Foundational Tools for Maintaining Health

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Ayurveda states that there are three pillars or supports that we need to build and preserve in our lives to foster our wellbeing for our physical, mental and spiritual bodies.  The first pillar is our inputs (or the things that we bring into our bodies), the second pillar is the impact we create (or how we connect through our senses) and the third pillar is our immersion (or how we immerse ourselves with rest and sleep). 

The following content can also be found on my podcast “On Wellness Way.”

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It’s All in Your Head

This old adage has mostly negative connotations. Maybe you’ve heard someone claim that their doctor told them that their pain is “all in their head.” Or, that you, yourself, maintain from time to time that a specific feeling you are having is just “all in your mind.” I would like to respectfully declare that, of course it’s all in your head because the mind is responsible for everything.

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Excessiveness: How You Can Keep the Flame Balanced

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We have now, officially, entered into the holidays. 

And, for most of us, this is the time when we go far away from our normal routines for eating, drinking, sleeping, exercising and the general schedules we are used to. We communicate and socialize more often and with larger groups of people. We are generally busier with more cleaning, hosting, cooking, projects and travelling. 

So, I thought I would provide a few feasible wellness tips for keeping balanced during this holiday season.

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Why Do We Need to Know Our Dosha?

In Ayurveda, a dosha is a particular health type or functional energy that we possess. Individually, these doshas are known as Vata, Pitta or Kapha. In combination, they make up our innate constitution and have the ability to govern every function within the body-mind system.

While modern medicine is based on the structure of the body, “dis-ease” is not always evident in a body’s structure. Ayurveda is based on three energies that are functioning behind that structure or the “why” something is happening, its root cause. 

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What is Your Original Nature?

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Your original nature is established at the time of conception and pretty much stays the same throughout your life. Often it is known as your “constitution.” In Sanskrit, it is called Prakrti and is defined as “the original or natural form or condition of anything, it’s an original or primary substance.”

To put it simply, it is the inherent nature of a person (reflected in one’s particular body, mind and spirit).

What is a constitution? 

Our individual constitution is made up of the elements that exist all around us, from the space, air, fire, water and earth components. In last week’s blogpost, I introduced the different elements or building blocks that make up our world. 

How do we receive our individual constitution? 

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What Are We Really Made Of?

Traveling to southern Arizona over Thanksgiving, I was captivated by the vastness of the desert sky, the grasses blowing in the wind as they caught the golden yellow fire of the sun, a morning’s early shower that generated a most tremendous rainbow and the sturdiness of the saguaro cactus that were dotted throughout the landscape, their arms pointed every which way like signposts.

The building blocks of nature: space, wind, fire, water and earth were so well represented in that one breathtaking viewpoint. And, amazingly enough, what we see all around us exists deep within us too.

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The Transforming Power of Yoga Nidra

Have you ever attended a yoga class that finished up with an awesome final relaxation pose making you feel totally at peace? If so, then you have experienced a form of Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is defined as “yogic sleep” but it’s really the state that hovers between wakefulness and sleep.

Richard Miller describes it wonderfully by saying, “In yoga nidra, we restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awaken a seventh sense that allows us to feel no separation, that only sees wholeness, tranquility, and well-being.”

That sounds too good to be true and not that easy to attain, right?

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