Thursday, June 15, 2017

20 Tips for Enchanting Beauty

 by Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar Originally posted in Health Topics

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What you believe is what you become. Use the affirmation, “I am young and beautiful.” As you say this, know that it is true. Remember that you are alive and beautiful as you meet life smiling and unafraid. You are a woman who welcomes the challenges of life with resilience and spiritual strength. Affirm these things and you will surely be transformed by this practice.
In addition, practice these action items on a daily basis to help you maintain lasting beauty. It’s all about re-training your senses to be filled with good things so that you can start to see all the beauty around and within you.

  • Do something helpful every day for someone else.
  • Keep good company—maintain good relationships with your partner, children, neighbors, and family.
  • Hydrate yourself properly with room temperature water or herbal teas.
  • Take some time to care for yourself.
Colorful Food
Eat the rainbow everyday— colorful, freshly prepared food.
  • Explore spiritual practices that help you connect and surrender.
  • No matter how old you are, or what the weather is like, walk at least 20 minutes every day.
  • Practice Ayurvedic self-oil massage daily.
  • Cultivate a hobby that brings you joy.
Banyan friend, Farinaz
Learn something new every day— challenge your mind.
  • Be flexible in your life—it won’t always work out the way you want it to and sometimes it’s good just to let go.
  • Seek emotional support from a counselor or confidant.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep so that you wake up fresh and energetic.
  • Find someone or something to be grateful for every day.
Banyan friend, Leah
Laugh! Watch comedy movies or read a humorous book.
  • Spend some time in nature.
  • Do not entertain negative thoughts.
  • Receive blessings from teachers, elders, or healers.
  • Keep your life simple—get rid of unnecessary burdens.
Banyan friend, Tami
Practice mindfulness so you can feel the beauty around you!
Most importantly, find a routine that works for you—on all levels, and define your own beauty! Everyone is unique, so honor your body and your uniqueness, and your radiance and authenticity will be an example for others.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What Are Your Tongue And Heart Trying To Tell You?



Pulse of Life
Have you heard your heartbeat lately? You have one! What is it trying to tell you?

Paying attention to your pulse and heartbeat helps you understand what is going on within. Is it slow? Is it fast? Is it calm? Is it anxious? Is it easy? Or is it working overtime? There are over 20 different qualities that you can use to determine your pulse. Obviously, this goes beyond the typical beats per minute. We want to look at the characteristics of the pulse. Is it hot or cold? Dry and hard or oily and soft? Is it moving or is it localized? And many more. These give us an outlook on the physiology and we can then take measures to increase vitality through out the body!


Stick out your tongue...

Tongue diagnosis is a procedure that has been utilized for thousands of years. The concept behind it is simple, if the opening of your digestive system is clean and clear, so is the rest of the tract. If there is heavy coating or a foul smell, what do you think lines the entire 30 feet of your intestines?!? Scraping our tongue in the morning helps us physically see the amount of gunk that is removed everyday. Through out this challenge, you should hopefully see less and less white or yellow mucus coming off your tongue in the morning and giving rise to a clean and clear pink tongue.

As we dive more in depth, we will talk about how the tongue holds a complete map of the physiology and we can predict different diseases and disorders that might arise.
By Manas S Kshirsagar

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*Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about
the tradition of yoga and ayurveda. This information is not intended
for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any
disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern,
please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess
your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor
before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or
nursing.


Breathe



Our breath is the expression of prana…life force.
As Dr. Deepak Chopra so eloquently said”…you aren’t breathing…you are being breathed”.
Our breath IS life!
It is the only autonomic system that we have control over.
Have you ever paused to ask yourself why? Why do we have control over our breath?
As humans, we take our breath for granted.  We don’t even notice our breath let alone have the awareness to consciously control it.  We often breathe shallow, in our chest, or even worse…we’ll hold it many times throughout the day without even realizing it.
Why can we control our breath?  Besides holding our breath in order not to drown…what’s the purpose of being able to manipulate our breath?
As I move through my soul journey, this is what I’ve come to so far.
Our breath not only keeps us alive but it REMINDS us that WE ARE ALIVE!
It is an expression of our spirit.
It is a tool to be used for healing.
We can detoxify the body by using our breath.
We can manipulate our cardiovascular system by using our breath.
We bring the central nervous system into balance and peace by using our breath.
And our breath centers us…grounds us in a place of knowing.
It reminds us…that we are not our bodies but that we are divine spirits having a human experience.
Our breath connects us to all that is and all there ever will be.
Our breath connects us to our SOUL.

