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Namaste Athreya family member, welcome to Athreya’s podcast hub where you can deep-dive into the ocean that is Ayurveda with Vaidya Jay as your grounding guide.


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 6)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our fifth episode, Vaidya Jay, and his co-host, Elena, invited a very special guest who divulged some wonderful culinary secrets and a Mexican recipe. The last segment of our Mexican Cuisine conversation gives a breakdown of Mexican fast food in our country especially California, the bountiful benefits of beans for a long life in the BlueZones, and plates more. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine Series: Russian & Ukrainian Cuisine (Part 1)

food in pots

In this episode, Vaidya Jay and Elena unpack her Russian and Ukrainian heritage starting with an array of breakfast choices through the seasons and getting a deeper understanding about why all of us prefer certain flavors during colder months. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 5)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our fifth episode, Vaidya Jay, his co-host, Elena, and a very special Mexican guest give us a peek into the eclectic wonders of Mexican cooking, some of its best-kept ethnic secrets, and a recipe you can try at home topped with nutritious Ayurvedic insights. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 4)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our fourth episode of the Ayurvedic Cuisine series, Vaidya Jay and his co-host Elena continue their conversation on Mexican food. After discussing several ethnic choices from breakfast to dinner, this delectable episode explores the impressive health balance of Mexican desserts through Ayurveda’s point of view. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 3)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our third episode of the Ayurvedic Cuisine series, Vaidya Jay and his co-host Elena continue their conversation on Mexican ingredients, specifically corn and maize, the core ingredients in Tamales, their ancient native origins, as well as the spice-slicing power of rice to placate sensitive digestive systems through drinks such as Horchata, and more. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 2)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our second episode of the Ayurvedic Cuisine series on Mexican food, Vaidya Jay and his co-host Elena discuss cooking as a labor of love and the native motives for specific ingredients in recipes such as avocados, cacao, and the need to tone down the consumption of peppers and tomatoes if you have gastric issues, among other lip-smacking topics. Listen Here


Ayurvedic Cuisine series: Mexican Cuisine (Part 1)

cuisine with vegetables and fruits

In our first episode of the Ayurvedic Cuisine Series, Vaidya Jay and his co-host Elena take you on a tantalizing journey into Mexican cuisine with Ayurvedic discussions on the benefits of cilantro, our fiery affair with jalapenos, for the love for tortillas, and plates more. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 10)


In our previous talk, we discussed how to make a few key spices part of your daily lifestyle. This time, we will discuss the importance of setting a healthy routine for yourself, maintaining a stable work-life balance, and seamlessly incorporating spices into your fast-paced life, so you can provide continuous support for your overall well-being effortlessly. Tune into the dialogue between Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie who will also let you in on their hacks to make spices an instinctive part of your daily activities. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 9)


We learned about the Ayurvedic value of spices in our food and it's time to know what spices can be consumed regularly along with their health benefits. This podcast will discuss not just adopting certain spices into your lifestyle but learning how to follow through on them till they become part of your routine. This also includes knowing how to make use of spices beyond the realms of your diet such as your general hygiene, soothing therapies, and other everyday aspects of your life. Let Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie take you on a flavourful trip, as they discuss the boons of a handful of well-known spices that can become commonplace, so you can elevate your health and well-being. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 8)


Nothing brings our food and diet to life the way spices do! From unleashing the flavors of the ingredients in a dish, adding character and zest, to creating succulent layers of depth in each bite. In this episode, enter the robust yet often bewildering world of spices with an Ayurvedic breakdown of these micro-wonders. Let Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie be your Ayurvedic spice guides as they discuss some of the most health-elevating ones out there and the potent difference they make for our diet and well-being. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 7)


Have you ever noticed how your tummy starts to grumble when you miss your regular meal time? Or how certain foods make your body feel at ease while some don’t? In Ayurveda, what, when, how, and why we eat are of dire importance to ensure physiological and mental balance. Find out how your diet could be making or breaking your health with Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie, as they explore the importance of caring for your body with the right nutrition for a long, healthy life. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 6)


