Upcoming Ayur Yoga 200 hour teacher certification in October 2012!!Join this unique and intimate teacher training led by Holly Robison. I will be teaching the Ayurvedic section! Early bird is ending soon! http://www.sundarayogashala.com/
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I am so thrilled to invite you to enjoy the deeply satisfying and healing therapy of Ayurvedic Facials and Indian head massage. I will begin to offer these in September, and will be updating this info as I have more details on location. I will not be doing these at Lotus Salon due to scheduling conflicts with the existing facial room. I look forward to offering the healing power of touch to my services! Please check under the consultations and services tab!
Posted by Jodi Lee Kirtley, C.A.S. (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist) at 12:14 PM
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Do we hear this everywhere? We do since, in America, it is an ever growing concern.
Clients who are dealing with ongoing weight issues seem to be confused as to why they cannot drop the pounds when they believe they are eating "healthy", and excercising like a maniac. In Ayurveda, since everyone has a different constitution, and taking into consideration their imbalance, every person has a different need. This means that no one persons approach to losing the weight, and never seeing it reappear is different.
Embracing an Ayurvedic lifestyle means making real changes slowly in order for them to truly become a part of who you are. When this happens, there is no yo-yo dieting, fluctuating weight, or frustration. These are unnecessary, but for someone to experience lifelong health without the effects of feeling unsatisfied, they must take responsibility for being a part of the change.
Kapha dosha (or one of the three energies which governs our bodies), comprised of the earth and water elements, is responsible for weight or heaviness. Earth and water together are heavy. When you think of earth and water mixed, don't you picture mud? Well, this makes sense that when you feel heavy in the body, and /or the mind, (sluggish) that we could describe it as stickiness or feeling stuck. On saying that, Kapha is a beautiful dosha in that it is the protector of our bodies, the stability, our immunity. It is matter, and keeps our physical forms grounded. It is love.
The Kapha constitution easily gains weight and has a tough time losing it. Once your imbalance is determined, our approach to your weight loss will vary. We will work a specific food plan, herb formulas to aid in elimination and metabolizing, yoga posture, and even color and aromatherapy! Let's get moving!!
Posted by Jodi Lee Kirtley, C.A.S. (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist) at 8:44 AM
Friday, June 1, 2012
We are now officially traveling through the summer season(Pitta), which means we have transitioned from the spring (Kapha) season which saw many a cold, sinus, and allergy challenge. Each seasonal change not only presents itself externally, but internally as well. Our bodies are in sync with the earths seasonal cycles, so the heat is beginning to build and dry the heavier, stickier qualities of Kapha which melt away. On saying that, we are all unique in our constitutions, so those with more Pitta dosha (Fire element) can become somewhat, to terribly overheated if not kept in check. Here are a few recommendations to cool the fires of Pitta this season.
- Ghee used on rice, over lightly steamed or sauteed vegetables. (Ghee is cooling in nature)
- Pure, filtered water (cool to room temp) adding a few sprigs of mint (or cilantro) with cucumber
- Top your rice dishes with cilantro as garnish. This is balancing if there is a little more spice (heat) in your meal.
- Avoid tomatoes, and othere acidic type foods such as coffee, alcohol, and other hot drinks.
- Steam or sautee some bitter greens ( kale, dandelion, spinach). Bitter greens are cooling for the blood.
- Be sure to include some quiet/meditative time in your day. This calm will help to bring the fire of Pitta down.
- Avoid excessive sun. 15-30 minutes should do it. Beyond that, you may feel the effects negatively, not only externally but internally also! Your beautiful skin will thank you for taking care not to mistreat it!
Enjoy the long, and hopefully sunny days of the summer.. be thankful for the life you live.. do one brave thing everyday, and love much..
Posted by Jodi Lee Kirtley, C.A.S. (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist) at 8:35 AM
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ancient sciences throughout the world use plants, herbs, and minerals in which the earth has provided to remedy illness and prevent disease. These are still here for us to use, but have been sadly overlooked as modern day pharmaceuticals have become big business and have become a mask to the root of disease instead of the remover or healer. It is because we have become detached from nature and its love.We have simply forgotten that we are also a part of nature all around us.
It does take change for our bodies to once again become in tune with where it should be, and this is a challenge for many. Ayurveda simply suggests making ONE small change at a time, that change becoming rooted in your daily life, therefore becoming a part of who you are. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I always begin a clients road to wellness with food.In Ayurveda, the act of eating is a divine sacrament to your very being, forming and building the structure of your body and mind like devotees build a place of worship and contemplation. Food then, is something much more powerful than mere nourishment, it forms the essence of your very being. It becomes who you are. We've all heard: "You are what you eat." It is true.YOU ARE FOOD. Any Ayurvedic program will most times begin by offering a food program It is where it all begins simply because all disease moves outside of the site of the colon (all that is not taken into the system, but becomes toxic) and moves out into the body creating "dis-ease". Usually, one change in dietary routine and content is given so as not to overwhelm the person. Then, other routines and suggestions are made outside of food. It is amazing that once each change is implemented and accepted, how going back to old routines becomes almost unthinkable. I can speak from experience since my lifestyle is such. Each and every action I take for my well being everyday (which is to say that every routine I have adopted into my life) is something that I cannot go too long without. Even if it is one change which takes you one month to "get", it is absolutely okay!! Ayurveda brings us to examine ourselves beyond food and taking herbs.We all have different time frames for change, but whenever you are ready, it is YOUR time to discover yourself on a deeper level. Om. Shanti.
Posted by Jodi Lee Kirtley, C.A.S. (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist) at 1:51 PM