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Monday, March 15th, 2010
12:06 pm - Питание для людей с питтик-викрити

Начинаю публикацию пищевой карты для людей с аюрведической конституцией питта-типа (питта-викрити).

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
10:34 am - Видеодневник. Часть 5. Кири (массаж мешками с лекарством)


Вот очередной выпуск моего керальского видеоотчета:

То, что там читал из прошлогодних записок, прочитал ужасно, поэтому привожу здесь текст:

В начале лечения «navara kizhi» двое массажистов, каждый со своей стороны, синхронно прокатывают по твоему телу горячие шары. Плотные шары-мешки с лекарством сначала ощущаются как сделанные из теста, обмакиваемого в жидкость.

Каждый раз перед тем, как провести по какой-нибудь части тела, массажисты снимают с только что вынутых из кипятка шаров жар о ступни твоих же ног – горелка и сосуд с постоянно подогревающимся лекарством стоит в торце стола, то есть как раз в ногах лежащего на столе пациента – и, не останавливая движение – остановят шар – обожгут – массируют дальше.

Два шара каждый раз вынимаются из горячего лекарства, а использованные окунаются в лекарство для нагрева. Постепенно эти тряпочные шары набухают и становятся по весу больше похожими на утюги или гири.
Вторая часть массажа, после переворота на живот или на спину, производится уже чавкающими мешками с тяжелой и постоянно уменьшающейся в количестве жижей.

К этому моменту ты уже лежишь в луже липкой субстанции, которую размазывают по тебе, и мечтаешь о том, что очень скоро тебе на спину выльют первый ковш горячей воды...

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Saturday, December 12th, 2009
11:07 am - Посылка из Индии

Здраствуйте, любители аюрведы,

Доктор в письме говорит, что в случае чего пришлет мне нужное лекарство (и green-gram для мытья, и чай, конечно) по почте. Так... "барс" из Москвы шел 3 месяца. А посылка из Индии? Может, кто знает, как получать посылки из Индии?

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
9:51 pm - buying herbs online


i was hoping for a recommendation to find herbs online. i also was hoping for a suggestion as to where i would be able to figure out my dosha. i can't afford to go to a clinic, and i have some books but my results are often conflicting and confusing to me. any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
11:05 am - NAMA conference

anyone going to the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) conference this weekend? if so, let me know if you would be interested in meeting up sometime at the conference. I'm especially thrilled that it's in Chicago this year.


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5:34 am - Hello, we are helping to share the wisdom

sacredliving.wordpress.com/about/ Help us get our blog off the ground, we are interested in creating new awareness about ayurveda, to new crowds of people, taking the ancient wisdom forward with love and knowledge.

Stop through our blog, leave some comments and let us know what you think is good stuff to crosspost.

Thank you


current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
11:18 am - Oil Pulling For Your Health


Indian medicine, Ayurveda, has long hailed the practice of oil pulling for healing the human body. Many illnesses and diseases can be prevented and potentially cured with this method.  The concept of oil pulling is not new. It has been discussed in the Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita ( Sutrasthana 5, 78-80) as kavalagraha  or kavala gandoosha.  It was Dr. F. Karach, M.D. who popularized the concept of oil pulling in the 1990s.

Dr. Karach presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The meeting was attended by oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to the Academy of Science of the USSR. Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold-pressed oils. In this paper, Karach said the oil pulling totally heals “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”  He warned that if these claims sound exaggerated, try out the process yourself.


First thing in the morning, before eating, before brushing your teeth, take 1 teaspoon of refined or expeller pressed sesame oil (NOT toasted sesame oil) into your mouth and DO NOT swallow during this process. You swish the oil in your mouth, tiling your head back so that it can get to the back molars. You suck and pull the oil through your teeth and chew the oil so that it activates the saliva. You do this for 10 -15 minutes (at least 10 min). The oil will turn white in your mouth as you do this. If it is still yellow after the 10 min, then you are not swishing and pulling and chewing enough.

Spit the oil out in the toilet. Again, DO NOT swallow the oil. If you were to see one drop of this oil magnified 600 times under a microscope, you would see microbes in their first stage of development. The oil pulls toxins and excess Kapha (mucus) out of the blood through the mucus membranes in the mouth.

