3 ways to feel better this season

The winter months can be tough for some at times.  The qualities of Kapha season can overwhelm if not kept in check. Cold, wet, heavy, dull and dense are the qualities that make up kapha and if you’re in the Northeast you can likely relate to these qualities when you consider the weather this time of year.  The cold.  The heavy, wet, dense snow and the dull cloudiness some days bring.  Since these qualities are so present during the season it’s easy to become overwhelmed by them. As taught in Ayurveda, like increases like, so to keep the overwhelm away one needs to incorporate qualities opposite to those of kapha.

This is the time of year people tend to hibernate.  If kapha becomes out of balance one may feel sluggish, heavy, depressed, have weight gain or suffer with respiratory issues.    read more

What is Ojas?

Ojas is known as our vigor, our power.  Ayurveda teaches it is our immunity, our vitality, our luster.  The extra umph we feel when we’re taking care of ourselves and it is strong. When ojas is low we can feel weak, anxious and unstable and when ojas is high we are confidant and exude that luster.

Ojas is actually what is left over after all that we consume and how we live is digested through our tissues.  Ojas is built when we are rejuvenating rather than pushing ourselves too far.read more

daily meditation

Last month I made a decision to meditate daily for the whole month.  For the 31 days of August I woke early or found time during the day to sit in quiet for some period of time.  Actually there were only a couple of times I missed time in the morning.  Typically I woke a little early, read a prompt for the day from The Book of Awakening, and then sat quietly for 10 minutes or so.  

There were days I wrote for a bit afterwards but most of the time I didn’t.  I tend to struggle writing when I’m not moved to or have something to get off my mind. My goal was to meditate daily and make that a habit. Practice finding the peace and quiet so when I need it I’m able to find it or feel it more easily.  It wasn’t a hassle or difficult to do daily at all in fact it became something I looked forward to.  

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Matcha

As promised earlier this week on Instagram, my matcha follow-up.  If you’re on Instagram and you don’t already, come follow me here.

I was introduced to matcha a couple of years ago and was curious so I decided to try it.  At times I wanted a little extra energy boost in the morning but wanted to keep my caffeine intake low and matcha did just the trick.  It isn’t that having caffeine is all bad it is just how and when people decide to consume it that can give them trouble at times.

You see when we go all night without eating or drinking our bodies naturally go into an acidic state.  What we break our fast with can really impact our bodies.  This is why many will have a glass of water or warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.  Having something like water before a cup of coffee sets you up for better health.

Personally having too much caffeine or too often leaves me feeling on edge and a bit jittery, no good.  So matcha is a much better choice for me and as I enjoy the benefits I realize that it makes me feel GOOD.  read more

In the space…you get to choose.

 

So something happened today, something that should have rocked me a bit, something that would have sent me in a spin any other day.  Thinking, planning, stressing, worrying, and taking immediate action. It doesn’t really matter what it was that happened but it wasn’t super positive.read more