Hasta

Loving Astronomy!

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Aires is the first of twelve constellations or Rashis that each and every one of us is born under.  The rising sign, called Lagna in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) is the sign on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth.  Vedic astrology is different than Western astrology which doesn’t use a rising sign but puts more emphasis on the Sun sign at birth. Read More

Jyotish or Vedic Astrology has a few differences compared to Western Astrology, such as yogas and nakshatras and oh soooo much more.  One of the most important difference between the two forms of Astrolgy is the Lagna or the rising sign.  In Vedic astrology, the rising sign plays a very important part of a person’s life.  The Lagna describes the basic map of how a person’s life will look.  It represents the constellation (in sanskrit – rashi) that’s overhead on the Eastern horizon at the time of birth.  Sounds simple, right? Read More

When I first started taking Yoga teacher training back in 2012, I had no idea where or what that road would lead me to or even IF that road would lead me anywhere.  I thought I just wanted to teach yoga since I liked it so much!

But here I am six years later studying and pouring my heart into a sister science of yoga called Jyotish.  And just so you understand, there are quite a few sciences that are related to Yoga.  They all fall under the VEDIC science category.  All limbs of the Vedic studies are ancient sciences taught by the ancient Rishis from thousands of years ago.  The sciences were passed down generation after generation orally (no books, no computer programs OH MY!).

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As a result of taking my first yoga teacher training at The Yoga and Movement Center in Walnut Creek, CA, I immediately enrolled in an Ayurveda course, and then continued to the second level of Ayurveda training.  During the teachings of Ayurveda, I learned about Jyotish.  Soon after, I attended a Sister Sciences course in New Mexico at the Ayurvedic Institute, led by Dr. Vasant Lad.  What an amazing week.  The course included Jyotish (vedic astrology), Vastu (vedic placement), Hasta (vedic palm reading) and Yoga.

I knew I had to continue in the Jyotish field!  It was calling me.  I began working with my wonderful teacher Steven Highburger.   What an amazing lineage Steven has learned from.  After a year or so, I needed more, so with Steven’s recommendation, I added a second teacher, Michael Manzella.  It’s important to follow in the same lineage when learning and adding teachers!

So here I am today, ready to spread some of what I’ve learned to others.  Learning Jyotish takes a long, long time as it’s a huge subject.  Much bigger and complex than I ever expected.  So forgive me at this point when I keep saying “Im not there yet”.  It’s normal to happen slowly.

My plan is to share information to help you understand yourself and to help you on your wellness path.  And that (like the hookey pokey) IS what it’s all about!

 

I was lucky enough to attend a course last summer given by Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute called the Sister Sciences Course that included Jyotish, Vastu, Hasta, and Yoga.  I’m sure you’ve heard of yoga but you may not be familiar with the other sister sciences.  All of these topics fall in the Vedic studies and have incredible information that completely drew me in.   Read More

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As we are nearing the end of VATA season, you may be experiencing bouts of airiness, including lack of focus, feeling spacey or maybe like your attention to anything or everything is not really in focus at all. Read More

No, I’m not talking about sexy hot (not that that’s a bad thing) but I’m talking about hot from the heat of summer.  It’s pitta time of year and the days are hot and long and I for one, can’t wait until the sun goes down to get some cool air circulating around me!

For those of you with Vata as your main dosha (you’ll love, love, LOVE the heat) you’re probably cheering to bring on the heat!  You love it and you even like being out in the sun this time of year.  The Pitta people (who already have sharp and hot tendencies) have to do all of their outdoor activities in the early morning and get inside by 11 am.  The Kapha people (the laid back ones) are probably okay with the heat, either way is fine with them.

But heat can come in different ways.  It can come via your tolerance for weather and it can also come in the form of digestion.  Digestion that is heated up (you’ll feel acidic, burpy, maybe even your bowel movement feels hot) is called teeksna-agni in Sanskrit and translates into sharp digestion.  If you’re that person who is “used” to feeling this way, you should act now.  Out of control digestion can lead to an assortment of issues include acid reflux, ulcers, etc.  You don’t want to go there when you can fix the situation yourself.  Don’t forget, western medicine is all about prescription drugs.  There is a time and a place for prescription drugs, but if you can manage this on your own by diet change…. why not?  (And don’t forget, all those prescription and even over the counter drugs have side effects!)

Digestive Fire

 
So here’s my suggestions for you if you’re feeling hot and sharp with your digestion. Simple things really:

  1. Avoid spicy and fried foods.  The body can’t tolerate these “food” items pretty much at anytime.
  2. AVOID ICED ANYTHING!  You may be thinking that ice will cool that hot sharp digestion , but NOOOOOO!  Ice constricts the blood vessels in the stomach which means the digestive juices are not produced  in the stomach which means the food is not processed properly in the body.  NO ICE water, tea, coffee or iced anything.  Break that habit now and your digestion will improve.  
  3. Switch to room temperature water and tea.  If you love your coffee, drink it in moderation, but drink it either hot or let it cool a little and enjoy.
  4. Make a nice pot of peppermint tea in the morning.  Let it steep and pour it in a glass container to cool and drink at room temperature.  Peppermint has very cooling effects on the body (think Pepto-bismal!).  You can sip this throughout the day.  Put it in a thermos and take it to work with you!
  5. I also love and suggest this product from Banyan Botanicals called Pitta Digest.  I highly recommend this if you have ongoing sharp digestive issues, even if you’re not primarily Pitta. http://www.avantlink.com/link.php?ml=536327&p=147642&pw=183162“>Pitta Digest.  You can get 20% off through the end of June by using this coupon code AFB616 when you check out.

Please let me know how it works for you

 

Pranayama, or breath work, is an incredible way to move energy through the body to attain different benefits to the body and mind.  Check out the YouTube I created today in the Lake Tahoe National Forest explaining the benefits of Nadi Shodana and how to do it as well.