Ayurvedic Wisdom for Common Teen Imbalances
March 15, 2010
We are in full swing preparing for our March session of Shanti Generations’s Youth Peacemakers Training at Yogaglo. This month, we are thrilled to have Felicia Tomasko coming in as our special guest expert on Ayurveda. Mrs. Tomasko has a rich background on Yogic and Ayurvedic studies and is also the editor-in-chief of LA Yoga and Ayurveda Magazine. In advance of this months workshop, Felicia published an informative article on nutrition tips from Ayurveda for helping teens find balance. With her permission, I have printed the full article here.
Ayurveda for a Fussy Teen
|Written by Felicia M. Tomasko, RN|
|Throughout our lives, we experience times of increased vulnerability, change and even confusion. One of the most intense of these are the teenage years, puberty and the transition from childhood to adulthood.
According to Ayurveda, birth through the early twenties is the time of life dominated by the kapha dosha, the energies of water and earth. Just like the expansive period of new growth in the springtime, the kapha season of the year, our youth is characterized by years of rapid growth. To support this, it seems as though kids (and especially teenagers) ravenously eat – particularly high-fat, high-carb comfort foods.
These natural cravings can provide information as to what is actually needed. Carbohydrates give energy; healthy fats and oils are necessary for building the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and make up the building blocks for hormones and neurotransmitters. Good quality proteins, minerals and vitamins are also necessary. This is particularly true for teens. For example, studies show that the calcium intake and overall dietary habits of teenage girls are vitally important for building the bone density that will be crucial throughout her life.
While we may wonder what to do, here are a few Ayurvedic suggestions:
For more suggestions, check out our e-newsletter, Living LA YOGA (sign-up online) or write email@example.com and let us know what’s worked for you.
Felicia M. Tomasko, RN will be teaching Ayurveda for Youth in the Shanti Generation’s Youth Peacemakers’ Training, March 27 at Yogaglo in Santa Monica: shantigeneration.com.
Click here to link to the article on LA Yoga and Ayurveda Magazines website.