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Quick Ayurvedic Tea Recipes for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas

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Ayurvedic Tea is a drink made with special ingredients especially herbs. It’s is commonly used to detoxify and cleanse the body. In addition, the drink helps to calm the nerves, enhance energy, aid digestion, and promote emotional well-being. Today, we borrow these ancient practices and apply ayurvedic tea to our 3 dosha types. Read on.

Ayurvedic Tea for Vata Dosha

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  • 3 cups of water
  • 1tsp. Chamomile – fresh
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ashwagandha powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dry Ginger – ground

Bring the water to boil. Switch off the heat and quickly add in all the ingredients. Cover the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. This enables the ingredients to infuse well. Sieve in your drinking cup and enjoy. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add a vegan sweetener of your choice. However, note that this is not a bitter drink. Hence, you might enjoy more without sweetening.

The Benefits

The Vata dosha needs more brain magic to improve their memory and balance their moods. This recipe has chamomile as the key herb, nutmeg as the supporting herb, and ginger powder as the carrier herb. The body will, therefore, absorb the drink efficiently. Chamomile and nutmeg are nervine sedatives (they relax the nervous system) while Ashwagandha is a nervine tonic, (it strengthens the nervous system). Ginger, as a carrier herb, helps your body to digest all these herbs

This Ayurvedic Tea can be taken at any time of the day.

Ayurvedic Tea for Pitta Dosha

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  • ¼ tsp. Coriander
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Fennel
  • 2 cups of water
  • A sweetener (maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.)

Roast the seeds in a hot pan and set aside. This helps to bring out their natural oils and aroma. As a result, they infuse easily when boiled in water. Next, you bring the water to boil in a saucepan or teapot. Add the above ingredients and let it simmer until it reduces by half (approximately 10 minutes on a medium-low flame).

In your drinking cup, add a sweetener to your preferred taste. Then pour in the hot drink via a strainer. Stir well to mix and enjoy.

The Benefits

This Ayurvedic Tea recipe is an excellent laxative. It is great for digestion and relieves constipation. It is best taken just before you go to bed.   

Ayurvedic Tea for Kapha Dosha

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  • ½ fresh lemon
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1  cup of green tea
  • 2 cups clean water
  • A sweetener (maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.)

Bring the water to boil in a saucepan or teapot. Add the cinnamon and the green tea (wrapped in a muslin cloth to make the leaves more manageable). In your drinking cup, add the sweetener and squeeze in the lemon juice. Pour in the hot tea and stir well.

Enjoy!

 The Benefits

The Kapha dosha needs body stamina and balance to stay in check even when overwhelmed. This recipe has ingredients that boost the body’s immunity and help it to heal. It is also excellent for cold, sinus, cough, and allergies. Finally, it promotes blood circulation. The tea is best taken in the morning.


Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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Naked Yoga: a Powerful Self-Discovery Practice

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Naked yoga is increasingly gaining popularity. Asanas are performed without any clothing. It can be practiced by either individual classes or in a group.

The practice of naked yoga is a total exit from the comfort zone. What could be more awkward than naked people around you performing the Cat-Cow pose? But the naked practice is aimed at getting rid of the psychological and emotional blocks, physical body attachments, insecurities, low self-esteem.

After naked yoga practice, most people notice the feeling of liberation. Many people also note that it is very comfortable to perform asanas without clothes that constrain the body. Of course, it may feel awkward at the beginning but the benefits of this practice are simply amazing and definitely worth trying it!

In this article, we will share with you what naked yoga is about and those amazing benefits that may inspire you to try this practice.

Ancient Practice of Naked Yoga

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We used to think that the naked body is related to sexuality and some people even find it vulgar. But we, modern human beings, should remind ourselves that nudity is a natural state of our body. Naked yoga brings us back to our nature and roots and allows us to work with what we have — with all our folds, flaws and shortcomings.

Despite the fact that naked yoga seems to be another marketing move (like goat yoga or cat yoga), in fact, nudity was present in many ancient practices to get rid of attachments to the material.

Naked yoga (Sanskrit: “nagna yoga” or “vivastra yoga”) has existed since ancient times as a spiritual practice. It is even mentioned in the 7th-10th century Bhagavata Purana and by the Ancient Greek geographer Strabo.

In the Bhagavata Purana (written c. 800–1000 AD) it says:

”A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyasi should not even accept a danda. A sannyasi should avoid carrying anything but a danda and kamandalu.”

