Ayurveda, the holistic approach to health. Ayur = Life Veda = Knowledge.
Ayurveda is the practice and guiding principals for health and wellness developed in India thousands of years ago and recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts. It is one of the earliest written doctrines for healing. Ayurveda is based on the mind/body/spirit principles of health. One must have a balance of all three to have a healthy happy life.
There are three distinct categories or Doshas (you may have traits from more than one dosha) It is the energy that controls different bodily functions. These patterns of energy determine how and what one must do and eat. When balance is disturbed via food, stress or emotional issues, health problems can occur.
By assessing ones personality, body type, mental and emotional characteristics, one can determine which dosha is present.
Vata – circulation, breathing, heart and blood
Pitta – metabolism, digestion, nutrition
Kapha – Energy, immune system
We all have some of each dosha but there is usually one or two that are dominant.
Once your dominant dosha is determined, you can follow a specific list of of foods to eat or avoid as well as treatments including herbs, yoga, meditation and breathing or cleansing and mantras.
While rebalancing the dosha’s can correct or improve physical health, the intent is actually to prevent imbalance or disease. The fresh food based diet, along with exercise and meditation have been shown to reduce stress as wells as curing disease.
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“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.” Buddha. If you find yourself feeling unhappy here are five easy ways to help change that.
1. Remove the negative. Look for the people that make you unhappy and remove them from your life. Is there a “friend” or family member who always seems to bring everyone down? We all need someone to vent our problems to from time to time. However, if there’s that person, the one who brings the drama or they just seem to suck the life out of you, try spending less time with them. Seek out happy, positive people and invite them to coffee or join their group.
2. Take a break. If you are under stress or find yourself feeling unhappy, do something else for 30 minutes. Take a walk if the weather is nice. Spend a few minutes playing with your dog. Go to a park, beach, coffee shop or pick up a book or magazine. Put on some music and dance around. Just do something fun for a few minutes to reset your mind.
3. Make a gratitude list. Do not do this on any electronic device. Take a piece of paper and write down 10 things (or people) you are grateful for. Sometimes this can difficult to begin. Start with the most simple things like the fact that you have a piece of paper, or that you are breathing.
4. Hug. Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat and other online communication make us feel as if we have connected with others, but we are missing a vital part of our human happiness, the physical connection. We need to feel that contact. It actually produces endorphin in the brain and makes you happy. Start hugging your friends. If you are not comfortable hugging, shake hands. Make contact in some way. Petting a cat or dog or other animal can also make you feel good. Contact with other living creatures is the key.
5. Give. Not all giving needs to be monetary. Volunteer somewhere. You don’t need special skills to do this. Offer to walk dogs at a pet rescue or serve meals at a senior center. Offer to be a reader to kids at the library. Find a non profit group that needs people and join in. Giving feels as good as getting. (You might even get a hug.)
This is NOT minimalism. This is magazine styled, copy selling, high fashion photography. In reality, your clothes are more colorful and not perfectly pressed. You don’t have a Chanel bag sitting in your closet. You have more than two pairs of shoes and they are worn. If this is the minimalism that enticed you to find the movement, that’s not a bad thing. However, be realistic in your journey. Owning less is not about being perfect or beautiful (by pop culture standards). If you aspire to this black and white, picture perfect style, you will never feel good enough. Release what does not serve you and respect what does. That is minimalism.
There are two kinds of vegans. Those who do it for health and those that do it for ethical reasons. I’ve discovered the way you can tell. Not that it makes a difference in general but when coaching someone make the switch to a vegan lifestyle knowing why makes it easier to guide them toward success.
The ones who are doing it for ethical reasons look for meat substitutes to help them enjoy the foods they previously ate but not harm animals or support factory farming. Vegan versions of bacon, ground beef and cheese are among the most popular and difficult to give up. I have found that most substitutes either get the texture or flavor right but rarely both. It becomes a crutch. These foods are okay in moderation or when trying to recreate a favorite family recipe but they often contain lots of processed ingredients.
Those who are looking to improve their health are more apt to jump right in and want to eat a Whole Foods plant based diet but often fail because they feel a sense of lack or like they are missing out.
It’s better to create a plan where you can ease into the lifestyle.
