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Quinoa Kitchari – Pitta Balancing Recipe

Moong Dahl

Delicious, high protein, easy to digest Kitchari.  You can easily put this recipe together and be sitting down to enjoy it within the hour!  Traditionally, Kitchari is made with Split Moong Dahl (split mung beans) and white Basmati Rice.  In this modern version, I have substituted the ancient grain, Quinoa for the Rice.  

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Split Moong Dahl – rinsed & soaked over night

1/2 cup Quinoa – rinsed

2 cups water

1 1/2 tsp Almond or Olive Oil

1 tsp Pitta Spicing Blend (Shaktiveda Herbal)

1 TBSP Shredded Coconut

1/2 tsp fresh Ginger – grated or chopped

1 tsp No Chicken Bouillon (Better Than Bouillon Brand)

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1 medium Sweet Potato, Carrot, or Yam – diced

8 – 10  Asparagus Stalks – cut (May substitute Green Beans)

1/2 Lemon, juiced

Optional:

Fresh Sweet Basil – chopped

Fresh Cilantro – chopped

Serves 3 people (or 2 as a one pot meal)

Directions:

Rinse the Moong Dahl and soak over night (or at least for several hours) as this assists the beans in being more digestible.

Soaked Moong Dahl
Soaked Moong Dahl

To cook, use a medium sized  pot with a lid.  I prefer using an enamel coated cast iron pot (Le Creuset) as it allows for even distribution of the heat, but any pot will do.  

Begin with putting the oil in the pot, turn on the heat, and then add the next 3 ingredients:  Pitta Spicing Blend, Shredded Coconut, and the fresh Ginger.  Stir and lightly saute the spices for several minutes on a medium heat – do not allow the coconut to become brown.

Roasting Spices
Roasting Spices

Add the strained Moong Dahl and the Quinoa, stir and allow to lightly saute with the spices for 1 to 2 minutes. 

Add the water, No Chicken Bouillon, and Sea Salt – bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer.  After 5 minutes, add the diced sweet potato, Carrot, or yam.  In 15 more minutes, or about 1/2 way through cooking, add the cut Asparagus (or Green Beans).  

Total Cooking Time:  approximately 45 minutes – or until the dish is the consistency of cooked Rice and you no longer see any water in the pot.  Some people prefer a more liquid Kitchari – in this case, you would begin with more water.  

Finished Kitchari
Finished Kitchari

Before eating, squeeze fresh lemon juice and sprinkle some chopped fresh Basil or fresh Cilantro if desired.  

Ayurveda Information:  

This recipe contains all 6 Tastes.  According to Ayurveda, having all 6 Tastes at lunch and dinner allows your body to be more easily satisfied and allows the cells to assimilate the nutrients in a more complete manner.  Many times when one does not feel satiated or satisfied after a meal it may be due to not having each of the 6 Tastes at that meal.  Watch our YouTube video on 6 Tastes for more information.  

This recipe is TriDoshic – this means that this recipe is suitable for the 3 Ayurveda Body Types – Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.  

The spices and the Asparagus in this recipe makes it Pitta  pacifying.  The underlying basics of Kitchari makes it a dish that is wonderfully balancing to Vata Dosha –  and in particularly to Apana Vata (the downward moving Vata in the lower abdominal area responsible for having a good bowel movement and releasing toxins in the body).  

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Walnut Coconut Spread-with Omega 3

Eating healthy and getting enough Omega 3 in your diet does not have to be difficult!  Try this delicious and easy to make walnut coconut spread – completely ready in just a few minutes!!  Most everyone loves the flavor of walnuts with cinnamon (a hot bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon & walnuts, or a cinnamon bun with walnuts).  Now, you can have this delightful combination in an easy to use spread.

Ingredients:

3 cups Lightly Roasted Walnuts

1/4 cup Coconut Sugar

1/8 – 1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

To roast the walnuts:  Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degrees.  Place 3 cups of walnuts on a baking sheet – no need to oil the sheet. Roast for 8 minutes.  Let cool for approximately 5 minutes.

