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Episode 29: Holiday Helps — The Food, The Cold, The Emotions!

In this episode I give some special Holiday Helps for the food (er, weight gain), the cold (winter!), and the emotions (mindset) — so you can feel nice and balanced this holiday season! Enjoy these Ayurvedic holiday health tips to find balance in our mind, body and spirit. 

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Episode #26: What's with the Oils?!


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Episode 28: VATA SERIES PART 4 - VATA SPIRIT

“Let’s play!”  Vatas have a playful and light-hearted spirit! The final episode in our 4-part vata-balancing series talks about vata spirit! In this 'Bringing Ayurveda to Life' podcast episode, learn my 4 tips to help vata dosha's spirit enlivened and perceptive without losing their ground. 

Links to support this episode:

Episode #2: The Three Doshas
Vata Series, begin with Episode #25
Free Vata Quick guide
Book: In Your Elements on Amazon 

Episode 27: VATA SERIES PART 3 - VATA MIND

If vata is your dosha, don't miss this vata-balancing series! This Ayurveda podcast episode focuses on how to balance a vata mind. Learn about vata mind tendencies and mindful vata tips to keep your mind centered, peaceful and focused.

Links to support this episode:

Episode #2: The Three Doshas
Free Vata Quick guide
Book: In Your Elements on Amazon 

Episode 26: VATA SERIES PART 2 - WHAT'S WITH THE OILS?!

Learn why Ayurveda uses oils! In this vata-balancing podcast episode, we will talk about the benefits of using oils internally and externally especially for balancing vata dosha. 

Links to support this episode:

Episode #25: The Three Doshas
Free Vata Quick guide
Book: In Your Elements on Amazon 

Episode 25: VATA SERIES PART 1 - VATA BODY

In the 'Bringing Ayurveda to Life" podcast episode 25, we kick off the first in a 3-part series all about Vata Dosha. We talk in detail about what balances a vata-type body. AND! Enjoy the bonus vata-balancing tips at the end!

Links to support this episode:

Episode #2: The Three Doshas
Free Vata Quick guide
Book: In Your Elements on Amazon 

Episode 24: AYURVEDIC TIPS TO SURVIVE THE FALL TIME CHANGE

Time change in Ayurveda affects vata dosha (energy of movement), which can leave us feeling low energy, anxious, or frazzled because, well, we've made a fast change. It can take some of us weeks to adjust but the 6 Ayurvedic tips to survive the fall time change will help you slide back nicely into nature's rhythm quickly.

Links to support this episode:

Episode #2: The Three Doshas
Free Vata Quick guide
Book: In Your Elements on Amazon 

Episode 23: FIVE THINGS THAT CREATE VATA ANXIETY

Vata is the energy of movement in our bodies and minds. If our mind is racing or anxious, the goal is to decrease the energy of vata.

We live in a vata-increasing world and often struggle to calm our racing or anxious mind. If you feel a bit anxious, this ayurveda podcast episode highlights 5 things to avoid and 5 fixes.

Links to support this episode:
Episode #2: The Three Doshas
Episode #20: Why Am I Pooping Pellets?
BLOG: 5 Ayurvedic Tips For Sound Sleep

Episode 22: How to Make Right Choices and Follow Through

We are usually aware of the choices that are best for us but taking the action, is another story! 

"I know the right choice to make, but WHY don't I actually follow through with it?!" This relates to our buddhi, or wisdom. In this Aurvedic podcast episode, I'll give you 3 tips to help you STICK to those right choices and right action. 

Links to support this episode:
Episode #18: Mistaken Intellect
In Your Elements Book
Watch the Video on YouTube

Episode 21: Ten Ayurvedic Nutritional Guidelines

The basic Ayurvedic nutrition guidelines have a lot to do with how we eat, not just what we eat. Based on the 'one size does not fit all' principle in Ayurveda, nutrition is not generalized, it is personalized. This blend of personalized nutrition and eating in the right way is what makes nutrition a powerful healer all on its own. 

Links to support this episode:
Episode #7: Three Qualities of the Mind (Sattva, Rajas, Tamas)
In Your Elements Book

Episode 20: Why am I Pooping Pellets?

If you are pooping sad little balls or pooping pellets...whatever you want to call it, Ayurveda says you’re either at the brink of getting constipated or maybe have constipation for a while. In any case, the hard poop is coming out in little balls, and it's making you sad.

