Wanna stay beautiful? One thing to avoid for your beauty

  In Buddhism, we all are an eternal self. If that’s true, why not keep our physical body healthy? When you do something good for your health, it will bring natural beauty.  The most beautiful part of natural beauty is it comes within, not from outside.    Ayurveda briefly defines the sign of good health by looking.  These are soft skin, sparkling eyes, silky hair and no odor in your body.  Having a healthy ritual will bring this beauty to you.   To do so, I highly recommend avoiding refined sugar. Refined sugar is in many different forms, so most commercial sweets and drinks are to be avoided. For your…

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Prayer before your meal: “Itadakimasu”

  Ayurveda is a tradition taken over in India for over 5000 years. There is a lot to say about how we eat, and one of them is to do a prayer before your meal time. This tradition has existed in Japan, too.    In Japan, we say “Itadakimasu” before starting our meal. It is often translated as “bon appetit” or simply “let’s eat”. Both translations are perfectly fine, but “itadakimasu” is appreciating the ingredients itself, and anyone who harvested as well as cooked. It is a word of great appreciation for many aspects of a meal. When we finish eating, we say “gochisousama deshita”. We appreciate the meal again.…

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The flow of life

Ayurveda thinks that our physical body is made of five elements of the universe, which are air, water, ether, fire, and earth. If we think of nature, everything consists of five elements, too. No matter how human life has advanced technologically, we are still part of nature, and we are a part of this universe.   As much as it allows, let us enjoy the flow of life. One of the flows we can visually see is a change of seasons. Sunrise and sunset changes throughout the year, too. In the same way, life is not a one single line to move forward. You can move forward and move back,…

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Three things to avoid eating

  What we do and what we eat directly affect our agni. Agni is our digestive fire, so if agni gets weakened or stressed, our ability to digest food and emotion gets disturbed. There are a number of things we can try to keep agni strong, but here are three things I really want you to avoid – refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol.   All three will be hard to digest for agni, in other words, it will not create ojas – the vitality for our life. “Refined sugar increases heat and inflammation in the body, disrupts the balance in the digestive tract, and is addictive.” per my teacher, and similar…

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How much water do we need to drink?

Let’s start with a pop quiz today.  Q: What is the appropriate amount of water to drink per day for an adult?   A lot of times, I hear that you need to drink 2 liters, or 2 quarts of water. Where is this quantity coming from?   In Ayurveda, doing something excessively is not a good idea. If you are not overly active or working under the sun all day, my recommendation for the drink is around 1 liter to 1.2 liter per day. It is around  1 to 1.2 quarts per day. One important thing is to have enough liquid in your meal, such as beans, rice and…

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Agni – for your food digestion and mental clarity

  Eating and digesting cannot be thought of separately in Ayurveda. Digestion is based on your digestive fire, agni in Sanskrit, and it is recommended to eat by monitoring your condition of agni. Agni is said to be located in your stomach area. Agni is like a fire. It can get stronger or weaker depending on what you eat and what you experience.   Stable Agni will bring you to a healthy life in the long term. When agni is stable, you can digest your food easily and will not feel any constipation, gas or bloating. Not only that, agni plays an important role in digesting your emotions. When your…

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Three basic principle of Ayurveda for food choices

Ayurveda talks a lot about food, and it is one of the main principles of Ayurveda. Food is called Ahar in Sanskrit. If you have heard of Ayurveda, you might feel it is complicated to follow along, but it is actually very simple! Below are  basic guidelines to follow.   Eat when you can digest. Eat the quantity you can digest. Eat what you can digest.   Below is a quick explanation of what to follow.    Eat when you can digest. For each meal, make sure to have enough time to digest in between meal times. It is said to take 4 to 6 hours to digest one meal.…

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What is the definition of “health”?

  We all want to feel well. That’s probably one of a few things we can agree on across the nation. However, how do you answer when someone asks you, “are you healthy?”. Do you answer based on your lab test results, or perhaps today’s mood?    In Ayurveda, health comes within. Health is defined by three aspects of our life, which are physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. The name of “Ayurveda” is composed of two words. It is the combination of “ayur (life)” and “veda (science or knowledge)”, and is said to have been practiced for over 5000 years. Ayurveda sees humans as an eternal self, so following Ayurveda…

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Prana Mudra 

This is the mudra of life. It balances and directs the flow of energy in and out of the body and aura, or energy field. Balanced prana provides more ease in large groups and the ability to not take on the energy around you. A result of this mudra is an enhanced clear sense of self in any situation or environment. Touch the tips of the ring and pinky fingers to the tip of the thumb with the palms face up. Keep the index and middle fingers together and fully extend them, keeping them as straight as possible.

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