Lightly Roasted Walnuts
Lightly Roasted Walnuts

The foundation of Walnut Coconut Spread is walnut butter.  You will be amazed at how quickly your walnuts will turn into butter – within seconds!

In the food processor with the S blade:  Put the warm walnuts (this is going to be fast – so, be sure to not overly blend – watch the time!) turn on the machine for approximately 20 seconds – the walnuts will now be finely ground.

Finely Ground Walnuts
Finely Ground Walnuts

Open the lid and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.  Blend again for another 15 to 20 seconds and watch as it turns into a thick paste.

Remove the lid another time and add in the salt, cinnamon, and coconut sugar – and blend for approximately 20 to 30 seconds or until you have a smooth consistency.  If you would like a thicker spread, then blend for less time.

Walnut Coconut Spread
Walnut Coconut Spread

This delightful spread is delicious on toast, in hot cereal, on apple slices, or stuffed in a medhool date – be creative and explore the possibilities.

Ayurvedic info:  Walnuts are basically a TriDoshic food – being balancing to all three Doshas.  The predominant taste is sweet and astringent.  This spread, with the coconut sugar, is particularly beneficial to Pitta Dosha – but all 3 Body Types can certainly enjoy!

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Walnuts rate the highest source of Omega 3 compared to other nuts.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids have become a hot topic over the last few years.  Is your diet rich in them?  Have you resorted to taking Fish Oil for your daily dose?  (This may not be a comfortable option, especially if you are vegetarian or if you are concerned about the contaminated fish supply.)  

 

Many of you have heard that it is important to have the correct ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  Sounds complicated.  It is actually quite easy.  If you eat a diet with a wide range of vegetables, vegetable oils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds – you are probably getting your needed dose of Omega 6 – especially if you eat dairy and eggs.  In fact, it is actually damaging to your body to eat too many Omega 6.  This is where Omega 3 comes into play.  If you put your attention on several good sources for Omega 3 in your diet, then you do not need to worry about the ratio – you will have a good ratio.  Eating Walnuts, along with Flax, Chia, or Hemp seeds on a regular basis can be simple to implement into your diet.  Look for my other recipes for delicious methods!

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Ayurveda Guided Group Cleanse

The Detox Veda Guided Group Cleanse

Shaktiveda is very happy to announce that we will be assisting you in a Group Ayurveda Cleanse 3 times per year.  Part 1 of the cleanse will begin January 11, 2015. Part 2 of the cleanse, Detox Veda, will begin January 25, 2015

We are very please to be offering you this in depth mind / body cleanse. Many cleanses just focus on a physical cleanse. With our Shakti Infused herbal products and our Awaken Within Yoga DVD we are able to assist you in addressing old mental or emotional imbalances along with physical toxins.

For more information, please visit our Main Page for the Detox Veda Guided Group Cleanse.

All of the different techniques in our Group Cleanse are designed to either loosen toxins and impurities (ama) or to eliminate the toxins and impurities. Ama can be deposited in to any of the cells of the body, but it likes to go to our weak areas and to the joints. With the passage of time and an accumulation of ama, we begin to notice that either one or several of our bodily systems may not be functioning at the optimum. Many times we may think that it is “just old age” setting in. But in reality, the tissues and cells are being smothered and not able to properly communicate with the rest of the body. These areas begin to feel separate, and our ability to heal ourselves is compromised. Through the techniques of the Cleanse, we begin the process of removing the ama and allowing our inner intelligence to flow freely.

Using an herbal Nasya Oil in your nostrils is effective for addressing many imbalances such as an active busy mind or working on emotional concerns. As the nose is the doorway to the brain, this treatment allows the herbs to be immediately absorbed into the nervous system. It is also effective for imbalances from the shoulders up to the head. It is ideal if you use the recommended Nasya Oil one to two times per day.