Cheese and sugar have both been shown to be as addicting as cocaine. While some people Are better at taking on the “quit cold turkey” approach, others find that transitioning at a reasonable pace increases your chances of success. As you begin the journey it helps to have someone who can help you determine the best way for you to achieve your goals and cheer you on. Even the best athletes have coaches. If you are interested in a free consultation contact me.
Chakras In The Human Body
Chakra is actually the Sanskrit word that would mean wheel. The human body includes seven important chakras and also many minor chakras. These 7 chakras start from the bottom of the backbone and finish on the top of the head. Basically, those chakras possess the wheel of continuous revolving and rotating energy. The root (1st chakra) has the slowest revolving speed while the crown (7th chakra) rotates the fastest. As soon as these chakras are unhealthy, unbalanced or clogged up, one’s lifestyle tend to be out of sync. Weariness, stress and other health issues may set in. In such cases, it’s important to unclogged the affected chakras and restore its balance.
Stimulation for each chakras come from its individual and complimentary color as well as a range of gem stones. Basically, these chakra colors consists of the 7 colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. However, do not go overboard in opening your chakras as too large an opening may lead to excessive universal energy coming into your entire body. that will consequently lead to an energy overload.
Chakras have a clear connection among themselves and also the condition of its corresponding organ.The following are the 7 chakras and their related organs in the body:
• 1st chakra (root) - connected to large intestines, anus, has some effects on kidney functioning
• 2nd chakra (naval) – connected to the reproduction system, sex gland, testicles, urinary system, bladder and kidneys
• 3rd chakra (solar plexus) = connected to gall bladder, spleen, liver, small intestine and stomach
• 4th chakra (heart) – associated with the heart and arms
• 5th chakra (throat) – associated with throat and lung area
• 6th chakra (3rd eye) – associated with the face, nose area, eyes and brains.
• 7th chakra (crown) – related to the whole being, not corresponding to any particular organ.
Understanding of 7 main chakras
The art of chakra meditation involves focusing your mind on specific energy centers within your body. Each energy center corresponds with a different aspect of your life, so you can target a specific chakra depending on the problem you want to solve or the goal you want to achieve. There are 7 chakras which are:
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Reiki is not only a method of healing, it is also part of a holistic approach to living your best life. Most often, when we seek to improve ourselves, we find there is no single magic bullet, but rather a variety of mind, body, spirit elements to support our health and happiness. Yoga is one such element.
No doubt, you have heard of yoga, but choosing the right type for you can be a bit daunting.
Some of the most common types of yoga are listed below and briefly explained to guide you in choosing the best type of yoga that you can start with.
Iyengar Yoga: these types of yoga are solely focused on the alignment and precise movements. Yoga props such as blocks and straps are usually used as part of this type of yoga for those beginners who are not as flexible as the experts as to compensate for injuries. These Yoga props help assist all sorts of people to be able to do the poses comfortably. Because of its attention to details and the flexible modification of poses, this type of yoga is often a good form of exercise for people with back pain or neck pain, as they are likely to benefit from the random alteration to the poses. Practicing this type of yoga will give you a good knowledge on the classics in yoga poses so that whatever other style you practice, you will have the basic fundamentals on how to do each position. In Iyengar yoga the teacher focuses more on alignment and inner awareness. This awareness starts with the body and expands to other parts of the self as one continues with the regularity of practice.
Ashtanga Yoga: This type of yoga is commonly called power yoga because it is focused on a powerful flowing movement. Such movements include pushups and lunges, which deals with strength and stamina. Ashtanga yoga is best for people are looking for more challenging practice, people who are already athletic such as runners, gymnasts and cyclists who want to add more balance and concentration to their routines are also utilizing these types of yoga.
Bikram Yoga: is also known as the hot yoga for this is done in a very warm room. This type of yoga is excellent for increasing flexibility because the heat helps tissue to stretch. But keep in mind that Bikram yoga is not applicable to those that have developed cardio vascular diseases due to the strain placed on the body when vigorously exercising in the heat.
Viniyoga: This type links breath and movement in flowing exercises that are adapted to each individual. This is often a good form of yoga for those with back problems or neck injuries because it can be easily adapted by anyone.
