Welcome October!! This week we celebrate our week 3 of give aways for our 4th birthday! This week’s giveaway is a draw for a sap service with the lovely Penny Crogan-please ask for instructors for ballots!
In this week’s blog, we begin a series looking at the Vata dosha. Ayurvedic theory is based upon a tri-dosha system. Everyone is typically dominant in one of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta or Kapha). Ayureveda works to bring your dosha into harmony so you can enjoy perfect health. Each person's journey to this destination of harmony is different. Take the Dosha Quiz to find out what is your Dosha!
Our new classes will be introduced in October-Warm Hatha Yoga and of course the custom designed and very effectively HIIT-The Hot Body Workout. Please check the schedule to see our newest offerings and changes!
Fall-Season of Vata!
This is the first is 3 articles on Vata-next week eating for Vata
As the cool chill of winter descends, do you find yourself more anxious, flighty, or forgetful than usual? It may be more than the holiday frenzy that's got you feeling frantic—it could be that your vata dosha is out of balance. The most likely of the doshas to slip out of balance in any season, vata is especially prone to aggravation during late fall and early winter, when nature delivers an abundance of vatalike qualities in the form of blustery winds, cool temperatures, and dry air.
Composed of the elements air and space, vata is the subtlest of the three doshas (the others are pitta and kapha) and therefore the most vulnerable to life's vicissitudes. Travel, weather changes, insufficient sleep, fragmented schedules, and excessive mental or sensory stimulation of any kind can all challenge vata's stability.
Seated in the colon, vata governs all movement in the body and mind. (The Sanskrit translation of the word is "that which moves things.") It enables our fluids to flow, our nerve impulses to fire, our thoughts to coalesce, and, well, our wastes to pass. In other words, vata keeps all of our systems going and contributes to great vitality.
Because of vata's association with the nervous system, its state is often reflected in our mental health. When vata is in balance, we tend to be enthusiastic, imaginative, funny, quick to learn, and spiritually minded. But the excess vata of late fall and early winter can leave us susceptible to feeling more fearful, scattered, or worried than usual. Physically, pain is the most obvious indication of excess vata; other common signs are variable appetite, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, flatulence, and irregular menstruation.
You don't need to feel blown away by vata's high season. These nurturing lifestyle choices can keep you grounded.
- Stick to a daily routine, scheduling in more down time than usual. Aim for lights-out by 10 p.m. and get a full eight hours of sleep each night.
- Prepare warm, moist foods and sit down to eat at regular times. Sweet, sour, and salty tastes calm vata. Cooked whole grains, root veggies, and savory soups are good dietary mainstays.
- A few times a week, perform abhyanga, a full-body self-massage with warm oil, to nourish and protect the skin, a highly vata-sensitive organ.
- Moderate, consistent exercise regulates vata's mobile nature. In asana practice, include simple seated forward folds like Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend). You can also experiment with standing poses like Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II) to build strength and stability. If you're feeling overstimulated or fatigued, do restorative poses to encourage deep relaxation.
- The ears are especially sensitive to vata; you can protect the ear canals by inserting a few drops of warm ghee (clarified butter) or sesame oil each morning—a traditional vata-calming Ayurvedic practice. When outdoors, use earmuffs, a hat, earplugs, or cotton balls for additional protection from the wind. And lastly, curb the tendency to talk unnecessarily, settling into rejuvenating silence whenever you can. (yoga Journal)
New Classes and Schedule Changes!
Changes to current schedule class times/locations
Effective October 1
Monday 4:30 yoga will be in the Spinning Studio
Tuesday All levels Yoga moves to it’s 6;30 pm time slot
Warm Hatha Yoga (suitable for all levels, lots of variations)
Thursdays starting October 11 @ 6;30 pm with Amy and
Sunday @ 0900 with rotation of RYTs
HIIT-The Hot Body workout
20-30 minutes and get the best results ever in a class! This class is designed using equipment such as Spinning bikes; body weight; weights; TRX, etc. Most importantly given our background and expertise in exercise design, this class is efficient.
HIIT is designed for people whose primary concerns are boosting overall cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and fat loss, without losing the muscle mass they already have
For more information on HIIT- http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=621
Load up your Vitamin A with season Golden Spicy Citrus Beet Juice
1 large golden beet OR 2 small golden beets
3 small long carrots
1 ripe pear
1 large orange, peeled
1 tsp raw ginger, peeled
garnish: 3 dashes cayenne, slice of raw beet
Juice in your juicer and serve.
Beet Note: If you don't have golden beets, regular red beets will do, but you obviously won't get that creamy orange sunrise color.
Yoga Pose of the Month: Salamba Sirsasana
This pose requires core strength; an understanding of alignment and where the student’s body is in relation to their head and neck. This is not a pose for everyone and if guided improperly can cause harm to the student in the form of shoulder, neck and spine injuries.
In this pose the body is completely inverted, and held upright supported by the forearms, while the crown of the head rests lightly on the floor. A headstand, done correctly should have the student with their shoulders lifting away from their ears in the inversion and just a sensation of the crown very lightly resting on the ground. The placement of the forearms is very critical as arms splayed outward do not provide necessary support. The forearms provide the lift of the body UP rather than the sensation of everything collapsing down onto the head, forearms, shoulders and neck are critical to safe execution of this pose.