Knowing that the Detox Veda program is designed to remove ama from our bodies, it is important to realize that we need to incorporate more of an Ayurvedic life style so that we can minimize the amount of toxins that we may accumulate in the future.  Following conscious eating habits is a necessary aspect to our living with more awareness. Maintaining a good daily routine after Pancha Karma will facilitate holding the effects for a longer period of time.

Have you given yourself the Ayurvedic Self Massage? It only takes 5 minutes before your shower. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing. Shaktiveda Herbal has many wonderful massage oils to choose from.

Some of you may choose to incorporate a therapy in Pancha Karma called an Oil Basti, or sesame oil enema. Basti allows for the elimination of the loosened toxins and doshic imbalances that have accumulated in the colon. The matra basti, or nutritive basti, is composed of herbalized sesame oil. If you decide you would like to have this as part of your cleanse, you may purchase the appropriate oil from Shaktiveda Herbal. According to Charaka Samhita, many of the benefits of the entire Pancha Karma treatment program are achieved through the administration of the basti.

Some important considerations during your Group Cleanse include:  eating less than usual to divert  the body’s energy from digestion, allowing it to focus on repair, minimizing physical exercise and sexual activity so that we can focus more inward, and drinking lots of pure hot water to facilitate the cleansing process.

During your DetoxVeda Group Cleanse, you may choose to include some type of body therapy to assist in your healing process. This might include: massage, shirodhara, marma therapy, steam therapy, or sitting in the bath tub! If you are fortunate to have an Ayurvedic Center in your area, you may see which therapies they offer.

We recommend that you set up your life so that this cleanse can also include a bit of quiet time – you may still work during these 2 weeks, but it is best to have less responsibilities and “worldly” interactions such as going to the movies or parties. We suggest that you incorporate at least one of the yoga poses from the Awaken Within Yoga DVD each day of your cleanse and make time for the entire DVD at least once per week.

Contact us to be added to our monthly Ayurvedic Newsletter – interesting articles, healthy recipes, herbal information, and more!  We do not share our email lists.

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Ayurveda Liver Cleanse

Doing a Liver Cleanse is beneficial to health as the Liver is one of the most important organs in the body.  It has over 300 different functions – one of the main activities is cleansing and filtering  the blood.  After we eat any food,  the digested, liquified nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream, and then it immediately travels to the Liver via the Portal Vein in order to be cleansed of toxins and then this “cleansed” blood is sent throughout the entire body.  The toxins (chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, etc) are stored in the Liver – usually contained within cholesterol.   These little “packages” of stored toxins stay in the Liver, waiting for an opportunity to be released.   The Liver not only stores these physical toxins, but will also hold on to emotional toxins, or ama, as well.  This can cause someone to become irritable, angry, impatient, have resentments, or have a tendency to have negative thoughts.

The Liver is responsible for processing hormones – this is a very important aspect for peri and post menopausal women – but, of course, for everyone, as corticosteroid hormones are necessary for the health of all.  The cholesterol that is manufactured by the Liver is used as  buildings block for these hormones.

Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta has developed a method of cleansing and balancing the Liver that is called Ranjaka Shodhana Therapy.  The Sanskrit name for the Liver is Ranjaka Pitta.  The word Shodhana means cleansing.  Ranjaka Shodhana oil is used for this therapy. For more information on this, you may wish to have a consultation with Dr. Cravatta.  Shaktiveda offers a Group Cleanse January, May, and September.  This Liver Cleanse is one of the varieties of cleansing that is available.  For more information, please contact our office.  Our Winter 2015 Group Cleanse will begin January 11, 2015.  January 25th, we will have our Detox Veda Group Cleanse – to release toxins, cellulite, and excess weight – our Premier Cleansing Program that is truly effective!

