Food is an incredible gift. It gives us energy, connects us to the cycles of nature and, in Ayurveda, is the first form of medicine. But when we overeat, too much of a good thing leads to fatigue, disconnection and illness.
Overeating is part of our modern culture: Holiday celebrations, weddings and social events revolve around eating beyond our capacity. We hear from the media that we should eat small amounts all day long to stay thin, or that we should treat ourselves with snacks or a “fourth meal.” But cultural norms aren’t always natural for us and don’t have to dictate how we act.
We've had an abundance of activity this year. So far, we’ve been blessed to host more than 50 students in Yoga teacher trainings and retreats. And while our guests at Hale Pule enjoy three delicious Ayurvedic meals a day cooked by our staff, a common theme we hear is how challenging it can be to find the time to cook in a busy day at home.
Enter the two-in-one meal.
Sixteen years ago this April I founded Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga. In the time I have been sharing the gifts of Ayurveda and Yoga, I have run into plenty of skeptics. People ask me how these sciences, developed centuries before our current medical system, can possibly be effective. Well, I am living proof.
My personal journey to health started around the time I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 30. The prognosis from Western doctors was disheartening at best. According to them, I would face a lifetime of chronic, increasing pain and severe inflammation in my joints. If I didn’t take the medications they were offering me, which came with side effects, such as internal bleeding and kidney damage, I would become deformed and possibly unable to care for myself. I looked at the life they were telling me I would live – one of fear, pain and disconnection. I promptly walked in the opposite direction.
Everything seems to be communicating more in these early days of spring. Birds chirp with the sunrise, beckoning the flowers to open. Seedlings rise from the soil yearning to talk to the abundant sunshine. We, too, find ourselves in conversation with the world as we take joy in the changes around us.
As nature awakens and begins to share its teachings, we can respond in kind. Setu bandhasana, bridge pose, helps us open our communication channels by balancing vishudha, the fifth chakra.