By Joanne Cooper
I have always had issues with digestion. As a teenager, I had two bleeding ulcers. For most of my life, I experienced burning indigestion and often could not even lie down to sleep at night because of acid reflux. By the time I reached my early 40s, I began to see significant consequence from the way I was eating and living. I realized that I needed to change my lifestyle in order to enjoy good health.
I began studying Yoga at a local studio as a way to connect more consciously with my body. One of my teachers had a background in Ayurveda which she wove into her weekly asana classes. I was intrigued with the idea that people are inherently connected to, and are meant to live in harmony with, nature. When my teacher announced that she was hosting a workshop at her studio with an Ayurvedic doctor from India, I eagerly signed up.
By Myra Lewin
I have studied with many people of great mastery in Ayurveda and Yoga. Yet of all the teachers and healers I have met and all the wisdom I have been introduced to, I have found that the most important part of any educational pursuit is the choices I make with this new information.
It’s easy to attend a training or receive a healing. It’s easy to feel inspiration and enthusiasm from what you’ve learned. The challenging part is what happens when you return home. Will you make the choice to shift your life or keep things the same?
We love making Ayurvedic versions of familiar foods. And we also love sharing ideas for lunches away from home. That’s why these empanadas are such a wonderful treat to share with you this month (and just in time for back to school season!). This handheld meal is grounding and nourishing, perfect for the transition to vata season and great to include in a child’s lunchbox or to bring to the office.
Think of these Ayurvedic empanadas as a blank canvas and vary what you put inside. Try these empanadas with a mix of cooked augmenting and extractive vegetables or split mung inside. As you enjoy this lunch, remember how easy it is to incorporate Ayurveda into every aspect of your life. All it takes is a little planning and you’ll enjoy much greater health.
When you study the world around you from an Ayurvedic perspective, it’s easier to use your Yoga practice to create balance and harmony in your life.
For instance, whenever there is movement, such as in the transition between seasons or the transformation of food to energy, vata dosha is involved. Vata, made up of the ethers and air elements, provides the space for movement and the push of wind to take something from here to there. In the body, it allows your digestive organs to guide food from the mouth to the colon, your blood to circulate the nutrients throughout your body and your legs to walk as a result of the energy from your food.
By Myra Lewin
I didn’t start studying Ayurveda and Yoga with the intention of creating a learning community like Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga. I began this work to find a path to my own healing.
I was just 30 years old when I found myself wrestling with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. I made the choice to find another direction for healing than the one Western medicine was offering me. I came upon a path to health, as well as a path to Self, through Ayurveda and Yoga.
We have great news to share with you today: We have updated our 400-hour Ayurvedic health counselor certification program to 600 hours! This greatly strengthens the clinical focus of the program and sets graduates in line with certification requirements through the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
The Ayurvedic texts tell us that when women are in balance, society as a whole can also be in balance. That is what is at the heart of Hale Pule’s autumn intensive, Embracing Shakti: Ayurvedic certification in women’s health and healing.
In Embracing Shakti, a small group of students will embark on a deep spiritual journey to find balance in the feminine and masculine energies so that they can guide more women to reclaim health, mental well-being and spiritual connection. Together, we’ll rediscover the divinity women hold and release modern ideas about what women should be.
Watch this video to learn more about Embracing Shakti: