The Knowledge of Life

Many of you who have talked to me recently know that I’ve beenĀ  learning more about Ayurveda (literally, the knowledge of life) and using the tools of this ancient practice to work towards optimal health and happiness. If you haven’t heard of Ayurveda, you can read about it on the Svastha Health website. And if you think you might be interested in the wisdom and guidance that Ayurveda has to offer, I highly recommend using this website to set up a consultation with Dr. Siva Mohan. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and also super easy to talk to.

Long story short, my journey with Ayurveda over the last couple months has turned out to be much more than I bargained for, but in a wonderful way. I, like most people, initially came to Ayurveda with the idea that I could change my diet, change my daily habits, and maybe drink a few herbal teas and suddenly I would be exactly where I wanted to be in my life. What I didn’t yet understand was how Ayurveda addresses a person’s entire being, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. (Sounds a lot like yoga, right?)

So this process has forced me to practice svadhyaya (self-study) in a major way and start weeding through some of theĀ  samskaras (impressions embedded in the mind) that I’ve carried around for years or even my whole life. If I had to explain the work I’ve been doing in a nutshell, I would say I’m learning to:

  • visualize my life as I truly want it to be
  • genuinely believe that I am worthy of that vision, and
  • create the right conditions for abundance to flow through my life

Part of this involves cutting out the things that don’t seem to resonate with my highest self. We all have those things, whether it’s jobs, relationships, habits, etc. that, when we’re really honest with ourselves, just don’t feel right, that energetically drag us down, and may be holding us back from creating the life we want to live.

I encourage you to do some of your own self-study now, to take a look at the various aspects of your life and decide what is uplifting you and what is not serving you, what aligns you with your dharma (life’s purpose) and what needs to be eliminated from your life altogether.

Please write to me if you have questions about working with an Ayurvedic practitioner or if you simply want to share your insights on this topic.

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The Best Journeys

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summertime as much as I have! As we get closer to Fall, I’m anticipating the start of my next 200 hour teacher training with Cloud Nine Yoga. It makes me smile to think back on my own yoga journey up to this point–falling in love with the physical practice, discovering the deeper dimensions of yoga during my first teacher training, and learning so much about myself throughout five years of teaching full-time.

I was recently watching a documentary called 180* South, about surfers and climbers adventuring in South America. I was struck by something the narrator said: “The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.” It reminded me of the process of taking a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Most students have the idea that they want to teach or maybe they simply want to learn more about yoga, but they really have no idea what’s in store for them. Everyone’s journey is unique, but across the board, teacher training turns out to be a period of deep personal growth and discovery.

If you’ve been considering taking this next step in your practice, I encourage you to do it now. We can always make excuses about why it’s not the perfect time yet, but once you make the leap you’ll be happy you did.

My next training begins August 30th and meets every Sunday through November 29th, 2015. Give me a call if you’d like to learn more: (714)679-7660

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Study of the Self

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about svadhyaya, or self-study. It’s one of the five yamas, or “observances,” listed in the Yoga Sutras as part of the eight-limbed path of yoga. To practice svadhyaya means to be constantly examining yourself — your thoughts, words, and actions — making sure that you are living in alignment with your ideals and staying true to your highest self.

A great way to do this is to consider the kleshas, or “afflictions,” which are also mentioned in the Yoga Sutras. The five kleshas are:

1. Avidya (Ignorance/Misperception):When we misperceive reality, it allows all the other kleshas to take root within us.
2. Asmita (Egoism): We connect our self-worth with matters of the material world and try to demonstrate our superiority over others.
3. Raga (Desire/Attachment): We are overly attached to pleasurable experiences.
4. Dvesha (Aversion/Avoidance) : We avoid the things we perceive as negative.
5. Abinivesha (Fear of death or change): We stick to what’s familiar and comfortable.

Like anything in the Yoga Sutras, these five kleshas can be starting points for in-depth reflection and discussion. In the spirit of svadhyaya, I invite you to go through each one and consider how it might be present in your life right now. I’m certain you will learn something about yourself and maybe even be inspired (like I was) to start making some positive changes!

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New Class

I’m making a few changes to my weekly class schedule. Check out my new all levels flow class on Wednesday afternoons at be the Change at 4:30pm!

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Private Yoga Sessions

If you’re interested in private yoga sessions, let me know! Let’s work together one-on-one towards your personal goals.

$60/hour

Contact me for more info.

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Advanced Asana Videos

I’m excited to share my first series of short YouTube videos that I created for Be the Change Yoga! In each of these videos, I teach an advanced posture along with modifications and variations. Check out my first one: King Pigeon Pose.

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Yoga Class with Mental Physix

Save the date! On Saturday July 26th, I’ll be teaching a yoga class at Be the Change Yoga with Mental Physix. Class is 6:30-8pm, followed by a DJ set/dance party.

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