Intuitive Wellness

Our bodies are amazing. They have a natural way of communicating their needs, but we have forgotten how to listen, often preferring a quick fix. Ayurveda offers a natural approach to health, and a great way to start is by paying attention to the 10 pairs of opposites, or gunas. These descriptive words highlight the connection between our environment, mental state, digestion and physical bodies.

For example, at the end of my work day, I’m often aware of my to do list. I am left feeling scattered and overwhelmed. In ayurvedic language I would use the terms mobile & dry (scattered thoughts), subtle & light (overwhelmed). My body recognizes this, and looks for a quick fix. To find balance, I crave something static, heavy and sweet. Our bodies are smart, so the quickest way to achieve this feeling is through food (and often we may crave the wrong foods with the right qualities). What I’m observing lately, is that a little fruit or almond butter satisfies the urge for sweet taste and combats dryness, while meditation gives me that heavy and stable quality that I’m missing.

Ayurveda gives us a different way of meeting our own needs. The formula is simple “like attracts like and opposites balance”. Using the 10 pairs of opposites will highlight what our bodies are really asking for. Learning to listen to our bodies in a different way and taking small steps to meet your own needs will leave you feeling balanced and satisfied rather than depleted and lacking. Here is a list of the 10 gunas to help get you started

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Heavy - Light

Slow/Dull - Sharp

Cold - Hot

Oily - Dry

Smooth - Rough

Dense - Liquid

Hard - Soft

Static - Mobile

Subtle - Gross

Cloudy - Clear

If you’re done with the quick fix diet approach to health and strive for a wholistic approach to lifetime wellness, let’s set up a free 30 minute conversation. A commitment to working with me for 3 - 6 months will teach you to learn to listen to your own body’s cues and find your own best health.

December 2017

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Dear Friends,

December can bring a variety of experiences and emotions, and before you know it, it will be 2018!  Setting a New Years Intention is a great way to begin again and get clear on your goals.  According to the Vedic text known as the Upanishads, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”  

Meditation, journaling and quiet reflection are all great ways to become clear with your intentions.  While in contemplation, I realize that have had a lifelong desire to support the health and wellbeing of myself and others.  One of my intentions for 2018 is to deliver content in new ways that better serve the overall health, balance and wellness of my entire community.    I commit to better communication through newsletters and offer exciting new opportunities to explore self care through yogic practices and good nutrition.

 

My teaching schedule

In December, you can find me teaching Hatha classes at The Yoga Place in Ephrata every Thursday evening from 7-8:15.  I'm also teaching the 8 am class on Sunday, December 10.  

If hanging out on the rope wall is your thing, I'll be at West End Yoga on December 10, 12, 24, 26, and 31.  Christmas Eve and New Years Eve classes will only be held at 11:00, so reserve your spot in advance.

Favorite healthy meals

I am a huge fan of Oh She Glows, and when a friend offered me a portion of her African Peanut Stew, I jumped at the opportunity.  Click on the recipe name to make it for yourself.  Recipes are vegan and most are gluten free.

                                        My new favorite journal

One great way I've been getting clear on who I am is through the practice of journaling.  I just love Elena Brower's new guided journal, Practice You.  They're beautiful and of the highest quality.  They make great gifts for the yogis in your life!  Click on the image to order.

                                         My favorite yoga mat

My husband purchased this Manduka Pro mat for 12 years ago, and it has only gotten better with age.  I have stolen it from him, as he no longer maintains a yoga practice.  I currently keep this mat reserved for my home practice, and I love it so much!  It is well worth the investment, and passes the test of time.  Click on the mat image to order.

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Hope to see you in class, and until then, wishing you a happy and healthy December!

 

Blessings,

Beth Martin RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP                                          bethmartinyoga@yahoo.com