Monthly Archives: November 2013

WINTER CARE SERIES

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Winter Mantra: Nourish mind & body, more rest & eat well.
WHAT TO EAT AND WHAT NOT TO EAT IN WINTER ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

FAVOR:

Local fresh, organic when possible, easily digestable veggies and fruit, good quality milk and yogurt (for its active bacteria which help the gut), good quality ghee, warm home cooked meals.

Carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, spinach and leafy greens (kale), god quality yogurt, pomegranate, Brussels sprouts, kiwis, guava, leeks, turnips.

Drink good quality water through out the day, warm water helps to flush toxins out of the body, to maximize healing benefits of water, add detoxifying spices to the water by making pots of tea and drink often.

AVOID:

Commercially processed foods as well as canned, frozen and anything pre-packaged, leftovers, food grown or sprayed with chemicals or laced with preservatives.
This foods tax the digestive system and clog the channels of circulation, creating a sluggish, compromised immune system.
Do not drink iced cold drinks or anything cold, it chocks the digestion!!

FAVOR SPICES IN YOUR COOKIGN AND TISANES/TEAS.

Spices: Ginger, turmeric, coriander, fennel and fenugreek help open up the channels of the body and support the flushing of toxins via the skin, urinary tract, colon and liver. Add spices to soups and dahls as they cook, or sauté the spices in Ghee and add to dishes when the cooking process is completed.

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200 hr YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO FEBRUARY 2014

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LILYPOD YOGA & AYURVEDA TEACHER TRAINING

YOGA & AYURVEDA Fundamentals course for Yoga teachers, therapists and/or health professionals.
In collaboration with Ayurveda Doctor: Arindham Chatterjee from New Delhi and RamVakkalanka, Sanskrit & Philosophy Master from Toronto.

The course will be registered with Yoga Alliance International and will be delivered through modules, interactive instruction and complemented by in-person residency in Mexico.
Students will receive personalized instruction from a specialized E-RYT 200 professional and an interdisciplinary team of wellness experts including a Master in Sanskrit, Hindu Philosophy and Naada Yoga as well as an accomplished Ayurveda Doctor.

To check out Full Curriculum and details: please click HERE

Location: Majahuitas Resort, Puerta Vallarta check it HERE 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $ 3,500 -ENDS DECEMBER 31ST 2013.

If you need to break it down into several payments, I am happy to HELP YOU.

INCLUDES:

– Accommodation

– All Ayurvedic meals.

– Course Manual and handouts.

– 2 Ayurvedic Treatments

– An Ayurvedic cooking workshop.

– Activities in the local area and within the resort:

Kayaks
Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Snorkeling gear
Beach Volleyball
Table Tennis
Hike to waterfall: Guided tour through the jungle ending at Quimixto waterfall. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Movie Night: Watch the classics open air on the beach on an 83″ screen (once a week).

AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM OF A MIN. OF 6 MONTHS WILL FOLLOW THIS MONTH LONG INTENSIVE COURSE.

Why is GHEE – Clarified butter so GOOD for YOU!!

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According to Ayurvedic teachings, clarified butter 
enhances OJAS (Vigor)an essence that governs the tissues of the body and balances the hormones. Ample OJAS (Like jing essence in CTM) ensures a strong mind and body, resistance against disease & is essential for longevity. 
Further on, clarified butter promotes the healing of injuries and gastro-intestinal inflammation such as ulcers and colitis. 
Clarified butter contains a butyric acid, a fatty acid that has anti-viral & anti-CANCER properties, and which raises the level of the antiviral chemical interferon in the body. 
It is also known to help treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Ghee increases the DIGESTIVE FIRE (Agni) and thereby improves assimilation and enhances the nutritional value of the food.

Here is a video of how to make it at home: Click HERE

NAMASKAR

EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE

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CHANGE your nutrition to “Nurture” your SELF & reduce stress in the process 🙂
Follow this simple GUIDELINES:
Recognize the signs: VATA Types:Prone to distraction, anxiety, worry, weight loss, teeth grinding, insomnia, and constipation, fast speech.Foods to FAVOR: (Sweet, sour and salty taste) Warming foods like rice, wheat, soups, stews, handful of nuts, and milk products; avoid raw food like salads and dry, airy foods like popcorn and anything COLD.

PITTA types:

Bouts of anger, outbursts, criticism, migraines, ulcers, inflamed skin, and burning hands and feet.

Foods to FAVOR: (Sweet, bitter & astringent tastes) Cooling foods like cucumbers, melons, dates, juices, raw foods, water should be taken cool; avoid spicy and astringent foods, like chili peppers, radishes, tomatoes, cranberries, and grapefruits.

KAPHA types:

Stubborn, lethargic, possessive, depressed, prone to overeating, and resistant to change.

Foods to FAVOR: (Pungent, bitter & astringent tastes) Artichokes, eggplant, broccoli, cherries, cranberries, and pears. Occasional fasting is recommended, avoid: eating too early in the AM an late at night, ice-cream and fatty foods, sweets and nuts; carefully monitor quantity of food.

