Located in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, the liver is where health begins. It supports every system. It is the primary detoxifier for whatever we eat, inhale or absorb and it converts food to energy and stores it as glycogen.
If you are like most Americans, you have probably tried some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), whether yoga, chiropractic, meditation, acupuncture, or a homeopathic treatment for the common cold.
There is something for everyone in this virtual yoga conference from the layperson who is just starting to experience yoga to the seasoned practitioner and teacher who wants to expand his or her knowledge of yoga without ever leaving the comforts of home.
Ayurveda is the 5,000 year old "science of life" from India. It teaches us how to live in harmony with nature, knowing the connections that we share. Ayurveda is all about balance, and this is something we are in dire need of today.
Sleep is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system, the system devoted to rest and digestion. Not surprisingly, sleep onset (the natural oncoming of sleep) and yoga are both associated with an increase in parasympathetic activity.
According to Ayurveda (yoga's sister science), summer is the season of the fiery pitta dosha. Pitta is one of three basic Ayurvedic mind-body types, which also includes vata and kapha. This summer, beat the heat with deliciously-cooling yoga foods.
When we feel thirsty, hungry, or tired, do we need a scientist to help us determine if those feelings are true? No, we know these things to be true because our body is programmed to send those messages to our brain.
In his video, Douillard focuses on using ayurvedic traditions to remove toxins from the body in order to feel healthier, happier and lighter. Feeling good allows us to show up for our lives with energy and strength.
When we consider many of the medicines that have been cited as being in short supply, such as injections for chemotherapy or injections inhibiting blood clotting, we are considering medications that are likely the product of a modern Western life far removed from the natural order of things.
Sukham Ayu: Cooking at Home With Ayurvedic Insights focuses on something we all love: food. It's a cookbook more than anything else, providing a section in the beginning that gives a brief breakdown on Ayurvedic principles in a way that anyone can understand.
My difficulty arises unquestionably from what Leaf mirrors for me: my own doubts and insecurities; but also my intellectual skepticism about those things he comes to embrace along the way, which seem to include every healing method from sesame oil enemas to Reiki therapy and Bach flowers.
Ayurveda is not for the faint of heart or for those deeply invested in denial about their shortcomings and self-sabotaging habits. It takes dedication, perseverance and a willingness to change what you are most comfortable with.