Elements of Ayurveda

Elements of Ayurveda

Empowering you to take charge of your health and wellbeing! Ayurveda is the ancient healing tradition of India and translates to ‘Wisdom of Life’. It is a holistic approach to healing the body and mind naturally, maintaining balance and preventing dis-ease. Ayurveda is a vast science, giving us guidelines on every aspect of our life, it's the manual to life that most of us never received! Colette, the host, will share the teachings of Ayurveda, along with her passion for health and wellness, nutrition, yoga, fitness, meditation, pranayama and much more. Always curious and ready to learn, she will be interviewing inspirational people along the way. Colette’s humble wish is to help people connect to their ‘true nature’, to Mother Nature and to each other. Connect with Colette on Instagram @elementshealingandwellbeing or visit her website www.elementshealingandwellbeing.com.


May 6, 2021 56 min

Lopa van der Mersch is the founder of Rasa, the adaptogenic coffee alternative and she's committed to sustainability and sourcing directly from traditional growing regions. We chat about the following:

  • Adaptogens 101
  • Ayurvedic adaptogens
  • The myths & whitewashing of adaptogens
  • The wisdom lost in the 'quick-fix, hack' mindset
  • Adaptogenic mushrooms
  • Sustainability concerns with adaptogens
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    Divya Alter, owner of Divya's Kitchen an Ayurvedic restaurant in NYC and Bhagavat Life, the only Ayurvedic culinary school in Manhattan returns to chat about how to set up your kitchen in order to be organised, have flow and great energy for your cooking. We discuss the following: 

  • The importance of an organised kitchen
  • Choosing your cookware
  • Best materials for pots and pans
  • Which sizes of cookware to choose
  • Essential kitchen too...
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    Joe Rich, Kundalini Yoga teacher and founder of the Center For Applied Consciousness, has a goal: To assist people in applying “consciousness” in everyday life and transforming the love of power to the power of kindness.

    Regular guest, Ayurvedic Doctor Victor Briere works with Joe in helping people to heal and integrate consciousness into their lives. 

    In this conversation we discuss the following:

  • Transforming the Love of Powe...
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    Madison Madden's upcoming book called Food Is Good, is designed to help people transform their relationship with food. Food is an integral part of our life and in this episode, Colette chats with Madison about the following:

  • Madison's personal relationship with food.
  • What food represents in our lives.
  • Eating our emotions.
  • How food can have meaning and purpose.
  • How to approach our relationship with food.
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    April 8, 2021 23 min

    Ayurveda recommends grains for their building effect on the tissues and each grain has particular qualities which will affect each dosha differently.

    In this episode Colette suggests grains for Vata, Pitta and Kapha. She details the qualities of each grain, why they're beneficial, along with suggestions on how to use them.

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    April 1, 2021 32 min

    Transgression of wisdom or Pragnyaparadha is one of the three main causes of disease according to Ayurveda. This translates to 'crimes against wisdom', where we go against what we know is good for our holistic health. 

    In this episode, Colette chats with Kyle who has experienced this in his journey with Ayurveda. After completing a couple of Digestive Reset Cleanses, he found himself reverting back to old habits that didn&#...

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    Divya Alter, owner of Divya's Kitchen an Ayurvedic restaurant in NYC and Bhagavat Life, the only Ayurvedic culinary school in Manhattan returns to chat about cleansing for Spring. We discuss the following: 

  • Why Ayurveda recommends cleansing the body at regular intervals and particularly at the joint of the seasons.
  • The four types of toxins according to Ayurveda.
  • What foods/spices/herbs can help to cleanse the body.
  • Divya's fav...
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    March 18, 2021 51 min

    Colette chats with Ishani and Laura about their Ayurvedic healing journey. They discuss the following:

  • How did Ayurveda come into their life.

  • Their unique healing journey with Ayurveda.

  • How Ayurveda has changed their life.

  • Ayurvedic advice/tips that they learned on their journey.

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    Acharya Shunya is the first female head of her 2,000-year-old Indian spiritual lineage, she has dedicated her life to the dissemination of Vedic knowledge for the spiritual uplifting of all beings.

