• 7 Ayurveda Tips for Children

    Ayurveda for children

    Whoever thinks that Ayurveda is only for adults got that wrong. Whether nutrition, massage or sounds, there are many ways in which you as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. can lovingly support the development of young ones, from babies to teenagers!
    Dr. med. Jasmin Blumenberg, a paediatrician and Ayurveda doctor, will show you how. She is a board member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ayurveda [German Society for Ayurveda], the oldest Ayurvedic Doctors’ Association in Germany (founded in 1983).
    Dr. med. Jasmin Blumenberg practices at the children’s clinic in the town of Minden and is a lecturer at the German Ayurveda Academy in Regensburg.

    Tip 1: Maintain a daily routine

    Children need routine and rhythm for healthy development. Ayurveda and Western medicine absolutely agree on this because without a regular routine, children have difficulties handling the flood of stimuli in their lives. Common consequences are restlessness, hyperactivity and anxiety. The children can’t find balance. From the point of view of Ayurveda, this is an expression of too much Vata. An ayurvedic approach to establishing a daily routine, one that creates balance, can help restore order among the doshas or maintain dosha balance in the first place.

    What does that look like in practice?

    You can start establishing a daily ayurvedic routine for children who already sleep through the night, meaning they have a regular day/night rhythm. This is usually the case from ages 2 to 3. From an ayurvedic point of view, the day should begin early – ideally at 6 a.m. Since young children are often “early risers” anyway, this will be relatively easy. It will be much more difficult with teenagers whose sleep rhythm is increasingly delayed. But it also applies to them: a regular daily routine with an early wake-up time improves their dosha balance and gives them stability for everyday life.

    After a sleepless or bad night – which tends to happen with small children – parents and children should, of course, sleep longer. In this case, everyone needs to find their own approach that is good for them.
    The same also applies for bedtime. Children and adults alike should go to bed at a set bedtime, if possible. For teenagers, this should not be after 10 p.m.; although, if they go to a party, it can be later, of course.

    Tip 2: Start the day with water

    Anyone who drinks a glass of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning has already done a lot for themselves. From an ayurvedic point of view, drinking water helps with inner cleansing and stimulates morning bowel movements. In the case of children, you can apply this recommendation starting at age one.

    How to!

    Ideally, for your “morning drink,” use water that has boiled for 10 minutes and then cooled to room temperature. You can also keep the boiled water in a thermos and let it cool down to the desired temperature if required.
    For children who are used to drinking fruit juice and are not ready to drink still water, you can slowly reduce the ratio of juice. In any case, children under 4 years of age should drink as little fruit juice as possible. It helps protect their teeth.
    Still water is an ideal daily thirst quencher for children. Fruit juices should be reserved for special occasions. You as a parent or other close adult can, of course, improve a child’s acceptance of water by drinking it yourself.

    Tip 3: Ayurvedic morning routine for children

    Similarly to adults, we suggest that children start their day with an ayurvedic morning routine. The detailed steps are as follows:

    • Inner cleansing: Make sure your child takes the time to empty its bladder and bowel.
    • Abhyanga: For babies, the morning whole-body massage is carried out by parents or another adult. Gently rub the little ones with ripened sesame oil for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. Older children (as of approx. 8 years of age) and teenagers can do the massage themselves and use a massage oil suited to their dosha type: (Vata Massage Oil for dry to normal skin, Pitta Massage Oil for sensitive skin types and Kapha Massage Oil for oily skin to skin that tends to develop blemishes) – each diluted with sesame oil, if necessary.

    Baby MassageBaby Massage

    • Stretching: For infants and young children, you can gently bring their legs back and over their head during the morning massage. Then bring their right arm towards their left leg and vice versa. Not only is this fun for young ones, it is simply good for them.

    Tongue cleaner for children

    • Body cleansing: After the massage, shower your child. While for young children pure water is often enough, older children and teenagers can use a shower gel or shampoo appropriate to their dosha type.
    • Cleaning the tongue and teeth: Besides brushing their teeth as usual, a tongue cleaner may be used for young children as well. While older children can use the tongue cleaner by themselves with some practice, young children should get help from an adult who then gently runs the tongue cleaner over the tongue.

    For this, we suggest you use our sterling silver tongue cleaner, which is especially small, soft and round.

    Tip 4: Ayurvedic cuisine for children

    The goal of all nutrition is to give our body, and thus every single cell, sufficient nourishment and energy. The requirement for that is to thoroughly digest the food. Here, according to Ayurveda, the digestive fire Agni comes into play. Only when it burns properly, are our cells well looked after and minimal waste material (Ama) is produced. Correspondingly, ayurvedic cuisine not only values a healthy and wholesome diet, but also various spices and other ingredients that stimulate the digestive fire. According to Ayurveda, they build the basis for good physical and mental performance and for preventing illnesses and everyday aches and pains. Otherwise, you may suffer from bloating, fatigue, skin blemishes, problems concentrating and other issues.
    By the way: The basic principles of ayurvedic cuisine resulting from this ayurvedic understanding  apply to both children and adults.

    • Stimulate all 6 senses with every meal by always introducing all 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent). They all have different effects on a person’s body and mind.
    • Always prepare your meals as fresh as possible. Not only is it healthier, it also simply tastes better.
    • Have your child regularly drink warm water between meals. It makes the digestive tract stronger while a cold drink weakens it.

    In addition to the general information about ayurvedic nutrition, there are some characteristics that apply to children in particular. From an ayurvedic point of view, the Kapha dosha is dominant in the first years of a child’s life. That also explains their strong cravings for sweets.

    From an ayurvedic point of view, if you give a child a small amount of something sweet (e.g. a spoonful of apple sauce or some dessert) before the main meal, it activates the digestive fire and, thus, the nutrients of the meal will be better metabolised. If you like, and as is typical in our Western cultures, you can still eat a sweet dessert afterwards.
    However, sweet does not always have to mean unhealthy. A porridge prepared with ripe, sweet fruit is not only delicious and healthy, but also satisfies the need for something sweet.

