Friday, November 13, 2009

FALL SEASON DIET: BALANCE VATA DOSHA

When we practice mindfulness in what we absorb through all of our senses, including foods we eat, it becomes effortless and natural to stay healthy in the body and mind and respond to life's challenges using our inner strength and wisdom.

General Advice during Vata season:
Eat warm cooked foods.
Include small amounts of olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) when possible.
Drink warm drinks, hot almond milk or spiced tea.

General diet to avoid during vata season:
Avoid cold foods, sour foods, cold beverages and too much caffeine. Always be sure to avoid refined sugar and bleached flour and especially any processed foods.

Try this:
Start your day with warm cream of wheat or oatmeal with stewed apple to help stimulate the digestive system and nourish your body with energy. Eat sautéed or steamed vegetables with sweet potato, carrots or asparagus for lunch. Snack on dates, fresh fruit, warmed almond milk. For dinner, enjoy a hearty soup with whole grain bread and butter. For dessert warm up almond milk with a dash of ginger and agave, maple syrup or honey with cut-up dates.


For more information about the Doshas:

AyurBalance: http://www.ayurbalance.com/explore_articlethreedoshas.htm

Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self Realization by David Frawley

Fall Message

Greetings Friends,

I hope that this finds you happy, healthy, peaceful and enjoying the fall season while preparing for the transition into the holidays.

As many of you know, I'm leaving for a three week trip to India this December to attend a yoga conference and then travel around the region. I will be back the first week of January and promise to share as much as I can from all that I learn and absorb from the experience! I will also be offering a post-holiday Detox Ruah Yoga Flow workshop when I return at Reebok Sports Club on January 9th (see details below) - I hope that you will join me there!
So many of you have shared with me that yoga has changed your life for the better! It always brings me such joy to hear those words – as all yogis can relate to that experience. Whatever anyone’s reason is for trying yoga, people often walk away with a sense of positive change. Part of yoga’s purpose is to help us be our best selves in times of change by opening up and strengthening the muscles and joints of the body while simultaneously creating peace and equanimity in our minds.

This season is a busy time for many of us, especially as the fall weather brings with it winds of change in the world around us and our bodies begin to make changes within us. According to ayurveda, the science of the body, the time from October until February is the season of the vatha dosha (the constitution or tendency of our body and mind). When Vatha, the air element that makes up our body, is out of balance we experience excess of being dry, cool, stiff, exhausted, distracted, anxious and restless. As the fall weather continues to change the environment around us with cold air and shorter days, our bodies and minds can become vulnerable to toxic germs and negative thoughts.

One of the best ways to build up your immune system and resist illness in our bodies and minds is to create positive energy from within. When we face a block in our motivation or have the sense of losing our routine, sit down and create a schedule that you can stick to in your daily life. Here are a few reminders that are important to stay healthy this season:

• Schedule in your calendar yoga or exercise either daily or several times a week and commit to those times as a priority for your well-being.
• Wake up every morning 10-20 minutes early and sit up in your bed to meditate or sit quietly listening to the sound of your breath.
• Before you go to bed at night or when you arrive home, sit for 10-20 minutes to meditate or sit quietly and listen to the sound of your breath.
• Do your best to create a schedule for 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
• Eat colorful, in season warm foods and fluids with lots of fruits and veggies.
• Try to have your last meal before 7pm in order to have enough time for digestion during the hours when your metabolism is the strongest.
• Conserve and use your energy wisely - treat yourself to entire days or evenings of rest.

The Bhagavad Gita (the last chapter of the Mahabarata, the ancient Indian epic story) says that yoga is the disassociation of all pain and suffering. Through a regular daily yoga practice, staying healthy and strong becomes an effortless process. It is equally important to practice the physical postures of yoga and to be mindful and deliberate in all of our actions in order to find balance and happiness in our lives and unite with our true self.

May you be blessed with good health, love and happiness this season and each day throughout your life!

Namaste,

Ruah

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

JOIN ME AT KRISHNA DAS KIRTAN!

Greetings!

What a wonderful way to transition into the holiday season from positive vibrations from call and response chanting (kirtan) with Krishna Das? Please join me and like-minded amazing yogis from all of my Yogaworks & Equinox classes - plus NYC andvisiting yogis to sing along with Krishna Das.

If you have never tried Kirtan, now is the time to begin your journey into creating your own bliss!

What: Kirtan with Krishna Das
Where: 86th Street & West End Avenue
When: Thursday November 19th
*Event starts at 6:30pm
*Join me to get good seats in the front and hang out at 5:30pm

Event Details & Purchase Tickets: http://www.krishnadas.com/tour_schedule.cfm

Peace, love, happiness and good health,

Ruah

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