SparkPeople Exploring Ayurveda Team Messageboard Welcome. This team is for anyone curious about incorporating Ayurvedic practices into their lives. SparkPeople Exploring Ayurveda Team Messageboard Hi from Rhode Island! Hi Everyone! I am extremely interested in Ayurveda practices and am just at the very beginning of learning about this ancient healing system. Is anyone else new? Or is there a seasoned practitioner who might take me under their wing???? <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Chrys (AKA MusicTeacha17) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:54:29 EST Hello Group! I spent the first week of 2018 at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California (near San Diego). I did the 6-day Perfect Health program. I learned so much! Ayurveda is the way to live! I have a Vata-Pitta dosha. I changed some routines, my diet and my mindset. Best way to start the New Year and the perfect birthday present ever! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:19:11 EST Hi there! Hi there! I have recently been getting into Deepak Chopra via a book called "What are you hungry for?". I started the year aiming to eliminate sugar. Then I came across Dr John Douillard who has a program called " 3 seasons eating" (or something like that). I did a quiz on his site ( then came to search for Ayurveda on Spark People. So here I am! <BR> <BR> I am mostly vegan, having been vegetarian since I was 18 (now 63). I live in the UK. Other info is on my Spark page. <B... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:53:26 EST Understanding Your Dosha VATA <BR> <link><BR>a-minimize-stress-and-feed-your-creati<BR>vity?utm_source=News%20and%20Events&am<BR>p;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_content=160<BR>718+Unopens+-+PH+-+Understanding+Your+<BR>Dosha&amp;utm_campaign=News%20and%20Events2016718 </link> <BR> <BR> Vata Pacifying/ Balancing <BR> <link><BR>dic-living/learning-ayurveda/balancing<BR>-vata/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PITTA <BR> <link>www.chopr... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:48:08 EST Hello from Canada! Hello everyone! <BR> I am a 28 year old mother of two beautiful, energetic children and married to my best friend. I work full time at an eye care clinic and have let my health slide over the past few years but I am ready to make positive changes and look forward to meeting new people along the journey!! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 14:21:24 EST Our New Feature Spark People has introduced new features to the team boards: among others, a "wall" at the top of the page that displays general messages to the team members for 48 hours and an option to encourage more participation by team members by sending them goodies for actions they performed for the team. For starters, I'll be awarding goodies to any team member who has posted in the preceding month. Thanks for being a part of our team. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:12:38 EST New Administrator on Board Hello, all. <BR> <BR> After three months or so as a member, I put in a request to become an administrator for this forum. My experience with Ayurveda has been developing since January through several YogaFit trainings I've completed as part of my registration process as a yoga teacher and therapist. <BR> <BR> For me, Ayurveda is the system for balancing my health through nutrition and it complements my yoga practice across the full spectrum of the hatha's eight branches, from asanas throu... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:52:16 EST Choosing Vegetarian, Choosing Vegan I just got back from a weekend conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, where the meal options are mostly vegetarian. There was some cheese, some eggs, choices of dairy and non-dairy milk, and one chicken at dinner one night. I had no trouble going with mostly vegan options. [I did sample the scrambled eggs one morning to compare them with the tofu scramble.] The vegan dishes were inventive and tasted really good.So I'm optimistic that I'll be able to develop a more vegan style of... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:52:59 EST Trying New Recipes As I move into a more vegetarian diet, I'm really enjoying the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables. Many times, I'll seek out a recipe from Last night, for example, I made a quinoa and pomegranate salad, as part of my dinner. Like so many of the recipes I try, it wasn't especially complicated. [I did have to check out some video tips for extracting the edible portion of the pomegranate: scoring the skin and then pulling the fruit apart under water was quite helpful.... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:30:25 EST someone please become the leader!!! I would love to learn more about Ayurveda practices. I am so green on the subject I would hurt the group rather than help otherwise I'd be on it! <BR> <BR> I will keep praying and checking in <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:08:32 EST Not Just Diet Went to a YogaFit Conference to take two more trainings toward my registration as a yoga therapist. One of them was an introduction to Ayurveda, applying the principles of the system to a yoga practice, e.g. movements to stimulate the immune system to help our constitutions sustain their natural balance. An "off-the-mat" assignment from the training was to commit [mutually, with another participant] to an Ayurvedic principle and check in after thirty days. I committed to revising my wake-up a... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:57:05 EST Finding Indian Seasonings and Produce I'm fortunate to have an Indian grocery within fifteen minutes of my home. But when I found a recipe that recommended "mango powder" as a seasoning, my "local" grocery didn't carry it. Is this something to seek on-line? Has anyone had good [or not-so-good] experiences with on-line grocery shopping? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:51:42 EST Eating Mindfully when Stressed After a brief illness, my mother passed away on August 11, 2013. During her illness and the subsequent need for addressing funeral arrangements and notifying friends and out-of-town family about her death, I found myself experiencing very high levels of stress. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, as a practitioner of yoga, twelve-step recovery, and DBT mindfulness, I've already experienced a spiritual renewal that has helped me to find acceptance and serenity through a variety of practices. Socially, for... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:53:40 EST Non-animal Protein I read that Ayurvedic Nutrition encourages a diet with minimal protein from animal sources. In an earlier approximation of a vegetarian diet, I used tofu as a source of non-animal protein. This week, I added TVP, texturized Vegetable Protein. The package came with a recipe for chili, using TVP in place of ground beef or turkey, I guess. I've made non-meat chilis before, but I liked the texture that the TVP gave to this version. So did my family. I especially liked the reduction in cholesterol... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:05:04 EST Pressure Cooking The website for the local Ayurvedic clinic in metro Pittsburgh recommended cooking foods in a pressure cooker to avoid high heats that microwaves, for example, can generate. Such heat destroys valuable nutrients in our food. <BR> <BR> So I bought a pressure cooker, one with various digital settings, such as rice, low heat, saute [used without the lid, of course]. <BR> <BR> I haven't found a non-Ayurvedic cookbook to provide Ayurvedic recipes that use a pressure cooker. I would imagine, th... Fri, 24 May 2013 15:30:35 EST Favorite Magazines, Newsletters, Blogs, etc? Has anyone gone to periodicals -- print or on-line -- for nutritional/health advice? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:47:41 EST Juicing, Smoothies and Ayurveda This past week I happened to hear a proponent of juicing (especially wheatgrass) and smoothies (especially kale) discussing the merits of these two ways of preparing foods to retain their nutrients and make them more accessible for our bodies. Both touched on the value of providing a more alkaline quality for our foods to maintain health because many pathogens that make us sick thrive in an acidic environment. What they were saying makes sense to me scientifically, and I was wondering if anyo... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:04:16 EST My 1st Ayurvedic Dinner Hello all. Yesterday I found a really good Subji recipe and decided to try to make it for the family. We all enjoyed it. The kitchen smelled wonderful. I will say the cauliflower and broccoli were not the greatest veggie choices for my Vata-Pitta dosha but my Kapha's LOVED it. I did bring the leftovers to work today to share with my fellow employees. They are intrigued and the smell (even cold) was still wonderful. <em>4</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:52:03 EST Getting into Ayurveda I've been practicing yoga since I turned 65 and training to become a registered yoga teacher since 2011. Earlier this year, I began teaching a yoga class at a local wellness clinic that emphasizes nutrition over medication as a path to wellness and better health. I've also discovered, on-line, an Ayurvedic clinic near Pittsburgh that offers medical services, which also emphasize appropriate nutrition. Although I haven't begun a change in my diet to an Ayurvedic model, I will be exploring that... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:15:02 EST Namaste from San Diego, CA. Topic question.... what have you done to improve self and your health this 2013? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:37:29 EST Is anyone active in this team? I'm new to spark, looking for team interested in whole foods ayurveda, eating clean am I in the right place Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:59:05 EST Daily Chit Chat <em>213</em> Good morning, Team! I am starting this thread just for everyone to stop in and tell us how your day is going, share triumphs and trials, anything you want to share! <em>290</em> <em>271</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Beltane! Dance today as if no one is watching--even if you don't have a Maypole! <em>213</em> <em>218</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday, I have been languishing in my long, dark tunnel...pain, depression, anxiety, major fatigue (se... Tue, 1 May 2012 08:03:28 EST Anyone still here?? Hi, I am relatively new to this team and have not seen much going anyone still here and active? Blessings, Pam <em>213</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>172</em> <em>148</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 11:19:27 EST Lunches Hi everyone. I am always trying to figure out easy things to bring for lunch. I usually workout in the morning, so don't spend a lot of time preparing. Occasionally, when I get a Sunday free, I try to prepare things that I will eat during the week. So much better than sitting at my desk at noon and trying to figure out where and what I will eat. <BR> <BR> I was eyeing the Zojirushi lunch thermoses today. Some people dump dahl or rice in them in the morning with hot water and hopefully ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:09:50 EST drinking hot water I find this is a pretty easy thing to do. I like sipping on hot water, although when I am working in the heat or exercising I prefer to drink cold water. <BR> <BR> Do any of you drink hot water? How much? how often? What do you know about the benefits? Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:14:22 EST Gardening Anyone? Does anyone have a garden? What are you growing so far this year? <BR> <BR> Will you plant anything for fall harvest? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:48:32 EST Favorite "Go-To" Recipes? I am very new to ayurveda. I am working on changing my diet habits. I recently started making some ayurvedic recipes that were shared with me by my yoga studio. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the recipes: <BR> <BR><BR> <BR> <BR> So far I have tried the Breakfast Dahl; the Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad; and Otto's Easy Beans. Today I think I'm going to try to make the Asian Lettuce Wraps. <BR> <BR> I'd love to... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:11:35 EST Let's Interact! Looking for hints, tips, etc. I recently attended an ayurvedic luncheon. I had no previous exposure to the ayurvedic lifestyle, foods, etc. The purpose of the luncheon was to provide information about a cleanse being offered, starting at the end of July. I am interested in the program, but my hesistation is that there are no "shortcuts," so to speak. I don't like to cook! The food we sampled was absolutely amazing and this seemed like a very reasonable eating plan. (The Eat Taste Heal Book/Cookbook). <BR> <BR> Bu... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:22:07 EST cross cultural eating Anybody else have preferences for food that is not American? I live in Cajun Louisiana and we are famous for eating anything that doesn't eat us first with well entrenched groups of Latinos, African-American, Vietnamese, French, and other types of foods. I am just wondering if any of you have noticed that some cultures have certain dosha/food preferences, like anti-pitta foods for hot climate cultures (like us) or anti-vata foods for other climates? Also, are y'all all vegetarians? I'm not, a... Thu, 19 May 2011 21:48:22 EST Namaste, my new friends! My name is Sue and I am 45 years old. I have been working with Sonam Targee, an Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalist, for 11 years. I consider him my primary health care practitioner. He has also become a dear friend and teacher. As he would say, I am a “Kapha Gal.” When I first went to see him, my Vata was so out of whack that I palpated through most of each day. At first, I simply did whatever he told me to do. I didn’t understand Ayurvedic principles. But then oth... Wed, 18 May 2011 20:35:04 EST what's your favorite book on ayurveda What's your favorite book on ayurveda? Just curious. Sun, 1 May 2011 14:16:50 EST Keeping Balance Is anyone having a hard time keeping balanced while trying to lose weight? <BR> I discovered ayurveda a few years ago, and although following a vata lifestyle was good for me in many ways, I gained about 20lbs in just one year. I have a pitta figure, not a vata one, nor do I have a vata metabolism. <BR> <BR> I recently found a workout that I love, and I'm losing weight. I've been working out 5 days a week, and gaining muscle, which I love, but I'm noticing all these changes are bringing an i... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:19:22 EST Seasonal Changes I am in South Louisiana and the hot wet summer season is already here. One thing that interests me is the difference between Indian seasons that are mentioned in almost all the ayurveda books and the way that translates to American seasons. We spend most of the year here in Pitta season, while I imagine that is much different in the rest of the country. <BR> <BR> What season are the rest of you in and how do you adapt to them? Do you make a formal acknowledgement and effort or does it just ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:57:27 EST What's your Dosha? In Ayurveda, there are three distinct body types, called doshas; Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. All three are present within us, but usually we have an imbalance that makes one more prominent. If we are overweight, most people will assume that we are Kapha, as Kaphas tend to be overweight, but it is not necessarily so. What dosha are you, and what quiz did you take to find out? Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:01:04 EST Welcome to Ayurveda for Health Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I recently discovered Ayurveda in a search for health. I'm almost 50, and I have been feeling awful for a couple of years due to an autoimmune disorder. I'm trying to learn more about an Ayurvedic lifestyle, especially as regards diet, and I hope you'll share your knowledge and experience here. I do know that since I gave up dairy in April, I feel much better, and I've lost 50 lbs. I still have so much to learn! Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:55:45 EST I am the second member of the group! Hello, I am glad to have found this group on Spark! 'Was first introduced to ayurveda by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar <link> </link> <BR> while living on the island of Kauai. That was over six years ago. As I have taken a deeper interest in my health, diet, spirituality etc., Ayurveda is a component. 'Just became vegetarian on 10/10/10 and want to include ayurveda cooking and philosophy in my diet and lifestyle. I am going through the book Eat Taste Heal <link>www.a... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:28:17 EST