    Colette chats with Acharya Shunya about a recent article titled, 'Release Shame with Vedic Sexuality'. An insight into what the Vedas teach us about human sexuality. We discuss the following:

  • Why there needs to be less intense fo...
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    This is follow-up conversation to episode #169 Introduction to Jyotish where Colette chats with Freedom about how Jyotish works with the four aims of life. They discuss the following:

  • What are the four aims of life.
  • Kama – activities/pleasure
  • Artha – money/prosperity
  • Dharma – purpose/service
  • Moksha – liberation/non-attachment
  • The role of the four aims in deeper fulfilment of personhood.
  • How imbalances occur in the four aims.
  • How a Jyoti...
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    Ayurvedic Doctor Victor Briere's new book 'Pulse Unveiled - The Art and Science of Ayurvedic Pulse Reading' delves into this ancient Ayurvedic diagnostic tool. Colette chats with Victor about the following:

  • How Victor learned Ayurvedic pulse reading.
  • The process of pulse reading.
  • What are the qualities of each doshic pulse.
  • What can be discovered via pulse reading.
  • Why we need to be careful about pulse bias.
  • The different st...
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    Divya Alter is the co-owner of Divya's Kitchen, an Ayurvedic restaurant in Manhattan and of Bhagavat Life, an Ayurvedic culinary school.

    Colette chats with Divya about Winter cooking and they discuss the following:

  • Divya's journey with Ayurveda.
  • The importance of eating seasonally.
  • Winter cooking methods.
  • Herbs and spices for the Winter season.
  • Pacifying Winter dishes for each dosha type.
  • Foods to avoid in Winter.
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    Colette takes questions from the private Elements of Ayurveda community. She covers the following topics:

  • The connection between the menstrual cycle and the moon phases and in particular how to work with the energy of each phase.
  • The different types of anaemia and tips on how to treat it.
  • Why we should focus our attention more on our intake of fibre rather than protein.
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    Jyotish is the ancient system of Vedic Astrology and is a Sanskrit word which translates to 'the science of light'.

    Colette chats with Freedom Cole, who is a practitioner of Ayurveda, Yoga therapy and a scholar-practitioner of Vedic Astrology about this ancient system of Jyotish. They discuss the following:

  • What is Jyotish
  • The difference between Jyotish and Western Astrology
  • The system of Jyotish
  • What happens in a Jyotish cons...
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    Sleep is one of the three pillars of health and of paramount importance to our health and wellbeing. Colette chats with Ayurvedic educator, Mary Thompson about the science of sleep and they discuss the following:

  • How do we sleep?
  • How stress affects our sleep quality.
  • What causes sleep disturbances.
  • How sleep issues affect each dosha type.
  • Managing stress reduction with daily routines.
  • Tips to help you sleep better.
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    Colette chats with regular guest Amy Wheeler about blocks around prosperity and abundance. They both discuss their own work around clearing these energy blocks and they cover the following topics:

  • Why prosperity blocks exist.
  • Amy's trauma around financial abundance.
  • Colette's belief systems around money.
  • Are prosperity blocks an inside job?
  • Prosperity blocks and the chakras.
  • Overcoming prosperity & abundance blocks.
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    Epigenetics is the study of how our behaviours and our environment affect the way our genes work. Therefore, epigenetics plays a major role in determining our health and wellbeing. 

    Colette chats with Vaidya Jayarajan about how the wisdom of Ayurveda aligns with the study of epigenetics. They discuss the following:

  • What is epigenetics.
  • How Ayurveda is in alignment with the new science of epigenetics.
  • How Ayurveda can help us upregula...
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    Colette shares her top three cleansing ingredients for Vata, Pitta and Kapha. She discusses in detail the benefits of:

  • Mustard seeds for the Kapha dosha
  • Aloe vera for the Pitta dosha
  • Asafoetida for the Vata dosha
  • Colette also shares how you can use these spices to help cleanse, pacify and heal your body.

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    December 24, 2020 53 min

    Joy is something we all need more of after the year that was! 2020 has brought such stress and strain, however, even in times of stress we can experience joy.

    Colette chats with regular guest, Amy Wheeler about how to set up our lives so that we can experience more joyful moments. They discuss the following:

  • What is joy
  • Why we can't seek joy externally
  • Having joyful moments during stressful times
  • Difference between joy and happine...
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    December 17, 2020 69 min

    Colette chats with three women that she has had the pleasure of working with. LaDonia, Lucy and Ines share their personal Ayurvedic healing journey and experience. They discuss the following:

  • How they discovered Ayurveda.
  • Their personal experience on their Ayurvedic healing journey. 
  • How Ayurveda has impacted their life, personally and professionally.
  • LaDonia, Lucy and Ines share insights & tips from their journey.
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