The Nourished Nervous System Podcast

Episode  51 - Nourish Your Mind: Ayurveda, Breath Work and Seasonal Self Care

 Hosted by Kristen Timchak          

I don't know about you, but I can sometimes feel overwhelmed in busy buzz of summer season.  My mind can feel really full trying to process in this busy time of year.

That is why, in this episode of 'The Nourished Nervous System,' I  delve into Ayurvedic principles to guide you on balancing your mental health through seasonal changes. 

Discussing the transition into Pitta season, the importance of self-care practices such as incorporating bitter cooling foods, meditation, and pranayama are emphasized. 

The episode explores the Ayurvedic concept of the mind, known as Manas, and its distinction from the brain, highlighting the need to digest sensory impressions to maintain mental clarity. I also introduce the Gunas (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas) and their influences on the mind, and elaborate on how the modern world can disrupt this balance. 

Practical steps, including the Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) technique, are offered to help you create more space and steadiness in your mind. Additional resources, such as a deep breath meditation and a resilience workbook, are recommended for further support.

  • ¬†Preparing for Pitta Season: Self-Care Practices
  • ¬†Clearing the Mind: Meditation and Breath Work
  • ¬†Ayurvedic View of the Mind
  • Mind and Sensory Impressions
  • ¬†The Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas
  • Understanding Cortisol and Raja
  • How the Five Elements Relate to the Mind¬† ¬†
  • ¬†Balancing the Gunas in Modern Life
  • Cultivating Sattva: Practical Tips
  • The Role of Constitution in Mental Balance
  • ¬†Harnessing the Mind Through Practices
  • ¬†Nadi Shodhana: A Breathwork Practice

Nadi Shodhana Instructions:

Related Episodes: 

Episode 2:  The Lens of Ayurveda
Episode 3 - What the Vata?!
Episode 8 - Oh Pitta, You're Hot!
Episode 10 - Kapha, the Sweet One


All of my Ayurveda teachers,
especially the work of Dr.  Claudia Welch and Dr.  Anusha Sehgal


My resources:

Deep Rest Meditation

Nourished For Resilience Workbook

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