As a sister practice to yoga, Ayurveda is the master teacher for doshas (constitutions). The dosha approach stems from a connection with nature and its elements. The traditions of yoga and Ayurveda are rooted in the belief of "as within so without and as without so within" which means that by looking at the world of nature we can understand our own nature and also that we see the world the way we see ourselves.
To understand doshas and get aquainted with our dosha we begin by exploring the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space and by learning how these elements impact and create our body.
Let’s first look at each element and reflect on their substance: Earth: Stable, grounded, rooted and heavy; Water: Fluid, movement, wet and nourishing; Fire: Hot, light as in luminous, intense and transformational; Air: Light in weight, breath, breezy and windy; and Space: Untouchable, expansive, hard to measure and understand.
Autumn is my favorite season. I love the freshness in the air, the color transition of the trees, the glow of the sun and I also appreciate Fall fashion. To me the magnificent way a tree prepares to let go of its leaves is nature’s way of whispering: “let go and simply glow”.
I think that for many of us there is something inspiring about the concept of letting go and about the potential to glow but the questions and limitations we encounter include: What should we let go of? How do we let go and what if our world falls apart if we let go?
To start off we need to acknowledge that letting go does not mean not caring. You may be thinking: “Yes, I know that” but I can tell you for a fact that in the depth of our mind it easily gets confused. I have had the conversation many times with people who felt they knew the difference only to realize within about ten minutes of conversation that they actually confused the two. It also doesn’t mean letting go of a movement towards greater educati...
If you come to my classes you know my warm-up well as it’s always the same. It’s because I feel that my warm-up is brilliant and I don’t me to say that I feel I am brilliant unless of course I add all of us in the equation and say we are all brilliant in our own unique way. But I do believe that the warm up I teach in my asana classes is brilliant. I have really thought about it and explored a variety of options that always fall short. When I prepare a class some of the things I reflect on include the following:
Kramas: progressive unfolding’s of the body. What needs to be awakened first for the body to stabilize and release;
Stability, flexibility and integration;
Move the spine in all six directions;
Offer postures from every family: standing, balancing, seated, twist, back bends and inversions;
Chakras and how to bring energy and support equanimity;
Energizing the body and centering the mind;
Heat and coolness - building and reducing - expansion an...
One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein is: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex; it takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” And when it comes to holistic practices remembering this leads to a willingness to implement simple and yet such profound life enhancing practices. What I am about to teach is free, can be done anytime and anywhere and if you make space to explore it, I know for a fact that it will change your life as the implementation of the following technique will improve your posture which means a reduction in inflammation, improvement in digestion, increase energy and therefore, enhanced overall well-being. In addition as you refine your relationship with this practice, you will increase your overall strength which will have a positive impact on your sports and will reduce the occurrence of injuries.
O.K. here goes, well almost, before you can actually connect with this free life enhancing practice tune-i...