In this episode are five causes of hard stools and easy constipation home remedies. These Ayurvedic tips should help your digestion and bowel movements so that you can poop much happier!

Links to support this episode:

Blog Post: Why am I Pooping Sad Little Balls?
Vata Diet & Lifestyle Cheat Sheet
In Your Elements Book

Episode 19: Five Tips to Transition to Vata Season

In this episode, learn 5 diet & lifestyle tips to transition into vata season (or from summer to fall), based on Ayurveda.

The "joint in the seasons" is when we can get sick because the qualities of the seasons are different. These simple transitions in diet & lifestyle, prep us for the season coming up so our body can adjust accordingly.

Links to support this episode:

Blog Post: 5 Tips to Transition to Vata Season
Ayurvedic Daily Routine
In Your Elements Book

Episode 18: Daily Ayurveda, Mistaken Intellect

In Ayurveda, one of the three categories for imbalance is: wrong choices or mistaken intellect. 

Examples of this Ayurvedic philosophy (or should I say...daily life lesson) can sneak into our lives in so many different ways. But if you're unaware of it showing up, you might not learn the lessons. In this episode of Bringing Ayurveda to Life, we'll bring awareness to what mistaken intellect really is, how to recognize it and how to correct it!

Links to support this episode:
The 3-Question Survey
In Your Elements Book

Episode 17: What Drives a Pitta Crazy

In this episode of Bringing Ayurveda to Life, we talk about pitta dosha and 7 things that drives pittas crazy! in Ayurveda, each dosha has certain tendencies, so it's easy to drive each other crazy when we don't know what to expect from or deliver to one another. The seven tips in this episode are relationship GOLD if a) pittas learn how to use the fixes and b) if vatas and kaphas are aware of what drives pittas bonkers. Have fun learning about yourself and transforming your relationships with this fun perspective with Ayurveda!

Links to support this episode:
Free LIVE Masterclass — Avoiding Burnout
Pitta Summer Quick Guide

Episode 16: Pitta Season, Summer Diet & Lifestyle Tips

In Ayurveda, when the seasons change, we need to adjust our diet and lifestyle practices. In this episode about pitta seasonal balance, you will learn about pitta diet, pitta exercise, cooling pitta skincare and more! Whether you are a pitta dosha or whether you're in pitta season, enjoy this episode with 6 ways to transition your diet & lifestyle from spring into summer, based on Ayurveda.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Pitta Summer Quick Guide
Pitta Summer Workshop
Banyan Botanicals Coconut Oil
Meditation Apps: Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer

Episode 15: How to Eat More Intuitively

In this episode you'll learn how to easily identify and choose the right foods for you, yes, personally you. Eating intuitively, eating mindfully , creating personalized eating does not have to be hard. I give you 2 simple things to get started on in this week's episode on intuitive eating.

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book

Episode 14: Western Medicine vs. Ayurveda

A simple look at the differences between Ayurveda vs Western Medicine. They are like night and day! No judging — they both have their place. But to become masters of our own health and bring empowerment to our lives, Ayurveda may provide a refreshing approach.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Episode 1: What is Ayurveda?
Episode 2: The Three Doshas
In Your Elements Book

Episode 13: What's Your Digestion Type?

What kind of digestion do you have? In Ayurveda, there are four types of digestion, or agni. They are usually related to a specific dosha, but not always. Find out your type of digestion and learn the fixes that help balance them.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Dosha Menus
Dosha Test
In Your Elements Book on Amazon

Episode 12: Confused About My Dosha(s)!

It's the place where people get stuck the most in Ayurveda, so let's unstick you! If you are confused about your combinations of doshas or which dosha to balance first, don't miss this episode! I give 3 steps to begin to discover and balance your dosha(s).

Links mentioned in this episode:
Dosha Confusion CHEAT SHEET
Episode #2 - The Three Doshas

Episode 11: Going Beyond Food. You Need HIGHER Food. 

When we can't stop eating, feel always hungry or are always snacking, there's a reason and it's not physical hunger! In this episode, I'll teach you about what you are likely MISSING, which is HIGHER FOOD. Ayurveda says that there's more to nourishment than food-food, so I'll share an unexpected perspective that can help you through this the next time it happens.

Links mentioned in this episode
Episode #7: 3 qualities of the mind: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
Create Your Best Life course
Youtube video: Higher Food


Episode 10: Improve Your Daily Energy

In this episode I'll tell you the number #1 thing to do that is absolutely essential in order to have great energy all day.

