Vata, which is the dosha of change and movement (think air/space), can easily become erratic and unbalanced, especially during fall and early winter–Vata Season. When a Vata imbalance arises, it’s time to S L O W D O W N. Sooo hard for Vata people. We are the busy bees and the hummingbirds, who like to flutter from one thing to the next. We tend to have high energy that quickly crashes and can easily become depleted.
For someone who states on her website that she suffered from fibromyalgia for seven years, it’s odd that I’ve never really written a post about it. It was such a defining moment in my life, and yet, thankfully, I never let it define me. So I’ve been hesitant to write about it. It happened, it changed the course of my life, and I moved on.
But if I never had fibromyalgia, I might not be writing this blog about holistic health and healing. I might not be part of an amazing community of energy healers from all over the world. And I might not have discovered the ancient “science of life” known as Ayurveda.
Even though the official date of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is September 22nd, it’s time to prepare for the seasonal shift. Ayurveda would say that it’s critical to our health.
The junctures between the seasons are the perfect time to cleanse the body of any excesses which might have built up, both in the body and the mind. Failure to do this is an invitation for disease to set in, if the body/mind is in a weakened state.
During the summer months of Pitta Season, excess heat is likely to have accumulated and it is imperative that we find ways to release that heat before Vata Season (fall-early winter) is underway.
Have you ever wondered why the heart is the first organ to function during the fetal development process? One of the reasons why the heart is the first organ to function is, because it is an electromagnetic field generator that acts like a broadcasting device. As the heart beats, it sends out electromagnetic waves that contain essential information. These waves of information are received by all cells of the fetus; therefore, they affect how the fetus is developed.
Today is the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in New York City where I live, the weather bounced back and forth like a ping-pong ball for several weeks. I love ping-pong, but my body had a really hard time adjusting to all of the weather fluctuations. In the month of June so far, we went from hot and humid 90’s, to windy and rainy 50’s, and back to warm and sunny.
Ayurveda’s seasonal calendar revolves around the three doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements–space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in Nature are within us, as well. According to the Ayurvedic calendar, we have entered Pitta season (late spring through summer). The elements associated with Pitta are fire and water. It is the energy of transformation, the metabolic force in our body that rules digestion. Pitta also rules our intelligence, our eyes, body temperature and skin coloration. It is seated in the stomach and small intestines.
Kate Middleton is planning to use hypnotherapy to ease the agony of labour when she gives birth in July.
Ayurveda is such an ancient practice that the date of its origin is unknown. It was an oral tradition first and eventually recorded in the Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, around 7,000 years ago. Although Ayurveda originated in what is now India, the ancient Rishis, or enlightened sages, who brought forth this earliest-documented medical system, did so for all of mankind. The knowledge (or science) of life which is Ayurveda, is all about balance–knowing our individual constitution and staying in rhythm with nature.
I love Ayurveda because it is a gentle, holistic approach to not only healing but living a full, healthy and balanced life. It always seeks to find the root cause of an imbalance–be it emotional, physical or mental–rather than bandaid it with unnecessary and invasive measures.
Food, breath, and sound are the basic elements of Inner Medicine and the core of Wise Earth Ayurveda teachings. They are simple yet profound tools to balance and help heal the body, mind and spirit.
Through the field of Epigenetics, it has been proved that our DNA does not bring through hereditary traits such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or alzimers. Our DNA adapts and changes to our internal environment, it does not react to our external environment.
Ever since I’ve been a student of Ayurveda, I’ve begun paying more attention to the nuances of the seasons. It has changed my life so profoundly that frankly, I want everyone else to jump on board! Just the simple act of aligning with Mother Nature can reverse health issues, balance relationships, combat depression and anxiety, and help us lead a more purposeful life.
Wise Earth School of Ayurveda was the first school for Ayurvedic studies in the USA. Established in 1981 by Maya Tiwari, also affectionately known as Mother Maya, WEA seeks to share the ancient Vedic knowledge of sadhanas (sacred daily practices) that align us with the rhythms of nature. It’s a simple yet profound philosophy that brings us back to our roots and our very essence, for we are all comprised of the same five elements as everything else in nature: space, air, fire, water and earth.
Your intuition is a knowingness within you that comes without explanation or proof. This knowingness takes place at the cellular level and beyond. Some of us like to refer to intuition as the “gut feeling.” It is important to know that your intuition is not limited to the area of your gut because it sometimes can come from within every cell of your body.
According to Ayurveda, the 5,000 year-old system of mind, body, and spirit holistic health, if you’re anywhere in the world where winter is transitioning into spring, it’s Kapha season. The earth is damp and it’s no coincidence that the elements associated with Kapha are water and earth.
While every living thing, whether plant, animal or human, is comprised of all five elements–ether, air, fire, water and earth–there is usually a predominance of one or two elements in each individual’s constitution. Ayurveda refers to this as your dosha, or biological humor. Today I’m focusing on the Kapha dosha so that we can strive to stay in balance during Kapha season. Kapha dosha is slow, steady, heavy, oily, cold and soft. It is responsible for structure (earth) and lubrication (water) in the body. A healthy immune system depends on Kapha.
Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of the natural healing power of the mind and body is the “spontaneous” disappearance of a normally fatal disease such as metastatic cancer. This stunning event has been recorded by medical doctors repeatedly in the annals of medicine.
A new study says that seniors who maintain a positive outlook despite increasing health problems can reduce—and even reverse—health risks.