|First of all, we want to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 2007!
As most people around this time, we have made some New Year's resolutions, and one of them is to keep more in touch with all of you through our newsletter. Last year was a hectic and somewhat delicate transition for us, since we moved to a new location and had to implement new strategies for growth without raising our fees to the roof. Thanks to the support of all our clients and the increasing interest in Ayurveda we have made it so far.
We hope that your New Year's resolutions include starting or staying on an Ayurvedic regime to improve and maintain an optimal state of health and prevent health issues down the road. After all, good health is our best asset and we cannot accomplish much without it.
And the first step toward optimal health is good digestion. So here are some general recommendations to get you started on the right track:
- As much as possible, try to eat breakfast before 8 am, lunch between 10 am and 1 pm, and dinner between 5 and 7 pm;
- Allow 5-6 hours between meals for complete digestion;
- Do not overeat. If you have a strong appetite and digestion, have light snacks between meals, otherwise avoid snaking;
- Avoid food you can't digest;
- Avoid cold drinks and fruit juices, especially during meals;
- Avoid drinking too much water or no water at all during a meal;
- Do not eat if you are constipated;
- Avoid bad food combinations, such as: beans with fruit or cheese; millk with bananas, meat or fish; or fruit with yogurt.
Click here for a more complete list of improper food combining.
Another important resolution for this year should be to maintain an exercise or yoga routine, as well as a regular meditation practice. This will not only help you become stronger and more flexible, it will also reduce stress in your life, which according to Ayurveda is a major factor in the production of toxins and can create all sorts of imbalances and trigger the disease process. If exercise is not in your plans, at least find out what hobby or activity de-stresses you and go for it. And always remember to breath deeply, no matter what you are doing. Your mind and your breathing are connected. So quiet your mind by controlling your breathing, or the other way around.
So this year make the resolution to stay positive and bring only positive people and energy into your life; to develop the necessary discipline and commitment to your own fulfillment, well being and spiritual development. To free yourself from whatever it is that prevents you from becoming your true Self.
True freedom can only be achieved through discipline and awareness. This is why in India yogis go through so many austerities to attain liberation. Health is freedom from disease, and disease can start in the impressions of your mind. Remember that you are one unit: one mind-body complex, one whole person with a unique constitution, which means unique strengths and unique health challenges. An Ayurvedic lifestyle requires discipline and awareness, and you can develop both by slowly integrating daily routines, or dinacharya, into your lifestyle.
Click here to learn more about Dinacharya.
True discipline comes from within, and sometimes we need a little inspiration to follow through with our resolutions... Of course, there is no better way to get inspired to start (or get back on) an Ayurvedic regime than to talk to your Ayurvedic practitioner and follow specific guidelines to meet your individual needs and goals.
So don't forget to make one of your New Year's resolutions to come visit us and receive some of the wonderful herbal therapies Ayurveda has to offer for health and rejuvenation. It's like adding some funds to your health account for the future. And the future really starts here and now!
Have a wonderful New Year!
Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop
Ayurvedic Cooking: Breakfast and Beyond
Saturday February 10, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Per popular demand, we are starting earlier this year with this great cooking workshop. Learn quick recipes to start your day and keep you going. Basic recipes following Ayurvedic principles for lunch and dinner to help you understand the importance of proper food combining as well as the use of culinary spices for good digestion.
Ayurveda Color Therapy
The therapeutic qualities of color have been known and used for thousands of years in many cultures. It has been clinically found that certain glandular functions respond to specific colors, and Color Therapy has been used to treat many illnesses. Certain people are extremely sensitive to herbs, so we are implementing this therapy in our clinic to offer an alternative or complementary treatement. This therapy consists in exposing different parts of your body to colored lights, depending on your specific needs. Discover the therapeutic effects of vibrational healing!
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