asana, shavasana, coconuts (part II) ; oil pull

coconut oil pull for detox
what shavasana is to the asana practice, is coconut to the shavasana
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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the beneficial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.
When starting your practice you may experience the effects of the body detoxification process. Same when you are moving deeper into certain asana, taking a new asana, or taking a more intensive meditation period It can lead to the body-mind purging all the things it doesn’t want to have in there anymore. Side effect of this is that you may feel feverish or even sick, headache, rash or any other symptoms can occur. Which can jeopardize a steady daily practice. Daily oil pulling before committing to your practice can help to relieve the effects of detoxification, and in general create a better state of health, and not only for your teeth and mouth.
Taking it that you are already on a more or less “sattvic” diet; pure, no processed food if possible and well-balanced. Or at least trying to keep your food intake as pure and natural as possible. Oil pulling can be effective for boosting your immune-system and taking “remaining” toxins out of the body that have been stored in the tissues and now released into the system by practicing yoga asana, or sitting meditation.
Oil pulling is the ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involved swishing a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil around in your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Because purportedly, this swishing will pull the “toxins” out from all over your body, drawing them into the oil ( the oil pulls the “toxins” out of your tongue ) and therefore cleansing your whole system.(disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself). It will heal your gums and whiten your teeth too.
Another effect of oil pulling is that fights off the harmful bacteria in the mouth, it will help strengthening your immune system and fight of diseases. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these organisms. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

The key to successful oil pulling is in the duration of the swishing. Oil is viscous, it’s “sticky” and it spreads. Given enough time ( a full 20 minutes ), it will slowly seep all the way up into those bacteria-filled pockets. Tooth brush bristles can’t get up there. Toothpaste is foamy and runny, not sticky at all, so it won’t get up there. Mouthwash isn’t viscous at all. But oil seeps in everywhere, and then as you swish, it’s drawn back out. Oil pulling is the only way to reach, and dislodge, those harmful bacteria that are buried so deeply under your gum line.
How to apply oil pulling:
Every morning, first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth out, measure one tablespoon of virgin cold-pressed coconut, sesame (sesame and coconut are the most reputed), sunflower, or olive oil
Swish this oil around in your mouth, letting it pass over your tongue, your gums, and all your teeth, and trying your best to move it between each tooth, for a full 20 minutes. Meanwhile you prepare your yoga practice or start with a basic warming up for the joints.
The oil will turn white and frothy. Don’t gargle it or you’ll risk swallowing it. When the 20 minutes is up, spit it all out. Spit into trash, compost or outside in, just not in the sink – to prevent clogging.
Gargle, preferably with salt water, and thoroughly rinse your mouth out. Brush your teeth as normal.
Toxins are pulled from the body the very first time you try it. One of the first cleansing symptoms you will experience is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins. While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes. You may also experience a little nausea and perhaps even need to vomit as your body expels toxic waste. Other symptoms may also arise temporarily. These symptoms will subside as your body becomes cleaner and you become more comfortable with oil pulling. Oil pulling should become a regular part of your daily schedule, like brushing your teeth (at least repeat daily for a minimum of 30 days, but ideally 45-60 days).
according ayurvedic medicine it can help against (when done daily):
alleviating allergies
against eczema
arthritis, relieve of joint pain
better sleep
brightening & whitening teeth
boosting the immune system
chronic blood disorders
clearing the sinuses
decreasing headaches
decreasing inflammation
digestive troubles
fresh breath
having a clearer mind
heart disease
hormonal disorders
improve oral health (healthier gums – bleeding gums, tooth decay and gum diseases are diminished)
improving PMS symptoms, more relieve
improving the lymphatic system
increasing energy
more clearer skin, more soft
preventing bad breath
regulating menstrual cycles
removal of mucus
Sunflower and sesame seed oils are the most commonly used for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. People have had success with olive, coconut, almond, and other oils. Coconut oil because of its many health benefits is preferred. If you use a mild flavored coconut oil it is very pleasant in the mouth. Some oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, are so strong flavored that many people find them difficult to use.
This information has worked for us  Please do not consider them as medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

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turmeric the most essential herb for a yoga (asana) practice

turmeric the most essential herb for a yoga (asana) practice

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“a day without turmeric is a day without a downward facing dog”

Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the beneficial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.

