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PEARLS OF WISDOM: Health Tip of the Month


As Spring returns the feeling of lethargy can over take us and make it difficult for us to get out of bed. In Ayurveda this is known as Kapha Season which presents with Cold and Heavy qualities. We must make more of an effort to move about because the longer we stay in bed between 6 and 10 the more difficult it is for us to get motivated. With this, we increase the likelihood of colds and upper respiratory infections due to this and therefore awakening earlier supports better lymphatic circulation. Therefore:
 
1) Be up by 7am (which means be in bed earlier)
2) Stimulate and move the body with a practice that slowly stretches the body and then enters into a more vigorous practice.
3) Sip hot water with honey and/or lemon juice to help with metabolism and moving lymph. This can be done first thing in the morning (after brushing) and throughout the day, including with meals (sipping).

Remember that old adage "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a good man (woman) healthy, wealthy and wise."
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I love when grace permits me to disappear into the vortex of an amazing yog, pranayam and meditation practice...where time escapes so quickly and you've been serenely lost by it, entering into the subtle silence and thoughtless mind. Om!

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Case Study Summary: Universe's Affirmation that I'm on the right path...

My 56 year old male client came in several months ago with allergies, low energy and low libido. Upon asking him today about progress he stated that allergies are gone, energy is increasing and his libido has increased according to his body's need and definition. When I asked him about grading his erectile function from the first visit to know he stated that several months ago prior to meeting with me for an Ayurveda Consultation his function was about 3/4 and now it's at 8/9 (as he added as smirk to his response). He was very happy and I'm very happy to be a vessel of Ayurvedic healing. 
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JUDGMENT:
Sometimes we can come across as judgmental and other times we can simply be without judgment but the receiver perceives judgement still. If it is the case that we come across judgmentally, then we have to somehow through reflection learn to own it and transform it. If it comes across as the case that the receiver is perceiving judgment, then they have to own that and possibly see this reaction as another facade of the ego's manifestation. Both judging and feeling judged can have roots in ego and old stories. I must also add that if the feeling of "being judged" comes up that should be validated because it's an emotion and deserves attention. I should also be looked at as an indicator to go inward and discover its roots. If we are confident and clear in ourselves then we may not feel judged in the future and that if judgment is coming across then we are able to look at it, understand it and then if it's truly not ours we return it to the giver, the owner. We are each accountable for our own actions and reactions. Actions require an introspection and reflection utilizing self-observation and gentle assessments. Reactions are just that. They do not come from a quiet pensively decided and felt place but from a raw place of emotion that is rooted in fear and defensiveness, posing with volatility. We are each accountable and responsible for our own emotions, no one can "make us feel" a certain way. If we feel it, that signifies that it is already in us to be felt to begin with. There's not fault or blame, this is only a distraction of the ego that prevents us from taking the horse by the reigns and steering. There is not fault or blame, only taking responsibility for what is yours. Exploring the emotions is a journey for all of us partake in. When an emotion comes up for you us let's go to its source. There's a gift there waiting to be discovered and it's only through going inward that we can find the treasure and really awaken on this path. There's not getting around it. The only way out is in. Go deeper, go to the root and unmask what is not true and you will find what is true, for you. When we are making progress we can tell in the body because it will feel lighter and more expanded, the mind will feel more ease and illuminate.

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ON MEN SEEKING YOGA:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUPERFICIAL PRACTICE AND AN IN DEPTH PRACTICE (SCIENCE VERSUS INNER WISDOM)

Do we really need “scientific proof?”, research, studies to validate the effects and healing potential of yoga?
What is and/or is there a difference between “men’s yoga” and “woman’s yoga”?
What are the benefits? Limitations? Expectations?

