic Rhubarb Muffins recipe

Gluten-free and vegan of course! 🙂

Easy, healthy , Tri-Doshic!

Full of flavor, easy to prepare, filled with holistic and nourishing ingredients. My muffins are the perfect start into the summer season! Use fresh rhubarb, so that you can get it´s full amount of ingredients!

It is rhubarb season and we need to eat this delicious veggie which is pacifying to all three Doshas in the best possible way! As a muffin. A muffin that is so healthy that you can have it for breakfast!

Just a few ingredients and easy to prepare when you own a blender! So here we go:

You will need:

Rolled Oats

Baking Powder

Buckwheat flour

Flax and Chia Seeds

A ripe banana

Sweet dates or figs

Plant based milk

Almond butter

Vanilla and Cinnamon

Rhubarb

Coconut sugar or Agave juice as a sweetener

As you can see, those ingredients are full of nutrients and plant based goodness! At the end of the recipe I explain a bit to the qualities of the ingredients and balanced it out, so that the recipe is Tri-Doshic, means – it is save for all three Doshas to eat! But now, let´s get in the kitchen!

Get the recipe here now:

Preparation time                       30 Minutes

Baking time                                30 Minutes

Servings                                      12 Muffins

Ingredients:

½ cup of rolled oats (gluten-free is optional)

2 tablespoons of buckwheat flour

½ cup of plant based milk

1 banana (very ripe)

7 dates or figs, soaked in water overnight

2 small stalks of rhubarb

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of flax seeds

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

(Alternative: there are some vanilla sugar mixes available – organic ones with raw sugar are awesome to replace it).

2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice

Preparation:

  1. Cut the rhubarb into small cubes and set aside.
  2. Mix the rolled oats, the flaxseeds, the chia seeds, baking powder, buckwheat flour, vanilla and cinnamon in a blender and make flour out of it. Set in a bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
  4. Add the almond butter, the banana, the sweetener, and the plant based milk.
  5. Chop the dates in small pieces (maybe the most exhausting process of the whole recipe) and add them to the cake mix. Mix all with a hand mixer or a spoon. You want a batter type consistence. Not too liquid, not too sticky. Mix now the rhubarb cubes under.
  6. Pour the batter into an oiled muffin pan (but also use papers) and place two tablespoons of batter into each form.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
  8. Enjoy when it cooled down a bit!
You can even have them for breakfast !

Ayurvedic facts:

  1. Rolled oats and oats in general pacify Vata and Pitta Dosha, their taste is sweet.
  2. Buckwheat is pacifies Kapha because of it´s dry ingredients, the taste in sweet and pungent, astringent.
  3. Flax seeds are oily and gooey and support our digestion. It pacifies Vata and Pitta.
  4. Chia seeds are sweet and gooey and so also very Vata and Pitta friendly! They are also full of nutrients!
  5. Rhubarb is a tri-doshic veggie! It pacifies all Doshas and is very detoxing!
  6. Bananas pacify Vata and Pitta as well, because there are so gooey and heavy, they are not perfect for Kapha Dosha!
  7. Dried Dates are pacifying Pitta because of their heavy, dry and cold qualities, but the taste is sweet, which is nice for Vata. Dried figs (but a bit less) are pacifying all three Doshas.
  8. Almond butter gives the taste here. It is heavy and oily and so perfect for Vata and Pitta!

If you liked this recipe, or even tried it out, make a picture and send it! And leave some love in the comments or on Instagram! 🙂 Namaste!

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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!

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
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  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!

The “Treat Yourself Like A Queen” Porridge recipe

As you might know can periods be pretty awful and painful for some of us. I would like to share my latest Porridge recipe with you! Some ingredients can help to release some pain and relax your body. I also used the ingredients with experience – wheat and gluten are triggering my period a lot. As well does sugar, even when my cravings for sugar can be high! Try to avoid sugar and use other sweeteners. Try to use Gluten-free products as well. Porridge makes a fantastic start into your day and it can be so utterly delicious, when you prepare it in the right way!

 Ingredients:

½ cup of Gluten-free Oats

2 cups of plant based milk

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of cardamom

½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha

I used here the complete mix of Pukka :

https://www.pukkaherbs.de/dein-wohlbefinden/aktuelles/2018/08/pukka-herbs-praesentiert-neue-bio-lattes/

and used so 1 teaspoon cinnamon as well.

Toppings:

1 ripe banana

1 teaspoon of Maca

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

A few Gojis

1 teaspoon cocoa nibs, raw

A handful of cashew nuts, raw

1 tablespoon of vegan hazelnut butter

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Here we go:

  1. Bring plant milk in a small pot to boil and add the spices or the spice-mix and the oats. Let simmer on a medium heat and stir well. Add the salt.
  2. The texture should be creamy and not too sticky, if needed, add a bit more plant milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Put in a bowl and add the toppings: start with Maca, Hazelnutbutter, Banana and at the end you should top with the Maple Syrup.
  4. Put on Netflix and your favorite show, have some Fennel Tea and enjoy every spoon of your pudding like chocolate porridge breakfast!

Let us know how you liked this recipe and we would also love to spread this one on the WWW! Also follow us on Instagram on “From Ayurveda With Love.”

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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!