Most of this information comes from the following sources;

The Ayurvedic Spice of Life ©2003 Prashanti de Jager (www.omorganics.com)
Yoga and Ayurveda. Dr. David Frawley.

Turmeric is truly a great herb, the following text is merely an abbreviation of the wide range of benefits of Turmeric, and meant to inspire you to add turmeric to your daily diet as adding yoga to your daily life, and notice how well those 2 can go together for your general well-being.
from tao te ching;
When you look for it, there is nothing to see.
When you listen for it, there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it is inexhaustible.

Dr David Frawley rounds it all up; “There is little that it cannot do in the realm of healing and much that no other herb is able to accomplish. Turmeric has a broad spectrum of actions, mild but certain effects, and is beneficial for long term and daily usage. Though it is a common spice, few people, including herbalists know of its great value and are using it to the extent possible. It is an herb that one should get to know and live with. Turmeric gently stimulates the digestive fire and makes the food easier to digest and absorb. It also helps detoxify the food. In addition it improves the quality of food, adding nutritive and blood building properties to the oils with which it combines, particularly ghee (clarified butter), with which it has an important affinity. It is essential to Ayurvedic diets. In addition Turmeric is a great woman’s herb and is helpful for many gynecological problems. It mildly promotes menstruation, relieves menstrual pain and cramping, is great for countering PMS, and helps build the blood. It helps guard against or even remove cysts in the breast or uterus, and is a good guard against breast cancer. In addition it helps beautify the skin and improve the complexion, promoting circulation and nutrition to the surface of the body. It vitalizes the body’s own natural healing energy through its action of strengthening digestion and circulation, and aiding in the regulation of all bodily systems. For all these reasons Turmeric is likened to the Divine Mother, bestowing numerous blessings and helping us in all dangers, difficulties and conditions of weakness and debility.”

For many reasons Turmeric is also one of the best herbs/foods of Yoga: It is one of the most potent purifying herbs in Ayurveda, cleansing all the bodies including physical and subtle, from muscles to marmas; It is one of the safest herbs; It increases flexibility; It reduces pain and inflammation from practice which means it allows more opportunity to perfect asana’s, stay in asana’s longer and stay in asana’s with greater ease, more sukha and sthira; It increases prana, the flow of prana and purifies prana. Yoga scriptures like the Shiva Samhita recommends that a Yogi take some ghee and milk before asana and pranayama practice, and many traditional yogis add Turmeric to that.

One focus of Yoga Asana is the digestive system and digestion (Gastro-Intestinal (GI) system), which is the basis of our mental and physical health. Turmeric is a great carminative and continues with what the asana have started. Carminatives tend to increase absorption and nurture the intestinal flora. Able to calm an upset digestive system by getting rid of gas and distention. Turmeric is one of the best carminatives because though it leans towards being heating-pungent, it is very balanced and does not aggravate any of the doshas if taken in normal amounts, a few grams per day. Turmeric treats the entire GI system. It is traditionally used for weak stomachs, poor digestion,dyspepsia, to normalize metabolism, to help digest protein, and to increase the bio-availability of food and the ability of the stomach to withstand digestive acids. Turmeric detoxifies the body and mind and in this way helps the body cure itself. One sure sign of this is that it increases the level of the enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST), which is essential to detoxification. Turmeric is one of the dashemani, the 10 best herbs to treat poisoning and to purify.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb and therefore is very good treatment for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, trauma, and stiffness from both under activity and over activity. If used before and after any surgery it will decrease the pain and inflammation and accelerate the healing and the return to balance. Though Yogis minimize the use of pungents, they do use Turmeric for many reasons, one being it is so good for the tendons and ligaments. It helps them to attain and hold asanas and to avoid injuries. In the same way it minimizes the pain and inflammation related to any kind of exercise or strenuous activity.

