Posts tagged ayurveda
The Art of An Urban Retreat

I’ve been thinking a lot about this because it’s really what I have been moving towards for a long time.  But there isn’t much to glean from in our modern, western world. Growing up, I spent many summers with my family in the rural countryside of Northern Italy. I remember the pace to be different. There was time built in for sitting down to eat a meal that had been freshly prepared which meant that there was time to shop and cook. This was an absolute given. Often the work day completed at a reasonable time so that people were free to enjoy life outside of business. Of course, computers and social media apps were not at all present (dating myself here), for the good and the bad and so eyes on a screen was not to found.  I think you’re getting the idea, my point being, how do I not only support myself and my family on the various fronts AND also live a life that has freedom and space so that I do not feel these constructs of patriarchy that I have just followed into for so many years knowing that this has never worked well? What needs to be different? How do I want it to look? Where is my time best spent? What is my vision?

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Cultivating the Collective Heart through the Practices of Yoga & Ayurveda

in practicing these codes of living, there are many qualities that have manifested. I think the one that holds the greatest impact in my heart is regarding my understanding of the collective consciousness. Acharya Shunya wrote a poignant article some years back titled “Decoding the Ancient Dharma Teaching of Ayurveda” which goes into great detail about the collective, some of which is summed up beautifully with this:
”Ayurveda conceives a dynamic model of this universe wherein all objects, beings, events, phenomena, and experiences are vitally interconnected. According to Āyurveda, when we humans choose to discard truthfulness, modesty and righteousness (dharma), we agitate not only our immediate sphere of influence but the entire cosmos.

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Eclipses and the Subtle Arts of Inner Wisdom

I have come to learn that during the halo of Eclipse times in particular, I can feel a very certain and powerful energy. Since we have a solar eclipse on the new moon coming on July 2 at 12:16pm PST, I am readying myself. And I am feeling all the feels. Usually eclipses resonate in me with uneasy and anxious qualities. I have learned that during this time, it is wise action to spend time going inward. Often in our modern, fast-paced world full of so much, there can be a tendency to do the opposite. So instead of going in, we go out. Out to the social media paths and the places that actually fuel more fire and anxiety. While I am not suggesting that we turn away from the important daily work of our path’s dharmic heart and right action, I do believe that during cycles of change it is a very good idea to take pause. I believe that the messages from the shadow planets and phenomenons are requesting that of us. They show up delivering the messages of dark, inner work. And in the dark, if we stay there, we begin to develop Sight. That inner sight becomes insight which can then guide us to very important action that might otherwise go unnoticed in the busy and frenetic pace of today.

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Reflections of Menopause & Ayurveda

This time of life can be powerful and insightful and full of wise action. A feeling of increased synergy and connection to ourselves and others can be fruitful ground of an inspiring life ahead. In many cultures, women step into the respected role of teacher when bleeding ends, as this energy can be retained and harnessed in a very different way. The collected life stories and understanding make for an important backdrop and maturity to guide and lead generations to come.

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The Art & Science of 5 Sense Therapies

5 Sense Therapies, called Tan Mantra Chikitsa in Sanskrit, the language of Yoga and Ayurveda, is a collection of subtle treatments and practices designed to re-balance, harmonize and attune through the sense body. Time and care is given in a detailed one on one conversation with each client. And, as I get to know you, I begin to discearn how these treatments might best support you. Each one of us is very unique and special, our very own artistic creation, and so it makes sense that each treatment is unique and created with you and your own balance in mind. Through the sense body of eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin and the senses of hearing, touch, vision, taste and smell, attention is offered and time and care are extended. This is a very different action than is often received, as our senses often give. They give without asking for anything in return. And, as a result, are often depleted. So, it makes sense and follows suit that if our senses are depleted, there are probably other parts of us feeling that depletion too. But with 5 senses therapies, and the support of  good health and wellness, change can happen. That deeper care and gentle reset can be an important step towards bigger shift in life and in health.

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