Aparigraha can be practiced in all areas of life including our diet.
Here's a sweet and simple ojas-building complement to any meal.
By Myra Lewin
Brahmacharya is the practice of energy management.
It involves getting to know your body and your mind - knowing when to put your foot on the gas and when to ease off. And sometimes it’s about letting yourself park the car and go for a stroll down a country lane.
How do we practice asteya in the kitchen?
Sometimes, perhaps oftentimes, the gratification of the moment takes precedent over well-being in the long-term. We’ve all had moments when we have done something that we know won’t make us feel good later. Many people have this relationship with food. Ice cream is good now. Bad later. I know this, but I’m going to do it anyway.
Consider the idea that this behavior is stealing from yourself. You’re stealing your future well-being.
When you describe yourself - how much of what you say is true? The story you tell about yourself - where does it come from? Is it from what other people say? Maybe your parents always described you in a certain way - oh Julia, she’s so daring. Scotty! What a clown. And maybe these labels given by others became your identity.
Truth tastes sweet.
Do you have a regular Yoga and Ayurveda practice? Semi-regular? Regularly irregular? Maybe you’re like many folks out there - you go through phases of practicing consistently and then somehow it falls off.
To build a secure and loving home - the kind you really want to spend time in - the first thing you'll need is a solid foundation.
But oftentimes our mind has us enjoying the view from the top floor before the concrete has dried. This is a common approach to asana practice - students force and contort their bodies into an idealized shape without doing the requisite work. This leads to discomfort, pain and perhaps injury.
How can you be kind to your body today?
This month at Hale Pule we have been looking at ways to integrate the Yogic practice of ahimsa into everyday life. Ahimsa translates into kindness, consideration and respect. Think of ahimsa as your North Star, your guiding light - with ahimsa as your reference point, your journey will be more clear and full of joy.
By Myra Lewin
Can I be a vegan and still practice Ayurveda?
Yes! Ayurveda will meet you where you are in life. In Ayurveda we use principles that can be applied to most situations so that you can experience benefits while maintaining an approach to healing that feels right for you.
However, I think it is worthwhile to consider the value of dairy products from an Ayurvedic standpoint as a part of this month’s discussion of ahimsa - or non-violence.