Most western yogis are situated in a crux during the month of December. The more yoga we do the more aparigraha, a yogic tenet of non-greed, non-attachment, and non-hoarding, takes root. The Yogi’s heart stops associating the feeling of lack with materials need, and starts to associate the feeling of lack with disconnect from the Universal.
While I’m obviously a seasoned seasonal yogidetoxer there is something you should know: I’m also a rebel. And Rebels are Cheaters during a detox. I’ve resisted authority since I can remember. Naturally, my mom was the first victim of my rebellious behavior. I was a stubborn kid with a know-it-all attitude.. and a sharp whippersnapper at that. I didn’t have a complacent bone in my body.
After a few years in my Ayurvedic practice I went to India for 3 months to see what I could learn. During that time I completed Dr. Lad’s Gurukula program in Ayurvedic practice, I spent a few weeks at Krishnamacharya’s YogaMandiram chanting, I sat a Goenke Vipassana Retreat, and I studied Pancha Karma in Kerala. A day didn’t go by that I wasn’t served small batch fermented foods.
In the very beginning of my yoga journey I photocopied the poses from The Iyengar Way. Then, I taped the images to my wall next to where I started my home practice. Having the poses on the wall was a convincing reminder to get on the mat and do the practice. I learned their sanskrit names and the alignment. As my practice advanced, I’d replace the poses I knew with the ones I did not.
The “Cheatsheets” are a series of super helpful pointers to optimize your health. Some are seasonal. Others have recipes or are quick guides. Print and share. You can also leave a comment of other cheatsheets you’d like me to make!
-Cate Stillman Founder of Yogahealer.com
Ayurveda Guidelines for Summer – a one page Quick Guide to print and pin on your fridge. Print a few to share at your local yoga studio.
I have 2 gifts for you. While both gifts are aimed at families with children, they teach perennial lessons that awaken our connectivity and elevate our morality. A story by Starhawk: A Visit to Mother Winter. She generously let me publish online her story in a printer-friendly format. If your family doesn’t have a Winter Solstice Ritual, this is a perfect one to begin with.
We’re going to feature the TOP 10 Ayurvedic blog posts of 2012. We know this is a ridiculous endeavor, due to the huge amount of fantastic work many Ayurvedic doctors, practitioners, and enthusiasts produced in 2012. We invite you to tell us what you loved!
We went out with some friends last night. The conversation turned to the holidays…. and excess consumption. In Ayurveda excess consumption of anything creates ama. Ama = toxic crap that blocks the flow of consciousness.
- If the excess is in food it begets physical ama.
- If its excess is in stimulation it begets mental ama.
- Because excess is