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Reconnection with zeitgebers, organoleptics, and sanatana


Everyday Ayurveda by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya Most of us today grow up in urban or suburban homes. Even if we live in rural areas, we are not active farmers with schedules revolving around hours of sunlight and seasons. Since the Industrial Revolution, the cultures of the world that have adopted modernization, technological advances, and priority...

The Individualized Diet as Personalized Medicine


 by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya Of the many terms used for food, the Sanskṛt term āhāra reminds us that food is more than what we swallow. Meaning to bring near, to bring into oneself, āhāra takes a deeply spiritual view that all five senses feed us. What we take into our bodies, consciously or unconsciously, becomes part of our tissues. Ayurveda asks...

Harmonious interdependence is Independence


by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU)     The ancient land of Bharata was once an island.  Connected deep underground to the molten heat of the earth, the island travelled north through the Tethys Sea and crashed into the ancient land of Laurasia to form the sacred space of the Himalayas.  The mythology of this...

The Grand Mover – Vata


By Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU)  Ayurveda whispers that the early morning embodies the principle of vāta. Vāta, pitta, and kapha are the three doshas of the body. Doshas are themes of function that show up in the body to organize it. They can be understood as a functional combination of modern biology, chemistry...

Lessons from my Mother – The Early Bird


By Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU) One of my earliest memories is of my mother up before dawn, moving about her routines of the morning, quietly, purposefully. Some days she was slow. Some days she was lightning fast.  She had a set of routines that varied mildly with the weather. She...

Stoking the Fire of the Gut Cleans the Phlegm of the Lungs


by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) Sometimes pranayama is not enough to heal the severe difficulty in breathing. Many Ayurvedic formulations for severe respiratory diseases have healed people by treating the channel through which air moves, known as the prana-vaha-srotas in Sanskrit. Because Ayurveda treats the patient and not the disease, medicines are not chosen by organs...

Gen Y is for Yoga


by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU) Yoga teachers love to boast about the popularity of yoga. Yoga Journal details a $16 B industry boosting the wellness economy of the USA for over a decade. Societies of yoga researchers hold conferences showing medical research on the efficacy of yoga. Endorsed at the highest...

Losing the sense of time by doing projects you love is key to healing


Everyday Ayurveda by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya MPH MD (Family Medicine) PhD (Ayurveda ‑ BHU) Once you have tussled with what Truth is, it will begin to emerge everywhere. Your mind will sense when something is true and when it is not, seemingly useless in the world today when so much around us is scam, speculation, and sinister.  People...

The Land of the Positively Free


by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya In the towns of America, where knowing all your neighbors and supporting local businesses was the key to thriving and staying safe and happy, the sense of freedom was connected to days and nights filled with safeness and goodwill.  This is what made America great. After persecution, war, and risk around the...