Wintertime is Rejuvenation time

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Why You should not Diet in Winter

If your new year’s resolution involved dieting, you might want to wait. The Winter season is NOT the best time to diet according to Ayurveda. Which means: if you do start a diet, the likelihood of losing weight is slim; and/or of discontinuing your diet and giving up on your new year’s resolutions is also higher. But why? Why is it not good to diet in the wintertime, especially after the holidays?


Ayurveda says that Winter is the season for rejuvenation, which means, it is actually the best time to adopt a diet and a daily routine that support more nourishment, strengthening the immunity, to rejuvenate the whole body. Winter time is Rasayana time. Rasayana, in ayurvedic terms, comprises of edible items that nourish and strengthen in order to rejuvenate at the deep cellular level. The Sanskrit verse says:


This is from the Charak Samhita Chikitsa, chapter 1, verse 7. This verse talks about the benefits of rasayanas, or rejuvenative formulations. This is the meaning word by word.

Dirghamayuh: long life

smrtim: memory

medham: enhances the functioning of the mind

arogyam: disease-free

tarunam: forever young

vayah: makes (reverseal of chronological aging)

prabha: gives glow

varna: enhances complexion

svaraudaryam: strong voice

dehendriyambalam: gives physical and sensual stamina

param: [this is a rasayana]

But why is the wintertime the best time for rejuvenation?

In SVA terms, in the wintertime, there is more Soma in the environment. Even though the Sun is closest to us in January, Winter presides in the Northern hemisphere due to the Earth’s tilted position – the axis of the Earth in the Northern hemisphere is oriented away from the Sun. Cool cold temperatures mean less Agni, more Soma in the environment. And this is reflected in our own bodies as well. When there is less Agni in the environment, there is also less Agni in our bodies. Due to these cooler temperatures the micro and macro channels of our body shrink, slowing down circulation. But in contrast, something interesting happens: you feel hungrier than ever, and crave heavier meals and more sweets. This is due not only to the fact that your body burns up more calories because it has to work harder to maintain warmth in cold temperatures; but because, as we understand through SVA, slower circulation traps your metabolic fire instead of allowing it to disperse, and your digestion and protein metabolism goes high. This means that in the wintertime, rather than at any other time of the year, your body is able to better digest and metabolize rich nourishing foods, and faster too. It also means you will have a bigger appetite for heavier meals, and also crave sweets.

shroto shudhi tea

You can help support the health of your channels with specific herbal and spice formulas. I made the Shroto Shuddhi tea and spice mix for this purpose. Read about them here on my blog: “Shroto Shudhi Tea & other warming teas” (October 11, 2013).

Dieting at this time of the year goes against the grain of your body’s natural tendencies. It will be harder for you to maintain the diet and to see results as well.

You see, diet is a kind of daily detox: you stop eating things that are harming you, you add things that can support your metabolism and health. But wintertime is the worst time for full-on detox. The only and best detox you should do in the wintertime is daily gentle detox through daily bowel movements, urination, and sweating. If you make sure that your body’s toxic load is being offloaded through these three primary detox channels on a regular and efficient basis, then you are great to go.

You may encounter some hurdles to even these daily activities. Constipation is a common occurence. Either too heavy meals; not enough hours of sleep per night; too much mental activity; too many sedentary hours in a day; all these can result in constipation. In addition to adjusting and correcting life-style and behavior, and diet, you can add some ayurvedic formulas and/or herbs to help ease constipation.

triphala for high pitta

I have formulation a wide range of herbal synergies to address constipation based on body type, or need. High Pitta Triphala is a very popular one for the western High Pitta physiology. SVA Lax is another effective formula for those who experience more chronic constipation. Otherwise, the classic Triphala made of 3 fruits is ideal for daily usage. Prakrit is another wonderful formula for all body types and regular use that will not create dependence, and support the colon and rejuvenate it with long term use as well.

Otherwise, you have to make sure you are also not retaining water, that you are urinating enough and fully. Water retention is a sure way of weight gain. Not to mention toxins. Here is a safe and effective herbal tea recipe we use in the SVA tradition to address water retention:

To 8oz of water add:

1-2 tablespoons of coriander seeds

4-6 black peppercorns – crushed

Bring to a boil. Filter. Drink twice a day for optimal results – morning and evening. Make sure you don’t drink before getting into your car for a long drive because you may need to stop on the way to use the restroom!

vata with mag and vit d oil

Otherwise, for detox through urination, add (more) daikon radish to your daily meals. The slim ones are the healthy ones. Do not buy the big heavy radishes.

Finally, to get your daily dose of detox through sweat, make sure to have at least 15-20 minutes of daily exercise, or yoga, or brisk walking.

You also want to do some gentle self-massage. You can choose the massage oil that best suits your body type or preference. Vata Massage oil with Vit D and Magnesium to support detox through the skin is particularly beneficial in the wintertime – this oil is not only pacifying to vata dosha but highly nourishing and soothing. It helps reset the intelligence of the detox channels even as it rejuvenates. Read more about self-massage for daily detox here: “Massage for Detox” (April 15, 2016).

wild amla pouches

Taking hot baths in the winter time, especially with the Amla bath pouches is a sure way of helping your body detox through the skin, and nourish it at the same time. Bathing in winter, and at seasonal junctures is a great health strategy. Read more about it here: “Bathe at Seasonal junctures” (September 23, 2016).

Otherwise, during the wintertime, consuming Amla is the best thing you can do. Not only does it carry 60x the regular content of Vit C than any other citrus family fruit, but it is a superfood through and through. Read about it here on my blog: “Amla is the Only Superfood” (July 15, 2016).

The classical chyawanprash formula whose primary ingredient is the amla berry, along with 52 other herbs, in base with ghee, raw sugar and honey, is a no1 formula for the wintertime. It is, far and large, what you should be consuming on a regular basis. Read more about its amazing health benefits here: “Chyawanprash & Wild Amla” (from December 9, 2016).

Why Choose SVA?

Because we offer Pranic, distinct Formulations and Ayurvedic services, to help you stay on top of your health and happiness. This New Year, treat yourself. Discover SVA: a treasure-trove of practical and safe ayurvedic knowledge, tips, and formulations, to help you make the most out of your days, your years, your life!

Surf on to Vaidya Mishra’s blog to find out how to wisely navigate the world of excess information on dietary guidelines and lifestyles. Through the articles, you will also learn how to heed your body’s signals of distress or messages of contentment; find out how you can do daily home detox to address minor imbalances and concerns, with Vaidya’s unique SVA formulations and protocols.

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What is SVA – Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda?

SVA is a millenial ayurvedic living tradition – Vaidya Ramakant Mishra, primary Ayurvedic Physician, Researcher, Educator, and Formulator, comes from a long lineage of ayurvedic experts, who once also served as Raj Vaidyas – personal doctors to the royalty of India. The name of the lineage is “shaka vansiya” – from the island of shaka. SVA stands for Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda.

Vaidya Mishra’s has had formal ayurvedic college education followed by years of private training with his father, Vaidya Kameswar Mishra. During his internship he was handed down specialized knowledge passed down from his SVA lineage, makes him a foremost authentic expert in herbal pharmacology, identification, selection, storage, preparation, detoxification, and formulation.   For his complete biography visit


What are SVA Formulations?

Unique pranically charged formulations that are user-friendly, effective, and safe, using multiple advanced delivery systems: oral, transdermal, transmucosal, including protocols for the Transdermal Marma System (TMS).

ALL SVA formulations:


  1. have their roots in the ancient ayurvedic knowledge of combining and assembling herbal preparations. a) shastra-s, ancient vedic knowledge; they come from the shastras –
  2. have only been improved upon to adapt to modern concerns not existing when the original formulas were put together. The SVA lineage allows specific guidelines for improving upon a formula for contemporary needs based on life-style changes, environmental changes, levels of environmental toxicity, stress factors, and any other factors not originally addressed;
  3. are backed by Vaidya’s Mishra’s 40 years of expertise and experience in clinical practice and modern ayurvedic research, in India, Europe, England, Canada, and the United States.


Quality control and quality assurance: our quality control starts from the collection of herbs, spices. We collect from the source, in season, in small batches, by hand, whether it is wild-crafted or organically grown – whenever and wherever available. Many rare herbs are gathered from remote villages where they are grown in small batches. Vaidya personally examines all batches to confirm quality and purity, either on one of his many trips to India, or once the herbs arrive at the Southern California premises. Any herbs or raw materials that do not meet the SVA standares are rejected.


