Are You Overdoing It This Summer?

How has your summer been? Have you been doing too much?

If so, you’re not alone. Summer has a tendency to have many of us running around like crazy people. Why? Because summer is the time of pitta dosha.

The nature of pitta, composed mostly of fire (with a bit of water), is to make things happen! If you’ve got a dream—that’s the creative energy of vata. But if you want to make it a reality? That’s pitta dosha. The essence of pitta is to transform. And if something needs to get done, pitta will definitely light that fire.

However, during the heat of the summer, pitta can get exacerbated, and we may find ourselves pushing to do way too much. I noticed this in myself recently. Just having returned from vacation, I felt behind and created all sorts of tasks for myself that I believed had to be done ASAP. And when things weren’t happening as quickly as I’d expected, I became frustrated and irritable. My drive and focus was moving me into a state of near mania!  

Because of my understanding of the doshas, however, I knew this was a sign of imbalanced pitta. And I also knew just what to do to bring balance.

When we’re hyper-focused, we forget to see the big picture.
 In my case, simply taking a big step back from my desk and my calendar to check in with what I was really trying to accomplish was all I needed to create a shift towards balance. Because from this bigger picture mindset I was able to see that I wasn’t aligned with what I was truly trying to accomplish and that:

  1. Believing “I’m behind” is self-defeating and only takes me out of balance because I overschedule myself and create anxiety around my to-do list.
  2. When there is a lot to do, I must prioritize and come into acceptance that I can only do so much.
  3. Many of the things I believed had to be done immediately, really weren’t that urgent!

Immediately upon making these realizations, a huge weight came off my shoulders. And what became even clearer is what to do next and move forward.

What about you? Where are you trying to do too much? Can you take a step back and get a better perspective of what’s really important for you to do? Can you give yourself some space to breathe and choose ease over struggle today?

How Ayurveda Helps Us Manage Life Changes

There’s been a lot of change in my life this year.

A lot of time and energy spent in unknown territory. Which is not a place many humans prefer to be. It’s uncomfortable, unpredictable and it’s easy to get insecure in what we’re doing and who we are.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, life changes can often throw someone’s vata dosha out of balance. Vata is an energy that everyone has to some extent. It is composed of the elements air and ether (space), and is often referred to as the windy dosha. When someone’s vata dosha is in balance, it spawns lots of creativity and big ideas and can help one solve difficult problems.  When there’s too much, it can generate anxiety, fear, worry, confusion and we often feel scattered by its windy tendencies.

During times of upheaval and change, it’s important to keep vata in balance so that we can move into the unknown with more ease and confidence.And one of the best ways to do this is by creating and sticking to daily routines. Because when we structure our day, we create a container for this windy dosha, so it’s not scattering our energy all over the place making us feel anxious, depleted or fearful.

Something as simple as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can work wonders. Having a morning routine that includes a grounding practice like yoga or meditation is especially good for balancing vata (even if it’s just for 5 minutes!) because it sets the tone for balance for the entire day.

And while for me, it wasn’t always easy to stick to my routines, when I did, it made a world of difference in how I felt and how I handled the challenges that come with making big life changes. 

Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #5

REASON #5: Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom stands the test of time.

Has Ayurveda caught your eye yet? It has certainly been getting a lot of attention from modern science. And Ayurveda-lovers like me are thrilled to see that researchers are now recognizing how the principles and practices of this ancient tradition are incredibly relevant and healing to the imbalances and diseases of modern living.

For example, just last year the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to three doctors for their studies on the effects of the circadian clock on our health and wellness. But Ayurveda has known this for thousands of years!

Dinacharya, or daily rituals, have been an essential part of Ayurveda’s prescription for health on all levels. These rituals emphasize the significance of aligning our activities, such as eating, sleeping, meditating and exercising, with what is referred to as the dosha clock in Ayurveda. This clock demonstrates that different times of the day are governed by the different doshas or bio-energies. And a fundamental teaching of Ayurveda is that if we align our activities with these energies, we support our bodies’ ability to heal and thrive. This is effectively the same conclusion these Nobel Prize-winning doctors found regarding the influence of the circadian clock on the body.

Modern research has also found several other Ayurvedic practices to be of great benefit to modern ailments, including the use of turmeric and other plants and foods for healing, abhyanga or self-oiling, and neti pots and nasya oil to increase immunity, not to mention the well-known benefits of yoga and meditation, which are part and parcel to the Ayurvedic lifestyle.

And it seems every month I’m hearing about another study that validates what the Ayurvedic sages learned centuries ago. Follow me on my Facebook page for postings on these subjects including links to articles and podcasts.


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RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 24th, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #4

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REASON #4: Ayurveda reminds us of our deep connection to our eco-system and community.

When Ayurveda was developed over 5,000 years ago in India, the concepts of “going green,” being “eco-friendly” or “socially conscious” were unknown. The Ayurvedic sages lived in attunement with nature and thus were already all of these things.

In our consumerist culture, however, we are out of sync with the natural world, and thus out of sync with our own true nature.This has led to disease in our bodies, minds, spirits and environment. Just take a look at the increasing numbers of auto-immune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and digestive disorders, to name a few.

Is there a correlation between these rising numbers of disease and disorders and the declining health of our planet?

Some would say yes, and I would agree with them. What I’ve learned and experienced from Ayurveda, is that when we align with the principles and rhythms of nature, we learn how to take care of ourselves, take care of each other and the planet. We begin to understand that our relationships to each other and to earth are interdependent and must be nurtured so that we can all enjoy good health.

Because Ayurveda is based in nature, its practices inherently honor and revere the eco-system that keeps us alive. And its principles recognize and appreciate the fundamental abundance and interconnectedness in all life.

