Saturday, August 3, 2013

We've moved

You can find us at trilliumayurveda.blogspot.com or at:

trilliumayurveda.com

Thank you for your visits and encouragement!  Thank you for watching us grow and change.  We hope to see you on the Ayurveda pages....

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Busy. Busy. Busy.

I am reminded when your life is very busy and things are more stressful than usual, it is time to keep things very simple: simple diet, simple routines, and to try to make what you can more simple to compensate for all the bombardment on the body of stress and stress hormones and sheer exhaustion!!!

As a side note: it take twenty-four hours for your body to regroup after one rise in stress hormones.  Just a reminder, those hormones were meant to protect you from a tiger attack...not from the accumulating paperwork on your desk!!  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nabbed from Claudia on FB

"But if you would only persist. If you would continue to be alone for a long time, amblingly swinging your legs for many miles and living in the present, then you will be rewarded: thoughts, good ideas, plots for novels, longings, decisions, revelations will come to you." 
~ From Brenda Ueland's If You Want To Write, first published in 1938

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Trillium Ayurveda

BumbleChick Farm is transitioning to becoming Trillium Ayurveda.  We will soon be found at: trilliumayurveda.com.  Please come check us out!  It's a lot of work as we are learning how to set up our own webpage, but we are hoping to be published in a few weeks.  Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into, so it's a good thing that we like learning new things.  It's kind of exciting to open up our new web page and see the "site under construction" note!!

As for other learning, I had planned to take the summer off to digest things and take a break from education, but I could not resist the new session of Claudia Welch's Healthier Hormones class.  For anyone interested, it is quite accessible and useful for all of us women leading our overly stressful lives.  So, feel free to join me!!  In any case, I will keep you posted as I go along!



Monday, June 17, 2013

Almond Milk

Almond milk is nourishing and healthful.  But some of the store bought milks come with added ingredients.  Solution?  Make your own:

-Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight
-In the morning, slip the almonds out of their skins (or cheat...and don't)
-Blend with 4 cups water, a few dates, and some vanilla.
-Strain through cheesecloth.  (you can use the meat leftover to make pancakes or bread--or feed the chickens)
-Drink.
It will last several days in the fridge.

You can experiment with different spices and ingredients.
And be happy knowing what's in your milk.

(Thank you Vickie for sharing this recipe with me)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Tips

Summer's on the way.  Very much on the way.  One might argue that it's here.  Although it's not June 21st yet.  But we are feeling the heat and those with a little bit of excess Pitta, the dosha of heat, might be feeling a bit hotter than the rest of us.  Maybe a bit cranky.  Maybe a bit critical.  Maybe just a bit...angry.

Some tips to stay cool and calm in the heat:

--Drink water at room temperature.  Iced cold water uses more energy (and creates heat) to bring it up to a temperature that the body can digest it at.

--Add fresh mint to your water.

--Try coconut oil...slather away.  It's cooling and calming.

--Drink coconut water.

--Drink Wise Water Tea: water with cumin, coriander, and fennel.

--Spritz your face with cooling rose water.  If your rose water is sterile you can even spritz it into the eyes which is refreshing and cooling to this overstimulated sense.

--Take a teaspoon of aloe juice before lunch and dinner.

--Stay away from coffee and alcohol which are heating and Pitta aggravating.

--SLOW DOWN.  Take the time to sit under the moon by a lake, a river, or the ocean and allow Mother Nature to cool you.

Oh, and don't forget the Neem oil for all those itchy, irritated bites and scratches!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Long Awaited Post, Excuses, and Abhyanga

I must admit that in the midst of studying and clinicals and beginning to move toward setting up my practice (not to mention the 'real' job), I have been considering letting the blog go by the wayside.  I think the next move is going to be setting up a WebSite and I am afraid that I just can't do it all.  But I was inspired last night by an e-mail and so am going to try to continue to keep up the Blog and hope that I continue to inspire people.

I seem to be spreading my love of oils around and so thought that I would just post a bit about using oils and a few of my personal favorites.

