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[…]

Wind tree

Watch the wind – it’s a tricky little fellow

Given my usual fascination with digestion, you’d be forgiven for thinking I mean that kind of wind.  But, for once, I don’t.  In this instance, I refer to vata, the ‘wind’ (or air and space) principle in your body and mind.  It is one of the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) which are present[…]

Caffeine – gets us moving, at what cost?

“Let’s meet for coffee”.  Who doesn’t say it?  I don’t even drink coffee and it is still a phrase that trips off the tongue.   Coffee has reached cult status and it is no surprise.  That hit of caffeine feels good.  When you start adding in creamy milk, syrups and chocolate sprinkles, it becomes even more[…]

Look after your digestive fire

It all comes back to Digestion

“It comes back to the beginning” – the theme tune punch line from the fantastic TV series, The Bridge.  If you haven’t seen it, you should!  I’m singing the song for you now, you are just very lucky not to be able to hear me.  It does indeed all come back to the beginning and[…]

Sun through clouds

From SAD to happy with Ayurveda

Wow, it’s lovely to see the sun out.  Out comes the sun and out come the smiles.  Have you found that this winter’s dreadful weather has been making you a bit sad?  Or indeed, quite a bit S.A.D.?  With the lack of sunlight in the winter months, many people start to feel a bit down,[…]

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,[…]

Avoid those germs, the Ayurvedic way

They’re here again.  They’re back with a vengeance.  The school term begins and bang, everyone starts ailing with colds, flu’s and stomach bugs.   Is it the weather? Is it the gathering of vast hoards of small, inhibition-less children in small buildings?  What happens at this time of year to make viruses appear more prevalent and[…]

Wet spring grass

With spring, comes kapha

At the end of winter and beginning of spring, we often feel sluggish and heavy like we are coming out of hibernation.  Kapha in our bodies is at its peak.  It’s good to know this so you can ward against the problems that can come with it such as allergies (especially hay fever) and head[…]