Putting an end to seasonal allergies

Putting an end to seasonal allergies

I am fortunate to live on the edge of Pacific Spirit Park, and on my daily walks through the forest with my dogs, I have been noticing the unmistakable signs that spring is on its way. Not just the crocuses, snowdrops and burgeoning cherry blossoms in my neighborhood, but taking advantage of the open forest canopy of late winter, the leaf buds of bushes such as elderberry and salmonberry are just starting to open. With climate change being exacerbated by El Nino, the early arrival of spring in much of North America and Europe is welcome respite from a long cold winter, but at the same time, brings with it the dread of seasonal hay fever sufferers. Beginning around now, trees including alder, birch, aspen and poplar begin to pollinate, followed later in spring as it warms up by grass, weeds and mould spores. As a (former) long time allergy sufferer myself I have a lot of compassion for those of you that suffer from seasonal hay fever. But at the same, I experience considerable … [Read more...]

New semester begins March 23

New semester begins March 23

Happy new year! Let us all hope that 2016 brings us all closer to good health and happiness. To that end, we are delighted to announce that the Spring semester at the DSBM begins in March, with Inside Ayurveda starting on March 23rd, and Food As Medicine on March 24th. Please scroll down for more details. Ayurveda Summit Last fall I was asked to be part of the Ayurveda Summit, and was interviewed by Dr. Eric Grasser on the application of Ayurveda in every day life. You can still access these recordings, but if you missed them, here is some of the feedback: Thank you Todd – you provided deep insight and ignited my curiosity. My earlier revelation from my day about ayurveda was…"Ayurveda is designed to maximize your potential in all aspects of life; to enhance your ability to do what you are here to do; to connect you with your highest expression of your unique gifts. Ayurveda is the Ultimate User's Manual for Resilience." I feel that you confirmed what I was sensing. What a gift Tod … [Read more...]

Canadian dollar blues?

Canadian dollar blues?

If you are Canadian, you just might have noticed that the CAN$ is tanking against the US$, and as such, the relative cost of our courses has risen significantly. To help out our Canadian students, we are temporarily offering both Inside Ayurveda and Food As Medicine at par with the US dollar. To register, please use the following links: Inside Ayurveda link, for Canadian students only Food As Medicine link, for Canadian students only This offer is available to Canadian citizens that register with a valid Canadian address. … [Read more...]

Āyurveda, diet, and psychosis

Āyurveda, diet, and psychosis

After my recent post on Vegetarianism and Ayurveda, I received a question from a reader, who was curious about why I said that in Āyurveda, there is scant reference to the preferment of a vegetarian diet as a therapeutic tool, except for the disease of unmāda (psychosis). To explain myself better, I want to provide a little background on the disease to provide some more context. The term unmāda is derived from the Sanskrit root words ud, meaning ‘upwards’, and mad, which refers to the capacity to ‘excite' or ‘exhilarate’. According to Āyurveda the life force called prāṇa is received by the body not just through the lungs and digestive system, but also through the top of the head. This prāṇic energy descends downwards to guide the formation and maintenance of our bodies, connecting through our feet to the earth, from a state of etheric potentiality to one of physical manifestation. This energetic flow is symbolized by the downward-pointing triangle, representing the feminine principle … [Read more...]

What is Paleo-Ayurveda?

What is Paleo-Ayurveda?

Several weeks ago I was asked to do an interview on the subject of the “Paleo-Ayurveda” diet. I guess as one of the few in the Āyurveda community that utilizes the Paleolithic diet as a therapeutic tool, and also as someone who is outspoken on the issue of vegetarianism, it made sense in the interviewer’s mind to combine these modalities. Unfortunately, due to my busy schedule, I was never able to follow through on the interview, and so I will address my thoughts on this now. For decades now I have been inspired by the teachings of Āyurveda. As a therapeutic tool there is no modality that speaks to me as clearly, but it is not the only modality that I employ in my practice. My background also includes training in Western and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as clinical nutrition. This diversity is reflected in my practice, in which I make use of a large range of medicines, from hand-made herbal pills (guṭikā and vaṭī) that I import from Nepal, to ethanol-based tinctures and percolati … [Read more...]