Mindfulness Via Yoga

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Ayurveda Workshops

The food you eat – or don’t.   The lifestyle you choose to enrich and cleanse your body and your mind.  A new realization of how natural elements affect your mood, your body, and even your relationships.

For natural elements, consider the qualities of wind, cold and warmth, sun and moon, extreme changes in barometric pressure, humidity.  Ayurveda increases your awareness and sensitivity to the effects of these elements of the world around you every day.IMG_0239

While you learn new ways, new attitudes, you adopt new values that help you to go with the flow. You are likely to acknowledge factors you cannot change without a lot of struggle.  Part of the process is learning how to approach  your everyday routines with an understanding of how they can bring balance or else they bring dis-ease to your body or mind.

Ayurveda gives you a new way to examine the choices you take for yourself in most arenas of your life, including your relationships.  One Ayurveda student started her study by bringing her significant other to a similar basics workshop. They heard about it early in their courtship and about the time they decided they would give their relationship a go by living together.  She and He both say this knowledge has given them a certain vocabulary for communication that is blameless and brings neutrality when argument threatens to spoil the day.

Many times a partner is slow to adopt yoga but is interested in meditation, food, and everyday harmony.  This workshop is good for anyone in your circle of friends, relatives, co-workers, family.

Yoga and Meditation

Kim Nobbs Pigeon Milestones at Prison  Apt 7 012The end goal of classical Yoga is Meditation and the quiet mind, a spiritual practice. In the Victorian age when India was all the rage,  the Western world discovered, expanded and adapted the few asanas in the yogic history, designed for relaxation of the body to quiet the mind.  Yoga came to America in the late 19th century and eventually was dominated by a gymnastic or athletic practice. Today, yogis who are by now adept at the athletics, seek the quiet mind.


Ayurveda uses Yoga as a therapy for all of these purposes:  relaxation of the body, focus of the mind, alignment and balance for physical, mental, emotional, practical needs appropriate to the individual.


Ayurveda shows us how to balance our constitution with harmony for nature. We can’t stop a snowfall or chill the sunshine. But we can consider our own tendencies to overreact to certain weather patterns or seasons. Sunrisejan2009 004

Stop to think what makes you happy or grouchy:           Is it windy? Is it cold? A hot summer day? Is the ground frozen?

Consider the time of day:  Is the sun burning high  in the sky?  Is the cool moon streaming clear light?  Is it dusk and a transition to quiet activities and soothing routines?


How can we de-stress body and mind?

These are a few of the tools that we examine in this workshop. First we will look at our yoga practice from the context of Ayurvedic principles. Then we will test our tendencies by asking:  What are the life patterns?  What are patterns of behavior that are paramount this day or this year?

We’ll take IMG_2010 (1)time for that discussion before we move on to the Ayurvedic tools  we can use to prevent the discomforts of imbalance.

For the most part, Ayurveda is best thought of as a Mindfulness practice.  The first steps are to be aware of who we are and what patterns determine our balance, our happiness, our ease of well being.

We will be offering additional workshops throughout the next year. For specifics please contact us through the form below.



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Tomato Ricotta Pie

And so it is a cold, but promising, March day. Nothing better than to put on some good music , go barefooted around the kitchen and cook for the week.

Since this is to be a blog site related to Mindfulness and to Yoga and Ayurveda, well be Mindfully aware of how wonderful it is to splurge on red beautiful tomatoes in March. Not such a good example of ayurveda because these tomatoes had a long ride to my kitchen. Note that all this cheese is a lot to handle for a Kapha who is going out of balance in this cold moist weather right now .  Great for Vata; very grounding and warm and moist. Good for Pitta, also, rather neutral for them. Pittas probably want to add some hot spices to warm it up that way; use good judgement by checking your vkruti before you splurge on fire.  Nonetheless, here’s a record of how to do it.

I baked a pie crust and, in this case, I wanted to carefully count the calories. So I bought a premade refrigerated crust. The idea is to use the crust as a liner and not really eat it. I could look up the calories in the entire pie. 880. Well so much for eating any of that in a day.

Then I whisked together 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese grated, 1 cup of ricotta cheese ( made from yummy whole milk in this situation), some wonderful pink sea salt, some basil leaves dried from last summer, and 2 lovely Central Market eggs. Ground some pepper into the mix. This entire mix went into the bottom of the pre-baked pie crust. On top of that you see the layered tomatoes. Sprinkled some thyme, savory, and the like from my herbs and drizzled 4 tablespoons of olive oil that Betsy brought to me from Boothbay Harbour last summer.  Into the 450 degree oven for 35 minutes.

If you promise NOT to eat the crust.  the entire filling of this pie adds up to a 1200 calories, rounded out for the math.   So a piece that is cut from 1/4 of this pie ( a generous slice) is worth 300 calories + 220 calories if you decide to eat the crust

That’s my pie day today.