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
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.
Plus Tips for a Successful Seasonal Detox
Now is a great time to consider doing a simple Fall Cleanse. A cleanse is an easy way to buffer your health and protect your well-being for the coming months and beyond.
Fasting is the greatest remedy - the physician within" - Philippus Paracelsus
There is a so much contradictory information available about fasting that it can be difficult to decide which, if any, method to try. What may be good for one person can actually be detrimental to another. Fortunately, because Ayurveda recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, there are tools we can use to help us choose what will be most beneficial for us at any given time.
Ayurveda has a long tradition of utilizing fasting from food as a vital practice for maintaining and regaining health. In our society, fasting is often viewed as a type of denial or deprivation, but you can instead choose to see fasting as a gift to yourself: a much needed rest from the constant barrage of foods and experiences you take into your body. Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to fasting.
This time of year we are barraged with constant images, messages, expectations and advertising to get us to do more, buy more and be more. After all, it is ‘the most wonderful time of the year.” Often though, we end up feeling overwhelmed, anxious or insecure. Not very jolly feelings, are they?
Here are my favorite ways for staying balanced, calm and content. They are actually variations on the same theme: be mindful and present. Pretty simple, right?
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