Ayurveda; The science of observation and the heart of balance.

I have been passionately engaged in studies of Thai Yoga Massage for a while now. Every time I am lucky enough to have a continuing education blitz, my mind, and body for that matter, inevitably get blown. I learn so much and meet amazing people. Fo example, Day 1 I meet a group of 6 people from all walks of life, Canadian, European, American with each a story and such interesting personalities. I also learned about 6 new Thai Yoga Massage techniques and to never put honey in boiling water. “While warm water is fine, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, above 42 degrees centigrade, the all-important ‘medicinal’ molecular structure of honey is changed irrevocably, making it indigestible.”  The days of training are amazing, intense and long with so much material to go through. I absolutely love it and also feel a tad bit like the Japanese Samurai swordsmen who used to have years of detailed and careful training and then sent into the mountains to meditate and forget what they had learned. When they returned they had integrated their techniques and knowledge so much their craft was now guided by intuition and higher knowledge rather than thought. Not only do I observe myself going through a similar (slightly) cycle and witness my own mind, body go through its thing but also the material and the learning just surpasses my expectations tenfold and at times overwhelming. Now with the training portion over, I look at the space I am allowed to take a step back and to integrate  the material in a real life context. Real Life practice. Real Life knowledge.

And about that topic: Ayurveda.

Sanskrit  (ayur=life and veda=knowledge)

…”is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of complementary or alternative medicine. In the Western world, Ayurveda therapies and practices (which are manifold) have been integrated in general wellness applications and as well in some cases in medical use.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda

Ayurveda, a science I’ve been exposed to since 2008, is one I’ve cherry picked and collected knowledge from over the years. However the new timing at which a more in depth study of ayurveda came really opened my eyes wide and really resonated with me in a way it hadn’t before. 

It is important to mention that Ayurveda is a science of observation. That is what the rishis did. They sat and observed and wondered; what is happening in nature? And so we have the 5 elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth), the 3 doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and an extensive system, a the science based in the knowledge of life. Also called kitchen medecine, ayurveda has served humans in more practical to highly medical settings, healing and helping to find balance in body, mind and life. 

I have began paying close attention to simple details. What did I eat for lunch? How did I feel after lunch? How was my digestion? Why did I get so sleepy at 3pm and then a huge jolt of energy at 6pm? Why is there so much pain in my right hip and why am I constantly thirsty? How is it that I was so stressed after receiving an email from this person? Do I have time set aside for play in my day? 

It is always fascinating to me how time works it’s magic. Used to love pasta  and now I don’t care for them. Didn’t have much coordination a s a child and became a movement practitioner and bodyworker. Look at time, look at yourself over time, notice cyclesarpund you, in you. After all, Self Knowledge is true knowledge.

Hell I had always thought my dosha was Kapha Pitta but turns out I am Pitta Kapha.

Notice change, become aware of imbalances. Get to know yourself.

Keep digging.

I encourage you to take a good look. at yourself. Beyond the mirror. And return again to look more closely, Educate yourself. The process of learning and growth can definitely bring up fear but is necessary to the transformation and evolution on the body, mind and spirit. Observe notice and begin to progress, to open & to make changes that could benefit you in ways you may never have thought they could. 

We awaken different everyday, it is important to observe and notice, Use the senses and take from nature what you need to heal the self and give from the self what is needed to help nature. It is a divine exchange.

For example, it is recommended for a Kapha person to incorporate or try something new everyday. For a Vata to keep warm and for a Pitta to avoid eating too much spicy hot foods.

Awareness is a powerful tool. I choose to believe that we all possess awareness, some degree of it at the very least. 

Ayurveda is the container. Ayurveda is the space that holds all of the elements like air, fire water earth but also all the pieces that we juggle to find balance like friends, family, work, stress, exercise, yoga practice, nutrition. I am not insisting this is the way but it is A way. It is a way that makes sense and feels good in my experience, in my body, in my mind and in my soul.

Some recommendations:

Find your dosha; google dosha quiz

Get an Ayurvedic consult; http://madhuriayurvedayoga.com/

Watch this; http://madhuriayurvedayoga.com/2016/06/wanderlust-speakeasy-think/

Get a Thai Yoga Massage: (This practice is rooted in and includes foundations and principles of Ayurveda); www.cocofinaldi.com

Now at the height of a Pitta Season, the hot and abundant summer, reclaim your sweet self. Get to know your own nature, your own seasons and learn to navigate your life.

More present. More attentive More human. More divine.

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