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from Bliss Sisters founder Michelle Larson
An Introduction to Ayurveda
I haven't created a newsletter in a while, as that darn paying job has been keeping me very busy : ) my gratitude for that!!... and my apology for being MIA for a few months. Thankfully, I have still had time here and there for some interesting experiences and some much needed taking-better-care-of-myself education. Back in March, one of our amazing Bliss Sisters, Jessilyn Gilbank, who owns a yoga studio in San Clemente, invited us all to an expansion party at Asana Fit. Free workshops all day long!! I participated in one with a fascinating and incredibly inspiring woman, Sandhiya Ramaswamy, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. Although I am pretty healthy; staying active and careful about what I eat, I am also peri-menopausal and suffer from crazy, annoying hot flashes and night sweats. On top of being "hot" all the time, (and not in a good way) I find myself becoming irritable and overly emotional at the drop of a hat. Not wanting to go the route of hormone replacement therapy, I am in search of ways to minimize my symptoms with natural remedies. Magically, Ayurveda has helped with all of this and more. Sandhiya spent about 8 hours accessing me thoroughly before she came up with my Prakruti (True Nature or Constitutional Blueprint) - I am 44% Pitta, 35% Kapha, and 21% Vata - Dosha. With that, she created her recommendations to address my imbalances. It is definitely a commitment, with lots of herbal concoctions to drink throughout the day (some tasty, some not-so-much), tongue scraping, oils to rub on my body, cooling pranayama, yoga poses, mantras, meditation, food recommendations and giving up caffeine (eeek that was a tough one)... but I'm happy to say, it's working! I have only had about a month of incorporating Ayurvedic practices into my daily routine, and I have seen a significant difference in my symptoms and in my overall mood and energy levels. It isn't an easy fix, but with my continued dedication, and the help of Sandhiya, I believe this will be a great way to build and maintain overall balance - body, mind and spirit.
Take a look at more details of the benefits of Ayurveda below...
a y u r v e d a
Ayur = Life; Veda = Science, Knowldege, Wisdom
Knowledge of life and longevity
What can Ayurveda do for you?
Art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature
Not merely a science of prevention, it is a complete medical science - aimed at healing disease or imbalances within the body
Health as defined by Ayurveda = Balanced state of body, mind and consciousness
Holistic - encompasses diet and nutrition, medicinal herbs, lifestyle practices, Yoga, meditation, Pranayama (breath-work), cleansing & rejuvenating body therapies. Other modalities include sound therapy, color therapy and aromatherapy.
Ultimate system of preventative medicine
Treats imbalances however big or small, like: Digestive - Gas, Indigestion, Constipation, Nausea, Hyperacidity, GERD, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease
Chronic conditions like Asthma, Arthritis, Diabetes
Autoimmune conditions like MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hypertension, Heart Disease
Obesity or Anorexia
Excellent adjunct and complementary therapy to western medical therapies
b l o g p o s t
We were fortunate to have Sandhiya come to our last Bliss Sisters meeting and share her knowledge and passion for Ayurveda. She has inspired us all to be more mindful of our overall balance and has us thinking about how we could be more aware and incorporate the principles of Ayurveda into our lives. She wrote a wonderful blog post with some practices that you can easily apply to get you started....
Read Sandhiya's Blog Post
on our website www.Bliss-Sisters.com
Ayurveda, meaning wisdom of life or longevity, is a 5,000-year-old mind-body-spirit system of medicine from India. According to Ayurveda, digestion is the key to maintaining radiant health and longevity. A strong digestive system equals a strong body. Digestion is a reflection of your physical-mental-emotional state of balance. In essence You are what you Digest! See the rest of the story...
next bliss sisters meeting: june 13
Many women today feel a sadness we cannot name. Though we accomplish much of what we set out to do, we sense that something is missing in our lives and, fruitlessly, search "out there" for the answers. What's often wrong is that we are disconnected from an authentic sense of self. ~ Emily Hancock
It’s time to connect to our inner beauty… that unshakable knowing that we are good, we are divine, we are special and YES, we are beautiful! When we accept and truly see ourselves in this way, we can love and be loved with ease. Don't forget to bring your journal and a pen.
Until then...follow your bliss to wherever that leads.