Friday, August 15, 2014

Balance Pitta With Afternoon Buttermilk

Balance Pitta With Afternoon Buttermilk

Pitta (fire) time of the day is from 10-2pm. Drinking something that compliments the heat of pitta can help to stay balanced and allows your digestive fire to burn just right. Making homemade buttermilk shake tastes delicious and is a great addition to your afternoon meal.

Homemade Buttermilk
1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
1.5 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cumin (double this if you like the taste)
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
5-6 fresh mint leaves

Blend in blender for 30-60 seconds and drink immediately.

If you don't have a blender handy during your lunch hour you can make this in the morning and bring it with you, just give it a shake before you drink. Or you can try it on your weekends and notice the might inspire you to make it before you head to work :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ayurveda Workshop in Alaska

Yoga & Ayurveda Workshop

Homer, Alaska

Many Rivers Yoga Studio

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda translates into;  the science of life. It is an ancient system of health that developed in India over 5,000 years ago. Linked to the natural rhythms of nature, its tools are foods/nutrition, herbs, lifestyle and seasonal changes. Yoga and meditation are also used to help restore balance to the body, mind and soul.

September 13th • 12:30-2:30pm - Intro to Ayurveda:
This workshop will introduce you to the foundations of Ayurveda and teach you simple practices that you can apply in your own life to create balance and harmony. 
This will be in discussion format, dress comfortably and bring paper and a pencil if you desire to take notes. 

September 14th • 12:30-2:30pm - Food as Medicine:
Diet and nutrition is a large part of Ayurveda. Different foods react differently for each of us and understanding your constitution (dosha)  will allow you to make choices in your diet that will help support health and wellness. Seasonal changes also play a factor in how and when to eat and are taken very seriously when looking at an ayurvedic lifestyle. All these things will be discussed in this workshop so that you can apply the basic concepts into your daily life. This workshop will build off of the concepts learned on Saturday, September 13th. 
This will be in discussion format, dress comfortably and bring paper and a pencil if you desire to take notes. 

September 14th • 3-5pm - Ayurveda Yoga Flow: 
A dosha is the Ayurvedic word for constitution (your body type).  According to Ayurvedic medicine, there are three doshas and each person’s balance of the three doshas is their individual blueprint.  The prevalence of certain doshas in a person can affect things like personality, mental clarity, mood, and physical attributes. As we move through three dosha-specific flows, we will balance each dosha for optimal physical, mental and spiritual health. Pranayama (breath work) for each specific dosha will also be highlighted. 
This will be a yoga class so wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving in, as well as your yoga mat.

Please take this quiz before the workshop so you can find out which doshas prevail in you:

Before Sept. 1st - $20 per session
After Sept. 1st - $25 per session
To sign up please email:

Lead by Staraya McKinstry: an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and a 500hr Registered Yoga Instructor. Her passion lies in combining the sister sciences of yoga and ayurveda to bring harmony to all the external senses while benefiting the body, mind and spirit. 

Many Rivers - 1044 East End Rd Homer, AK 99603

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fruit, Not an Evening Snack

Many of us, trying to be good while still giving into our sweet tooth, eat fruit at night. Come to find out, according to Ayurveda, fruit should NOT be consumed at night because of the fermentation qualities. Since you are going to bed soon, the fruit is slow to digest and ferments in the belly and intestines, creating bloating, gas, indigestion  and/or upset stomach. Cure: eat your fruit in the morning or as an afternoon snack and don't eat fruit past 4pm. If you like juice, fresh (nothing in a pre-packaged bottle) fruit juice is the best with breakfast, as long as you don't combine it with dairy. If you live or work in the Indianapolis area, an awesome fresh juice place to visit is:, or juice at home.

To sum it up:  Eat fruit in the first half of the day and leave it alone for the second half of the day for one month to notice a difference in your digestion. Your mornings will be brighter!