Here is what one of our patients has to say about Ranjaka Shodhana Therapy:

I have been taking the Ranjaka Shodhana oil for three consecutive months. I take it at night daily for a week and then purge with Castor Oil.  The first week I took it I felt irritable and witnessed how I was subtly judgmental and sharp with others.  I also found with some effort, the ability  to change this.  The second month I took the oil, I saw again how I was subtly not life supporting to others and leaked anger on others.  I want to be sweeter and supportive and found I was able to make more changes.  The third month I took the oil I found myself easily emotional and saw how for 20 years I had stayed angry at my former husband.  I had prayed and meditated for 20 years in attempts to let go and forgive, but had never fully been successful.  I felt with the help of the oil there was a final lifting of the anger towards him.  I felt a lightness and relief. The oil had enabled me to accomplish releasing emotions that in the past my intellect and prayers had not fully accomplished.   I am going to continue to use the oil monthly, because each time it has brought me more and more freedom.  Thank you so much for creating this product. – RS, Grass Valley, CA

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Ayurvedic Oil Pulling / Cleansing Technique

Ayurvedic Oil Pulling is the most amazing cleansing technique.   This ancient therapy had been “lost” for many decades – thank goodness it has regained in popularity over the last several years.  It is easy and effective.

In the morning, on an empty stomach, before brushing your teeth – put 1 TBSP of plain sesame oil in your mouth.  Swish it for 15 – 20 minutes – it will turn white (like milk) as you complete the process.  Be sure to spit it out and then rinse your mouth before eating or drinking anything.

It pulls toxins, Ama, heavy metals, virus’, bacteria, and anything that is foreign out of the body.  Doing this on a regular basis will assist your body in healing any aspect of your body.

Since the body as a whole is represented by your tongue, the oil bathes your tongue and encourages all of the different organs of your body to release toxins and doshic imbalances.

It is very beneficial to the mouth, gums, and teeth.  I have many patients who have dramatic improvements in their gum tissue – a few with having regrowth of gum tissue where it had eroded from receding gums.  Just about everyone comments on the fact that their teeth have whitened.  One patient had neglected her teeth for decades and was in the process of losing two very loose teeth.  She had been told that they would have to be pulled.  She oil pulled at least 3 times per day, and  within a few weeks, her teeth were firm once again.  Absolutely miraculous.

You will find that when you spit it out, that there is at least 3 times as much liquid coming out as you put in.  This is due to the pulling affect on the saliva.  The saliva is made up of Rasa Dhatu – the liquid portion of the blood, blood plasma, and lymph system.  So, it encourages the blood to cleanse and the lymph  system to cleanse.

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Mantra Meditation / Subtle Awareness Technique Meditation SAT

Mantra Meditation

Shaktiveda Yoga has combined several different methods to address the subtle imbalances that someone may have.  These therapies include:  Hatha Yoga Asanas (Awaken Within Yoga, Awaken Your Spine Yoga, and Awaken Throughout Yoga), Pranayama / Breathing Techniques, and Meditation.  To learn more information on Awaken Within Yoga, please visit the website.

The Meditation of Shaktiveda Yoga is a combination of several styles – each one with specific purposes.  This may include mantra meditation, guided meditation, focused attention, chanting, contemplation, or self inquiry.   Each style of meditation has it purpose and benefits.

Mantra Meditation has two main styles in Shaktiveda Yoga – that of clearing the Chakras with the Chakra Mantras and with using a Mantra that was chosen for you from what has been felt in your pulse with Dr. Cravatta.   This style, where Dr. Cravatta chooses the mantra that resonates with what you are currently working on is called Subtle Awareness Technique (SAT).

Daniel Skiles of Portland, Oregon has this to say about learning Subtle Awareness Technique Meditation:

“If you want to learn how to meditate, I highly recommend learning from Dr. MaryJo Cravatta This woman is the best meditation teacher I have ever met. There are many wonderful mediation techniques and “non-techniques” out there, but this is the simplest, most effective way to slip into unbounded awareness. The mechanics of the technique are similar to Transcendental Meditation, if you are familiar with that, but these mantras Mary Jo are giving come directly from Mahavatar Babaji, of whom she is a direct disciple (the Babaji in Autobiography of A Yogi), and are chosen based upon which life lessons you are currently working on in this incarnation, to facilitate the release of cellular memory (karma) acquired from this incarnation as well as past incarnations. As these imprints dissolve, the mind can sink deeper and deeper into finer levels of thought until all activity of the mind dissolves into a state of unbounded awareness, or “samadhi.”

