Healing Arts

An Ayurvedic Spring: Food for the Season

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Namaste Dear Sangha!

Greetings from the Northeast woods of Maine! Despite it officially being spring, the snow is still present- albeit slowly receding. The nights are cold and our wood stoves stay warm. Yet the lengthening days with increasing sunlight give us great hope. Our maple trees are tapped, and the sap is slowly dripping on sunny days, filling the buckets. I boiled the first batches of sap into syrup and put it up for next year. As I ...

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The Art of Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Self-Massage

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“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to injury or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89

 

The word for oil in Sanskrit, Sneha, also means Love. Snehana is an Ayurvedic oil massage and the term, Abhyanga refers to massaging one’s own self. Internal and ...

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