Creating Balance in Your Routine During the Summer

During the summer months, it can be a challenge to stick to a routine and balance work, family, downtime and self-care. Summer tends to become free and easy and, while that can be a good thing some of the time, it is important to remember to listen to your body and give it what it needs. A few key elements to help maintain a healthy balance include: Eat fresh, regular meals. Keep your body nourished and energized by eating fresh, light meals. Stick to salads and fresh fruits and vegetables…

Moving from Kapha to Pitta Season

According to Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old Indian system of healing, there are three types of doshas, or mind-body constitutions. These are Vata, a mind-body type consisting of air and space; Kapha, a cold, wet, and heavy mind-body type that is composed of earth and water; and Pitta, made up of fire and water. (To learn more about doshas, please take this Dosha Quiz.) Just as the human mind-body can be predominantly one, or even more than one dosha, so too can Nature. For example, the seasons reflect all three doshas. During…

A Father’s Love: The Foundation of Life

by Nirmala Raniga “It is a wise father that knows his own child” – William Shakespeare As we celebrate Father’s Day to honor the fathers in our lives, it is also a good time to recognize those individuals who hold a fatherly role in our lives as well as our own inner father. The responsibilities of fatherhood vary by culture, but from a human evolutionary standpoint, fathers take on the role of supporting life as protectors and providers of many of the foundational needs of life. Furthermore, fathers often also…

What Are the 8 Limbs of Yoga (and How Can They Help You Live a Fulfilling Life?)

When we think of yoga, we often picture crowded studios with students in stylish clothes twisting their bodies into difficult shapes. However, the true practice of yoga is much more than that. In fact, yoga is the Sanskrit word for union, the alignment of mind, body, and spirit. And, while the concept of yoga is simple, the practice consists of many facets. The most well-known yoga text is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which provides a framework for the practice of yoga. In this book, Patanjali defines the Eight Limbs of Yoga,…

Healing From Anxiety

For the past twenty minutes you have been sitting at your desk, a blank computer screen staring back at you. The cursor at the top of your open word document flashes rhythmically. Thump… thump… thump. You become aware of your heartbeat and notice it steadily increasing. You feel it becoming stronger and you feel it in your stomach, travelling upward into your chest. Your palms are sweating. You take your hands off your desk and try to dry them by rubbing them along the top of your thighs– a temporary relief. You begin to set them…

Celebrating the Divine Mother

There is a beautiful chant in praise of mothers from Devi Mahatmyam: Yaa Devii Sarva-Bhutessu Maatr-Ruupenna Samsthitaa Namas-Tasyai         Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namo Namah To that Devi Who in All Beings is Abiding in the Form of Mother, Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her, Salutations again and again. The month of May honours all Earth mothers and the Divine Mother, Goddess Shakti. In Hinduism, Shakti gives birth and nurtures new life. She is an embodiment of love, nourishment, nurturing, compassion, and creativity. Each of the major female deities…

5 Simple Steps to Healing from Emotional Trauma

By Nirmala Raniga Emotional trauma is everywhere, and so many of us are affected by it. When we lose someone or something we love, or a stressful event breaks apart our sense of security, we can begin to view our environment and those around us as dangerous. Even if a certain event doesn’t cause us any physical harm, being in a state of fear can still cause us to become traumatized. Before we get into the 5 steps of healing from emotional trauma, let’s take a quick look at common…

An Introduction to Ayurveda

by Nirmala Raniga Ayurveda, a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life,” is a 5,000-year-old healing system founded in India. From the Ayurvedic perspective, we, as human beings, are not merely thinking machines, but rather fields of intelligence, interacting with the information and energy that surrounds us. Through these daily interactions, stress, diet, and other routine parts of life can shift the balance of both body and mind, which can lead to health issues. Fortunately, the wisdom of Ayurveda can help connect us more deeply to our minds and bodies, offering…

Simplify Your Space for Spring

by Nirmala Raniga “There exists within each of us a natural state of simple and open awareness in which we feel happy, light, and at peace… We can begin to let go of the complications that cause us to suffer by cultivating a simple state of awareness. In this process, tiny steps yield big results, in part because simplicity is nature’s default position.” – Dr. Deepak Chopra Spring is a time when birds begin building nests, blossoms appear, and we often feel called to renew ourselves in mind, body, and…

Love is the Key to Healing

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director of The Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center Love is the key ingredient to healing. Very often though, we feel we are not deserving of love. This feeling is particularly prevalent amongst those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery must not only believe they are worthy of being loved, but they must also be open to accepting love from those around them and giving love in return, if they are to be successful on their path to wellness. Self-love is the most important love…