Subdoshas & the Air Element

Subdoshas & the Air Element

by Sheyna Haisman-Holmes As we descend more into Vata season, we can feel the effects of the air and ether elements more strongly. Within the three main doshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) there are five subdoshas each, representing the five elements. The five subdoshas...
Nadi Shodhana // Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodhana // Alternate Nostril Breathing

by Sheyna Haisman-Holmes Nadi shodhana is a pranayama practice (breathing technique) that has countless health benefits on the body & mind. It is used as a prescription in Ayurveda for a large spectrum of imbalances like anxiety, sleep, focus, digestion, etc. Nadi...
Neti & Nasya to Breathe Easy

Neti & Nasya to Breathe Easy

Are you familiar with nasal-irrigation, also known in Ayurveda as neti, and its sister practice of nasal-oiling known as, nasya? These are great home-practices to have on hand as we move from the hot pitta season into the more cold and dry vata season. These practices...
Ayurvedic Practices to Handle the Heat

Ayurvedic Practices to Handle the Heat

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot! Across the US we’re experiencing a heat wave; this is the season known in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine as Late Summer. For many of us the heat can feel both exhausting and irritating. How do we surrender to the heat and support...
The Vagus Nerve, Stress, and Breathing

The Vagus Nerve, Stress, and Breathing

            Feeling like your body’s stress response is firing at high speeds these days? You may need to spend time engaging your vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is directly connected to the stress response and plays a major role into how we face stress, reduce...
Breath-Work to Reduce Stress

Breath-Work to Reduce Stress

            Breath is our main source of prana, or life force, and is one of the most basic human functions as well as one of the most profound!  It is also one of our greatest tools and the key to our nervous system. When you inhale, the diaphragm- a dome-shaped...