Raja Yoga: This type of yoga aims for liberation through meditation. Raja yoga is best for those people who are capable of intense concentration.
Bhakti yoga: or commonly known as devotional yoga focuses on self surrender in the face of the divine.
Mantra yoga: much more known as the "yoga of potent sound" this type of yoga aims at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as "om," "hum," or "ram."
There are so many yoga institutions to choose from. It is also a good idea that before going into a class, discuss with the teacher first regarding his or her philosophy and beliefs in order to find the most appropriate and personally appealing form of yoga for you.
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Meditation has so many advantages. It promotes focus and relieves stress. Meditation is becoming more main stream as people are finding the benefits. Practicing meditation is not as difficult as one may think. Here are a few ways to learn to practice meditation:
Find a quiet space where you won't be disturbed.
Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor (not crossed)
Place your hands on your knees or relaxed in your lap.
Set a timer for 5 minutes.
Begin breathing just a bit deeper and keep your mind focused on breathing. How it feels, where it goes in your body. Anytime your mind wanders, just focus on your breathing.
Stop when the timer goes off.
Do this each day for a few days or weeks.
After a few days or more, when 5 minutes doesn't seem to be enough, increase the timer to 10 minutes, then 15, then to 20 minutes.
Meditating for 20 minutes a day will change your life.
Don't worry, your mind will wander some days, others will be easier to focus. The real key is to continue doing this every day. Some prefer to do this first thing in the morning, others later in the day. Find what works for you and just be consistent.
Manifestation is a really simple concept. It is so simple that you would think everyone would be able to do it. However, there are many people who fail to manifest what they want. Here are the top 4 reasons why people fail.
When you are manifesting success, you need to think positive thoughts and you reject all the negativity. Start by saying positive statements. Say “I can lose weight”. Don’t say “I can’t lose weight”. Say “I am a happy person, and happiness flows in my life” Don’t say “I am so depressed”.
Wanting superficial desires
Society has set expectations for you. They prefer people who are rich and beautiful. You try to manifest yourself to become like that. This is not going to work. You need to open your eyes to everything that is happening around you. Don’t live your life according to society’s expectation. Manifest your own desires for yourself! When you are manifesting, it is important that your desires are congruent in every part of your self. If you desire money on an ego surface, deep down spiritually, you might desire to grow in other aspects. So hence your manifestation doesn’t work.
Not knowing specifically what you want
You may be trying to manifest more money, but in reality what you want is something that money would buy. Be specific about what you want. Write it down in detail and then focus on it clearly.
Unable to visualize creatively
When people are told to visualize that their desires, most of them just visualize them holding the object of the desires. The key is to attach a feeling to this visualization. Remember the more vivid your visualizations are, the more real it becomes.
Once you know what is stopping you from manifesting success, you can improve yourself. Remember, manifestation is such a simple concept but you might not get what you think you want, if you are doing it for all the wrong reasons. So get your reasons right and practice! The more you practice, the easier it becomes for you to manifest yourself to success!
Article by Justine Melton - Posted with Permission from www.reikirays.com
I have added a new section to my Reiki 1 class that I feel important enough to share with everyone. Usually people are called to learning about Reiki because they want to make changes in their life or want to help others change and heal. Basically what happens through the help of Reiki is a huge needed shift in energy in the individual’s life. The old heavy negative energy leaves while the new loving energy comes in and sooths and heals. What is often overlooked and causes a surprise block of varying levels is how clean your space is. This includes your home environment, your work office, and your vehicle. Clutter of any kind, boxes, pictures with less than positive memories attached, old clothes, trash, old paperwork, broken appliances, unused furniture, disorganization and mess of any kind pulls in dark stagnant energy. This stagnant energy combats the healing work you are doing with Reiki and puts a damper on how far Reiki can really take you.
An easy way to visualize this is to think of a row of carrots you are trying to grow in your garden. In this case the carrots are your Reiki work in your home environment while the pests are the stagnant energy constantly there from all of you clutter. You plant the carrots, water them and care for them waiting for the time to harvest them. Instead of it being an easy time of sending good energy, watering and enjoying watching the carrots grow you notice that each day you are having to fight off bugs, animals, and critters of all kinds from destroying your new harvest. You combat them the best you can but it turns into a daily chore. At harvest time the carrots have either not grown into the big healthy carrots you were hoping for or you gave up and forgot about them completely.
