My head feels like a ping pong game. This is my vata being off balance. My dosha is normally very spacious giving me room to be present and take inspiration from all around me. Not so much right now. My mind still creates but instead of inspiration, it causes me perspiration. Did I say my Dosha was off? Is a Dosha akin to my mojo? I suppose so, in whatever language/belief you may have, something is off balance.
I recently attended the first of 4 weekend trainings to be a Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist at Moon Dog Yoga in Quakertown. I have been introduced to Ayurveda previously but this in depth look at the science of life, has my head reeling. Overall, I believe I get it but connecting the dots especially when you throw in more than a few sanskrit words, isn’t happening. Then I pause, take a breath, allow a moment of stillness to reside in me, and give myself a break. Easy peeze, right?
Dinahcharya – not Dinah Shore
I’ve begun to add a few more Ayurvedic routines into my day. 5:30 a.m. My day begins with an intention for the day right from my very own bed. I first splash my face with cold water 6 times (not sure if Ayurvedic but it wakes me up and seems to reduce any puffiness). I then move on to scraping my tongue to remove Ama “Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria. This simple practice is a direct way of removing Ama from your physiology. In Ayurveda, Ama refers to any accumulation of toxic residue in the mind-body. This can result from improper eating, poor digestion, or a reflection of an imbalance somewhere in the gastrointestinal system.” http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-benefits-of-tongue-scraping
and gargle with warm sesame oil. So far so good. The neti pot is next on my routine, usual for this well-pollinated time of year. More sesame oil to coat just inside my nostrils. The blip in this routine happens when I need to drink a warm glass of water with lemon in it. I need to go down to the kitchen and boil water, cut lemons and then wait for the water to cool down. The water with lemon is used to support elimination and can trigger peristalsis . By the time, the water is ready, I am so over needing it. A yoga practice and meditation follows the purging. If it is a bath day for me, add dry brushing, oiling the skin from head to toe, waiting for the oil to absorb and then my shower. Whew, that is a full load. (Abyhanga)
10:00 p.m. The evening routine is much more manageable and enjoyable for me. How about a yummy nighty night drink, Rasayana. Raw unpasteurized milk, boiled with cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg and coriander. Add some raw honey after cooled a bit and HEAVEN. My feet get a lovely lavender oil massage and off I go to dreamland.
So back to the giving myself a break thing. I am trying out these routines and they are not set in stone. What works for me and my life right now? What works to balance me, keep my mojo/dosha in check. I want to bring love, light and life to myself. That is my true intention. Just figuring it out for now folks. Please google any of the above practices for more information, or send me a comment for further resources.
Supported Reclining Pose
Childs Pose – Straddle Variation
Benefits: calming, gently stretches lower back, nice transition from the days activities. A good pose to do if you need a few minutes break from your daily work, easy to do and easily accessible. Good for headaches. Breathing is easier since muscles of the respiratory system are relaxed.
Props: bolster, 2-4 blankets, may use a chair, if difficult to reach bolster.
Place blanket single-fold on bolster draping down. Legs can stretch through chair or straddle or cross-legged. Arms placed folded on chair in front of you. Rest forehead on arms. Tilt chin slightly toward your chest. Close eyes. For comfort or lower back issues, sit on blanket, add rolled up blankets under knees if legs in straddle, or blocks/blankets under knees if cross legged. May add a blanket at sacrum for grounding.
Starfish Pose (Savasana)
Props: 2 or more blankets, neck rolls, eye pillow
Benefits: soothing to the nervous system, grounding, gentle chest opener, releases the pelvis
Lay a blanket on your mat for extra comfort and warmth, blankets for the arms as well. As you lay down, place your feet towards the corners of your mat and arms about 10-12 inches from your body, palms up. Add your eye pillow, and blanket on top. We adjusted the legs with our Double Dutch for optimal release through the legs and pelvis. Try a progressive relaxation,