Most people are not aware of Ayurveda and the connection with yoga. If you practice with me, you have heard me mention Ayurveda. The Sanskrit term Ayurveda translates to "knowledge of life' and the principles of this ancient wisdom reminds us that the entire web of life is intricately interwoven. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, the art and science of Ayruveda work to harmonize our internal and external worlds. Both Ayurveda & Yoga began around 5000 years ago where they were practiced together by the sages. The sages had the knowledge & understanding that the goal of optimum health was best achieved when the 2 systems were practiced together.
Golden Milk - also known as Haldi (turmeric milk) is a traditional Indian drink that has gained popularity in Western cultures, thanks to the increasing visibility of both yoga and Ayurveda.
This is a bright yellow beverage that is made by warming up cow's milk (if you are plant based-a nut milk or soy milk is fine) with turmeric and other spices like cinnamon and ginger.
Tumeric contains balancing qualities for all 3 dosha. It is loaded with antioxidants, and contains cucumin (a flavonoid) it reduces inflammation and joint pain, improves memory and brain function, protect against heart disease, lowers blood sugar levels, helps digestion, improves bone health, supports detoxification for the liver, helps purify the blood, promotes health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system and may reduce the risk of cancer. Turmeric has also come to the forefront of therapeutics for the role it plays in benefiting both general mental health and mood-especially anxiety.
Here is a simple recipe that I use for Golden Milk:
-1 to 1 1/2 cup(s) of the milk of your choice
-1 1/2tsp of tumeric
-1/4tsp of ginger
-1 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
*Warm milk in a saucepan on the stove over low heat. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Stir until combined well. If you are new to using turmeric, you can start with a bit of a lower quantity and gradually increase.
*Bring to a simmer-but do not boil. Allow to simmer 5-10, stirring occasionally until smooth.
**You can also add a sweetener of your choice (maple syrup/honey 1 tbsp) if you wish, along with 1/8 of a tsp on cardamom (2-3 cardamom pods crushed), 1 tbsp of coconut oil (or ghee) or a pinch of ground pepper.
You can drink this in the morning or a night before bed (I prefer at night).
Black Pepper: Piperine, an alkaloid present in black pepper, enhances the bioavailability of turmeric.
Fat (coconut oil or ghee): turmeric is fat-soluble, so adding a healthy source of fat allows the curcumin to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream.