When I begin our yoga sessions, I ask you to take a nice full breath of air in and follow your exhale down and through the body. As we continue with this controlled breathing, I ask you to check-in with your physical body, noticing how the physical is at the moment. We then progress through thoughts and emotions. Noticing how the breath might be affected by any physical pain or sensation as well as how any thoughts and/or emotions might affect the breath. As we do this, we become present to what is happening within ourselves at that moment in time.
This process not only helps calm the mind and begin relaxation, it also allows us to really notice what is going on inside. Ayurveda teaches us to recognize when we are starting to slide into a particular ailment so we can make adjustments to our daily routine to help counteract the slide.
No one knows you better than you. You know when you are feeling different or just not right. When that "different" feeling begins and you understand your body's tendencies, you can make changes that keep you in harmony.
Signs of a cold/flu....Kapha is phlegmy, heaviness in the chest; Vata is dry, dry cough, dry itchy nose, dry and/or sore throat, achy joints; Pitta is hot, feverish, runny nose and drippy sinuses.
Signs of imbalance.....Kapha - depression, overly sentimental, collecting/hoarding; Vata - anxiety, worry, flighty; Pitta - anger, workaholic, aggressive, sharp tongue
Because of their differences, each is remedied differently. When you know your tendencies, you can be proactive to keep yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually in balance.
Please join me in next Monday's workshop, "What's My Dosha? Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing". Monday, Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30PM.