The Chopra Center Newsletter     Aug 2012 Edition

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What’s your dosha? Ever had an Ayurvedic meal? Julie Zwillich, famous for The Food Network Canada’s Summer’s Best, hadn’t either before she visited the Chopra Center at the lush La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

The Chopra Center, founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996, is a place of wellness, healing, and higher consciousness. It is also the focus of our new series on The Chopra Well, Chopra Centered. The show follows Julie as she experiences all the Chopra Center enter has to offer. From meditation to yoga to Ayurvedic cooking, Julie learns from the best minds and experts in natural health.  

In episode 1 of Chopra Centered, Julie got her feet wet with a basic meditation class and dosha reading. What is a dosha, you ask? This is a term from Ayurvedic medicine that refers to an individual’s unique physiological and spiritual blueprint. A person’s dosha can influence everything from her appearance to her temperament and tastes to the specific illnesses to which she may be more prone. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone contains all three doshas in their mind-body type, but one or two usually predominate. Julie’s dosha reading revealed that her primary dosha is Pitta, known for its fiery quality.

In the second episode, Julie dives deeper into Ayurveda with a personal cooking lesson from Chef Greg Frey Jr. and Teresa Long, Director of Chopra Center University. Chef Greg walks Julie and Teresa through the preparation of one of the Chopra Center’s specialties: A delicious dish of lentils with coconut and lemongrass. Ayurvedic nutrition emphasizes a plant-based diet, simple dishes, and the incorporation of the six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.

Meals should ideally offer a balance of the six tastes. But depending on a person’s dosha, it’s important to emphasize some of the tastes while minimizing others. With her Pitta dosha, Julie would benefit from a diet that incorporates more cooling and bitter foods, less heat. For someone who “carries Tabasco in her purse,” this will be a hard lesson to implement. The dish Chef Greg prepares is actually quite spicy - delicious, but probably not the best for Julie’s daily fare.

With these wise words, the Ayurvedic nutrition lesson comes to a close, and Julie gets ready for a taste of yoga in episode 3. Learn about the healing power of the senses as Julie experiences an authentic Ayurvedic Shirodhara massage at the Chopra Center Spa in the fourth episode. Later in the series, watch as Julie joins Deepak on the putting green of La Costa Resort’s championship golf course, learning the ultimate keys to inner calm and detachment from the outcome.

To find out your dosha, take the Chopra Center’s Dosha Quiz >>

For more resources on Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition, click here >>

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Find our recipe for Ayurvedic Lentils with Coconut and Lemongrass here >>

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