We must have an open mind and not be limited towards the superficiality of such information that you're exposed to. Yoga was founded by master meditators who shared this information with deserving students. There are over 10,000 years of “proven information" and the depth of content that the average mind isn't privy to yet. To judge a poster, or anything of the like nature that portrays yoga and the various levels of its incredible depth, can be a limitation in and of itself based on mis-education. Presupposing that we need some scientific studies to validate the extent of what yoga has to offer may be rooted in misconceived notions. This modern way of thinking that we require modern data, to support the already existing science of yoga, comes from a mind that is prone towards dysfunctional patterns which is the vicious cycle that modern science is limited by, called ignorance. We’re practicing a science that is as much artful as it is medically based, especially since yoga is traditionally coupled by Ayurveda which is a medical science and practice. It seems that the average training is based on limitation and I suggest going to the source of where it all came from which is from deep within, but not in the mind. Superficial practices of yoga may produce tone, muscle, strength and neurological coordination but it doesn't mean anything if the spiritual components are voided. Furthermore, these are only the by-products and can be limitations as an aspirant doesn't realize what he/she is really doing and from my experience I've had to undo damage done by asanas practiced by those who do not truly understand it. We traditionalists see that each of the 72,000 yoga poses that exists serve as a key to unlocking realms beyond the average minds capacity to comprehend. Simply put, the mind wasn't meant to understand something bigger than itself. Simply put, the mind was meant to be the servant and not the master. I have appreciation for the beauty depicted by the men in such poses that show majestic qualities and perfected sculptures and I must just say I appreciate the beauty of a man’s body with strength and such coordination but there's a whole universe beyond that. I'd much rather have that infinite peace that comes with it than limit myself to just a hot six pack. 
FYI, modern science and medicine have and continue to show direct evidence proving what the ancient yogis have said in regard to parts of the body holding cell and memory. The evidence is growing here in the west but this is old news to countries in the east. Additionally, I wouldn't have needed this data to prove something I understood with my deeper wisdom around this. Actually, it's kind of “common sense” to think that if I'm doing an asana geared towards opening my chest that the heart and lungs are located beneath and that if I'm breathing into that area and stretching, holding etc. and that if I have unresolved emotions (which we know embeds in connecting tissues and fat cells) then they will be released with pranayam (“life” controlling techniques involving the breath) and intention and the simple “mechanical” efforts of the asanas, even though the body is lined with numerous energy points and corresponding points of chi/prana. This is just an example from experience, personally and from having taught hundreds of students. It's there right in front of us. We just have to look instead of deny what we see because supposed "logic" says otherwise. That's ego. That's arrogance and that's the blind spot. We just have to broaden our vision and not allow cynicism, which is a tool of fear and ignorance, to persuade us further into ignorance. I share all this with you because I care. I share this with you because as a man I feel our culture as men has to rise up and beyond these sorts of limitations and soften up because doing the opposite will only hurt us more and as has been happening through the imbalances of the "patriarchal" models of fear and destruction. Our world needs less necessity for "scientific data" and more connection to a deeper wisdom that awaits us, which coincidentally rests in the matriarchal model of compassion and softening. I share all this with you because after 20 years of practicing traditional yoga I have seen all that it has to offer, both here in and around the USA and in India, the birth land of yoga. We should never discount or forget “our parents” and India is the parent and birth place of yoga. As parents are always within us, so is the ancient wisdom of the ancient seers that transmitted the yoga and shared it with the world.

