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50 places to celebrate the International Yoga Day (21st June) in Singapore

Come celebrate first International Yoga Day on 21st June 2015 in 50 centres across Singapore! Free yoga classes, talks on heathy lifestyle by experts and free goodies!! A great family experience to kickstart the fathers day as well 🙂

As many of you are aware, 21st June 2015, will be celebrated as the first ‘International Yoga Day’!

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that, “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”

Singapore will host the first edition of ‘International Day of Yoga’ on June 21 at about 50 locations across the country.  The objective of the event is to spread awareness of yoga as a holistic measure for attainment of a healthy body and mind. So come join the Yoga movement! 

The centres range from schools, polytechnics, universities to workers’ dormitories, Yoga studios, Community Centres, iconic malls like Ion Orchard to Changi International Airport. Free Yoga T-shirts, mats and healthy snack-packs would also be distributed to the registered participants. As a curtain raiser to the event, the High Commissioner of India, HE Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh launched a web portal for online registration of Singapore participants for the mega event. Please click here to register! http://idayofyoga.org/singapore.

The Yoga events would comprise conducting free yoga classes by the yoga experts followed by a talk on yoga and healthy living by the specialists. The event would start at 8.30AM and continue till 10.00 AM. You can join in the celebrations at any of the centres below! See you there!

Name & Address of the centres celebrating

  • Art of Living : 433, Race Course Road, Downtown Core, 218679
  • Botanic Garden : 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
  • Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre : Peace Hall, #03-00, 7 Hindoo Road, Singapore 209108
  • Bukit Panjang CC : 8 Pending Road, Singapore 678295
  • Changi International Airport : Terminal 3, Next to Check-in Row 11
  • Chong Pang Community Club : 21, Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 768677
  • DAV Hindi School : 113 Syed Alwi Road, Level 2, Singapore 207681
  • Geylang West CC : 1205 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 387311
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Queenstown Campus : 1 Mei Chin Road, Singapore 149253
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – East Coast Campus : 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Balestier Campus : 51 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329154
  • High Commission of India : 31 Grange Road, Singapore 239702
  • Hindi Society  : Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, 3 Race Course Lane, Singapore 218731
  • Isha Foundation : Star Vista@, Buona Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green Singapore 138617
  • Isha Foundation  : JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
  • Isha Foundation : Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
  • Kolam Ayer Community Club : 3188 Geylang Bahru, Singapore, 339717
  • MES Group : Kaki Bukit Dormitory, 25 Kaki Bukit Road 3, Singapore
  • National University of Singapore : 101 Clementi road, Singapore 129790, Communal hall level 2
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic : 535, Clementi Road, Singapore 599489
  • Prabhu Yoga Club : 175A Bencoolen Street, Unit # 10-10, Burlington Square, Office Tower,Bugis,Singapore 189650
  • Siglap South CC : 6 Palm Road, Singapore 456441
  • Singapore Management University : Function Room 6-1, Level 6, Administration Building, SMU, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065
  • S.P.Jain School of Global Management : 10 Hyderabad Road, Off Alexander Road, Singapore 119879
  • Tampines Changkat CC : 13 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529453
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Level 4, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 4, Ocean Financial Centre,Singapore
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Djitsun Mall, 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2 #04-01 Singapore 569663
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Great World City Mall, 1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-14 Singapore 237994
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : China Square Central, 18 Cross Street #B1-26 Singapore 048423
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place #07-00 Singapore 048622
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Harbourfront Centre, 1 Maritime Square HarbourFront Centre #03-23/28 Singapore 099253
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-318 to 323 Singapore 038983
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road #07-15/17 Singapore 449269
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : NTUC Tampines Junction, 300 Tampines Ave 5 # 08-01/04 Singapore 529653
  • Vivekananda Seva Sangh (Singapore) Ltd : Yuhua Community Club, 90 Boon Lay Way, Jurong East, Singapore 609958, Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil Service Club, 60, Tessenshon Road, Singapore 217664
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 91, Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Singapore 659206
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 2, Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503
  • Westlite Dormitory Pte Ltd : 28 Toh Guan Road East, #02-01, Singapore (608596)
  • Yew Tee CC : 20 Chua Chu Kang Street 52 #01-01, Singapore 689286
  • Yoga Kalari Gardens : 11A Lichfield Road, Singapore 556831
  • Yuva Bharati International School : # 3 , Hu Ching Road, Jurong West, Singapore – 619 651
  • Kembangan Community Club : 5 Lengkong Tiga, Singapore 417408
  • Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) : 2A, Starlight Road, Singapore 217755
  • One Wellness : 164A / 166A ,Rochor Road ,Bugis village , Level -2 , On top of KFC Singapore -188440
  • Sahaja Yoga : AZ Building, #07-15, 140 Paya Lebar Road, Opposite Macpherson MRT, Exit A Singapore 409015
  • Sree Narayana Mission Singapore : Multi-purpose Hall on level 2 12 Yishun Avenue 5 Singapore 768992
  • Ramakrishna Mission, Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir : 179 Bartley Road, Singapore 539784
  • OM Healing : Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple Hall @Floor 2, Timings 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 19 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429613
  • Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation : LHK3 Building # 05-03, 8 New Industrial Road, Singapore 536200

