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January, February

January is the time for reflection, conservation and restoration to keep our minds and bodies balanced and healthy during this time of year.  Taking long walks in nature, laying on the floor for 5-10 minutes per day, eating warm foods, drinking warm liquids, getting a good night’s sleep and being kind to yourselves are all simple ways to achieve these healthy practices.  Turn down the noise in your lives, lighten up your loads and be quiet.  You never know what will be revealed to you.


Blessings to all of you and I wish for you a healthy 2018!
Dr. Paula

March

Spring is just around the corner and it's a good time to think about cleansing the body to rid of unwanted wastes so your body can begin anew. In preparation for a spring cleansing (which will be discussed in our next newsletter), you can begin by taking Triphala, a natural formulation that contains three fruits: amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. These fruits are designed to promote elimination in a safe and healthy way. Ease now carries triphala and so if you are interested, please stop in and pick some up. Clearing out unwanted waste promotes positive health in both mind and body. 


Blessings, Dr. Paula

 

April

In Ayurveda, spring cleansing is an important way to removed the toxins that have built up over the winter season. One safe and natural way to do this is through a kitchari cleanse and by using triphala. Kitchari is a simple diet that consists of yellow mung dal, basmati rice and ghee (clarified butter) along with some important herbs and a few mild vegetables. I would like to refer you to this website for their delicious kitchari recipe. Click here for recipe.
Along with kitchari, I recommend adding triphala to this cleanse to promote healthy and effective elimination. Triphala is a combination of 3 fruits (amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki) that aid in one's elimination to remove toxins, promote vitality, good health and good sleep.

Think of a cleanse as a renewal of your self, analogous 
to the emergence of a bud out of the earth and its eventual
transformation into a fragrant, beautiful and vibrant flower.


Blessings, Dr Paul

May

You may have heard the phrase "April showers bring May flowers" but you may not know that this time of year, known as "Kapha" season in Ayurveda, may also bring heaviness, coldness and dampness to your body and mind.
To counterbalance these qualities, Ayurveda uses spices and foods that are heating, drying and light like ginger, kale, and asparagus. Begin drinking one cup of ginger tea in the morning and start placing one teaspoon of ginger (powder or fresh) into your food each day and this will help to stimulate your digestive fire called "agni" and help to clear away some of the heaviness and coldness you may be feeling.
 Stop and smell the beautiful flowers all around you and let us all be grateful for the beauty nature provides us at this time of year.

 

Blessings, Dr. Paula

June 

As many of you may know, I blend eastern and western practices in my research and in my Ayurvedic consultations. On the western side, I wanted to make you all aware of an upcoming clinical trial called "OsTea" that I will be conducting on men and women with a bone condition called osteopenia. Specifically, I will be assessing the effect of various teas or placebo ingested over a 3-month period on bone health and general well-being. Interested participants need to be age 18 or older who have documented osteopenia (T-scores between -1 and -2.5) and who are willing to drink 3 cups of tea each day for 3 months. 


To see if you are eligible, please call my lab: 412-396-4296. 
For more information regarding this trial, please go to Clinicaltrials.gov

 

Blessings, Dr. Paula

July

With the June 21st solstice passing and summer beginning, the sun rays, which give us life on earth as we know it, also bring heat. To enjoy summer to its fullest, keep your body cool and dry with foods like cilantro, cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplant; and try to work in more limes into your dishes instead of lemons. 
To give you a perfect start to the summer season, try one of my favorite foods, Baba Ganoush. 
Take a fresh eggplant and bake for 1h at 325oF (whole and unpeeled). Peel the skin, cut into cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/3 c tahini, 1T olive oil, 1/4c freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 2 twists each of Himalayan rock salt and ground pepper. With a mixing wand, purée into a fine dip. Serve with pita. 

 

Enjoy this with family and friends.
Blessings for a beautiful summer! 
Dr. Paula

August 

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, disease can form from misuse of the senses. This includes touch, sight, sound, taste and smell. Most of us do not realize that our bodies are digesting more than just food throughout the day. We also digest images through our eyes, sounds through our ears, smells through  our noses and physical sensations through our skin.  Pay attention to what your eyes and ears are  digesting and focus on starting your day with beautiful images and sounds. This could be family pictures,
a beautiful painting, or music. You'll be amazed how much better your day will go when waking up to a  peaceful image or song rather than talk radio. 
Give it a try!


Blessings, Dr. Paula

 

September

With the weather moving between hot and cold, stormy and calm and the return of school, many of you may be feeling a little anxious.  
The macrocosm (environment/world) can influence our microcosm (internal bodily functions). A simple breathing technique (pranayama) can help you navigate through these "stormy" times.

When you feel anxious, exhale twice as long as you inhale. So, if you inhale over one count, then exhale over two counts. If you inhale over two counts, then exhale over four counts. Try to move towards inhaling over a count of four and exhaling over a count of eight. This will naturally decrease your heart rate and calm your mind. 


 Blessings, Dr. Paula

October

The autumn equinox on September 22nd signaled the beginning of fall, which is the time of year when our days shorten, the air chills and we move into a more contemplative and reflective time of year.  As our plants draw energy down into their roots and animals begin to store fat and hibernate, humans, too, need to slow down to conserve precious energy, especially during fall and winter. Energy conservation or “bramacharya” is so important that it is one of the pillars of Ayurveda and one of the Yamas in yoga.  Energy conservation is not easy to do in our fast-paced world. To help you, I offer you to drink a warm cup of tulsi tea in the morning or at night on a daily basis to maintain balance in your body and mind during this beautiful and colorful time of year!


Blessings, Dr. Paula

November

I have always admired trees as to how they move through the seasons with ease. They don't fight the change from summer to fall. In fact, they delight in this transition showcasing their beautiful colors. Trees freely release their leaves to conserve energy during the winter months and then reemerge fresh and renewed with the onset of spring. We all need to take lessons from trees and learn to "release our leaves" in the form of detoxification. During the fall, we all should spend a few days or weeks ridding our bodies of accumulated toxins that occurred during the spring and summer months. One simple way to do this is by taking triphala a combination of three fruits to facilitate bowel movements. Ease has triphala for purchase and so stop on by and begin this natural form of cleansing. 


I wish for all of you blessings during the Thanksgiving holiday! 


Dr. Paula 

 

December

I just had my second cupping session with Judi and I decided to write about what this means from an Ayurvedic perspective. 
In Ayurveda, we focus on the qualities of the 5 universal elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. They combine in various combinations to form the Vata dosha (ether + air); the Pitta dosha (fire + water); and the Kapha dosha (earth + water). Vata, with its qualities being cold, light, dry, moving, subtle and rough may cause our bodies to feel tight, our joints to ache, and our minds and emotions to be unsettled or repressed. The subtle quality of Vata allows it to move into and accumulate within the spaces of our bodies like the joints, knees, and, shoulder blades, causing pain, cracking and tightness. It is also in these places, where we hold tension, grief, and anger. Cupping is a good way to open these spaces and allow Vata to move out and provide relief to the body, mind and spirit. Treat yourself to a few cupping sessions to keep your body, minds and emotions balanced throughout the holiday season.


Blessings, Dr. Paula

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