An abhyanga is the sanskrit word used for the daily self massage with oil that is a bit of Self Love.  One should take their time when massaging the oil into the skin and enjoy the feel as the skin absorbs the much needed attention.   I personally try for a nice good massage (honestly) about once a month and then I take a nice warm bath, taking time for myself to relax.  But I slather oil on daily and I no longer use any moisturizers but my oils.  My personal favorite face oil is 100 churned ghee. I know, you're saying, "What, butter?  On your face?"  But the process of churning the ghee actually changes the chemical composition of the ghee until it becomes this beautiful fluffy white cream that is wonderful for the skin.

A simple way to really get the oil into your body is to use it every day.  Before you shower, slather oil on your skin using long strokes on the long bones and circular motions on the joints.  Try to wait a few minutes to let the oil begin to soak in and then the heat of the shower will help the rest of the oil penetrate the skin.  If you're comfortable, don't use soap except on those needed places; the oils are cleansing enough.  At the end of your shower, you can apply another thin layer of oil on as your moisturizer.

There might be those of you worried about acne or excess clogging of pores, but a nice oil won't clog the pores.  And often, the acne is the body reacting to the skin being too dry.  So try it.  See what happens.

There are many different kinds of oils and if you know your personal constitution you can simply pick a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha oil to use.  If you want to keep it even more simple, you can use sesame oil in the winter--a nice good quality cold pressed oil and use coconut oil in the summer (and when Pitta is high)--the coconut oil is cooling and good for the sun touched skin (and burns).  I buy most of my oils from Banyan Botanicals, but you can get oils at the grocery store in a pinch--just make sure it's good quality, cold pressed, and preferably organic.

My personal favorite right now is Mahanarayan oil which is super nourishing to the bones and joints, especially if Vata induced.  It's really great for anyone with or at risk of osteoporosis or other bone complaints.  As a runner, I am always recommending this oil to all my achy and sore buddies.

My other favorite oil right now is Neem oil: for the tick bites, the bug bites, the cuts, the scratches, the itchies...any of the skin irritations.  I found it to be great on cleansing and healing the tick bite.  It's cleansing and anti everything: bacterial, fungal, viral, septic, and the rest.

Start experimenting!  Enjoy!  Fall in Love with Oils.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Routine

It's true that sleep is the most important thing one can do to keep in good health.  I would go a step further and say that routine is the most important step toward good health.  Without routine, our bodies remain in a constant state of stress and confusion, not knowing what to expect next.  This is true even on the most simple level such as whether we will allow our body to eliminate when it needs too or  know what it's going to have to digest before something is suddenly and distractedly put in our mouth.

I know, I know, you're saying our bodies and minds are smarter than that, and they can figure it out pretty quick, but isn't it kinder to let our bodies know what we expect of it and give it some sort of routine and warning?  Sure, the body will figure it out, but over time the stress of this constant uncertainty and repression of natural urges takes its toll on the body and toxins begin to accumulate and that's never a good thing.  

Okay, you still don't believe me, but to steal a phrase from my brother: I dare you.  I dare you to try some of the things that follow and see if it doesn't help you to feel better.  I promise I won't say "I told you so" if it does help, so give it a shot.  Try something.  What have you got to lose?  

Wake up early.  Easier said than done, unless you have to for work, and even if you have to for work, take some time in the silence of morning.  There is a Quietness to the early morning that is not repeated at any other time of the day.  Take a moment, feel it, listen, and enjoy.  And for Pete's sake don't turn on the news!!!!  It's depressing and starts the day out on a bad note.  Just enjoy being with yourself.  It is said that the time just around dawn is the best time to study and the best time to pray and connect to the divine.  Or simply with nature.  

Start the day with a warm cup of WATER (meant WATER, not coffee) to wake up and cleanse the digestive tract.  Try a cup of herbal tea and sit with it and enjoy the silence.  

