At the core of every imbalance is prajnaparadha, or a crime against our own intelligence. Every time we engage in an activity or take in a substance that we know is not good for us, but we do it anyway, that is prajnaparadha. These little ways we betray ourselves throw us off balance. Eventually they add up and cause more serious illness. The genetic predispositions we carry turn on or off based on environment. Provide the right environment (diet and lifestyle), and stop the family legacy. Veer off, and that legacy will be carried forward as illness in your body.
Ayurveda, the science of life, is a several thousand year old system of holistic medicine that describes what is good and bad for our life, the factors that promote a happy or unhappy life, and outlines those things which promote health and those which go against health. No two individuals are alike, and while there are general rules of thumb, many of the particulars vary person to person. My Ayurveda teacher, Dr. Lad always stressed that the Ayurveda is primarily about expanding our awareness. When we know better, we do better. Many of us have never known how to really take care of ourselves, and without this knowledge, we may continue down a path of disease and degeneration.
Dr. Robert Svoboda, the highly respected Western Ayurvedic physician (and the first westerner to receive that title) in his book Prakriti says:
“Either you can willingly limit yourself or Nature will limit you. Disease is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down and rest. This is why she is called Mother Nature. She loves you so much that she cannot bear to see you ruining yourself. She warns you of your errors, over and over, and turns to drastic measures only when you obstinately refuse to listen to her.”
Are you one of many who feels stressed out and lacking in real energy? Do you struggle with digestive issues or skin issues? Are you anxious and disconnected more than you’d care to admit? This small chronic imbalances are the seeds of larger issues. You can learn to calm your stress, improve energy levels, heal your digestion and soothe your anxiety with some habit and dietary shifts. I’ve seen it in my own life, and I’ve seen it in the lives of my clients.
I am now enrolling for my 8-week course, Sacred Daily Essentials now. We begin May 9th. Expanding your awareness of the ramifications of healthy versus unhealthy habits, and then committing to make the changes in how you’re living your life in a group where you will be held accountable is one of the best ways to get yourself moving in the right direction. Working with others will inspire and motivate you. The wisdom of Ayurveda will similarly open you up to making connections you’ve never made before.
This 8 week journey consists of weekly audio lessons and written “growth work” where you take in the information more deeply and decide which habit to include that week. I created an e-course so that you could fit the learning into your own weekly rhythm. Our weekly coaching calls will help keep you on track (recorded in case you can’t make it) and offer you a place to ask questions, share your experiences and learn from others. Audio yoga, meditation and breathing practices support you in creating a daily practice at home.
This is the fourth time I will be running this program, and I can tell you that the awareness that opens up for folks in the course is life-changing. You will begin to feel better and learn the tools to create a healthy life rhythm that will begin to calm and regulate your nervous system which is at the heart of better sleep, better digestion, more even energy and clearer thinking.
Are you ready to take better care of yourself?