By Myra Lewin
The idea that purusha, or divine consciousness, exists within you can be challenging to wrap your head around at first. Understanding and, more importantly, experiencing that it is embedded in every aspect of your being can require some time.
If you have struggled to recognize the divine within, perhaps it is easier to consider it in terms of creative energy. Think about a time when you were immersed in a project that you truly enjoyed. The “flow” you experienced allowed you to enjoy simply being in that moment with no attachment to the outcome. That leads to vitality and bliss, a sign that you are connected to purusha.
We post recipes on HalePule.com every month. We even have a cookbook that many people use when they are beginning their journey with Ayurveda. But when we cook for ourselves, we rarely use recipes. Why? Because we prefer to connect to our creative energy and let inspiration be our guide.
One thing about the ego is that it likes to feel right, even if it is not. It can be indignant and urgent, clouding the way toward an outcome grounded in sattva for all involved. Yoga is the gift that allows us to break through the ego’s façade and live our truth.
A good indication that you’re being directed by your ego is when you feel stubborn or that you have to justify, explain or defend. Direction from purusha, or the God of your heart, is gentle, less insistent and more loving. It is quieter than the loud voice of the ego, so often requires a shift in perspective to hear. Sometimes the simple act of changing our physical perspective can bring about this shift in the mind. This is the wisdom of inversions.
It is a lifelong endeavor to stay current with our feelings and be present in each day. Ayurveda, Yoga and the 12 Steps all suggest we must continue to go inside and look at our motives and actions to be sure they are centered around God. By looking inside, we can point ourselves in the direction we truly want to go.
How we choose to live each day matters. Our thoughts, words and actions are all part of the natural law of cause and effect, called karma. At any point we are either creating positive karmas or negative karmas for ourselves. We are either moving toward God and recovery or away from God, into sickness and suffering.
Pregnancy is a time for going within, a time to build a soft nest in your body to nurture a new life. A Yoga practice of meditation, pranayama and asana can be a great ally along this path. As you deepen your connection to Self through your practice, you’ll also grow closer to the spirit that is growing within you.
Building time in your dinacharya, daily routine, for Yoga practice can help you stay balanced, flexible and pain-free in the mind and body. It’s important to create a practice that will promote a safe environment for your baby and evolve with you as you change. We’ve put together a sequence below that is wonderful during all phases of a healthy pregnancy.
By Lisa Akesson
In our fast paced lives we often forget how to breathe. I notice that when I’m anxious or stressed, I’m also holding my breath. Just as it’s very difficult to feel balanced and content with your shoulders slouched forward, it’s hard to be calm and relaxed without a conscious full breath.
Pranayama is an ancient Sanskrit word that means breath control or extension of the prana (lifeforce). It is the fourth limb of Raja yoga. I first came in contact with this powerful technique in a Yoga class, with one of the most common pranayama practices, nadi shodhana.
Since I learned more about the different pranayama techniques at my Yoga teacher training with Hale Pule, I’ve made it a priority to start my day with a short series of breathing exercises. It helps me quiet my mind and center myself before meditation. With a calm mind and clear intentions, I can then start my day the way I choose to.
One of my absolute favorites is the bhramari, or bumblebee. It’s simple and you can do it at home. Try it before your asana practice or meditation and pay close attention to how it affects your mind. It fascinates me every time!
This is how to practice bhramari:
I also demonstrate bhramari at the start of my video.
By Nathan Platt of CopperVedics
For many centuries Ayurveda has maintained a healthy relationship with copper. It is among the most important metals present in the Ayurvedic understanding of the human constitution, and Ayurvedic applications involving copper include potable water storage, trace mineral supplementation and building yantras for focusing intention.
The principles of Ayurveda were first recorded about 5,000 years ago – long before stress became an epidemic and we created a world filled with a million ways to be distracted from finding your true self. But Ayurveda is based on nature’s rhythms, the same rhythms that make up everything in the world around us, including us. As such, the principles of this ancient science work in any age and any situation.
Ayurvedic treatments are a perfect example of this. These techniques have the ability to balance and heal our modern society’s uniquely modern health issues. As more people look for balance and healing, Ayurvedic treatments are gaining in popularity.
Here are three of our favorite treatments to balance modern ailments: