Be Healthy. Be Happy. Naturally.
The current news is full of stories about the pandemic, the effects of global warming, and the hopelessness of fleeing migrants; it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed! Stress and the relentless march of negative thoughts can be like a burning fire leading to disease. Most of our ills come from not living in the moment; we are either ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. So what is One to do?
Hands down, practice meditation. Practicing meditation brings you to the place where you can relax and enjoy your day moment by moment, no matter what is swirling around you. Your body and mind are constantly giving you clues about what is right and what is out of sorts and what to do to regain equilibrium. The more you practice meditation, the more it gives back: the more you are able to listen to the clues your body is always telling you. Are you ready to feel more healthy, happy and relaxed?
2020 has certainly been a crazy year full of uncertainties. As a result, more of us are experiencing symptoms of anxiety including worry, tension, nervousness, fatigue, trouble focusing, obsessing, confusion, digestive issues, and insomnia. Certainly none of these things are comfortable. What is more concerning is if these symptoms continue unabated they may manifest into conditions more serious and chronic. So I’d like to share some techniques and habits that can help calm anxiety and help return you to center.
During this most difficult time stress, anxiety and fear may be increasing within ourselves and in those around us. I would like to share some of the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga to help you reduce your stress while increasing your vitality and immunity. Here are some practices to get you started.
An Ayurvedic Perspective
Where I live, summer is long, hot and humid and often has long periods of drought. It heats up in the middle of May and finally cools down at the end of September with most days in 90’s and even the 100’s. So summer here is definitely pitta season, as pitta is fire and water, and is hot, sharp, oily, liquid and intense.
Everyone experiences summer in a different way. If you have a fiery constitution, you might dread the heat and humidity of summer and dream of spending time in a cooler climate. If you are someone who feels chilled all year round, you might relish the heat of summer. Either way, we all benefit from making adjustments to our diet and lifestyle along with the flow of the seasons.
Ayurveda says that like increases like and opposites balance which is why summer can increase those cranky feelings in a pitta person, and soothe the coldness in a vata person. Overall, the intense heat of summer drains the energy in everyone.
Have you ever felt more irritable in the summer, had dry skin in the autumn, feel heavier in the winter, or have sniffles in the spring? The change of seasons in particular can upset our balance and bring with it uncomfortable symptoms. Following a seasonal routine can help us adapt to the changing environment and this self knowledge of self care puts our health and well being into our own hands.
Ah, chocolate! That great temptation in the supermarket aisles is one most of us avoid due to the additives and processed ingredients found in most varieties today. But don’t despair, with a little education, you can learn how to use this wonderful food to your benefit. To learn about the Ayurvedic perspective on chocolate read my latest blog post.
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I am certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. I am not a medical doctor nor a dietitian, and I do not diagnose, treat or cure disease. My articles are not a substitute for medical advice. It is always recommended that clients work with their physicians for routine medical care and treatment of illness. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils, especially when pregnant or nursing.
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