3 Ayurvedic tips for the family

Ayurveda is fun for parents and kids

We meet so many families at Kerala Ayurveda’s Academy & Wellness Center, so we’re excited that there is an easy-to-read guide on Ayurveda for parents and guardians we can now recommend to you all! 

The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda: Principles, Practices, and Recipes for Happy, Healthy Kids was released August 23, 2022. We’re celebrating this book on many levels, as it was coauthored by our Academy Director + Chief Ayurvedic Specialist, Vaidya. Jayarajan Kodikannath, and Kerala Ayurveda Academy alumnus, Alyson Young Gregory. It’s one of the first books of its kind to introduce practical guidelines utilizing traditional Indian medicine. As both parents and Ayurvedic practitioners, Alyson and Vaidya. Jayarajan created a roadmap for anyone to follow.

Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll find in the Parent’s Guide. 

Ayurveda is fun and can replace excess screen time for children and adults

Screen time is not quiet time

It can be easy to confuse screen time and quiet time, especially when you’re a busy parent. Truth be told, you may not be taking the time that you need for yourself to unplug. The reality is that too much screen time can overstimulate your child’s brain and will leave them zapped rather than energized when they need a little “quiet time.” A balanced approach to screen time is essential for your children’s physical, mental, and social well-being. And yours too! Rather than focusing on the elimination of the screen, our quiet time suggestions celebrate that Ayurveda is fun.  

Here’s some ideas for quiet time activities:

  • Check out audiobooks from the library (Alyson’s daughter brings her CD player outside so she can listen on a blanket or in a lawn chair!)
  • Card games (older kids love solitaire once you get them started)
  • Pick flowers (or “weeds”), then arrange messy bouquets with string 
  • Set up a still life scene, such as a bowl of fruit or flower vase. Invite your child to draw, color, or paint it.
  • Puzzles! Set up a puzzle station in your home if you have the space, or try a roll-up puzzle mat if you need to stow it away in between sessions. Let the whole family join in!
  • Ask your child if they’d like to create a play from a favorite book. They can write a script, think up costumes, and make tickets!
  • Water games – create a water table for younger kids. Older kids love to throw a pool party for their favorite critters or dolls in a plastic bin filled with water.
Ayurveda is fun for bedtime

Getting to sleep

Bedtime can instigate serious FOMO for some kids. No one wants to miss out on what might happen later in the night! And on top of that, life is immensely stimulating in our times, and this can make bedtime feel unnatural to your child’s state of mind and body. To relax their system and bring on the zzz’s, here are some tips for setting up a sleep transition. 

  • Foot massage: using a little sesame oil, gently massage into the soles of the feet.  A bonus drop on the head also helps!
  • Warm herbal milk: warm up a cup of milk (can be non dairy, but aim for organic and whole, with minimal processed ingredients) with a dash of nutmeg, and sweeten.
  • Weighted blanket: this is a literal solution that works like a charm! The weight of the blanket will help bring the energy levels “down.”
  • Calming aromas and sounds – experiment with these to see what soothes your child.
  • Screen time deadline – screens stimulate us, period. Use the activities like the quiet time suggestions above to help your child engage in something enjoyable that will also help them wind down. 
  • Storytime – this is not just for very young children. Humans have engaged in ritual evening storytelling for all ages, for thousands of years. Solitary reading is great, too, though you just might be surprised by how much fun swapping storytelling roles can be with your kids.
Ayurveda is fun for helping parents stay calm

Breathe into calm parenting

There’s no such thing as perfection, and your child needs you to be authentically you. That means sometimes you’re anxious, angry, sad, and any of the other “negative” emotions you might not enjoy feeling. That’s ok. Ayurveda is fun, but it’s also the “science of life.” Life is full of lulls and obstacles, too.

If you’re struggling and it’s affecting your ability to be there for your child, Ayurveda offers many quick fixes to streamline the nervous system. The most effective one you can do anywhere is literally breathe.

Alyson says, “It took me a long time to figure out that using any extra moments I had early in the morning to sort a load of laundry or clean out the fridge wasn’t REALLY what I needed to prepare myself for the day ahead—and I still need to remind myself often. Which is OK-because what parents need to practice more than anything is self-compassion! My go-to breathing exercise (almost) every morning is Nadi Shodhana, or Alternate Nostril Breathing which translates to ‘clear the channels.’ This is one of the simplest breathing techniques you can practice to reduce stress, calm anxiety, and promote clarity.”

To practice Nadi Shodhana:

  1. Sit and relax, closing your eyes. Take several centering breaths and come into the present moment.
  2. Using the right hand, block the left nostril with the ring finger.
  3. Inhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril. 
  4. Then open the left nostril and close the right nostril with the thumb, exhaling slowly from the left nostril. Then inhale. 
  5. Close the left nostril, exhale from the right nostril. 
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for several rounds, up to 3 minutes.