So, how will you use your sacred breath today?

In Love & Gratitude,
Joy

Instagram @thespiritofjoy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How To Eat Healthy While Traveling



Everyone knows that eating healthy is easier to follow when you are in your normal daily routine. Making healthy food choices gets a lot harder when you are on vacation or traveling for work. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may not have many fresh food options. Additionally, if you stay in a hotel without a fridge or a mini-kitchen, you will most likely be eating out at restaurants all three meals a day.
While staying on track with your health can be more challenging when traveling, there are ways to create more balance in your travel routine. Instead of throwing all of your healthy habits out the window when you travel, it’s helpful to show up prepared so that you don’t have to constantly “get back on track” when you return home every time.
Maintaining some healthy eating habits when you travel will help to create more of a lifestyle approach instead of constantly being on a yo-yo schedule. Plus, you probably won’t feel as tired or bloated when you get back from vacation.
Here are some tips to boost your nutrition while you’re traveling and on-the-go:

Be Prepared With Snacks

At airports and on airplanes, you’ll mostly find processed and packaged snack items. Stock up on some healthier snack options before you leave like:
  • Granola 
  • Raw trail mix (look for “raw nuts” that don’t have any added oils)
  • Dried fruits or fresh fruit
  • Kale chips
  • Plantain chips
  • Gluten-free crackers 
  • Dark chocolate (>70% with <5g sugar per serving)
You may even consider making yourself a meal to bring with you on the plane. Just don’t bring anything liquid with you because you won’t be able to travel with it. Some easy, packable meals include:
  • Salad
  • Quinoa bowl with vegetables and avocado
  • Overnight oats
  • Veggie wrap (try using Ezekiel sprouted tortillas or brown rice wraps)

Set Yourself Up for Success With Accommodation

When looking for accommodation, consider staying at an Airbnb or renting an apartment for the week so that you have access to a kitchen. Even if you plan to be out and about all day, you can at least have a good quality breakfast to get your day started.
If you are staying at a hotel, call ahead to ask if your room has a mini-fridge. You can usually request a mini-fridge if your room doesn’t come with one.

Make Your First Stop the Grocery Store

Before you get to your destination, call your accommodation and ask where the closest grocery store or healthy food store is. Do your best to stop on your way from the airport or the first morning you get there to pick up items that you like to have on hand for breakfast/snack options. Some good fresh food options are:
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, berries, and oranges)
  • Cut up vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers)
  • Hummus
  • Organic yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk

Support Your Digestion

It’s not uncommon for your digestion to be slowed down when traveling. If you find that you get constipated, make sure to drink plenty of water and take a higher boost of probiotics to keep things moving. Another great supplement to bring with you while traveling is magnesium. Magnesium helps with constipation, and it can help you fall asleep at night as well.

Other Things to Keep in Mind While Traveling

In addition to the tips above, keep these things in mind while traveling:
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast. Breakfast is more predictable than any other meal, and you will likely have the most control over what you eat at this time. Once you are out and about, it’s less likely that you will be able to find healthy options. Try to focus on having a good protein-based breakfast to help balance your blood sugar throughout the day.
  • Load up on the veggies. Whenever possible, order a salad as your main dish or get a side salad. Fresh vegetables are often forgotten when eating on-the-go.
  • Carry a snack at all times. Bring a snack with you in your bag during the day so that you don’t get overly hungry or experience low blood sugar. When traveling, your eating schedule is most likely going to be more unpredictable, so having a quick snack on hand can help prevent overeating at meals.
As you can see, being prepared is the key to success if you want to stay healthy while traveling. Remember to also enjoy the local cuisine and enjoy the food culture wherever you are headed. You may even find some new flavors and spices to bring back into your own kitchen when you get home.
*Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about
the tradition of yoga and ayurveda. This information is not intended
for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any
disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern,
please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess
your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor
before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or
nursing.