Careful cleaning, drying, extra-care during processing, particularly protecting the pranic energy, in addition to the physical energy during processing, are our main focus, in terms of quality control, and we make sure that every batch we follow the same protocol and care. Vaidya Mishra himself travels to India to meet with herb suppliers, vendors, and local farmers, to find the best sustainable crops. Otherwise, his son, Rajanikant Mishra, oversees the operations throughout the year.


Assured Purity, Guaranteed Safety

We take your well-being seriously.  We rigorously test for heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury); residual pesticides, and microbiological contamination (E. coli, coliforms, staph and salmonella, etc). We further insure safety and purity through our unique sterilization method involving ozone, gentle steaming, and UV light.  This method sterilizes the herbs without any compromise of their effects.


Good Manufacturing Practices

All our products are made in strict accordance with the established GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) at each stage of production and packaging, in state-of-the-art manufacturing premises in India, and the USA. All the initial sifting, selecting, and primary processing occurs in India. Herbs are then sent over to California, for specific blending and processing to go into the SVA formulations.










Trusted Organic & Wild-crafted Sourcing


Our products are made with organic or wild-crafted herbs sourced from reputable small-yield farmers and regional tribals.  Wild-crafted means grown in nature on unpolluted land without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.  Our well-established working relationship with those who know the land the best allows us to bring the best to you

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Advanced/Alternate Delivery System

SVA formulations include Vaidya Mishra’s unique transdermal creams/roll-ons, Herbal-Memory Nectar drops, Transdermal Body Oils, & Oral Mists.  This Advanced/Alternate Delivery System has an advantage over crude herbs as it by-passes the liver and the digestive system (often compromised by toxins and modern diet/lifestyle) for fast, safe delivery to the deepest level of the cellular system.

Proprietary Pranic Preservation

We do Not use chemical preservation – No benzoin, No parabens, No SLS. The original vibrational intelligence of our raw materials are full of Prana.  We then maintain the lively prana with the proprietary SVA pranic-preservation system, handed down to Vaidya Mishra through his ancient lineage.  This proprietary system maintains the prana found in the living plant.  The herb does not ‘die’ at any stage – either during harvesting, packaging, or during the shelf-life of the formulation.


Our Promise for Quality

We never compromise on quality or take short-cuts.  For example, we use only pure organic shea butter in our soaps, not the cheaper glycerin found in other ‘natural’ brands.  Our spice mixes smell freshly ground because they are! Made only in small batches. And because we do not use fillers, chemicals, or coloring agents.  Our massage oils are made with a base of high-grade grapeseed oil and the herbs are classically processed in highly filtered, deodorized sesame oil and/or organic coconut oil.  Most other Ayurvedic massage oils are made in undeodorized sesame oil and quickly become rancid and unusable.  At, quality matters.


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DIVYA’S KITCHEN –Ayurvedic Cuisine with a Master Chef’s Creative Design

Divya Alter, owner of Divya's Kitchen. PHOTO: Emily Assiran for Observer

Chef Divya Alter opens holistic kitchen, serving invigorating and delicious foods that will help calm your mind and energize your body

New York (December 2016) – Food trends come and go, but preserving your health is ongoing. For this reason (and much more) we are proud to introduce the newest addition to the East Village, an Ayurvedic, lactovegetarian dining establishment, Divya’s Kitchen at 25 1st Avenue, open Tuesday-Saturday from 5PM-10PM.

Brought to you by Chef Divya Alter, cookbook author (April 2017), and co-founder of Bhagavat Life, a non-profit culinary school promoting health, wellness and holistic living to urban professionals. Divya’s Kitchen is the next step in an already entrenched business of Ayurvedic cooking classes, culinary training, and other events. Chef Divya believes that food is medicine, that the way you eat and what you eat can ultimately heal (or hurt) you. She has dedicated her life to spreading the message that ‘food heals’, and plans to inspire the masses with her latest business venture. Divya’s Kitchen is the first ever New York City restaurant rooted in the ancient Shaka Vansiya (SV) Ayurvedic principles. This unique ancient practice takes pride in great tasting, beautifully presented, food that will make you feel great after the meal, during the meal, and beyond.

