Tips for reducing vata with ayurveda yoga
I have always felt like “the one that suffers’’ in this world on so many levels within myself. Ever since I was a young teenager, I have always felt different than others. Never sure where I fit in, but always wanting to fit in. In my later teenage years, I was diagnosed with depression and put on prescription medication to help. As I look back, it never really helped me at all. From there, I have been on a roller coaster ride that never ends. The ups and the downs with maybe a brief moment when I really felt “normal” for me.
Working in the fields of physical therapy, Pilates, fitness, rehab, yoga, and now Ayurveda has all brought me to a place in my life that I now can recognize, respect, and Live Powerfully. The journey has been long and treacherous at times, but I believe all for very good reasons. So I can help others. That is my soul’s purpose.
When we tap into our true nature, live by the means that we are meant to, and as my Ayurveda teacher and mentor Dr. Paul Dugliss says, “think with your heart and love with your mind” then we find peace.
My continued success in helping others balance life’s struggles, whether it be physical limitations, mental stagnation, depletion causing depression, or overall imbalance of a body system is why I am here. This has helped me escape from anxiety and live from love.
Two of my favorite books on this subject are, From anxiety to love, by Corine Zupko and Think with the heart and love with the mind by Paul Dugliss.
Peace and Blessings,
Yoga practice is not just about getting to the mat, but taking care of yourself off the mat as well. Your body, your mind, and your spirit. Achieving balance and good health is what we strive for, but when we become more conscious of the way our body feels, and what it needs we can take it to much deeper levels. Two ways to do that is with preparation for yoga through using herbs and aromas.
The best herbs for yoga are Ashwagandha, one of the most revered and prized herbs in the Ayurveda pharmacopeia. It’s known as the premier Ayurvedic ramayana (or rejuvenative) tonic because of it’s superior ability to nourish the whole body and mind, and it supports strength of the muscles. Gotu Kola (Brahmi) is known as a mental rejuvenate that supports healthy brain and nervous system functions as well as joint health. Tumeric helps with the musculoskeletal system as an anti-inflammatory. Mahanarayan Oil is a herbalized oil and used externally in Abbyhanga (self body massage) for musculoskeletal lubercation and purification. It is also an anti-inflammatory.
Best Aromatics for Yoga are Eucalyptus and conifers, they provide atmospheric purification, pranayama, and respiratory support. Flower oils of chamomile rose, geranium and lavender are used as a calmative, atmospheric purification, and are cooling to the mind and body, and sacred scents of sandalwood, agarwood, frankincense, and palo santo are all meditative and mood enhancing, bringing in feelings of devotion and concentration.
In health and healing,