Yoga Poses To Protect The Lower Back And Shoulders While Shoveling Snow!

Each Year, Shoveling Piles Of Snow After A Storm Is Believed To Cause Tens Of Thousands Of Back And Shoulder Injuries In The United States, Not To Mention Several Hundred Heart Attacks.

Don’t let yourself become the next snow-shoveling casualty!

This winter, we are dealing with more snow than we usually get, and we all know we have yet to shovel our last walk this winter.

Think of all the different movements you make when you shovel; bending, lifting, twisting, and tossing. If you’re not used to making these movements daily, shoveling can result in serious strain and leave you feeling its effects for many days.

The yoga principles that you apply on the yoga mat can be applied off it too, even while doing simple routine tasks. Ever thought you could do yoga in heavy snow? Yoga is a huge help in keeping you activity-ready for things like shoveling. Yoga encourages you to place your body into different positions to stretch and strengthen you everywhere. It is these movements that help keep you strong and limber for those moments where it counts.

While exercising the body and flexing your muscles as you shovel off snow from your driveway, you can also enjoy a yogic experience. Let’s see how.

Warm Up Thoroughly. Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than warmed up, flexible muscles. Do your back a favor by warming up for five to ten minutes before shoveling or any strenuous activity.

Here are some simple tasks to help you while you are shoveling:

  • Try to keep a bend in your knees to keep the strain out of your lower back.
  • Engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your navel in and up to help stabilize your core and protect your lower back.
  • Keep your shoulder blades back so that the arms have some help in the lift and toss.
  • Don’t wait until you feel fatigued before you switch shoveling sides – switch sides often.
  • Stop and stretch.

Following are the must-do poses during snow time and where you can find opportunity to apply yoga principles:

  • The Plow Pose: Place the shovel in front of the body on the ground and keep walking forward until the load becomes too heavy to push. Yoga principle: This act flexes the muscles as the pressure increases on them. However, ensure that you only push as far as you comfortably can. Do not exert or strain yourself. The whole idea of yoga is to remain stable and comfortable in any pose.
  • The Scooper Pose: Shovel one scoop at a time and throw it in a logical direction away from your sidewalk or driveway. This routine task-to-do during snow time can serve a dual purpose: clearing out snow while exercising the upper part of the body. Yoga principle: Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed, be aware of the breath.
  • The Sweep Pose: Now that the heavy snow is cleared out, it’s time to get rid of the light fluffy snow scattered around. Use the shovel to make erratic sweeping motions in every direction. Yoga principle: As you do this, keep your attention on the hand movement and the breath, observe the muscles stretch – be totally aware of what you are doing.
  • The Chop Pose: Raise the ice chopper in a straight upward motion and bring it down with a strong force until you meet the ice surface that you are clearing. You will feel all the bones in your body shudder, while a small chip of thick ice will also be removed. Yoga principle: Observe the shudder. Can you still maintain a smile on your face?

So as we see, with a little awareness on the body movement and the breath pattern as you clear out the snow, this routine task can become a yogic experience. Inhale as you push the shovel into the snow and exhale when throwing the snow away from the clearing area. Also, make sure you equally use both parts of the body in all the movements. Do not exert one part more than the other. And most importantly, stay comfortable throughout the process.

At the end, it is recommended to lie down horizontally in Yoga Nidra and take a few moments of deep rest. Warning: Lying down outside the house in a snow bank is contra-indicated.

Reward yourself for shoveling snow? When the forecast calls for snow, you know you’re going to crave soup. Its soup weather for sure, Warm Up With the following Soup Recipe:

Cream of Spinach Soup:

Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh spinach, washed and chopped || 1 teaspoon cumin seeds || 1 teaspoon ghee || 1 dash of nutmeg || ¾ cup cream of coconut or 1½ cups soy or rice milk || 3 cups of water or 2 cups water if using soy or rice milk || Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat ghee in a soup pot. Sauté cumin seeds until lightly browned. Add spinach and water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cream of coconut or the rice or soy milk and nutmeg. Cook another 3 minutes. Place soup in a blender or food processor. Blend for about 5 seconds, just enough to purée it gently. Season to taste and serve hot.