The ancient Ayurveda texts state that our whole body is built around two things: the food that comes into the mouth and the words that come out of the mouth—both must be healthy and harmonious for the well-being of ourselves and others. I sincerely wish to put the best food in people’s mouths. Healthy food promotes healthy thoughts, conversations, and relationships that ripple into sustaining healthy families, communities, and societies.” Chef Divya Alter


Divya’s Kitchen opened its doors a month ago. The menu features a call to action for the ancient practices of Ayurvedic cooking, appealing to our modern palate. Cuisines range from Italian, Indian, and Fusion, combining the right culinary ingredients to ease digestion and support balance through familiar yet unexpected dishes. Chef Divya encourages us to reevaluate our relationship with food, connecting not just with its taste, but with how we feel after eating. The dishes are pleasing and flavorful, containing the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients. The consumer truly benefits from the use of non-inflammatory, non-acidic, wholesome foods, helping to calm the mind and energize the body. Made fresh daily, the flour, cheese, and almond milk are both high in quality and robust in flavor.

Dishes featured are Lasagna with Broccoli, Carrots, and Spinach, which uses Almond Milk Béchamel instead of dairy milk, simply because it is lighter and less clogging to the body. Divya’s meals are sure to leave you satisfied and invigorated in mind, body, and spirit. The menu features digestive teas to be paired with meals. Sauces compliment each dish, and are be available according to cuisine.


Not only is Divya’s Kitchen a place to grab a meal and enjoy the company of others, it is a place to learn more about the art of SV Ayurveda through your meals and the Boutique Gift ShopThe shop sells SV Ayurvedic teas, spice blends, condiments, detox ingredients, and books.

Divya’s Kitchen treats their kitchen as a place of positivity and love, appreciation for the ingredients, and a sense of gratitude for being a part of it all. All food is prepared with care and blessed with mantras.

Be sure to come and check out Divya’s Kitchen, nestled in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan. With its earthy, and homey feel – equipped with greenery, clay pots and ‘found’ objects from various kitchens of the world, this compelling menu and lifestyle are sure to evoke intrigue in us all.


For additional information visit and follow Divya’s Kitchen on their social media IG: @divyaskitchenNYC.


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The One and Only New Year Resolution You Will Ever Need


New beginnings inspire resolutions, a renewed promise to oneself to secure the happiness that seems to elude us day after day – perhaps it will come through losing a few pounds; quitting the caffeine addiction; allowing for (more) me-time; making time to help those less fortunate…. How come these heart-felt resolutions fail within the first few weeks of the new year? Why can’t the best and strongest of intentions withstand the whirlwind of daily life?

Today I want to give you a secret. I want to teach you a very simple yet central ayurvedic formula that will keep your New Year resolution(s) going strong through the year. In this sense, you will only need to heed this one ayurvedic principle, make it your one and only resolution, to stay on top of it all. So put your list aside and read this first.

Here it goes.

Ayurvedic science is comprised of “siddhanta”-s. A siddhanta is made up of:


A siddhanta is a saying that gives proven wisdom, and shows measurable practical results. A siddhanta is a formula that yields palpable results no matter when or where tested, it will always do what it says. In short: it’s science at its best. It holds true under any circumstance and for all. In Ayurveda, siddhanta-s are written in compact formulaic language. Many times you need an expert teacher or guide to get the meaning, otherwise you’ll miss it. I want to talk about one such siddhanta today.

This is a siddhanta from the Charak Samhita on the natural law of “more and/or less:”


sarvadaa: always

sarvabhavanam: under all circumstances

samanyam: equal

vrddhi: increase

karanam: the reason


hraas: reduce

hetur: etiological factor

visheshascha: specific

pritak: separating, taking away

kritam: the act of separating


This siddhanta-s is known as the “samanya and vishesh siddhanta:” the formula for “more or less.” The idea is: whenever you take something away – it could be a mental habit, a physical act, a material, anything at all really – you are creating separation and decrease – pritakkritam. This is the siddhanta. So what’s the big deal? Let’s think of it in SVA terms, that is: in terms of Soma, Agni, and Marut.

See whenever you take something away, or reduce something, you are creating vacuum. In ayurvedic terms, when you create vacuum, you bring in more Marut. Marut is made of the air and space elements. In the body, an excess of marut expresses itself as vata dosha imbalance. And we know from our ayurvedic studies that Vata dosha is the king of all doshas, when it goes off, Pitta and Kapha can’t be too far away. And this is the key. If you take away a habit that is harming you, without replacing it with a good habit, if you remove an ingredient, without filling its place with another, if you cut loose a toxic relationship, without finding TLC in another, you are doomed to fail your resolution and run to restore it, much to your distress. Let’s say this in practical terms.

How to KickYour Addiction(s)!

