Ayurveda

Ayurveda's 10 Pair Of Opposites – The Delicate Dance Of Balance

Authored By: 
Prani Lifestyle Consulting

Everything you see around you, and everything you don’t, can be described by 10 pair of opposites. In Sanskrit they are called gunas (qualities, or attributes).

  1. Heavy/Light
  2. Dull/Sharp
  3. Cold/Hot
  4. Oily/Dry
  5. Smooth/Rough
  6. Dense/Porous (or liquid)
  7. Soft/Hard
  8. Still/Moving
  9. Gross/Subtle
  10. Cloudy/Clear

Look around you to find examples. No recall how these qualities have been present in you, across the majority of your lifetime.

About the Author: 

Prana is a Sanskrit word that means the smallest unit of life - it is the breath that moves in us and animates us.

A Prani is a being who is animated by this breath of life.

We are all Pranis. And there are written guidelines in Ayurveda that teach us how to live our best and healthiest life.

Prani Lifestyle Consulting uses the science and philosophy of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta to navigate more skillfully in the world, and promote material, physical and spiritual wealth and wellbeing.

Kirsten Joy Burch is the founder and lead consultant for Prani Lifestyle Consulting, located in Oak Cliff / Dallas, and is available for private consultations, workshops and corporate events. contact: Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com

Do You Know Your Star Sign?

Authored By: 
Joelle Foster

Most of us have been asked our astrological sign. This most often means our Sun sign. Have you ever been asked “What is your Star?”

Chances are if you go to India or meet someone who has a knowledge of Jyotish or Vedic astrology that they could ask you this question. They are asking not only what sign your Moon is in, but also the nakshatra or lunar mansion which is specific to the fixed star system within the ecliptic (path of the sun and other planets from the perspective of the Earth).

About the Author: 

Joelle's Mission As Your Astrologer

You are one-of-a-kind, someone unique, gifted with a single imprint on the planet, living within the lifespan you’ve been given, along with billions of others.  And there is a legacy to bear – your karma – the actions in life you choose that result from the very unique energies that enlivened  your birth, the influences of your upbringing, intelligence and perceptions, place in the world.  But nothing is etched in stone.  Given the so-called “limitations” you might think fix you to a certain path, there are many and varied choices, often better choices, you can make in your life.  Understanding the power of both the influence of your past, and the dynamic and informed strength of a future you have so much control over, can bring peace-of-mind, perhaps even serenity.  But the path to this may not be an easy one.  Let’s work together to navigate your life from birth and your life to date, and toward growth.

Simple Almond Rice Breakfast Cereal

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Breakfast is an important opportunity to set the tone of our day and nourish our senses and tissues, yet we usually don’t make time, or choose easy and quick over simple and healthy. Try an option that's easy, quick AND healthy!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting - a resource to help modern people solve ancient problems to support a healthier, happier life. She is a certified ayurveda lifestyle counselor and studies at the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy and with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga. She is certified in Yoga4Cancer, Yoga for Anxiety & Depression, and Ayurvedic Yoga.

She is also the owner of Living Yoga Dallas and hopes to bring support to those who want to develop, sustain or transform their personal practice.

Cardamom makes coffee exceptional

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Used as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries, this aromatic, green (and brown) spice turns your coffee into a medicinal treat to counter negative effects of caffeine, while boosting digestion, increasing energy, and reducing pain. It brings light, dry, clear and pungent qualities to life.

A member of the Ginger family, Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for over 5,00 years – the ancient texts laud its ability to break down difficult-to-digest foods, and enhance taste, turning ordinary into exceptional.

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies kundalini tantra at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and is a ParaYoga MasterStudent with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, and founder of Prani Lifestlye Consulting - helping people navigate life through ancient, holistic practices.

Kirsten teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing, and Oak Cliff Aikikai. She takes consults privately for meditation, yoga, and diet/lifestyle enhancements.

