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When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
–From the Charaka Samhita, one of the most ancient and venerated Ayurvedic textbooks.
According to Ayurveda, food is more than food. Food is medicine, yet it is more than even medicine; it is life itself. Whatever we eat actually becomes us—in body, mind and spirit. Our food and how we prepare and enjoy it represents the giving and receiving of love; food brings us together in community, it unites families. Food not only represents love, it is love.
Aparna Khanolkar, the Mistress of Spice, understands the essence of this love affair. In the following guide, she says, “Cook with reverence because you are taking care of your health and well-being. It is one of the greatest acts of self-nurturance.” These are more than words for Aparna. Whenever she prepares food, shares a recipe or teaches the art of cooking, she does so with a powerful sense of the sacred nature of this ritual.
While the rituals of cooking and preparing food are beautiful and meaningful, in actual practice, these can sometimes be intimidating, even for those who love to eat. They can be more so when considering the art of cooking according to the principles and precepts of Ayurveda. For the uninitiated, the world of Ayurveda can sometimes feel like an alchemical mystery, fraught with symbols and esoteric terms, unfamiliar spices and herbal concoctions. Yet, the essence of Ayurveda as a system helps us to cultivate a closer relationship with the cycles of nature that surround us and are found in each and every breath, every bite and every meal. Aparna knows these secrets well and knows how to demystify them. Her work in person and in these pages serves up a feast that anyone can prepare as she is a guide who gives instructions anyone can follow—no degree in magic necessary. The beating heart of the science of Ayurveda finds its finest rhythm in the kitchen, and Aparna is a master chef, teacher, recipe creator and guide who knows how to support anyone through the process of creating food that truly embodies love.
–Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN. Editor-in-Chief, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine
President, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
Board of Directors, National Ayurvedic Medical Association


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Here comes Spring

The tree blossoms and flower blooms are spreading the news that the spring is here. It feels like the Nature is waking up after a deep sleep during cold winter. Weather is getting warmer, small tiny leaves with arrays of greens are dancing with the wind and shining in the Sun rays. The rain is refreshing the whole environment. We are infused with energy to hike and bike. There is a magic in the air. Unfortunately millions of people can’t enjoy this magical Spring. Along with the rain, they get showers of runny nose and watery eyes, and attacks of allergies. As the pollen count goes high, their allergies go high. The spring season has become allergy season. 

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Post-partum Care — The Ayurvedic Way

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}here is much emphasis on the nutritional needs of expectant mothers as it is vital for the development of the growing fetus. Once the baby is born, there is much focus on caring for the baby and because of the hectic nature of being a new mother, her needs are fully met. From examining the postpartum traditions of many cultures, it is clear that care for a postpartum mother is just as important as prenatal care particularly for her long-term health.

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Prana (Energy) and it’s healing technology

I've written about this subject many times in previous articles, but this my first attempt at putting together a little report on the Technology of Healing that is implicitly enabled by it. I give you [[Prana]]…

Prāṇa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy in natural processes of the universe.

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