By Jennifer Carter Avgerinos
Color can be a powerful thing for invoking memory or changing mood. Think about all of the vivid colors around us in nature this summer – the vibrant reds of roses or the brilliant green of freshly cut grass. Color can soothe the senses and have a healing effect on the body. Color therapy, also known as Chromotherapy, is the principle that certain colors are infused with healing powers. The seven colors of the rainbow improve balance and healing in the mind and body. This form of therapy also works in conjunction with Hydrotherapy (water) and Aromatherapy (scent) to enhance the healing effect. Color plays a significant role in how people respond to time spent in a particular space. For example, the coloring of walls and fabrics for a space affect a person’s response to that room. Often, this response to color directly correlates with a person’s comfort and well-being.
In the limited research available, Chromotherapy studies have shown that color can actually help heal the body. In a 2011 article published in Discover Magazine, it looks like color therapy might be useful in the fight against diabetes for example. According to a study out of Zurich, Switzerland, burst of blue light may be helpful to trigger a genetic response to make more insulin.
The Code of Color
Red raises blood temperature and stimulates circulation. Red is used to care for people with anemia, fatigue, paralysis and exhaustion.
Blue is soothing. It is used for cases of inflammatory conditions, burns, and bruises. It also helps with eczema, psoriasis, rashes and sores. In addition, blue helps alleviate tension, stress and problems with the immune system. It is believed to relieve insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, migraines and skin irritation.
Yellow is used to aid in digestion and liver function. Yellow is thought to have decongestant and antibacterial properties that act as a cleanser for the body. It has been known to help relieve rheumatism and arthritis.
Green creates balance and harmony within the body. It is especially good for heart and blood problems. It is known to influence the human cell structure and muscles.
Orange gives vitality to the body and is associated with the kidneys, urinary tract, and reproductive organs.
Purple is associated with the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. It helps with head congestion and sinuses and is known to calm the nervous system.
At times color therapy has been known to generate an overwhelming emotional response in individuals. It is important to refrain from overdoing spaces with too much color. Whether color is used to encourage healing or to enhance use of a space, color therapy can be exceptionally powerful.
by: Jennifer Carter Avgerinos
It can be very difficult to cultivate inner peace if our surroundings are chaotic or cluttered.
Cleaning is an everyday task that few of us can avoid, and it provides the perfect opportunity to become one with everything you focus your awareness on (yes, even the toilet). This can be done by giving your cleaning tasks your full attention and staying present in the moment.
You can even turn your cleaning session into a form of bhakti yoga by chanting a mantra, repeating an affirmation, sending love and light to someone in particular or the world in general all while you are performing routine cleaning tasks.
There is a clear connection between cleaning and well-being. Among other things, studies have shown that a neat and clean home can actually lower Cortisol levels. It is possible to learn to care for your body as you care for your home, and care for your home as we care for your body. We need to create a sanctuary in our lives and—and that starts at home. Follow these six steps to help you cultivate sacred space in your home.
Mind Body Balancing Tips
It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and in Ayurveda this is the season that corresponds to the Pitta dosha, which is the principle of heat, light, and transformation. All mind-body types are vulnerable to Pitta imbalances in the summer, but if Pitta is your predominant dosha, you are even more susceptible to accumulating too much of this fiery dosha.
Some of the physical manifestations of a Pitta imbalance include skin rashes, acne, heartburn, hemorrhoids, indigestion, excessive body heat, and peptic ulcers. On the level of emotions, when your Pitta is out of balance, you are like to feel irritable, impatient, critical, short-tempered, and argumentative.
Ayurveda offers practical tools and guidance for keeping Pitta in balance and maintaining your natural state of vibrant wellbeing.
This short video offers powerful tips for balancing Pitta. Click here to watch >>
To keep Pitta in balance in your physiology, make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing:
Recipe Banana-Cocoa Frozen Mousse
4 whole bananas (very ripe), cut into 1-inch pieces and frozen
12 ounces low-fat silken tofu, firm or extra firm, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons organic chocolate syrup, sweetened with natural sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch ground cloves
Toasted coconut flakes
Place the bananas in a food processor or blender and pulse until almost smooth. Add the tofu and chocolate syrup. Pulse until combined, then add the maple syrup, vanilla, and cloves. Continue to blend until the mousse is completely smooth. Pour the mousse into a freezer container and place in the freezer for one hour (until firm). Take the mousse out of the freezer 15 minutes before you plan on serving. Scoop out into small bowls and garnish with toasted coconut flakes and sliced almonds. You can store the mousse in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
Nutritional Facts per ½-cup serving
Calories 129 • Total fat .9g • Saturated fat .2g • Carbohydrates 33.5g • Protein 4.3g
Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old healing system from India..
• It provides the foundation for our products and services
• Derived from the Sanskrit words ayus meaning life, and veda meaning wisdom, Ayurveda, the wisdom of life,
offers a proven guide for attaining happiness, vitality, love, and purpose
• From the Ayurvedic perspective, human beings are not viewed as mere thinking physical machines, but rather as fields
of intelligence in dynamic exchange with the energy and information of the environment
• Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing
• Health, happiness, vitality, and beauty are the fruits of a balanced life
• Balance is achieved through lifestyle choices that nourish body, mind and soul
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The Five Great Elements..
The same intelligence that flows in nature flows in every cell of our body; therefore, understanding the fundamental
building blocks of nature allows us to better understand ourselves. According to Ayurveda, there are five basic
principles, or elements, which comprise everything we perceive through our senses. These five elements exist both
within and without us. They can be described as space, air, fire, water and earth.
• The Space element (Akasha in Sanskrit) represents the open expanse in which everything is contained. In the
universe, space expresses itself as the vast emptiness that underlies the physical world. Within our bodies, space can
be recognized as the gaps between and within cells through which information flows.
• The Air element (Vayu in Sanskrit) is the animating force of life; it is present in everything that moves. Externally this
force is represented as the wind; internally it is the movement of breath, circulation and nerve impulses.
• The Fire element (Tejas in Sanskrit) is present in everything that generates heat, light or transformation. Fire expresses
itself in the outer world as the sun and internally as our digestive and cognitive processes.
• The Water element (Jala in Sanskrit) connects and nourishes the physical substance of our bodies. Our bodies are
comprised of roughly 70% water, as is the planet itself. Internally our organs and systems are nourished by the river of our
plasma, our joints are lubricated by synovial fluid and our central nervous system is protected by cerebrospinal fluid.
• The Earth element (Prithivi in Sanskrit) expresses itself as solidity, mass and form. It is reflected in nature as planets,
mountains, rocks and all solid structures. Internally the earth element gives rise to our bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage.
Three doshas are derived from the five elements..
• The five elements organize themselves into three essential principles of life: movement, metabolism and protection,
known in Sanskrit as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
• These principles, which we can think of as Wind, Fire and Earth are the forces which govern every natural function, and
regulate every process within our mind and body.
• Because we are unique expressions of nature, each of us has an inherent tendency towards one or more of these
principles. This explains why we each respond differently to the same stimulus.
• Some of us are naturally more “earthy,” while others are clearly more “fiery” or “airy.”
As we discuss the functions and characteristics of each of these principles, notice with which ones you most identify.
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