What motivates you?
Shifts in seasons influences our moods, eating patterns, and daily structure. Winter is a time for nourishing to create balance and solidity of ourselves to prepare for action in the spring and summer.
Let us get motivated so that we may be the best possible versions of ourselves to allow our inner structure to be creative and shine.
I have availability this Sunday, February 25th for a discounted consultation. Contact me to set up an appointment to keep you motivated on the path towards optimal well-being!
In Ayurveda we rarely talk about supplements because a lot of what we need to charge and nourish our bodies can be found in food. However, with our fast-paced culture and need for convenience, sometimes taking a pill is better then nothing. Out of all the supplements that we sell at the Ashland Food Co-op, I have found fish oil to be one of the best, general supplements for all constitutions to put into our bodies.
And here is why:
Omega-3, which fish oil is an excellent source of, contains EPA and DHA which nourish our nervous system, the synovial fluid in our joints, and provide an unctuous quality to protect our brain and eyes. Omega-3 protects and supports the heart. Studies show it is possible that a diet which includes fish oil is good for cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, and decreases the chance of Alzheimer's.
When choosing a fish oil supplement, check the concentration of EPA and DHA- typically the higher the better. Also, make sure it is in triglyceride form and that the label explicitly states the content has been tested for heavy metals. Nordic Naturals is an excellent choice for quality fish oil. The liquid is more cost effective yet the capsule is more convenient. As always, consult your health care physician before taking any supplements!
Contact me for a consultation where we can explore other supplements, foods, and breathing exercises for your unique constitution at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 446-4331
Looking forward to seeing you!
Our lives require us to travel. Ever growing globalized connections allow us to access places through travel and movement. As exciting and expanding this is, vata can become out of balanced from our traveler lifestyles.
Vata, air and ether, increase with driving, flying, and general movement. To prevent dry lips due to dehydration and stress of travel, make sure to take care of your vata.
The night before traveling, eat a well cooked, easily digestible meal and get a good nights rest. Make sure to start the morning of your travels with a glass of warm water and ginger to support digestion and calm nerves. Spend five minutes deep breathing and be mindful of how you are walking and holding your body.
Fly safe and enjoy the ride!
Bone broth. Is so healing to body and soul. The unctuous properties easily calm down Vata and nourish the deepest parts of the nervous system. Supportive to bone, joint, and blood health, this vitamin and mineral rich juicy medicine is easy to prepare and tasty to consume.
Using grass-feed marrow bones, mix a few teaspoons with 1/4 onion, 4 cloves garlic, salt pepper, and 2 stalks celery, bring to a boil in a crock pot, turn to low and let sit for 3 days. Add water periodically. Drain, cool, and enjoy this buttery, deeply nourishing medicine.
Pranayama and Yoga are two major practices that can influence the way we view the world and breath through the world.
We hiked to the top of a mountain. Mt. McLoughlin. At 9,499 ft, this inactive steep-sided lava cone is one of the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The highest peak between Mt. Shasta and South Sister, the trail to summit is only about 4.5 miles one way, mostly uphill, sometimes confusing to follow, seemingly eons long and at moments extremely steep and rocky. I was struggling. To get to the summit, one must follow the ridge up 1,250 elevation gain while finding appropriate footing and physical strength among eroded rock and sand. While I got in touch with my inner childhood self, with bouts of pouting, spaghetti legs, and extreme physical fatigue, we made it. Without the support of my companion, I might only have seen the first 15 minutes of the trail.
As we face challenges in life, the physical experiences, limitations, or excellence is only a byproduct of our mentality. The first step is meditation and moment-to-moment awareness.
Feels so good to be alive.