By adopting Ayurveda’s natural practices and principles into our daily lives, we find a more balanced way of living in our bodies, with each other and on this beautiful planet. And I believe if we, both humans and the planet, are to thrive for many more centuries, this ancient tradition, must be the wave of the future.


Ready to learn how you can change your health and the planet’s? Join me for my upcoming workshop on Ayurveda.

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RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 24th, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #3

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REASON #3: Ayurveda teaches the power of self-healing.

When we get sick, most of us are trained to seek answers or healing from somewhere outside of ourselves – usually from doctors who hardly know anything about us! Or some of us look to the internet for solutions to our symptoms.

Ayurveda asks us to instead develop a deeper connection and level of communication with our own bodies, so that we can listen to its messages and learn what it needs.

As I mentioned last week, Ayurveda tells us that we experience symptoms because of an imbalance in our constitution, which is composed of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. And the key to restoring health is to correct that imbalance.

Ayurveda teaches us the qualities of the doshas so that we can become familiar with the characteristics of our unique constitution. Such knowledge enables us to recognize 1) when we go out of balance, and 2) how to take action to bring ourselves back into balance.

In other words, Ayurveda provides the language in which our bodies are speaking to us. It helps us understand our bodies’ messages so that we can understand how to restore that balance.

That is not to say you should abandon your ties to Western medicine. Instead, it’s an invitation to notice where that model has gaps in its approach to healing, and to open yourself to the possibility that you have much more self-healing power than you have been led to believe.

Stay tuned for next week when I share REASON #4 for loving Ayurveda.


Want to learn how you can bring Ayurvedic self-healing practices into your life? Join me in my upcoming workshop: 

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RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 24th, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

Why I LOVE Ayurveda: Reason #2

Ayu-2REASON #2: Ayurveda’s holistic approach heals ALL of you: body, mind and spirit. 

I wrote last week about how I turned to Ayurveda to heal from IBS. And while I healed myself from these digestive issues, I received some unexpected healing bonuses!

Since embracing the practices of Ayurveda, I have said “so long” to seasonal allergies, chronic sinus infections, and a rash (which I was told I had because I was “aging”). I no longer suffer with bouts of depression and my anxiety levels have dropped dramatically.

Why?

Ayurveda tells us that we get sick or experience symptoms because of an imbalance in our constitution. Over time, how that imbalance shows up may change. We may start noticing some digestive issues, then get tendonitis. Later we develop issues with anxiety and our skin is constantly dried out. Seemingly unrelated issues, right? Not with Ayurveda.

While a Western medicine approach might look at all these symptoms separately, and provide different treatments or prescriptions for each one,

Ayurveda would instead look at them holistically, considering all aspects of our lives to determine the root cause of imbalance.  And once that root cause is understood and addressed, we can bring healing to our whole being.

Consequently, not only did I leave behind physical symptoms, I’ve also begun to let go of outdated and unhealthy emotional and behavior patterns. And this deep healing has allowed me to gain more clarity about my life’s purpose, and given me the confidence to pursue that purpose.

Stay tuned for next week when I share REASON #3 for loving Ayurveda.


Want to learn how you can bring Ayurvedic practices into your life? Join me in my upcoming workshop: 

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RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH + THRIVE WITH AYURVEDA

Saturday, March 25, 2018:

2pm – 4pm

Square One Yoga, San Leandro

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the nature of this life-transforming tradition, and discover how the principles of Ayurveda teach us to awaken our natural ability to self-heal and bring benefit to our communities, all living creatures and the planet.

All workshop participants will be offered a free 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after workshop.

Cost: $30 for members of Square One, $35 for non-members.

$5 off if you register by 3/17/18.

Be sure to save your spot and register here.

 

 

Why I LOVE Ayurveda

If you’ve taken a class from me, you’ve probably heard me talk about this holistic healing system that is considered the sister science to yoga. But why am I so smitten? Well…lots of reasons! There is so much to love about Ayurveda. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to reveal the top 5 ayu1Reasons why Ayurveda has captured my heart for life!

REASON #1

  1. Ayurveda provides answers and healing for “incurable” symptoms.

Years ago I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). If you know anything about it, you know it’s no fun and can be quite debilitating, even humiliating.

Western medicine has had very little success in treating IBS, and I personally did not receive any effective therapies from my doctors. It was a deeply frustrating time. I didn’t understand why this was happening and why no one could tell me how to fix it.

But I knew that there must be answers somewhere. And in my search, I found Ayurveda. Though I initially doubted such an ancient tradition (Ayurveda is over 5,000 years old!) could be relevant to modern ailments, here is where I finally started receiving answers and healing. And today, I am completely IBS-symptom free. And I feel stronger, healthier, happier and more energized now in my 40s than I ever did in my 20s or 30s.

So what answers did I get? Namely, that I had an imbalance in my constitution. In Ayurveda each of us is born with a constitution composed in varying proportions of the 3 doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. This constitution, unique to each of us, is our personal state of health, our balance. When go out of balance, especially for long periods of time, we get sick.

To come back into balance, treatment involves “calming” the aggravated or excessive doshas, mainly through changes to diet and lifestyle, as these are the main causes for imbalance. In some severe or chronic cases, taking herbs and other treatments may be recommended.

To be clear, Ayurvedic healing is not a quick fix, but a process of changing our habits, learning better ways to nourish ourselves, and aligning ourselves with nature’s rhythms so that we can address the root cause of our symptoms and heal from the inside out.

Stay tuned for next week where I share REASON #2 for loving Ayurveda.