Alexander the Great reached India in the 4th century BC. Along with his army, he took Greek academics with him who later wrote memoirs about geography, people and customs they saw. One of Alexander’s companions was Onesicritus, quoted in Book 15, Sections 63-65 by Strabo, who describes yogins of India. Onesicritus claims those Indian yogins (Mandanis) practiced aloofness and “different postures – standing or sitting or lying naked – and motionless.”

The practice of spiritual nudity is common among Digambara Jains, Aghori sadhus, and other ascetic groups in the dharmic religions. The order of Naga Sadhus, conspicuous in the processions and bathing ritual at the Kumbh Mela, uses nudity as a part of their spiritual practice of renunciation.

Naked Yoga Benefits

This ancient practice has lots of wonderful benefits that you may find very inspiring. Here are some of them.

#1 It helps you accept your body

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Unfortunately, in our modern world there are lots of people who are dissatisfied with their bodies, find them shameful and even ugly. If you feel like it’s not easy for you to see your naked body without judgment or desire to improve something in yourself, if you feel uncomfortable to get naked even in front of your partner, then a naked yoga class can be good therapy for you.

Practicing naked yoga will help you reconnect with your own body, stop being ashamed of it, learn to accept yourself, and increase your sense of self-worth.

The vulnerability of the naked body can help bring people together, make them understand that each of us feels insecure about something, but we are all beautiful in our own way.

Naked yoga can help you overcome the rejection and shame about your own body, cope with the psychological blocks associated with your body, and look at yourself in a new way. It will teach you to love your body the way it is, see your body as a beautiful temple for your spirit, and love your shortcomings.

#2 It boosts your confidence

The naked practice is a way to learn how to interact with your body, feel it, and become more confident. This is an opportunity to really see your body and stop taking it for granted.

#3 It motivates

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Nude yoga classes motivate you to master your yoga practice. This is due to the ability to see how each of your muscles moves and how it responds to each exercise. Practicing yoga naked, you are more likely to understand which parts of your body need to be worked out more. You can see and understand more clearly what muscles are too tight and what parts of your body need more stretching. Moreover, you will be able to see where your blocks are located. When you see what your body needs, you can change the content of your classes to suit your needs by targeting the right muscles and body areas.

#4 It makes your skin “breathe”

When you exercise and sweat in your clothes, it adversely affects the skin, because the clothes prevent it from being cleansed. When you sweat naked, your skin can breathe.

Wearing clothes during your yoga class may dry your skin and increase the appearance of wrinkles.

One way or another, clothing always restricts our movement. But when we are performing asanas naked it becomes so much easier for you to improve your practice and reach a new level of mastery!

The Bottom Line

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We should always remember that our body is a temple for our spirit. Therefore we need to treat it with love, care, and respect. Even if you want to change something in yourself, it should not be accompanied by self-torture and criticism. Treat your body with care and without excessive fanaticism in the pursuit of ideals.

Would you like to try naked yoga? If your answer is “definitely not”, then think about what kind of mental blocks stop you from doing this? We are all born and start this life without clothes, so why not to try to reconnect with our true natural selves?


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9 Ayurvedic Detox Tips to Cleanse Your Body

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Ayurveda, the ancient holy science is very beneficial not only for our state of mind but for our bodies too. Here we discuss how we can detox using Ayurvedic ways.

Ayurveda is not just about nutrition or herbology, it has a unique tool for diagnosis, diagnosis of understanding the human constitution is different from person to person. Each one has a unique metabolic system. – Maya Tiwari

As you move forward in life, its time to let the past be behind. It is time for you to let go of all things negative – thoughts, words, and actions. It is also time for you to let go of the external contaminants that you were exposed to. This includes poor food choices and even pollutants in the environment around.

According to Ayurveda, our bodies contain Agni, which is a Sanskrit term for fire. It helps digest our food and everything around us that we experience. It also helps immerse in the emotions that we feel and experience. Our bodies are made up of doshas or energies, and they control the body and its functions – Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. With the help of Ayurvedic cleansing, the toxins will be drawn out of the body and excess energies will be removed from the doshas too, which helps create harmony and balance within the body.

Our bodies become blocked and imbalanced when it is exposed too much to the food of poor choices and external pollutants. Even what we touch, feel, hear and smell have an emotional association with our senses, and they get blocked too. This is often seen as physical manifestations – bad body odor or even foul breath, aches and pains, indigestion, lack of clarity of thoughts, lethargy and more.

Ask yourself one of these questions, which will tell you if you are in need of a reboot:

  1. Do you suffer from digestive problems?
  2. Do you crave for any specific food type?
  3. Do you feel exhausted or lack energy?
  4. Are your thoughts unfocused or unclear?
  5. Do you have trouble going to sleep?
  6. Are you always stressed or anxious?
  7. Do you feel ‘off’ but don’t know why?

