Mind Herbs

The difference between Ayurvedic herbs and Western Medicine  is that the ayurvedic herbs make you feel alive and the western meds help you to feel functional. Ayurveda can work on its own in mind conditions or in conjunction with Western medicine or other therapies such as Tibetan Cranial, chiropractor care, or acupuncture.  There are some people who must be on Western medicine for mind conditions, but Ayurveda can still help. Ayurveda can help keep the liver strong and the blood clean since western meds can leave toxins which tax the liver and blood.  Ayurveda can also support good digestion which also becomes compromised with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.  And Ayurveda has specific mind herbs to support sattvic or balanced mind functioning.  An ayurvedic practitioner will also make recommendations with diet, lifestyle and yoga practices to truly address the root cause of the mind imbalances. Herb tinctures are a great way to penetrate the nervous system deeply to have profound effects.   I now carry Vata Calming tinctures and Pitta soothing tinctures.  Move towards your healing, enlightening journey, by taking the first step of seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner.  Commit to the journey and you will feel profoundly different.

What is true Healing?

Healing is ——
the lessening of fluctuations between rajas (over activity of the body/mind) and tamas (lethargy or inertia) and gradually arriving at SATTVA (balance, harmony).
One applies abhyasa (effort and discipline) and vairagya (detachment from outcome) in the process of lessening those fluctuations.
In that sweet spot of sattva is surrendering to your dharma, ultimate healing.
The process is gradual just like the quieting of Newton’s swinging cradle of balls.

If you would like to start or deepen your healing process, call me for a free 10 minute consultation to help you identify what ayurvedic or yogic therapies might be beneficial for you. If you decide that this is where you would like to start your journey, we can schedule a more in-depth appointment.

Strong Container to House the Flame of Awareness

We look out,
we look within (the heart),
and we witness;
as the witness we burn and heal the memories of parent’s imbalances &
we burn  our past life hurts & current life pains.
Create the 3rd dimension of witnessing to truly heal.
We need a strong container to house our strong flame of awareness,
we need a strong container + the flame of awareness to be with something (pain)  & be in witness mode,
we need a strong container to contain the newly transformed Energy
created from the transformation of pain to Love.

Facial Marma Points

These special points on the face not only promote agelessness, but also bring balance to the mind and emotions. They are special points that allow vital energy to enter the body, and enhance the energetic flow within the whole being. Many of facial marma points in particular allow for the release of deep seated sadness and grief.

Yoga, Feeling, Detachment

Yoga is about detaching from and ending self-identification.  By doing this, we move into our greater capacity for love, joy, and compassion.  Yoga is not about detaching from feelings or pushing them away. On the contrary, it is about getting closer to the positive aspects of our self and moving deeper into feeling.

What is the Essence of Yoga?

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind such that our true Self or Purusa can operate freely and without obstacles. Yoga provides many tools to aid this process of quieting the mind. Some of the tools are: asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), kriyas (cleansing practices), mudras, meditation techniques that may involve visualization or a particular focus on an area of the body or breath or chakra,  recitation of mantra.  All types of yoga and all paths of yoga  boil down to this essence of quieting the mind.

Meaning of Yoga

According to Desikachar, yoga is ” to attain what was previously unattainable.” Yoga is when we find the means to bring a desire into action.  Every change we make is yoga. Another interpretation according to him, is that yoga is our “attempt at creating a state in which we are always present – really present – in every action, in every moment.” To attain that which was previously unattainable and to be completely present in our attempts may occur at the physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual level. So yes, attempting a new pose is yoga, but so is being more discerning, positive, and loving.

Yogic Diet Vs Ayurvedic Diet

kitchariAccording to Dr. Frawley in his book, “Yoga and Ayurveda”,  there is a difference between Yogic and Ayurvedic diets.  Ayurveda brings about health and balance to the physical body through diet and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic diet aims to reduce all the doshas and consists of mainly cooked foods which are sattvic (balanced and pure) and a small amount of raw foods. A sattvic diet consists of natural, vegetarian foods grown in harmony with nature and cooked with love.

A yogic diet also consists of a sattvic diet, but  it contains more raw foods and has a different purpose.  “Yoga aims at helping us transcend body consciousness. … Yoga helps us move beyond bodily limitations. For this reason, most traditional yogic disciplines are ascetic in nature, including fasting, and light diet, raw foods, and detoxification measures as well as sensory deprivation, pranayama, and meditation.”  Raw foods especially fruits and nuts contain more air and ether elements and those foods bring about more lightness in our being.

So if you are trying to incorporate both into your life, how would one know if they should aim more for an Ayurvedic diet, or for the Yogic diet?  If you are mostly balanced in your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies and express mostly the positive qualities of those energies, and you have good agni (digestive power), then you can incorporate more raw foods and more of the Yogic aspect.  If you are experiencing low agni and doshic imbalances then you would seek to incorporate more of the Ayurvedic diet.  Check back soon at this website  for more information on specific foods and the pranic energies associated with those foods.