6 Tastes for Balanced Health; Plus: SVA Community Upcoming Events & Courses – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter Nov 17, 2022 – #43, Vol 11

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6 Tastes for Balanced Health

According to the basic principles of ayurvedic pharmacology – known as dravyaguna – the natural taste of a food item is very important because it gives you information about what it is going to do in your body, what actions it is going to perform once you ingest it. This is why, in Ayurveda, plants and herbs are first and foremost categorized and evaluated according to their taste. In total, Ayurveda says there are 6 tastes: madhur (sweet); amla (sour); lavan (salty); katu (pungent); tikt (bitter); kashai (astringent).

The first three tastes are known to be vata pacifying (the sutra says: “Tatradia marutam granthi” – the first 3 tastes pacify marut/vata or the air principle). The astringent and pungent tastes pacify Kapha, and the astringent, bitter, and sweet tastes pacify pitta. Cooking a perfectly balanced meal is all about the play and proper combination of these 6 tastes. As Vaidya always said, it is all about “samyog and samskar” – what items you combine with eachother and how.

If you’ve spent some time in the kitchen trying to assemble a dish, you will note that it is not possible to have all 6 tastes all the time in one dish! Or even in a couple of dishes. This is where and why, in Ayurveda, we get chutneys, and accompanying side dishes, sauces, or raw condiments, to help bring in the missing tastes and complete the balancing properties.

It is in this spirit that Vaidya Mishra made these fruit preserves and chutneys. Another important attribute they also carry is making sure that the digestive fire remains sharp and support digestion and assimilation. Read more about each preserve below and choose your favorite. Can’t decide which one to pick? Try them all in the sample size.

The Sweet Orange and Mango chutney contains a balance of both the sweet (madhur) and sour (amla) tastes, therefore, it pacifies all vata aspects right away – body and mind. But does this not aggravate kapha dosha – since only the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes pacify kapha while the sweet, sour, and salty aggravate it?

Vaidya’s chutney is made of raw sweet mangos that are known to be astringent, and in this recipe, the astringent taste or “kashai rasa” counter-balances the sweet and sour properties of the chutney keeping kapha in balance.

This chutney is also pitta pacifying as the sutra says: “kashai tikt madhura, pitta manyecho kurvate”- astringent, bitter and sweet tastes all pacify pitta. The chutney contains the astringent (kashai) and the sweet (madhura) tastes that pacify pitta.

So, in a way, we can say that this chutney is almost tridoshic when kapha individuals consume it with enough spices and in moderation!

But beyond doshas, this fruit spread is very balanced because it not only contains premium ingredients but these ingredients have been meticulously put together to bind each other out, so for example, the natural pectin binds the micromolecules of the raw organic sugar so the sugar does not go into the system in a fast-forward fashion but rather at a sustained-release pace, so when you consume it you do not get a sugar high and come back for more after you’ve crashed from your high. With the sustained release of sugar, you satisfy your craving and walk away happy with a small amount! The sugar is also balanced by the ascorbic acid and all the other ingredients.

Plus, Vaidya’s chutney is naturally preserved with no hidden sodium or potassium benzoate, no synthetic flavors or colors or aromas. Only nature’s goodness of the most delicious mangoes and sweet oranges in a jar…

Cranberries are oft forgotten but for that one day when placed alongside other traditional Thanksgiving fare. But there are many reasons we should eat cranberries more often. And that’s why now you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy them. With Vaidya Mishra’s Organic Cranberry Preserve you can enjoy the health benefits of cranberries year-round. 

Cranberries are a power fruit – great for the eyes, cardiovascular health, and the urinary tract. According to the Cranberry Marketing Committee, this disease-fighting fruit is also one of the highest ranked regularly consumed foods for antioxidant content per serving. Antioxidants protect cells from damage by oxidative stress and free radicals, damage that can lead to serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. Some of the antioxidants found in cranberries include anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, resveratrol, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E. 

Discover more health bestowing benefits at SVA Cranberry Preserve Plus 11 Health Benefits of Cranberries

Prunes have a storied history and a big reputation as ‘nature’s remedy’ for constipation. And no wonder! Prunes are rich in insoluble fiber, as well as the natural laxative sorbitol.

But that’s not the end of the story. Prunes are a great addition to any diet, as they have a long list of other health benefits with the least or zero side-effects. Despite not being part of the Ayurvedic tradition, we should fully adopt them into our daily diet.

Dietary Fiber and Pre-biotics

This tri-doshic (balanced for all body types) prune preserve helps normalize apana agni.  This agni (metabolic fire) governing the colon must be sama (balanced) to do its job of selecting what materials to absorb and what materials to reject in the process of digestion. 

Organic Prune Preserve works on apana agni by lending a rich source of dietary fiber that both helps remove the malas (waste products) from the colon and provides pre-biotic support for the yoginis (friendly bacteria) that line the colon wall. Yoginis increase our immunity and the intelligence of the colon. So, prunes don’t merely help relieve constipation, they can also help with the absorption of minerals and other essential nutrients we require.

