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

 

 

AWEsome Announcement

Many of us have brains that habitually work a bit like an advent calendar.  For every situation, we go to the correctly corresponding number and find a reaction that is safely stored in that space.  We can put ourselves and the world around us in these little compartments, getting the "correct" package out for each situation & reacting in a predetermined manner.  In order to fully realize our own potential, our habitual responses need to be challenged.    

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Much of my own journey to wellness has been through the leadership in wellness program, Create Karma.  It has been a lot of effort to break down the walls of these mental compartments.  It has been a journey of movement, stillness, compassion, connection, strength, mobility and healing.  I have taken steps to define new possibilities for my life,  and helped others to do the same.  

Recently, I was listening to a podcast during my daily commute.  Cate Stillman spoke simple words that stuck with me, "sometimes you have to show up as you want to be seen".  This concept broke my compartmentalized brain wide open.  Not only could each of us define our own possibilities, literally anything was possible.  This was an awakening that took 2 years of learning to manifest.  All we need to do is realize when we are at our best and take action by showing up as we want to be seen.  I was being held back by the very compartments that I had created to keep me safe.  I began to see immediate changes in how I show up in the world, and I feel amazing.

Because this journey to wellness through Create Karma has meant so much to me, I am excited to lead the all new 2018 AWE program.  AWE is a journal to personal wellness that will allow you to define and explore wellness for yourself.  Experience a series of workshops and learn from amazing wellness leaders from around the country.  Set goals and receive coaching from me as well as support from your peers.  This training is for anyone who wishes to be in learning and community while creating their own plan to wellness.  

If you are ready to take an AWEsome adventure and show up as you want to be, apply now.  Can't wait to see what 2018 has in store!

 

Blessings!                                                                                                                                          

Beth Martin E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP