When I feel the chill of winter near, I start to dream of warm, foamy chocolate; hot toddies; and long, luscious sleep. And this is a good thing. Naturally, the fall and early winter season season beg for more heaviness and warmth in both the foods we eat and in our lifestyle routines. The downside of this season is that it is also a time for overindulgence and strong cravings, especially when we couple the cold weather with the stressors of the holiday rush.
Whether you suffer from insomnia or sleep like a log, the ancient teachings of the Vedas tell us that the way we set up our bedroom can have a powerful impact on the depth and quality of our sleep. Here is my modern interpretation on a simple vastu bedroom wisdom. Use it to optimize your sacred sleep chamber.
Sometimes a yoga class feels more like an Ujjayi contest; whoever has the loudest breath is the most serious yogi. But is having “Darth Vader” inhabit the back of our throat really serving us?
When you have strong prana in your core, you can burn through anything life throws your way. With more kind presence and focus on your navel area, you can begin to unearth your hidden capacities to be stable and solid in the face of a turbulent life.
The ancient yogis understood that we are much more than this beautiful physical vessel. One of these layers is called the prana body. It’s the part of you that is innately intelligent. The yogis fell in love with the prana body because they figured out that it was pretty darn tough to stop or change thoughts, but our energy could be quickly altered through visualization, focused asana, and breath work.
Ayurveda encourages us to work slowly and consistently with our life changes. Its better to throw a little stone into a pond daily than try to heft a huge rock once! With little daily-routine pebbles, waves of consistency will ripple out and create a new set point for your life choices. Here are some of the steps in Ayurveda for a bright awakening, that can help set your day on course.
Tantric yogis didn’t wait for any special day to fill them with resolution. They lived and breathed resolve. When a desire is yoked to our soul, it’s virtually impossible for it to not be completed. Here are some specific guidelines from the ParaYoga tradition on boosting the likelihood that you will be successful in the fulfillment of your goals. The end result? Happiness.
The holiday season brings an abundance of words like happy and merry. From an Ayurvedic perspective, its actually kind of a tough time of year. The drying, cooling aspect of vata dominates. Vata is the energy of movement and change. Its the force that dries up the leaves, flower petals and rivers. Its also the force that dries out our skin, our hair, and what feels like our bones. Here are some light-infusing, warmth-bringing holiday habits to ease into the season.
Sleep is one of the most critical elements of health and well-being. It is a time when our body heals tissue, detoxifies and does a major sub-conscious dump on any undigested life emotions and scenarios. Here are some super-practical, easy home remedies that will help ensure that you sleep like a baby.
We’ve all heard the word “mantra,” but what does it really mean? And how can I start to use it? Read on to learn how.