If you are someone who suffers from energy slumps or low energy, this might be your simple solution to give you an energy boost. Expect the unexpected. This is a natural way to help you wake up better, improve your energy and create sustained energy all day.

Episode 9: Spring Cleaning the Body and Mind.

When the seasons change, spring cleaning is definitely a thing! In this episode you'll learn why (and how) our bodies and minds also benefit from a spring cleanse.

Links mentioned in this episode:
DOWNLOAD: 3 Day Kitchari Cleanse
MINI COURSE: Ayurveda 101 mini course
VIDEO: Shift from S.A.D. to HAPPY

Episode 8: Best Food for The Doshas

Because we are unique individuals, Ayurveda says each dosha requires a slightly different diet, too! Ayurvedic eating is customized and acts, in a way, as preventative medicine. If we are eating the right foods for our unique bodies, our minds will thrive, our bodies will function well, and our immunity will be strong! And if not, we'll have problems :) Check out this episode to learn which foods are best for you!

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel
Dosha Menus


Episode 7: Three Qualities of the Mind

You know all that time, money and care we spend taking care of our bodies?!

What if I told you, the mind is actually more important than the body! To create a healthier body, we must start with a healthier mind. Learn about the qualities of the mind in this episode.

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 6: Shift from SAD to HAPPY

During a long winter season, the outdoors and nature overall can feel so lifeless, dark and cold! That’s why we can feel S.A.D. But there are things we can do to create an uplift and vigor.

Counterbalance the winter dregs by bringing LIFE to the indoors and let’s use our five senses as healing vehicles.

In this episode, I'll tell you five of my favorite practices you can easily do at home to bring the HAPPY!

Links mentioned in this episode:
HAPPY Cheat Sheet
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 5: One Ayurvedic Change 5 Impactful Results

"What is one small change I can make that would get great results?"
While it was difficult to choose just one, here's my favorite. This ONE change comes with FIVE super impactful results!
It could be the answer you're looking for. You have no idea of the power within this simple change until you start practicing.

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 4: Ayurveda Basics, The Daily Routine

We know doshas rule our bodies, but they also rule certain times of day, the seasons, and stages of life.

If we do the wrong things at the wrong time, it's like swimming upstream. Wrong timing is considered a causative factor of disease, or imbalance.

Once we know what doshas are strongest at specific times, we can adjust our routine accordingly to go with the flow of those doshas to achieve overall balance. 

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 3: Ayurveda Basics, Agni, Digestive Fire

The body's internal digestive fire is called our agni. When agni functions properly, whatever we have eaten gets digested and absorbed by the body's tissues. Then the body eliminates waste. Pretty simple.

However, when doshas or tissues are imbalanced due to lifestyle, diet, negative emotions, etc., agni becomes weakened or disturbed and therefore cannot digest food properly.

The function of agni is the main contributor to our physical and mental health and when agni functions properly, we thrive. But when agni malfunctions, we get sick and we can accumulate ama (toxins)

In this episode you'll learn:
• The right times to eat and why
• How to avoid ama (toxins)
• How to "train" your digestion to work properly
• The biggest mistake we make when eating 

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 2: Ayurveda Basics, The Three Doshas

Many people find the doshas to be the most exciting part of Ayurveda to learn! Because that's when you discover who YOU are including why you act the way you do, and think like you do. 

One of my students summed it up nicely when she said, "OMG it's like my whole life makes sense now!!"

Yep. Once you know your dosha(s), you can make the right choices in your diet & lifestyle practices based on what YOU need, forever.

All three doshas vata, pitta, and kapha are present in all of us, all the time. But 1 or 2 doshas will be dominant. According to Ayurveda, like increases like, so whatever your dosha, you'll use the opposite qualities to drive your customized diet & lifestyle choices. And that's where the path to healing and longevity begins.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Dosha Test
Dosha Snapshots
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

Episode 1: Ayurveda Basics, What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda literally translates to the "knowledge of or science of life." It's goal is to teach diet & lifestyle practices that prevent disease so we can live a long and healthy life — according to who we are as an individual.

Ayurveda is a WHOLE medical system, including mind, body and spirit, seeing us as complete individuals. 

Most of our health concerns and be cured and prevented with diet and lifestyle alone and this is where Ayurveda truly excels in today's world!!

With a little Ayurvedic knowledge of who we truly are + best daily practices, we have full empowerment to live a long and healthy life.

Links mentioned in this episode:
In Your Elements Book
Monica B's YouTube Channel

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