AYS 3 – Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions in Tacoma, WA

Join Lisa and SKY Yoga in Tacoma for Ayurveda Yoga Specialist session 3, Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions. Lisa is Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist instructor, under Kathryn Templeton and representing her program and the lineage of the Himalayan Institute. The entire certification program is 4 sessions, yet signing up for this single session is encouraged.

In this session:
We’ll look closely at factors affecting digestion and assimilation in the body and the mind and
practices to regulate our physical, mental, and spiritual digestive fires (agnis).

Upon completion of AYS 3, you will be able to put the following concepts into practice:

  • Using the 6 tastes to create a proper diet

  • Use internal and external practices to regulate agni or digestive fire

  • Develop clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation.

  • Make ghee, kitchari, seasonal veggies, churnas, and medicinal teas essential to Ayurvedic practices.


Ayurveda 101: Introducing the five elemental theories for daily support

This workshop has a ton of personal benefit to properly incorporate Ayurvedic practices into life. Each person has a unique blend of the 5 elements. Develop a more stable sense of harmony, self-compassion and just flat out feel better as correlations to diet and lifestyle meld with physical and mental wellbeing. Harness stability and resilience despite change, whether the change is subtle or dramatic.

Let’s intertwine the relation of dosha to the self, and to the world around us. Evaluate lifestyle and nutrition choices as related to microcosm and macrocosm of tridosha and five element theory.

“Like a painter sees both subtle and dramatic tones, shade and light variations in a blue ocean, an Ayurvedist ‘sees’ qualities of things and life through lens of their eyes, the smell through the nose, the sound in the ear, the touch on skin and …” This skill allows an Ayurvedist to incorporate practices most beneficial and suited for the self.

Materials needed: notebook, as desired. Yoga mat/attire not necessary.

Gratitude to the darkness teaching me about light

Writing just to write and sharing because I can.

A need to cleanse is here – I bet you have felt the need to relieve something heavy.
Sure, hopefully it’s a little warmer. Around here in Cincinnati it’s said, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Well, at least I say that. Last week was snow boots, scarf and gloves and this weekend is sandals, v-neck tops with short sleeves…and rain jackets. What was frozen last week is now wet, cold and heavy. We’re glimpsing into actual springtime. Ayurveda calls the spring characteristics kapha.

We are preparing for change, growth and evolution from the hibernated space of winter. The daffodils and tree buds clue us in on the outside. Early March marks garden time, for me this begins with leek seedlings in my office windowsill.

In my body, I feel the springtime. Or maybe I should say I feel the movement away from winter. In yoga talk this ‘movement away’ can be expressed with the term apana vayu, down and away and udana vayu, up and out. Vayu is movement.

My yoga practice has helped to bring growth. This has been challenging, rewarding and a bit painful in itself, and I don’t mean challenging postures. Yoga is simple and the practice brings awareness to the complications I create on my own accord. It’s brought the need to have heartfelt conversation with myself, where I am the passive listener lacking judgment.

I remember springtime healing my heart years ago, long before my first yoga class, or ever hearing the word ‘Ayurveda’. I had been stuck, with a stacking sense of gloom and inability to move. Grief had stricken my family and I felt isolated and lacking direction. But being outside in the warmth and simply witnessing Mother Nature’s natural sense to go from deadness to completely lush with bright green upward moving growth toward the sun. And it made me realize I too, could get out of my mental state and use my natural abilities to adapt, develop solid structure of which growth and movement upward could occur. I’d say that was the first time, the first spring that I employed the essence of Ayurveda I now teach to others.

Gratitude to the darkness teaching us about light.


Ayurveda Asana for the Season

Join 2 hours of asana, pranayama and meditation with the intention of bursting from our winter cocoons to sprout into the fullest potential of things to come…

Shifting characteristics in nature articulate a new season. Spring! Ayurveda calls this Kapha season within the science’s tri-season approach to viewing the yearly calendar.

Kapha is cold and wet, among other characteristics Nature presents. Our practice warms with ujjayi breath, strong standing sequence, twisting and plenty of relaxing time, too.

Time you spend on the yoga mat is your medicine. Adapting asana practice to the seasonal characteristics is a powerful tool for your individual inherent nature to live more in balance with Mother Nature.

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