Category Archives: healing

But Now We’re Stressed Out

It’s election day and most people have been feeling very overwhelmed by this heated political campaign.  It’s been a great source for high emotions, differing opinions and general stress for many Americans.  Given our current events, along with upcoming holidays and the everyday workday grind, high stress levels don’t seem to be going away. 

This is why it’s so important to find balance in your hectic life and adopt methods to kick stress to the curb.  Healthy coping strategies are ways we are able to relax our mind and body to bring us out of a stressed state.

The more stress we take on, the more susceptible we become to health issues. If we are constantly in a level of distress, physical damage like headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and insomnia are likely to follow. 

Many techniques can be used to overcome stress, but pick 1 or 2 you like and make them apart of your routine.  Whatever methods you choose, it should focus on relaxing both the mind and body. 

Take yoga for example; there’s a reason why the last pose is always the Shavasana (Corpse Pose).  After stretching and flexing your bodies for an hour, your mind needs to relax as well.  This dead mans pose has you close yours eyes, while laying completely flat on your back.  This allows the you to focus on breathing and gives an awareness to the rising and falling of the chest.  As a result your body, mind and spirit are rejuvenated.

jala_blog-post_savasana

If yoga’s not your thing, you could go for a run by the river, then stop and rest for 5-10 minutes and soak in the nature around you.  The exercise from the run will relax your body, while the tranquil nature of water will ease your mind. 

jala-artesian-mineral-water_blog-post_runner

Another example could be cleaning your house and then meditating in the newly decluttered space.  The act of cleaning will physically exert your body and relax your muscles once finished.  Then taking a few minutes to sit down in a quite space and focus on your breath will bring awareness to your present surroundings.  Living in the present, instead of worrying over future tasks, is one of the best ways to relax the mind. 

jala-artesian-mineral-water_blog-post_woman-meditating-inside-house-850x400

Find what works best for you and your situation.  Working through different combinations of body and mind relaxation techniques will greatly benefit your overall well being.  Find your balance that will keep you moving forward.

Some more examples of natural ways to relax.

Sometimes blasting music is the best way to deal with stress:

Advertisements

Dieting To Balance A Vata Dosha

 

When dieting to balance out a Vata Dosha, it is crucial to stick to a routine and take things slow.  This will clean out bad habits by creating a process that will keep Vata’s grounded.  There are a few basic principles to abide by that revolve around what you eat and when you eat.

Vata’s should be eating 3 or 4 meals a day, leaving 2 hours between each meals.  So eating a snack is very important to stick to this timeframe.  You want to consume your last meals 2 or 3 hours before you go to sleep.  With lunch being the biggest meal, Vata’s can consume only poultry and fish during this time.  Red meat and raw foods are hard to digest for a Vata, as you have a delicate digestive system.  The key hear is to keep foods warm, cooked and moist.

As a Vata think one pot meals.  Things like crock-pot meals, rice mixes and lots of grains should be your recipes.  The most nutrition you will get comes from whole grains like barleys, rice and quinoa.  When it comes to vegetables, always cook them as they can aggravate a Vata.

Other items to eat are beans that will cook in under 30 minutes.  Using easy to digest beans, split peas and lentils will avoid upsetting the cold nature of Vata.  Nuts, seeds, honey, oils and spices are all things to be incorporated into the diet.

Vata personalities are the most addictive.  When it comes to addictive substances like caffeine and alcohol, moderation is essential.  You should cut back on your caffeine intake to once a day.  While alcohol should be limited to 2 or 3 servings a week, with those servings spread out from each other.  Avoid iced beverages and processed foods completely.  Know when your falling into bad habits and keep yourself in check with a schedule.

Using Yoga to Equalize Your Vata Dosha

In a previous blog post, I spoke about the three Doshas that define the energies in your body.  It is important to know which of these Doshas you align with and act accordingly to them.  The video above gives advice to Vata Dosha’s who are imbalanced.