After spitting, swish your mouth with a pinch of salt and warm water. And then immediately brush your teeth thoroughly, making sure to brush your tongue and the roof of the mouth too.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2008
4:26 pm - An official India community for LJ


Greetings from LJ_India, the new official India community we’re piloting to connect all our India users.

We’re writing to invite you to take a first look at the Community (http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/) as it’s launched and share your feedback. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)
Do join us at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started!

Cheers and thanks,

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India


current mood: excited

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Friday, May 30th, 2008
12:39 am

Anyone out there interested in purchasing some great skin care products for a very small price? :)
The line/brand is Collective Wellbeing. They're an all natural skin care line, i have a ton of facial moisturisers for all types plus day creme night creme cleansers and more. Just let me know and i'll tell ya what i have. Can also show you pics. I also have a bunch of natural hair colours. I use one of them on my hair and it works great! high lights and low lights together and no chemicals :)
If you're looking for natural alternatives to beauty products let me know.
Am also having a sale on vitamins of all sorts
most products are about $ 5-10 USD.
also have some ayurvedic products as well.
Hope this is allowed, if not let me know and i'll remove.
Blessings :)

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
10:57 am - Help with a term?

My sister sent me an ayurveda tool to use while I'm in the bathtub. It is plastic I think and you use it to scrap your skin to decongest lymph areas. I thought she said it started with a G like Guash or something?

Does anyone know the name of this tool?


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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
7:41 pm - I need brilliant ideas... Please!

What can I do with my project about THE EIGHT BRANCHES of AVURVEDIC MEDICINE that will absolutely blow away the Prof and the class?

Posters - check
Facts on index cards - check

But what else can I do? I need something totally, extremely, ridiculously brilliant, daring and creative! Ideas?? Suggestions??

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Friday, January 19th, 2007
3:19 am - ayurvedic career opportunities

This is somewhat related to the last question. I'm very interested in formally studying ayurveda, but it would be quite an investment, and I have no idea what the job market is like. Aside from setting up your own business as an ayurvedic consultant or therapist, which sounds a little scary to me, what kinds of opportunities are out there? All that comes to mind would be working at a spa, ayurvedic supply distributor or health food shop...can anyone give me some more ideas? Are schools like Dr. Lad's or California College of Ayurveda very helpful in finding work for their graduates?

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Friday, January 12th, 2007
1:29 pm - Ayurveda Training

I plan to pursue a career in Ayurvedic therapies and I've looked at several schools online, but I'm not sure how to go about choosing one.  I want something legitimate that is going to be as globally recognized as possible with teachers who really know what they're doing.  Any place can have a good-looking website; I want to be sure I'm choosing a school that's the real thing.  Any suggestions?

current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, January 4th, 2007
11:31 pm - jala neti

I love my neti pot so much. There is nothing like cleaned out sinus cavities and ridding oneself of a sinus infection. I love breathing. I love not having a sinus infection. I love jala neti.

On another note. I love ayurveda. It is replacing many roles the Buddhism previously played in my life, and I think that is a good thing. Of course, I'm still a Buddhist, but there are certain lifestyle decisions that I'm making more easily and undertaking less stressfully with Ayurveda.

I even splurged and bought (a used copy of) the 3 volume set of the Charaka Samhita today.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
8:40 am - consultation/eczema/jyotish

I had a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner yesterday. (I had one a year earlier with a different practitioner.)

I myself am a newbie Ayurvedic practitioner, but it's far better to let others treat you and get feedback on your thoughts, etc.

Anyway, I was surprised to hear that I was doing everything right to treat my eczema (scalp), which is horrendous. I have cooled my body right down over the course of the past year. My diet is great (lots of grains and dark greens, mostly vegan, but trying to get enough omega-3s). I exercise (lightly) and do yoga. I really need less stress in my life, but I don't have a lot of options in that area currently. I use salves on my skin (it is chapped, scaly, and sometimes weeps and/or bleeds).

