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This question stemming from several of you!
“What balances vatas and pittas in kapha season?”
Overall, vatas and pittas are going to be balanced by kapha season. Happy day!
I quickly made this crude little chart (it shows up reversed in the video), but in very simple terms, these are how the qualities shake out in kapha season.
Kapha qualities are: cold, wet, heavy, static (non-moving) and dull.
Vata qualities are: cold, dry, light, mobile, and rough.
All vata qualities except COLD are opposite of kapha which means, kapha will balance vata for the most part. However, vatas need to stay warm in their environment, body and diet in spring.
Pitta qualities are: hot, slightly-oily (a little wet), light, smooth, mobile and sharp.
All pitta qualities except wet are opposite of kapha which means, kapha will also balance pitta for the most part! However, anything too humid, wet, or oily will not suit pitta in spring. They should favor the dry qualities in their environment, body and diet.
In a nutshell, vatas and pittas should feel quite awesome in spring. If you are a kapha, learn more on how to balance your mind, body and spirit with this kapha seasonal bloom.
Answering your questions and prepping for our 3-day kitchari cleanse, here is my video on how to make kitchari. We can use it any time we need a reset in the body or mind. If you’d like to join over 200+ of us doing kitchari cleanse, sign up here for free!
I’m doing a LIVE kitchari cleanse Saturday January 14th thru Monday January 16th. The event is FREE. If you can’t make it those dates, register anyway because I’ll leave the recordings up through January 31st :) More info below and I hope to see you there!
WHAT IS A KITCHARI CLEANSE?
A kitchari (KIT-cha-ree) cleanse is a mono diet for 3-7 days to nourish, lightly remove toxins, reset the digestive system, and clear the mind. Kitchari is the go-to Ayurvedic fix when our mind, body, and/or emotions need to hit the reset button!
Wait, what is kitchari, exactly? Kitchari is a traditional Indian dish made of digestive spices, basmati rice, mung dahl and veggies of your choice.
What the cleanse entails: Eating a mono-diet of kitchari for 3 days. You can sip herbal teas between meals. A piece of fruit as a snack is ok if you are very hungry. Take life slower than normal. Easy reading, limit screens (tv, computer, mobile), spend time outside, light exercise, journal.
How will it benefit me? In Ayurveda, kitchari is a considered a pure food. It helps clear toxins, optimizes digestion and clears our mind. We may find that digestive heaviness, bloating, indigestion and constipation will go away. Cloudiness of mind, confusion, uncertainty, or indecisiveness will open to clarity. Negative emotions lighten and dissipate.
The combination of spices work directly on agni and the digestive tract, which helps gather and expel any old, unused, unneeded food stuffs. It also helps burn off ama (toxins) — yay!
A few days of eating this pure food will turn your mind easy, peaceful, and clear.
Come join me on kicking off 2017 with a CLEAR mind and body!! XO! Monica B.
Introducing, A Blooming Ayurvedic Coloring Book!
There’s nothing like it and it’s perfect for holiday. Makes a great office gift, teacher gift, or a throw a yoga studio coloring party! Life is your creation and so is your art.
Discipline. Vatas love to feel free and
discipline is their gateway to freedom. Sounds strange but if vata can use discipline to adhere to a reliable schedule, complete projects one by one, and practice diet and lifestyle that benefits them, they will soar like a bird! Their mind won’t have to worry about all the things they have to do because the discipline will take care of that for them. Once discipline is a habit, their mind will be free to be creative, inventive and full of new ideas. And, because they are not constantly in reactive mode, they will feel awesome about executing their ideas. Their spirit will soar because their magical ideas are getting out into the world!
Raise your hands, who has kids? 1, 2, 3…good! At least 3 of you do so this is good to share and even if you don’t have le kiddos, you can use this for yourself!
Anyone struggle coming up with new and healthy ideas for the kids lunches? *me raising my own hand!* I did! My 5-year old just started kindergarten and so it’s a new game making her lunches every day. Without a plan, I knew I’d be harried and absent-minded when trying to cobble together a good lunch. So I said to myself, “Girl! Get it together and just write it all down.”
So I did! I wrote down a bunch of lunch and snack ideas on a piece of paper and stuck it to the inside of my cupboard. Then I thought, “Hey I would make this pretty and my Ayurvedic peeps might love this too!”
A gift from me to you, please enjoy this list of lunch ideas for kids.
NOTE: They are not pure Ayurvedic…they are kind of “Ayurved-ish.” (see below for why)
Why are these not Ayurvedic?