Yoga works on the total body and mind, not only the muscles and joints, similar Turmeric has multiple effects on the total body and mind. It is known that Turmeric, and especially the Curcumins, inhibits skin cancer, likely due to decreasing the expression of proto-oncogenes. External application stops pain and swelling, heals wounds, and treats many skin diseases ranging from acne to leprosy.Since Turmeric is bitter and anti-inflammatory, it is excellent for hot skin diseases, especially wet eczema.

Purification, another important focus of yoga, and one of the Niyama’s; “Saucha”. A great alterative, Ayurveda uses Turmeric to purify and move the blood, for instance in the uterus during the menstrual cycle. Curcumin is actually very similar to one of the active molecules in Chaparral, a great Native American blood purifier. Turmeric also protects your liver from toxins and pathogens. It is  known to both destroy major hepatoxins, like aflatoxin, and to rebuild the liver after being attacked by hepatoxins. Turmeric increases the secretion of bile, promotes bilification, and may prevent cholelithiasis.

Turmeric supports the heart in many ways. For instance, there are platelets that flow in the blood whose job it is to form blood clots when we are wounded. The stress of being wounded causes the platelets to accumulate and stick together. In these days we experience a lot of the same stress without being wounded and our platelets start sticking together increasing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Turmeric is known to inhibit this. Turmeric also removes cholesterol from the liver and inhibits its assimilation, which means that it gives your heart double protection from cholesterol.

Both Yoga and Turmeric have beneficial effects on the respiratory system and is one of the main traditional uses of yoga and turmeric. Yoga (asana and pranayama) are widely used to treat asthma, and cleansing the lungs. Turmeric as an anti-oxidant it protects the lungs from pollution and toxins. It also helps the oxygen transfer from the lungs to the blood. Turmeric with ghee is traditionally used to get rid of cough and to treat asthma.

Yoga has always been used for its therapeutic qualities, and it is here where yoga and ayurveda come really together. To treat a condition with both yoga and ayurveda, in this case, Turmeric, whom both work on the total body and mind, the beneficial effects can be multiple and synergistic.

Taken internally or used externally Turmeric is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anthelmintic (anti-worm). The essential oil, the water extract, and the extracted curcumins all show this activity. It interferes with the ability of microbes and viruses to replicate themselves and it increases your Immune system’s ability to fight the infection. It kills many bacteria in vivo and in vitro including staph and salmonella so it is great against staph infections and food poisoning. The fresh juice Turmeric is often used for many antibiotic applications such as wounds or whenever an antiseptic is needed. As an antibiotic Turmeric has been compared with penicillin on gram positive organisms and with streptomycin on gram negative organisms. In both cases Turmeric came in second but gave a strong showing.

Oxidation by free radicals is linked with accelerated aging and virtually every major chronic disease including atherosclerosis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, and rheumatoid arthritis. One way to stop this is with anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and E and Turmeric. A second way is with certain enzymes which engage the free radicals and destroy their ability to react. Working double time, the curcuminoids as anti-oxidants are 8 times stronger than vitamin E and also increase the number and activity of free radical destroying enzymes, like superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.. This means Turmeric is good at keeping you feeling and looking young; protecting you from mutating cells, tumors and cancer; preventing and removing oxidized cholesterol thereby preventing heart attacks; and reducing pain and acute (injuries) and chronic inflammations (arthritis).

Turmeric is considered to be anti-cancer because it has a triple action: It neutralizes those substances and conditions which can cause cancer; It directly helps a cell retain its integrity if threatened by carcinogens; If a tumor does grow the Curcumins can often destroy it.

When a virus replicates the ‘long terminal repeat’ (LTR) sequence is activated. Without this activation there can be no replication of a virus like the HIV. Harvard research proves the Curcumins to be powerful inhibitors of HIV LTR. Turmeric and the Curcumins have also been shown to help the Immune system’s T-cells survive and thrive, another strong anti-AIDS mechanism.

Turmeric protects from parasites that can cause so many mental and physical problems, including poor digestion.

