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The three Gunas and our consciousness

the three Gunas

In Ayurveda, life is seen as an interplay of body, mind and soul. You are already familiar with the physical constitution, which is the result of the individual distribution of the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
On the level of the mind, we see a similar structure: three Gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas – give rise to our mental constitution.
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Surya Namaskar – the Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskar – the Sun Salutation

Many Westerners associate Yoga with certain physical exercises, the so-called Asanas, and may have images in their minds of people sitting in the lotus position or getting into other unusual poses. Read more

Dinacharya – Ayurvedic recommendations for a balanced day

ayurvedic rhythm

Charaka Sutrasthaana, one of the principal Ayurvedic texts, dedicates several chapters to structuring a good daily rhythm.
To this day, its recommendations have lost none of their relevance. In fact, in turbulent times, it’s even more vital to have a stable foundation for one’s health. Read more

Pomegranate Punch and Almond Cookies with Chyavanprash

Ayurveda holds pomegranates in high esteem, because they preserve vitality and youthfulness. Due to their ingredients, they are especially recommended for people with a Pitta-predominant constitution and for addressing imbalanced Pitta Dosha. Read more

Self-Abhyanga –
The easy oil treatment you can do at home

Abhyanga

From the records of ancient cultures, we know that the positive effects of oil treatments have been known and appreciated since thousands of years. Physicians of Ayurveda have traditionally utilized the beneficial effects of treatments with medicinal herbal oils to prevent and cure a variety of health disorders and diseases. Read more

AYURVEDIC NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU

AYURVEDIC NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU

During the Christmas season, we are always extra busy in Bad Ems, and this includes our kitchen: the cooking is even more dynamic and creative than usual.

As a small Christmas gift for you, we have put together an entire New Year’s Eve menu. Read more

Turmeric – yellow root with healing power

tumeric

In well-stocked supermarkets, you may have noticed those small yellow tubers, usually next to the larger ginger roots. Actually, they are close to each other not only in the fruit and vegetable section, but also botanically. Read more

Paneer Makhani

Paneer Makhani

Home-made fresh cheese in tomato butter sauce

Paneer Makhani is a popular Punjabi dish with Paneer, a kind of fresh cheese you can easily . Like with most Indian dishes, the original recipe is too spicy for the Western palate. Read more

Paneer

Paneer

Paneer (also: “Panir”) is a homemade fresh cheese, very tasty if prepared well. It is ideal when you want to eat something a little more substantial, yet still vegetarian. Ayurveda recommends Paneer for lunch only, not for dinner. Read more

Intermittent fasting

Voluntary fasting is probably as old as the human race, observed for a variety of reasons – e.g. to improve or restore health or as a religious, spiritual practice for connecting more closely with the divine. In the animal world, we also frequently see natural fasting in animals that are sick or hibernating. Read more