Nurture and enjoy yourself this Christmas

Written by Pete Jackson

It’s the festive season and many of us will celebrate the season according to our religious and cultural traditions, but perhaps not always our yogic practice. We’ll eat and drink a little extra of those things we may normally avoid and generally break a few ‘rules’ as we join with family and friends for what will hopefully be a happy and harmonious Christmas time.  So, as yoga practitioners, can we break our good habits of eating nourishing, well balanced food for the sake of one-off Christmas ‘partying’?  Yes, we can! To help, Byron Yoga Centre’s resident Ayurveda teacher, Jacinta McEwen, offers some festive season tips.  


Ayurvedic health tonics for wintertime

Written by Brook McCarthy
ayurveda-winter.jpgOur immune systems often become compromised in winter as our kapha goes into excess, according to the traditional Indian natural health system of Ayurveda. Leaning how to keep our doshas in balance is fundamental to surviving and thriving this winter.


Ayurvedic self massage

Abhyanga self massageWritten by Brook McCarthy

While many of us anticipate and enjoy receiving a massage, few consider self-massage. The Ayurvedic art of self-massage, known as Abhyanga, is often described as being one of the most important regimes in Ayurveda, not only for keeping the skin, hair, nails and joints healthy, but for stimulating and balancing the energy points in the body.


Comfort food

comfort-food.jpgWritten by Brook McCarthy

We choose foods for far more reasons than just fuel - food nourishes us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Eating for comfort doesn’t need to involve whipped cream and chocolate. Knowing a little about the effects of food helps satisfy deeper cravings while nourishing mind, body and soul.


Stoking your digestive fire

 Written by Brook McCarthy

ayurveda, healthChoosing what to eat is taken very seriously by many on the yogic path. But the endeavour doesn't stop there. In Ayurveda, the power of your digestion, known as agni or ‘fire', is the most important determinant of your health and longevity. "Whether your body makes good nutrients or toxins, known as ‘ama', from your food depends on the strength of your digestion," says Jacinta McEwen, Byron Yoga Centre Ayurveda teacher trainer.


Rug up against the cool winds of vata

Written by Brook McCarthy

When the cool winds of autumn begin blowing it is the season of vata, according to the traditional Indian natural health system of Ayurveda. Ayurveda recognises that each individual’s constitution is a unique combination of three principles called doshas – vata, pitta and kapha – with one dosha usually more dominant. As vata predominates in autumn, vata imbalance is common to all doshas, with symptoms including anxiety, stress, restlessness, exhaustion and underweight. But there are plenty of tips and techniques you can use to rug up against vata imbalance.

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