Thursday, June 28, 2012

Weight Loss Confusion

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!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Summer Season (Pitta season)

 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..

Om. Shanti.