Remember that you have five senses.  Take care of them.  I'll go into more detail on some of these at a later date, but for starters:
The Skin: splash cool water on your face.  
The Eyes: splash cool water into your eyes.  Maybe splurge and buy a rose water spritzer (make sure it's real and stays sterile) and spritz away--with your eyes open.  
The Nose:  The nose is the closest channel to the brain, keep it clean and healthy.  Use a netti pot.  Use a nasal oil. 
The Ears: Drop a few drops of warm sesame oil into each ear.  
The Mouth:  Brush your teeth.  Tongue scrap your mouth to pull the toxins that have accumulated overnight off; a brush just grinds the toxins in.  Scraping the tongue also stimulates the digestive system and helps to get things moving.

Eat breakfast quietly.  Don't read.  Don't listen to the news.  Pay attention to your food.  Does it nourish you?  This is one of my new catch phrases when I eat: does it nourish me?  Sometimes, it is a good, happy nourishing meal that's good for my whole body.  Sometimes, it's a wonderful piece of chocolate and it nourishes my soul and makes me feel happy.  Does it nourish me?  Brings new meaning to food.

Do some gentle stretches.  Work the joints and wake up the muscles.  Maybe meditate.  Maybe do some yoga.  I find that even if I just mediate for three minutes before work it makes a huge difference in how I handle the rest of the day.  AND I just read an article that just three minutes of mediation a day is enough to make a difference in your overall health.  Three minutes!!!  Do it.  What have you got to lose?  A couple numbers off that blood pressure maybe....

I meant to get through a full day, but let's leave it here for now.  It's a good start.  


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring has Sprung

and it's time to start shifting the diet from the happy, warm, moist, rich, grounding winter foods to the light foods of spring.  It's time to start eating leafy greens and those other early fresh spring treats!  Asparagus should be popping up soon and is a great food for cleansing the body of the winter excess!

Yay for spring.  So, as the days warm up, think about the shift in your diet toward a more spring-like diet and getting away from those dense heavy winter foods.  Again, when in doubt about what's the right thing to be eating: think about what would be growing and what you would be eating if the grocery store didn't exist and that should lead you in the right direction.  Pretty soon, the farmer's markets will be really gearing up and we can plant our spring peas!

And, sorry folks, but it's time to start moving and get all that accumulated clutter from the winter out of the system; spring cleaning isn't just about the house (though that's an option too).  Time to think abut going for regular walks or runs.  The sun is just waiting for you to greet it in the morning with a slow and steady yoga Sun Salutation.  Whatever you want to do, get that body moving.

And for those of you prone to spring allergies and congestion, it's time to really start regularly using that neti pot and keep the sinuses clean.  Remember that the nose is the portal to the brain and we don't want that to get dusty, so keep that piping clean.  For those of you who might have extra problems with congestion you might want to think about an Ayurvedic treatment to jumpstart the sinuses before the spring pollen really gets going!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Consultations

I have had several questions and concerns regarding consultations recently.  I'm beginning to think people are worried I am trying to get them to join some sort of cult or perform some devilry on them.  So, to ease everyone's mind, I am going to go over some of the things that we'll go over in the initial consultation.

For those of you who already have an intake form, you've seen that it's quite lengthy.  The intake asks a lot of questions similar to what you'll hear from me in the consultation.  It goes over some health history, your daily routines, your eating habits, and your digestion.

At the end of the intake is a 'doshic' quiz which some of you may have already filled out before on-line or in a class with me (or someone else).  As you fill this part out, try to think of your general history over the course of your life.  It sometimes helps to think of how you were as a child.  And sometimes it helps to go over it with someone who knows you well, sometimes we see ourselves as we'd like to be and not as we are and a little extra input helps.  Mostly, try to look at who you are over your life, who you  naturally are.

Take your time with the intake.  Make it an excuse to sit down, have a cup of tea, and think about you.

As for the consult, that too will be lengthy for the initial visit (especially so as I am quite new to this--thank you everyone who is willing to help me out).  It should take less than two hours.  I'll be sure to provide us with some tea.

The first thing I'll do is give an introduction to Ayurveda to make sure you understand the basics and that we are using the same terminology.  And a little history is always fun.  Some may have no clue what Ayurveda is and that's okay.  We'll bring you up to speed with as much as you need to know.  So don't worry.