Remember that practicing yoga regularly will help to strengthen your entire body and prevent future shoveling injuries. Learn more at Apurva Ayurveda Healing. Come to Us, It’s just Yoga.

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Keeping Immunity up during the Cold Weather Season to Avoid Flu and other Illness

At Apurva Ayurveda Healing,

The Idea is not to treat illness;
The Idea is to treat Wellness !!!

Boost Wellness || Boost Immune System

We know the way to rev up your immune system so you don’t get the flu this year. Learn what your body’s defenses do and how to strengthen them so you can boost your odds of staying well.

The Immune System put a balanced network of cells and organs that work together to defend you against disease. It stops threats like bacteria or viruses from getting into your body. Think of it as a powerful “search and destroy” task force that sends immune-cell forces out to hunt down the unwanted intruders and get rid of them.

Understand the Cause of Colds and Flu’s: In Ayurveda, flu is known as Vata Shleshmika Jwara. Ayurveda teaches that the common cold results from an imbalance of the all the three Doshas; i.e. Kapha dosha, Vata dosha, and Pitta dosha. You develop a cold when your body has an excess of kapha’s cool, moist characteristics, causing a stuffy or runny nose and lots of sneezing. And, excess vata energy reduces agni, or gastric fire, so you get the chills.

Vata dosha common colds have dry coughs, little mucus discharge, hoarse voice, headache and a runny nose. People with Pitta dosha who have common colds will have fever, sore throat, yellowish nasal discharge and continuous blockage of the nose. People with Kapha dosha common colds have thick mucus discharges with dull headaches and heaviness of the head.

Learn the Ayurvedic Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System to Avoid Flu and other Illness:

The human body is fully equipped with mechanisms to stave off viruses and germs, so the key to preventing flu viruses is to maintain those systems operating at their peak. The good news is that you can strengthen your immune system with natural supplements, beneficial immune-specific foods, and by paying attention to a few simple lifestyle habits.

Flush out toxins. You know the old adage: Drink plenty of fluids when you’re sick (to prevent dehydration and mobilize congestion). Ayurveda is more specific: Drink lots of hot water. Why? According to this ancient healing system, hot water

  • Is easier for the body to absorb than tepid or cold water
  • Flushes out immunity-compromising ama (toxins) from your system
  • Hydrates your mucus membranes, loosening mucus
  • Pacifies the dry, cold vata dosha with its hot, hydrating properties.

At the first sign of a cold, Apurva Ayurveda Healing suggests sipping hot water every 15 to 20 minutes for three days.

Fight the cold from your kitchen. Ayurveda suggests using food as medicine, says Ileana Gonzalez. She recommends eating light, simple, and warm foods, particularly “clear foods”—clear broths, clear liquids (water and teas), and seasonal veggies that have some translucence once they’re thoroughly cooked, such as leeks, bok choy, and kale. Avoid heavy, thick, dense, rich foods, which can be challenging to digest when you’re sick. Also avoid cold, frozen, dry, and raw foods, which are all hard to digest, she says.

The top Ayurvedic remedies to cure the flu:

  • Drink ginger tea. It acts as a decongestant, helps stimulate slow digestion and improves the taste buds too.
  • Lemon juice with water and honey. It soothes sore throat, boosts vitamin C intake and releases excess cough.
  • Garlic contains antiseptic property; garlic in soups or supplements is the best remedy.
  • Tulsi and long pepper in equal quantity ground together and rolled into small pills, take 3-4 times daily. Tulsi has antiviral, antioxidant property. It is good immune-modulator. Long pepper relieves inflammation.
  • 5 gm ginger juice mixed with one amla’s (Indian gooseberry) juice and one teaspoon honey with a little water. It boosts body immunity and acts as a decongestant.

Gargle with salt water. Gargling with salt water loosens excess mucus and removes bacteria and fungi from the throat. Apurva Ayurveda Healing confirms that it can provide temporary relief for sore, itchy throats. Dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water, according to the clinic’s website. A study published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who gargled for three times daily saw nearly a 40 percent reduction in upper respiratory infections during cold and flu season, when compared to a control group.

Take ginger. Ayurveda have found that ginger relieves the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. According to Ayurvedic theory, ginger is one of the best remedy for colds, too. “Its pungent nature reduces the kapha dosha,” which is active during colds and produces excess mucus when it’s out of balance.