    Do you remember this from your youth? In puberty, the craving for sweets is even stronger. Teenagers are in a transition period in which the whole body is busy. In this discovery phase, youth need something that gives them support and stabilises their Kapha dosha. This search for stability is also the reason why children can sometimes eat the same meal over and over again for a long time.
    Ghee is especially important for teenagers and children. It doesn’t matter whether you stir it into milk or cook with it often. Let your creativity run free!

    Anyone who wants improve their children’s diet – particularly at special stages of development – should maybe try our Children’s Rasayana . It is especially designed to meet the needs of children. Taking it is very simple: Half an hour before eating in the morning and evening, children 3 and older take 1 tablet with warm water or warm milk with candied sugar (if necessary, grind the tablet and candied sugar in a mortar).

    Also: specially adapted to the needs of learners, the “Student Rasayana” is recommended for pupils and students alike.

    Tips for all meals

    Breakfast

    To stimulate the “Agni” digestive fire in children, Ayurveda suggests warm porridge with some ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and a bit of cardamom. Children can have some spiced milk with that. Add some ghee and ground ginger into a glass of milk. For children over 2 years of age, you can also refine the drink with some almond paste.
    In principle, Ayurveda suggest using cow’s milk because a vegan diet can lead to symptoms of deficiency in children, and a vitamin deficiency can, for example, lead to growth and developmental disorders.

    Dr. Jasmin Blumenberg: "Unfortunately, we see it time and again in hospitals that children who follow vegan diets exhibit bone growth disorders due to a lack of calcium, and deficiency symptoms in their development. Even in the first year, development can come to a stop, which then becomes difficult to compensate for."

    Lunch

    We suggest having a lassi, the ayurvedic yoghurt drink, with a well-balanced lunch. Prepared with probiotic yoghurt, the lassi also supports your offspring’s gut flora.
    Try our many lassi recipes and discover your personal favourite lassi together!

    You can find the basic lassi recipe here. On the same page, you will find our peppermint lassi, rose lassi, coconut lassi and salty lassi, as well as other delicious recipes, such as:

    If you would like to make your own yoghurt at home, you can easily do so with a yoghurt maker, such as our Yoghurt Box.

    Dinner

    To relieve the bowel and allow your children to get a good night’s sleep, Ayurveda prefers light, easily digestible evening meals. Therefore, animal proteins, which are difficult to digest, should be avoided in that time.

    Tip 5: Fun balance exercises

    As already described above, you can passively do simple stretches with very young children during massages (legs over the head, hand to foot).

    To support posture and balance, starting at the age of 3, children can practice poses such as the “tree”. The children stand on one leg, place the other foot on the knee of their standing leg and put their arms above their head.

    Balance exercises for children

    It’s fun! And moving is an important pillar in a child’s development.

    Especially today, when even young children extensively use smartphones and computers, it is especially important for your child’s development that you encourage movement (and moving outdoors in all types of weather).

    Join them! It’s not only good for you, but also makes it more exciting for the young ones.

    Tip 6: Balancing stimulus overload

    Dr. Jasmin Blumenberg: "Children often tell me that they play computer games after school to try to process the overload of daily stimuli, to which they are increasingly exposed in these modern times. Unfortunately, they don’t recognise that this leads to overstimulation again since computer games also provide stimulation.

    Then the stimuli increase and medical problems may very well arise.

    We see it again and again that children play all night long. In some cases, children then end up in hospital with seizures as a result of permanent overstimulation coupled with a lack of sleep.

    Therefore, it is important to help ease children into a good routine and rhythm in which rest, breathing exercise and children’s meditation also have their place."

    Tipp 7: Vedic sounds for the child’s soul

    Gandharva Veda music, which is also used as music therapy, harmonises the doshas and is good for relaxation and inner peace, and not only for children. Precisely nowadays when many children are already under time and performance pressure, harmonising sounds can significantly contribute to relaxing both body and mind. That’s how they will find the peace they need to process the many daily stimuli.

    Dr. Jasmin Blumenberg: "We have had very good experiences in the clinic when we do massages on infants to the sound of Gandharva Veda music. When looking at the monitor recordings, we notice that the sounds lower the heart rate and slow down breathing, thereby reducing the Vata dosha."

    To start, we especially recommend the Rain Melody. It is suitable for every age and every time of day and is particularly used for restlessness.

    Tip for handling our recommendations

    Did we give you new ideas that you would now like to apply? Then it’s best to start gently with individual steps that particularly interest you and that you can achieve bit by bit. Use our recommendations as a guide to show you the way, and then you can calmly find your own way. At every step, watch for what is good for you and your child and what makes you feel good. Just like children, be curious and open to new things without forcing it or overexerting yourself. This is how you and your child will benefit most.

    Thank you

    We thank Dr. Jasmin Blumenberg for her expert support and the wonderful pictures.

  • Autumn is in the Air – Tips to Balance Your Pitta

    Autumn is in the air

    For many people, the portion of Pitta dosha increases in the summer. Especially in the late summer and early autumn, this Pitta imbalance or Pitta dominance can become clearly noticeable and stressful for those who already have a high portion of Pitta. Sometimes they complain about dry, irritated skin, or have a quicker temper – just to name a few symptoms. At the latest, then is the time to reduce excess Pitta.

    We will show you what measures you can take to balance your Pitta. Many of the recommendations come from Vaidya Prathmesh Vyas, an ayurvedic expert who studied at Ayurveda universities in Nagpur and Rajasthan and is known as an ayurvedic pulse diagnosis specialist.

    How to recognise excess Pitta

    "Pitta stands for the fire in our physiology. Pitta types have a sharp understanding and are daring and adventurous,” says Vaidya Prathmesh Vyas. By nature, those dominated by Pitta are sensitive to spicy meals, hot drinks and high temperatures. Their body temperature tends to be high and they sweat easily, tend to have irritated skin and often have thin, fine hair. They also have a good appetite and digestion. They react more hotly when irritated and easily become angry, but they also tend to calm down quickly.