I am going to focus a lot on diet and lifestyle, because let's face it, if we don't work out the issues with our diet and lifestyle, nothing else works.  Even allopathically, we can't expect a drug to work on a problem if we don't fix the thing we are doing that's causing the problem in the first place.  So, our first focus is going to be diet and lifestyle.  If needed, I might suggest an herbal supplement for temporary use to help bring things back into balance.

We will certainly address your main concerns and see what we can come up with the help bring you back into balance.  If you don't have any problems, that's Great for you, and perfectly fine for the consult; we can always tweak things and see if there are any weak spots that can be addressed now before they manifest into problems.

And then we'll talk.  I'll guide you through some questions, many of which you will be familiar from the intake, but I might want more details or clarification.  We'll talk about your daily routine and quite a bit about your diet.  Diet is so often overlooked (or often made out to be quite confusing what with this diet and that diet, this food-of-the-moment and that vitamin-of-the-moment) and yet simple changes can have profound impacts on your well being.  We will discuss your digestion and elimination.  Yes, I won't deny it, I am going to ask you about your poop and pee.  Please, no pictures or samples.  Please.  I may ask some other questions that pertain to you individually.

I will also want to look at your tongue and take your pulse and perhaps look at your eyes.  I wish I could say that when I read your pulse I can tell you your cholesterol numbers and the state of the health of your heart, but honestly, I am really learning and this is more for me than for you!  Thanks!!!!  But if I do read anything awesome and profound, I'll be sure to share.

At the end, we'll work out a treatment plan together that works for you.  As I said, it will focus mostly on diet and lifestyle and will incorporate things that you are willing to and want to do.  I might strongly suggest something in particular, but if you're not gonna do it, then it's not going to help, so we'll work out a plan together.  We're in this together, but you're the one who has to do the work, so make sure we come up with something you think you can do.  And remember, that simple changes can have profound effects.

I will probably send you home and tweak things over the next few days and get in touch with you again with a new and improved plan--I think this is probably the hazard of being new, but might end up being a standard procedure for me in the future too.

I'll want to follow up in a month to see how things are improving for you.  That consult won't take a lot of time at all (at least, we hope not).  And there we can tweak the plan if needed or continue on course.

And if you have any questions after the consult, feel free to e-mail me!

And that's it.  Again, I want to thank everyone who is willing to be my client guinea pigs, and special thanks go to the very brave souls who are letting me use them as case studies for class.

At some point, I am hoping to have a limited supply of some Ayurvedic herbs and oils and goodies, but in the meantime, if there is anything you need, I can point you in the right direction or add your goodies to any order I make.

If you made it this far in this long post, I hope this clears some things up and makes it seem less scary.  At this point, I'm probably more nervous than you are :)

Namaste.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kapha

Here is the long overdue kapha, but perfectly timed as we head into the kapha season of spring.

Kapha is the dosha of water and earth.  It is the most substantial dosha having earth as one of its predominating elements.  The qualities of kapha are slow, heavy, cool, dense, unctuous, sticky, cloudy, liquid, and sweet.

Kapha is responsible for all of the structure in the body, the muscle and mass. And kapha people have strong muscles and bones.  The kapha element of water is responsible for lubrication in the body.  Because of its sticky quality, kapha holds the body together but this sticky quality can also cause sticky issues such as high cholesterol and the build-up of mass.

Kapha people usually have larger body frames and thick bones.  It is the strongest of the constitutions and they have a lot of strength, stamina, and endurance.  This allows them to ignore physical issues, or not even feel them, so sometimes kapha people can begin to address issues when they have taken a strong hold in the body.  This can make kapha issues more challenging to treat.

Kapha people have thick, wavy hair.  They have slower digestion and metabolism, but tend to love food.  Kapha people are the lovers, they love home and love their environment.  They are the sensuous people.  When you walk into a happy, beautiful, warm, comfortable home, it is often the influence of a kapha person.  And kaphas love to sit in their happy comfortable home.  They like to eat in their comfortable home.  They love to do...nothing in their comfortable homes.   Not surprisingly, kaphas are prone to weight gain.