As long as your illnesses are not caused by an underlying health concern, you must try an Ayurvedic detox routine which will bring balance and harmony to your mind, body, and soul. This will happen when the digestive fire is reset and will allow the body to detox and get the toxins removed. Ayurvedic detox tips must not be confused with weight loss, rather it is a time for the body to slow down and heal itself.

The duration of the cleansing ritual can be chosen by you. It all depends on the body’s balance and the level of commitment you have. If you feel like having a reboot after a holiday season or maybe after an unhealthy weekend, try a one or a two-day cleansing ritual. If you feel your body needs a full-time serious detox regime, a week-long cleanse would be good enough to try.

Steps to Do Your Ayurvedic Detox at Home

 1. Gentle yoga

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Before you place your feet on the ground, every morning, performing gentle stretches and yoga poses to get the life force or prana, moving within your body is a must. Move along with the breath you take and do what you feel is right for the body. You can focus on your neck, your arms, your wrist and more, and include yoga poses such as the Eka Pada Apanasana, a reclined twist, and a side body stretch to name a few. 

2. Scrape your tongue

You must use a tongue scraper every morning to remove the film that coats the tongue. This should be done when you brush your teeth each morning. Scrape from the back of the tongue until all the residue build-up is gone. Use a copper tongue scraper, say Ayurvedic experts.

3. Warm liquids should be consumed

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Early morning the first food that should touch your lips should be a glass of warm water with lime juice or lemon essential oil. In doing so, the body’s digestion system is reset.

4. Avoid caffeine and cold drinks

You must make sure that while the cleanse is on, you should not touch cold drinks or caffeine throughout the day. They interfere with digestion and are not good for the body at all.

5. Consume Kitchari

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as much as possible, you must consume kitchari. There are many ways to prepare the same, but the normal kitchari is easy to make and simple to have.  This is a dish that will remove the toxin build-up from the body and keep your hunger cravings at bay.

6. Stay away from processed foods

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Processed foods disrupt the body’s digestion system, and this is why it is best not to have them when the Ayurvedic cleanse is on. Stick to organic produce, fresh fruits, and veggies through your cleansing ritual.

 7. Try self-massaging

As a part of your bedtime ritual; you can do a self-massage every evening which will help bring out the toxins from the body. This is a massage that will let the muscles release out toxins. For the same, you should start the massage at your feet, and massage towards the heart. Use warm oils for the same. The joints should be massaged in a circular motion. Ensure that every part of the body is massaged, except the face. Allow the oil to stay on the body for around half an hour, before you head into the shower for a cleanse.    

8. Write it out

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When the day comes to an end, take time to reflect on your day. This should be your ‘me time’. Even if it is just for five minutes that you do it, do the same before the lights are turned off. At this time, you should ask yourself how you feel. How the day was and how the day made you feel as well. Be as honest as you can with yourself. As you pen down those thoughts, emotions, and feelings, allow them to let go and this will help you be mindful of your thoughts and feelings.

9. Do a system flush

If you have chosen to do a week-long cleansing ritual, your body will have gained a lot of toxins by the time you are on day four. To help get rid of these elements, you should try having a laxative. It all depends on the level of your digestive system and the state of it. You can have warm prune juice or half a teaspoon of Triphala which should be mixed with warm water.

So here were the nine tips on how to get an ayurvedic cleanse at home. If you are unable to do a full cleanse, no worries, you can start small and include the nine tips in the ritual. You will start noticing the benefits slowly and experience a positive effect on your body, mind, and spirit.

In a nutshell…

We hope this post on how to detox your body using the Ayurvedic tips comes in handy. Do remember to do your yoga asanas and stretch every morning, and also stick to the cleansing ritual as much as possible, even if it is a one or two-day cleansing.


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Ayurvedic Eating Principles for Living a Healthier, Happier and Longer life

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Food is a necessary component of our existence in the material world. There are just a few people who can live without food in this world. But most of us can’t imagine our existence without food. However, each of us sees the meaning of food differently. For some of us, food is a means of life. Others perceive it as a source of pleasure, or a necessary need, reward, satisfaction, satiety, security. And for some, it is related to passion, a source of pleasure, entertainment, addiction, and even a way of self-expression.

The Creator of the Universe supplies all living beings with everything they need. However, modern people going beyond harmony with nature lost the knowledge given to them about what they should eat to maintain their bodies in balance. To help find their way back to this abandoned state of harmony, people were given Ayurveda – a science that tells us how to live harmoniously in our physical bodies, what to do and how to eat.