What do you think of upon hearing ‘Ayurveda’? Commonly associated with herbs, spices, and the sister of ‘yoga’, it is a 5 millennia-old holistic system of healing using natural supplements, therapies, and personalized diets for balanced well-being. Join Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie as they explore what real Ayurveda is all about, how to listen & understand your body, and honor its needs naturally through a personalized lifestyle and diet for optimal health and longevity. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 5)


Each one of us focuses on maintaining a healthy diet, water habit, sleep hygiene, and exercise routine. Yet we often neglect the one function that ties it all together - 'breath'. We all can go days without food, water, or sleep but not more than 24 minutes without breathing according to a recent world record. In this episode, Vaidya Jay and R.A. Leslie will be discussing the significance of breathing in Ayurveda beyond its physiological function but as a bridge between our external environment and internal worlds, with techniques on how to keep our mind, body, and lives balanced. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 4)


They say, ‘Experience is the best teacher’ and in Ayurveda, we believe this includes learning from others' experiences. Join Vaidya Jay in conversation with R.A. Leslie, an international life coach & the founder of, on how to make Ayurveda not just a lifestyle but a life purpose, one personalized step at a time. Listen Here


Personalize Your Ayurvedic Journey (Part 3)


They say, ‘Experience is the best teacher’ and in Ayurveda, we believe this includes learning from others' experiences. In episode 3 of our podcast, join Vaidya Jay in conversation with R.A. Leslie, an international life coach & the founder of, on how to make Ayurveda not just a lifestyle but a life purpose, one personalized step at a time. Listen Here


Agni & Autonomic Nervous System (Part 3)


This is going to be a critical and useful podcast for all our listeners. It's important because when one engages in a practice like Yoga or specifically Asana, they enhance, refine, make more nuanced, sophisticated, and modify the communication between everything in the body. If you look at the Yoga Asanas, it's like, why would one put their body in that position? . Listen Here


Agni & Autonomic Nervous System (Part 2)


The second section of this podcast is about how the nervous system, which is not under our control, is essential from both scientific and Ayurvedic points of view to heal ourselves and lead a healthier life. The core principle of Ayurveda is you haven't found the root cause yet; you're dealing with the symptom, the craving is a symptom, and the root cause is buried somewhere hidden inside the nervous system. Listen Here


Agni & Autonomic Nervous System (Part 1)


Today we'll be starting a new series with Vaidya Victor, who has been practicing Ayurveda for over ten years. The topic we have for this series is all about the nervous system. In the past 30 years, an extraordinary amount of research has been done in neuroscience. Without neuroscience understanding, Ayurveda will also be incomplete. Listen Here


"Life-giving Rakta Dhatu or Blood tissue - Seven body tissue series" by Tiffany Ornelas


Ayurveda has seven primary Dhatus known as Sapta Dhatus: Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja, and Sukra. Today, we will discuss Rakta, the second Dhatu. Rakta Dhatu refers to the primary fire of the body. When Rasa is combined with Ranjaka Pitta, Rakta is formed. Let’s introduce the concept of Rakta Dhatu. Listen Here


Introduction to Ayurveda(Part 2)


Namaste, Welcome everyone to the Athreya Herbs podcast.When we last met and discussed how unique Ayurveda is and inspires a long healthy life, at least 100 years of living. If someone came across Ayurveda while attending a yoga class or reading an article, they learned about Turmeric. They'd ask, "What is Turmeric? Listen Here


Introduction to Ayurveda(Part 1)


Namaste, Welcome everyone to the Athreya Herbs podcast. The ideal symmetry of the inner and outer being is conducive to a centenarian lifestyle or a life of over 100 years. This series is a guide for individuals to fulfill such Ayurvedic goals. Have you ever wondered what Ayurveda means? Its roots lie in the Sanskrit language, where 'Ayu' means the lifespan and 'Veda' means wisdom or philosophy. Listen Here


Ayurvedic point of view on Acid Reflux

Ayurvedic point of view on Acid Reflux

Ayurveda identifies Acid reflux disease as Amlapitta. It is a disease of the Annavaha Srotas (gastrointestinal system) that has been documented in numerous Ayurvedic scriptures. It is one of the most common diseases in today's society and is caused due to the Excessive intake of spicy, sour, pungent, oily, and junk food items. Therefore, a balance between Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas is essential to keep the Gut free from any kind of disharmony in digesting the food. Listen Here

