Tag: ayurveda

Spring Vitality Soup with Insiya

As spring hits the Northern Hemisphere, we start to awaken from the deep slumber of winter and pay attention to the earth waking up. It begs to mind then that as we throw of the cosy or sluggish mantle of winter, we shift how we eat in this new season.

Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of healing tells us that as the days lighten and lengthen, we should focus us taste buds on the young, bitter greens of spring. Tastes to focus on now are bitter, astringent and pungent. Tastes that will awaken us, detoxify the kidneys and help promote the movement of bile. We stay away from too many heavy doughy and dense foods – even Eoin eats less sourdough – and instead fill our plates with as many seasonal vegetables and fruits as possible.

Here is a delicious green soup from Insiya to help us navigate Spring – it’s like drinking a warm, green, savory smoothie. Feel free to use a diversity of wild, foraged greens in this soup. You can try spinach, spinach and fennel, spring kale, nettles (they will lose their sting once plunged in boiling water); or chard.

This soup is gently cleansing yet filling and makes for a perfect light springtime supper.

Enjoy. And ps. if you enjoyed this recipe which Insiya shared during the 2021 Blissology Project; you can get more here.

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Spinach Vitality Soup. I love this green soup. It feels like sipping on a warm, savory green smoothie full of revitalizing vitamins and iron. Definitely good fuel! 🙂 Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients

1 very large bunch fresh spinach
½ onion thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves sliced
2 tbsp cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil
2 – 3 cups warmed organic chicken or veggie broth
black pepper
Sea salt
Thyme or Tarragon sprig

Method

Wash, drain and rinse the spinach.
• In a soup pot, warm the oil on medium heat until it melts.
• Add in the sliced onion, garlic and thyme. Saute until softened and onion is translucent.
• Now add in the spinach, saute quickly until the spinach is wilted and soft. This will only take a few minutes so pay attention.
• Add in 2 cups of the warmed broth.
• Blend with either an immersion blender in the soup pot, or in a high speed upright blender until the soup has a smooth consistency. It should be a beautiful vibrant green color.
• Season to taste. If needed add a little more broth until the soup is to the constancy you prefer.
• Serve with a little dollop of cultured butter, or a little bit of olive oil or ghee. Enjoy.

Tri doshic as the warmth of spices and broth helps to alleviate the cooling effect of spinach. A wonderful soup for good digestion.

The Gunas: The Yogic Energy Map

This fresh and insightful interpretation of a concept that comes from Yogic Philosophy and Ayurveda will offer you an incredibly intelligent and intuitive guide to living your life to its fullest capacity.

The word Guna comes from the word “strand.” Just like a rope is made of several strands there are three strands of life’s energy. That is to say, there are three main qualities of life.

Not knowing the Gunas is like going through life not knowing North, South, East and West. Eoin calls it an “energy map” that helps us master our energy in life.

There are so many energies we could feel, but the Gunas let’s us categorize them at the meta level so we can see the overarching patterns to how life interacts. Like you would file receipts in a file folder, the Gunas are like a filing system for energy.

This talk is just the tip of the iceberg and if you’re interested in these types of conversations, look into our self-study or interactive courses on Teachable.

Yoga Poses to Balance your Doshas for Health & Happiness.

Ayurveda—India’s ancient wisdom science of longevity—categorizes us as unique individuals, each stepping into life with our own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual blueprint.

This blueprint, or prakriti in Sanskrit, arises from Ayurveda’s universal life-creating elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. These elements combine to form specific bio-energies called doshas, existing within us as well as in the world at large. Earth and water create the heavy Kapha dosha, from fire and water emerges fiery Pitta, and from air and space we get light and excitable Vata.

It is our unique ratio of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that gives us recognizable characteristics, traits, and quirks. For example, earthy Kapha people have bigger bones and tend toward calm solidity, athletic Pitta people exhibit competitiveness and passion, while Vata people tend toward thinner frames, as well as a quick, creative, scattered mind.

Our work in life, according to Ayurveda, is to understand our doshic blueprint so that we can choose activities, food, and a lifestyle that balance, rather than amplify, our doshas.

Understanding our doshas is also key to getting the most benefits from our yoga practice. If you’ve ever been to a yoga class and emerged feeling a little out of it—you may have felt irritable and over-heated; or perhaps too scattered and spacey, or too mellow and melancholy—it is possible that your yoga practice is not supporting your doshas.

Here is a short guide to poses that will help to balance your doshas for maximum health and happiness…

Read the rest of the article on elephant journal.