5 Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep soundly

Young children are often full of exuberant energy, but it can become disruptive when a child always fights off sleep or has bedtime tantrums. Ayurvedic approaches to help children sleep include natural ways to help children sleep better, resulting in fewer night-time disturbances. Here are 5 Ayurvedic sleep remedies suitable for children:

  1. Combat vata-related sleep imbalance

In Ayurvedic tradition, the three doshas are the elemental energies that affect mind and body. The vata dosha is associated with wind and movement, and excess vata is often at the root of sleep imbalance. Children whose minds run as they get ready for bed should eat foods that balance vata, including warm, cooked meals that avoid stimulants such as sugar.

  1. Combat pitta-related sleep disturbance

A child who wakes in the small hours and can’t get back to sleep might have a pitta-related imbalance. The fiery pitta dosha is aggravated by stimulation and heat-generating foods. Give your child more food (but keep the amount within a reasonable range due to natural sugars). Also, adopt a pitta-pacifying lifestyle. This means making sure your child is in bed and asleep before 10:00 p.m.

  1. Combat kapha-related excess sleep

Older children sometimes are hard to wake for school and seem tired no matter how much they sleep. This can be the result of excess kapha, which causes a slow and sluggish disposition. Heavy, cold foods (such as cold custard) can aggravate Kapha, so it’s best to give a child who needs excessive sleep lighter (though still substantial), warmer foods. It’s also important to make sure the child who has a kapha imbalance gets plenty of exercise.

  1. Avoid stimulants in general

Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar affect adults, creating a buzz of energy. Picture how much more excess energy is created in young bodies. Avoid giving your child food containing added sugar and avoid sources of caffeine (even dark/bitter chocolate is quite high in caffeine). This will ensure your child feels sleepier earlier and isn’t bouncing off the walls at 11 p.m.

  1. Walk your child through guided relaxation

Young, active minds respond well to stories, so turn bedtime into a relaxing story time. Tell your child to imagine a scene and describe somewhere peaceful and beautiful and calm and create a hushed, sleepy atmosphere. If your child becomes wise to this approach, you can also give your child a natural, sleep-time tea such as chamomile (if your child won’t fuss about the taste).

The above five Ayurvedic approaches will help your child to enjoy better, deeper sleep so that you can enjoy bedtime too.  Contact Ashishveda now to get your life back.

 

 

Ashish Paul Ashishveda

5 challenges mothers face that can be eased with Ayurveda

Mothers of all ages face challenges that can take a toll on well-being. Natural changes in the body such as menopause cause great discomfort to mature women, while women of all ages may be affected at some point by physical and/or emotional imbalances that require therapeutic assistance. Traditional Ayurvedic healing takes a holistic approach to common physical and emotional challenges that mothers face. Here are five complaints that may be eased using an Ayurvedic approach:

  1. Mood Swings

Women of all ages experience mood swings, especially those related to the menstrual cycle. A combination of diet and Ayurvedic therapies can reduce mood swings, however. In Ayurvedic practice, purifying the body helps to restore balance, thus purifying panchakarma therapies that detoxify the body help moody mums even out their mood swings.

According to Ayurvedic tradition, it’s also advisable to make dietary adjustments and focus on light, easily-digested food at times when mood swings are most volatile.

  1. Hormonal Imbalance

In Ayurvedic tradition, imbalance is viewed as state of body and mind. The three doshas or life energies affect our bodies as well as minds, and if any is in severe excess or lack hormonal imbalance can result. Hormonal imbalance also occurs naturally with life changes such as menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a non-Ayurvedic approach to this type of imbalance, but there are also herbal remedies (such as the Ayurvedic herb shatavari) that alleviate the most frustrating symptoms of imbalance (such as hot flashes).

  1. Depression

Often hormonal imbalance goes hand in hand with depression. Feeling low and listless is also a sign of imbalance. Ayurvedic tradition offers multiple ways to alleviate depression. Mothers who have post-natal depression or another source of these feelings can learn Ayurvedic breathing techniques that promote calm and psychological wellbeing.

Besides lifestyle changes and practices, there are also foods and home remedies that help fight depression. Ashwagandha or winter cherry is one Ayurvedic herbal remedy that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression.

  1. Weight gain

Many women do not have sufficient time to exercise, juggling careers and family life. Weight gain is most often a result of imbalanced eating, too. An Ayurvedic eating plan that helps to create balance helps mothers restore wellbeing and a trimmer figure.

  1. Tired skin

Overworked mums often show their tiredness in their skin. A dull complexion can easily be improved and the skin can be rehydrated through an Ayurvedic hot steam treatment. Steam treatments detoxify the body, leaving skin brighter and healthier.

If you suffer any of the above complaints, start finding your way to wellness with the help of Ayurvedic nutrition and supportive, healing therapies.

 

5 Ayurvedic Exercises you can do at your desk

Uninterrupted sitting over long periods can have negative effects on your health. In Ayurvedic tradition, balance is essential and the body needs a movement to balance the sedentary hours of the day. Here are 5 Ayurvedic exercises that you can do at your desk to maintain balance and good health:

  1. Seated crescent moon

Your neck can quickly become stiff if you are spending long hours hunched over a desk or screen. Loosen stiff neck muscles by doing this simple yoga-derived exercise. Stretch your arms above your head, clasping your hands together. Then tilt your head from side to side, touching each ear to the inside of your raised arms. This will relieve tension.

  1. Lower back stretch

The lower back carries a lot of pressure when the spine is not aligned. This lower back stretch will help ward off back pain. Sitting in your office chair, with your legs hip-width apart, bend from the crease of your hips, bringing your torso down so that you are lying face forwards across your knees. Make sure to completely relax your neck. This will relieve pressure on your lower back.

  1. Warrior Two

This is best to keep for private moments at the office, if you are in a shared space, as it is more active than the preceding exercises.

To do the yoga pose Warrior Two in the office, place your chair against a wall so it can’t slip. Place your one leg, heel flat, on the chair, with your leg bent close to 90 degrees at the knee. Your other leg should be placed firmly on the office floor, stretched out so that you are balanced. Raise your arms and reach out in front and behind of you, keeping your raised arms parallel to the floor, as though you are reaching towards the horizon. Hold and release. This is an energizing, invigorating pose.

  1. Seated Twist

This is another great Ayurvedic office exercise to do when your back feels tight and you feel as though you have reduced flexibility. Sitting in your office chair, with your feet forward on the ground, place your right hand on your left knee. Inhale, and as you exhale, twist your body from the upper spine, to look over your shoulder while your legs remain facing forwards. Then swap sides. This is a great exercise for freeing your back muscles.

  1. Chest and shoulder opener

This exercise helps to correct any hunched posture. Sitting up straight, reach your arms behind yourself and clasp hands behind your back. If your chair does not have an open back, you will need to stand up. Clasping your hands together, pull your arms downwards and away from you, pulling your shoulders back and drawing your shoulder blades together. Hold and release. This helps to open the chest and reduces slouching.

All five of these Ayurvedic desk exercises borrow from well-known yoga poses. Practice these in spare moments at your desk to relieve muscular tension, boost focus and maintain good posture.  Why not attend one of my Yoga classes held every Sunday?

Nasya – Herbally Infused Oil – ideal for congestion and sinus problems

View my latest video blog post on Nasya.  The administration of herbally infused oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. Balancing for each Dosha  Vata, pitta, and Kapha, Nasya Oil is also traditionally said to improve quality of your voice, strengthen one’s vision and promote mental clarity.  Contact me for more information.

 

 

Fertility Massage (Abhyanga)

The Benefits of Fertility Massage

Check out my recent video post – an overview

  • Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Increases circulation to the digestive system thereby enhancing immune system
  • Promotes hormonal balance
  • Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood, tissues and scar tissue
  • Helps to reposition a tilted uterus

Knowing your Dosha

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the energies that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body:

The 3 Dosha types:

1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.

  • In – There is creativity and vitality.
  • Out – Can produce fear and anxiety.

2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.

  • In – Leads to contentment and intelligence.
  • Out-: Can cause ulcers and anger.

3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

  • In – Expressed as love and forgiveness.
  • Out -: Can lead to insecurity and envy.

Find out your dosha here

Boost your Chi using Ghee

Ghee – pure, clarified butter that is an essential ingredient of Indian cuisine – is loved for its nutty taste and luxurious, melting texture. Yet it has more benefits than its taste and culinary versatility. It also has multiple health benefits, and is one of the few natural foods that can be consumed by people of all dosha types irrespective of their predominant type. In order to get the most out of ghee, it is important to either make your own or purchase ghee that is made from the purest ingredients.


The health benefits of ghee.

Ghee has been used for hundreds of years in Indian cooking. Its numerous health benefits are widely known amongst Ayurvedic practitioners. Chi, the life force that fills and nourishes the body and mind, is affected by imbalances in the doshas, and when this life force is weakest illness may develop. Eating ghee in moderation, as part of a balanced, Ayurvedic diet, helps to keep your chi stronger.

Health benefits of ghee include:

• Enhanced digestion
• Better food absorption
• Deep cellular detoxification
• Improved immune function
• Better skin condition

These are only some of ghee’s beneficial properties.

How do I get/make ghee?

Ghee is butter from which all the milk protein has been removed, leaving only pure fat with no impurities. As such, it is important to use high quality dairy products to start with. To make ghee, unsalted butter is melted at low temperatures and boiled until all water has evaporated nd milk solids have separated out. The fat is strained and kept and the milk solids are discarded.

While it is possible to make high quality ghee at home, it is all too easy to scorch the melted butter accidentally. This will make your ghee unusable and can be an expensive mistake. Working with hot ghee is also a hazard for burns. If you prefer not to make ghee yourself, you can purchase pure ghee that offers the full range of health benefits from expert Ayurveda practitioner, Dr Ashish Paul. Dr Paul uses only the finest ingredients to ensure optimal health benefits.