4 Ayurvedic Spices Worth Keeping Always On Hand | 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh 

Did you know that your own kitchen, if properly equipped - can function like a mini clinic? Each spice and every food has its own unique properties, starting from relieving physical ailments, through digestive problems, to allergic reactions and headaches.

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This is possible thanks to the ancient science called Ayurveda, which is the medical system in India and is the sister of yoga. Connected by two words: "Ayush" - means life and "Veda" - science or knowledge. Ayurveda is, therefore, a life science. As an Ayurveda teacher or student, using these 4 spices regularly, which we present in today's article, will make your life healthier and feel that everything really depends only on you.

1. Ajwan
Every time you get pain instead of reaching for painkillers - choose this beneficial herb. It has great analgesic properties, perfectly prevents flatulence and constipation.
Ways to use:

Tea: boil the Ajwan seeds in water, then let the whole mixture cool to room temperature. After this treatment, she is immediately ready to drink.
Cooking with Ajwan: it is extremely useful if you suffer from chronic bloating and constipation. This spice can be added to almost any dry dish, regardless of its form. You can roast the seeds or grind them to powder.

2. Saffron
Many elements of Indian culture are based on a lofty and practical purpose. In Indian rituals, a red dot located on the forehead, between the eyes symbolizes the awakening of the "third eye", or spiritual wisdom. For this action, saffron is used, which acts on the tissues in such a way that it provides protection and treats headaches. Saffron is also a good solution during vomiting. Has a positive effect on the skin, improving the complexion.
Ways to use:

Saffron milk: boil milk with sugar, add a few threads of saffron and enjoy its magical properties in the morning or evening, at least 3 hours after dinner.
Saffron paste: rub the saffron threads with milk and apply the prepared paste to the shadows under the eyes.
Saffron rice: Add a few threads of saffron to the boiling rice, which will give it a beautiful aroma, which goes perfectly with dry dishes.

3. Turmeric
This magical root has a very long list of positive effects. Starting from improving the body's immunity, by increasing appetite and a positive effect on the digestive system, to purifying the blood and improving the appearance of the skin. This herb is used very often when fighting various inflammations, swellings, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic wound healing.
Ways to use:

Cooking with turmeric: Turmeric can be used almost when preparing any dish. It can also be added to saffron rice to increase its impressive properties.
Curcuma mask: Blend coriander with milk or water and apply to face before morning bath. It is a popular procedure used by Indian women before entering into a marriage certificate to improve the appearance of the skin.
Turmeric milk: Boil the right amount of milk by adding ½ teaspoon of turmeric and sugar - this is a great way to treat swelling and other accidental physical symptoms.

4. Ginger
Many respiratory diseases are caused by disorders during the digestive system. Fresh ginger is a great way to fight and prevent digestive problems, including bloating, constipation, and also treat problems related to fever, cough and flu.
Ways to use:

Fresh ginger before meals: peel a small piece of ginger from the skin, season with a small amount of salt and chew thoroughly. This will perfectly affect your digestive system, giving it extra power during your hard work.

Cooking with fresh ginger will not only help during digestive problems, but also strengthen the immune system.
Ginger juice: Fresh ginger mixed with honey will ideally help in low-grade fever and improve digestion.

Get these 4 wonderful spices today, use them in the kitchen every day and experience all the wonderful properties that they bring. Ayurveda is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of life and learn how to treat in a simple and natural way.

10 Things Your Yoga Teacher Wants You To Know

If you are a beginner yogi, you will definitely need to read this article. It will not only provide you with practical information on what to do and what not in yoga, but will allow you to understand the essence of practice. Your yoga teacher would like you to read this before you stand on the mat with a head full of questions. Are you ready? To work!

1. Don't compare
Each of us entering the mat carries a baggage of unique experiences and weaknesses. There are no two same people. The mirror in the room where you practice should reflect 20 people doing exactly the same movements. However, this is not possible - some are able to take a given position deeper, for others modifications are necessary. Everyone is at their own, completely different stage of yoga practice. Therefore, always remember: Yoga is not a competition .

2. Yoga is the feeling coming from your body
Teachers do not care what you are wearing today, whether your hair is pinned in a perfect bun - and the same should also apply to you. It is not very important for them whether your legs are capable of full extension - as long as you give your best and the position does not endanger your health.
"Give up your look and focus on feelings"

3. Flexibility is not everything
Flexibility is one of the by-products of yoga practice, not an essential element in its beginning. You start your own adventure exactly where you are right now. Where you finish today, you'll start tomorrow, so remember to stay motivated and happy. And with practice, your flexibility will definitely increase.

4. If you bite your lips in pain to perform a given asana - stop it.
Your body has its own limits, which are revealed in the form of discomfort most commonly recognized as pain. The teacher is there to find a modification that will allow you to practice the asana without unnecessary discomfort. However, it is up to you to recognize its type. Listen to your body and respond to its needs.
"Yoga is treating your body like a temple and answering its needs"

5. Don't be afraid to laugh, smile and make eye contact with us!
Of course, as yoga teachers, we take it very seriously. This does not mean, however, that we must be "stiff" all the time. We love when students can laugh at themselves and we love to notice the smile of our students. We value every honest form of contact - including eye contact. Seeing "this something" in the eyes of our students is one of the most beautiful awards for a teacher.

6. We can feel the alcohol that reigned the previous night ...
... because it is excreted through the pores in your skin. We've all heard that good effort is the perfect way to hang out, but with the room closed - some of us may suffer because you literally drink the alcohol you drank the night before. Don't come to hangover classes. You will do better this day by practicing on the mat at home.

7. Your energy matters
Sometimes it happens that with the advent of specific people, we know that this day will be successful classes. Why? Because they bring a dose of positive energy with them. Classes consist of a group of people, and each of them comes with their own and unique energy. Make sure yours is positive!

8. Leaving classes before or during Savasana is rude and undesirable
Savasana, or corpse / corpse position, is the final asana of resting after class. Key word: asana. It is necessary during every yoga practice. During its duration, the natural wisdom in your body moves to places that need its attention, thus providing healing and relaxation. When you leave classes during savasana, you deprive yourself of these beneficial elements and harass others while they relax.

9. We are only people.
None of us are immune to bad days, loss of patience or other inconvenience during classes. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has their own list of asanas that he would like to miss. Teachers know this very well because they have already followed the path you are following.
"Think of teachers as guidebooks on your yoga journey"

10. Leave your problems behind the door
Each of us has our own problems in life, but regardless of what happens in private, we come to classes, take a deep breath and lead them in the intention of achieving peace, focus and strength. This is part of our practice as a yoga teacher. Each of us wants to have joy and positive energy during classes.
Yoga is a mix of very private experiences shared with other people in the same space. Teachers have the honor of being student guides at every stage of their unique journey. We also learn by teaching and improving ourselves by educating others . This approach is the key to authentic yoga practice for everyone in the world.


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