Seasonal Tips and Updates

Stay inspired with useful tips that can help you maintain a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle all year round. The goal of The Raj Blog is to make the knowledge of Ayurveda simple and easy for you to understand and to integrate into your daily life. While Ayurveda is indeed an ancient science, its wisdom is timeless and it is a valuable resource for creating balance in our modern lives.

Barley Soup: the Perfect Kapha Evening Meal

Barley is a wonderful grain to begin working into your diet during the late winter months. As we transition from the cold, dry Vata days of early winter to the cold, wet Kapha days of late winter and early spring, our attention should be on shifting our diet to Kapha-reducing foods. Favoring astringent, spicy and…


Reducing Vata to Improve Sleep, Mental Health, and Physical Well-Being

For those of us who live in northern climates, by the end of January and beginning of February the accumulation of Vata dosa in our physiology is at its peak. Months of cold, dry, windy weather result in an increase of those same qualities in our bodies: dryness, coolness, movement and quickness. When Vata becomes…


Improving Digestion Without Increasing Vata

According to Ayurveda, good digestion is the key to good health. When one’s digestion has been compromised, a light diet is often recommended to help to get out digestive “fire” back to strength. Recently someone expressed concern about adopting this light diet. His concern was that he did not want to lose weight or increase…

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Cleaning Fat Cells of Harmful Toxins

You can eat right, exercise regularly, take vitamins and herbal supplements, even meditate to get rid of stress—but in our modern industrial age, this it is still not enough to stay healthy. More and more research suggests that reducing environmental toxins is necessary to stay healthy. Hazardous industrial chemicals absorbed by the body have been…

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A Healthy Diet for Your Brain

Continuing our celebration of fruits and vegetables, it turns out that there is a direct correlation between a healthy diet and a healthy brain. Days before a first-ever G-8 summit on dementia in London, leading English physicians wrote an open letter to the Health Secretary saying that the benefits of diet far outweighed “dubious drugs”…


DDT and Alzheimer’s — Ayurveda Can Help!

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology found that patients with Alzheimer’s had four times as much blood levels of DDT as healthy people. While the findings are not conclusive, researchers believe the chemical increases the chance of Alzheimer’s and may be involved in the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which contribute to the…


Ayurveda’s Approach to Aging to Maintain Youth

What is the aging process? In some cases, it is the inevitable result of wear and tear on our system. But in many cases, what we consider normal effects of age are really the results of years of accumulated toxins and impurities taking their toll on our bodies. Stiffness, chronic disorders, memory loss, insomnia, decrease…


Maharishi Light Technology with Gems: Harnessing the Healing Power of Gems

Light therapy, in and of itself, is not a new approach to healing. It is commonly used in hospitals and clinics around the world as an accepted treatment for many mood and sleep disorders, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and even some skin diseases, According to Richard J. Wurtman, a nutritionist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “…light…


Ayurveda and Prostate Health

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. In addition, prostate enlargement is found in 50 percent of American men in their sixties, and up to 90 percent of men in their seventies and eighties. While modern science claims that the specific cause of prostate cancer is unknown, the traditional view from Ayurveda…


Happiness Through Our Thoughts and Action

There is an interesting term in Ayurveda; rasayana. a rasayana is something that makes everyone stronger, regardless of one’s individual mind/body type. Although we usually hear the word in reference to herbs and herbal formulas (such as Maharishi Amrit Kalash) it can also refer to behaviors. In fact, there is an entire subcategory,  Achar Rasayana,…