Category Archives: Practices

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is yoga’s sister science and India’s ancient system of medicine. Its literal translation from Sanskrit, the language of Yoga and Ayurveda, is “the science of life”.

Two Goals of Ayurveda

The primary goal is to maintain health in the healthy by nipping any imbalances in the bud. In other words it is about prevention of disease. Secondarily, it looks to alleviate and manage disease in the unhealthy. We achieve these two goals through diet, lifestyle, and culinary herbs.

Ayurveda is ancient personalized medicine

Ayurveda is Ancient Personalized Medicine

Each of us is born with a unique constitution or make up. Therefore, Ayurveda takes a highly personalized approach to health. It looks at the individual — mind and body — and not solely their symptoms in order to determine what that person needs to restore balance and well-being.

What does that mean? What one person needs to deal with their digestive issues might be completely different than what another person needs. It’s not just the symptoms that determine the diet and lifestyle recommendations.  It’s everything about the person that determines them.

At the end of the day Ayurveda looks to return you to the “truth of you” by restoring balance to your unique constitution. Because a healthy you means you can do all that you’re meant to do in this world!

Hard is OK

I was assisting a yoga class and noticed a very tall gentleman in a very, very short Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose).  I suggested he take a much longer stance given his very long legs.  At first he resisted and then he looked worried.  That will make the pose too hard he replied.  I set himContinue Reading

One Word

Now that I’ve reflected on the previous year, it’s time to think about what I want for this new one.  Some years the inspiration comes quickly and easily.  I rattle off page after page in my notebook of hopes, dreams, ideas, and goals.  The word that I want to guide my year seemingly materializes beforeContinue Reading

Lessons from a Year of Surrender

Nearly a year ago today I revealed my one word for 2014 to be surrender. It wasn’t in the context of giving up but of sinking into the grace of a situation. It was all about taking the part I am good at (abhyasa – putting in the work) and trying to marry it moreContinue Reading

Surrender and Trust

One of the most helpful lessons I’ve had this year in the beauty of surrendering came from an unexpected place.  I was sitting in a session of my advanced teacher training.  It was a class being taught by Masaaki Okamura on the art of assisting students through hands-on adjustments.  We were discussing the finer pointsContinue Reading

March Meditation Challenge

The idea of the physical practice of yoga being a regular practice came pretty easily to me.  From the first time I rolled out my mat all those years ago until now I’ve had a consistent 4-5 day a week practice.  What it has looked like through the years has changed, going from mostly groupContinue Reading

One Word

As I sat down at the end of last year and reflected on all that happened it was clear that COURAGE was definitely my guide.  There was courage in daring to speak aloud what my heart truly wanted for my life.  There was courage in asking questions even when I feared the answer would beContinue Reading

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