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Our bodies are continuously making adjustments to keep us in homeostasis. This is greatly effected by our external environment, habit patterns, and what we ingest.

“In Ayurveda, the concept of health is fundamental to the understanding of disease. Dis means’ deprived of,’ and ease means ‘comfort.’ Therefore, before discussing disease, we must understand the meaning of comfort, or health. A state of health exists when; the digestive fire ‘agni’ is in a balanced condition; the bodily humors are in equilibrium, the three waste products (urine, feces, and sweat) are produced at normal levels and are in balance; and the body,  mind and consciousness are harmoniously working as one.”

‘Agni’ or ‘digestive fire’ is a way of describing gastric secretions that break down food, stimulates the movement through the digestive track, destroys micro-organisms and the assimilation process.  When this process is disturbed accumulations begins to affect the bodies other systems. This toxic material is called ‘ama’, and is usually sticky, foul smelling substance that begins to clog the channels, and thus the disease process begins.  Ama exists when the digestive fire is retarded.

– Dr. Vansant Lad, The Science of Self-Healing, A Practical Guide.

 

Detox & Digest

Was formulated to be used on an as needed basis, or as part of a cleanse.

Practice:

Before going to a buffet, picnic, or anywhere else where poor food combinations, or over indulgence may occur. It will improve your ‘agni’ and outcome of the situation.

After, on the following day or several hours  (at least 4-6) later to support the bodies coping mechanisms.

Key Concept: Improved Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification

Yoga postures and breathing techniques each have a specific effect on the physical and energetic bodies. This sequence is specially formulated to work with the digestive and detoxification pathways of the body; lymph, liver, kidneys, lungs and colon.

In this practice the primary focus is on two of the five Prana Vayu’s: Apana Vayu, and Samana Vayu.

Apana Vayu governs elimination, and Samana Vayu governs digestion and assimilation.

This Will:

  • Enhance gastric secretions (digestive fire/agni)
  • Relieve gas, sluggish digestion, or constipation
  • Improve your relationship with food and yourself

Program Features:

  • 1 Full Class that is 48 minutes
  • Segmented versions of the class that are broken down into postural categories for your convenience
  • Postures, guided relaxation, visualization, mantra and mudra
  • Bonus: Mindful eating and healthy eating habits and lifestyle suggestions

Who should not participate in this practice:

This program is contraindicated to those who have hernias, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or are currently pregnant.

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Lessons

Mindful Eating

Tune in to your bodies hunger signals. From this sense of inner listening choose what you will have to eat. The first time you try this choose something simple  like…

Eating Habits and Food Combinations

Poor Eating Habits Eating at different times every day Not throughly chewing food Overeating Eating too soon after a meal Eating when not truly hungry Drinking cold water during a…

Suggestions for Healthy Lifestyle

The suggestion given below come from Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vansant Lad, experts and leaders in Ayurveda. Our bodies are continuously making adjustments to keep us in homeostasis. This…

Floor Postures

Length: 10 minutes

The start of the class is laying on your back. We will located the various parts of the breath, then begin movement. The main postures of this segment are knees…

Cleansing Breath

Length: 2 minutes

A specific breathing technique that is used throughout the practice. It is a full inhale and a segmented exhale. It is sometimes referred to as a Krama Exhale.

Seated Postures

This portions begins with lymphatic massage and jaw movements. It then moves into the cleansing breath technique and seated twists.

Quadruped Postures

Length: 5 minutes

On all fours we work with approaching cat/cow from a digestive perspective, then move into basic lunges, and lunges with twists. It incorporates the ‘cleansing’ breath into the postures.

Standing Postures

Length: 7 minutes

Standing postures are chair, chair with a twist, and wide leg forward fold with twist. Agni Sara is also introduced. If you are not comfortable with this technique, please continue…

Prone Postures

Length: 7 minutes

Cobra massages the kidneys. Child’s pose and seated forward fold are not only counter postures, but serve to balance all of the work that has been done thus far.