Ayurvedic Awak­en­ing

These seven chakra-in­spired soups were cre­ated to pro­mote bal­ance with each bite. Serve up the one you need for find­ing har­mony this hol­i­day sea­son.

Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - By Sa­hara Rose Ketabi

Find har­mony this hol­i­day sea­son with these seven col­or­ful, chakra-in­spired, dosha-bal­anc­ing soups.

Be­fore dis­cov­er­ing Ayurveda, the world’s old­est health sys­tem and yoga’s sis­ter science, I used to think sal­ads and smooth­ies were the health­i­est foods you could eat. But over­do­ing them even­tu­ally left my body cold, dry, and de­pleted—tell­tale signs of a vata im­bal­ance. My di­ges­tion suf­fered, and my mind was al­ways scat­tered.

Vata, one of the three doshas or mind­body types (the oth­ers are pitta and kapha), is re­lated to air en­ergy in the body. An ex­cess can man­i­fest as bloat­ing, gas, con­sti­pa­tion, low hor­mone lev­els, com­pro­mised di­ges­tion, anx­i­ety, and in­som­nia. The mo­ment I learned about this type of doshic im­bal­ance, I felt like I was read­ing my own au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. For the first time, I re­al­ized all of my health is­sues were in­ter­con­nected— some­thing no doc­tor had ever sug­gested.

Thus be­gan my ob­ses­sion with Ayurveda: I dove in deep, spent two years in In­dia study­ing to be­come an Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner, and be­gan writ­ing my first book—the Id­iot’s Guide to Ayurveda, which helped to mod­ern­ize Ayurveda for to­day’s world. Not only did my phys­i­cal prob­lems dis­si­pate once I em­braced an Ayurvedic life­style, but I ex­pe­ri­enced more men­tal clar­ity than ever be­fore. My dharma (pur­pose) was re­vealed to me, and I’ve since ded­i­cated my life to shar­ing Ayurveda—so peo­ple with health is­sues like I had can find a holis­tic cure.

I now get my veg­gies from warm, sooth­ing soups (es­pe­cially in the cold win­ter months) which nour­ish my body on a cel­lu­lar level. In Ayurveda, it’s not you are what

you eat, but rather, you are what you di­gest.

Warm, blended soups re­quire very lit­tle en­ergy for di­ges­tion, al­low­ing your body to fo­cus on heal­ing.

The soups on the fol­low­ing pages, from my new cook­book, Eat Feel Fresh: A Con­tem­po­rary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cook­book, will bring your chakras into bal­ance with in­gre­di­ents and hues that re­late to each of the seven ma­jor en­ergy cen­ters. When our chakras are im­bal­anced, we may ex­pe­ri­ence “dis-ease” in that area of the body, plus re­lated psy­cho­so­matic symp­toms such as hip prob­lems, hor­monal im­bal­ances, di­ges­tive is­sues, heart con­di­tions, mu­cus, headaches, or brain fog. Thanks to in­gre­di­ents such as ground­ing root veg­eta­bles, sul­try cin­na­mon, em­pow­er­ing turmeric, heart-ex­pand­ing leafy greens, nu­tri­ent­dense spir­ulina, and en­light­en­ing beets, these soups are de­li­cious plant medicine.

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