Foods that can tame Kapha Dosha

Love food?! Eat more spicy, sour food and even start a meal with a small dessert to enjoy your food love healthily!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Kapha Dosha – Pungent, Bitter and Astringent

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent.The tastes that work the best for balancing Kapha Dosha are

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. These two forces combine to get those digestive fires burning! This leads to an improved appetite, stimulating blood circulation subsequently motivating the senses.
  • The Kapha dosha need this boost to get moving and remove any sluggishness. Also, the air quality of Katu is just what the [Ayurvedic :)] doctor ordered for drying up all the mucous in the body as Kapha tends to have sinus and congestion issues.
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities.
  • Bitter foods help to gently detoxify and cleanse the body as well as the mind; assisting kapha’s sluggish and heavier disposition.
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a airy and drying effect, making it  ideal for Kapha.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Sweet, Sour and Salty

Sweet (Madhura)

  • Sweet is made up of Earth and Water.Its heavy, oily, moist qualities tend to slow down digestion, as it will quickly increase Kapha when taken in excess. It’s often suggested in ayurveda for Kapha to eat small dessert first in the meal if needed J
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. can suffocate kapha with its slippery, grounding nature.
  •  Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste, made of fire and water, tends to be a heavy and heaty. Its heating quality fires up the appetite and digestion. Kapha will be attracted to the warmth of salty flavors, but this flavor tends to promote more weight gain and water retention than what Kapha really wants.
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

 

Principles of food that help tame Kapha Dosha

  • People with Kapha dosha love food! Watch out for eating too much food and putting on weight, a typical kapha tendency. Kaphas need to watch the consumption of too much sweet foods or fatty foods.
  • Foods to eat: The best foods for Kapha dosha are – Warm, light, dry food, cooked without much water, minimum of butter, oil and sugar. Eat lightly cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables. The food needs to be stimulating with pungent (spicy), bitter, and astringent tastes. Select hot food over cold food whenever feasible. Dry cooking methods (baking, broiling, grilling, sautéing) are preferable for Kaphas over moist cooking such as steaming, boiling or poaching.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand foods that are sweet (yes – desserts!), sour and salty should be avoided. Avoid deep fried foods. Keep an eye on the salt consumption also, which tend to result in fluid retention in Kaphas. Also avoid ‘cold’ foods in general – in temperature and energetically – take a glass of hot water instead of ice water.
  • Breaking the fast: Try hot ginger tea to kick-start your sluggish digestive system or take honey, hot water, lemon juice and ginger. Kapha breakfast should be hot (spiced cider, hot oatmeal or bitter cocoa with skim milk and a touch of honey). Avoid cold cereals, cold juice or milk, and sugary pastries. Avoid breakfast meats like Bacon, sausage as that aggravates Kapha due to their salt and oil.
  • Best Fats: In general, for Kapha dosha, fats are recommended in small quantities only. Pungent fats are better than sweeter fats – so mustard oil, sunflower oil, corn oil work better for Kapha dosha
  • Staples: In general, ‘lighter’ carbohydrates are good for Kapha- Barley, millet, corn, buckwheat, rye, quinoa, couscous and oats and whole grain breads (toasted). Whole wheat, rice and cooked oats should be reduced as hot cereals and steamed grains, in general, as they are too moist and heavy for Kapha.
  • Vegetables:Pungent and bitter vegetables are best for balancing Kapha dosha. . Some recommended veggies are – all green leafy vegetables, carrot, beets, artichoke, broccoli, corn, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, bell pepper, green beans , peas, sprouts, tender radish etc.Avoid or reduce sweet juicy vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, tapioca, winter squash etc
  • Dairy: Don’t overindulge on dairy foods. Butter, ice cream, and cheese are among the worst foods you can take as it aggravates the Kapha. Take warm low fat milk. Avoid heavy cheeses and milk shakes.
  • Meat: In small quantities – White meat, turkey or eggs works the best. Avoid Red meat and seafood as they aggravate the dosha.
  • Drinks:Spicy, Astringent or Bitter beverages work the best. Chai ( spiced indian tea) is the best for the dosha. Pomegranate or prune juices give you astringent tastes.  Juices of bitter and astringent veggies like bitter-gourd and Jamun are excellent for Kapha.
  • Fruits: Dried and/ or astringent fruits are great for Kapha. Good examples are
    apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, figs, peaches, pears, prunes, pomegranates etc. Avoid fruits that are too sweet, sour or very juicy like avocados, bananas, coconut, dates, grapefruit, grapes, melons, oranges, papayas, pineapples, plums etc
  • Spices: All spices are good, except salt. Specially ginger tea or a pinch or ginger to stimulate appetite. Heating spices like  black pepper, cumin, mustard seeds, ajwain, saffron, hing, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, fennel, coriander, dill, mint, garlic, nutmeg, tamarind are especially beneficial to this dosha.
  • Sweetners : Kaphas have a sweet tooth. So, cutting down on sugar is difficult for many of them. Cutting sugar is highly recommended. Take honey instead, but avoid taking more than a spoonful of honey a day.

Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food list from your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

Foods that can tame Pitta Dosha

Can eat everything? Doesn’t mean you should! Sweet, juicy, cooling foods work better to douse your raging digestive fire!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Pitta Dosha – Sweet, Bitter and Astringent.

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent.The tastes that work the best for balancing Pitta Dosha are

Sweet (Madhura)

  • As Sweet is made up of Earth and Water it has a calming effect on the burning Pitta fire.
  • This taste is great for Pitta as many foods in this Rasa are cooling, heavy and moist, helping douse those flames! It has a calming and restorative effect for the “live-wire” Pitta.
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities. It is ideal for Pitta- especially in aiding digestion when an imbalance is present.
  • Bitter foods help to gently detoxify and cleanse the body as well as the mind; enhancing clearer vision. Pitta’s creativity will flourish as the body and mind have been cleared of any ‘junk’
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a cooling effect. The gentle coolness helps moderate Pitta’s fire and continues to be present during and post-digestion too; making it a long-term solution for an imbalanced Pitta dosha.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Pungent, Sour and Salty

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. It significantly increases fire in Pitta, unbalances the Dosha and gives rise to most gastro-interstinal issues Pitta Dosha suffers from on a going basis.
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. Its heating quality fires up the appetite and digestion, often causing more heat than what Pitta can handle with already raging fire.This can create acid indigestion, hyperacidity, heartburn, and ulcers.
  • Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste, made of fire and water, tends to be a heavy and heaty. The heat can add to the already hot Pitta’s system, sometimes causing hypertension and heartburn
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

Principles of food that help tame Pitta Dosha

  • Since Pittas have strong efficient digestion, they can generally eat just about everything. Most Pittas get into trouble by continued use of too much salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and overeating all of which are “heating” to the body.
  • Foods to eat: A pitta pacifying diet favors juicy, cooling foods with high water content with a balance of whole, freshly cooked foods and fresh and raw foods.Its recommended to take cool, refreshing food like Salads (with a not too acidic dressing). Since Pitta is a hot & fiery dosha, warm, cooling foods such as these are good for stabilizing Pitta.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand foods that are pungent, sour and salty should be avoided. Hot foods (both energetically and in temperature), extra spicy (like Chili and cayenne peppers.), highly processed foods (like canned or frozen foods, “TV” dinners or pastries) are not very good for persons with Pitta imbalance.
  • Best Fats: GHEE (clarified butter) is the best fat for Pitta, both for cooking and applying externally as it pacifies the fire. In case of heavy Pitta imbalance, it’s even suggested to start the day with a spoonful of warm ghee (can take with warm milk). However, in case of people with cholesterol & heart issues, it should be taken in moderation. Coconut oil, unsalted butter are other options that works very well as its heavy nature settles the dosha.
  • Staples: In general, ‘good’ carbohydrates are good for Pitta as they help douse the fire. The recommended choices are – Whole wheat, rice (esp. basmati rice), barley and oats.Barley is considered the best Pitta grain, due to its cooling, drying and alkalizing effects. Other grains that work are – granola, couscous, and quinoa. Corn, Millet, Rye and even short-grain brown rice are best reduced or avoided, as they tend to heat up the bodies.
  • Vegetables:In general sweet and bitter vegetables are good for Pitta dosha.  Some recommended veggies are – Green leafy vegetables, Carrot, cucumber, beetroot, pumpkin, okra, cabbage, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
    Cucumber, Lettuce, Peas, Potatoes, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Zucchini etc. Reduce Pungent vegetables like garlic, hot peppers, raw onions, radishes etc.
  • Dairy: All dairy is good in moderation, esp. cold dairyis suitable for Pitta. Cold milk, Ghee, soft cheeses and cottage cheese works best. Goat’s milk and soy milk also compliment this dosha.
  • Meat: Given the fire existing in this dosha, vegetarian food is the best, as meat tends to heat up the body. In small quantities – White meat or eggsworks the best. Avoid Red meat and seafood as they produce more fire.
  • Drinks:Bitter or sweet juices work the best. Juice of aloe vera, apples, berries work great. Juices of bitter and astringent veggies like bitter-gourd and Jamun are excellent for Pitta. Herb teas are usually good. Prefer mint, licorice root or other sweet fruit teas. Avoid coffee is also pitta aggravating due to the acid in coffee.
  • Fruits: Sweet and ripe or astringent fruits are great for Pitta. Good examples are ripe pineapple, ripe mango, dates, coconut, pomegranate, grapes, black berries , prunes, avocado and watermelon. Avoid fruits that are sour or un-ripe like sour plums, strawberries, cranberries etc.
  • Spices: Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are fine – Cardamom, Cilantro(green coriander), Cinnamon, Coriander seed, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Saffron, Turmeric etc.  Best to avoid all pungent herbs and spices. Take only the minimal amounts of the following – Barbecue sauce, Catsup, Mustard, Pickles, Salt ,Sour salad dressings, Spicy condiments, Vinegar

 Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food list from your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

 