Anyway, he was so surprised that my body seems cool, my liver pulse wasn't crazy, my Pitta wasn't particularly inflamed in a general way, but my head "is on fire". He said that in cases like these, there's often something planetary going on. I'm skeptical of astrology and planetary influences, save for planet Earth and its many influences.

Do any of you, readers, have experience with things that just don't seem to fit?

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Saturday, October 14th, 2006
9:01 am

Recently I read a couple books by David Frawley and was awed by the depth of his knowledge. I would really like to study Ayurveda seriously, although I am not sure if I would be able or willing to turn it into a career at some point.

I was thinking of doing David Frawley's correspondence course just as a taster, to see if this is something I could really pursue. Has anyone here done one of his courses?

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
11:44 am - Ayurveda workshop: Ottawa, Ontario
yogiloren hi all, I'm hosting an Ayurveda Workshop this month in Ottawa,Ontario. If you know of anyone interested in Ayurveda in the area who might want to attend please let them know about it.


Here's the info:

Ayurveda Workshop

Balancing your way to improved health through diet and lifestyle

A workshop to introduce practical Ayurvedic practices into your life. Ayurveda is known as the science of life and the science of self-healing.

We will:

• explore the philosophy of Ayurveda
• determine one’s constitution (dosha)
• learn how to recognize imbalances
• explore balancing through diet and lifestyle
• develop a life plan

Join us for two afternoons of information and application of Ayurveda.

This workshop is geared to teachers of yoga who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Ayurveda; to students of yoga; and to those interested in managing their own wellness.

Date: October 21st and 22nd
Time: 1:00 – 5:30
Location: Upward Dog Yoga Centre
413 MacKay Street
Fees: $175 +gst (10% discount for yoga teachers)
Bring: Yoga mat, pen, paper, water

For more information: loren.crawford@sympatico.ca
Register at Upward Dog Yoga Centre, call 613-748-9642

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Friday, August 25th, 2006
10:53 pm - detox

lately i have been feeling fatigued, even after long bouts of sleep (10+ hours!) i've been craving sweets and cheeses and nearly every "bad" food and in large quantities. i feel bloated, my nose is constantly stuffy and i've been sneezing a lot. i wanted to do a detox before classes start and was curious if there are any suggestions? i see a lot of kits and cleanses at health food stores... any recommendations??? i'm hoping for something more than just a diet change or juice fast, but maybe not a water fast.

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
11:45 am - New

Hello, I have just joined and am new to ayurveda. I have a question: I have tooken several tests now and they all say I am Vata, and so I researched about what vata'a should eat to be balanced and it said that we should not have raw vegi's. That puzzled me a bit because I also do yoga and follow a yogi diet which says to eat mainly sattvic foods and to have lots of raw vegi's and barley any cooked ones. What should I follow? or am I just not understanding it right?

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Monday, July 24th, 2006
3:32 am - Gymnema sylvestre - an Ayurvedic viewpoint sought

I'm looking for a good Ayurvedic site describing the use of the herb gymnema sylvestre. I'm not really familar with Ayurveda to any great degree and any sites I've found have been brief. I've read a lot of Western sites about it and have found them very useful, but I'm keen to learn about it from an Ayurvedic point of view, espeically regarding the safety of it and how much might be too much. Any help would be wonderful and greatly appreciated.

I've been using gymnema sylvestre to stop the high blood sugar levels I get after meals. They make me pretty ill and I'm at risk of diabetes due to complications arising from coeliac/celiac disease. The herb has worked wonderfully, and the reading I've done has said it not only reduces blood sugar it also increases the pancreas's ability to create insulin if it has lost some of that ability. It has other effects also, relating to sugar. A link to a USA government site from the National Library of Medicine about the herb follows.


If you're not familar with the name 'gymnema sylvestre' you may be familar with one of the other names listed at that site - Asclepiadaceae , Asclepias geminata roxb., Gemnema melicida , gur-mar, gurmar, gurmarbooti, Gymnema inodum , kogilam, mangala gymnema, merasingi, meshashringi, meshavalli, periploca of the woods, periploca sylvestris, podapatri, ram's horn, small Indian ipecac, sarkaraikolli, sirukurinja.

Many thanks for your time.

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