Have you noticed when something goes off balance in your body you look outward for advice or help? Do you find you have no idea what to do when you get the sniffles, digestive upsets or the occasional sleepless night? These are important questions to ask your self. If you are not tuned into the inner workings of your individual body, these questions will have you lost. The beauty of Kundalini Yoga is in its dynamic ability to make a person totally aware of their body and mind. Without awareness we become oblivious to the fact that we can be the “masters of our domain”, the “masters of our mind and body”. There is no reason for confusion other than the total disillusionment that we have no control over our health and wellbeing.
Once we are aware of the body and its inner workings we need tools of knowledge that help us to heal and stay healthy. Here is where the science of Ayurveda comes in. Ayurveda is the diet, lifestyle and herbal regiment of what we call a “yogic or Sattvic” life. It is the technology of longevity where age is just a number and not a determination of how one should feel or look. Developing a yoga practice is a great first step but it takes more than just rolling the mat out, doing an hour class and leaving. If we really want this practice to infuse into our bones then we must begin to integrate Ayurveda into our lives. Ayurveda is simple; all it asks is for you to remain true to who you are, to your reality and your balanced vibration. It is about living life in health and peace where discipline is your best friend and negativity does not rule your mind. It is the total feeling of trust in the creation and in the perfection of your unique body, mind and spirit. In this month of October step into the Fall season by making it your goal to learn a few simple tools for health and healing. Start or continue your understanding by joining me for an Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga workshop Sunday, October 11th from 4pm-6pm At Godlen Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica. You will learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the science of longevity and you will also get to practice the inner workings of the body with Kundlain Yoga and Meditation.
If you have any questions or curiosities contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there!
Did you know that swooshing with oil every morning can improve gum health, whiten your teeth, clear your digestion and remove toxins from the mouth and colon as well as clear the skin? Yes! That’s right! Oil pulling is the very ancient technique of mouth washing. Instead of using products with artificial flavoring, sweeteners and alcohol that overtime may cause harm to your mouth, try this soothing and very detoxing form of mouth washing.
You can use sesame oil or coconut oil. Either one is great, it just depends on your tastes preferences. I like using coconut oil in the hot summer months since it is a cooling oil and sesame in the winter months since it is a heating oil.
First thing in the morning before brushing, rinse the mouth with water. Use 2 tsp or more if needed of oil. Swish for 15-20 mins. Then spit oil in the trash (do not spit it down the drain or toilet). To finish swish well with warm water, then brush teeth with regular toothpaste or tooth powder.
This is a wonderful therapy to do and while you are swishing away you can clean, make your bed, get your self ready for the day.
The benefits are amazing and the results can be seen in just a few weeks!
The number one cause of sleepiness, lethargy and overall fatigue is typically dehydration. That afternoon headache or body fatigue could very well be the result of poor absorption of water or not enough consumed water in the system. Often times when we are thirsty we pour ourselves another cup of coffee, or reach for that energy drink which we have been told will give us “so much more than water”. There really is nothing that can nourish and truly quiche your thirst more then a fresh cup of pure water. Our bodies are made up of 80% liquid and therefore we must keep ourselves refreshed and hydrated in order for our organs to function in a balanced way. You may think that you get enough water by the amount of bottles you have drunk that day but get this, if you are not absorbing the water, then no matter how much you drink you are not staying hydrated. The best way to absorb water and all its nutrients is to go slow. Small sips throughout the day are best. We tend to think that more is better but in this case less and more often will serve you better. Now that we are approaching those breezy, cool fall days you can start to sip on warm or hot water. When you drink warm water the body is able to absorb it much better than iced or cold water. For this reason, in Ayurvedic medicine we always advice people to cut back on drinking refrigerated or iced liquids as it can cause indigestion.
This week I invite you to try 5-7-days of sipping hot water. I know it sounds a little “out of the box” but it really feels good and can do wonders for clearing out the digestive system, as well as the skin and blood. In addition you will feel totally hydrated!
Here’s what to do:
Try this for one week:
In a thermos carry hot water and just like a steaming cup of tea, every 15-20 minutes sip on some hot water (not too hot that you burn the mouth, make it comfortable) throughout the whole day. It takes some discipline and perhaps a timer for the first few days but if you stick with it you might just see some significant results. I also encourage you to take this time to cut back on white sugar and processed foods. Eat with the season and always try to eat fresh!