#1 lunch should be the biggest meal
#2 eat happy and calmly
#3 meals should be warm
#4 fruit should be eaten alone
#5 eating for the doshas will vary per kid
Let’s first talk about #1: Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. I mean, if the kid eats, you can pack a big enough meal. Or like most, they will be totally distracted by their friends that they will skip most of it and smoosh the rest back into the lunch pack. And they will come home starving (*shakes fist* anyone see how our eating habits can become backwards at a very early age?).
#2: Eat happy and calmly. She’s happy for sure. But some only get 15 minutes for lunch (*shakes fist again*). No way can a child fit in a “big lunch” in 15 minutes.
#3: Meals should be warm. Little thermoses help this! Most of her lunch is room temp (which is better than from the fridge)
#4: Fruit should be eaten alone. Yes, yes it should. My daughter knows the rule, but will chow fruit however she pleases when I’m not around. We can’t control how they combine their food.
#5: Eating for their doshas will vary. Depending on their dosha, some foods will benefit them more than others. Don’t over think that at this point, just do the best you can. Here’s what goes through my head for my pitta-vata kid, “She needs grounding/carb foods, a little protein, fruit, veggies, healthy fats and water.” You can reference the dosha menus to see what foods in general work best for your kiddo, depending on their dosha.
Whattaya say is this helpful for you? If I confused the dickens out of you please let me know. AND! OR! If you have ideas to add, we’d all love a sharing of more great lunch ideas and recipes so feel free to share in the comments.
Answering your question, “How can I make an Ayurvedic meal for a family when everyone has different doshas?”
Who needs a tune up in the new year!? Just about ev’rybody. Over the course of a year (or more!) we accumulate build up in our physical bodies, emotions and minds, so now is a good time to release, remove, and correct any imbalance. Please enjoy this Ayurvedic tune up where we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016 with a clean slate, ready to create our very best in health and life! xo
EE! My Book Update! The book is well underway with 185 pages written. I am shooting to have all the words done by the end of January, with editing to happen February. While editing happens, I’ll be working more on design and graphics. Projected launch is in the beginning of May.
It’s been a LONG process. I’ve had this idea for years and years, but finally started getting it down on “paper” (and digital file obviously) in May 2014. I’ve been working on it on and off since then as I balance my job and family obligations. About three weeks ago, I tore the whole thing apart and realigned the material. I even started making thumbnails again on paper! The content was there, but the flow was not.
And since I did that, I am SPRINTING!!! After years of being steady and running long distance with Ayurveda, I’m ready to SPRINT, SHAKE, STOMP, TRANSFORM, BURST, my knowledge and design to the world. We truly have to be ready for transformation, don’t we? Something (I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe ’cause I’m turning 40 this year) has lit a major fire and I am so ready to birth this thang. Btw, birthing is so scary! I was scared when birthing my child and this scares me too, but the result of a birth is creation, unmatched!!
The book will be for the Ayurvedic beginner who might already know a little, but could also be for people who have no idea what Ayurveda is. It is perfect for yoga studios or healing centers to have on their shelves. And here’s where it gets cool…so many of you have been reading my blog for years (Thank you thank you thank you, the gratitude FLOWS!) and you now know so much more about Ayurveda than most people. How’s THAT?! Did you even realize that? Because YOU know and love Ayurveda, my book will be a tool that you can use to help introduce Ayurveda to your loved ones as we all strive to live our best, healthiest lives.
Isn’t it beautiful? It all comes from the inside out anyway. Here I am giving my insides to you (the outside), which you are reading and absorbing on your insides. As you apply and learn, you might have loved ones in mind thinking, “Man, so-and-so should really know this. They would love it.” Right! Yes! That’s how it goes, you guys!!
Everything comes from the inside out. So as I continue to work on my insides in my creative cocoon here, it will soon be available to you. And then you can share with those you love, all while you transform, heal, and evolve yourself as well. Man I love life. SO GOOD SO GOOD! Send me good vibes of concentration, focus, and creativity as I SPRINT these last few months. I can’t WAIT!!!! BOOK SOON! MUCHO LOVE!
Right, SO! Holy crudcakes I’m falling behind. I’m about to say something that most pitta-types (even though I’m only 1/2) don’t like to admit, ever ever ever. I need help! I’ve had several of you reach out and say, “Keep going, Monica B!” which springs tears to my eyes while my stomach does a twirl of, “But…HOW?!” I’ve also had others of you offer to guest blog on HeyMonicaB to keep it going.