    Pitta times

    We are especially prone to Pitta troubles during typical Pitta times. Pitta times of the day are especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Those who already suffer from Pitta troubles often feel especially unwell during these times. With regards to this, Vaidya Prathmesh Vyas says that “even if you are usually supposed to avoid sleeping during the day, I would suggest resting for one to two hours to calm your Pitta.”
    During the course of the year, a lot of Pitta accumulates especially during late summer which can lead to problems in autumn. Pitta calms down again in the winter.

    In our lives, too, there is a long phase of Pitta dominance, from age 18 to 50. Specifically among those with a Pitta dominance, the Pitta dosha can easily become unbalanced during the above-mentioned times and lead to Pitta troubles.

    Nutrition tips for your autumn kickoff

    GheePitta is responsible for our digestion and metabolism. Correspondingly, it is closely related to nutrition. In Ayurveda, we know a wealth of foods that can be used to harmonise the Pitta dosha. Pitta characteristics are sour, hot and a bit oily. Therefore, very sour, hot, salty and oily dishes and drinks should be avoided in the event of an excess of Pitta.

    Classic Ayurveda texts describe Ghee as the food that is best for reducing Pitta.
    Ghee, a.k.a. pure butter fat, is sweet, cool and soft – and thus has exactly the opposite characteristics of Pitta. Depending on tolerance and the extent of the Pitta imbalance, mix one or two teaspoons of ghee in milk every day or prepare your food with ghee.

    We also suggest sweet, astringent (contracting), bitter and cool dishes and herbs.

    Recommended foods and herbsLess recommended
    • Ghee, butter, buttermilk, cream, milk, lassi• Undiluted yoghurt
    • Chamomile, fennel or peppermint tea• Coffee, black tea
    Coriander, licorice, cumin, saffron, turmeric, cardamom• Chili, garlic
    • Sweet fruits, melon, mango, pomegranate, raisins• Sour fruits
    • Coconut• Very oily dishes
    • Barley, wheat, rice, corn, rolled oats, millet• Overindulging in wine
    • Mung dal, small kidney beans, soy products• Long periods of fasting

    The mildly exotic flavour of Pitta Churna is especially suitable for the beginning of autumn. Containing coriander, fennel, cumin, cardamom, ginger and turmeric, it really enriches your ayurvedic cuisine.

    Pitta BalancePitta Tea is ideal for stressful days and harmoniously finishing off the day. Two cups a day at room temperature should calm Pitta and a fiery temper. If you like change, you can occasionally treat yourself to some peppermint, chamomile or fennel tea. You can also try our ayurvedic “iced” tea.

    As an addition to your Pitta calming diet, we suggest using Pitta Balance as a “fire brigade” for Pitta dosha. This food supplement, available as tablets or paste, balances the doshas when Pitta gains the upper hand.

    Avoid heat

    After your body has taken in plenty of warmth in the summer, you should now avoid long, intensive heat influences. This means have a warm rather than a hot shower, don’t take baths that are too hot and wait until the winter before going to the sauna. Your skin will thank you too!

    Cosmetic tips for the coming automn

    At Maharishi Ayurveda, we have a large selection of skin care products that are perfectly suitable for the coming autumn.
    After the hot summer or in the event of stress, the skin often reacts with dryness or redness. Support the regeneration of sensitive facial skin with Pitta Care Cream. Select herb extracts, camelia seed oil, shea butter and olive oil ensure that your facial skin is soft and smooth.
    Numerous Pitta products are also available for body care:

    Pitta Body Lotion

    And for hair care:

    Try these products and discover your favourite Pitta products.

    Enjoy fine aromas

    Fragrance lampAromas, too, can calm Pitta.
    With its essential oils of sandalwood and ylang ylang, Pitta aroma oil is the ideal choice for moments in early autumn. Pitta-moderating fragrances can also be diffused in the bedroom with a diffuser or a fragrance lamp. Enjoy the calming and relaxing effect of this gentle combination.

    Take time to relax

    Not only the heat and hot meals but also stress can increase Pitta. Regular periods of relaxation, e.g. comfortably drinking a cup of Pitta tea, will balance your Pitta dosha and give you inner peace.
    Build small regeneration phases into your daily routine. For example, after eating your lunch, just remain seated for a moment and consciously enjoy your personal rest period.

    Move in nature

    Take a walk every day, if possible. It is best if you do so in nature, for example in a forest or along water. Let the fresh breeze blow on your face in the mountains or near a large lake. A short evening walk in your daily routine will help you relax. It will tune you into the night phase of rest and regeneration.

     

    We wish you a nice autumn. Stay healthy!

  • HAPPINEZ Festival – Win free tickets now!

    Happinez-Fastival

    “Happinez”, the popular mindstyle magazine, is organising yet again its popular festival in Fort Voordorp, Netherlands, near Utrecht this year.
    We at Maharishi Ayurveda will be attending for the second time. You may look forward to a lively festival feel, great atmosphere and amazing offers, such as yoga sessions, music, workshops and international speakers who will talk about holistic life topics.
    An exciting program, delicious food and colourful market stands are awaiting you. We at Maharishi Ayurveda are looking forward to greeting you in person at our stand and to giving you a small gift.

    And it’s on us!
    Send us an email at map@ayurveda.eu or contact us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ayurveda.products.europe/). Write “Happinez Festival” in the subject line and you will have a chance to win two free tickets to this fantastic event.

    Also:
    This year at our stand, an internationally known Vaidya (Ayurveda expert) will offer a free pulse diagnosis and give you valuable health tips.