For at least 1000 years Chinese Medicine has used Turmeric especially for the Spleen, Stomach, and Liver Meridians. They use it to stimulate and purify, and as an anti-biotic, anti-viral, and an analgesic. As such it is used to stimulate and strengthen the blood and decrease blood pressure, to clear abdominal pain and stagnation in men, women and children, and to remove stagnant Chi, the pain due to stagnant Chi, and excessive wind element. They consider it one of the better herbs for women because it stimulates the uterus and clears menstrual stagnation, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea due to congested blood arising from a lack of heat or simply a deficiency. With the way that Turmeric can move the Chi, Turmeric intake in combination with Yin asanas can be seen as an herbal equivalent of an acupuncture session.

Healing Properties Overview

Besides flavoring food, to purify the blood and remedy skin conditions is probably the most common use of Turmeric in Ayurveda. The principle organs that it treats are the skin, heart, liver and lungs. Sushruta recommended it for epilepsy and bleeding disorders. Charaka recommends it for skin diseases, to purify the body mind, and to help the lungs expel kapha. Activities of Turmeric include: alternative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary. Therapeutic uses include: AIDS/HIV, anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds. Turmeric helps regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast-milk, and in men it purifies and builds semen, which is counter intuitive for a pungent bitter. It reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems in general. It is used to treat external ulcers that respond to nothing else. Turmeric decreases kapha and so is used to remove mucus in the throat, watery discharges like leucorrhea, and any pus in the eyes, ears, or in wounds, etc.

Adding Turmeric to your daily life;

Turmeric can be easily consumed on a daily base by making a herbal tea out of it;
Add finely chopped fresh turmeric or turmeric powder to boiling hot water, together with a slice of lime or lemon, and let it steep for while.*
Like most Indian and South-East Asian dishes will contain Turmeric, maybe just try to add some Turmeric to any dish you prepare and see how it will work out.

Please do not consider this text as a medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

*Turmeric is also used for dying fabric, especially Monk robes. With that said, it has the quality to stain your plastic-ware permanently yellow.

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asana, shavasana, coconuts

asana, shavasana, coconuts

what shavasana is to the asana practice, is coconut to the shavasana

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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the benificial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.

From tao te ching;

It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.

One of the reasons people love Mysore, Karnataka, India is the easy access to fresh coconuts. On almost every street corner there is a little coconut stand, and opposite the “main shala “(Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) there is a little mobile coconut stand. Most ashtangi’s develop a habit of drinking & eating 1 or 2 coconuts after a practice.

And it is a healthy habit;

  • Coconut is a tropical fruit that is rich in protein.
  • Its re-vitalizing properties are almost instant, within 5 minutes of some fresh coconut you will feel a burst of energy, clarity of mind and well-being.
  • The fat from coconut is considered saturated but it is actually called Lauric Acid which is a type of fat which is easily absorbed by the human body and used instantly as energy.
  • Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid which is abundant in coconut oil and is considered responsible for many of its health benefits. Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid.  The only other abundant source found in nature is in human breast milk.
  • Coconut is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal it is a great cleanser of our intestines.
  • Coconut will help your body fight off infection and its a great thing to eat when you are unwell or feel something coming on, this is thanks to it being converted to Monolaurin by the body which fights off infections (viral or bacterial).
  • Coconut oil itself which can be purchased pretty cheaply in your local health food store is hands down the best cooking oil. It is stable at high heats retaining mostly all of its benefits (unlike Olive oil) and it will leave the food with a delicious taste. (though the best buy would be cold pressed oil and avoid reheating the oil)
  • Coconut can boost thyroid function by up to 20%. Having an efficient thyroid is essential for our bodies to carry out several functions including boosting our metabolism and energy production.
  • Coconut has been proven to have anti-cancer effects especially of the colon and breast. This is due to the oils protective nature and ability to safeguard the body from infection whilst cleansing your system.
  • Coconut water is an amazing substance, it has an array of health benefits firstly it is low in carbs and sugars and one of the best hydrators, fluid re-placers know to humankind.
  • Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk – less fat and no cholesterol
  • Coconut water is better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk.
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage – The same level we have in our blood.(Coconut water is a universal donor– Its identical to human blook plasma –)
  • Coconut water is good for kidney and urinary bladder problems.