Kaphas have a deep faith and love generously.  They are slow to anger, but hold grudges...forever.  They do not forget.  They save money well and spend a little, usually on things that make their environment more comfortable.  But when out of balance, this love of home and stuff can turn into attachment and greed.

As I said, the season of kapha is spring.  With spring's like qualities of dampness and coolness, spring can aggravate kapha, causing congestion, mucus, and spring colds.  It is a good time to start eating those astringent leafy greens and get out that netti pot!!!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

For the Pittas


Friday, March 1, 2013

Pitta

Pitta constitutes the Fire and Water element.  You're thinking "fire and water, how is that working?"  Think oil.  It's both hot and liquid.  Or think lava.  You've got pitta.

Pitta is the dosha of digestion.  It is not only the digestion of the food that we take in, but also the digestion of the skin taking in touch, sensation, and even physically ingesting what we put on our skin. The skin absorbs quite efficiently and that is why the idea that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn't eat.  Pitta also includes the digestion of thoughts and emotions.  And the digestion of the sense organs, particularly what we see with the eyes.

There are digestive fires in the body, enzymes and acids, this is pitta.

Pitta people are usually hot.  They are of medium build.  These are the action people.  The leaders.  They are people who get things done.  They are hyper-organized (often attached to organizers and colored highlighters).  But as the vatas are those with the ideas, the pitta people are the ones who actually get the idea done after the vatas have moved on to the next cool idea.

Pitta people often burn themselves up.  They go, go, go and then crash and burn.  They tend to have the burning issues: ulcers, hyperacidity, skin conditions, the '-itis'es.  Anything that is heat and inflammation is pitta.

Pitta people in balance get stuff done.  Pitta people out of balance are super competitive.  They can become angry, judgmental, critical, and frustrated.

Pitta people need time out.  Time out in nature.  Time out in quiet.  They balance in cool watery places.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Interested in Ayurveda??



For anyone who is interested in Ayurveda and would like to try a consultation, please let me know.  I will be offering (student) consultations on a first come/first serve basis up to as many as I can handle free of charge between now and the end of May.

Please let me know if you are interested or would like more information.

e-mail @: cweltzin@mass.rr.com




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Triphala Ghee

We learned to make medicated ghees during the last module at Ayurveda School.  Since then, I've been wanting to try and make one at home and since I use triphala quite a bit it was my herb of choice.  Not only is my ghee beautiful (yes, I am probably a bit biased) but it is delicious!  Now, maybe I am quite biased because most anyone who has tried triphala...well, let's just say that 'delicious' is probably not the adjective of choice.  

On a ghee aside: ghee is one of the best carriers for herbs as it is readily absorbed and digested by the body's tissue, making it a great way to get the herb of choice deep into the system.  Now, I already can hear the cholesterol argument, but studies have shown that ghee in moderation is not a contributer to high cholesterol.  In some cases, it is even beneficial (kinda like a good vegetable oil).  Guess it's cuz you've taken off all those sticky solids from the butter.  That said, were I to have high cholesterol, I would probably take in ghee in moderation.  I did say probably.  



fresh made ghee (clarified butter)
+


fresh made triphala decoction
=


medicated Triphala Ghee.  

Full recipe: 
1 part powdered triphala (or other herb)
16 parts water
reduced by half

1 part ghee
1 part decoction
reduced by half



Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Queen of the Doshas--Vata



So, we discussed the five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth.  And everyone's done their doshic quiz on Banyan Botanicals.  Of course you have!  So, now you have an idea of where you fall on the spectrum of constitutionality.  In Ayurveda, your basic constitution is called your prakruti, this is your basic make-up or who you are in homeostasis.  Now remember, you have all the elements in you, you just have more of some and less of others and this order of elements breaks down into the three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.  Everybody has all three doshas in them, just as they have all five elements, just more of some, less of others.  And whatever your combination is perfect.  I love Ayurveda: I'm perfect just the way I am.  (well...)

Dosha is not the same as prakruti, but the doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha.  Dosha actually means 'fault' and when the doshas in your body become imbalanced, your basic constitution becomes imbalanced and you develop your vikruti, which is who you are at the moment, but not who you are in homeostasis.  If you continue in a state of vikruti, the doshas begin to behave badly in your body and can create distress and disease.  Ayurveda is huge on realizing where you are going out of balance and fixing it before if becomes a problem and develops into illness.  It is the Art of Paying Attention.