Staying away through sheer willpower is a proven formula for failure. Let’s say you are addicted to white sugar, and you know by now that white sugar is not good for you for so many reasons: it feeds cancerous cells; it creates inflammation; it tips off your hormonal balance by creating too much estrogen; it is highly addictive to your brain chemistry and desensitizes you to enjoy healthy sweets with long term use. But you can’t quit the habit. Why?

Why do we hold on to harmful habits in the first place? On some level, they address a want, a need.


In SVA terms, we know that any sweet taste contains Soma. Soma is the key to our life, to our health to our longevity, and our mental and emotional balance. Remember: it was the nectar that the gods and demons fought over; in Greek mythology it is known as “ambrosia.” In some situations, your body calls for extra Soma, for example, whenever your are experiencing mental or emotional stress, and due to that stress Marut and Agni have gone high in your body. To  feed that Marut and Agni and cool things off, your body desires more Soma – or more sweet taste. If all you have available for you is white sugar, as a source of Soma, and if you don’t eat it and go cold-turkey in quitting white sugar then you are setting yourself up for a sure downfall. Witholding from eating that chocolate bar when all your stress markers are off the charts is torture! You will end up having several extra bars… Be smart about things with SVA. Spare yourself the unnecessary torture. Do not provoke your Pitta and Vata doshas further through deprivation. Pitta and Vata which govern your body will go high, then you lose your ability to handle mental and emotional stress, and you plummet through your dark tunnel of addiction with more despondency.

Although it is a good and wise thing to stop white sugar, it is even wiser to replace the white sugar wtih a healhty source of Soma (perhaps dehydrated whole sugar-cane juice; or sweet juicy fruits; or raw honey; etc). You can’t fight addiction with addiction! You can’t take on darkness without bringing in the light. And when you bring in the light, darkness subsides on its own, as a great guru once said…

If your life is such that you have to deal with an overload of mental pressure and emotional stress on a daily basis, you can take measures to further support your body by supplying healthy regular doses of Soma. This is where the pharmacopeia of Ayurveda comes in handy. The use of plants and herbs. Rose is the queen of flowers and carries such a vast array of balancing somagenic properties. I made my SVA Rose Petal Preserve not only with dehydrated sugarcane juice, encapsulated with natural fruit pectin, but with the best organic Rosa centifolia petals. Many note how my Rose Preserve carries a slightly sweet yet sour taste, unlike most or all rose preserves. That’s because I formulated it to pacify Sadhak Pitta and Prana Vata. Use it therapeutically, not as a jam. Take a teaspoon with warm water morning and evening or during the day, to help curb your sugar craving by pacifying your Vata and Pitta doshas.

If rose is not your thing, go for another best-selling sweet SVA item: my Sesame Crunch that comes in 6 different flavors is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The cane sugar in this treat, the Soma, is balanced by the Agni of the sesame seeds, and vice versa. While eating sugar on its own can aggravate your Kapha dosha, and eating sesame seeds can throw off your Pitta and Vata doshas through too much Agni, eating them together is pure balanced bliss! Plus you get the extra added benefits of sesame – it is high in calcium and nourishes your bone tissue.

The key is: when you take away something, give something in its stead.

Since food is the primary sub-pillar of health and happiness, and we are on the topic of food addictions, let’s take another example that SVA followers have a hard time with: onion and garlic. I always tell those who come to see me to reduce/eliminate the use of onion and garlic, if they want to have the friendly bacteria in their gut flourish and support their mental and overall health. But this is easier said than done. Not only our taste-buds, but our entire physiology gets addicted to the sharp sulphurous smell and taste of onion and garlic.

I have written extensively about this on my blog, but in a nutshell, onion and garlic contain a high content of sulfure molecules which kills the friendly bacteria. While they are considered “amrit” or life-bestowing in specific conditions, they are not meant for daily regular consumption. Only as medicinal additions to diet. The fact that the friendly bacteria cannot survive when you eat onion and garlic on a regular basis should be enough impetus for you to kick the habit. But again, it does not work that way. If your body has become chemically addicted to an item, there’s not much your mind can do about it. Here’s an alternative:

Number 1: adopt a drink of 80/20 ration of water to home-made yoghurt. Add Soma Salt to taste and a few pinches of Mom’s Masala. This is a delicious drink to help replenish your friendly bacteria of the gut. You will be able to think more clearly and stay resolute in your outlook and decision with a healthy gut – the latest discovery about friendly bacteria is they help produce neuro-transmitters that support brain functioning. The lassi, yoghurt and water drink is also famous for its known benefits for the overall digestive system.