Coconut oil can also be used for purification, saucha.

“Oil-pull”; taking 2 tbs of coconut oil into your mouth, and hold it there for 20 min. After 20 min, spit the oil, the saliva and all the toxins out. Rinse with lukewarm water. Any oil could do the job of extracting the toxins from the body tissues through the mouth cavity. Coconut is more pleasant, has a more balancing and cooling effect, is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a cleanser in general.

Coconut oil can be put on the skin before your practice, the oil will go into the skin, and absorb the toxins. The heat developed during the practice will sweat the oil and the toxins out, detoxifying your body. An added benefit is that it will make your asana’s and vinyasa’s more smooth, you are sliding your way in & out  the asana, less friction. In  some cases you need some friction and resistance, and doing arm balances will become more difficult. Coconut oil has pitta counteracting properties (esp on the head when it is overheated) The cooling effect of coconut oil can prevail that you feel “over-heated”, or aggravated. Some Indian martial arts like, kalarippayat rub the whole body with oil before their practice. As you would lubricate a machine to let it run efficiently, the body should be lubricated too. To avoid being completely covered in oil, another option is to apply some coconut oil only on the area’s you think need some special care.

Mix a bit of turmeric powder with coconut oil and put it on any scratch you have to work both the healing properties of coconut oil and turmeric, it works like a natural anti-biotics, turmeric can stop bleeding, and it will speed up tissue repair.

Coconuts are the all in one, gift of mother nature. It restores, re-energizes, strengthens, heals, grows and glows the body mind within minutes. Consumed in it natural form, it is non-violent; not needing any packaging or special needs for transporting. It can grow easily without any pesticides or artificial fertilizers, and can be harvested by any one with open hips.

Please do not consider this text as a medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

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brahmacharya and pineapple
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Asana’s work from the outside of the body into the inside of the body, pranayama works from the inside, the core, to the outside of the body. Both work on all aspects of the body mind, from the gross to the subtle. Pratyahara works from the senses and the mind. Dharana works with the mind. Meditation is beyond the mind and works with the subtle energies within the body mind. Nutrients work on molecular level, they can do there work from the inside of the cell, and penetrate the cell from the outside. Taking particular nutrients together with a yoga practice, can upgrade the benificial effects more, what yoga has prepared within the body mind, nutrients can take beyond that. And/or what the nutrients have been doing on a cellular level, yoga can act on.
from the tao te ching;
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
Brahmacharya, can be translated into “celibacy”, but also into “dwelling in oneness”, or seeing the divine in everything. To take it a little bit broader, and within the field of nutrition; many plants contain compounds that science just slowly starts to recognize as beneficial (divine) for a healthy body mind. Nutrition can play a vital role in how our bodies respond to inflammation and soreness following asana and a strenuous practice. There are certain nutritional “must haves” if you want to stay healthy: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, glyconutrients and phytonutrients. Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds and nuts together with a balanced diet will do the job. The herbs turmeric and ginger will do, another very good is option is pineapple. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is responsible for digesting protein, reducing inflammation as well as joint pain (This bromelain is a combination of several different components, with the cysteine proteinase enzymes being one of the most important because they help with the process of protein digestion). An added benefit is that bromelain also aids in wound healing, angina and muscle soreness. Pineapple is a good source of dietary fiber too. Pineapple in the ayurvedic system of medicine is recommended for the treatment of conditions such as digestive disorders, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney stones,  infections and worm infestations.
Besides bromelain;