But a word of caution from Ayurvedic physician: don’t combine ginger and anticoagulant medications such as aspirin, “because they’re both blood thinners.”

Apurva Ayurveda Healing also recommends inhaling ginger-infused steam to reduce sinus and lung congestion. First, boil 1 teaspoon of ginger in 1 pint of water. Once the water cools a bit, you can lean your face toward the pot (just to the point where it’s comfortable), drape a towel over your head, and inhale the steam through your nose for several minutes. Repeat as needed.

Try Pranayama and stretching to relieve chest constriction. To relieve breathing-related constriction due to coughing, sneezing, and physical inactivity, we suggest a simple practice called Dirgha Pranayama, or Three-Part Breath. And do “gentle, rolling-around-the-floor stretching” when you feel up to it to open up your chest, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (often referred to as the relaxation response), and relieve stiffness.

To Conclude: Prevention is definitely better than cure; here are ways to prevent it altogether:

  • Cover the head and neck with clothes
  • Gargle with hot saline water
  • Take fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your immunity
  • Keep yourself warm at all times
  • Have a Sound Sleep
  • Do not share towels and glasses
  • Avoid deep fried and processed food

Join Apurva Ayurveda Healing to experience the change designed individually for you. To avoid the common cold forever, it is critical to continue build the immunity, Panchakarma is a great way to supplement and strengthen the immunity.

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Fall Seasonal Cleansing

At Apurva Ayurveda Healing we firmly believe in Ancient Healing Techniques for Modern Living. In this topic we will hit the reset button on your diet so you can improve your digestion, boost your immunity and feel nourished and physically fit for the upcoming fall season?

Learn how to prevent the accumulation of toxins, illness and disease.
Learn how to promote well being, increased energy and optimum health.


Autumn is actually the more appropriate season to think about purging the old. Just like the tall maples, we must shed our leaves and cleanse before the winter. A fall detox cleanse will help to stave off seasonal colds, keep your immune system healthy, and prepare your organs for the colder months ahead. Best of all, the fall cleanse doesn’t require a straight-up fast.

According to a Specialist Health Coach, the fall detox should be all about the lungs and the large intestine. In both alternative and conventional medicine theory, these organs are linked to skin and breathing problems like asthma, eczema, rashes and dry skin-all of the most common things to ail us in the colder months.

To support the lungs and large intestine, Health Coach recommends limiting sugars, flours, dairy and alcohol for a healthy, mucus-free stomach. And for opening the nasal passages, drinking fenugreek tea. I love that warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves-the ones we use anyways in our fall baking recipes-actually support both intestinal and respiratory health, so it’s just perfect that they are good for both our health and the flavor of our foods during this season.

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Struggling with skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? It might be time for a body detox. Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:

  1. Resting the organs through fasting;
  2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
  3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
  4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
  5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

Seasonal changes can be tough and confusing on our bodies and our eating patterns. Foods you loved during the summer may not be hitting the spot right now. Get ready to stop indulging in the foods that are slowing you down, foraging for those extra treats and calories, and feeling like you’re a chipmunk storing food, fuel and body fat for winter. Prepare yourself for the long winter months by boosting your immunity, decreasing your internal inflammation, and supporting one of your most important organs of elimination and detoxification.

Learn what to eat & how to prepare it to feel inspired to nourish yourself with delicious & nutritious fall foods and recipes that will take you long beyond your week of cleansing!


For a fall detox cleansing juice, stick with fall fruits and vegetables. Many believe it’s best to have fresh fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon. Fall foods to use in your cleansing juices are grapes, apples, beets, leafy greens, and a hint of lemon (but don’t overdo the citrus). Here’s one of my favorite fall detox juice recipes:



  • 1 medium beet
  • 1 large apple
  • 3 radishes
  • 1 cup fresh kale leaves

Method: Place all ingredients in the juicer or blender and process.


