Adaptogenic herbs have been used for thousands of years to help the body cope with stress. Many have wondered about the exact mechanism by which these plants discern what we need to be more in balance. Research is now identifying a mechanism of how herbs may mitigate stress through quantum particles of light. Two of
I have long held that being a highly sensitive person a great asset. Learning how to be a sensitive person, however, in an insensitive world, is the key—but once mastered, the rewards are great, especially for women!13 A 2015 study in the journal Psychonueroendocrinology suggests that women experience 2-3x the stress and mood-related concerns that men
When I was training in India many years ago, whether you were seeing a palm reader, pulse reader, or palm leaf reader to gain insight into your health (future or past), you would always walk away asking how much of that reading was psychic or intuitive. My Ayurvedic teacher, an expert pulse reader, would routinely
Have you ever prayed when you or a loved one was in a dire situation? So many people turn to prayer in times of need, and now we are beginning to see scientific support for its power. Prayer and meditation have been used for thousands of years to support healing and spirituality. Our ancestors believed
For 26 years, I administered Ayurvedic panchakarma detox retreats, guiding thousands of patients through the mental and emotional transformation that Ayurveda requires for optimal health and longevity, giving us the capacity to live a content, joyful life with the freedom to love, give, and care for others fully. To take this knowledge to the next
I am so excited to introduce my new Yoga Journal course, Ayurveda 201: Six Weeks to Transformation + Bliss through Ayurvedic Psychology. In the course, Larissa Hall Carlson + I will guide you through weekly yoga, breathing, meditation, Ayurveda, + Ayurvedic psychology techniques to shed unwanted patterns of behavior that lie at the root of our mental, emotional, + physical health challenges.
A 2004 study found that early life influences may have a more potent impact on adult behavior than previously thought. The study compared a neglectful environment to a nurturing environment. Nurture took a commanding lead in the nature-vs-nurture debate! It turns out life experiences and environment, especially during early years, can turn genes on or
It makes sense that love, happiness, and good health are all related. In one report, studies found that even when all of our basic needs are met, humans fail to flourish without loving relationships.1 Strong, loving social bonds are some of the most fundamental building blocks of evolution. Without love and social interaction, humans might
A slew of health concerns can be caused by blood sugar levels. Educating yourself about the ways in which blood sugar affects you is crucial to balancing these levels. Conditions associated with chronically high blood sugar levels include weight gain, cardiovascular and cognitive health, as well as a host of degenerative conditions. Even blood sugars
In the tender formative first six years of life, we receive much of our programming. Childhood patterns become driving forces of adult behaviors, and it’s hard to create the opportunity or awareness to change these old patterns. Most of us think we’re in control of our thoughts, desires, and aspirations, but science begs to differ.
Originally published in Natural Triad Magazine John Douillard has been teaching Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness, and nutrition for 21 years and has trained more than 2,000 Western doctors in Ayurvedic medicine. In this article, he discusses depression and anxiety from an Ayurvedic perspective, with a focus on the koshas (which translates from Sanskrit as