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Welcome to Ayur Dynamics’ Blog!

My name is Erika Schnoller, and I am Ayur Dynamics’ author. In this interactive Blog you will find Yoga & Ayurveda practical information, together with personal experiences with clients.

Ayurveda philosophy provides us with a holistic view on human beings, which I believe is the key to bring our body, mind and spirit back into harmony. This is achieved following healthy routines for each individual. My earnest hope is to help you find long term wellness and joy in your every day life.

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Recent Posts

The role of the Ayurvedic Counselor

Ayurveda, as a traditional healing method from India, covers all different lifestyles and personalities of people. There are many branches in Ayurveda, although there are two main aspects: Ayurvedic Medicine practiced by doctors who have got this specialization, and “Ayurveda as a Self-healing Science”. This ancient art of prevention and healing is an invitation to the “knowledge of life”. Ayurveda contemplates the unity and the originality of every human being. However, if we understand Ayurveda as an educative approach, which aims at self-healing, we must know that it also requires at first an appropriate personalized advice. An  Ayurvedic Counselor becomes … keep reading

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How Yoga and Ayurveda work together

Some years ago, when I was studying Ayurveda with my Master, Dr. David Frawley, I  was first introduced into this bright new idea, which later became root of my philosophy and daily practices. Yoga and Ayurveda are sibling sciences. When we can perceive them in an integrated way, long-term healing, wellbeing and rejuvenation really occurs. Here’s what he meant. The word Yoga means to join, combine, harmonize, integrate. A real yogic approach is inherently an integrative approach, which harmonizes our body, prana, senses, mind and our consciousness. It may not be reduced to our body. A healing yogic approach is … keep reading

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Ayurveda Nutrition & Eating Habits

In this post I would like to explain how our diet and our everyday habits are crucial factors that will directly influence our health. There is no perfect diet that suits everybody. If we want to get closer to an “ideal diet” concept we must think about what is best for each person an for his/her physical and mental constitution, such as: Food qualities How these qualities are affected The appropriate and inappropriate effects of food combinations The amount if food that is consumed Individual differences regarding the intake of food The place, climate, where food is grown The influence … keep reading

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Ayurveda & Doshas. First step: Self-observation.

Following the previous post, learning to observe Doshas’ presence (or our constitutional energies) within ourselves is one of Ayurveda’s purposes. I prefer to gradually facilitate information to my clients so that each of them starts observing themselves, than to  give them an Ayurvedic  Test.  A test may sometimes be helpful as a starting point, however, clients usually expect a result. In Ayurveda there is no final result. I believe achieving wellness and rejuvenation is an everyday process in which the client must be involved and must be responsible for. (In cases of disease, ayurvedic doctors may use a different approach). … keep reading

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Doshas. The manifestation of individuality

        After being away on maternity leave for a few months… I am truly happy to be back to share more juicy information on Ayurveda! Ayurveda is a traditional medicine from India, one of the most ancient medical systems known, which offers a holistic approach of self-knowledge that can be applied in our daily lives to achieve a healthier and more harmonic lifestyle. It combines nutrition, yoga, meditation, massage in a personalized program for self-healing in order to balance the Doshas or our constitutional types. This time I am willing to share some more information on Doshas … keep reading

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Food Choices & Gunas (Ayurvedic Lifestyle)

As we have mentioned before, Gunas are subtle mental tendencies, which influence our bodies through our daily habits. This is why we may observe these tendencies in our food choices as well. The first step is to observe the meals of our day and try to determine if we have rajasic, sattvic or tamasic tendencies. Once we do that, we are ready to start making subtle lifestyle changes, and this will gradually help us achieve a sattvic lifestyle. SATTVIC FOOD CHOICE Sattvic Food is easier to digest. It usually involves little preparation cooked at very low heat. It conveys the … keep reading

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Gunas Questionnaire: Ayurvedic mental characteristics

Hi there! Would you like to learn more about yourself and your predominant mental characteristics? Answer the following questions: Are you extroverted and full of energy most of the time? Do you tend to be impatient and/or impulsive?  Do you wish to go where no one has dared to go? Is your mind constantly in action? Do you feel you need to experience all sorts of kinetic reliefs? Then you have a Rajasic mind predominance. Do you tend to be slow to move yourself, reluctant to new ideas? Are you very traditional in your beliefs, feeling that the best part … keep reading

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Ayurveda and a Healthy Mind: 10 Ways of Cultivating Sattvas!

