Tune into daily rhythms for best health

Sleepy in the afternoon? Sluggish in the morning? Unable to fall asleep at night?  Finding meditation or study difficult? You may be planning your activities at times when they work against you rather than for you. While writing my last article on sleep, I got really excited by the new research lending scientific weight to the[…]

Good sleep, great health

When I was 13 I suffered from severe insomnia for a few months and it was, to that date, the most painful thing I had had to endure.  Lying there awake, feeling like everyone was asleep apart from me was a deeply lonely and exasperating experience.  Thankfully that was my only foray into the world[…]

Neti pot

Your nose doesn’t have to welcome germs; introducing the neti pot

If you haven’t had a good old cold this winter, don’t let your guard down now.  Spring often arrives with a nice sprinkling of viruses which are desperate to get into your nose and mouth. Ideally your digestion will be working well, your body tissues will be well nourished and your immunity (ojas) thus strong[…]

Benefits of abhyanga massage

“Massage is essential” – now that sounds good

Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm-oil massage) is not a luxury, it’s essential.  That’s not from me, it’s from the ancient Ayurvedic texts: ‘Abhyanga should be resorted to daily.  It wards of old age, exertion and aggravation of vata.  It bestows good vision, nourishment to the body, long life, good sleep, good and strong healthy skin.’  Astanga Hrdayam,[…]