You don’t have to simply fast in order to detox. By enjoying lightly-prepared seasonal foods that support your organs’ optimal functions, you’re also working in a very important cleanse. For your fall detox meals, enjoy lightly cooked whole grains, seasonal squashes, and cooked root vegetables. Even if you’re normally a meat-eater, now’s the time to rid the body of excess proteins and fats, so forgo animal products and stick to plant foods. And don’t forget to add those warming spices to your meals, which will enhance your lungs and large intestines. Try our staff’s favorite fall cleansing recipes:

  1. Thai Roasted Squash Soup
  2. Organic Bombay Popcorn
  3. Butternut Squash Soup with Sage
  4. Pumpkin Soup

Seasonal cleansing is one key to restoring your health. It’s your ticket to transformation.


Different Ayurvedic Oils and Their Benefits

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.”

                              -Charka Samhita: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89

The conventional and time-honored Ayurvedic practice centers on prevention than cure. The core idea behind prevention is the regular health maintenance or personal healthcare practices. Daily self-massage or ‘Abhyanga’ is one of such practices. Daily self-massage or ‘Abhyanga’ with Ayurvedic oils helps in relieving mind and body from stress and various toxin build-ups. It is a general belief that our body contains largest amount of beneficial hormones and massage provides a therapeutic message to our body.

What are the different therapeutic benefits of performing ‘Abhyanga” with Ayurvedic oils?

Ayurvedic oil massage not only rejuvenates your mind and body but it also acts as a powerful recharger. Abhyanga offers various benefits including:

  • Nourishes dry skin and enhances concentration
  • Pacifies doshas
  • Relieves fatigue, enhances stamina and perfect sleep
  • Heightens circulation and shapes-up your muscles and whole physiology
  • Calms nerves and lubricates joints
  • Enhances mental alertness and improves elimination of impurities from body

What are the different Ayurvedic oils and how do they work?

Ayurvedic self-massage or Abhyanga is a natural form of exercise that balances body and mind. But, before performing Abhyanga, we should consider our ‘Prakriti’ (constitution) and ‘Vikriti’ (current condition) and our external environment. Knowing our Prakriti (constitution) and Vikriti (current condition) also helps us in deciding which oils are best for us and how often should we perform o

Ayurveda believes that human bodies are made up of five elements viz. air, water, fire, earth and ether; and these elements are represented in our bodies by three ‘bio-energies’ or three ‘doshas’ viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. So to select Ayurvedic Oils for Abhyanga, you should either consider your ‘dosha’ type or your Vikriti (current condition). Different Ayurvedic Oils to pacify three ‘doshas’ include:

Abhyanga to Pacify Vata:

The major qualities of Vata are dry, light, cool, mobile and subtle. The oils used to pacify these qualities are warm oils. So, if Vata is imbalanced or higher; either in your ‘Prakriti’ or ‘Vikriti”; be sure to perform Abhyanga regularly in a warm place and avoid to get chilled afterwards.

The Ayurvedic Oils Best for Vata are:

  • Sesame Oil: It is considered to be the ‘king of oils’ and is preferred choice for being inherently warm.
  • Almond Oil: It is also used to pacify Vata as it is also warming
  • Mahanarayan Oil:  Made from more than 29 Ayurvedic herbs. this oil is used and beneficial for the movement of the joints. And if followed by a warm bath with 1/3 cup of baking soda and ginger powder, the effect of Abhyanga enhances even further.

Abhyanga to Pacify Pitta:

Oily, sharp, light, fleshy smelling, spreading, hot and liquid are the major Pitta qualities. It is beneficial to use herbal oil to balance or pacify Pitta.

Ayurvedic Oils Best for Pitta are:

  • Bhringraj Oil or Brahmi Oil: Massaging scalp or soles of feet with these oils at night time encourages sound sleep.
  • Sunflower Oil or Coconut Oil may also be used for Abhyanga.
  • Neem Oil: If you spend lots of time in Sun, you may add some Neem oil to basic Abhyanga oil to reduce Pitta in skin.

Abhyanga to Pacify Kapha:

Cool, heavy, slow, static, smooth and oily are the primary qualities of Kapha. As Kapha and oil share most of the qualities; using cool oil will increase Kapha rather than decreasing it. So according to Ayurveda, the best massage for Kapha is ‘Udvartana’; i.e. massaging body with fragrant and soft powders like; calamus powder.

Ayurvedic Oils to Pacify Kapha:

Performing Abhyanga with warm oils is best for Kapha. Sesame, Corn and Mustard oils are helpful but herbal oils are better choice or Kapha. One thing to be kept in mind is that Kapha Abhyanga needs less oil than Vata or Pitta.