 

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Restorative Yoga – Root Chakra – Ayurveda

Legs Up the Wall, or Viparita Karani (Restorative Yoga for Root Chakra)

Legs Up the Wall, or Viparita Karani is the Restorative Yoga Pose used on the Awaken Within Yoga DVD for the Root Chakra.  This calming Yoga Asana is designed to relax the entire body and mind.  It allows the floor of your pelvic area and tailbone to relax and unwind.  There are several variations recommended on the DVD so that this posture is helpful for many people – those beginning yoga along with experienced yogis.

The Root Chakra is the first of the body’s Energy Centers.  It is related to the Earth Element.  The Sanskrit Mantra for the Root Chakra is Lam.  It is pronounced as if it were spelled “Lum”.

The Root Chakra is closely associated with Apana Vata – the downward moving Vata that is in the abdominal area. It is responsible for elimination of toxins, feces, menstrual blood, and urine.  It is also closely related to the subdosha Prana Vata – the upward Vata in the head, brain, – and also flowing throughout the entire body.  When it is disturbed it can bring an active, busy mind, depression, insomnia, decreased energy, decreased memory or focus, or an overall sense of dis-ease.

Awaken Within Yoga is part of the knowledge of Shaktiveda Yoga.  A Yoga style that encourages a conscious connection during practice – allowing you to heal on subtle levels and bring a greater clarity and energy into your daily life.

For more information, please visit www.awakenwithinyoga.com

To purchase the Awaken Within Yoga DVD please visit our Product Page.

 

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Ayurvedic Consultation / Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. MaryJo Cravatta

Dr. Cravatta specializes in Ayurvedic Pulse

Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis is an integral part of your Ayurvedic Consultation with Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta.  With her ability to do Distance Pulse, it is possible to have your appointment either in person, or on the phone or Skype.

Dr. Cravatta first began her study of Ayurveda in 1979. She then went on to study Chiropractic. She graduated Magna cum Laude in 1987. It was just a few months later in January 1988 that she was fortunate to learn Pulse Diagnosis or Nadi Vigyana from a monk who had studied pulse with an incredible Ayurvedic Vaidya in India. She immediately recognized that she had a special talent in feeling Ayurvedic Pulse. Her abilities with pulse have continued to expand over the years. Her advanced proficiency allows her to discover the deeper underlying imbalances that are affecting your state of health and well being.

She has cognized many layers in the pulse. One of them indicates what Chakra you are working in this life. Another is the Kosha that affects this Chakra. Together they allow Dr. Cravatta to have an understanding of what your life lessons are. This facilitates an easier understanding of why your life has unfolded in the way that it has.

Did you know that we have a monthly  newsletter?  It is full of articles on Ayurveda, Yoga, Recipes, Affirmations, herbs, and so much more.  Just email us from our contact page to ask us to add you to our list.  We do not share email addresses.

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Benefits of Ayurveda Consultation with Dr. MaryJo Cravatta

An ayurvedic consultation with Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta is based on the ancient knowledge of Shaktiveda Ayurveda. All aspects of your life have influenced the health of your body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Through Ayurveda Pulse Diagnosis or Nadi Vigyana, Dr. Cravatta will be able to understand your current state of health and then determine what the best course of action will be to bring you to your optimal well being. You will feel as if you have been “heard” – that your personal needs have been seen in a way that touches you on a deep level. She has been given the siddhi to practice long distance pulse, which allows her to be very effective through phone ayurveda consultation.

