The Sensual Art of Eating with the Hands

For thousands of years, people across South Asia and the Middle East have eaten with their hands, and not utensils. Even today, the practice has become very common – and to the casual onlooker, it may seem somewhat strange! However, first of all, we have to understand that eating itself, as also cooking, is somewhat…

Jala Rahasya: The Secret of Water in Ayurveda

“May waters filled with medicinal properties protect my body, so I may have the vision of the Sun!”-Rig Veda, IX.9.7 (Author’s translation) According to Ayurveda, the properties of water vary. Different types of water are thus useful for different people, disorders and times. Unboiled water is said to take 3 hours to digest, boiled and cooled…

India’s Ancient Influence: Food to Architecture

Dholavira is an ancient city in India, commencing around 3,500BCE, which has some amazing influences that show continuity with later Indian culture. 1. Highly-polished pillars, not unlike the later Mauryan Pillars were found, with interesting bases. Polished statues such as the Priest-King and Red Sandstone Bust from other areas of the Indus culture also reveal…

The Importance of Ojas – Vitality

Ojas or vitality is a key concept in the ancient system of Ayurveda. Ojas is said to be our basic immunity, or immune system and vitality, described as a kind of “sap” in the body. The ancient author, Charaka (1500BCE) noted (from earlier texts of his mentor, Sri Agnivesh), that ojas is either red (rakta…

RESET your Digestion!

Resetting your digestion means re-setting your biological rhythms also, which ancient systems as Ayurveda see as the root-cause of many diseases, not merely gastrointestinal!  Many people today complain of issues such as : Bloating/abdominal distention after eating IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and similar symptoms Constipation or difficulty passing stool Intolerance to foods such as wheat and…

Ayurvedic Massages – Good or Bad?

Ayurveda has long considered the uses of massage, often as a daily palliative treatment, but performed with specific oils after a complete Ayurvedic examination by a trained professional to examine all facets of psychology, disorders, constitutional issues and others. Here, panaceas are often not the best, nor Ayurvedic per se! Many forms of Ayurvedic massage today can…

Yoga Therapy for Health and Healing

Learn how Integral Yoga Therapy can help you! Yoga is often a confusing term seen by many people as something for gymnasts alone – however, few realise that it is an ancient system of health-maintenance to: (a) maintain health through living in harmony with nature and our own natural biology (b) maintain health and prevent…

Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did!

Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did! A physician was once using the same technique to treat diabetes as he did heart-disease. It was a failure! Sadly, this is what modern meditation classes teach and employ, as a ‘one size fits all’ panacea approach. Traditional meditation is about you and your unique psychology, karma…