Reflect Often

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We are all probably familiar with the experience of getting completely lost online. It can happen at the strangest of times. You go to a website with one thing in mind, maybe even just to have a quick look through your email. Suddenly, before you know it, you’re reading an article about the latest celebrity downfall. So how did you end up here, and how has your mind become so easily distracted?

Technology is ubiquitous and the invitation to get lost in it is always there too. It can happen when we’re on our own. It can happen at work. It can happen when you’re around people you really do want to spend time with. 

And all this is fine, but by not being present, there’s a just a chance that we’re missing out on some really good stuff.

In yoga we try to set an intention at the beginning of the practice knowing that by doing so, it not only helps us to stay in the moment during class, and it also gives us something to hang on to, to help us bring our attention back if the mind wanders.

Perhaps a similar technique might be handy here: just setting your intention before you embark on the day’s activities - if you find you’re doing something altogether different then you can just gently bring yourself back to that intention.

Importantly, just like in yoga, there’s no need to judge yourself for getting distracted - it’s only natural given the range of distractions on offer. And remember, it’s not about trying to exclude technology, but just trying to let it into our lives in a more mindful way. So there is definitely a time and a place for kicking back with some funny videos, or celebrity photos, or whatever your preferred high-calorie internet candy happens to be. The point is to reflect often, and just make sure that whatever you’re doing, you’re happy with it.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.