Ya’ll already know that I have a meaty full time job, a nutty time-sucking commute, and a spritely toddler whom I love more than anything. What you don’t know…I still respond to your emails (as I can!) with advice almost daily. There are a lot of you and I LOVE your questions. They keep me going both physically but also mentally and spiritually too – I think that’s a well rounded balance, hey? :)
So…can you PLEASE ask me more questions? Email me (monica@heymonicab) your questions or include in comments, please please please! I will use those as content and share with everyone! Do you like that idea? The way I see it, this is a total win-win because YOU get the content you want, I get to help you, AND the blog keeps going for all to see and learn :) Many of my favorite posts have stemmed from your questions and stories about how Ayurveda has helped you…so let’s do this together!
I would love to have your help and really the root of HeyMonicaB is to give you the life knowledge you need. :) :) I like this as a solution, what do you think?!
Hi Sam! Sad! Schedule is drowning me. 11-hour work days are consuming me a little bit. Trying to find my balance so I can still write. The good news, is I am answering emails with your questions and doing some mini buds as well. I’m here! I will try to do better and write more stuff…on the train or something…it’s making me sad! Hugs, Monica
Now, Sam’s question could have meant something else, like where in the world do I live? But interpreting his question from my own perception, shined a light on the fact that I’m neglecting my site. I crave more time in my day/life and I don’t know what to do about it. I’ve tried writing on the train, which works, except for when I take the bus (way too jiggly). Work days are long from 5:45am to 6:00pm and then kiddo time until 8pm. Then more work. Then bed by 10. *scratching my head* No end in sight and not sure what to do. I’ll figure it out though and it won’t be long – cause I am not usually stuck for too long. Maybe HeyMonicaB needs to take a slightly different form. But! I’m here – reading and responding to your emails. Perhaps someone can make a clone of me? Oh wait…that’s not Ayurvedic. The answer is out there and I’ll figure out a solution that works for all of us! Meantime, keep asking questions so I can help you!! XOXOX!
I gotta tell ya what’s goin on! Sorry I’ve been little MIA but life just keeps on…lifing (I think I made up a new word)! I’ll fill you in quick. My family and I are moving from Los Angeles to the SF Bay Area at the end of this month. I also changed jobs a few weeks ago and went back to my old company (love them!), so I have a new/old job. We’ve been trying to get day care, apartment, a job for my husband, moving company, packing, and all the other logistics that a big move brings. Hence, blog posts have been…lacking lately.
Also…I can’t get my subscriber button to work! ARRGG! You guys, I might lose my mind. I am clearly technologically challenged and this subscriber thing has been the bane of my online existence for quite some time. I’m so sorry for those of you who want updates – trust me, I want you to have them too. Send some good vibes my way – send me an easy solution – or send me someone smart who can help me fix it. Anyway, that’s your Ayurvedic homework for this week. On the inhale think <<<Subscriber button>>> and on the exhale think <<<work>>>. Totally kidding, but I will be doing some extra so hums so that I can figure it out and right quick.
I’ll be back with more frequent posts again real soon. But in a nutshell, new/old job is great – moving to our favorite city is great – not having an extra brain and set of hands is not so great but we can only do what we can do. And LIFE comes first! :)
<<<subscriber button>>> <<<work>>>>
If you’ve got a sweetie sweet tooth, try subbing a couple medjool dates instead of eating candies. Dates are super sweet and grounding. Good for vata and pitta. And! Since they come from nature, they are way better for our bods than candy. I promise your sweet tooth will be satisfied, sweetie. xoxo.
Howdy folks! As most of you know, since January 2011, I’ve had a weekly radio show on Ayurveda. If you didn’t know that, you must have a listen! We had great fun with live questions from our listeners as we all had a great time learning. As you also know in June I had a baby and my shows have only been live a couple times since then. Now, with going back to work a couple weeks ago and then coming home to be a mom (well, I guess I’m a mom even when I’m at work, but you know what I mean) it’s been really hard to get in a new radio show each week.
So, here’s a fun story. Last week I was emailing with the network owner, Vaishali, and I told her it might be too ambitious of me to continue on with the show. She totally understood with grace as I told her I would probably not renew my radio spot in 2012. I was thankful she was so supportive, but I still thought “Holy smokies. How am I going to finish out this year’s shows with a new job and a new baby? And still blog! And still do consultations. And keep my sanity. Aiiieeeee!”