Foods that can tame Vata Dosha

Lucky Vata! Bring on the butter and the sweets! Nourishing, heavier textured, rich and warm food is just what the doctor ordered!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Vata Dosha – Sweet, Sour and Salty

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent. The tastes that work the best for balancing Vata Dosha are

Sweet (Madhura) 

  • Sweet is the most grounding and wholesome taste. As Sweet is made up of Earth and Water it has a calming effect on the nervous energy that Vata tends to possess.
  • This taste is great for Vata as it is heavy and moist, adding bulk to the Vata’s slight frame and lubricating dry skin and joints.
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. Its warming quality fires up the appetite and digestion leading to more effective elimination of waste and toxins from the body. Vata often needs a helping hand when it comes to a weak digestion. The sour taste has moistening properties that serves the ‘dry’ Vata well.
  • Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste is comprised of fire and water and tends to be a little heavy and moist. Its grounding and moistening properties are just what Vata needs to pacify the ‘wind’, hydrate and thus helping them to center.
  • Salt stimulates digestion, helps maintain electrolyte balance, softens tissues, and has a mild laxative effect when taken in moderation.
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Pungent, Bitter, Astringent

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. It significantly increase air and unbalances Vata Dosha
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities. Best to avoid for Vata as it increases the dryness and air.
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this Rasa/Taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a cooling effect making it bad for Vata. To identify ‘Astringent’ taste, think of things that leaves your mouth ‘dry’ and needing water after eating.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

Principles of food that help tame Vata  Dosha

  • All soothing foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Vata people should take food that is warm, moderately heavy texture, not too dry, soothing, nourishing, and rich with added butter and fat.
  • Foods to eat: Use foods such as: warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, and fresh baked bread. Since Vata is a cold dry dosha, warm, nourishing foods such as these are good for stabilizing Vata.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and fruits and greens are not very good for persons with Vata imbalance.
  • Best Fats: OILs are very good for Vata, both for cooking and applying externally as it pacifies the air. Nut butter is another fat that works very well for Vata dosha as its oily,heavy nature settles the dosha.
  • Staples: In general, ‘good and heavy’ carbohydrates are good for Vata. The recommended choices are – Wheat, cooked oatmeal, Rice (cooked and not puffed), Semolina, noodles/pasta (preferably brown), quinoa and amaranth.
  • Vegetables:In general eat cooked vegetables, with juicy sweet vegetables being the best. Avoid raw or frozen vegetables, cold salads in general. Veggies that are good for Vata are:Asparagus, beets, carrots, cucumber, green beans, pumpkin, squashes, watercress.
  • Dairy:All dairy is good in moderation. However, avoid having it cold (i.e. cold milk, ice creams, cold cheeses etc.).  A good way to drink milk would be warm with few warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Meat: White meat or seafood in small quantity. Avoid Red meat.
  • Main meal:Breakfast is highly recommended for Vata Dosha. Use hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat or any other breakfast that is warm, milky, and sweet. Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or honey to it if you prefer.
  • Drinks: Vata dosha should have warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks or hot or herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Avoid drinks with high caffeine as it disturbs Vata.
  • Snacks: Best snacks for Vata is salted nuts that are heavy and oily as opposed to dry salty snacks. Avoid eating candies as it disturbs Vata.
  • Fruits:All sweet fruits are Ok for Vata. Avoid unripe fruits and fruits like cranberries, figs etc. as they are astringent.
  • Spices: Warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves, black pepper in moderation. Avoid extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper.

Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food listfrom your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

15 Simple Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

Don’t you hate it when you have that all important date or meeting and there pops in the dreaded enemy! An acne or a pimple! These home remedies will help you put your best face forwards.

Don’t you hate it when you have that all important date or meeting and there pops in the dreaded enemy! An acne or a pimple!! Always at the wrong place at the wrong time! Acne is a problem plaguing a majority of youngsters worldwide, however many men and women in early to late twenties also develop acne and pimples.

From an ayurvedic standpoint, Acne and pimples may show imbalance across all 3 dosha’s, but it’s most common to have Pitta dosha and rakta dhatu (blood) involved.

pictureThe first stage of Pitta acne is the formation of blackheads, which form when oil and dead cells block skin pores and turn black. This is followed by redness, inflammation and formation of pimples over the affected areas. Acne can appear over the face, neck, chest, back and scalp.

A large number of factors are responsible for acne – pitta imbalance, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet, sleep deprivation and stress being some of them. In some people, it is hereditary. Sometimes simply the lack of skin care deprives you of clear skin. Oily skin is more prone to pimples and acne. Some people eat the wrong foods and at irregular times, which leads to constipation. Consequently the body accumulates toxins in the bloodstream leading to skin troubles.

The best way to manage the acne trouble is to balance the Pitta dosha. Diet plays a major role both as a cause as well as a treatment for acne. Drink lots of water to get rid of the toxins in your body. Avoid oily, fatty and processed foods, sweets and carbonated drinks. In the short-term though, there are several simple and effective home remedies which can be tried to get rid of acne.

1. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is an natural anti-bacterial wonderful for skin troubles and can be used in many ways. You can simply rub a piece of lemon over the affected area, which will not only dry out the pimples but also kill the bacteria. Alternatively, lemon juice mixed with rose water in equal quantities and applied for 20 minutes daily provides a clear, glowing skin. Applying a mixture of fresh lemon juice and groundnut oil on the face prevents formation of blackheads. A homemade face wash can be prepared by adding lemon juice to unboiled milk.

2. Oranges: Oranges are a delight not only for our taste buds but also for our skin. We can sun dry some orange peels and grind them into a powder. This powder mixed with some water can be used as a face mask to overcome the problem of acne.

3. Tomato: The vitamin C and acid content of tomato helps to ward off acne and pimples. You can simply rub a slice of tomato over the pimples. Alternatively, tomato pulp applied over the affected area for 45 minutes and then washed with cold water also does the trick.

4. Honey and Cinnamon: Honey has an anti-bacterial action whereas cinnamon is anti-inflammatory by nature. Use a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder over the pimples overnight and wash it the next morning. Follow this routine for a fortnight and see the magic it works on your pimples.

5. Turmeric: Turmeric, nature’s anti-biotic,  has been used as a skin care product since ancient times. A mixture of turmeric and neem (Indian lilac) leaves makes an effective face pack for acne. We can also use coriander leaves instead of neem leaves.

6. Fuller’s Earth: Commonly known as multani mitti, Fuller’s earth is a traditional ingredient in beauty masks. It makes a healing face pack for pimples when mixed with rose water and sandalwood powder. It works as a magical potion by drying the skin and clearing the pimples. You can buy Fuller’s earth at your local general store.

7. Potato: Potato is high in vitamin B and vitamin C both of which boost skin health. Shredded raw potato is an effective skin remedy and gives a glow to the skin.

8. Fenugreek: Application of a paste made by grinding fenugreek (methi) leaves for 15 minutes every night and then washing it off with water is another measure to put an end to the pimple problem.

9. Garlic: Crush some cloves of garlic, mix them with water and apply over the affected area. Garlic has an anti-fungal and antibiotic action on pimples and acne. Consuming 3-4 cloves of garlic daily for a month also helps.

10. Cucumber: Cucumber has always been known as a soother for the skin. Ground cucumber can be applied on the face. It helps in drying out the skin and making it pimple free. It also helps in exfoliating dead skin cells.

11. Apple: Grate a piece of apple and mix it with some honey to make a paste. Use this paste on the affected spot for 20 minutes. The redness and inflammation will subside after some time.

12. Green Tea: Make some green tea and freeze it into ice cubes. Rub these cubes on the pimples a few times during the day. These act as an astringent and reduce  redness and swelling.

13. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar diluted with water acts as a toner and helps to exfoliate dead skin. It maintains the pH balance of the skin and gives it a healthy glow.

14. Aloe Vera Gel:  Cooling Aloe vera gel is one of the most popular multipurpose natural remedies. Applying aloe vera gel to the pimples gives a quick relief.

15. Egg White: Separate egg white from the yolk, whip it up and dab it on the pimples at bedtime. Leave it overnight and wash with warm water in the morning.

Apart from diet and home remedies, remember to keep your skin clean and wash your face at least twice a day with a mild face wash. Do not touch or scratch your pimples as it can lead to ugly scars. A good night’s sleep also gives a healthy glow to the skin. A healthy lifestyle is the key to clear and glowing skin.

Open Pores – Causes and Home Remedies

Tired of open and large pores? These home-made Ayurvedic skin care routines will go a long way to help reduces the open pores and give you a healthier glow!

shutterstock_36891154-300x209Worried about your pores getting larger? Open pores is a very common yet stubborn skin-related problem which may appear on the face (generally, the nose), the chest or the back and can result in the outbreak of acne and spots on the skin.

What are open pores?

A pore is a pathway for the oil within the skin to reach to the superficial skin surface. It has a sebaceous (oil) gland at its core, out of which the sebum (oil) travels up and exits through the pore. These pores are therefore essential to keep the skin soft and supple. Sometimes, constant oozing of oil from the sebaceous gland along with the accumulated oil and dirt in the pore causes the loss of elasticity in the skin around the pore and enlarges it.

Why do we get open pores?
From an Ayurvedic perspective, large pores are usually a result of Kapha imbalance. An aggravated kapha results in dull, clammy skin that is excessively greasy. Excessive sebum production engorges hair follicles, trap dead skin and dirt and provide a conducive environment for germs to flourish. The excess oil secreted from the glands stretches the pores, making them larger. The result is enlarged, open pores, acne (including cystic acne), blackheads and white heads, allergies and/or fungal infection. 

Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause also aggravate the problem of open pores. Stress, genetics and a poor skin care routine, aging, excessive moisturizing and make-up, use of low-quality skin products, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells are other possible causes. Similarly, exposure to sunlight damages the collagen in the skin, which again reduces the elasticity of the skin resulting in enlargement of the pores.