    When: 15-17 September, 2017
    Info: https://www.happinez.nl/

  • Travelling with Ayurveda

    Travelling with Ayurveda

    It’s vacation time! For most people, vacation means resting, relaxing, and taking a break from their often hectic daily life. But vacations can also present a great opportunity to discover something new.
    We’ve put together a little Ayurvedic travel kit and will show you how Ayurveda can help you slow down and recharge.

    Slowing down with Ayurveda

    Vata Aroma Oil, your ideal travel companion, will help you ease into relaxation mode. With its soothing composition of sweet orange, rose geranium, basil, marjoram and fennel, this natural oil blend spreads a pleasant scent and sense of well-being.
    The soft sounds of Maharishi Gandharva music clear the path to inner peace. Depending on your personal taste, inner needs and the time of day, there is a great diversity of eternal melodies of nature to choose from. Here are a few samples of Amar Nath playing the bamboo flute:

    Holiday reading

    Are you looking for something to read that will enrich you beyond your vacation? How about “In Balance leben: Wie wir trotz Stress mit unserer Energie richtig umgehen” [Living in balance: How to handle your energy despite stress, in German only].
    Based on Ayurveda’s ancient knowledge of healing, the acclaimed author presents you with six steps to help you “manage” your energy more successfully.

    Would you like to set aside some quiet time during your vacation to learn more about the many possibilities Ayurveda has to offer? “Ayurveda für jeden Tag” (Ayurveda for every day, in German only) by Ayurvedic physician Dr. Ernst Schrott contains many Ayurveda tips on nutrition, body care and health. Perhaps you would like to try new Ayurveda recipes? And if you ever have any aches or pains, Dr. Schrott reveals in the chapter “Beschwerden von Kopf bis Fuß” [Pains from head to toe], how Ayurveda can help with sunburns, headaches and infections.

    Start your day out strong

    You know that something is good for you, but there just isn’t enough time for it during the day. Does this sound familiar? Often, we don’t find the necessary time for things that are important to us and provide well-being until we’re on vacation.
    Why not use your next vacation to regularly start your day with the Ayurvedic morning routine? Not only will it kick-start your digestion and metabolism, it will also make you feel fresher and fitter. This way, you can enjoy your vacation even more!

    Time for yourself: Ayurvedic head massage

    An Ayurvedic head massage is a particularly simple and effective way to pamper yourself on your vacation. The very act of consciously touching this very sensitive area helps us gather our thoughts and relax.
    A gentle head massage will equally touch body, soul and spirit. It stimulates blood circulation in your scalp and nurtures and strengthens your hair and scalp. We recommend you massage your scalp twice a week in the morning before washing your hair, using a hair oil that suits your Dosha type:

      Vata hair oil

      The herb mixtures and fine herbal oils made according to ancient original Ayurvedic recipes benefit both your body and mind.

      Our summer tip: If the sun tends to bleach and dry out your hair, mixed Vata types in particular should use Vata Hair Oil. It will provide an extra layer of protection and nurture your damaged summer hair.

       

      Spices, mint oil and tea with unusual dishes

      According to Ayurveda, spices can help make dishes that are difficult to digest more agreeable, particularly unusual dishes served in foreign holiday destinations.
      Our churnas, which you can use to spice up your dish depending on your taste and the time of year, are especially popular on trips.

        Pitta Churna

        • Vata Churna: especially for foods that stimulate Vata, such as cabbage, broccoli, corn, legumes and lettuce
        • Pitta Churna: a spice for hot days, e.g. with tomato dishes
        • Kapha Churna: Spice up your meal! Kapha Churna for hot and spicy and slightly fiery, but also heavy dishes

        All three churnas are available at Maharishi Ayurveda® in organic quality.
        You should always have a bottle of Ayurvedic herbal oil with mint on you, just to make sure the unusual cuisine doesn’t spoil your vacation. If you feel unwell after an exotic meal, just add 1 – 2 drops to a glass of hot water and drink it.
        Digest Plus Tea is used in Ayurveda as a healthy alternative to aperitifs and bitters. Hot and spicy, Digest Plus Tea is a popular travel companion that you ideally drink one hour before or after a heavy dish or big meal.

        Dosha teas instead of cold drinks

        If you’re longing for some peace and quiet, don’t forget to pack some aromatic Vata Tea. A regular cup of this tea can help you balance excess Vata.
        As tempting as it is, you shouldn’t drink ice-cold drinks on hot days because our body goes into “heating mode” to bring the cold liquid to body temperature. What we initially perceive as refreshing generates extra inner heat in the long run. That is why, according to Ayurveda, you should drink warm to lukewarm water or tea to cool off on hot summer days. We recommend in particular one to two cups of Pitta Tea per day. Try it!

        Sunbathing with no regrets

        Aloe VeraDo you love the sun? If so, it’s best to enjoy sunbathing before noon, when the sun’s rays aren’t quite as intense yet. Your skin will thank you!
        Afterwards indulge yourself and your skin in a nice cooling after-sun care with Maharishi Ayurveda® Aloe Vera Gel. Applied externally, it is a boon to the skin after being out in the sun. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, just rub on the Aloe Vera Gel, let it soak in and then apply a body lotion, based on your skin type, or the Ayurvedic After Sun Oil.
        To help your skin recover from the intense sun, you can also drink one to three glasses of aloe vera juice per day. Aloe vera juice is available in most well-stocked drugstores.

         

        Packed just for you: your Ayurvedic travel kit

        Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, you should always carry these Ayurvedic products with you:

          Herbal oil with mint

           

           

        • Tips for pampering your mom – and not only on Mother’s Day!

          Tullips with small heart to the right

          It is remarkable what mothers do: They give life, love and recognition, take care of our everyday needs, have a sympathetic ear for worries, provide comfort, are companions in good and bad times, and many are breadwinners as well. A mother’s role is quite challenging.
          That is enough reason to say “Thank you”. In any case, that’s what Ann Jarvis, the childless American woman thought when, after the death of her mother, she started campaigning for a special day for mothers. We owe Mother’s Day, which has since been celebrated in many countries, to her.
          Mother’s Day is a unique opportunity to clearly say “thank you”. But, if we still have the opportunity to do so, we can also frequently show our mothers with many small acts in between Mother’s Days that what they have done and are still doing for us is not taken for granted.
          We show you how to do this in our Thank You Tips for Mothers.

