First off let me just say, I am not a hater of Western Medicine or even of prescription drugs. There has been tremendous strides with some very basic prescription drugs due to research. Take for instance antibiotics. If you ever had a severe sinus infection or ear infection, you need to have it taken care of fast! There are many necessary prescription drugs that can save you and that’s pretty darned important.
Cleansing has become very popular over the last few years. Most of the cleanses I’ve heard about are right after the first of the year when the guilt kicks in for the overindulgences during the holiday season. We feel guilty about the candy and cookies and junk and the big meals that leave us feeling sluggish and heavy.
A daily routine (Dinacharya) may sound a little dull, but in Ayurvedic terms, it falls under Swastha Vritta, which means The Science of Ayurvedic Prevention.
I’ve been studying the Bhagavad Gita in my yoga teacher training course as the last part of our 300 hour program and I must say the best was saved for last!
As I sit in restaurants and watch the wait staff deliver ice water to everyone who comes in, I look around at the patrons of the restaurants, just observing. I swear, I’m not passing judgement, but I do see a lot of people with issues.
Studying the yoga sutras as part of my advanced teacher training program has been quite interesting. I studied the sutras during my initial yoga teacher training program with Diane Valentine, but the more in depth teacher training requires more in depth study of the yoga sutras.
When the seasons change, we need to make changes to ourselves to stay in balance. Kapha season is arriving soon and this means you should make changes to your diet and lifestyle as well as changes in the way you practice yoga. Check out the blog I wrote about Kapha season in Ayurveda.
There’s a little confusion in the world of Ayurveda about when the seasons change (called Ritucharya) but I think I can burn up the fog on this issue.