Rejuvenation During Menopause

Barbara #3 Rejuvenation Duriong Menopause

Menopause is the time that marks the end of one's menstrual cycles. Every woman goes through this natural biological process. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian practice of medicine, has some wonderful solutions to alleviate the distress felt by women entering this stage of their lives.Menopause is not mentioned as a disorder in classical Ayurvedic texts; understanding the causes and symptoms of menopause and applying some essential natural therapies to alleviate physical discomfort can help a woman age gracefully.Menopause also causes many changes to your skin. Today, we will discuss beauty during menopause Listen Here

Rasa: The Cascade of Nourishment & the First Dhatu, SEVEN BODY TISSUE SERIES" BY TIFFANY ORNELAS

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Ayurveda identifies seven primary Dhatus responsible for the functioning of the organs and bringing the body into its physical form. These are the seven bodily tissues that keep you fit and moving, and govern the overall well-being. Once the food is digested, the nutrient-rich juice from the digested food, known as Ahara Rasa, travels through each of these seven Dhatus. Listen Here

Ayurveda and Menopause: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle for Menopause Years and Beyond


There are two ways to deal with menopause. One can either enter the age of wisdom with frustration and despair or adopt a positive lifestyle. When it comes to Ayurveda and menopause, practitioners recommend taking the second route.Today, we will discuss the significance of integrating healthy routines to promote comfort, relaxation, and happiness during later years. Let’s have a look at post-menopause health tips that assist in facilitating wellness during this crucial period. Listen Here

Ama in Ayurveda: How to Eliminate Ama (Metabolic Toxin) & Maintain a Healthy Metabolic Function?

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In Sanskrit, ama means toxin or undigested metabolic waste. It is an umbrella term for all sticky, slimy, aggravating, and toxic substances accumulated in the body. When our body’s metabolic efficiency is compromised, we create AMA. Its elimination is of the utmost importance. The stubborn nature of the AMA causes it to stick to the gastrointestinal tract, clogging arteries, seeping under the skin, and creeping upwards to the subtle channels of the mind.Listen Here

Taking Care of the Oral Health the Ayurvedic Way

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You must have heard a great deal about the importance of oral hygiene for your dental health. But do you know that Ayurvedic practitioners believe your oral health is a window to your digestive health and psycho-emotional balance? Anything that comes across your senses has to be trusted by your oral cavity first. Whether you hear, smell, touch, or look at something, you don’t trust it unless it comes in contact with your oral cavity. For example, if you see a delicious food item, you’ll automatically try to smell it, pick it up to see how it feels in your hands, and shake to see if you can hear something. However, the doubt whether you should consume will remain until you put it in your mouth. If it tastes bitter, you’ll immediately spit it out and your trust in that item will be lost.Listen Here

Stress Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Stress management during the COVID-19 pandemic has become one of the most discussed topics. The public health crisis has taken a toll on people’s mental health. On one hand, people are experiencing fear and anxiety about the novel coronavirus and on the other hand, nationwide lockdown and social distancing have made them feel lonely and isolated. For these reasons, we have seen an upsurge in stress and anxiety cases. Listen Here

Digestive Fire ‘Agni’: All Concepts You Need to Know

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The word ‘Agni’ means fire in Sanskrit. You may be surprised to hear that the name of the Vedic god of fire in India is ‘Agni”. In Ayurveda, it refers to the digestive or metabolic fire in our body. This digestive fire is responsible for regulating body temperature, supporting the digestive process, absorbing and assimilating nutrients in the stomach, and converting food into energy. Hence, we can say that the characteristic of Agni determines your specific digestive capacity. Listen Here

Mental and Physical Well-being during Menopause Podcast

Summer Podcast

Today, we’ll discuss the physical and mental changes a woman goes through because of menopause in the light of Ayurvedic principles. Perhaps you already know that menopause marks the end of a woman’s periods, as the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone halts in the ovaries. It’s a natural process that usually happens after the age of 45. Listen Here