Dude, there's ayurvedic spice in my chocolate.

Authored By: 
Yogi LJ Hash

Ayurveda doesn’t say ‘no’, it says when and how. Local yogi Katherine Clapner uses asafoetida, black cardamom, apricot and rose hips in her recipe for Soraya 3.0 – The Soft Butter Toffee. What does Ayurveda say?

About the Author: 

LJ dove into practice at Down Dog and Uptown Yoga and was asked to be a sub. In 2007, he took over at their Trophy Fitness gig. He completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Chidananda Sheri Cherokee at Alpha Omega Yoga, Vinyasa with Seane Corn and currently studies ParaYoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

Lj's personal practice is traditional, including a daily focus on ayurveda, meditation, and pranayama, as well as asana to improve energy and stay flexible. His goal is to share the humble practice of Patanjali, stilling the changing states of the mind.

-tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam-

-When that is accomplished, the Seer abides in its own true nature-

Ayurveda Basics – learning to understand, love and heal

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The life science of Ayurveda explains that we are born perfect creations, with a unique balance of space, air, fire, water, and earth – the 5 basic elements of all things. This is our Prakruti. Then life happens, - the food we eat, coupled with our activities and environment skew that perfect balance. This is our Vikruti. Imbalance leads to illness, and when we can’t curb the illness, it can lead to chronic disease that we are taught to live with, such as arthritis, allergies, thyroid problems and inflammation.

About the Author: 

Kirsten began studying ParaYoga in 2013 and was initiated into the tradition of Himalayan Masters in October 2014. She continues her training at the Himalayan Institute and as a student of the ParaYoga Masters program. She has earned specialties in Yoga for Anxiety & Depression and Yoga4Cancer.

Certified as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor through NAMA recognized Om Yoga Journey, she continues her studies with Master Teacher, Arpita Shah.

Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting, and a member of the Modern Widow's Club. She provides private yoga, meditation and ayurveda counseling, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and Oak Clif Aikikai at Tyler Station.

In Search of Sattwa –or- The Evolution Revolution

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The Bhagavad Gita tells us that humans, as well as all other things in Nature, have a mixture of Sattwa, and its companions, Rajas and Tamas. These three Maha Gunas (qualities) determine our behavior, actions, thoughts and emotions.

Sattwa is clarity, light, purity and wakefulness. It is stability, essence, compassion and love. Sattwa is required for our mental and physical health, and is the path to personal evolution and spiritual maturity. 

About the Author: 

Self described Green Thumb, Poet Seer, Sun Worshiper, Sitter, Thinker, Writer, and Embodiment of Light, Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, and is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.

She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and enjoys helping people find health, happiness and transformation through the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta.

Spiced Stuffed Dates - A Vitalizing Snack

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor. It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu Recipe

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu

Description
Fennel, ginger, and yogurt sauce give this a juicy and flavorful recipe you'll enjoy over and over again!

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP plain yogurt
  • 2 TBSP plus 1/4 Cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sucanant or raw sugar
  • 2 TBSP ghee or sunflower oil
  • 2 TSP grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TSP fennel seeds
  • 1 TSP ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP turmeric
About the Author: 

For nearly a decade, Christina has been sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and licensed instructor.

It was in 2005 when she was introduced to Ayurveda that her life was changed. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, she offers one-on-one consultations in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions.

Through instruction, education, and guidance, she offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Witnessing how her work and the science of Ayurveda have changed her clients' lives is what motivates her each day.

She knows first-hand what a difference it can make on one's wellness by simply understanding an individual's unique body type and making small simple changes to one's diet and lifestyle. Her clients appreciate her ability to guide and support them through the complex world of diets and fads.

An Ojas Building Shake

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor.

It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

LYD has an ever-lasting gratitude to Christina and her amazing health and wellbeing services. Her loving services and nourishing dishes are truly a blessing during grief and trauma recovery.

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