Have you ever heard of Ayurveda? It’s a sister science to yoga whose name literally means “knowledge of life.”
Ayurveda is now used mainly as a holistic healing method, whose overarching goal is staying in balance with the nature around us and with our inner nature.
According to Ayurveda, nature and we are all made up of different combinations of five elements–earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Our internal combinations of the elements determine what energy rules our body and mind. These energies are called doshas, of which there are three : vata, pitta, and kapha.
Since these doshas affect our personality and our health, knowing your dosha would help you know what food, exercise, working environment, schedule and so on would give you the best physical, mental, and emotional health.
For example, if your dominant dosha is fiery and sharp pitta, then you need to calm and cool down to balance it out.
On the other hand, if your dominant dosha is energetic and scattered vata, then you need structure and grounding to remain balanced.
If you’re slow and steady like an elephant, as a kapha you need get moving and eat light foods.
To learn more about Ayurveda, listen to my interview below (or download it) with Ayurvedic consultant Monica Bloom of Hey Monica B to find out:
what doshas are, Ayurvedically speaking
how to figure out your or other people’s dosha through what you/they look like
how to identify other people’s dosha through their emails in less than five minutes
the best way to communicate as a yoga teacher with each dosha type to address their learning styles
Want to learn more about Ayurveda? Here are your ACTION STEPS:
Find out what your dosha type is by taking Monica’s dosha test.
As Monica mentioned, summer is pitta season. Find out more about how to stay cool in the summer in her free magazine Seasonal Bloom for Pitta. This also applies to pitta people.
If you’re a kapha, check out her Seasonal Bloom for Kapha.
If you’re a vata or know a vata, download the comprehensive guide to vatas.
I was so excited to speak to Ashley Brunner shortly before the holidays. I met her through Give a Mat, a not-for-project that connects donors to high school students in Bali, Indonesia.
Ashley’s story illustrates how quickly projects can be implemented from getting an idea to serve and putting it to action in a just a few months. In April of 2011, she was inspired to start the Give a Mat program and got it registered and set up online by late August. So in four short months she founded a not-for-profit with an international reach! How amazing is that?
So, listen to the entire interview with Ashley to learn about the following and more…
How giving may be the best way to heal
Where to get help, especially with the tech side of things, if you are thinking of starting a not-for-profit–(hint: here’s a link to Grassroots)
Challenges of running a not-for-profit with international reach
Ashley’s best advice if you want to start a similar project
If you have any questions or comments, get in touch with Ashley at giveamat at gmail dot com, on Facebook, and at Give A Mat’s website. Give a Mat is looking for donors, other schools to help, and volunteer yoga teachers.
The story behind her beautiful, inspiring manifesto–downloadable here: http://www.artasana.com/manifesto)
Creating from within rather than with your external senses
And why it’s important to find playful joy in your daily life
Listen to the entire interview to learn more…
If you have any questions or comments, get in touch with Eliza at her website Art Asana, on Twitter as @elizatobin, and on Facebook. If you want to work with Eliza when her next Dancing in the Fire session is accepting new students, check out her work here: http://www.30daysofyogaandart.com