In my last post, I have mentioned that Sattva is the quality of purity, light, the impulse of evolution and of spiritual progress. All that stimulates life is said to be sattvic in nature, so why not start consciously working on developing it? I guarantee you will feel joyful and very peaceful. Dr. Deepak Chopra mentions some useful ways of working on this, some of which may already sound familiar: Drink enough water during the day but away from your meals. Avoid having food which is not freshly cooked. Avoid pesticides and conservatives as well. Balance your energies, follow yogic … keep reading

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Discovering our Mental Attributes! Gunas & Ayurveda

Hi there! Today I’d like to share some information on Ayurvedic mental attributes, the Gunas. I hope to transmit the importance of getting to know how these qualities operate in ourselves, our preponderance, and the importance of developing  a harmonic or sattvic state in our everyday life. Prakriti, the essential nature, is composed by three primary qualities or gunas, which literally means, “what ties.” These are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and they are subtler than the five elements. The latter derive from the activity of the gunas, and they adhere to Prakriti and its potentials to later diversify. All objects … keep reading

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Meditation Time! Portrait of a Healthy Person

For this upcoming weekend I suggest taking 20 minutes for yourself, finding a quiet place at home, where you know you won’t be disturbed during this period of time, to meditate. I recommend you find a very comfortable position, cross-legged or in a chair, put a soft and meditative music if you like, a relaxing aroma, or anything that may facilitate your meditation state. Breathe deeply three times, and then continue breathing normally. Now visualize yourself in a state of perfect health where all physical and emotional factors are in absolute harmony. Do it your own way and let yourself … keep reading

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Ayurveda & Loving Hands….

Many clients usually manifest a high interest in knowing their ayurvedic constitutional type, as well as the type of foods that are mostly recommended for their type. Even if their concern is very important in Ayurveda, and we are certainly going to work on that, I’d rather begin asking how many meals do they take at home, and how many outside their homes, as snacks, take-aways, restaurants, etc. This could very well be an excellent starting point. The food prepared at home by a loving person can have a better nutritional value than any meal cooked at any restaurant, as … keep reading

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What is Ayurvedic Nutrition?

Hi there! Today I would like to share some information on Ayurvedic Nutrition Foundations for those of you who are still not well-acquainted with Ayurveda and would like to find out about it, to be able to put into practice these priceless principles in your ordinary life. One of the main Ayurvedic therapeutic resources is our diet.  An appropriate nutrition is one of the main conditions for Ayurvedic effectiveness, during prevention programs as well as in the treatment of diseases. Ayurveda considers that good health basically depends on our capacity of efficiently metabolize all information we receive, that is the … keep reading

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General Ayurvedic Diet Tips!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” Hippocrates As we know, our diet, together with other daily habits, are crucial factors in the health of every human being. However, it should be clear enough as from the beginning that there is no ideal diet which fits everyone. I will enumerate some general factors that we must bear in mind when we start thinking about a good nutrition, but remember that later on this information must be personalized by a professional who takes into account your specific nature. Natural qualities of the food. How these qualities may … keep reading

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Ayurveda. A Return to our natural state of Wellness.

In this post I will convey the meaning of both a state of health and of disease, from an Ayurvedic standpoint. Each of us posses a unique and basic constitution, called Prakriti. When our Prakriti is in state of balance or harmony it provides us with health. On the other hand, disease is generated from a differentiation or deviation from that basic state of health, which we call Vikriti in Ayurveda. The Ego is the main factor, which creates division and decay at a personal and cosmic levels. It leads us to act in an artificial manner and to deviate … keep reading

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Taking a closer look into the Doshas: Vata- Pitta- Kapha.

Today I invite you to learn about specific attributes of the Doshas, in order to be able to recognize their expressions in our body-mind. In order to do so, we must try to become keen observers of ourselves. As we have mentioned before, Ayurveda teaches us that the functional integrity of the human body is governed by the balance of three specific humours, known as the Doshas. The latter are not static, but rather of a dynamic nature. The word Dosha derives from its root “dus”, very similar to the prefix “dis” in English. If we translate it, Dosha means … keep reading

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Ayurveda and the Doshas: The Energies present in our Body-Mind Unit.

Throughout this post, I suggest getting deeper into the different aspects of the Doshas (energies or forces) that constitute us. The Tridoshas (three basic physical energies) are the primary and essential factors of the human body that govern our structure and the whole physical function. Each Dosha, which derives from the panchamahabbhutas, can be detected by its attributes, and not by our senses. They are a combination of two of the bhutas (gross elements), with a predominance of one of them. The Doshas in their Sanskrit terms are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and the three of them are responsible … keep reading

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Ayurveda. Finding Harmony within Ourselves.

Ayurveda being such a comprehensive conception , is not only a system for healthcare, but also promotes a specific lifestyle that may be adopted step by step by anyone  interested in keeping perfect harmony in his/her human existence, covering from the most abstract and transcendent values to the most physiological and concrete expressions. This system is based on the premise that life represents an intelligent coordination of Atma (soul), Mana (mind), Indriya (senses) and Sharira (bodies). All of the these elements, spin around the five gross elements that derive from the constitution of each individual, called Prakriti.  Our  individual constitution … keep reading

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Ayurveda: A Millenary Source of Life and Holistic Health.

Today I would like to share some information about Ayurveda and its original sources! Want to join me in this voyage?.. Ayurveda is the most ancient medical system of the world, still in force. Etymologically, its roots derive from Sanskrit Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). It offers an extensive outlook on healthy life, and its origins go back approximately to 5000 years ago. At that time, Ayurveda was practiced and taught by the Rishis, or spiritual masters, who have established the bases of Vedic civilization in India, by organizing this knowledge of life in appropriate systems. The main sources of … keep reading

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