Ayurvedic principles show that everyone has a particular personality type as shown by
the make up of their doshas, or inner life energies. Your Original Blueprint dosha
(prakriti) is your divine doshic makeup you were born with. Vikruti is what your present
status is now. Your current/present doshic status (vikriti) is a result of life's experiences,
stresses, imbalances, choices that you have made regarding diet and lifestyle and other
One of the ways that can help correct these imbalances, is by the use of churnas.
Churnas are Ayurvedic spice powders that are made up of a specific blend of spices.
These churnas are made of fresh herbs and spices that have medicinal properties, as
well as the ability to neutralize the toxic effects caused by imbalances within the body.
Ayurvedic churnas combine all six of the ayurvedic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent,
bitter, and astringent. They are created through the combination of a number of different
What is a Dosha?
Ayurveda teaches us that we are born unique individuals. There is no one else like you. According to Ayurveda there are three basic body types. They are referred to as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is vitally important to understand that everyone has an original doshic makeup as well as a current doshic status. Your original dosha will not change. A better way to understand this is to consider it “nature”. I often refer to this original dosha in the Dragonfly Plan as your unique blueprint. Let me give you a better example. When the sperm and ovum met to form you, your original blueprint (dosha) was formed, however, while you were still in your mother's womb you were being influenced by everything your mother felt, ate and experienced. It is when you were born and you took that first miraculous breath that your original blueprint (dosha) was sealed. You are like a thumbprint. There is no one...
In Ayurveda, everything is food. We assimilate and digest everything that we hear, feel, see, and eat. Everything affects us emotionally, physically and spiritually. The key is to recognize when something is starting to affect us negatively, then implement choices that will correct the negative effect so that we remain in a state of balance. This is the Ayurveda way of living and being.
Mike and I have turned off the news. We have not watched it for about 7 months. We decided it was not good for our health. It was causing me to feel a chronic sense of anxiety. I was allowing the media to feed me fear. When we are feeling fear, we react and behave in ways that are not true to our prakriti – our original nature. Fear can lead us to say and do things in anger and if not corrected can lead to violence. Knowing this, I still made the poor decision to watch the first presidential debate Tuesday evening. I...
Above is the video to our live show in which we discuss perspective.
I was in my late teens when I first heard one of my favorite authors and speakers, Edwin Louis Cole, make the statement - “Change isn’t change until there’s change.
Through the years I’ve come to realize that I can desire change, think about change, plan change, and hope for change, but none of those things actually bring change.
This is a blog about change and perspective, which by the way - blogging or speaking about change does not equal change either.
Give me a few minutes of your time. You’re already here reading this. Gently take your hand off of the mouse and let me encourage you.
One of the reasons you are drawn to this sight is because something in you is desiring or needing change. For most of us change is a scary thing. However, we can learn to process change in small increments to help make change more comfortable. The...
Fall is the time of transitions. It is a time that when feeling balanced it enables us to recognize the possibilities and guide us into the quiet essence of being and savoring simplicity. If we are out of balance it can lead us feeling raw and exposed.
This is one of the many reasons why we must change our routine with the Mother Earth. We must recognize that when she transitions, so must we or we are left feeling out of balance and incomplete. Recognizing the changing and shifting of the seasons is important in Ayurvedic philosophy. Ayurveda recognizes the importance of keeping in tune with the rhythms of the earth and adjusting our own rhythms to match hers.
Vata season runs from late fall into early winter. Kapha season starts from the coldest part of winter into spring and pitta season includes the hottest and longest days of the year - from late spring into early fall.
Understanding the qualities of each season can help you...
So you have Covid 19, now what? Do not fear! No matter how healthy you are, you, at some point will get sick. It is a natural response, and in fact one that is perfectly normal. When we get sick, and if we treat it appropriately and recover, then our bodies will be stronger because of it.
There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there about COVID 19 and it seems that daily, what we have been told changes. With all the astronomical numbers coming out about the amount of positive COVID tests then it seems to be the doom of it is not a matter of 'if' you get the virus, but 'when'. So common sense, a healthy immune system and listening to your body is imperative when it comes to dealing with this concerning virus.
Did you know as of March 2020 WHO States that For COVID-19, data suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring...
We live in a world that is full of criticism. In these times it feels like everyone is attacking everyone. Hate is fueling more hate. Self-absorption and self-love are at it’s all time high. It “feels” like everyone is only out for themselves and cannot see past themselves and their own “feelings”. We also live in a time of social media. One which can be used as a tool for detriment and tearing down or a tool for encouraging and lifting up. I am guilty of using social media as both. I am also guilty of criticism. Criticism and judgement are my biggest weakness and one I continually have to work on. However, in this time of social media and cultural uncertainty it is all too easy to allow ourselves to get caught up in the current wave of hate and criticism. It seems like everyone is finding fault in everyone else. And unfortunately, social media has allowed us to create a false image of...
With the recent health scare of the Coronavirus, I thought it important to be reminded of similar health scares of the past two decades. Listed below are a few of the examples from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Feb 2003 (774 deaths worldwide)
Bird Flu (H5N1) - Nov 2005 (616 deaths worldwide)
Swine Flu (H1N1) - April 2009 (12,469 deaths worldwide)
Zika Virus (ZIKV) - May 2016 (Pregnancy related microencephalopathy in which 134 infant deaths confirmed)
CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - Feb 2020
Common cold and flu (291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.
The question is, is there a legitimate need to be alarmed with this latest viral scare? First, let's dispel any false information that you may have received. According to The John Hopkins Institute the differences between the latest coronavirus vs the good old fashion flu is this:
Did you Know?
According to a 2016 study in the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a
third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research
Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours
each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than
seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing
chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.
Sleep or nidra as it is known in Ayurveda is given due importance. Nidra is
considered as one of the three supporting pillars of life. These three pillars
are: proper diet, sleep(nidra) and a regulated sex pattern to maintain
health. Improper sleep is said to bring emaciation, debility, impotence, poor
mental functioning and unhappiness. The complete absence of...
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, we are all created of spirit and light rather than mere flesh hand bones. The physical body is a temple that houses the finer domains of the mind and soul. As recognized by ancient cultures and religions around the globe, we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than the other way around. We are crafted from the same energy that weaves together all of life.
To truly understand how to “feed” ourselves, we must, therefore, extend beyond the physical body alone. According to Ayurveda, anything that affects our consciousness is considered food. Yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation are thus highly charged types of food, because they directly nourish our deeper consciousness.
The realm of the senses also provides direct nourishment to the finer domains of the mind and soul. For example, a soothing sonata and a blaring car alarm are merely different types of...