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.

 

Fall Rejuvenation workshop – a gentle seasonal cleanse

Establish a foundation of Ayurvedic education through understanding the role of self-care, seasonal change, ama (toxin) reduction and conduct your own gentle cleanse at home. With Ayurveda, a gentle fall cleanse utilizes relation techniques, daily self-care rituals and a kitchari mono-diet. Enjoy dishes of split moong dahl, basmati rice and freshly cooked veggie with cleansing spices that regulate digestion and abate toxins in the body. The fall rejuvenation is removing toxins and helping to establish daily practices of self-care. Fall is a gentle period of cleansing where the body and mind is creating vitality, called ojas which is our vital life source. Building vitality is important as we prepare for the depleting time of winter. Seasonal cleanse allows an individual time and space to clear out excess dosha, often the inflammation of summertime pitta, so we don’t burn out in the winter months. A seasonal cleanse, to some extent, is ideal for most all individuals as fasting is not a part of a seasonal cleanse rather creating dining practices of nourishing and easy to digest meals of kitchari. A tea mixture of coriander, cumin and fennel is sipped through the day along with room temperature water.

There is a level of cleanse for everybody and meant to be enjoyed at a level ideal for YOU. Let Ayurveda meet you where you are, right now. No forcing, nothing stressful as bringing Ayurveda into your life is a gradual process meant to build upon itself as your experience into this science and lifestyle gentle builds over time.

Sept 13, noon-3PM at The Yoga Bar in Newport. 701 Park Avenue, Newport, KY 41071. register in advance theyogabar.net for $39. View the event here.

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