The 6 Stages of Digestion

The 6 Stages of Digestion

By Sheyna Haisman-Holmes  In Ayurveda there are six stages of digestion from initial food consumption to cellular nourishment. The five elements (ether, air, earth, water, fire) and the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) work together to...
The 3 Nyāyas (Laws of Nutrition)

The 3 Nyāyas (Laws of Nutrition)

By Sheyna Haisman-Holmes  In Ayurveda there are three laws that govern nutrition and they are called the nyāyas. Everything we consume must be digested, broken down, assimilated and absorbed at a cellular level in order for proper nourishment to take place. Different...
What’s Your State of Agni?

What’s Your State of Agni?

By Sheyna Haisman-Holmes  In Ayurveda, our state of health depends mostly on the condition of our Agni (digestive fire). Looking at the state of our Agni is usually the first thing to address in our healing and will be the most important thing in our longevity. Good...
The Dhatus: Muscle and Fat

The Dhatus: Muscle and Fat

             Why does the food you eat hold qualities of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha and how does it assimilate into the body and affect how it functions.              In Ayurveda, your body functions from its tissue system, or Dhatus. The 7 Dhatus are the essential...
How to Eat a Balanced Diet

How to Eat a Balanced Diet

            Diets do not work. The world is full of misinformation regarding fad diets that simply are not kind to the human body. They all are based in some kind of evidence or theory, but the fact of the matter is that every person is biologically made different;...
An Uncomfortable Look At Getting Comfortable Sleep

An Uncomfortable Look At Getting Comfortable Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential to our health. Countless legends tell us of ancient healers whose first response to being asked, “how can I heal?” went something like this: “sleep for three days and then come back to see me.” And for good reason: sleep helps the...