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OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI
NAMASKAR

Recommended reading for Yogis on the Path…..

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Yogi books

Yogi books

 

BHAGAVAD GITA with commentaries.

UPANISHADS

– AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI. By: Paramahasana Yogananda

– THE LIGHT ON YOGA By: B.K.S. Iyengar

– THE LIGHT ON THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI By: B.K.S. Iyengar

– HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA By: Swami Muktibodhananda

– THE 8 HUMAN TALENTS. By: Gurmukh Kaur

– ANATOMY OF HATHA YOGA By: David Coulter

– YOGA & AYURVEDA/ Self Healing & Self-realization. By: Dr. David Frawley

– AYURV EDA: The Science of Self-Healing By: Dr. Vasant Lad

– YOGA FOR YOUR TYPE. By: Dr. David Frawley & Sandra Summerfield Kozak M.S

– THE PRINCIPLES OF SHADOW YOGA By: Chaya Yoga, Shandor Remete

– THE KEY MUSCLES OF HATHA YOGA: SCIENTIFIC KEYS, Vol. 1 ByRay Long MD FRCSC & Chris Macivor.

STRUCTURAL YOGA THERAPY By: Mukanda Stiles

 

 

Ayurvedic Rituals

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Ayurveda daily Rituals

Ayurveda Rituals

Follow 9 Ayurvedic Rituals with us at LilyPod Yoga & Ayurveda School for the Healing Arts.

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Here Ritual No. 1:

Immediately upon rising (hopefully slightly before sunrise) brush your teeth, scrape your tongue and drink a cup of warm water with lemon. Toxins accumulate on the tongue while we sleep and we don’t want to introduce them back into our system. Tongue scraping acts to stimulate and massage the internal organs. The water with lemon kick starts the liver for a brand new day of work.

NAMASKAR.

5 ways to burn FAT with Ayurveda

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5 ways to burn FAT with Ayurveda

5 Ways to Fight Fat With Ayurveda

There is a special concept used in ayurvedic medicine known as ama that is key to losing weight. Ama means “toxins.” These toxins are an accumulation of impurities in our bodies that are the result of improper diet, chronic stress, and environmental pollutants. Some of these toxins are water-soluble, making them easier to remove from the body with diet and exercise. But other toxins are fat-soluble, meaning that they become stuck deep inside fat cells. The fat cells expand as they accumulate these toxins, which leads to weight gain, especially in those hard-to-remove pockets of fat around the stomach, hips and thighs.
Ayurvedic techniques are targeted specifically at removing ama from your body, which shrinks your fat cells. The older you get, the more common it becomes to have ama in your body, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you implement daily habits and detox programs that help remove these toxins, they don’t have to become a chronic issue leading to weight gain.
The first step is to determine if you have toxins in your body. Once you recognize that you have an accumulation of ama in your body, then it is time to take action to reduce these toxins. To learn more about ama and how it manifests in your body, take this quiz.

Do you feel tired or mentally cloudy? Ayurveda is a unique perspective on weight loss with the concept of ama, or toxins. A bad diet, stress or environmental pollution can all contribute to the accumulation of ama that clogs the body. While some of these toxins are water soluble, making them easy to remove from the body, some are fat soluble, meaning they become sequestered into fat cells – and make weight loss harder.But you can fight fat with simple at-home ayurvedic regimens. Find out if you have toxic build-up in your body and need ayurvedic fat fighters with these questions from neurologist and Maharishi Ayurveda expert Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary.

1- When you wake up in the morning, does it take more than 15 minutes to feel alert and awake?
Yes
No

2- Do you often feel blockages in your body, such as constipation, congestion or indigestion?
Yes
No

3- Is your tongue often coated with a thick film, especially in the morning?
Yes
No

4- Do you tend to feel lazy? For example, your capacity to work is there, but you feel no inclination or drive to do it.
Yes
No

5- Do you often have no taste for food or have no real appetite?
Yes
No

** If you answer YES to more than 3, your Toxidity levels are high.

Each one of the following recommendations will help you to shed those extra pounds. Individually, they are helpful, but when you put them all together, you may experience impressive weight-loss results. These fat fighters will help you not only lose weight – but you’ll be able to keep it off. You can adhere to this plan indefinitely – I consider the steps life-long “maintenance” recommendations.
Remember, we are targeting that stubborn fat that never seems to go away. I’ve seen my patients lose dress sizes and some have lost up to 80 pounds! Most of these patients did not even come in to my practice for weight loss. The weight loss was just a natural byproduct of the ayurvedic programs they implemented. Now, let’s get started.

Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #1
The first ayurvedic fat fighter is a special “detox” tea. It includes a combination of ingredients that help to improve digestion, break down fat, and “unclog” the channels in our body by removing ama.
Detox Tea
Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in the morning.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of the following seeds to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes with the lid on.
Whole cumin seeds
Whole coriander seeds
Whole fennel seeds
Strain out the seeds and pour the liquid into a thermos. The key is to make the tea fresh every morning, place it in a thermos, and take small sips of it throughout the day. It is best to drink it warm or hot. If the tea is too strong or if you experience some initial discomfort, reduce the amount of seeds to 1/4 teaspoon for 2 weeks, and then increase it back to 1/2 teaspoon.

Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #2
The next fat fighter is something I call the Triphala Treat. Triphala is an ancient ayurvedic herb that is composed of three dried Indian superfruits that work synergistically together: Amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki.
Amalaki works as a natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body. It also helps to increase lean body mass and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Haritaki supports the body’s natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon.
Bibhitaki is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body.
Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, helping you to achieve your ideal weight. You can find triphala in powder form or tablet form. Triphala powder has a strong taste, so it may be easier to use the tablets at first. I take triphala every evening, one hour before bed, as part of my weight-management regimen. For the Triphala Treat, if you find the powder has too strong of a taste for you, just take two triphala tablets.
Triphala Treat
To 1/2 cup of warm water, add the following ingredients:
1/2 tsp of triphala powder
1 tsp unflavored, uncolored psyllium fiber
1 tsp ground organic flaxseed

Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #3
Here it is: Eat 50% of your daily calories at lunch. This is what’s incredibly unique about ayurvedic fat fighting: Instead of cutting calories first, you just have to change when you are eating most of your calories. According to ayurveda, lunch is the most important meal of the day because it is when your digestive fire, agni, is the strongest. You should eat the least number of calories at dinner, which should be before 7 p.m. If it sounds too good to be true, here is an experiment for you to do at home: Measure the number of calories that you are currently consuming on a daily basis. Don’t reduce the total number of calories you are eating, but eat the majority of your calories at lunch (at least 50%). Without any additional effort, you should begin to lose weight. Who doesn’t love that?A typical day’s meals should look like this:
Breakfast should be easy-to-digest foods like hot oatmeal, hot cereal, or fresh fruit. Don’t eat egg yolks because it’s hard to digest – just egg whites.
Lunch should be your largest meal when you eat the heaviest foods – cheese, eggs, meat and desserts.
Dinnertime is when your digestive fire is the weakest, so this should be your smallest and lightest meal. Dinner should consist of small proportions of easy-to-digest foods such as soups or cooked vegetables. Dinner shouldn’t be eaten after 7 p.m. because your body’s digestion gets weaker at night and cannot process food as well; undigested food is turned into toxins and often stored in your fat cells.

Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #4

Add curry powder to each meal. Ayurvedic medicine recognizes six tastes – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent. In order to feel satiated at a meal and eat less, you have to have all six tastes present in your food. These six tastes also help to improve your digestion and melt fat in your body. The average American diet usually only has three of these six tastes – sweet, salty and sour. Curry powder is an easy way to incorporate the six tastes into every meal. You can either cook with it so that your food gets the full flavor of the curry powder or just add a small amount as a condiment. You can even keep it in a saltshaker on your dining table and sprinkle it on your food. When you go shopping for curry powder, avoid the traditional ones that you see at most grocery stores. These may be too spicy and overpower the other tastes. Instead, you can look online for Ayurvedic churnas. These churnas have an equal blend of the six tastes. Even better, make your own! My favorite curry powder recipe comes from my Aunt Indra. It takes only a few minutes to make.
Curry Powder Blend

In a coffee grinder, grind the following ingredients together:
5 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
5 cloves
After you grind the above ingredients together, add:
2 tsp turmeric powder

Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #5
A raw silk glove massage, called gharshana, is an easy and inexpensive home spa treatment that fights fat. This type of massage helps to energize and detoxify the body. It’s specifically designed to help with weight loss, cellulite and water retention by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation. This helps to move toxins and fat out of your body and stimulates digestion.
The three main areas for the massage are the arms, abdomen, and legs. For the arms, begin with circles on the shoulder and proceed down the upper arm with back and forth strokes covering all surfaces. Make circles on the elbow and then back and forth strokes on the forearm. Resume making circles on the wrist. On the hand, make back and forth movements emphasizing the spaces between each finger. Repeat the same sequence on the other arm.
For the stomach, you start with a clockwise motion first, which supports the natural direction of digestion. Then massage the abdomen using horizontal strokes with hands moving in opposite directions. Next, use up and down strokes on the sides of the torso.The last area is the legs. Using circular strokes, massage the buttocks and hips. Move back and forth on the thigh using both hands and covering all surfaces. Use circular strokes on the knee using both hands. Return to the back and forth strokes on the lower leg using both hands. Then use circular strokes on the ankles. The feet require back and forth strokes. Emphasize the sole of the foot and the spaces between each toe. Repeat on the other side.
Raw silk gloves are easily found online for about $20. You can do the raw silk massage daily and it doesn’t require any massage oil. You can also have the massage done at an ayurvedic spa.

ENJOY
NAMASKAR
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