          Giving time

          Surveys show that mothers who are still in the midst of raising their kids wish for one thing in particular: time for themselves. Everyone benefits if once in a while others take care of the kids, clean or cook while mom can finally read or go for a run in peace, to then be relaxed when returning to her tasks afterwards.
          Once the kids leave the house, things often change faster than desired: it’s unusually quiet in the house. In retirement, life can become too quiet for some mothers. Maybe, there’s time now for doing something together? So, a gift to your mother could be a visit to the zoo together, hiking to one of her favourite places or going to a concert or show? What did you do together in the past? Perhaps it can be followed.
          Such (joint) experiences can bring especially long-lasting joy. Besides, almost all mothers enjoy being invited to be a part of the lives of their children and grandchildren in this manner.
          It doesn’t have to be a big event. You can bring your mother joy by simply inviting her to lunch or tea. You can find all sorts of recipes here.

          Helping

          Surely, there are tasks that your mother does not like doing or that she finds particularly difficult. Those could be, for example, technical challenges related to her cellphone or computer, weeding, washing and hanging up drapes, or painting the kitchen. No doubt you can find something you’re good at which will make your mother happy.

          Giving health and inner balance

          Health is a valuable asset that mothers appreciate, too. Who doesn’t want to be healthy and fit even at an old age? We can contribute a lot to it, and suggestions and help can also be gifts.

          • Relaxing music not only pleases the ears but can also contribute significantly to well-being.
          • Does your mother like to read? In the book “Ayurveda für jeden Tag” (this book is only available in German) you find many valuable ayurvedic tips for a healthy life that can also be easily put into practice in your daily routine.
          • Regular physical exercise strengthens both body and mind. Ayurveda recommends daily exercising. For individuals over 40, it recommends exercising moderately, but also regularly (i.e. ¼-½ hour per day). So how about a yoga, pilates, dance or other type of class for your mother? Maybe even use this opportunity to stay fit together?

          • Especially in times of hormonal changes, many women miss their usual inner strength and calm. Maybe, you can please your mother with Maharishi Ayurveda’s® Ladies‘ Rasayana. According to Ayurveda, the harmonizing mixture of herbs and fruits unfolds a wonderful harmonising effect on the entire female organism (see product information).

          Thinking of you

          There are many opportunities to show your mother, without too much effort, how important she is to you. Why not write her a postcard while on a business or weekend trip, send her a text message, or show her where you are and what’s going on via WhatsApp. Personal post cards or emails can be created with snapshots of your everyday life.

          DIY

          Grandparents almost always love their grandkids’ crafts. Maybe, your kids can simply make (with your help, depending on their age) a nice greeting card, a drawing or a cloth bag. With pictures of the family, many gift ideas from mugs to a photo album can be easily realized. Now that downloading music is so simple, you can also conveniently put together CDs, exactly to you mother’s taste.

          Treats

          Homemade treats are always appreciated. How about an ayurvedic energy ball? The sweet temptations not only taste good but also provide quick energy. See the recipe here.

          For mothers who are coffee lovers we suggest Raja’s Cup as a healthy ayurvedic alternative. It can also easily be prepared as an espresso or cappuccino.

          Care products for pampering

          Vata care creamA maturing woman’s skin tends to become drier and more wrinkled. Whether it’s a shower gel, body lotionmassage oil or face cream, now is the time for Vata products. They nourish and care for the demanding skin, exude a lovely fragrance and ensure a comforting feeling of silkiness.

          You’ll surely come up with more ideas that will give your mother particular pleasure. Use this special day to show your mother how grateful you are for all she has done!

           

           

        • Interview with the winner of the London trip

          Winner with partner and Mrs Buchzik in London

          This time, Nicoletta Czechowska won the jackpot of our contest. As the winner of our trip to London, she was able to attend the 2nd International Ayurveda Congress. We asked her about her experiences and impressions before and after the Congress.

          Interview Part 1 (before the Congress)

          Q: Welcome to London, Mrs. Czechowska. Congratulations again on winning the contest. How did you originally come to hear about Ayurveda? Have you known it for long?

          A: We met an ayurvedic doctor from India in Poland who, in the past, once helped me with a health issue. Since then, Ayurveda has somehow always “been there”.
          We then tried to purchase high-quality Ayurveda products in Germany. That is how I discovered Maharishi Ayurveda. Maharishi Ayurveda products are available in health-food shops, where I’m used to shop. That is how we gradually began to use the brand. The quality quickly convinced us.

          Q: What part of Ayurveda is most important for you? What do you value most about this ancient health system?

          A: It is so old and, therefore, tried and tested that it always works. This is very different from Western medicine where, in my opinion, there is quite a lot of testing.
          Ayurveda is comprehensive, yet also simple. Even spices, such as turmeric, have an effect.

          Q: Do you have an Ayurveda tip of your own for our clients?

          A: There are so many little things that are effective, such as waking up before 6 a.m. It’s hard to imagine it, but if you try it for only one week or even a few days, you will notice the difference.
          Just see what works for you and what benefits you.
          Or cooking with spices – that makes a big difference. Not just salt and pepper, but experimenting with what spices you cook with. And then not simply one spice, but six. Then you will notice very quickly that your digestion is better or that you feel better – and in the end, it tastes better. You feel more satisfied at the end of the meal without having the feeling that something is “missing”, and still being hungry for chocolate or chips.

          Q: What was it like when you first heard that you won the trip? Describe this moment.

          A: I was in the health-food store when the phone rang. I couldn’t believe it. I had never won anything, and suddenly someone was calling from a Dutch number and saying that I had won a trip to London for the 2nd International Ayurveda Congress. I was so excited. It happened in January and the year had just begun. It was a great start to the new year.