Your body and mind accumulate unwanted toxins that are needed to be washed out. Contact Apurva Ayurveda Healing to know yourself as you actually are and to detoxify your body of these damaging toxins.

Apurva Ayurveda Healing is going to organise an ‘Urban Cleanse’ or ‘Panchkarma’ workshop on Sept 27, 2015. Come and detox your body of deep rooted emotional, physical and psychological stress.

Ayurvedic Tips to Stay Cool and Healthy This Summer

keep-calm-and-go-detoxSummer; also referred to as Greeshma ritu, is the time when the sun rays become powerful and Pitta dosha gets imbalanced. So when everything heats up outside, the best way to stay healthy is to cool down inside; i.e. mentally, physically and emotionally. Because summertime is Pitta season, and excessive heat outside gets it imbalanced; and it can be seen in our emotions as anger & impatience and in our body as sweating, ruddy, sensitive skin, acne etc. In such high times, Ayurvedic Pitta calming and balancing tips can help you to stay cool, calm and healthy in summer. So, follow these easy tips to pacify Pitta and enjoy wonderful summer:

Eat sweet, bitter and astringent foods: As sweet foods will pacify your nervous system and as well will replenish your tissues; while the bitter foods will cleanse your digestive tract and tone up your organs and astringent foods will absorb water and tighten your tissues. So eat fruits and vegetables including; grains, nuts, dates, lettuces, spinach, aloevera, asparagus, legumes, pomegranates, cucumber, melons, butter, ghee etc.

Stay Hydrated: Consume or drink lots of water throughout the day to restore the lost moisture due to excessive heat and to flush out toxins as well. But do not drink iced beverages and especially during meals as it will extinguish digestive fire and affect digestion. Go for herbal teas and coconut water.

Eat meals at right time: To keep your Pitta balanced, eat your main meal in the middle of the day, when digestive fire is the strongest. Skipping lunch will upset your Pitta and also affect your mood.

Coconut Oil or Brahmi Oil Abhyanga: Just as coconut water, coconut oil is also soothing for skin in summer. Go for Coconut Oil Abhyanga half an hour before taking a shower or going to bed. Massaging your scalp or soles of feet with Brahmi, Coconut or Bhringaraj Oil before sleeping, encourages sound sleep. And this also protects and nourishes your skin. You can also go for a fruit or vegetable mask once in a week to nourish your skin.

Adopt Self-care Techniques: Make it a routine to wash your feet before going to bed in summer. It would soothe and cool down the heat. Take a 10-15 minute walk early morning. The gentle and calm rays of sun will stimulate ‘Sadhaka Pitta’; a mood lifter like serotonin and melatonin, according to Ayurveda.

Practice Meditation: Summer or Pitta season can raise frustration and anger, so consider tools to eliminate anger. Start your day with soothing and calming meditation and do not go for strenuous exercises; or you can also practice some conscious breathing exercises to cool down or some light exercises like yoga, walking and best of all swimming.

By observing these little and easy summer cures and with a little care, you can balance your transition from exuberance of spring into ease of summer. So these Ayurvedic Tips by Apurva Ayurveda Healing will help you to beat the heat and make your summer an Ayurvedic Summer and as well will improve your health; mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.


Mental and Physical Effects of Stress

All of us are living in the stressful times.  Hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands of our day to day life are ravaging our body, mind, spirit and heart. When we constantly run in emergency mode our body and mind have to pay the price. According to Ayurveda, stress effects our mental and physical health and can result into serious illness. Ayurveda can offer you beautiful perspective to manage stress but firstly it is important know what effects it can cause to our mental and physical health.

How does stress effect your mental health?

According to Ayurveda, overuse or misuse of mind causes mental stress. Intense or rigorous mental work a day can cause Prana Vata imbalance and person becomes stressed and his mental functions like; dhi (acquisition), dhriti (retention) and smriti (recall) are impacted. Apart from this, stress can affect your mind in the following ways:

  • Your mind becomes hyper active
  • You lose the ability to make clear decisions
  • Your ability to think positively and even to fall asleep diminishes
  • Inability to concentrate & poor judgement
  • Anxiety, Constant worrying, mood swings
  • Short-temperedness, agitation and inability to relax
  • Sleeping too much or too little

What are the physical effects of stress?

