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6:07 pm

Ayurvedic Treatment for Joint Pain

Last night I was watching TV. I don’t watch TV often, but I do have a few naughty pleasures.  Anyhow, I’m always struck by the commercials.  What are we being sold?  What are we ingesting, physically and psychologically? One of the commercials that struck me the most was for an arthritis medication.  After touting its benefits, the announcer began to recite an extraordinary list of side-effects that seemed to include death and dismemberment.  (Not really, but you get it, right?).  Who would want to take that stuff?  Especially when there are safer and even pleasant ways to feel better in your body. And this is the place of Yoga and Ayurveda.  Pleasurable treatment. They don’t work overnight. They take some persistence. But there are no side-effects and you’ll actually enjoy taking them.  You’ll begin to glow as a result of your treatment. What more could you ask for? I mix up an oil for Joint Pain that I simply call “Joint Oil.”  It has no side effects. I enjoy using it.  It doesn’t work overnight. But using it shifts you toward a feeling of wellbeing that permeates more than just the joint.  It’s good for you.  How cool is that? ‘Joint Oil’ is a blend of Mahanaryan and Kastor oils.  Joint oil is great for any sore joint.  If your problem is low grade and chronic joint pain, massage Joint Oil into the painful area each day before you bathe.  Let the oil penetrate your skin for about 10 minutes before bathing with warm water. If your pain is high or you have an acute injury, then also massage Joint Oil into the painful area before you sleep at night and wrap the area with an ace or wool bandage for the night.  Joint Oil is also fabulous for circulatory problems, cold hands and feet, or Reynaud’s syndrome.  The treatment is the same as it is for joints: massage the oil into the effected area before a bath or bed.   Do not use Joint Oil internally or on an open wound. I mix other Abhyanga Oils specifically for each Dosha (Ayurvedic Body type). The oils are light and delicious on the skin.  A complete Ayurvedic skin care regimen begins with drying brushing your skin each morning, followed by an oil massage and then a warm shower or bath.  Dry brushing your skin removes dead skin cells while stimulating circulation.  Warm water allows the skin to absorb the oil it needs while washing away any excess.  The oil not only improves skin softness it also creates a light protective barrier. We are also carrying oils and nutritional products from Banyan Botanicals.  Taking Ayurvedic herbs is very different than taking western medications.  Their intention is to create balance and harmony. They are pleasantly aromatic and pleasurable to ingest.  They shift the body toward Sattva, harmonious existence.  It has taken about 6 months, but taking Banyan's Joint Formula treating my knees with Joint Oil  and doing my yoga practice with a eye toward knee health has effectively removed the arthritis pain I was experiencing in my knees. If you are curious to learn more about your Dosha, individual body type, we encourage you to sign up for an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation with Lisa or Angie.  Through the end of 2011 the consultations are being offered at a special rate. We’d love to see you sooner rather than later. You can be your most vibrant and healthiest self for the New Year!

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8:45 pm

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India. Ayurveda literally translates: complete knowledge for longevity. The Veda's are the ancient texts of India on which Yoga is founded. The Ayur Vedas can be thought of as the texts that describe health care. The word has come to mean a preventative health care system based on ancient Indian wisdom. Ayurveda reminds us that our whole life is medicine: what we eat, what we do, how we sleep, and how we care for ourselves. Ayurveda counsels us to seek balance in our lives and to tune our lives to the seasons: eating, sleeping, feeding, and exercising ourselves appropriately to the season of the year and the seasons of our lives. Ayurveda is a ‘slow-acting long-lasting therapy.’ Do not expect overnight changes. As you change your lifestyle, your body will change and your health will shift toward balance.

What is a Dosha?

Ayurveda view is that each individual is born with a particular constitution with particular health challenges. Your constitution is your particular balance of elemental energies: earth, water, fire, air and space. Each of us tends to go out of alignment in specific areas of life and health. Bringing our elemental energies back into balance, our physical, emotional and spiritual health also returns to balance. The three Doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, describe which elements tend toward imbalance in us. Some of us are dominantly one dosha, others of us are a mix of two or all three doshas. All of us have all the elements, thus three doshas within us. Our body type, prakriti or vrkriti, speaks to the balance or imbalance of the doshas in our body at birth, prakriti, or at a particular moment in time, vrikriti.

Vata Dosha is dominated by the elements Air and Space. When Vata Dosha is out of balance, nervous and anxiety issues are likely. Vata-types are prone toward fear in the face of stressful situations.

Pitta Dosha is dominated by the elements Fire and Water. When Pitta Dosha is out of balance digestive and coronary issues are likely. Pitta-types are prone toward anger in the face of stressful situations.

Kapha Dosha is dominated by the elements Water and Earth. When Kapha Dosha is out of balance, stagnation (in the lungs or digestive tract) issues are likely. Kapha-types are prone to stubbornness in the face of stressful situations.

What can Ayurvedic Counseling offer me?

An Ayurvedic Counseling session will assess your current lifestyle and make recommendations toward acheiving a balanced and harmonious lifestyle. You will receive individualized suggestions for nutrition, yoga and exercise, meditation, rest, bathing and skin care. You may choose to supplement these suggestions with skin oils and herbs to help balance your Doshas. Angie and Lisa will be available for Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling beginning in late October. A special introductory rate is two sessions for $75 until 12/31/2011.

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11:47 am

Yoga Hip Openers with a Bolster, with Lisa

Here is the delicious Yoga Bolster sequence we do in class regularly.  Enjoy!!!

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