          Q: What are you looking forward to?

          A: Tomorrow we are going sightseeing and then we are looking forward to the Congress starting on Saturday. We chose the subjects in the parallel events that especially interest us. We will definitely also attend the concert on the evening of the first night.

          Winner with partner in London

          Interview Part 2 (near the end of the Congress)

          Q: The 2nd International Ayurveda Congress is coming to an end. What did you like in particular?

          A: Overall, we really liked London and the Congress. Thank you again for everything. As a microbiologist, the links between ancient traditions and the newest scientific studies especially impressed me because this shows that Ayurveda really works – and not only in old books, but today in labs and hospitals.

          Q: Were there any people who impressed you?

          A: Oh yes, very many. We also really enjoyed the presentations about yoga and Ayurveda.

          Q: Is there anything that especially impressed you?

          A: It was particularly impressive to see how people work together when it is for the common subject of “Ayurveda”. The sometimes quite controversial discussions were always carried out in a very pleasant manner. We thought it was remarkable to see that variations are possible and not everything is set in stone, and that people still treated each other positively.

          Q: How would you describe the atmosphere of the Congress?

          A: Very warm-hearted, at times even intimate. I had the feeling that most of the people knew each other and that new participants were warmly integrated.

          Q: Do you think it’s worth it to come back? In two years, the Congress will take place in Brazil.

          A: If it’s possible, for sure!

          Q: Was much of what you saw, heard and learned at the Congress new to you?

          A: We were familiar with some of it, but definitely learned a lot of details. For us it was especially nice to encounter international cultures.

          Q: What would you like to tell people who couldn’t attend this year?

          A: That it’s totally worth it to share your experiences with other people. It’s worth it not to sit at home in your practice, but instead share with one’s colleagues.

          Q: Thank you. We really enjoyed welcoming you here. We hope you have a good trip home.

        • Spring into Spring Energised – Tips for the Kapha Season

          Tips for the Kapha Season

          With spring comes the Kapha season

          Change is all around: The biting cold of winter is giving way to higher temperatures, and everywhere the first spring flowers are waking up from their winter sleep. After the snowdrops start to awake, the crocuses, daffodils and tulips rise with their colourful splendour and announce the change of seasons. All these are signs of the beginning of the Kapha season, which from an ayurvedic point of view goes from March to June.
          Prompted by the cold and heavy foods during the winter months, Kapha has increased quite a bit. As a structuring principle, Kapha stands for characteristics such as cold, liquid, heavy and tough. Many people now feel the Kapha dominance as a burden of additional pounds. For others, less noticeable metabolic ballast has accumulated during the winter months.
          With the rising temperatures, the Kapha in nature and in our body dissolves and liquefies. From an ayurvedic point of view, wetness and rain are proof of this as well as runny noses, wet coughs and hay fever.
          The common spring fever, which Kapha types suffer from in particular, is considered in Ayurveda as a consequence of Kapha dominance.
          Accordingly, in spring it is now important to maintain Dosha balance during the change of season. The ayurvedic seasonal regimen, Ritucharya, teaches us how. We have compiled the most important advice for the Kapha season so that you can enjoy spring fresh and energised.

          Follow the biological rhythms

          We remain especially well-balanced if we follow the biological rhythms of the seasons and the corresponding Doshas. Light, day length, temperature etc. are important pacemakers that help us keep our mind and body in sync with the rhythm of nature. This not only goes for the seasonal rhythm, but also for our daily rhythm.
          Along the same lines as the shift from winter to spring, every morning at 6 a.m., we experience a transition from Vata to Kapha. In this sense, spring can also be considered the dawn of the year.
          According to the awakening day, Ayurveda suggests waking up at the latest at the end of the Vata time at 6 a.m. without an alarm. Those who go to bed no later than at the end of the evening Kapha time (i.e. before 10 p.m.), as suggested, will also have an easier time getting up early. With this daily rhythm you will support the inner rhythm of your mind and body, which will help you be in harmony with yourself and nature. This support is especially important during the Kapha season and will help you get through spring without excessive fatigue.

          Time for inner cleansing

          Use inner cleansing measures to help your body release the accumulated Kapha.

          • Regularly take time for cleansing measures in the course of your ayurvedic daily routine. This includes mouthwash with cured sesame oil as well as cleaning your tongue in the morning with a tongue scraper.

          Garshan Massage gloves

          • With a “Garshan” dry massage you can stimulate the blood circulation of the connective tissue. This will stimulate your metabolism, activate your circulation and reduce excess Kapha. Specially designed Garshan massage gloves made from raw silk are ideal for dry massages.
          • Once in a while eat light and indulge in a “go easy” day, e.g. a rice or liquid day.
          • You will experience a particularly intense form of inner cleansing with a Panchakarma treatment. There are great offers in Germany and Europe, where you can let yourself be pampered without being deterred by a long trip.

          No matter how many of these suggestions you implement, each individual measure will help you effectively master the change in seasons.

          Use products suited to the Kapha season

          At this time use ayurvedic products the components of which precisely match the requirements during the Kapha season. Each of the products contains immense ayurvedic know-how that, thanks to modern production methods, are easily obtainable for everyone. The following are examples of ideal companions for the Kapha season:

          • Kapha Tea: spicy, aromatic pick-me-up, brings warmth from within, ideal for cold damp spring days. Enjoy your Kapha tea from an organic source!

          Kapha Balance

          • Kapha Balance: ideal food supplement for a lively start into the Kapha season. Take two pills per day for inner balance and to reduce Ama and excess Kapha.
          • Kapha Aroma Oil: warming and stimulating aroma mix for harmonisation in the event of Kapha dominance – during the Kapha season and for Kapha-type individuals.

