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.


July 22, 2021 62 min

Divya Alter is an Ayurvedic chef, certified nutritional consultant, educator, and co-founder of Bhagavat Life, the only Ayurvedic culinary school in Manhattan.

In this episode, Colette chats with Divya about mindful eating and meal portioning. They discuss the following:

  • Divya's personal journey with food.
  • Establishing a mindful relationship with food.
  • Why our body craves excess food.
  • Meal portioning.
  • Tips for mindful eating.
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    Travel, whether it’s by car, train or plane will aggravate the mobile quality of Vata and can result in digestive issues like bloating, excessive gas and constipation. It can also cause dryness in the body, lower back discomfort and sleeping problems.

    In this episode, Colette shares many great tips from Ayurveda that can help you keep Vata balanced and prevent these aggravations. She discusses the following:

  • What to pack in your ca...
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    Ayurvedic educator, Mary Thompson wrote a blog post titled Perfect Health ~ Aristotle and the Vedas in which she states the longer version of Greek philosopher, Aristotle's quote..

    "Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

    Mary explains how this quote applies to the concept of perfect health and the daily habits or dinacharya taught in Ayurveda. Colette and Mary discuss the following:

  • Ayurveda's description of per...
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    Ayurvedic Doctor, Nandan Lele has more than 17 years of clinical experience taking care of thousands of patients at 2 clinics in Pune, India. He has also travelled extensively all around the globe during the last 17 years teaching Ayurveda.

    Dr. Nandan's practice is a holistic approach aimed at minimal use of medicines and maximum use of food and lifestyle modifications to restore health. 

    Colette chats with Dr. Nandan about Ayu...

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    Colette discusses Ayurveda's teachings on gross digestion. Understanding these stages, the timing of each stage of digestion and the doshas involved can help you have clarity around any digestive issues you may be experiencing.

    The digestive process starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum and the whole process can take up to 6 hours or more. The timing of digestion depends on the strength of the digestive fire or agni, the i...

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    This is the final episode in a trilogy of conversations Colette had with Kundalini Yoga teacher, Joe Rich and Ayurvedic Doctor, Victor Briere.

    In episode #186 they discussed 'Ending the Duality of the Masculine and Feminine' and in episode #187 they discussed 'Masculine/Feminine vs. Male/Female'.

    In this episode, they discuss living a life guided by your intuition, instead of an ego driven life of fear and anxiety. ...

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    Kundalini Yoga teacher, Joe Rich and Ayurvedic Doctor, Victor Briere continue the conversation with Colette from episode #186 Ending the Duality of the Masculine and Feminine.

    In this episode they dive deeper into the masculine and feminine energies vs. the cultural norms we put on male/female roles. They discuss the following:

  • The roles of the masculine and feminine energy in creation.
  • The merging of the masculine and feminine ener...
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    Ayurvedic doctor, Victor Briere and Kundalini Yoga teacher, Joe Rich continue the conversation with Colette from episode #180 Applying Consciousness with Kundalini Yoga & Ayurveda.

    In this episode they dive deeper into the duality of the masculine and feminine and discuss the following:

  • Autonomic dissonance and samskaras causing duality and separation for our Spirit.
  • The epidemic of women unable to accept nurturing.
  • The importanc...
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    Divya Alter is an Ayurvedic chef, certified nutritional consultant, educator, and co-founder of Bhagavat Life, the only Ayurvedic culinary school in Manhattan.

    In this episode, Colette chats with Divya about Ayurveda's view on fats and they cover the following:

  • The different types of fats according to Ayurveda.
  • Which fats are considered ‘good fats’ and why they are important in our diet.
  • The best cooking fats, their qualities a...
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    Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., MA-AY, is an internationally recognized author, clinician, and educator in natural health, herbology, and Ayurveda. She earned a Doctoral degree in Naturopathy and a Master’s in Ayurveda.

    In this episode we discuss her new book, The Ayurveda Solution for Type 2 Diabetes and we cover the following topics:

  • The epidemic of type 2 diabetes in adults and children.
  • The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabet...
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    Colette answers questions from the Elements of Ayurveda Community. She discusses the following:

  • Types of nut butters and milks and their qualities.
  • Ayurveda principles for children's meals and convenient snack ideas for children.

  • Dermatitis - how to recognise what dosha imbalance causes it, then what to apply or what to consume to bring balance back.

  • The impact of supplements on the body.

  • Find out more about Colette's on...

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    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.

    Check out the options for Colette's at-home Digestive Reset Cleanse:

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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.

  • Thank you to Banyan Botanicals for sponsoring this episode. To save 20% on your Cleanse Bundle and all my favourite Banyan Botanicals product...

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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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