But first, we are going to discuss Vata, because she is the Queen of the Doshas.  Some might argue with me and call Vata the King of the Doshas, but I'm a big fan of queens and, well, you get the idea anyway.

So vata is the principle of Movement.  She is the only dosha that moves.  She rules all movement in the body from the blinking of the eyes to the peristalsis of the GI.  She rules breathing and jogging.  Everything that moves is ruled by vata.  That is the reason she is the Queen, without vata, none of the other doshas would move.

Vata is made up of ether and air, so you can imagine that she is light, dry, cold, rough (think wind), subtle (think space-ether), mobile, and clear.  You can also see why vata people have a harder time in the late fall and winter, when these same qualities are in mother nature: dry, cold, rough, light, mobile (think wind), clear...making vata people even drier and colder.  Brrr.  But they love spring, when those opposite qualities are awakening: warm and moist.

Anyway, I'm off topic.  Which brings me to another point about vata people.  Vata people are the idea people, they are very creative and flexible.  They are full of life and love to try new things.  They tend to talk a mile a minute and are very mobile with their arms when they talk.  They are like a burst of wind coming into a room, full of enthusiasm and ideas (though sometimes, they aren't so good at the follow through part).

Our society is a perfect example of vata.  Go.  Go.  Go.  Multitasking.  Go. Go.  Do.  Do.  Nonstop movement, going, and doing.  Phones going off.  Texts to be checked.  E-mail.  Driving places.  Traveling.  No time to rest.

But that is also not so good for vata.  Like increases like, so all of that movement and multitasking excessively stimulates the vata personality and they need escape.  One of the very best things for vata is routine, routine, routine.  This keeps the vata person on track and balanced within themselves.  Another great thing is a daily oil massage.  Nothing extreme, just oiling up that dry skin before you get into the shower: this helps to calm the high strung nerves of vata.

Vatas easily become imbalanced, because they have that mobile quality.  A vata person out of balance can't concentrate, can't keep on track, and becomes nervous and fearful.  They become afraid of new things and can't stick to anything (like that routine that is so good for them).  On a physical level, the excess dryness of vata can also creates constipation, gas, bloating, and stress in the colon.

Did I mention ROUTINE!!!!  And oil?  A nice warm sesame oil??

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Amazing Dr. Welch


Winter 2013 newsletter
It’s Not About The Hormones

This month, I shared a weekend with a room full of women who represented each decade between 
the 30s and the 60s. I asked them to share what hormonal and major life changes they experienced 
in each of those decades and, when they did, not one chose to talk about hormones. Not one used
 the word “hormone.” Not one even talked about hot flashes. They each talked about crossroads in 
their lives, deaths and illnesses of themselves or loved ones, times that felt right, times that felt wrong, 
learning about the ideal pace for their bodies, learning how to implement this hard won knowledge, 
the challenge of slowing down their lives and beginning to live them the way they really want. While 
there were themes presented in each decade (a topic for another day), one overall message was that, 
while they came to the seminar to learn about hormones, that wasn’t as important to them as the 
context of their lives.  Listening to these women, I realized that, somewhere along the way, 
“women’s health” began to be defined as women’s hormones.

It isn’t.
It isn’t. Not any more than the mirror is the problem when we don’t like what we see there.
Hormones do not act in a vacuum and govern us. They respond to the context of our lives. 
What we do and think, and who we are, govern them.
Our lives are made up of a bunch of days. How we live our days affects the course of our lives.  
This is why an optimal daily routine—called dinacharya in Ayurveda—is so important.

This was in the Winter Newsletter for Dr. Claudia Welch (who you can find on: drclaudiawelch.com--she is the author of Balance your Hormones, Balance your Life, which is one of the best books on my shelves).  I thought that it was interesting, especially because it seems that we blame everything on our diseases or hormones.  Perhaps, in reality, that isn't true.  We, in fact, don't.  
Oh, and I will get in to Dinacharya pretty soon!!!  

