Ayurveda 101 Sunday Feb 23, 1- 6pm Learn the tools to keep you mindbody constitution in balance! (Please sign up by Thurs, 2/20!)
We will soon be moving into Kapha season. Going from the cold, dry Vata time of year to cool, moist and heavy Kapha time of year of late winter/early spring. The following is some general advise to keep you in balance. Not sure what your dominant dosha is? Find out here.
Kaphas, make sure to avoid becoming chilled. If feeling out of balance, take a dry sauna or a Swedana steam. Limit or omit ice cold foods and drinks, dairy products, sugary anything (as you are already so sweet by nature) and foods that are oily and heavy. Favor foods that are warm and astringent or drying (grains, beans, peas, apples, pears and potatoes), bitter (broccoli, cabbage, all green leafies, celery), and pungent (spices, onions and garlic). Get out and get moving! Practice yoga every day along with daily walks (10,000 steps).
Pittas, enjoy the cooler weather. Favor cool and warm foods, moderately heavy foods, bitter and sweet foods. Avoid excessive salty, sour and spicy foods all of which heat the body. Getting out in nature always balances Pitta dosha in all seasons.
Vatas, extra care should be taken to keep the body warm. One of the best methods of balancing Vata dosha is a warm shower, bath or Swedana steam. Favor soups, warm hearty foods, sweet foods and oily foods. Avoid cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and undercooked foods. Also anything that makes dining a calmer, more restful experience will help to pacify Vata dosha. Try to establish a routine. Meditate every day to calm the Vata mind and practice dharana – one pointed attention – throughout your day.
Do you have specific questions pertaining to your health or are confused about your Ayurvedic constitution or Dosha? Schedule a private consultation with Jacqueline or Julie and explore the time tested, holistic therapies available to help move you into balance. Check out our website for pricing.
Sickness and injury are a part of life. Although modern medicine offers many useful tools for remedying, or sometimes only masking symptoms of both acute and chronic ailments, it is important to recognize the value of self-love, care and nurturing, and cultivating an attitude of health and healing to accompany any treatments we receive, allopathic medicine or alternative. This will allow the body to move back into balance. Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions have refined a variety of practices that help during the healing process. Remember, the two simplest and most important are Asana and meditation. Asana (the poses) helps you cleanse and stimulate the cells, recognize imbalances and recreate the connection of body and mind. You will create self-acceptance, awaken your inherent healing energy and expand your own innate ability to heal; physically, mentally and emotionally. Meditation allows you to cultivate stillness and see the positive potential of all experience which creates awareness, acceptance and the ability for healing to occur spontaneously.