Unhealthy Air Quality Podcast

Summer Podcast

Portia - Namaste everyone I’m greeting you from a very smoky San Gabriel Valley. We have the Bobcat fire raging in the San Gabriel Mountains not too far from where I live. There are lots of fires happening up in northern California, Oregon as well as Washington State. We just wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about how you can better protect yourself and your loved ones from all of this smoke inhalation and exposure due to all of these wildfires. Of course here to guide us through all of this is our resident and Ayurveda expert Vaidya Jay. Listen Here

Summer Podcast

Summer Podcast

Ayurveda believes that our body is part of the environment. The changes that occur in the environment are reciprocated in our body, and its function. Ignoring these changes and continuously leading a monotonous life can gradually lead to the weakness in organs, tissues and cells and therefore be more prone to imbalance. Listen Here

Sleep Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

In this podcast, Tiffany (Ayurvedic practitioner) and Vaidya. Jay Parla discuss one of an integral part of our daily routine, sleep. Just as food nourishes the body, sleep tends to nourish our mind, it rejuvenates and makes the entire body systems to reset after a tiring day. From an Ayurvedic point of view, a "deep sleep" is a healthy disconnect of the mind from the body, avoiding any sensation in that period. Lack of it can cause mind-body misalignment and affect our performance and everyday function. Listen Here

Immune System Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

In today’s podcast Vaidya Jay and Lilly discuss the functioning of the immune system and how Ayurveda perceives immunity and its correlation to the physical and psychological processes in our body. Immune system is a collective effort of the cells and organs in the body to fight an infection. It recognizes what is and isn’t a part of the body. The cells responsible for this function are the white blood cells which are divided into neutrophils, lymphocytes B-cells etc. Listen Here

Travel podcast - Part2

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

In the previous part of the travel podcast, we discussed ways to combat travel fatigue by recommending supplements, natural oils and exercises. In the second part of the travel podcast, we shall elaborate on Diet and a First-Aid kit to be carried while traveling. Listen Here

Dinacharya Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

Adopting a fixed daily routine nurtures your health and well-being and makes you more productive throughout the day. ‘Dina’ means Day and ‘Charya’ means routine or a group of habits. Dinacharya or daily routine is meant to enhance health and prevent diseases. It is essential in our daily lives to achieve good health and vitality. Listen Here

Colonoscopy Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

At a certain age, people become susceptible to colorectal diseases, which are caused by abnormalities of the colon or the rectal area. Colonoscopy is a procedure used to detect these changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. It is a preventive diagnostic technique done to diagnose and treat diseases of the rectum and colon.

The procedure depends on the preparation of the person who is undergoing it. Before the colonoscopy, the patient needs to prepare thoroughly by cleansing their colon and assuring that it does not have any sort of fecal material that is coating or sticking onto the surface of the colon. Listen Here

Winter Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

In winter, due to the dry and cold weather, our Dosha energies get disrupted. This leads to an imbalance between Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Through this podcast, Athreya Herbs aims to provide a balance between the Dosha energies in the winter season by suggesting winter health solutions and remedies.

The Vedic sages of Ayurveda were keen observers who noticed every small change that happened in their surroundings and reasoned why the change was taking place. They determined the outcome of this change on the human body & vegetation and contemplated the best ways to balance themselves. They documented all this information in the classical texts of Ayurveda called ‘Ritucharya’. Ritu means Seasons and Charya means Habits that enhance your adaptability to a specific season. Listen Here

Travel Podcast

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

The holiday season is approaching which brings along travel possibilities for us to visit our families in different parts of the globe or simply plan a vacation for ourselves! While traveling is a thrilling experience, it disrupts your daily routine and often pulls you across time zones.

As you travel by airplane, train, or car, your body moves faster than nature intended it to. This change of time and environment aggravates the Vata dosha which governs movement and leaves your body vulnerable to dehydration, sleep challenges, dryness, bad digestion, restless thoughts, spaciness, and jet lag. Athreya Herbs offers a number of natural, Ayurvedic remedies to help you enjoy the journey and avoid any discomfort caused while traveling. Listen Here

Fall Guide

Hormonology with Gabrielle Lichterman

The core principle of Ayurvedic healing states that any changes in the environment will have an impact on our bodies, minds, and emotions. The fall season is a period of transition, and we must support our bodies' need to stay in tune with nature’s intelligence. Ayurveda gives great importance to seasonal changes because it is the science that is built on circadian rhythms. Listen Here


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