  • Pineapple is rich in thiamine (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid and vitamin C. Minerals such as manganese and copper are the other components that contribute to the health benefits of pineapple. In fact Pineapple is one of the best source of vitamin C (1 cup has as much as 1.3 times of Vitamin C required on a daily basis by body) and manganese among all fruits.
  • Another enzyme found in pineapple and adds to muscle recovery is papain because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Antioxidant benefits: free radicals generated during the biochemical reactions in the body have wide-ranging deleterious effects on several body systems. Pineapple has a superior antioxidant action against such free radicals because of its rich content of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties. These health benefits of pineapple are most useful for people with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Some of pineapple’s antioxidant action is also due to the manganese ion, thiamine and pyridoxine which play an important role as co-factors for the several enzymes involved in reactions to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals.pineapple benefits
  • Immunity-boosting benefits: another of the health benefits of pineapple is that it helps people resist infections that arise due to a weakness of the body’s immune systems. Conditions such as flu, ear infection and the common cold respond well to vitamin C and pineapple being a rich source of this vitamin, helps to build the body’s resistance to infections. Some studies have also found that bromelain has the ability to reduce the inflammatory and allergic responses of hay fever.
  • Benefits in Arthritis: bromelain has been investigated for its action on osteoarthritis and although there is no conclusive evidence yet, one study found that it has an action equivalent to that of painkillers generally used for arthritis.
  • Benefits in cancer: bromelain has shown anti-tumor activity in animal studies and has also been found effective in preventing the spread of cancer cells from the tissue of origin to other organs.
  • The bromelain in pineapple can interfere with the way your body responds to medications such as antibiotics, sedatives and blood thinners. Therefore, it is best to consult your physician about such interactions before you take pineapple.

Some other nutrients which contain some divine compounds that help reducing inflammation and soreness following strenuous practice;

  • bananas; Post practice cramps and soreness often come from a lack of potassium. Bananas are probably the most easy way to re-stock on potassium.
  • berries & cherries; Berries are packed with antioxidants that protect the cells. Cherries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness. The antioxidants will neutralize free radicals, which can cause inflammation, premature aging, and increase chances of heart disease/cancer. Blueberries or any darker colour berry is great (cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc).
  • ginger & turmeric; (see separate post); Ginger & turmeric are often used as a pain killer in eastern medicine. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, a powerful anti- inflammatory. It fights cancer as well as giving antioxidants that are vital for fighting inflammation, soreness, and muscle recovery, read more: ginger for tapas <webpage link> turmeric the most essential herb for a yoga (asana) practice <webpage link>
  • green tea; According to a recent study profiled in Mens Health, people who drank three cups of green tea a day had fewer markers of cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. Also, green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, which help speed up your metabolism.
  • nuts; Nuts are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid, protein, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and other vitamins/minerals. Plain and not salted or roasted  (no MSG) and soaked overnight are the most beneficial.  Walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds will do when eaten in moderation.
  • spinach; A recent study found that a compound in spinach increase protein synthesis, which helps the muscles repair faster after a practice.

Please do not consider this text as a medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.

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Kitcheree, 2 vegan variations.

Kitcheree, 2 vegan variations.
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One of the main dishes in India is Kitcheree, basically rice, mung beans, Turmeric, and ghee. There are as many variations of Kitcheree as there are cooks in India so there is ample room for experimentation around this central theme. Kitcheree is famous for both its cleansing and nourishing action on the entire body. Usually cleansing and nourishing are opposite therapies, but in the case of Kitcheree, both are possible at once, and hence it is one of the most recommended foods in Ayurveda.

Kitcheree can be a welcoming breakfast after a morning practice, continuing the cleansing that the practice started and nourishing and preparing the body for a new day off the yoga mat.

variation A;
(variation B; substitute the water for coconut milk, this will make a more rich Kitcheree, and more inline with the traditional recipes in which Ghee* is being used)
Ingredients:
1 cup organic brown or red rice
1/2 cup organic mung beans (green beans)
2.2 to 2.5 cup water
1 tsp turmeric powder (or about 3 tsp chopped up fresh turmeric)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (or 1 or 2 sticks of cinnamon, crushed before use)
1 or 2 chopped banana’s
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (organic cold pressed)
Honey  to taste. (add only when ready to eat**)

Preparation;
Soak rice and mung beans over night to shorten the cooking time.