By no means am I judging anyone and how they find their way to yoga. As a teacher once told me in the academy that as you grab one leg of a table, doesn’t matter which one, the rest of the table will follow. Similarly, whether an individual follows the path of yoga because they’re interested in “something” about it, be it the tone and muscle or the peace or the exercise or simply something to do on a Monday night, they will eventually follow it like a mouse follows cheese and find their way to the heart of it. Yoga calls us when we’re ready and it calls us individually as it meets us where we are at and we approach it from where we are at. There’s not wrong in it but there is a necessity to really understand it and not take it for face value because like any “exercise” if we don’t really understand what is good for us then something that could be good for us may end up being not so good for us and cause us harm either on a mental level or physical level. I'm not telling anyone anything as far as what they “should” do, so try not to let the mind get in the way with its defenses. (It seems patterned). I'm saying that it's a "no brainer" to us humble, advanced Ayurvedic yoga therapists and those of us versed in the tradition of yoga to say that each and every pose can be medicinal as well as poisonous. In Ayurveda, we know that there is no one size fits all and that when we practice/prescribe asana's, breathing techniques such as pranayam, mantra and anything like foods/diets/herbs and then some that this is where the potential for disaster lies. It's the misuse and misunderstanding of such principles and practices from the yoga and Ayurveda tradition that has caused some scarring upon them and then those of us who truly know what it's about have to undo the damage done by those who didn't have the correct understand and have now caused imbalances and diseases as a result of it. Not every pose or every routine or every pranayam or over diet is for everyone. But somehow the mis-education continues in this country and then yoga takes the wrap, one way or another. We can’t afford to have this happen. We can’t afford to give the current government any more ammunition to shoot down such practices. Isn’t it ironic though that some political figures, actors, athletes, physicians and scientists are slowly making their way into yoga and its tradition and learning how to share this with others? I think it’s great! 
The idea of just taking yoga and using it as another exercise regimen is an act of ignorance because the poses were designed for a specific reason and not just to tighten abs. Yoga is designed to open the mind and not continue to foster the ego and its superficial existence. It does this through the heat of transformation, and we think that the heat we feel and the sweating that we experience from a “good” yoga practice was just that? No. To simply think and stand behind that yoga is an exercise is like giving a child a loaded gun and saying "have fun and play" because they look like a cool grown up. This isn't ideal and has caused much harm than good. Yoga and the asanas and all other techniques that come along with it are part of the main definition where yoga is known as the "science of self-realization"....not the “science of encouraged testosterone and physicality”. Students have come to me for over a decade, especially men seeking a more toned body etc., and I've always encouraged them to not stop there because there's more to it that brings greater and long lasting goodness, instead of stopping and having the short-term satisfaction of just physical appeal. So, for a number of reasons it is essential to not discount a 10,000+ year old practice and science. 
Finally, the traditional practice of yoga is meant to balance both the feminine and masculine sides of us so that we are all balanced in both and aligned with spirit. Whether female or male, we are all hungry for this wisdom on some level. The soul is yearning for it. We are all starving and need to replenish. The superficial practices of yoga can only go so far until we have to really go in and discover the endless well and divine connection that awaits us. This is where we end up and from here is where we emanate with a beauty, glow, calm and inner wisdom that becomes addicting and can spread like wild fire when we give it the chance. Take the one leg, be curious and see where it takes you. Try not to let it stop there, because if you’re wondering why you may not be feeling all of life remember that it might be you stopping the current from flowing completely. Jump in and enjoy the ride. You have nothing to lose, except your ego, and much to gain like your freedom.
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FEBRUARY OFFERINGS FROM 'HIDDEN HEALTH'CENTER

Ayurveda Cooking Class - 
 "Pump up your Digestion"
 
Looking for new recipes?
Wanting to learn how to cook seasonally and healthy? 
Would you like to make your kitchen your natural pharmacy?
 
In this workshop we will be supporting health by:
*discussing the relevance and importance of seasonal/physiological/physical/psychological 
changes required to maintain a healthy digestive system as we progress into the later winter and transition into Spring months.
*preparing the recipes provided, accompanied with an in depth process of cooking dynamic such as preparation and mindful eating.
*"breaking bread together" and enjoying the delicious treats prepared.
*taking home the actual recipes for your own sharing. 
 
Date:
  Sunday February 16 
Time: 
10:00 - 2:00
Location: 
'Hidden Health' Center
Cost:
$54.00
(Discounted to $45.00 if register by February 10) 

**Note- Register soon and payment is required prior to class to maintain your spot.

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"Get things Moving" with a Swedish Massage! 
  
 
Feeling tension in your body? Lymphatic congestion? Sinus issues? Low immune system? 
Tightness in your lower back and/or upper shoulders? Would you like to take some time to pamper yourself?
 
Remember, massage has been scientifically/ Ayurvedically proven to increase the strength of the immune system. Come for a massage treatment and honor your body as allow yourself to receive, giving up your stress up and remembering what it's like to be comfortable in yourself.
 

Rate: $80.00 (normally $95.00)

Package of 3 $225.00 (normally $288.00)

Time: 1 hr.   

***Note: Does not apply to pre-existing appointments.
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Save 25% on Ayurveda Follow-Up Appointments


This offer is only valid for those individuals who have NOT yet scheduled for February, who haven't rescheduled (due to financial constraint) and would like to continue supporting their healthcare Ayurvedically and holistically.


Rate: $70.00 (normally $95.00)
Time: 1 hour
 
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COMING SOON:

A Men's Meditation Group
Brief summary: group of men gathering to explore experience depths of meditation. 
*Contact me if you're interested in this. Details to come soon.
 
