My dearest readers, this October Newsletter is dedicated to you!
Thank you for being part of my continuing journey.
It is because of you that I get to practice and offer the wisdom of
Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga as tools for holistic healthcare and healing. I am so honored to be doing this work. Supporting people in coming into their hearts, helping them to bring forth the most beautiful aspects of themselves. Our planet needs us to get back to our roots, to slow down, breathe and put in the self care needed to live consciously. As we heal, the earth heals. As we love, the earth loves. This has been one of my biggest realizations and I am brining it into the work I do with every person I have the honor to support. I encourage you to keep up, to be steady, and know that we all need support in order to thrive in this life. I have my team and I know that without them life would not be the same. Change is continuous and constant, we must have a strong nervous system in order to handle the pressures of this time. Know that there is a way through every block and an answer to every question and when you can learn to live from the innocence of your heart, there is nothing you cannot achieve. I am here and I want to help you thrive! Feel free to send me a message, I’d love to hear from you.
With so much love and gratitude,
As we prepare for the seasons to change from Summer to Fall, we can find solitude in nature’s ever changing landscape of wonder and beauty. Our body mimicking the natural cycle of the changing season we now turn towards the foods and practices that will support us in feeling our best during this seasonal change. Although it may seem hot outside, Fall is just around the corner and we can get ahead of the game if we begin to prepare now.
Summer is the Pitta time of year where we are outward, warm, craving foods that are cooling and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. As we make our transition into the Vata (Fall) time of year, we support our bodies with warm, hardier and more oily foods. Our practices become more nourishing and we can take a step towards slowing down and getting grounded to balance the air and ether qualities which are heightened. Just like any seasonal transition it is important to take extra special care of yourself. Get another hour of sleep, receive a massage, prepare more meals at home and be with your loved ones.
As we transition together let us remember that nature is on our side, all we need to do is listen and tune in.
Check out the many offerings that are sure to provide you the tools for a peaceful and easeful transition into Fall. We have you all covered from Ayurvedic consultations, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to our 40 Day Rituals workshop October 26th!
Blessings and love,
The lips are a beautiful and uniquely important part of our body. It is my hope that by reading this article you can feel empowered to view your body in a new light.
Here are some facts about the lips:
The lips are a doorway of expression from within and an opening for nutrients to enter and nourish the body. They play a major role in the way we communicate our emotions and feelings with one another. A smile, a frown, a kiss all have very significant meaning.
According to Ayurveda and other traditional modalities of medicine, the lips can help us see the inner workings of the body. The upper lip represents the lungs, thyroid, heart, stomach, liver and kidneys while the entire lower lip is a reflection of the intestines. Vasant, Dr. Lad. Ayurveda: The science of self-healing. (39)
It takes experience and a seasoned practitioner to read the lips with precision. However, the following information is a great start for you to view your lips in a new way.
Have you ever thought about why kissing feels so good? Or why whistling automatically relaxes and gives you a sense of ease? Or maybe you tend to press your lips together when you are tense or nervous. Much of this has to do with the correlation between the inner workings of the body and the points on the lips for which they represent.
For example, when we kiss, sing or speak words of kindness the heart automatically becomes activated via the upper lip where the heart meridian or pressure point is located.
Ayurveda is said to be one of the oldest practiced modalities of medicine and healing in the world. Practitioners were encouraged to use their senses (touch, smell, sight, sound) and intuition to truly understand their patient’s needs to becoming healthy and whole. This modality of diagnosis and healing is still used successfully today among Ayurvedic practitioners and doctors. It has been proven time and time again that the health of the outer body reflects the health of the inner body.
Here are some examples of what the lips represent both physically and emotionally:
Dry/chapped lips: Dryness in the body due to climate, dehydration, tension, anxiety, fear.
Cracked/peeling lips: Heartache, worry, dryness in the body, feeling cold.
Dis-coloration or faded color in the lips: lack of proper circulation throughout the body.
Hot/burning/ red lips: inflammation or too much heat within the body due to overly spicy foods, too much sugar, alcohol or caffeine. Heated emotions such as: anger, jealousy, resentment, irritation, lack of compassionate expression.
Wrinkles in the upper lip: Smoking, physical or mental tension, irritation, worry, fear.
Quivering lips: fatigue, weak nervous system, fear, self-doubt, emotional tension.
Tips for solutions:
Lip balms/salves: There are many things you can put on your lips to help you maintain moisture, soothe irritation and heal the skin. It is important to choose something that you feel good about eating because most of what goes on the lips ends up in our bellies by the end of the day. If you do not feel good about eating it, do not put it on your lips. Believe it or not, this can greatly effect the digestive system.
2. Internal treatment:
Water: dehydration is the number one cause associated with chapped, cracked and even bleeding lips. Simply increasing your water intake on a daily basis will help restore the lips to their full glory.
Diet: If you pay close attention and notice how your lips feel after every meal, you will start to understand which foods are healing for you and which foods may be depleting your vitality. With a diet high in processed foods, sugar, coffee, meat and dairy you may notice a tendency towards cold sore outbreaks and dry or burning lips. Finding a diet that is balanced for you and your constitution is best. Simple, home cooked meals, non-gmo foods and organic foods is a good place to start.
Most of us have tendencies that become habits which don’t necessarily serve us. The lips can take the brunt of these habits through biting, tensing or even peeling of the lip’s skin. It is beneficial to notice where you might be damaging your lips due to stress and take a moment to breathe instead of biting down or being aggressive with this delicate body part.