Number 2: replace onion and garlic with cabbage and brussel sprouts! Slice/chop these very fine, fry in ghee and/or sesame oil, and add to your food. These vegetables also have sulphur molecules and will give you a similar flavor. However, if you need the heat and the “kick” out of the onion and garlic sharpness, use thin green thai chillies, and/or fresh ginger. These have countless benefits for health, with no side-effects (unless you have are prone to or already have pitta imbalance, then use with caution).

Early Bedtime for Even More Soma!

Still need more Soma? Did you know that going to bed early fully restores your depleted stocks of Soma and Ojas? Soma is the raw material for Ojas. More Soma more Ojas more health and longevity. You know you want to. Because you’ve heard the adage: “early to bed and early to rise make you healthy wealthy and wise!” So if you are addicted to going to bed late, despite your best intentions, and you have all kinds of distractions and justifications, first remember this:  going to bed late has many dire consequences for your health, amongst them the most important – it burns your vital energy source, the Ojas in your body. And not just that: it disturbs your  overall total metabolism. In Ayurveda it is called “agni vyapar” – metabolic transformations of agni through the body’s different organs and organ systems. This disturbance lowers the efficiency of your immune system.

But going to bed early is one of the hardest habits to cultivate in this day and age of electrical wonders. After a full day of interacting with all kinds of EMF/EMR machines and getting all stocked up on the buzz, and coming home to TV and electricity with bright jarring lights and loud music etc, even when you want to, and you lay your body down for an early night, many times you will not fall asleep, instead you will actually feel mentally and physically energized and get second wind.


The trick is to go slow. Try going to bed half an hour earlier every day or over the span of a few days. If you usually go to bed by 11:30pm, try to go to bed by 11pm instead. Don’t aim for 9pm all at once! Our bodies are very intelligent, but most of all they love habit. It is very hard to break a habit, specially the bad ones. So you have to strategize very wisely! Even as you try to slowly go to bed earlier, take measures to wind down your activities in the evening and adopt settling habits – light breathing and/or yoga; turning down the lights to send the right messages to your brain chemistry; turning off your wi-fi; earlier, lighter, but protein-rich and less spicy dinners; etc. And then you resort to SVA to do something for balancing your Prana vata and Vyana vata – they are responsible for keeping your mind alert and energized and not allowing you to fall asleep, or to suddenly wake up after falling asleep!

Ayurveda offers a wide array of calming plants and herbal synergies. I have made things easier by putting them into unique SVA formulations. My line is called Soma Nidra. The Soma Nidra formulas come in roll-on, essential oil, oral spray, and loose tea form. You can apply the Soma Nidra roll-on on the lower back and cervical spine as well as your wrists; or spray the Soma Nidra oral spray in your mouth; in major case scenarios where it is almost impossible for you to settle down into sleep earlier, you can apply Vata oil with Magnesium and Vit D on your knees, lower legs, and feet, and leave the oil on. This is a gentle Vata dosha calming massage before bedtime and it works wonders! This will pacify your Prana and Vyana subdoshas. Soma Nidra tea is if you are really really not getting sleep, and have fallen into a bad rut. Drink Soma Nidra tea ½ hour before bed. Boil 1 tsp in 4oz water for one person. steep for 5 minutes. strain and drink slowly.

In the big picture, in order to stay on top of any and all your New Year’s resolutions, don’t fight it. If you want to change something, bring in something to replace it. The new sprout naturally and innocently lets the old skin fall off even as it shoots up. To keep your core energies at their optimal, heed food and


sleep, and then you can’t make any errors in your actions. The sutra says:





Three subpillars of life support healthy happiness and longevity: food, sleep, and proper action. And in that order: first proper food (ahar) in a timely manner, and then sufficient timely sleep (7-8 hours a night), and this will support ALL your actions, actions that are worthy of powerful Brahma consciousness, rooted in peace, life-supporting and evolutionary, bringing you balance and bliss. You’d be surprised to see how – when you are well fed and well rested – your mind operates optimally and you can be the boss of your own life. Go to my blog to find recipes, tips and guidance in general.

Happy Holidays! Here’s to a fabulous 2017, filled with balance and bliss always!

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