The sun rises to the East, slowly ascends to the West, and with each movement we gain timeless experiences that extend toward our karmic cycle. The slow churn of moments and the rapture of constant energy from all sides of our busy, and not-so-often, calm lives leave for us ample space to discover within the answer to our failing constitution and our need to reach out to it.
While most of us, either engaged in Kundalini, Hatha, or other personal Bhakti, know how to navigate a deep and expansive sea of obstacles; however, we may find that our very own constitutions and diets are contributing to an internal imbalance—which may defeat the purpose of our sacred journey or practice. For the newcomer, welcome! You are in the path to a new and healthier self through the rigorous yet serene practice of Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurveda is an ageless practice of medicine and wellness that extends back to 5000 years, and still widely utilized today. It is the Materia Medica in its area and its complementary practice based on the works of Patanjali and other Yogis, Yoga, postures or sutras which aim to perfect meditation, balance the karmic transgression, and augment Prana (vitality and life-force). These in conjunction with each other may enhance your quality of life and smooth the jagged edges of life’s inconsistencies.
Although surviving the 21st century requires constant flight or fight, yet incorporating these archaic disciplines may seem facially dichotomous, especially when our commitments involve crucial choices between edibles that are contrary to practice or lifestyle that we arduously put together. As contradictory as they seem, these are the essential complements to our stress-filled lives: a sort of yin and yang to counteract the excess of everything.
Similarly, some of our decisions, paired with our need for solidarity and companionship, may affect our judgment, finding us plunged 20 feet into the ocean of indecisiveness and complacency. Our friends are our mentors, as just as much as food, we must be conscientious of our friends—if they respect our paths they should also support us as much as we support them.
Moreover, the path to our moksha (liberation) and some, our jivatma (spirit or force), may have its obstacles but we humbly believe that we may give you a brief overview through the vast world of Ayurveda and utilize this as your handy pocket-guide. Our Part I of this series will briefly examine the Doshas. Part II will focus on the Gunas, and Part III on Yoga and Ayurveda.
At Natural Shilajit, our goal is to incorporate these sacred sutras into our lives and in turn, have these principles nourish your being.
The Dosha: Understanding our Foundation before We Explore our Options.
The Dosha comprises three bodily humors or essential functions, although there are still more than the tri-doshic system to work with, we need to understand the basic three to have a better glimpse into their function in our everyday choices. While it is not simple to find an Ayurvedic doctor, luckily, our friends at the Chopra Center have provided a test to calculate your essential humors.
The Core of Ayurveda is to find the balance within the three constitutions, just as the Chinese Taoist doctors utilize the three treasures, and western doctors focus on the internal organs for proper overall body function. Balance is the key precept in this system and we must achieve this in order to embody our true potential self: self-love and discipline. A great tool in Ayurveda is the six taste system. This system creates the perfect equation for reducing over-eating and fueling metabolism, as its imbalance tends to be at the root of every constitution’s problem. These tastes are: astringent, bitter, pungent, sweet, sour, and salty. Some constitutions require a little less of all these, and their intake depends on what your principle Dosha is.
Is the cool dew that makes up our bodily fluids, our mucus and its membranes, and one which transports and processes the live nutrients acquired from foods. This system works on other parts of the body, such as joints, mouth, heart, and lungs. The principle moods affecting Kapha are stability, happiness, serenity, and tranquility. The Kapha person tends to be healthy, muscular, and exert force. Despite their strong constitution and placid nature, these tend to retain fluids, gain excess weight, and become slightly depressed due to their harnessing emotions within, usually not as expressive as the Vata. Since Kapha constitutions are prone to comfort food when depressed, they must adhere to moderate food intake, following the six tastes, and expressing your thoughts in a diary and find comfort in your intelligence and serenity.
Foods that heal:
astringent, bitter, and pungent.
What to eat:
ginger, turmeric, cayenne, yoghurt (sparingly), green apples, pears, pepper, grapes, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, dandelion, arugula, honey, mung beans, lentils, pinto beans, buckwheat, barley, rye, butternut squash, eggplant, mustard seed, sesame seeds, ghee, and olive oil.