Treatment of open pores

The condition of open pores is not an easy one to treat- once they appear, they cannot be made to disappear overnight, all we can do is make them less visible. Various kinds of skin treatments can be used to reduce the appearance of open pores. Topical creams with vitamin A or alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) can prevent the enlargement of pores as they remove the dead skin. Similarly, certain products can be used for exfoliation, which is the removal of dead skin cells. These treatments and procedures can be quite time consuming and costly, so we can use several natural methods and home remedies to combat the problem.

Home remedies for open pores

Many readily available ingredients in our kitchens can be used to treat open pores. Fruits and vegetables with astringent properties can help tighten open pores as they dry up excess sebum. Additionally starches/ flours which have tightening property also help dry up the pores and shrink their appearance.  You an try a few to see which one best suits your skin the best.

Fruits/ Vegetables/Spices that work

  1. Tomato Juice : For instance, a few drops of lime juice mixed with tomato pulp can be applied over the affected area for about 20 minutes and then rinsed with normal water. A mixture of tomato juice with honey is helpful for dry skin.
  2. Peaches/Pineapples : Juice/ pulp of peach or pineapple can be used as a home-made face pack to reduce the open pores.
  3. Oranges : Apply dried and powdered peels of oranges mixed with some rose water as a face pack.
  4. Papaya Pulp : This is another effective remedy for open pores. Daily application on the affected area helps exfoliate dead skin cells.
  5. Cucumber : A mixture of rose water and cucumber juice in equal quantities applied on the affected area for about 15 minutes is an effective remedy.
  6. Aloe Vera Gel : A mixture of an egg white and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel can be applied on open pores for 20 minutes and then rinsed off. Results begin to show within 8-10 days. Alternatively, aloe vera gel can be mixed with lemon juice in equal quantities.
  7. Fenugreek : Mix 1 tablespoon fenugreek powder and 1 teaspoon ginger powder in cucumber juice or fresh milk to make a paste. Apply it on the face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with normal water.

Starches/ Others that help with large pores

  1. Fullers earth (multani mitti) : This is the best remedy for oily skin as well as open pores. Make a paste of multani mitti with some rose water and apply it on your face, wash it off after it dries up. It will remove the excess oil, leave the skin dry for a long time and tighten the open pores.
  2. Oatmeal : A paste made of 2 tablespoons oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one egg white is to be applied on the face for about half an hour. Then scrub it off with cold water. Use it twice a week for best results.
  3. Rice Powder : A facial scrub can be prepared by mixing rice powder with rose water to exfoliate dead skin.
  4. Gram Flour: Make a paste of 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon gram flour, add a pinch of turmeri for its antiseptic properties. Refrigerate it for some time and apply over the affected area for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with tepid water.
  5. Barley Flour: Mix 1/2 cup barley flour with whole milk to make a paste. Refrigerate for 25 minutes. Apply to your skin, and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Over the next 10 hours, use only pure, cold water on your face, rinsing your face several times. 

 

Tips to avoid formation  of open pores

The best way to prevent open pores is to keep your Kapha dosha in balance. The other general face-care tips for managing open pores are

  1. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  2. Keeping the skin clean is the best way to keep all kinds of skin troubles at bay. However, avoid washing your face more than 3 times daily as it may rob the skin of the natural oils.
  3. A face wash with anti-oxidants like vitamin C and retinol can be effective to cleanse blocked pores or an use any of the scrubs above for the homemade versions.
  4. Also, do not use water that is too hot or cold. Remove all make-up before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe. Using a toner or a cucumber cleanse helps tighten the pores.
  5. Use a good quality sunscreen while going out.
  6. Do not squeeze your pimples and avoid touching the affected areas repeatedly.
  7. Make exercising an integral part of your daily routine as it reduces Kapha dosha and also helps remove toxins from your body and promotes a healthier skin.

Acidity – Why You Need To Look Beyond Antacids

Acidity or Acid Reflux occurs when the stomach’s digestive fluids flow backward into the food pipe or the esophagus,

pills-shutterstock_1234013711-300x192Acidity or Acid Reflux occurs when the stomach’s digestive fluids flow backward into the food pipe or the esophagus, the tube which connects the stomach to the throat.

Stomach acids help digest the food we eat by breaking it down for easier absorption. They also protect the stomach against infection causing bacteria. Acidity occurs when stomach glands produce excessive acid, leading to heartburn, nausea, cramps, bloating, belching (burping) and a burning sensation in the abdomen.

Antacids – Relieving Symptoms but not Addressing the Cause

If you are habitual of popping an over-the-counter antacid every time you have acidity, gas pain or heart burn, it will help you to know how an antacid really works.

Antacids provide instant relief by altering the pH balance in your stomach and neutralizing the stomach acids for a while. This process does alleviate the symptoms however it alters the stomach’s normal gastric environment. This puts your body into a troubleshooting mode and it works harder to restore ‘normalcy’.

As a rebound effect, the stomach starts producing more acid once the effect of antacid is withdrawn.

It is like pressing our hand against a running tap. If we try to stop the running water just by pressing our hand against it, it starts pouring with renewed force once we remove our hand.

Excessive and prolonged use of antacids has been known to cause damage to the digestive system. Antacids also trigger vitamin and mineral deficiencies as they block the absorption of minerals.

