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Rejuvinating Ayurvedic Oatmeal Recipe

Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic science of health, well-being and inner balance of body, mind and spirit—also known as the “sister science of yoga.” Ayurveda is a vast and remarkable knowledge base that offers us incredible wisdom to not only be free from disease, but to experience optimal health, vitality and longevity.

Ayurveda teaches us is that diet and lifestyle are considered  the most important forms of medicine.

So here is a delicious, deeply nourishing, comforting oatmeal recipe with great healing and nutritive properties to balance the Doshas, one’s individual elemental constitution, cultivate a calm, peaceful and clear state of mind, and increase Ojas, the vital life force energy responsible for vitality, longevity, energy immunity, softness and glow.

This recipe is great anytime of the day, or in any season, however, this bowl is particularly nourishing on rainy days, for yogis wanting great health and well-being body & mind to receive the most from their everyday practices, or for those needing some additional nourishment to aid recovery from mental or physical stress, illness, physical overexertion or fatigue.

Comforting and satisfying, yet light and fresh, grounding and easy to digest, this delicious recipe contains a the perfect blend of flavours and aromas. Aromatic rose and vanilla, combined with the creaminess of coconut and almond, and sweetness of dates and honey – your taste buds will be simply delighted!

SERVING: 1-2 (depending on hunger) 😉


1 cup Rolled Oats
2 cups Water
4-6 Dates (Pitted & Chopped)
2 tbsp Shredded Coconut
1/2 Organic Ghee or Coconut Oil
1/8 tsp Cardamom (Ground)
1/8 tsp Vanilla Powder
1 tsp Dried rose petals (optional)
1 tsp Almond Butter (optional)
Dash of Salt (aids digestion)
Honey or Maple Syrup (to taste)


  1. Boil the water then reduce the heat to low. Add the rolled oats and chopped dates.
  1. Cook the oats on low head for 5 minutes (covered – leaving a slight crack to avoid overflow.)
  1. Remove from heat and add the cardamom, vanilla, coconut, ghee/coconut oil, almond butter and rose petals. Stir until everything is mixed.
  1. Serve, and when the cooked oats are cooled a bit, add the honey or maple syrup to taste.
  2. Eat mindfully, enjoy nourish and revitalize!


+ For Vata Dosha (people with an abundance of air & space elements in their constitution,) try adding a dash of nourishing organic milk, cashew or coconut milk, and adding a pinch of warming and grounding cinnamon, ginger and allspice!

+ For Pitta Dosha (people with an abundance of fire & water elements,) add some cooling herbs like fennel seed, and go heavy on the vanilla and coconut! Choose cooling maple syrup or agave nectar over honey to sweeten, and consider omitting the salt!

+ For Kapha Dosha, (people with an abundance of earth & water elements,) eat in moderation only, and omit the ghee & almond butter to avoid heaviness. Spice it up with some invigorating herbs like cinnamon, ginger and clove spice!


+ Cook when you’re in a calm, peaceful, quiet state of mind to infuse your food with these qualities. Bonus: Chant mantra over your food before you eat to supercharge your food with positive energy and divine qualities – turn your food into medicinal nectar for your body, mind & soul!
+ Buy organic when possible for the greatest healing and nutritive effect!
+ Avoid drinking too much with meals, especially cold drinks which dilute and distinguish our digestion fire. Consider drinking a small herbal tea instead best for balancing your Dosha.
+ For variety or preference, rolled oats can be swapped for white basmati rice – another very easily digestible grain known to increase life force, and promote a calm, peaceful or Sattvic mind. Another incredibly tasty dish!

Did you like this recipe? Check out these 5 Ayurvedic Eating Habits for Optimal Health & Vitality” to get the most from the food you eat here!

What’s your favourite healthy or Ayurvedic breakfast recipe? Share it in the comments below!

5 Ayurvedic Eating Habits for Optimal Health

Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic science of health, well-being and inner balance of body, mind and spirit—also known as the “sister science of yoga.” Ayurveda is a vast and remarkable knowledge base that offers us incredible wisdom to not only be free from disease, but to experience optimal health, vitality and longevity.

One of the primary principles that Ayurveda teaches us is that diet is considered one of the most important medicines to bring an individual into optimal health and balance.

So here are 5 simple eating habits including what, where, when, why and how to eat for greater health, balance, and vitality— body, mind and spirit!


Ayurveda teaches us that every individual is composed of a unique combination of the 5 elements: fire, water, earth, air and space, in varying proportions. This individual elemental constitution is also called one’s Prakruti— and is as unique as your fingerprints or DNA.

This is why— “One man’s food is another man’s poison.”

Ideally, one would eat certain foods that encourage bringing the inner elements into balance, and avoid certain foods that will aggravate one’s constitution and take their inner elements further out of balance.

In the teachings of Ayurveda, not only is what you eat important for bringing the body, mind and spirit into harmony and health, but also where, when, why and how you eat.