Over-exhaustion or working for extended hours in physically taxing jobs can stress your body. Stress not only affects your mental health but your physical health as well. Person begins to experience fatigue, lethargy along with mental fogginess and dullness of mind. Excessive stress can affect your physical health in the following ways:

  • The three sub-doshas; Shleshaka Kapha; related with lubrication of joints and moisture balance in the skin, Vyana Vata; governing circulation, nerve impulse and sense of touch and Tarpaka Kapha; governing neuro humors; go out of balance.
  • Sluggish digestion and formation of ama (impurities) in the body
  • Regeneration of cells slows down
  • Physical tiredness, Chest pain and Rapid heart beat
  • Aches and pain, frequent colds
  • Addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs to relax
  • Nervous behaviour like; nail biting, pacing etc.

What are the Ayurvedic treatments suggested to alleviate stress?

Several types of Ayurvedic treatments including the following can help to eliminate the stress:

  • Herbal Treatment: – Herbs referred to as adaptogens are used to reduce stress including; root of ashwagandha, shankhpuspi, brahmi (gotu kola), jatamansi (musk weed).  These herbs not only help to reduce stress but also help to fix vata imbalance. All these and various other life rejuvenating herbs are available with Apurva Ayurveda Healing and are prescribed according to your needs and requirements.
  • Diet Treatment: A nutritious and balanced diet is advised to counteract stress. We, at Apurva Ayurveda Healing offer you dietry plans that can pacify your doshas accordingly. You are advised to eat healthy, whole food and minimize eating processed foods, stimulants and refined sugars.
  • Sirodhara Treatment and Massage: Sirodhara treatment (Oil treatment over forehead) offered by Apurva Ayurveda Healing deeply relaxes your mind and body by increasing level of feel-good hormones like; serotonin and melatonin in your body. Moreover whole body massage with herbal medicated oils will free your body of toxins and improve circulation as well.
  • Panch Karma (Detoxification): Undergoing Panch Karma (Ayurvedic Detox Treatment) offered by Apurva Ayurveda Healing helps you to maintain strong and healthy metabolism and as well prevents toxins to get accumulated in the body. It also corrects the imbalanced doshas by identifying the root cause of stress.

Contact Apurva Ayurveda Healing to replenish yourself with Positive thinking, energies and harmony at all the levels to wipe out stress of your life.

Treating Depression with Ayurveda and Yoga

Depression affects vast number of people around the globe every year and this number is doubling every 10 years. Antidepressants have been developed to treat this illness and no doubt, these are effective but they also develop certain side effects including; weight gain, lethargy and physical inactivity. Most of the times, similar type of treatment is prescribed to all the individuals without considering their unique needs and requirements, as a result of which the root cause may go unchecked.

What is Depression?

Depression is generally the result of some old and unresolved emotional problems, which have not been dealt with since childhood. It may assume different forms including; recurrent sad, anxious or empty mood, loss of interest, irritability, social withdrawal, insomnia, loss of appetite or weight gain, pessimism, lowering school grades or job performance and poor concentration as well.

What are the potential signs and symptoms of Depression?

The symptoms related with the depression begin to trigger when the toxins start accumulating in tissues and disturb the fragile bio-chemistry of the body.  The person suffering from depression may show the following symptoms:

  • Weakness of muscles
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Headaches and palpitations
  • Tremors and sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disturbed sleep and nightmares
  • Poor digestion

What according to Ayurveda causes depression?

Research made by Ayurveda shows that depression is caused due to:

  • Disruption of Natural biological rhythms
  • Restricted flow of energy or Prana Shakti
  • Imbalance among three doshas
  • Being unaware of the inner-self

What is the Ayurvedic Perspective of Depression?

Ayurveda believes that majority of depression is caused due to Kapha imbalance which consequently imbalances the other two elements i.e. Vata and Pitta too.

Vata is negated by the experiences causing fear, terror, irregular eating habits, anxiety, pattern of sleep and excessive movement.

Accumulation of indigested emotional experiences causes Pitta depression which shows itself as anger and violence. Alcohol, verbal abuse, excessive spices and over-ambition lead to Pitta disturbance. The people suffering from Pitta depression may commit suicide or get engaged in self destructive activities.

