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  • Writer's picture Geetanjali Chakraborty

Nurturing Balance: Ayurvedic Wisdom for Harmonizing the Moon Cycle


As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the Los Altos Women's Healing Conference, I found myself immersed in a sacred space of learning and connection. Alongside my esteemed colleague, Aparna Amy Lewis from Vedika and Vaidya Bhushan, I embarked on a journey to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, specifically focusing on nurturing balance during the moon cycle.


Under the vast canopy of the open sky, our outdoor class became a sanctuary for exploring the interconnectedness of all life.

With reverence, we demonstrated how worship in an altar can also be seen as a worship of the panchamahabhutas - the five elements of nature that support life. The sacred image in the form of an idol represents the earth (prithvi). Fire (agni) is represented by an oil lamp or a candle. Air (vayu) is represented by the incense. Water (aap) is represented by the water offered to the idol. Space (aakash) is what holds all of this together, and as we were teaching in the open, space felt even more tangible.

The Harmony of Science and Spirituality


Science and the sacred intertwine seamlessly in Ayurveda, where practitioners hold reverence for all facets of life that sustain existence. From the foundational elements that compose our being to the potent herbs that offer healing, nature itself becomes a source of profound gratitude. Ayurveda teaches us to honor and respect the intricate balance of the natural world, fostering a deep sense of interconnectedness and appreciation for the gifts bestowed upon us. This gratitude extends not only to Ayurvedic doctors but to all who contemplate the profound ways in which nature supports and sustains life.


Managing the Moon Cycle


Amidst the tranquil setting, Aparna and I delved into practical strategies for navigating the ebbs and flows of the moon cycle with grace and ease. Sharing insights passed down through generations, we unveiled the potency of Ajwain (Bishop's weed) tea in alleviating menstrual discomfort, its antispasmodic properties offering solace during those challenging monthly days. 


  • Quick Healing Tip: 1/4th tsp of Ajwain seeds in a cup of hot water serves as the perfect tea during the moon cycle to manage the crazy pain.



  • Important note: Individuals with high pitta constitution should consult their Ayurvedic doctor before taking Ajwain, as they may experience burning sensation.


Recognizing the delicate dance of energies during the moon cycle, we advocated for gentle self-care practices, advising against vigorous exercise that may disturb the already heightened Vata in the body. Instead, we recommend grounding practices, such as spending quality time with family, enjoying hot soups, or simply relaxing, which help anchor oneself to the earth. This relative slowdown allows for a gentle shift in activity level, ensuring that one does not overexert themselves during this time. Through such mindful adjustments, we learn to honor our body's innate rhythms, fostering a deeper sense of harmony with ourselves.


As the gentle breeze whispered its farewell, we reflected on the profound teachings shared in nature's embrace. May these ancient practices serve as beacons of light, illuminating the path towards holistic balance and inner peace, not only during the moon cycle but throughout the rhythms of life.


Disclaimer:
Please note that the information provided in Ayurveda articles is intended for general educational purposes only. Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that considers each individual unique, and no one-size-fits-all advice can be applied wholesale to everyone. It is essential to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional for personalized guidance and customized applications based on your individual needs, constitution, and health condition.
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