Q&A Session on Ayurveda and Yoga
Brief summary: open to current and/or future patient/clients/students interested in learning more about Ayurveda and that have some lingering questions.
*Contact me if you're interested in this. Details to come soon.
 
Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
Brief summary:  a retreat designed to return you back to yourself and your health by returning back to nature through Ayurveda and Yoga. This retreat is expected to be scheduled for early 2015.
*Contact me if you're interested in this.

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or contact Vishnu directly at LotusAAA75@aol.com

Ayurveda Cooking Class:  "Turning Up your Inner Boiler"
 
In this workshop we will be supporting health by:

*discussing the relevance and importance of seasonal/physiological/physical/psychological changes required to maintain a healthy digestive system as we progress into the winter months.

*preparing the recipes provided, accompanied with an in depth process of cooking dynamic such as preparation and mindful eating.

*"breaking bread together" and enjoying the delicious treats prepared.

*taking home the actual recipes for your own sharing.

Date:
Saturday November 9
Time: 
10:00 - 2:00
Location: 
'Hidden Health' Center
Cost:
$54.00 but $45.00 if registered by October 31
(note-payment required prior to class)

Today's intention:  A break. Sometimes a natural exhaustion happens when you've arrived at a point where you've butted heads enough with the universe/wall as certain situations arise in order to help you become a better you. Sometimes you've emotionally exhausted yourself because the mind was able to run a muck and take you chaotically all over. Sometimes you just have to let certain things burn you out before you can feel the relief after the depletion. Osho says that with addictions/addictive tendencies, which on some level we all engage in, the tendency will either eventually burn itself out or we burn out/check out (die). Either way, something will give as is the nature of things and we will be released at some point, that grace decides. We can't push it any further along than is naturally/organically guided at times. Furthermore, whichever one of these applies to you just be with it and ride the respite out. It can take such circumstances to just get you to "chill out." This break may be the breakthrough in surrender that you've been looking for but didn't know what it was going to look like. Also, remember that as awareness increases so does pace, per say. The more you know the more you see. When the universe feels that we haven't aligned ourselves enough with our bigger purpose the universe will continue to coax us in that direction.  It is relentless that way. It doesn't give up on us, even when we may at times.  Know that all of this is okay and that in the bigger picture there is no judgement and we each take as long or as short as we need to that pertains to our individual journey's.  We really have no clue what another person undergoes day to day and we should stay focused on walking in our own shoes. For today, be aware of what may have been hovering on your heart these past few days and take a break for it. Forgive yourself. Don't judge yourself and just redirect your mind. Your life/health isn't worth the compromise and sacrifice to the dysfunctional and untamed mind.  It can deplete your energy and life force. Give yourself permission to do something light, loving and different from what you've been doing. We can call this a gentle emotional/mental detox. Additionally, if you see someone you love struggling, how about helping them with getting them into the healing space of this break too.

Today's intention: Worthiness. Do you feel you're good enough? Do give to yourself what it is that you deserve, whether "good or bad"? We tend to give to ourselves exactly what we may be feeling we are worth. So if we don't feel worthy then we will invite those opportunities into our lives, especially withing intimate relationships, those experiences that will validate how we are feeling at that point in time. On a deeper and all truthfully and knowing level we know we deserve the best but between that rooted place and the worldly story things get lost in translation. If we are feeling optimally about ourselves then we will polarize the exact feeling. Similarly, if we are feeling low about ourselves, even though we'd like to think highly, we magnetize the lower feeling because we are sending the universe mixed messages where in one breath we are saying I'm willing to receive and then the next breath we are telling it we're not deserving, willing, worthy or anything else that the mind states as a fairy tale. Yet, the universe hears these mixed messages and replicates exactly that. For today, look deep inside and locate these conflicting feelings, observe them, take a step back through breath, intention and prayer to see that there's the potential of something higher than ourselves that wants to give through the abundance of the universe all that we deserve and that lovingly supports us on this journey. Be open to the possibility that there is more and you are worthy of and deserving of all this, just as much as the next person and if there are limitations note that these are only created by mind and they're only as real allow them to be. Today, check in with your self worth and notice how you give to yourself.
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