Mount Madonna Yoga and Ayurveda Blog

March 15, 2018

Gut Check: Biodiversity in Your Own Belly

Spring has arrived and often we think of "spring cleaning" our homes and gardens. But what about tending to our bodies? At your core, deep inside your gut, you have a garden…a plethora of bacteria creating your very own bio-network. The health and happiness of this intimate ecology influences your health, your likelihood of being obese and a myriad of other health concerns.

February 04, 2018

Abhyanga – Love your Skin!

In February Valentine's Day and expressions of love are celebrated. With that in mind, this month's blog focuses on a beautiful way to love your skin through the Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga. Basically, abhyanga is applying warm oil to the body. Sometimes, people refer to it as a massage, but that is not exactly correct. The purpose of a massage is to manually manipulate the muscles while an abhyanga has a very different purpose which is to get the oil into the body through the skin.

January 08, 2018

Vedic Astrology & Ayurveda

As we begin this new year, much emphasis is placed on creating resolutions and goals. Many also check in with what's happening astrologically to see what the year ahead will hold. Vedic astrology is the traditional Hindu system of astrology and astronomy. Learning about this system can compliment your study of Ayurveda and Yoga. Vedic astrology, also called Hindu or Jyotish astrology, shares Ayurveda’s foundational concept of the five elements, which exist both in the natural world and within the body.