Triphala, cinnamon, cumin, tulsi, punarvana root, brahmi, bacopa, ashwagandha, bibhitaki root, and Shilajit.
excess milk, yoghurt (too much), sunflower oil, oats (all kinds) sweet vegetables, red meat, nuts, seeds, and reduce excessive legume intake. Also, avoid salty foods and very sweet foods.
This humor is primarily dominated by heat. This bilious secretion makes its way from the stomach and intestines into the liver, spleen, and ultimately saturates into the eyes, skin, and heart. The Pitta constitution utilizes its energy to enhance metabolism and ignite Agni (digestive fire); moreover, it is responsible for blood flow, gallbladder, and liver function. The principle moods affecting Pitta are intelligence, ease, cognition, the processing of emotions—all are located in the heart. Pita diets are strictly governed by cooling herbs and liquids. We should always try to minimize liquors or spirits, especially food grade vinegars, and hot peppers, as these may aggravate Pitta constitution. Increase Pitta’s intelligence and rational constitution with these foods.
Foods that heal:
astringent, bitter, and sweet.
What to eat:
water, mint, watermelon, cantaloupe, pears, coconut (with water), fennel, cardamom, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, spinach, lemons, celery, cilantro, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, soybeans, chickpeas, turkey, carrots, oranges, grapefruit (sparingly), white rice, barley, and ghee, yoghurt, milk, and kulfi.
Brahmi, fennel seed, shatavari, manjista root, neem, turmeric, burdock, and Shilajit.
hot peppers, excessive ginger, black pepper, salt, clove, cayenne, corn, millet, onions (excess) and garlic.
This humor is one of wind-dry, continuance, and transgression. This humor rests on impulse, and controls great portion of our nervous system: think about the nervous system and how our neurons communicate. Also, this humor controls the head, lungs, circulation, heart and its pulse, the need to urinate and defecate, as well as to have intercourse (fluid discharge and sexual desire). The principle moods affecting Vata are vitality, self-expression, crying, love, joviality, and persistence. The Vata diet also wants minimal cool and reduction of dry foods. If you are planning a cleanse, we suggest you start off with a warming tea in the morning and at the end of the day. Consume peppers and turmeric to increase your body’s heat when consuming raw foods or juice.
Foods that heal:
salty, sour, and sweet.
What to eat:
warm milk, ghee, rice, wheat, peaches, nectarines, cherries, cumin, cinnamon, strawberries, bananas, avocados, papaya, raspberries, mangos, steamed asparagus, fermented beets, cucumbers, thyme, and mushrooms.
Ashwagandha, brahmi, cardamom, pippali, shatavari, triphala, celery seeds, and Shilajit.
pinto, kidney beans, green tea, turmeric, fenugreek, dandelion, kale, dehydrated fruits, raw foods, and burdock.
Again, these suggestions would be based on your constitutions and do not expressly limit your intake of food. You may indulge a little on other groups of food, however, all with moderation. We would like to add that Natural Shilajit is compatible in all three Doshas, why? Because it is a complete panacea of health and longevity, this is known as a Rasayana. Shilajit should also be consumed in moderation, such as taking a lentil-sized portion for essential health benefits. Shilajit is also a catalyst for all of the abovementioned food groups, which promotes full absorption of these food groups through the bile, mucous passages, and spleen. We pride ourselves in collecting the queen of Ayurvedic medicine with our farmers’ hands, and we lovingly, extend her nutrients back to you.
Remember, always remember to breathe, relax, and meditate on your day’s progress. Repeat mantras (sayings) as simple reminders of your well-being and essence. Each day should be a blessing, not a challenge.
Please read Part II to further understand the Gunas and how these enhance your nutritive cycles.
I AM AS HEALTHY AS I WANT TO BE, I WILL BE HEALTHY TODAY.
1. Take pea sized portion
2. Dissolve in hot water, tea or warm milk and drink
(This will take 10-15 min)
3. Drink it on empty stomach every morning
(This drink fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps ur body flush out toxins)
The recommended amount of Shilajit for general use and to maintain optimal health is around 300-500Mg. – pea sized portion per day. There is approximately a 6-8 week period for the therapeutic effects to be noticed. I have personally taken 1000Mg. per day (for bronchitis symptoms) and gotten excellent results. I would recommend you start off with 300Mg. per day and add 100Mg. per day until you achieve the desired results.
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