          Products for Kapha types

          Kapha types often suffer particularly from spring fever and other symptoms that accompany the Kapha season. You’re a Kapha type? Then indulge yourself now in care products created especially for your Dosha type:

          • Kapha Massage Oil (CNC): Awaken your spirit with a refreshing morning massage. The right massage oil with natural citronella aroma oil for oily and blemished skin.
          • Kapha Hair Oil (CNC): Enjoy a stimulating scalp massage before washing your hair. The ideal hair oil for Kapha types.
          • Kapha Shampoo (CNC): Especially gentle care for normal to strong and oily hair, with natural essential oils.

          Kapha showergel

          • Ayurvedic Kapha Shower Gel (CNC): Experience the refreshing smell of pure orange and geranium oil with this shower gel for Kapha types. Feel the soft cleansing and care of your skin.

          An overview of suggested Maharishi Ayurveda® Kapha products is available here.

          Stimulating scalp massage for the “crown of one’s personality”

          Precisely during the Kapha season, marked by things being dissolved and moved, many people value a stimulating scalp massage. In the opinion of Ayurveda, regular oil massages before washing your hair improve circulation in your scalp and strengthen the roots of your hair.

          In the ancient ayurvedic manual, Charaka-Samhita, Sutr. V 81-83, the scalp massage is praised as follows: “Those who regularly oil their scalp with sesame oil will not suffer from headaches, baldness, greying hair, nor will their hair fall out. The scalp and forehead will be notably strengthened. Hair will become black, long, and have deep roots. The senses will work well and the facial skin will glow. Applying oil to the scalp promotes deep sleep and happiness.”

          So treat the “crown of your personality” – in Ayurveda that includes namely your scalp – twice per week before washing your hair with a soft massage. To do so, first slightly warm some oil in your hand, then softly massage you scalp.
          Keep adding some more oil to your fingers. It is best to let the oil sink in for 1–2 hours and then wash it out with a soft shampoo. A wonderful stimulating feeling for your hair and senses!

          It is best to choose the massage oil based on your hair or Dosha type:
          Kapha Hair oil

          Based on old original ayurvedic formulas, each of these hair oils contains an ayurvedic herbal blend suited specifically to the respective Dosha type, as well as healing sesame oil.

          Warmth

          Don’t let the first sunny day tempt you to wear overly light clothing. During the Kapha season, warmth promotes our wellbeing. That goes for clothing as well as nutrition (e.g. Kapha tea).

          The right food for the Kapha season

          Kapha types especially should watch what they eat right now. Foods should be light, dry, and warm.
          Fresh green vegetables such as various cabbage types, spinach, chard, arugula and chicory are ideal for light spring cooking. Your meals will be even easier to digest if the vegetables are lightly steamed or braised. However, long-chain fatty acids and animal proteins are hard to digest and shouldn’t be eaten very often.
          Ginger and black pepper stimulate your Agni digestive fire and spread inner warmth. Both also reduce Kapha – as do asafoetida, garlic, turmeric and cumin – and are thus ideal for spring dishes. Accordingly, Kapha tea with ginger, cloves, black pepper, turmeric and saffron is an excellent source of warmth for this time of year.
          Cooling and Kapha-promoting foods such as milk products should only be consumed sparingly in the spring.
          Since our digestive fire is weakened in the spring due to an excess of Kapha, it is now especially important to consume our main meal at a time when our Agni is strongest. You should therefore eat your main meal at noon, and in the evening only a soup, for example.
          There are some interesting food supplements that suit this time of year and correspond in particular to your body’s needs during the Kapha season. This includes, for example, Kapha Balance (which has already been mentioned), Meda I for individuals with a normal appetite, Meda II for those with increased appetite, and Prana Rasayana for those whose airways were stressed by the cold.
          Kapha tea is especially suitable (1-2 cups per day) for the Kapha season. A hot water drinking programme of 2 to 3 weeks is also highly suggested.
          To find out more about nutrition during the Kapha season, read our tips entitled “Fit through the Spring”.

        • Enjoy an Ayurveda Weekend

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          Well-being and Regeneration in One

          Does it ever feel as if your body and mind needed a freshness booster? Would you like to feel more awake again, to look forward to your everyday challenges and to be able to go through the day with an open mind for its little pleasures?

          Then try Dr. Schrott’s Ayurveda Revitalisation Weekend! You can do it comfortably in your own home, without the hassle of travel and accommodation costs. In his book "Ayurveda für jeden Tag", Dr. Schrott explains how you can follow a complete ayurvedic fitness and regeneration program over just one weekend, for the good of your mind and body.

          This is how an Ayurveda weekend works:

          Before You Start: A Few Pointers

          • Prepare your Ayurveda Weekend without stress. This way you can start looking forward to the weekend while planning your meals and doing groceries.
          • Ayurveda classics such as breathing exercises, yoga asana and morning ”oil pulling” (gandusha), i.e. swishing ripened sesame oil through your teeth and mouth, will be your constant companions during this weekend. If you like, you can already familiarise yourself with them in advance.
          • Make sure that you have no other commitments for this weekend. After all, you should be free to act in tune with your inner needs during your personal fitness and regeneration weekend.
          • Approach your Ayurveda Weekend in a relaxed manner. Even if you don’t implement all suggestions perfectly, you will noticeably profit from this weekend.
          • Let your happiness guide and inspire all your activities.

          Friday: Starting to Relax

          After the routine of a whole week is behind you, a shower or bath will help you relax. Maybe treat yourself to a nice bouquet of flowers that will stimulate your senses and will accompany you throughout your Ayurveda Weekend.

          All-round relaxation

          Take 15 minutes for some simple yoga postures and breathing exercises that will help you release blockages and strains and improve your mind and body coordination.

          If you like, you can top this off with some Transcendental Meditation. This will give you deep calm and new energies. Regular Transcendental Meditation is proven to improve your health (for more information visit http://www.tm.org).

