A recipe for calming our Vata horses, warming up cold and rainy days, and happy colors to light up the dark time of the year!
While the days are getting colder and darker, I am craving warm and hearty food! Pumpkin soup is a classic fall dish and here you will find my Vata pacifying recipe for the season. I also add the adjustments for Pitta and Kapha as well down below! Have a beautiful Sunday, and enjoy my warming, comforting soup!
Hokkaido Pumpkin 🎃, chopped
red onion, chopped
garlic clove, minced
tsp. ginger, minced
can of coconut cream
cups vegetable broth
tsp. Black pepper
tsp. Curry powder
coriander or roasted pumpkin seeds
1. Start boiling the pumpkin pieces, potato pieces and carrots all together in slightly salted water. (Chop them all into even pieces and just use as much water that the veggies are covered.) When soft, set aside.
2. Chop onions, garlic, and ginger. Over medium heat, heat sesame oil in a large stock pot and add onions, garlic and ginger. Sautee for about 2 minutes, until onions become translucent. Add the spices and sautee for one more minute. Add pumpkin, vegetable stock and coconut cream, let simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool down.
3. With a slotted spoon, add the mixture and blend carefully. Transfer blended soup back to your pot. Stir well when all your soup is back in your pot and start heat the soup slowly.
4. Serve warm and sprinkle pumpkin seeds or coriander! A little bit of fresh pepper is also nice! Enjoy! 🙂
Pitta: Leave chilli and garlic away, use sweet paprika and Asafoetida to replace.
Kapha: Leave potatoes and coconut cream away, just use vegetable broth instead.
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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!
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.
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,