These tips are sure to help your little one, though they’re appropriate for all ages. These best practices can be embraced by everyone, so try them on yourself, and let it become a family practice of wellness!

*Note: if you experience hypertension or are pregnant, do not perform these techniques without consulting with your physician.

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The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda

Kerala Ayurveda Academy is pleased to announce that our CEO and Director, Vaidya. Jayarajan Kodikannath and alumnus, Alyson Young Gregory cowrote the newest Ayurvedic publication, The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda: Principles, Practices, and Recipes for Happy, Healthy Kids. This is an exciting opportunity for both Ayurvedic enthusiasts and all holistic-minded parents to discover practical ways to support themselves and their loved ones.

It’s no coincidence that the first book from Kerala Ayurveda USA’s CEO is about family. In addition to being a father, the majority of Vaidya. Jayarajan’s students are parents and caretakers, just like his coauthor, Alyson. They’re also passionate about sustainability and our “big family” – all the organisms of the earth. At a time when the state of our planet’s health can feel overwhelming, The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda is both an empowering resource and tool for activism. As Ayurveda teaches us, there’s no inside or outside. We’re all connected, and our personal and family health is directly connected to greater whole. 

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The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda will be released August 23, 2022 and you can find it from all major book retailers.

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The first book to comprehensively address Ayurveda for today's parents

Ayurveda is an ancient system originating in the modern subcontinent of India, documented to 4,000 years ago and suspected to have a much longer oral tradition. It’s recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and gaining increasing popularity due to celebrity participation in Panchakarma cleansing programs.  Ayurveda offers vast resources as a total healthcare system, and trained Ayurvedic practitioners and therapists can implement its various health supports and interventions. It is also guided by an underlying philosophy that self inquiry and a deep connection to natural rhythms can empower you to prevent disease by living optimally, rather than a reactive-only approach treating symptoms.

Ayurveda is only helpful if you can implement it in your daily lives, and that includes your families. Together, Alyson and Vaidya. Jayarajan have broken down the science of Ayurveda into easy-to-understand, practical tips. These are applied to relatable scenarios that every parent encounters, like bedtime and managing screen time. It’s considered the parent’s complete guide because it has everything you need to support your children’s overall health and immunity. In our current world where environmental toxicity is at an all-time high, the mind and body’s natural defenses are our children’s best allies.

What's included in "The Parent's Complete Guide to Ayurveda"

Ayurvedic tenets to live by for living in harmony with nature, yourself, and your family members

The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda takes the reader on a journey through Ayurvedic study, covering all the basics every holistic-minded parent needs to know. You might be surprised by how intuitive the approach feels as you uncover a roadmap to parenting based on circadian rhythms. You were born to live this way! The very act of synchronizing with mother earth can be a healing and fun experience for you and your family.

Demystify the mind-body-spirit approach

Part of Ayurveda’s edge comes from its mind-body-spirit perspective. This approach isn’t limited to spiritual practices or Yogis. Ayurveda details the mind-body connection in a logical and scientific manner. By learning to connect mental, physical and emotional expressions, you can become a whole human, and see your children wholly as well.

Practical tips to navigate balance in everyday life like bedtime, mealtime, playtime and communication

There are so many parenting techniques available today and even more health advice. Consider The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda as a resource that stands out from the crowd. Because let’s face it, a 4000+ year track record is hard to beat.

Part of what allows Ayurveda to stand the test of time is how the science is designed in such a universal manner. It translates to the science of life, and is a science of everything in the universe. Earthlings will be able to apply its principles for as long as Earth lives. That said, the ancient texts did not predict cell phones or genetically modified foods. It takes reading between the lines to draw conclusions on applying the science today, which is exactly what Vaidya. Jayarajan and Alyson accomplish. 

About the authors

Vaidya. Jayarajan Kodikannath (BSc, BAMS) is the CEO of Kerala Ayurveda USA and Academy Director. He has 25 years of experience as an Ayurvedic Doctor (Vaidya – BAMS) in both India and the U.S. He has helped thousands of individuals of all ages on their wellness journey, including Ayurvedic students of Kerala Ayurveda Academy. He lives in the Bay Area, CA with his wife and son, who support his life purpose to Ayurveda.

Alyson Young Gregory is a mother, Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) and Registered Yoga Teacher, as well as an experienced parenting media writer. After earning her Ayurvedic certificate from Kerala Ayurveda Academy, she joined the team as an Editor for the company’s product sector.   

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The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda was released August 23, 2022 and you can find it from all major book retailers. Don’t forget to get some extra copies as gifts!


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