It has been over 6 Years since I moved out to Colorado on a beautiful March day, awe in my eyes over the sight of the Rockies from the plane. Since leaving Boulder, I have lived in the middle of nowhere North Carolina on a Chinese Medicinal Herb farm; lived and farmed in the bosom of the Cascades and Siskiyou mountains in Ashland, Oregon working in town at an Ayurvedic herb shop; studied the ancient science of self-healing with Dr. Vasant Lad in the Wild West of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I have harvested the fruits of my labor, made lifelong friends, obtained to ability/legitimacy to practice Ayruvedic medicine and teach yoga. I have learned how to live sufficiently in the woods and find direction home. I have glimpsed true contentment into the raw beauty of the earth and have been blessed with a sincere comradery of herbs. Learning their ins and outs. Breathing through the ups and downs. Seen the Painted Desert, evergreen forest, canyons of fern, Zion, tents of rocks, craters of the earth, temples of sand, height of the Red Woods, backwoods of the Appalachia’s, literally driven down the “loneliest road” in America. I have collected things. I have discarded things.
I prepare to move back to Ashland, OR. Sometimes we find ourselves right where we started. The journey but necessary to realize that all we need is in our souls. The painful development to hold the capacity to relate to others. The experience to realize that what does not agree with us allows us the power of clarity to accept what does.
Over the past three years I have lived in Albuquerque, my mailman has been held up at gunpoint in front of my house in the middle of the day and our mail taken, my car was stolen twice- never to be seen again (and yes the doors were locked and there was a club on the steering wheel), I have learned that 98.6% of the population run red lights- every time, have had people recklessly cut me off in traffic and then give me the finger, heard/saw fireworks being thrown at cars by teenagers and legitimately thought they were gunshots, heard outside of my front door gunshots- then racing cars- then sirens, seen drunk people passed out in the middle of the road at 8am and have witnesses hard drug use in broad daylight, heard people walking up and down the street in the middle of the night checking car doors, seen cars on cinder blocks that have been striped to the wire, read in the news about the new "trend" of trucks stopping traffic in the middle of the highway to do donuts, I forgot how to say "hello" to people I pass on the street and have learned not to go to Big Lots on Zuni after dark, or anywhere on Zuni after dark for that matter. That includes the Central Bus line, at any time of the day. 5th most dangerous city in America folks.
But the culture is raw and full of diversity; the rough and dry quality of the lands give the people a harsh and earthly appeal, and when those hot air balloons are in the air, a sense of calm rest over the city. Same goes for the smell of roasting green chilies. Alternative medicine is accepted, supported, and respected. You can see the earth stretch for miles and the colors of the desert shows many shades of one color you never could believe possible. The desert is Beautiful. There is clarity in the vastness and solidity of the Sandia Mountains. Some say the crystals in the mountain are sacred. And the wind is a force that can shake the thoughts right outtaya. Drive for two hours in any direction and there will surely be something awesome to explore. I have called Albuquerque home over the past few years, and am grateful for the intensity of the area to help shape me and toughen' me up.
Oh the wild, wild west it is.
The grieving process is an emotional expression that was always confusing to me. You can see anger. You can feel anger. Anger can be classified in such and such way. I did not understand the classifications of grief. The descriptions and tangibility of other emotions were always more, well, tangible. But grief was never clear to me. How do people grieve? How does it look like and what is that emotion? What exactly does it feel like and how do we see it in others?
Only until really understanding Ayurveda did I begin to understand grief. Not only was I able to begin to understand what it actually is and how people experience it, but also how prevalent it is in my life and in my body. I had not realized that my experience with instability and the work that I needed to do on myself had a basis in grief. The first step to relieving my body and mind of grief, is actually and fully coming to terms and awareness around the existence of what it actually is and how it affects me as well as the relationships I have with others. We all experience and express grief differently. In Ayurveda, unprocessed emotions can lead to crystallized formations in our bodies which can create weak spots. Doshas lodge into these weak spots and create problems in our health In this case, unprocessed grief lives in the lungs.
Awareness is the first step.
Bhastrika is a breathing exercise that helps dislodge grief in the lungs. Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on how to properly do this pranayama along with what herbs will support this process!