The most ideal environments to eat in are those that are quiet, peaceful, clean atmospheres where you feel relaxed and at ease.

Here’s why: The process of digestion is regulated by a portion of the nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS,) which governs the involuntary functions of the body, such as heart beat, secretions/hormone production, and digestion.

The ANS is divided into two parts: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS,) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS.) The SNS is related to our stress states— directing the bodies energy reserves to “flight or fight” responses in the body. While the role of the PNS is “rest and digest,” bringing our body back into a state of balance, or homeostasis after period of stress.

Now, have you ever experienced indigestion, bloating, gas or a feeling of heaviness after eating a meal on the go, while working or in stressful, busy environments? It’s because your body’s energy reserves were being directed elsewhere in the body— not to the digestive system and process!

So, eat in environments where you feel relaxed, calm, and peaceful to increase your ability to digest, assimilate and absorb the nutrients from what you eat!


Ayurveda teaches us to follow both the body’s and nature’s rhythmic cycles, which are accustomed to our digestive secretion patterns, to determine the most ideal times to eat.

As a foundational rule, eat when you are hungry— when hungry, the body’s digestive fire, or Agni, is very active, and digestive power is high.

Additionally, Ayurveda teaches us to eat our largest and most dense meal midday, at around 12 o’clock. We are very attuned to the cycles of nature, and both the sun and the moon— like the sun, our digestive fire is biologically programmed to be strongest midday. We can also benefit from eating our lighter meals for breakfast and dinner when Agni isn’t as strong, and avoid eating after sundown or a few hours before bed.

Secret Ayurveda Tip: Eat when your right nostril is predominantly open, and drink when your left nostril is primarily open. This is a special teaching of Swara Yoga—a vast science that deals primarily with how the breathing rhythms are capable of affecting all other biological rhythms.

In our subtle energy body, when the left nostril is primarily open, the Ida Nadi (the current of the moon,) is most dominant. This has a cooling effect in the body, and has its counterpart in the SNS— “flight or fight” stress responses.

And when the right nostril is more dominate, the Pingala Nadi, (the solar channel,) is most active. This has a heating effect in the body and has its counterpart in the PNS – “rest and digest” homeostatic states.

Ideally, solid foods are taken when Pingala is more active, when the right nostril is open; this aids in digestion. Ps. It’s usually most dominant in midday— the best time to take the major meal of the day. And ideally, liquids are taken when Ida is more predominant, when the left nostril is open.


Know why we eat– to nourish and fuel our precious bodies, to sustain our physical health, to facilitate the healing and repair of our bodily tissues to remain free of pain and disease, to satisfy our hunger and to power our continued existence. Enjoy your food, but avoid emotional eating, snacking out of boredom, or obligatory social consumption of food to be “polite.”


  1. Express gratitude, pray or chant mantra before eating. Infuse your food with positive energy!
  2.  Include all 6 tastes in your meal— sweet, salty, astringent, sour, pungent, and bitter to feel truly satisfied.
  3. Sit down when you eat, and sit with a straight spine. Ps. If you can face east/north when you eat even better.
  4. Eat with love & awareness.
  5. Chew with your mouth closed to preserve your Agni.
  6. Eat at a moderate pace— not to slow or to fast.
  7. Eat until satisfied, not full.
  8. Be present when you eat. Minimize distractions. If possible, eat in silence. Make eating a mindful meditation while engaging all the senses— sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.
  9. Avoid drinking too much with meals, especially cold drinks which dilute and distinguish our digestion fire.
  10. Enjoy a gentle walk after meals to help stimulate digestion.

Try these 5 simple Ayurvedic eating habits to help you choose what, where, when, why and how you eat to experience optimal health, vitality, balance and longevity— body, mind and spirit!

The Yogi Health & Beauty Cleanse

What we eat, what we drink and the products we put on our skin all contribute to teh state of our health and how our body functions. The texture and tone of our skin, clarity of our eyes and health of our mouths are all indicators of the state of our inner environment.

With regular practice of these ancient and gentle cleansing techniques as a natural beauty cleanse, your overall health is sure to improve, and you’ll be glowing from the inside out!

1) Dry Brushing

Flushes impurities from the body by stimulating the transport of toxins
and wastes accumulated in the blood and tissues to the organs of detoxification.


  1. With a dry stiff bristle brush, make firm, circular sweeping motions over the skin towards the heart to encourage lymph drainage and circulation towards the organs of detoxification and transportation.
  2. Start at the feet and work your way up the legs, the buttocks, back and tummy, and then do figure eights around your breasts.
  3. Next sweep circles from the hands up the arms and sweep down the neck.


+ Reduce cellulite
+ Increases circulation
+ Removes dead skin and makes the skin glow
+ Improves immune function and lymphatic drainage

2) Neti Pot

Rinses pollutants, allergens, and bacteria from the sinuses for
easy and pure breathing while awakening the eyes.