What are the remedies suggested by Ayurveda to treat depression?

Unlike conventional medical model, Ayurvedic treatments are not generalized in the sense that treatments are provided according to physical, emotional and mental constitution of the individual. Depending upon the dosha type i.e. which dosha has undergone the state of imbalance; treatment is advised:

Vata type depression:

  • Make changes in your dietary plan. Eat warm, heavy and strengthening foods.
  • Do not consume salads and excessively caffeinated drinks.
  • Avoid spicy foods, overcooked vegetables, nuts, milk & dairy products.
  • Go to bed early and have sufficient sleep at night.
  • Go for regular whole body oil massage or at least massage your head and feet daily.
  • Incorporate yoga and mild exercises in your daily regime..
  • Make use of herbs like; ginger, cumin, cinnamon and Gotu Kota.

Pitta type Depression:

  • Get into the Pitta pacifying diets.
  • Avoid spicy and rich food like fish, red meat, cheese, vinegar and tobacco.
  • Consume foods that cool you down like dairy products, sweets & cold drinks.
  • Switch and stick to vegetarian diet.
  • Avoid going out in sun.
  • Practice meditation and yoga.
  • Avoid hot water bath or showers. Take cool water bath.
  • Purification technique like; Panchkarma will be beneficial.
  • Use pacifying herbs like; aloe, shatavari, coconut, mint and sandalwood

Kapha Type Description:

  • Make dietary changes i.e. decrease use of oils and fatty elements, desserts, sweets and meat.
  • Avoid food that is not warm.
  • Eat spicy and hot foods and incorporate soups in your diet.
  • Take moderate amount of honey daily.
  • Practice meditation and exercises like jogging and yoga.
  • Add heat producing herbs in your foods like; turmeric, ginger tea and pepper.
  • Avoid sun as much as possible.
  • Sleep before 10 p.m. as it is the Kapha time of the day and if you sleep during this time; it will generate deep and useful sleep.
  • Wake up with sun rising.

What are the Ayurvedic Procedures suggested to treat Depression?

  • Abhyanga Oil Massage: Daily Ayurvedic Oil massage or Abhyanga is very much helpful in relieving depression. Abhyanga treatment helps in the deep relaxation, where long and soft strokes are used to make you feel serene and settled. This oil massage helps to clear the toxins from the tissues, increases circulation, rejuvenates the body and soothes your mind and emotions. Apurva Ayurveda Healing offers Abhyanga with appropriate oils viz. tridoshic balancing, Vata relaxing, Pitta calming and stimulating Kapha oil; depending upon your mind and body constitution and dosha imbalance.
  • Shirodhara: Ayurveda uses therapeutic oils to calm and soothe your mind and body. In this treatment, a steady stream of warm oil is gently poured over the forehead to soothe and heal a frayed nervous system. Shirodhara treatment offered by Apurva Ayurveda Healing induces in you a blissful state of consciousness which in turn eliminates all your fears and anxiety. We use specially formulated oils for Shirodhara, depending upon your body and mind constitution.

What are the Yogic remedies suggested to treat depression?

Yoga practitioners provide following practical guidelines to treat Depression which will not only treat your present condition but will also help to stay healthy and happy throughout the life:

  • Practice meditation twice a day for 20 minutes to relieve emotional, physical mental and environmental stress.
  • Wake up early in the morning as it helps your communication channels from getting clogged with impurities.
  • Walk outdoor in the early morning and practice mild exercises, as it will release positive neurohormones which will further elevate your mood.
  • The early morning walk will make your elimination regular and save you from constipation which will further save you from dullness and fatigue.
  • Practice mild Yoga Asanas like Praanayama, bhujangasana, halasana, shavasana and vakrasana as these will enhance digestion and cleanse the toxins out of your body channels and cells and improve your overall health.

Contact Apurva Ayurveda Healing, for one of our positive-living programs where we combine Yoga and Ayurveda, to holistically resolve the depression related issues and as well to eliminate your present or future dependency on medication.

If you schedule your appointment for marma or abhyanga for stress relieve on Wednesday May 20; all the funds raised would be donated to global giving to help Nepal to come out of this natural disaster and crisis.