Then. Get THIS. Yesterday Vaishali called me and said there was a billing error and that our whole network was going to be ending on Nov. 1. Um! Wow. Apparently Blog Talk Radio started the clock on our 12 month payment when we payed initially last November and not in January (such as we thought). How about that for timing, hey?! While I will really miss the show, I am also relieved to have a little pause. I always say how it’s not good to be too too busy because creativity cannot grow when there is no space for it. I feel like now, I have some space. And I can feel good about practicing what I preach.
THAT said…you can’t get rid of me that easy! Mwaahaahaaa (evil laugh). I will be putting together some podcasts instead. I’m not sure of the details yet, but I’ve got plenty of great topics and guests to invite back like Heidi the Professional Coach, Kimberly the yogi, and Elizabeth skincare expert, before the end of this year! That way you can still get your Ayurvedic radio fix, I can blah blah blah to anyone who wants to listen, and hopefully the world will start to heal. That said, if any of you know how to create a podcast and play it at a specific time so we can all chat on facebook during the show, let me know! I would love any techy advice. Anywho, it’s not an end, it’s just a shift :)
In the meantime, please listen to the archives and share with your friends! Everyone deserves the gift of good health, love and laughter. I whole-heartedly think that my radio show was filled with all of those things. I will let you know as soon as I have a podplan. xoxo!
Hey! I’m really excited. Tomorrow night on HeyMonicaB Radio I’ll be joined by special guest star, Kimberly Manthey, seasoned yoga teacher and yoga expert. I know her from taking her yoga classes (waaayyy back in the late 90’s, maybe early 00’s), but I originally met her from our silly community theater group back in Wisconsin.
We had hootey fun (as Kimberly would say) on stage and now we’re bringing that fun to YOU with good intentions of health and well being. I learned a lot from her during my fascination with yoga and now years later we bring to you the two healing sisters, Yoga & Ayurveda, along with our knowledge, full hearts, good intentions, and of course, hootey fun. Talk to you tomorrow! xo
—– Archive of the show here ——
Hi Friendlies!! Adding to my post earlier this week on grapples I’ve been inspired to talk about…grocery shopping. I know, I know. It’s not the most inspiring thing in the world, but it’s a necessity. And it’s a necessity to pay attention to what we are buying (because it will eventually go in our mouths!), so I’d like to shed some light on it!
Tonight on the HeyMonicaB Radio Show I’m going to be talking about what’s in our food. It’s pretty easy to make smart choices if we know what we’re looking for. In a nutshell, the least amount of ingredients, the better!! See the Lara Bar photo below. THREE ingredients! Yumm!!
Now! Check out the ever popular Power Bar below. Do you SEE (well, it’s a blurry phone photo, but you know what I mean) aaaallll those ingredients!? Why? Why do we need all those additives, preservatives and fillers!? We don’t!!
Together we’ll talk about how to choose foods wisely even if we can’t get to a “health food” store. I find “health food store” kind of ironic…because why should we have to go to a special store to get “healthy” food? Shouldn’t all grocery stores be healthy? Anyway, I’m not an expert in this area of food labeling and nutrition but I definitely have some tips to fill our lives with better food. Also, because I’m not an expert I see am able to see through the eyes of YOU and the majority of America. I make the best choices possible to work around the crappy foods. Yeah…I got some stuff to say tonight and I welcome your comments and questions. If you are an expert I’d love to hear some of your ideas too!!
If you miss it, I’ll attach the archives to this post so you can listen later :) XOXO!
Hey! For those of you interested in a weekend of Ayurveda, I’d like to share this Viver Ayurveda training in Chapel Hill, NC | April 27-May 1 | 703-307-1523 | PDF Download
It’s being presented by Arjun from Brazil, whom I love!! He and I have crossed paths a couple times and only through email. He is a world-reknown teacher of Ayurveda and is the Founder of TriGuna Institute in Brazil. What a treat to learn from him live. Don’t miss the opportunity!
A little bit about the program: The program Viver Ayurveda presents an intensive immersion on the essential topics for building a better and healthy life style as a life celebration act. Learn, Experience and Share. Engage yourself in recovering your well-being then heal the community promoting the culture of vitality, rejuvenation and detoxification based on an integrated approach from Nature using Sound, Meditation, Gems, Nutrition, Herbs and Spices, Massage and Aromas.
This very special Ayurvedic training has been designed to cover the classical principles and authentic background of Ayurveda from its history and philosophy to anatomy and physiology. You will be introduced to the elements which help us to engage Ayurveda vividly in our life. Disease is honored as an inner teacher which shares its message of knowledge and in so doing helps us to remove the ignorance and invites the wisdom and poetry of the cure.