An Ayurvedic Start to the New Year | Ayurveda


A successful to start to the New Year may be less about big, lofty goals, and more about small, everyday changes. These Ayurvedic remedies are simple, sustainable and guaranteed to set you up for a more balanced 2016:

Eat a home-cooked, warm meal once a day.

Get more sleep. Turn off electronics at a certain time each night and replace screen time with a sweet, pre-sleep destress ritual.

Set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than usual. Use that time to set your intentions for the day or read an uplifting passage to set the tone. 

Stick to the plan. Your body craves routine. If you exercise at the same time every day, eat at the same time and sleep at the same time, your body will respond with better digestion, better sleep and overall better immunity.

Drink to your health. Sip on warm water or an herbal tea throughout the day to help detoxify the body and prevent dryness. 

Breathe. Take five minutes every day to do deep belly breaths.

Lastly, rather than doing more this year, try to make doing “nothing” a priority. The Italians have a phrase, “Il bel far niente,” which means “the beauty of doing nothing.” In America, we tend to fill up our calendars so much that we have no time for spontaneity. Try leaving a few days or a whole weekend completely free, and as best you can, enjoy “doing nothing.”

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.