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.