If you are concerned that this preserve may not taste good, put your worries aside. This preserve also carries the delicious taste of sweet orange and organic raw sugar. So, it tastes as good as it is good for you.

Discover even more reasons you should make prunes a part of your diet:  SVA PrunePreservePlus 11 Health Benefits of Prunes

Garcinia indica also known as Garcinia cambogia (“vrikshamla” in Sanskrit) is mentioned in the ayurvedic “nighantu”-s (or glossaries) as a vata and kapha dosha pacifying dravya or food ingredient. It is known to enhance absorption due to its thermogenic potency; to sharpen the taste buds, clearing away ama or toxic build-up in the oral cavity; and to make the body lighter because it carries the following 3 rasa-s or tastes: amla (sour), katu (pungent) and kashai (astringent). These 3 rasa-s enhance metabolism in general. More specifically, the amla rasa or sour taste also enhances and supports protein metabolism because it enhances agni in the mamsa dhatu or muscle tissue. In addition, the 3 rasa-s together help clear and unclog the channels too. Garcinia’s first property is “amla” or sour, and we know that the sour taste is “agneya” or thermogenic. Due to this property, it pacifies kapha in all the 7 “dhatu”-s or tissues. But it also pacifies thirst because it pacifies vata in the stomach, samana vata, as well as in the chest or udana vata. In general, it is a wonderful fruit that balances the entire stomach and all the dosha-s in the stomach, enhancing coordination amongst them all: samana vata, pachak pitta, and kledak kapha – the 3 principles which support digestion: a) movement of space and air in the stomach; b) enzymatic levels; c) lubrication levels. When the stomach dosha-s are balanced, so many aspects of overall health also follow suit.

Awaken your taste-buds with the flavor of exotic fruits and spices in Vaidya’s Tamarind Wild Amla Preserve. Connect your brain centers with your stomach, support your appetite, enhance your digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients, feel energized instead of fatigued after your meals. The Wild Amla berry is ideal for protien synthesis, and for enhancing the dhatu-agnis (metabolic process in all the tissues). Wild Amla is a powerhouse of Vitamin C, and is highly alkalizing. It pacifies all doshas and subdoshas. Sweet Thai Tamarind is a delicious exotic fruit ideal for metabolism, and for maintaining cool and healthy skin conditions. Tamarind also supports the colon’s friendly bacteria and balances all doshas and subdoshas. This ketchup-substitute condiment will help you catch-up with your health resolutions and keep you two steps ahead of the old habits you are trying to kick off!

Click here to watch a video on the top 25 health benefits of Amla


Wild Harvested Amla Berries: Pacify and balance the doshas, support the intelligent functioning of the liver, help Pranic flow and circulation

throughout the body, support the youthful functioning of all tissues and organs throughout the body, keep all organs and organ systems functioning

optimally helping maintain an overall sense of wellness.

Organic Sweet Tamarind: an ancient fruit known for it unique health supporting properties - improves absorption of nutrients, support the pH balance of the colon,

and create a good environment for friendly bacteria in the colon.

Lime: alkalizing the overall system, boosts immunity, balances the sour and sweet tastes in the recipe.

Mom’s Masala(also sold separately, read more here: www.chandika.com/sva-moms-masala/). A unique SVA family recipe passed down for generations in Vaidya

Mishra’s family, that helps promote good digestion, brings balance, and wellness to the physical and vibrational channels, and all organs and organ systems and tissues. It 

contains the following ingredients with the following actions:

Coriander: Helps to remove toxins through the urinary tract, cools and balances the properties of the other warming spices in the recipe, helps protect from acidity by having an alkalizing effect on digestion.

Cumin: Enhances absorption, burns ama (toxins from undigested food particles), supports digestion and metabolism without overheating the system.

Turmeric: Supports the intelligence of the liver and cleanses the liver and blood.

Black Pepper: Opens the micro and macro channels of the body and brain, enhances the oxygenation in the channels of the brain, supports the kidney channels.

Pink Pepper: a mild spice with a unique fruity flavor, it also helps open the channels deep within the cellular system, giving a deep sense of satiation.

White pepper: Adds a unique flavor, opens the micro and macro channels of the body and brain, enhances the oxygenation in the channels of the brain, supports the kidney channels.

Curry Leaf: Detoxifies liver, supports immunity, adds a unique flavor, and cleanses the cellular system.

Fenugreek: Supports sugar and fat metabolism.

Fennel: Cools and enhances the coordination between the other ingredients and spices.

Cinnamon Tamala: Unique flavor, encourages glucose metabolism.

Cinnamon Bark [Indian]: Encourages glucose and carbohydrate metabolism.

Green Cardamom: Supports the metabolism of proteins, and balances the coordination of the three subdoshas of the stomach; samana vata, kledaka kapha, and pachaka pitta.

Ayurvedic Ginger: supports digestion, burns ama without overheating the system.

Clove: Opening the channels and cooling the digestive system.

Soma Salt: (Also sold separately) The best salt available.

Mango Turmeric: Adds the flavor of mango, supports the intelligence of the Liver and cleanses the liver and blood.

Mace: Unique flavor, opens channels and calms the mind, enhances the connection between the mind and the digestive tract.

Cobra Saffron: Opens the channels and nourishes the brain.

Black Cardamom: Supports protein metabolism, and adds an appetizing unique flavor.

Ajwain: Opens the tough physical channels, even if they are blocked with ama, unclouds the digestive system.

Kalonji: Balances the hormonal system, adds a unique flavor, and balances the subdoshas of the colon and stomach.

Shroto-Shudhi Masala: (Also Sold Separately); Specially prepared spice mix designed to open the channels.

Turmeric: Supports the intelligence of the Liver and cleanses the liver and blood.

Cumin: Enhances absorption, burning ama (toxins from undigested food particles), supports digestion and metabolism without overheating the system.

Coriander: Helps remove toxins through the urinary tract, cooling and balancing the other warmer spices, protects from acidity by having an alkalizing effect on digestion.

Fennel: Cooling and enhancing the coordination between the other ingredients and spices.

Fenugreek: Supports sugar and fat metabolism.

Black Pepper: Opens the micro and macro channels of the body and brain, enhances the oxygenation in the channels of the brain, supports the kidney channels.

Cinnamon: Encourages glucose and carbohydrate metabolism.

Kalonji: Balances the hormonal system, adds a unique flavor, and balances the subdosas of the colon and stomach.

Green Cardamom: Supports the metabolism of proteins, and balances the coordination of the three subdoshas of the stomach; samana vata, kledaka kapha, and pachaka pitta.

Black Cardamom: Supports protein metabolism, and adds a nice unique flavor.

Nutmeg: Establishing a deeper connection between the mind, stomach and colon, helping to retain the integrity of intelligence in the channels when they become open and receptive to becoming overwhelmed.

All-spice: Opens the channels without overwhelming them.

White Pepper: Adds a unique flavor, opens the micro and macro channels of the body and brain, enhances the oxygenation in the channels of the brain, supports the kidney channels.

Pink Pepper: Adds unique flavor, opens the channels deep within the cellular system, brings a deeper sense of satiation.

Mace: Unique flavor, opens channels and calms the mind, enhances the connection between the mind and the digestive tract.

Clove: Opening the channels and cooling the digestive system.

Soma Salt: (Also Sold Separately) Known as the “Queen of Salts” in Ayurveda and Vaidya’s lineage. Carries less sodium and is alkalizing.

Raw Organic Sugar: Balances the slightly astringent aftertaste of Tamarind and Amla. 

Mom’s Ghee: The best butter oil available as it is made from cultured cream, nourishing to the brain, nourishes all of the tissues of the body, and helps build ojas.


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A yoga class in 2005 was my first introduction to Ayurveda. Immediately the principles resonated, but it took a year before I acted, and only because my entire health and wellbeing fell apart. My “American Dream” life was becoming a nightmare. My digestion was all over the place (IBS), I had blinding anxiety and panic attacks, sleep issues, and my hormones were completely out of whack with perimenopause symptoms.

I was only in my mid 30s and fearful my MD would write a handful of prescriptions and be medicating my symptoms for the rest of my life. That vision of my future scared me. Before relenting to this path, I decided to give Ayurveda a try, hoping to get to the root cause of all my health issues and challenges.

In less than 30 days, I experienced improvement in every health issue, all through sustainable Diet, Self-Care and Lifestyle practices. Not only did Ayurveda get to the root cause of my health issues, it helped me begin unveiling my true self.

By 2011, I started making a complete career change from Accounting and IT to Ayurveda. My ongoing journey of self enlightenment through my Ayurveda practices provided a message loud and clear – You must share your knowledge and wisdom.

Today, I offer Ayurveda bodywork, Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine wellness coaching, panchakarma (Ayurveda purification), retreats and workshops.

My focus is to create personalized mind, body and spirit aligning experiences that 

Enlighten the Wellness Within YOU.

A common thread through all of my knowledge, practice and inner wisdom is strongly aligned with the 5,000+ year old Ayurveda lineage of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda, brought to the U.S. by Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, a Pulse and Marma master. Vaidya Mishra was my first teacher of Ayurveda and remains my most influential teacher, even after his passing in 2017.” ~ Carol Nace

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EMF (vibrational toxins) interfere with our innate rhythm and connection to the healing & nurturing power of cosmic prana (life energy). Dr. Melina Takvorian- Mishra shows how vibrational toxins from computers, cellphones, Wi-Fi, and household appliances enter our physiology and disturb our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. She offers time-tested ancient Ayurvedic protocols to shield and neutralize vibrational toxins, including dietary tips and an energetic aura-cleansing technique for instantly discharging EMF toxicity overload.

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