Staying Healthy and Vibrant During Late Summer

As the summer sun continues to shine and the summer squash in our gardens become overly abundant, we find ourselves in a special time of the year.  In the Chinese system, late summer or sometimes called Indian summer, is a brief but important time.  Each one of the seasons is associated with an element and the late summer season is associated with the Earth Element. Late summer is a time to celebrate the beginning of the harvest and the richness of earth’s bounties as we prepare for the autumn.  As this is a transition period, it is very important to stay centered in one’s self and grounded to the earth.  

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Behind the Scents: the Beauty & Power of Natural Perfume

As the director of Arogya Holistic Healing and Arogya Tea for the last 19 years, I’ve had the blessing to pursue and share my creativity with the greater Fairfield County community. One of my long time passions has been natural perfumery. This year has culminated in a reformulation of my four signature scents, as well as two new roll-on perfumes. I am proud to present these 100% natural perfumes, free of any synthetic chemicals, to the community, and to the world via our online store. Today I’d like to share a little bit about becoming a natural perfumer, and the beauty and power of natural perfumes.

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Holistic Remedies Medicine Cabinet

Creating a Holistic Medicine Cabinet

Having a well-stocked holistic medicine cabinet is essential for a healthy and natural lifestyle. With a variety of products on hand you can naturally treat so many issues in the comfort of your home, with safe, effective and non-toxic ingredients. Here are our recommendations for holistic products you can use for common ailments and issues. Where can you find these products? If they are available on our website, there is a link provided. All the Chinese formulas are available at our retail store in Westport, CT (or can be ordered by phone). For the rest of the products, they can be found at most health food stores.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and starting on the new moon of February 8th, the Year of the Fire Monkey begins! The combination of fire and monkey energy is particularly exciting because together they will bring a year of opportunity and action! The Monkey is all about movement, creativity, go-getting, flexibility, sociability and taking risks. It’s a year to just go for what you really want – no more procrastinating!

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Make 2016 a Journey to Your Best Health!

It’s that time of year again for new intentions, new habits, and new ways of doing things for a healthier, happier you!  At Arogya Holistic Healing we are passionate about helping people to make healthier lifestyle choices, and we want to encourage everyone to make 2016 the Year of Health! A year to make real changes in your life to bring wellness to your mind, body, life, family, and relationships.

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Hollyhock Dressing Recipe

I recently returned from a 9-day meditation retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. It was a wonderful opportunity to tune in, slow down, observe the nature of the mind, and cultivate mindfulness and compassion. Each day involved a schedule of alternating periods of walking and sitting mediation, mediation instruction, qigong, a dharma talk, chores, and three incredible vegetarian meals a day.

Meal times were some of my favorite moments of the day. Not only was every meal delicious, fresh and varied, it was also such a delight to have the time and awareness to eat slowly and mindfully. Taking my time with each bite, chewing thoroughly, and noticing how the food delighted my taste buds and mind made each meal incredibly satisfying and nourishing.

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Comfortable Postures for Meditating

Occasionally, yoga students will ask what are the best ways to sit during meditation.  Today, let’s examine 4 basic meditative seats that can help your practice and your posture.  Each of these poses encourage an upright spine, which helps the breath flow deeply and the mind remain alert.  They’re also excellent seats for practicing pranayama, or breath control exercises.

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Combating Modern Day Stress

One could argue that stress is a natural part of the human experience. However, in modern day life, stress has become a toxic and debilitating epidemic, permeating all populations of humanity. When our body experiences a stressful moment, the adrenal glands become stimulated amidst a cascade of sympathetic neural activity as the breath quickens and shortens. Known to some as the “Fight or Flight Response”, the belly begins to tighten, hampering the digestive process, and the muscles are poised to contract.

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