Fighting Acidity and Indigestion Naturally

The next time acidity strikes, give the antacid a skip and try one of the following herbs for relief. These herbs have been globally recognized for their effect on digestive health and have been traditionally used in treating stomach related disorders.

  • Ginger – Helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Chewing ginger before meals aids digestion.
  • Liquorice (Mulethi) – Its root is known to moisten and heal the stomach and the gastric lining. Reduces inflammation caused by oxidative damage.
  • Black Pepper – Aids secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, improving digestion and providing relief from gas and heartburn.
  • Long Pepper (Pippali) – Well known for its vitalizing and digestive properties. Known to stimulate appetite and build disease resistance.
  • Mint (Pudina) – Promotes digestion, soothes the stomach and relieves nausea.
  • Bael fruit (Bilva) – Possesses digestive and carminative properties, used in treating constipation, diarrhea, dysentery and loss of appetite.

Alternative medicine focuses on eradicating the root cause of an ailment and strengthens the affected body system from within. However, one needs to bear in mind that herbal treatment of any ailment also requires a change in lifestyle. Oily and spicy food, alcohol, smoking, carbonated drinks, non vegetarian food and even stress can trigger acidity. When your body talks, listen to it. It is as important as the treatment itself !

 

 

5 Herbal Remedies For Heartburn

Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It is a term used for the burning sensation experienced after consuming acidity-causing foods.

fried-food-shutterstock_132455423-300x199Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It is a term used for the burning sensation experienced after consuming acidity-causing foods.

The food that we eat travels from the mouth to the stomach via the esophagus, commonly known as the food pipe. As we swallow, the muscles in the food pipe relax or open up to let the food move into the stomach and then close down after each passage. In some people, these muscles do not work properly. Due to this, the acids in the stomach move back up into the esophagus. Since the walls of the esophagus are not designed to tolerate acid, it gets irritated and inflamed. The acid generally causes a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, along with a sour taste in the mouth.  This condition is known as Heartburn or Acid-reflux.

1. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Our stomach produces acids which break down the food that we eat into a simpler form. Sometimes, low level of digestive juices in the stomach delays digestion of food which may lead to heartburn and gas. Black pepper stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and thus provides relief from heartburn and other symptoms of indigestion.

Powdered black pepper mixed with jaggery or buttermilk is a popular home remedy for heart burn.

2. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Known as Mulethi in India, licorice is used by herbalists to treat digestive and respiratory conditions. Its anti-inflammatory qualities render a soothing effect on the stomach lining and strengthens the digestive system.

Chewing on a twig of licorice is helpful in relieving heartburn and cough. You can also have licorice tea by making a concoction of licorice and honey in boiling water.

3. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

This mild herb is a popular garnish in Indian cooking. Several antibacterial essential oils (linalool, geraniol, coriandrol, terpenes and borneol) present in coriander seeds help in stimulating stomach acids, which helps in eliminating heart burn. Coriander seeds also have anti-spasm qualities and provide relief in stomach cramps as well.

Parsley, another herb frequently used for indigestion is a close look-alike of coriander. Parsley is an excellent source of anti-oxidants, vitamins A & C and folic acid. It’s anti-inflammatory action helps soothe the abrasion in the food pipe and relaxes the stomach lining.

Roasted or ground coriander seeds can be added as a spice in curries or boiled with water and taken as medicine. Parsley can be added to food while cooking or can be taken in the form of parsley tea.

4. Bishop’s weed (Carum copticum)

Known to most people as ajwain, Bishop’s weed does not need an introduction. It is a common practice in Indian households to consume ajwain and salt during stomach pain, acidity and indigestion. A herb with strong and pungent flavor, it provides relief from abdominal discomfort, stomach ache, gas, acidity and heartburn.

Ajwain seeds boiled in water renders a calming effect on the stomach. It is also frequently added to curries and vegetarian dishes made from gas causing foods such as kidney beans, green beans, cauliflower and fried snacks.

5. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

In Ayurveda, taking aloe vera juice on an empty stomach is recommended for removal of toxins from the digestive system. Aloe vera enhances digestion and prevents acidity and heartburn. Its alkaline nature helps in neutralizing gastric acids and provides relief from heartburn and acid reflux.

Aloe vera juice or gel can be taken first thing in the morning or at night before sleeping for indigestion, skin disorders and any inflammatory conditions.

Along with these herbs, certain fruits and vegetables such as banana, apple, carrots and celery juice are also helpful in acid reflux.

Simple Tips to Avoid Heartburn

Identify the triggers – Some foods like chocolates, fried foods, citrus foods, vinegar, tomatoes, coffee or onions may trigger heartburn or acid reflux. If you are not sure what gives you heartburn, try and keep a note of the food items that you ate just before an incidence. This will help you in identifying and avoiding foods which that cause heartburn.

Avoid going to bed on a full stomach – It is advisable to eat 2-3 hours before bed time so that your body gets time to digest your last meal. Undigested food is a major cause of acidity and heartburn.

Eat small, frequent meals If you suffer from heartburn frequently, try to take small frequent meals, this may avoid over production of acid in the stomach.