Ayurveda teaches us that eating food is our offering to God, to the sacred fire that glows inside our bodies. And the better the quality of the offering, the better the response of the sacred fire will be. Our health is the result of the food transformation by the power of Agni.

In this article, I want to share with you ayurvedic eating principles that may change the way you perceive food and make you more conscious of your eating habits.

General Ayurvedic Eating Principles

Ayurvedic Scriptures share comprehensive knowledge about how, what, when, and how much to eat to maintain good health. Fundamental Ayurvedic principles are recommended to be followed by everyone, regardless of religion, traditions, and established habits. Food will be good for your health only if it is properly and fully assimilated, which depends not only on the quality of food but also on its quantity, time of reception, weather conditions, environment, and mental state.

The following Ayurvedic eating principles are suitable for all three doshas!

1. Eat only when you are hungry

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Even if you are used to following a certain schedule and the hour of the meal has come, but there is no hunger, do not eat! You shouldn’t eat unless you are really hungry!

2. Drink only when you are thirsty

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There are so many sources that recommend us to drink as much water as possible. However, Ayurveda teaches us not to overdrink. Any liquid regularly taken in excess leads to an imbalance of Pitta and Kapha, and also weakens the power of Agni (digestive fire). Heavy drinking of liquids after a meal slows down and complicates digestion. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends drinking no earlier than 48 minutes after a meal.

According to Ayurveda, those who drink before meals reduce their weight, those who drink during meals leave their weight unchanged, and those who drink after meals increase their weight.

Also, it is absolutely harmful to suppress the feeling of hunger with water as well as to seize the thirst with food. The feeling of hunger indicates the body’s need for food, and the feeling of thirst – for drinking. Reverse actions will lead to imbalances. Always listen to your body – it knows better.

3. Wash your hands, face, and feet before you start your meal

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By performing these actions, you’re washing off the negative energy. It is also beneficial to brush your teeth and tongue before your meal. It not only prevents bacteria from entering the chewed food but also increases the ability to perceive the taste.

4. Don’t get distracted while eating

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Put down your phone and give up the habit of reading or watching TV at the table. You should eat in a calm environment and with full concentration on your dish. Focus on its taste, aroma, and immerse yourself in the process of absorption.

5. Do not eat in a frustrated or irritated state

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Otherwise, you will just eat up your emotions. Before you sit down at the table, calm your thoughts.

6. Bless your food

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Before eating, bless the food. Then your food becomes not just a dish but an offering. You can read a prayer or mantra, or you can just use your own words with wishing yourself good health and saying gratitude for whatever you’re having for dinner (breakfast, lunch).

7. Balance all the flavors

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According to Ayurveda, food should combine several flavors. But even better when it combines all 6 main flavors according to Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent. These flavors should be present during each meal. This will allow the body to get all the necessary substances and avoid digestive disorders.

You should start your meal with sweet tastes since sweet foods are the most difficult to digest longer than others. The sequence of flavors should be as follows:

  1. sweet;
  2. sour;
  3. salty;
  4. spicy;
  5. bitter;
  6. astringent.

Sweet-tasting products:

  • grains;
  • beans;
  • sugar;
  • sweet fruits.

Sour-tasting products:

  • sour fruits and berries;
  • fermentation products: wine, pickles, vinegar.

Salty-tasting products:

  • any kind of salt,
  • food with added salt.

Products with a spicy taste:

  • pepper;
  • garlic;
  • mustard;
  • ginger;
  • cloves;
  • cinnamon;
  • onion;
  • radish;
  • celery;
  • eggplant.

Bitter-tasting products:

  • spinach;
  • Brussels sprouts;
  • olives;
  • cocoa.

Astringent-tasting products:

  • pomegranate;
  • feijoa;
  • persimmon;
  • unripe fruit;
  • legumes;
  • nuts.

Kaphas should avoid excessive consumption of sweet taste. Pittas should monitor the consumption of sour-tasting products. Vatas should avoid excessive consumption of bitter-tasting products.

The Bottom Line

In the beginning, the following ayurvedic eating principles can seem difficult for modern people. However, once you turn them into your every-day habit you will discover that it’s not so complicated anymore. You will notice that you are becoming a healthier and happier person. And then when people ask you what’s your secret you will answer: “I just applied these 3 rules to my life:

  1. Treat your meal as a sacred ritual and offering.
  2. Love yourself.
  3. Always listen to your body!”


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