Ayurveda is a system of living that treats each of us as a complex, unique being with specific needs regarding diet, exercise, herbs, essential oils, self-care habits and lifestyle choices. It is an ancient, time-tested science that recognizes that as the conditions of our life change, we're healthiest when we make tiny shifts in our habits to stay in balance. Ayurveda is a daily experience of conscious living, of noticing and catching imbalances before they become disease, and permission to truly listen to our own inner teacher.
Recently, I have spoken to a few different people about yoga teacher training — how to choose one, what to expect, etc — and with a few more inquiries popping up over the weekend, I thought it'd be useful to share some thoughts more widely here...
Like Varuna water is an incredible teacher, showing us how to move with grace, ease and determination. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what's familiar. It does not waste energy resisting, but flows onward with resolve. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance.
Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet to continue to seek the path of growth and inquiry, it's important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and the subtle transformation that has already occurred as a reminder of our capacity to change.
By tuning out noise and relishing silence, we can create the space to experience and express what is happening. Then that self-exploration can begin in earnest; It becomes easier to let our strongest feelings come forth, deal with them, and find new ways of resolving our hearts & minds.
Sound is a powerful force that, along with being able to bring that sense of peace and well-being, can make human beings feel love, hurt, and joy. It is a potent energy that can express love and concern, or cause great pain and destruction.
When we honor and value the human experience however it shows up — when we fully inhabit our bodies and allow space for our emotions — we move past the individual narrative that keeps us separate from others and connect at a collective level.