Is this my feeling or yours? It’s a simple question, but one that I wasn’t able to answer until after learning the Intuitive Energy Practice from Hale Pule. I’ve experienced taking on someone else’s feelings in various scenarios. It’s happened when one of my sisters expresses annoyance with our mom, and all of a sudden I feel annoyed at my mom, too. It’s happened when a customer throws anger at me and all of sudden I feel angered, too. No matter where or how it happens, the lesson is always the same: When I take on someone else’s feeling, I take on someone else’s energy, and it never feels good to run someone else’s energy through my space.
Breakfast sets a foundation for your entire day, yet in the rush to get out of the house in the morning, it can easily become the most overlooked meal. But before you reach for boxed cereal or frozen waffles, think about this: After sleep, your body has been fasting for 7 to 9 hours. What you need is a moderate-sized, nourishing, prana-filled meal to reset your energy and rekindle your agni.
Many of us were not raised to ask for help, especially for help related to a "defect." But as our behavior and character developed under the influence of raga, addiction and for some of us, dvesa, aversion, we fed the ego that keeps us feeling separate from others and from the God of our heart. Asking for help from God to remove these defects is an exercise in calming ego and beginning to feel oneness with all living things.
You may know Kelsey Brusnyk as the cheery voice behind Hale Pule, always ready to help guests solve a problem or find better alignment in virbhadrasana B. But what you might not know is how she found a path to Ayurveda. Read more to find out what Kelsey loves most about being an Ayurvedic practitioner and her favorite asana pose to support digestion.
What do you love most about Ayurveda?
KB: I love that Ayurveda guides us to align with nature. When I began making changes consistent with Ayurveda, it felt natural and it made sense. I had spent a lot of time following modern fads and made plenty of choices, particularly around food, that didn’t seem quite right nor feel that great. I immediately felt better when I applied Ayurvedic principles to my life. The first changes implemented were waking before sunrise and going to sleep before 10:00 p.m., having a regular morning spiritual practice, not napping during the day and cooking my food from fresh, whole ingredients. The change in my mental clarity was dramatic and I also welcomed the increased energy, clear skin and comfortable digestion.
I love that Ayurveda has solutions to any issue I can think of – it is truly an art. It supports us to be aware in our lives, so that we remember that we indeed are our own healers and can have great health on all levels.
An asana practice is meant to do many things, one of which is to utilize your body in the ways it was designed so you can stay strong and flexible throughout life. But unlike modern forms of exercise, asana also strengthens your mind.
It’s easy to see the mental strengthening in action when you are challenged to hold a pose like virbhadrasana B for 15 breaths; you must let go of the thoughts that tell you “no.” But there is no better place to learn to let go than in the final pose of your asana practice: savasana, or corpse pose.
Ayurveda is the science of life, not just the science of India: What I learned from the 5th International Conference on Ayurveda
By Lisa Akesson
I recently returned from a visit to India, where I attended the 5th International Conference on Ayurveda. My visit to the conference and Vaidyagrama Healing Village, where it was held, was very rejuvenating. The villages around the hospital have been completely converted to integrate the Ayurvedic lifestyle that is followed in the treatment center. The surrounding areas have rich vegetation and flowering wildlife. Coconut trees, vegetables, cows and flowers that attract butterflies too beautiful to photograph have to be experienced. I felt the peace settle in upon arrival: it’s a magical place at the edge of Kerala, God’s own land.
This is the time of year when many people make big resolutions. Lose weight, find a better job, improve relationships with loved ones. Often, people see their efforts fall apart in mid-spring because the changes have not become fully integrated in their daily lives.
In the face of all these big resolutions, Ayurveda asks this: What if the most profound change you could make in your life was a seemingly small one? This is the time to establish a dinacharya, or a daily routine.
By Rachel Saum
I grew up in a loving household. My family taught me many good things and I was blessed in many ways. I was also taught, both implicitly and explicitly, to be indecisive. I thought that I needed to seek opinion and approval from others before making any judgment. This was the norm, especially for the women in my family. When I left home for college, I struggled for many years with my need for approval from others about many things – how I looked, what I wore, what sort of job would be good for me and who my friends or partners should be. Starting a meditation practice has allowed me to tap into my own wisdom, and see what I really want.