Quit Smoking – Smoking weakens the esophagus muscles, allowing stomach acids to move backwards into the food pipe.

Drink warm water Warm water or herbal tea post meals supports digestion and helps flush out any excessive stomach acids.

Chewing gum If nothing is handy and you are out somewhere, chewing gum may provide short term relief as it produces saliva which in turn can dilute and flush out stomach acid.

How To Use Honey For 10 Common Ailments

Honey or madhu holds a special place in natural medicine for its long list of medicinal benefits.

honey-300x221Honey or madhu holds a special place in natural medicine for its long list of medicinal benefits. This versatile natural sweetener has been traditionally used for alleviating numerous health problems. The curative nature of honey is attributed to the presence of amino-acids, vitamins (vitamin B2 and vitamin B6), minerals (iron and manganese), carbohydrates and enzymes. These nutrients also give it a better reputation as a sweetener, as compared to sugar.

Ayurveda considers this super-food ‘yogvahi’, implying that it has the quality to penetrate deep into tissues, when combined with other herbs, enhancing the medicinal properties of these herbs. According to Ayurveda, honey is madhu (sweet) in rasa (taste), guru (heavy) and ruksha (dry) in guna (quality) and ushna (hot) in virya (potency). It is known to pacify kapha and pitta doshas and aggravate vata dosha.

On account of its medicinal benefits, honey is commonly used in a large number of home remedies, some of which are listed below:

Honey for respiratory ailments

Honey is used as an effective natural remedy for cold and sore throat. A teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice, mixed with half a glass of warm water taken several times a day can provide relief from inflamed throat and asthma. Alternatively, having half a teaspoon of ginger (powder or juice) and a pinch of black pepper powder added to a teaspoon of honey can alleviate this problem.

One can also take a teaspoon of basil (tulsi) juice to a teaspoon of honey to relieve sore throat and cough. Honey is an integral part of kadhas, home-made decoctions prepared using herbs and spices, for treating respiratory ailments.

Seasonal allergies can be treated by consuming 2 teaspoons of honey daily. It is considered particularly beneficial for treatment of cough, cold and congestion in children.

Honey for obesity

Drinking a glass of lukewarm water mixed with a teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice every morning on empty stomach, is an age-old home remedy for obesity. This is also helpful for purification of blood and general detoxification. Being a medium glycemic index food, honey helps boost energy levels without accumulation of fats.

Drinking a glass of milk or warm water with a teaspoon of honey added to it can provide an instant surge of energy, without causing weight gain.

Honey for digestive ailments

A mixture of equal quantities of honey and pomegranate juice is a useful home remedy for acid reflux. A concoction prepared by boiling licorice (mulethi) root in water, taken with honey, is beneficial for relieving heartburn. One can get rid of chronic constipation by taking a teaspoon of honey mixed in warm water every morning.

Honey for healthy skin

A natural anti-bacterial agent, honey makes a very effective home remedy for acne and pimples. A paste made with honey and cinnamon powder can be applied over pimples overnight and washed off next morning with cold water.

A home-made, skin-toning facial mask can be prepared by mixing honey with fenugreek powder while tomato juice mixed with honey can reduce dryness of skin. For dark circles, one can apply a paste of almond oil and honey to the affected area.

Honey for piles

A tablespoon of honey mixed with half a teaspoon each of mint leaves juice, ginger juice and lemon juice, taken daily can do wonders for alleviating the painful problem of piles. One can apply a mixture of a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of mustard powder on external piles for pain relief.

Honey for mouth ulcers

A wonderful home remedy for oral ulcers is local application of a paste of honey with a pinch of turmeric added to it. A cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of honey can help relieve internal ulcers. The ability of honey to eliminate toxins from the body makes it effective for this purpose.

Honey for bed-wetting

An effective home remedy for bed wetting in children is a mixture of 2 crushed amla and a pinch of turmeric along with a teaspoon of honey given to the child every morning.

Honey for nausea

Ingesting a mixture of a teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice is a great way of getting relief from nausea and vomiting. This remedy is also beneficial for nausea and vomiting caused due to morning sickness during pregnancy.

Honey for wounds and burns

The anti-bacterial property of honey enables it to heal wounds and burns effectively. Application of raw honey to minor cuts and burns followed by dressing the wound with a bandage is helpful for treating the wound. It is also useful for relieving painful sunburns.

Honey for hiccups

A mixture of one teaspoon of honey and an equal quantity of castor oil is anti-spasmodic in nature, making it a wonderful home remedy for stopping hiccups. This mixture can be prepared and licked with index finger, every 10 minutes, till the hiccups stop.

Besides these remedies, honey also finds more uses for relieving everyday problems. Drinking carrot juice mixed with honey can improve eyesight. A mixture of a teaspoon of garlic juice and two teaspoons honey is a home remedy for controlling blood pressure.

A word of caution: It is best to use raw honey for these remedies. Ayurveda advises aganist heating honey or mixing it in hot foods. It should not be given to infants. Also avoid combining it with alcohol, mustard oil, ghee, or hot and spicy food as it may lead to formation of toxins.