  1. In your neti pot, mix 1 cup of lukewarm purified or distilled water with 1/4tsp to create a saline solution to match the body’s natural salinity; (too much or too little salt will feel like getting pool water up the nose!)
  2. Leaning the head forward over the sink, turn your head to the right and place the spout into your right nostril and begin to pour the water into your nose. Feel it rinse your sinuses and pour out your other nostril.
  3. Repeat on the other side.

    If you feel the water going down your throat, simply tilt your head lower to direct the water up into the sinuses instead of down your throat.


+ Awakens and reduces dark circles around the eyes
+ Prevents and eliminates colds, allergies and sinusitis
+ Clears the sinuses prevent mouth breathing, migraines and even snoring!

3) Khapal Bhati

An ancient pranayama, a breathing technique, translated closely to ‘shining skull’ that further eliminates congestion in the airways to brighten the eyes and face, while cleansing the lungs.
Do this after using your Neti pot to remove any remaining moisture in the sinuses.


  1. Find a comfortable seated position with your hands on your stomach.
  2. Take a deep inhale inflating the belly. On your exhale, forcefully pull the belly in towards the spine to force all of the air out of the lungs.

    Because the exhalations are active, the inhalations become passive and natural in between the out breaths. It is much like trying to get the last little bit out of the shampoo bottle, squeezing the bottle rapidly and forcefully.

  3. At a comfortable pace, cycle through 30-60 pumping’s of the stomach 3 times, with a few long and deep breaths in between cycles.


+ Tones the abdominal muscles
+ Releases pollutants, allergens and stagnant energy from the lungs and airways.
+ Massages the organs from the stomach pumping to increase their detoxification process.
+ Stimulates the Ajna chakra; your third eye and energy center of intuition, and highest knowledge.
+ Brightens and shines the eyes and the space around; the whites of your eyes will brighten and your face will glow!

4) Oil Pulling

An ancient and incredibly easy Ayurvedic technique of drawing bacteria, heavy metals, and other impurities from the blood while brightening your smile! Plus, it’s gentle and safe for everyone!


Essentially, any organic and unrefined oil such as sesame, or sunflower oil would work, but I highly recommend coconut oil because of it’s natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it tastes way better than any other oil!

  1. Put ½ to 1 teaspoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around for no less than 15 minutes, up to 20 minutes.
  2. Spit it out, then brush your teeth with natural toothpaste and rinse the mouth well with water.

    * I start swishing the oil in the shower, and by the time I am showered, shaved, dry and dressed, it’s time to spit it out.
    * Be sure to spit it in the trash, and not down the sink as oil may harden and clog the drain.


+ Reduce bad breath
+ Reduces candida and other infections
+ Whitens the teeth, prevents and eliminates cavities and gingivitis
+ Draws fat soluble, heavy metal and fungal wastes out of the body

5) Enema

We clean our face, our hands, our teeth, ears, and our entire bodies, but many of us wince at the thought of cleaning our insides, which is super important considering we can carry up to 10lbs or more of fecal matter packed to our insides, which recirculates waste throughout our whole body! This is when autointoxication or self-poisoning occurs. An enema is an internal bath for the colon with endless benefits.

If you don’t have an enema can, cup or bag, you can purchase one from your local health food store, pharmacy or online. There are two types of enemas; cleansing and retention, and many examples of each such as coffee enemas, probiotic enemas or apple cider vinegar enemas that each have a specific health benefit and goal, but today we’ll focus on basic cleansing enemas with pure water.


1. Fill your enema can, cup or bag with lukewarm pure distilled water and hang it 3-4 feet above the shower floor. (Either hang it on the bath spout or with a long string, from the shower head.) If it’s too high up, the water will pour too quickly and be difficult to retain.

2. Position yourself comfortably: you may either lay in the tub on your left side bringing your knees into your chest, or lay on your back with your knees up to allow space for the water to flow in. You may prop towels for comfort.

3. Allow a bit of water to flow out of the tube to rid any air bubbles, then insert the enema nozzle into your anus and release the water to fill the colon. You may use a small amount of natural oil as lubricant to insert it.

4. Gently but firmly massage the abdomen in a clockwise manner if there is discomfort or pressure. This will pass.


5. Retain the water for 2-5 minutes. The first few enemas, you may not be able to hold it this long, so release when it becomes uncomfortable. Avoid standing up while retaining as it may accidentally expel.

6. When you are ready, slowly and careful make your way to the toilet and release the water.

7. You may complete this a few times or until the water comes out a bit more clear.

8. Be sure to clean your enema can with natural soap and warm water and dry it before storing it.


+ Improves overall health immensely.
+ May reduce a fever, stomach pains, and the flu.
+ May reduce allergies, asthma and skin conditions.
+ Eliminate bloating, indigestion, flatulence, constipation and yeast infections.

Making these ancient cleansing techniques a part of your morning routine (strategically done in the order listed,) will in time improve your overall health and you’ll be shining from the inside out.

What are your favourite methods for a health & beauty cleanse? Be sure to share in the comments with us all!