On another note, I am happily settling in back at home from a nine day training.  It is challenging to reincorporate yourself back in the daily routing of home-life from a routine that was given to you, including awesome warm meals at the right time and yoga at...well, I'm not sure I'd call 6:30 in the morning a good time for anything, but I suppose it was probably good for me.  It is a strange feeling to return to the hectic routine and noise of normal life, get out of the mind and into action.  Yet, still try to keep some of that nourishing quiet.  But it was wonderful to come home.  You don't appreciate your home until you've been away from it for so long.  My home felt clean and smelled delicious (neither of which are things I think of when I think of my home :))  And I took a nice walk with the pooch around the yard and dreamed.  The garden never looks better than it does under a blanket of winter snow...and in my head.  Lots of herbs going in this year!!!  
Now, I am assimilating and digesting everything I learned and the amazing experience.  This is how you know you are on the right path...when it fills you with enthusiasm and you just want to keep soaking up as much as you possibly can.  And now the studying begins:




Friday, January 18, 2013

Stolen

Love is...coming home to you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

And so the Journey Begins....

As you wait for my next post and before I fill you in on the doshas, check out :

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/constitutions/

As you fill out the quiz, try to think of who you naturally are.  Not who you think you are.  Or who you'd like to be.  If you get stuck, try to think of yourself as a kid, sometimes that helps.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Elements

Still a bit unsure of where to begin, I will begin at the simplest level, with the elements.  I can't go wrong starting as simply as that.  In both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, there are five basic elements.  In Ayurveda these are called the five great elements of:

Ether
Air 
Fire
Water
Earth

Ether can be considered to be Space.  It is the element in which all the other elements exist.
Air is not simply air, but can be thought of as the breath of life or vital life force.  It is also the element of movement.
Fire is the element of transformation and heat.  It is responsible for digestion, absorption, and assimilation.  And here, don't necessarily just think food, but the processing of emotions, and thoughts, and ideas.
Water is that which maintains life.  We are, after all, mostly water and it is in water that the other elements function.
Earth is structure and form.

Each of us carries a bit of each of these five elements in our basic make up.  According to Ayurveda, the different proportions of these elements within us are what make us each our individual selves.  It also helps to explain why a therapy should not be a 'one therapy fits all' idea.  Each of us responds differently, because we have different proportions of these elements in our make up.

For example, a person made up of a lot of ether and air is going to be a lighter and flightier individual and a therapy that might work for that person is probably not going to work as well for an individual who is made up of a lot of earth...a denser more grounded individual.

But maybe I am getting beyond myself here....

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Welcome to BumbleChick Ayurveda

I find that I have the hardest time knowing where to begin, and so I will begin with a picture:


This is me, beginning my Ayurvedic journey.  Well, actually, I'm the one behind the camera.  It also isn't really the beginning of my dabbles into Ayurveda.  I'm not sure exactly when that began.  It seems that Ayurveda snuck its way into my life.  A little tidbit off the internet here.  A little idea from a magazine there.  A little herbal aside in a book.  Few of which could be attributed to a thing called Ayurveda.  They were just little changes I made in my life that made me feel better.  Or changes someone else made that made them feel better.  And when I did see the word Ayurveda, here and there, I didn't think much of it, but it began to infiltrate my reading and eventually, I had to give it notice and learn exactly what it was.  And then, I was hooked.

And now, I find that Ayurveda is sneaking in everywhere, couched under diet or lifestyle changes.  But I know, and I go a-ha that's Ayurveda!!!!  More and more often, I even see the word: Ayurveda and I get giddy: "Hee hee, it's becoming mainstream!!"

Back to the picture above: it does represent my official start into the studies of Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.




As I said, I find that beginning is the hardest step.  I'm not even sure where I want to go with this blog.  Do I want to talk about Ayurveda itself?  Do I want to talk of my journey into Ayurveda?  Do I want to do both?  Or mostly this and a little of that?  Or mostly that and a little of this?

I guess I will start with the first step: posting this.

We'll see where it goes from there.