Instructions:
Bring the rice and mung beans to boil, add the turmeric and cinnamon (powder) and stir until the mix becomes completely yellow, and the powder is completely dissolved. Chop the bananas.  After about 10 min, when half of the water has been evaporated, add the chopped bananas.  Let it boil softly till all the water  has been completely evaporated. Take it from the stove and let it cool down a little bit. Add coconut oil and stir***. When it is cooled down enough, but still warm to eat , add honey to taste. Eat warm.

Variation; add a little bit of chopped fresh ginger, or 1 tsp of ginger powder to it.

*Ghee; clarified butter, a major food item in the Indian cuisine, and turmeric has special affinity with it, adding nutritive and blood building properties to the Ghee with which it combines.It is hard to find good, non-violent and honest Ghee nowadays, and for the people that are lactose intolerant it wouldn’t do either.

**Honey is certainly in many respects an extremely powerful medicine – antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral etc. It can be great for colds (not when having a dry cough), clearing sinuses/congestion etc. However, you should not add honey to boiling water. While warm water is fine, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, above 42 degrees centigrade (when you burn your tongue when you take a sip), the all-important ‘medicinal’ molecular structure of honey is changed irrevocably, making it indigestible (in a sense…toxic).

***Coconut oil is one of the best oils to consume. Cold pressed oil has the most nutritional benefits then other processed coconut oils. By not cooking/boiling the oil these will be preserved for you body to digest and use.

**** this recipe is a home remedy that have worked for us.  Please do not consider them as medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.
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“golden soy milk”

“golden soy milk”
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A veganized healthy drink, based on the ancient Indian recipe of Golden Milk. Beneficial especially when having a more strenuous yoga practice. The soy milk in this recipe can be substituted with Almond Milk, regular milk, or any milk replacement. A yogi diet contains products that are easy to digest, non-violent and honest. In line with that soy milk is more preferable then regular milk.  Turmeric is one of Ayurveda’s most revered roots (see post about Turmeric).  It is a profoundly powerful healer with natural antibiotic properties.  Turmeric is believed to help purify the blood, clear the skin, heal reproductive organs, balance blood sugar and so on. It is also good for lubricating your joints (the oil helps with this too).  It helps reducing inflammations and speeds up the heeling process of body tissue. Coconut oil (see post about coconuts) is another powerful healer and with natural antibiotic qualities, it is also suitable for all the 3 dosha’s (ayurvedic body types). Traditionally the golden milk is prepared with almond oil. Almond oil is not the best, ayurvedic, combination with the pitta dosha. Coconut oil is a tridoshic, good for all 3 dosha’s.
It also helps the entire female system function and is great for people suffering from arthritis and can help break up calcium deposits.
Golden soy milk is good to drink on a regular base, any time of the day will do, recommended about 30 min after your yoga practice or before bed time as a soothing drink***.
Ingredients:
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
10 oz Soy Milk
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (organic cold pressed)
Honey to taste. (add only when ready to drink*)
Instructions:
Bring the Soy Milk to boil, add the turmeric powder and stir until the milk becomes completely yellow, and the powder is completely dissolved. Take it from the stove and let it cool down a little bit. Add coconut oil and stir**. When it is cooled down enough, but still warm to drink, add honey to taste. Drink warm to hot.
* Honey is certainly in many respects an extremely powerful medicine – antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral etc. It can be great for colds (not when having a dry cough), clearing sinuses/congestion etc. However, you should not add honey to boiling water. While warm water is fine, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, above 42 degrees centigrade (when you burn your tongue when you take a sip), the all-important ‘medicinal’ molecular structure of honey is changed irrevocably, making it indigestible (in a sense…toxic).
**Coconut oil is one of the best oils to consume. Cold pressed oil has the most nutritional benefits then other processed coconut oils. By not cooking/boiling the oil these will be preserved for you body to digest and use. (coconut is pretty stable even when heated and it will keep most of the benefits, though if you can avoid heating it will nourish you with more of the benefits)
***this recipe is a home remedy that have worked for us.  Please do not consider them as medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition. ahimsaka satya banner 01