Danta is the the Sanskrit word for tooth.

We can find information about Danta in the Ayurvedic classical texts of the
+Charaka and Sushruta Samhita
+ Astanga Samgraha and
+ Kasyapa Samhita. Acharya Kasyapa is the pioneer of the field and has a separate chapter on Dantajanmika (dentation).

Teeth are considered an updadhatu of Asthi dhatu (bone tissue).
In Ayurveda it is mentioned that the tooth eruption (dantopatti kala) is best when a child is 8 months old.

Names of various teeth have been given by Kashapya. These are: Rajadanta, Vasta, Damstra, and Hanavya. The middle two teeth are Rajadanta (incisor) and are considered sacred. Teeth by the side of Rajadanta are called Vasta (canines) and other teeth by the side of it are called Damstra (pre-molar). The rest are called Hanavya (molar) and named because are helpful in mastication.

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In a healthy human, the breath alternates between left and right nostril throughout the day. The pattern can vary but one nostril is typical dominant for about 88 minutes, followed by only two minutes where there is equal air entry through both nostrils and then it switches to the other nostril.

The nasal cycle was studied and discussed in the ancient yoga literature as well as in modern western literature it was first described by the German physician Richard Kayser in 1895.

The nasal cycle is controlled by the central nervous system. This is different to breathing more from one nostril due to a nasal congestion such as hay fever, sinusitis or a common cold.

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Lord Dhanvantari is known as the father of Ayurveda, since he was the first divine incarnation to impart its wisdom amongst humans. It is written in the scriptures that, “One who remembers the name of Dhanvantari can be released from all disease.” Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped all over India as the God of Medicine. Two days before Diwali, people remember and honor him. At dusk, a lamp pointing toward North by North-East is lit at the doorstep of the house to welcome Lord Dhanvantari for health and happiness in life. This day is known as Dhanteras (or Dhanwantari Triodasi, or Dhantrayodashi). Goddess MahaLakshmi was also born on the same day hence the day is celebrated for both. The Indian government has declared Dhanvantari Jayanti as the National Ayurveda day. Wishing you health and happiness.

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Join us on Saturday for our community Yoga class at 7.30am with Talu in our beautiful Yoga garden.

HALASANA ​(PLOUGH POSTURE)

This posture has a balancing effect on the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and is beneficial to

+ maintain the flexibility of the spinal column
+supplies fresh blood to the brain which is beneficial for the memory and eyesight
+ for the endocrine glands and the thyroid
+massage lungs, heart and abdomen
+clears Kapha aggravation, reduces body weight, stabilises emotions

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The full moon is an auspicious time in Ayurveda, particularly for the making of ghee.

We will be offering a workshop on the next full moon, November 23rd, where you will learn how to make ghee. Listening to mantras, lighting candles and setting intentions are all part of the sacred act of making ghee – this is what makes the Lakshmi ghee so tasty and our best-selling product!

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Good Morning,

My name is Erica. Many of you will know me as a therapist at Lakshmi Ayurveda.
What you may not know is that I am also a qualified Nutritionist, with a Bachelor of Health Science.

I have always been drawn to natural & holistic ways of living and I love the sense of personal power that comes with learning how to live in greater balance with ourselves & our bodies. A positive relationship with food nurtures a positive relationship with ourselves and consequently our relationship with the rest of the world.

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