the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India that dates back over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as 'the wisdom of life' or the 'knowledge of longevity.' In accordance with this definition, Ayurvedic medicine views health as much more than the absence of disease. Its fundamental approach to well-being is that you must reach your unique state of balance in your whole being--body, mind, and spirit. in the West, Ayurveda is recognized as a Complementary and Alternative Health System by the National Institutes of Health, and is blossoming in various education institutions. *Banyanbotanicals.com
Though the term 'enlightenment' seems a bit dramatic to describe the culmination of events this past weekend in California, I think it's safe to say I had many 'aha' moments. From devouring almost an entire book on the plane ride (that never happens for me), to embarking on my first solo trip across the US, to tapping back into my passion and appreciation for holistic medicine combined with the practice of yoga-- all I can say is wow. Perhaps it had something to do with my choosing of Big Magic for that plane ride, but whatever the reason, it was truly a magical experience.
The main focus of this trip to LA was to attend a 3 day intensive training on Ayurveda with Travis Eliot & Lauren Eckstrom. To make things short, I am beyond happy with this choice and couldn't thank Travis enough for being able to combine his years of knowledge on this topic and cram it all into just 30 hours. From intricate pulse taking, to learning about the healing properties of certain foods and herbs, to using yoga poses, meditation, and energetic pressure points to help balance one's body, mind and soul-- It was all pretty mind-blowing. I am so excited to begin to share these teachings with you all through my future writings, social media, and in-person nutrition consultations! Guys, get ready!
This recipe was inspired and taken directly (big props!) from Dori Lancaster of Healing Thru Food, a very special guest speaker during our nutrition lecture. Immediately after diving into the first bite, I fell in love with these! These balls are especially unique in the sense that they contain ingredients that are meant to balances our doshas, or the energies that make up an individual both physically, mentally, and spiritually. Bonus: they are totally plant-based!
Health benefits: Some of the key ingredients include sesame seeds and fresh dates, both a great source of plant-based energy, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron boast anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the body. In simple terms, you'll be left feeling ultra blissed after consuming one to two ;).
Ayurvedic Bliss Balls* from Healing Thru Food with Dori
1 C. unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/4 C. almonds
1/4 C. sesame seeds
1/4 C. sunflower seeds
1 C. medjool dates
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
5-6 saffron strands
1 Tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
Directions: Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend well. Roll into bite sized balls (you may need to wet your hands between balls to keep the dough from sticking) and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.