Dr. Cravatta began her study of Ayurveda in 1979 – out of a desire to enhance the benefits of her Meditation and Yoga practice. She had started learning Yoga in the early 1970’s. With her many years of living a balanced lifestyle, her clarity allows her to have enhanced intuition. This facilitates her ability to choose the right treatment plan for your individual needs. Your treatment may include: ayurveda herbs, lifestyle advice, dietary information, variety of cleansing techniques, along with an insight into what may be holding you back from experiencing the Joy that can be in Life.

You may have your Ayurveda Consultation with Dr. Cravatta either in person or a phone consultation.

The Initial Exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

To learn more, please visit the Clinic page on our website.  To schedule your appointment, please pay the Initial Exam fee at our shop, then either call: 530-273-8716 or you may contact us through email.

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Ayurvedic Nasya Oils

Ayurvedic Nasya Oils from Shaktiveda Herbal are handcrafted with the finest ingredients. Our full line of Ayurvedic products are made with care and attention to detail in our Shaktiveda Clinic.

Nasya Oils are designed to be used in the nostrils for a quick input into the blood stream and nervous system. Our Nasya Oils may also be used on Ayurvedic Vital Energy Points known as Marma Points.  For example, you may apply a drop of Depth of Being Nasya Oil to Talahridaya Marma Point on the palm of your hand.  Gently massage in a clockwise circle – will enhance awareness throughout, but especially in the hands – ideal for body workers, but also very good before meditation.

Putting Nasya Oil into your nostrils has many benefits. First of all, having oil in the nostrils is pacifying to Vata Dosha. This allows the epithelial tissue in the nostrils to remain moist and less susceptible to dryness, pollen, environmental allergens / pollutants, and nose bleeds due to dry air. Depending on the base oil and the specific herbs in the formula, there are effects for the head, nervous system, mental / emotional states, allergies, hormones, neck pain, headaches, post nasal drip, memory, insomnia, depression, tinnitis – to name a few – the list could go on and on.

To apply, we recommend that you tilt your head back to allow the oil to easily go into your nostrils. It is actually best to lie down and tip your head into extension. When you are in the correct position, take a deep breath in, completely exhale and hold the exhale. Use the dropper that comes in the nasya bottle and apply 2 drops of oil into each nostril. Then take a deep breath in. You may wish to pinch your nostrils with your thumb and index finger as you take this deep inhale to allow the oil to go further in.

Depending on your personal needs, it is recommended that you apply the Nasya Oil 2 times per day. If you have a Vata imbalance in your upper body, you may desire to apply it more often (i.e. Prana Vata or Udana Vata). You may apply almost anytime you would like except it is best to not apply immediately before or after a shower, or immediately before lying down to sleep at bedtime – best to apply at least 1/2 hour before lying down in bed.

In addition to applying with the dropper, you may also choose to put 1 drop on your index finger to apply a thin coating of the oil in your nostrils. This is especially good to do when in a dry environment such as air conditioning or in an airplane. You may apply in this way as many times as you would desire.

If the dropper has touched your nostrils as you apply the oil, we recommend that you wipe the tip of the dropper with a tissue before you replace it back into the bottle. This will facilitate your oil staying fresher.

To purchase Shaktiveda Ayurvedic Nasya Oils please visit our Ayurvedic Product Page. Not all Nasya Oils are listed on the product page – please email or phone to purchase our full line of Nasya Oils. Below, please find a list of current Shaktiveda Herbal Nasya Oils:

Depth of Being
Serenity Within
Balance Within
Neuro Pattern Release
Clarity Within (Divine Intervention)
Shanti Luna
Luna Rejuv
Solar Rejuv
Allergy Relief
Breathe Clear

You may be interested in hearing what one of our patients has experience with our Breathe Clear Nasya Oil:

I love the Breathe Clear Nasya Oil! I have always been slightly congested and often used nasal strips to breathe at night.  Now I just put a few drops of the oil in my nose morning and night and my breathing is so easy.  Thank you! – RS, Northern California

 

For more information, please call us at: 530-273-8716
Or, you may contact us through email.

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