4. Meditation: Healing the physical and emotional body.
If you read my blogs you may know that I usually provide a meditation and a “yogic” solution for every challenge. Meditation helps to heal the physical and emotional bodies. This is something that you do not need to find outside of yourself; meditation gives you the tools to heal from within. I encourage you to try this Whistling Breath that will nourish your lips in a most dynamic and beautiful way:
Whistling Breath (beak breath)
Description: Sit with a straight spine in Easy Pose or a chair. To whistle on an inhale, pucker the lips and inhale through the mouth, making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus on the sound of the whistle. Exhale through the nose. To whistle on an exhale, first inhale through the nose and then exhale through the puckered mouth, making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus the ears on the whistling sound. To whistle on both the inhale and exhale, pucker the lips and inhale through the mouth making a high-pitched whistling sound and then exhale through puckered lips making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus the ears on the whistle. Eyes: Closed and rolled up to the third eye point between the eyebrows, unless otherwise specified. Time: None, unless used in a specific meditation.
Benefits: Yogi Bhajan, my teacher taught that whistling stimulates the vagus nerve through the action of the lips. The vagus nerve participates in speech, breathing, digestion, and other bodily functions. He also said that Whistle Breath affects the glandular system and if practiced at least three minutes a day, can bring relaxation.
Note: As with any pranayama, if you become dizzy or lightheaded, stop the pranayama and resume normal breathing. From www.spiritrisingyoga.com
Remember that every part of your body is meaningful and important. There is no part of you that is “out of place” or “does not serve a purpose”. Take time to acknowledge all of who you are and enjoy being You!
With love and blessings,
Don’t let the heat get the best of you! Enjoy the summer months without compromising your health. These are my top 5 tips for balancing Pitta (the fire element within our body and mind) during the Pitta (Summer) time of year.
Get the most of your summer and include at least one of these tips. Give it 2 weeks and notice how you feel.
For more details on how to balance your unique constitution and feel better, connect with Hari Simran for an Ayurvedic consultation.
Knowing the art of self healing is the right of every human being.
If we can be still long enough for the mind to clear and the body to relax, that is when true healing takes place.
If we can be still long enough for the mind to clear and the body to relax, that is when true healing takes place.
There are many ways in which we heal and multiple paths to get there. I personally use Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga as my "go to" tools for all things health and wellness. They are my guides to feeling bright, beautiful, comfortable and cozy in my body. Although I had been practicing yoga and Ayurveda my whole life, when I got into my teenage years and early 20s I felt disconnected from myself. All I wanted to do was run away and find a new me that felt, looked and acted differently. It was challenging for quite sometime. I needed a re-boot of inspiration and a way back to my truth.
After 4 years of college in New Mexico where I graduated with a degree in International business I took off to California and started my post graduate education at the California College of Ayurveda. I knew I wanted to go deeper and be able to not only heal myself but support others in their healing.
I totally immersed and began, as an adult to truly understand and incorporate all the teachings I had grown up with. The wisdom reminded me that I was home and I could trust myself wholeheartedly. I was gifted the space to rediscover my sense of self and true identity. Understanding and practicing to eat with reverence, exercising and moving my body with kindness and speaking words of love to myself, I followed the routines that served my unique physical and mental bodies best. I kept up with my yoga practices everyday and they too got deeper and more profound. I moved into forgiveness and understanding and let go of fighting and resisting the changes that had been and were taking place. I am so grateful to these teachings and to those teachers who offered their wisdom to me from my early childhood until now.
As I continue to learn and deepen my sadhana (practices) and through every transition and change, I know that these ancient sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga are here to remind us of who we are at every moment in life. They are neutral energies that serve as unconditional love for the individual to workout the tendencies of the past and move forward in a continuous elevation of the heart and soul.
It is not always the easiest path, but what comes from this self work is a most beautiful human being who knows who they are and can truly experience the sweetness of life.
There are many different paths to take when it comes to healing.
What I have discovered within myself and have witnessed with others using Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga is a most beautiful unveiling of hearts that want to live bright. I am forever grateful and honored to have these tools in my life and to share them with others.
I welcome you to deepen your life experience and discover your true and balanced self. These teachings and ways of living are for everyone at any stage of life.
There is no better time to start then right now.
With love and gratitude,
The universe has your back
"We are all spiritual beings having a human experience" -Yogi Bhajan
This month has been teaching us to stand our ground. To use our minds not as weapons of destruction or distraction but as tools of regeneration, creativity, positive vibration and divine acceptance. We all have gifts to offer in this life; gifts that will and do uplift humanity, gifts that serve very specific purposes. Perhaps you feel that you are not doing enough or that you are still dealing with feelings and emotions of the past. It is not about being totally "Zen"or having it "together" all the time, it is about knowing that you do not have to become the insecurity, doubt, sadness, anger, judgement or depression; you can instead touch base with these emotions just for a moment and use them as a precursor to developing more self love, joy, calm, clarity of purpose, prosperity, enjoyment and authentic living. Yes, it takes an effort to get going, to pull yourself up when you have been down, to open yourself to love when you have felt shut off but once you make the choice and put your whole heart into "living" you will be supported 100%. Create in you the most beautiful space and the most beautiful spaces will be offered to you. Create in you the most authentic love and the most authentic love will show up for you.
We vibrate from the inside out!
May you believe in yourself and may you remember your truth. Sat Nam
Blessings and Love,
We have made it to 2019. With patience, compassion and a steady focus we journey forward. It takes just a few moments in time to wait, listen and then act. What are you waiting and listening for? Perhaps it is an intuitive message or simply letting the energy settle long enough to communicate with compassion and not in reaction. It is giving yourself a chance to get clear.