This post is about the Integration of practices into my life and use this blog as a method of self-reporting the journey and sharing more knowledge and aha moments that arise. This march I'm leaning into freedom. And how my different kinds and bits of intelligence can work together to build the new and improved vision of life I keep asking for.
We live in an ask and receive Universe. Where you truly receive the reality you create. This month of March I'm joining some friends on a March MADness challenge and doing every push up asked of me. Outside of workout classes, my limit is ten a person asked. But I'm just going to see if I can start small. Allow change to become a ripple effect from my small actions. Rise again even when I fail and when I fall. And begin with gratitude.
Ayurveda is a Hindu system of medicine. It is based on the idea of finding balance in the body through diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. It is essentially a focus on building new energy sources within in order to clear out the old based on what your natural energy and vibration of your body.
First the basic burning question: How does Ayurveda differ from western medicine practice?
- In Ayurveda, every individual is unique and there is no diet or lifestyle routine that works for everyone.
- Prevention is key. Ayurveda focuses on providing specific advice and guidance on how to maintain physical and emotional health.
- Food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. If you come to an Ayurvedic doctor with a complaint, you are more likely to leave with a recipe than with a prescription for pills.
There are three doshas studied in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.Vatta has qualities reflecting the elements of Space and Air. Pitta has qualities reflecting in Fire and Water. Kapha has qualities reflecting in Water and Earth. You can easily take a quiz online to find what out of the three Doshas studied in Ayurveda reigns in your body.
While scoping around, I found an article on YogaJournal.com from back in 2014. It's called " Ayurveda Techniques to cultivate internal energy". It explains Six tips recommended to start doing daily in order to "let your inner radiance shine & bolster your Ojas, or your inner energy reserves". Here are six basic Ayurveda practices to start you off on this journey with me. Here we go, 2018 unstoppable here in motion. Your life exists right now.
Number One: Create a morning ritual
- Many people have their own, but distinguish yours and make it a habit with a continuous rhythm maybe one that even asks you to be still
- Beginning your day in worry is a habit that drains your doshas, includes your deepest Ojas
- What's recommended: Start with a moment of contentment - fill it with gratitude
Number Two: Nourish dry skin with oils
- Fall and Winter are governed by Vata
- Hydration of the skin replenishes the Ojas - Melanie Sachs
- An Ayurveda practice, the Sanskrit: Snehana, this method is used in reference to self-care. it has two meanings, the first translation is "anoint the body with oil", the second translating to "love" Shower yourself with oils in the name of love!
- We can practice self-care through massages, adding oils, in massage and with essential oils ( can use on your skin, diffuse them in the air, some you can even put in your water in glass vessels ( or copper, copper is a common drinking vessel with Ayurveda practitioners)
Number Three; Be mindful of what - and how - you eat.
- Mindful eating is conscious eating - this practice aids your Ojas
- Think before you eat
- Slow down. Start with Gratitude
- My boyfriend in these first few years has helped me to see I carried over child-like competitiveness in my eating habits and often overate for my size
Number Four: Eat Good for your fats and sweets
- Sweets can also be fish and meat
- Your Ojas want these healthy fats and good sweets!
- If you choose a steep change in your diet, you will reap a harvest of rewards in your digestive health & beauty (skin, hair, nails, hormones will harmonize more)
Number FIve: Find a little silence.
- Silence can come in stillness. Savasana is a great place to start. Challenge your mind to lose focus but stay present.
- Silence can be refreshed
- Relaxation replenishes the Ojas, here is a time when your senses can rest.
- Practice meditation, start simple maybe try your breath, make this meditation purposeful and intentional chosen silence.
- Between synapse and response lies freedom from judgment and resistance.
Number Six: Practice one peaceful pose of yoga, utilize yogic breath to calm body and mind
- Make time for self-care in your own way
- Find a balance between your heavy work and long practice -- and moments for one pose to just hold and breathe.
- Practice multiple breath patterns and flows investigate different styles of breathing
- See how a focus on breath changes how your Ojas feel, new and fluid breath will usually stirr-up an energetic shift within
- Example yoga pose: Restorative backbend Reclined bound angle pose Sanskrit: Supta Baddha Konasona *Focus on breath and space of the heart within the hold
I can't wait to try these on and explore them deeper. Join me on this journey and let's see together what change we can create starting from within. Follow us on Instagram if you haven't already @_yogiinspired
Your Fearless Leader,
Namaste - the light in me sees and acknowledges the light within you