Cindy here with your very first weekly post in the month of September, all about Ayurveda traditions, Yin and Restorative yoga! I teach the 7:50pm Monday night Yin yoga class here at Sphericality. Before you say, “I’m not into yoga” and I lose you, remember that September is all about BURSTing out of your comfort zone and everything I will be discussing in my weekly posts will be extremely beneficial to you! I invite you to continue to read this article, you might find I have something different and interesting to say that may be the very thing that you’re missing in your healthy lifestyle; yes, even to “non-yogis”.
Some things about me: I have a 200hr, 500hr and am finishing up an 800hr program. I am a yoga therapist. My philosophy is yoga along with it’s sister-science, Ayurveda, are for health and healing. Yoga, in its purest form, is more than “pretzel poses” or fast flows although, they can be fun to play with. Yoga is meant to keep the body healthy and can help cure disease and help rid the body of any disease-causing toxin. I could go on and on about poses (just ask my yin class participants), my main point in writing a series of articles is to introduce you to Ayurveda and discuss the amazing benefits it has.
What does Ayurveda even mean? Well, Ayur = life, and Veda = science or knowledge. It is the art of daily living or, in the science of life and longevity and has been practiced since around 900 BC. It helps us live in harmony with nature and the changing seasons and helps to prevent and even cure disease. This self-healing happens through diet, exercise, relaxation, breathing exercises, cleansing of the body, mind and spirit. I know, that’s a lot but it’s all about small changes and Ayurveda is a lifestyle.
Don’t think Ayurveda will benefit you? Here are a few questions for you, if any of these apply to you, give Ayurveda a try. 1. Have you ever noticed in the summer you get a little irritable or get heartburn or diarrhea, and develop rashes or hives? 2. In the winter do you get lethargic, put on some weight and experience colds? In the spring are you constipated, are you more anxious is your mind mind little scattered? Perhaps you feel one of more of these things not in the calendar season but quite often.
The amazing thing is, we are just like the seasons. We all have different constitutions (doshas) and keeping them in balance is the key to health and longevity. The next couple of articles will explain a little about each dosha and the season it is associated with.