Luckily there is a very easy fix for this surprising Reiki block. Clean your space! I’m not just talking about doing a little vacuuming. I’m talking about getting real with yourself and letting go of anything that is not actively adding positivity to your space. This is true of your home, car, workplace, and anywhere that you spend time daily.The Most Surprising Reiki Block
How to Get Real and Clean Your Space:
Take a look around your space. Is it light, free flowing and open? Or are there things that you keep telling yourself you have to hang onto that are actually creating blocks? Do you need that 2 year old b’day card from your friend Debbie? No, you do not. Do you need the magazine from last year that has a paint color in it you might want to use someday? No! Do you need to keep clothes that you think might come back in style one day? No. You get the idea. Create 3 piles in the middle of your space. 1=items to keep. 2=Donations. 3=Trash.
Get real with yourself. If you need a friend there with you to help don’t feel bad. Positive support from someone is always good. This cleansing experience is going to change your life and your vibration. Get rid of anything in your space that is not being used and/or actively adding positivity on a daily basis. Let everything go.
Once your space is clean send Reiki to it. Sit in the middle of the space. Picture a large white ball of healing, loving, cleansing energy. Make a large Master or Power Symbol over the ball. Imagine that it grows larger and larger until it pushes all that is negative out of the space and you have nothing but love and light left. Ground yourself and give thanks. Your space is now ready to take you to higher levels than ever before!
While you can repeatedly cleanse your space with all of the clutter and stagnant stuff in it the cleansing does not last long this way and blocks form. Getting real and truly clearing out your space allows for the Reiki energy to really show you how full of light and powerful it really is. With no hidden blocks or negative energy hanging out in your environment your Reiki work can really take off and go higher than you ever thought possible. Give it a try! Sending you love and light.
Receiving Reiki is a very simple process, but usually produces quite profound effects. The Reiki treatment begins by you lying down on a treatment couch. You remain fully clothed, but you may be more comfortable if you remove your shoes, or a belt, or big earrings. You close your eyes and most practitioners will have some gentle, relaxing music playing in the background for you to listen to. Then the Reiki practitioner will gently rest their hands upon you, non-intrusively, in a series of positions from the crown of the head to the feet. The practitioner may use a set of ‘standard’ hand positions which they use for all clients, or hey might work intuitively, which means that they allow the energy flowing through their hands to guide them to just the right combination of hand positions for you on that occasion.
Each hand position is held for a few minutes, sometimes longer, and during this time energy will flow into you, drawn according to your need, helping to balance your energy system. This can release stress, soothe pain, and promote your body’s natural ability to heal itself. As the energy flows, most people will feel warmth, or heat, or tingling from the Practitioner’s hands. It is usually a very relaxing experience: some people fall asleep. Other sensations may include seeing coloured lights or feeling as if you are floating. Sometimes people have an “emotional release” – feeling quite emotional or tearful for a little while during the treatment – as emotional turmoil is brought to the surface to be released and dissipated.
While Reiki is very effective, it is not a miracle cure, and the effects of Reiki treatments tend to build up cumulatively. To experience the full benefit of Reiki we would recommend that you have four to six full Reiki treatments. In our experience, this number of sessions is usually enough to sort out stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and some emotional problems; physical stuff can take a little longer, but not always. Reiki generally produces long-term beneficial changes, so you do not necessarily need to keep coming back for endless Reiki sessions. However, once you have felt how wonderful it feels, you may want to keep coming back and back! Some people decide to have regular ‘top-up’ sessions, which others might visit their Reiki practitioner if and when they feel that they would benefit from another treatment.
No matter what your particular complaint, the general effect of a course of Reiki treatments seems to be to make you feel more ‘laid back’: more calm, less stressed and better able to cope. Reiki seems to boost energy levels, raise spirits, and make you feel more positive about things. Stressful situations seem to wash over you.
Reiki brings things back into balance.
Reposted with permission from www.reiki-evolution.co.uk/
Author: Taggart King