The Heart Through The Eyes Of Ayurveda



Love this contribution from our very own Manas Kshirsagar.  He has a way of explaining foreign concepts in a way that's easy to understand.


In the ayurvedic texts the heart is described as "Hrdaya." This Sanskrit word consists of several parts, each with its own meaning: Hr means to receive, Da to give, and Ya to move. The very qualities of the heart are contained within its Sanskrit name. It is further described as Mahata (great) and Artha (serving all purposes). Thus, it is an organ par excellence.

The ayurvedic text Charaka describes the heart as, "indispensable for all mental and physical activities," because the entire sense perception depends on the heart.

The heart is also, most importantly, the seat of ojas. Ojas is the most refined substance in the physiology. It is the essence of the body's inner intelligence. Ojas is maintained through good diet, digestion, and living a happy, stress-free life.

The Key points to balancing heart health are Diet, excercise, and effective stress management.

Making sure to avoid excessive indulgence in food that is too hot and spicy, or food that is too heavy or astringent. Food should be consumed at the right time of day, should contain all six tastes and should be fresh, in the right proportions and eaten only when the previous meal is digested. Ayurveda also promotes favoring whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and good-quality protein, along with spices that are balancing to the prakruti.

There have been countless articles published and studies done on the effect of excercise on Blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol all of which are risk factors for cardiovascular health. A brisk 30 min walk a day is all you need!


Stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and pranayam have all been proven to have a significant impact on hypertension, high cholesterol and other risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

Take care of your heart and your heart will take care of you.
*Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about
the tradition of yoga and ayurveda. This information is not intended
for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any
disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern,
please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess
your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor
before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or
nursing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Your Brain On Stress



Stress can be caused by a lot of different things. And people have many different ways of dealing with stress. When something causes stress in the body the HPA axis kicks in. The hypothalamus will be redirecting traffic of the flight fight or freeze response. Pituitary and adrenaline glands release adrenaline and cortisol to aid in response. This complete process is detrimental to the human physiology because 1. It shuts down 2. High cortisol levels are going to depression and 3. Repeated exposure to excessive adrenaline causes depletion of the neural connections.

Studies have shown that meditators are able to settle down after a stressful situation quicker! As well as prolonged exposure does not trigger the same flight or fight response but rather activates the prefrontal cortex and regulates thoughts.

The brain/gut connection is very important in the human physiology. Understanding this connection hope to relate the two main centers of the nervous system CNS in the PNS. The vagus nerve connects the brain to the stomach.

The ability to control your response to stress and harness the positive energy of stressful situations to use it to work for you takes a lot of conditioning and practice. This is why meditation, yoga, and pranayama are all called practices. With structured stress, it allows our bodies to respond in a systematic manner while being in a controlled environment. Work hard at these practices so you'll never be overwhlemed.



You are not your brain, you are the user of your brain.

You are not your thoughts, you are the one who witnesses the thoughts.

You are not your emotions, you are the one that experiences emotions.

You are not your physical body, you are the one that lives inside the body.

With every breath, allow yourself to create space between the false you, these illusions of "you" and the True You.

Breathe in light and truth...

Breathe out fear and illusion...

Beneath the meandering thoughts, floods of emotion and bodily sensations, is the pure, wise, vibrant and omnipresent You.

May this be the foundation of your existence.

I see you through and through...

By Manas Kshirsagar


*Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about
the tradition of yoga and ayurveda. This information is not intended
for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any
disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern,
please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess
your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor
before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or
nursing.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mending The Self




Manas Krishagar


Our very own Manas Kshirsagar was a featured speaker at the online summit, Mending The Self!
Click the link below to hear his wisdom on guiding oneself through grief and loss.