          Light dinner

          How about a nice watercress soup for your first dinner? You can get the recipe here. However, in the evening the soup should be prepared without crème fraiche.
          A light vegetable dish or a vegetable soup would also optimally support your inner cleansing. Hot water, vata tea or a mild herbal tea are particularly suited to drink with your dinner. You can sip these beverages during every meal.

          To strengthen your agni (“digestive fire“), choose a small digestive drink (pancha) matching your dosha type, which you drink 15 minutes before each meal:

          • Vata type: ginger juice with unrefined cane sugar, some salt and lemon
          • Pitta type:  light tea made from fresh ginger and some unrefined cane sugar
          • Kapha type: ginger juice with honey

          You’re not sure what Ayurvedic dosha type you are? Take our dosha test to find out!

          Let the evening fade away

          Now let your first evening fade away with, for example, a short after-dinner walk or a relaxing bath before you go to bed during the Kapha phase (until 10 p.m.)
          Soft music and an aroma lamp with Vata aroma oil will help you relax and fall asleep even more easily.

          To prepare your cleansing for the next day, drink a light laxative drink before going to bed, consisting of the following:

          • 1 tbsp castor oil
          • Some water
          • A few drops of lemon juice
          • A pinch of salt
          • Some ginger powder

          Saturday: Cleansing

          It’s best to start your second day early, if possible before 6 a.m. during the morning Vata period. Cleansing and detoxification are on today’s agenda. You can best support this by drinking a glass of water at room temperature immediately after waking up, followed by a glass of lemon water.
          Next within the course of your Ayurveda morning hygiene routine, clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Two to three minutes of oil pulling also contributes to cleansing.
          Ripened sesame oil is absorbed especially well by the skin and is thus also ideal for your subsequent 10 to 20 minutes of self-massage. Warm the oil to body temperature and massage it into your skin. Enjoy the feeling!
          After a hot bath or shower, you can comfortably repeat the yoga postures and breathing exercises from the previous day. For more information about the Ayurveda morning routine click here.

          A breakfast suited to your dosha type

          Your inner cleansing will be supported by a particularly light breakfast suited to your dosha type.

          • Vata type: soaked almonds or dried fruit; alternatively, spelt porridge – shortly boil spelt with water or milk and add maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric
          • Pitta type: a glass of lukewarm water with some honey, or some fruit
          • Kapha type: only hot water; may be supplemented with diluted fresh juice, or fruit

          Promote elimination in the morning

          An extensive walk or light sport will stimulate your metabolism and make elimination easier. Enjoy a visit to a sauna to stimulate elimination via the skin. Your dosha type will tell you what type of sauna is best for you.

          • Vata and pitta: slightly humid heat, i.e. a steam bath or infusion sauna
          • Kapha: dry sauna

          Lunch

          For lunch we suggest a light rice soup and a lassi. Depending on your appetite, you can add dry bread (toast, crisp bread).
          Take a rest, but do not nap, then take a “digestive walk”.

          Relax in the afternoon and evening

          In the afternoon you have plenty of time for light exercise and relaxation. Do whatever brings you joy. Read or enjoy your hobby. If you didn’t go to a sauna in the morning, you can do that now.
          Your dinner will be the same as your lunch: a light rice soup, lassi and optionally bread. Another digestive walk will stimulate your metabolism and awaken your spirits.
          In the evening you can treat yourself to a facemask suited to your skin type. Depending on your skin type, gently remove the face mask after 10 to 20 minutes with a cotton pad soaked in almond oil. After a cleansing day like today, your skin will absorb the healing substances of the face mask especially well and can then thoroughly regenerate overnight.

          Sunday: Regeneration

          Today you will again start with the Ayurvedic morning routine including morning drink, mouth cleaning, breathing exercises, yoga postures (asanas) and ayurvedic self-massage. This will get your circulation going, revitalise you, and make you feel fresh for the day.

          Strengthening breakfast

          Sunday is meant to transition back to a normal diet and to regenerate. Therefore, your breakfast can be a little heartier today. Your morning activities can also be a little more intense. Maybe you feel like going for a hike or on an outing?

          Lunch – your banquet

          If you want to have guests over during your Ayurveda Weekend, now is the best time. Treat your guests and yourself to an Ayurvedic banquet!

          • Aperitif: ginger water that matches your dosha type

          For the main course you have a choice between:

          • Main Course 1: Asparagus and zucchinis on basmati rice topped with basil sauce and some moong dal. If asparagus is not in season you can prepare the meal without it.
          • Main Course 2: Eggplant & tomato puree on pineapple rice and red lentil dal.

          Your meal will be accompanied by:

          • Lassi with the main course
          • Fig & whipped cream dessert
          • Chai for dessert

          Enjoy your afternoon

          The afternoon should be all yours. After an extensive walk, do whatever brings you joy.

          Dinner

          For dinner have a light rice or vegetable soup again. After a short break to relax, enjoy the fresh air during a leisurely evening walk.

          The finishing touch

          Fully enjoy this last evening of your Ayurveda Weekend! Listen to relaxing music or read a good book. Treat yourself to a foot massage with warm cured sesame oil. Soothed by the smell of Vata aroma oil, you should be able to easily fall into a relaxing sleep.

          Thank You

          In a way, an Ayurveda Weekend is a wellness, fitness and regeneration program all in one. For newcomers to Ayurveda it is a great opportunity to get to try out many of its time-tested recommendations. This weekend is also a good opportunity to find your way back to new energy, wellness, a fresh look and a clear mind. Treat yourself to this mini-vacation without much effort and expense!

          A big thank you to Ernst Schrott, M.D., for his wonderful suggestions for this weekend!

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        • 30 years of Maharishi Ayurveda

          The global success story of Maharishi Ayurveda began already in the late 1970s. At that time the Vedic scholar and sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi invited thousands of delegates from many different countries to a large conference in India. The best Ayurvedic scholars from all over India, plus Western doctors and scientists, came to Delhi to bring the various ancient traditions of Ayurveda together and bring them to completion, and later to evaluate them with modern scientific methods.

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