Vata is known to be cold, mobile, light and expansive.  To combat any imbalances, you want to encourage the opposite qualities.  In this case it will be warmth, stability, grounding and focus.  You want to be focused on the present moment to bring health and well being.

While performing these exercises, you want to increase your inhalation, which warms and builds your body.  Extending the length of your inhale, while increasing the depth of your breath will promote grounding.

Stability is another element to work on by grounding your feet and hands.  In standing positions use your ball mounds on your feet to help balance yourself.  If in the downward dog position, use your thumb and index finger to root your hands.

Make sure to keep your gaze level low to below the horizon.  Your eyes should be facing slightly downwards towards the earth, focusing on one fixed spot.

Movement should be slow, fluid, gentle and easy.  Use a steady pace to assist with inner movement.  With this slow pace, synchronize your movement and breath to transition from one posture to the next.  It is important to pause at each posture and hold.  The results should leave you feeling warm, stable, grounded and present.  Feelings of nurture, support and strength means you are back in balance.

 

 

 

The Power Of Meditation

Meditation can be a powerful tool to not only your mind, but your body as well.  It function to make our mind peaceful and calm so we can accomplish tasks with a clear head.  It relieves our stress and strain, while enhancing our ability to face challenges.  It keeps our body in shape, helps our nervous system, helps our minds, our alertness, improves our perception, and helps us to properly express ourselves.  Meditation is food for the soul and a lifeline for the body.  It facilitates a disease free body, a confusion free mind, inhibition free intellect, and sorrow free soul.  By meditating, you are helping to create a violence free society.

It only takes a few minutes a day to gain more energy and focus for the day.  Many people believe they don’t have an extra 10-15 minutes to sit down and meditate.  However, meditating will actually clear your mind to focus on tasks, which will free up more time in the long run.

Watch this video below for a quick and simple breathing exercise to help clear your mind.

AOL.co.uk -Video – Om Meditation Anywhere Anytime

Learning Your Dosha To Fight Imbalance

One of the central teachings of Ayurveda is the theory that a healthy body exists when there is a balance between the three fundamental bodily energies, called doshas.  These three doshas, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are the body’s functions that are responsible for all physical and mental processes.

The tridosha theory in Ayurveda comes from the 5 elements that comprise our world – space, air, fire, water (Jala), and earth.  The three doshas are a combination of these elements which take form in the human body.

Vata: (Space + Air)

  •  Vata is movement, the body in motion.  It controls the respiratory system, our heartbeat, nerve impulses, and muscle contractions.  Vata circulates our blood flow, pumps air through our lungs, moves food through our digestive track, and eliminates waste.

Pitta: (Fire + Water)

  • Pitta regulates the body, controlling its metabolism.  It deals with the body in a transformative state.  Pitta handles the digestion of food, release and absorption of hormones, production of heat, and the cooling of the body.  If Vata is the energy that moves nerve impulses through the brain, Pitta is the energy that converts those impulses into thoughts.

Kapha: (Earth + Water)

  • Kapha is the structural foundation of the body in the form of lubrication.  It builds the body and forms its skeleton, muscles, organs, ligaments, tendons and skin.  Kapha ensures the smooth function of joints by lubricating the body.  It is the body at rest through strength, stability and solidity.

Everyone is made up of three doshas, but they will differ between individuals.  Primarily we will have an affinity towards one dosha.  It is important to realize what that affinity is, in order to properly balance your body.  You can take a quiz here to find out which body type you are.

When we live against our natural attributes, we begin a pattern of unhealthy life choices that cause mental and physical imbalances.  This is cured by aligning your everyday habits and diet with the natural fulfillments within your dosha. For example a Pitta may experience heartburn after eating spicy food.  This could be counteracted by eating more cooling or alkalizing foods instead.

Take the quiz, learn more about your body and how you can attain proper equilibrium.

Here are some recipes for spice-water that can help your body type’s imbalances.

Vata Balancing Water

Pitta Balancing Water

Kapha Balancing Water