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Keep Your Cool This Summer with Ayurveda

It's finally summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.

And it's been quite hot and humid where I live - oh yes, welcome summer time!
 
This time of year can be a lot of fun with more outdoor activities, picnics, walks in nature and beach time!
 
It can also be a time of year where if we overdo things, we can get burnt out.
 
Summer time is Pitta dosha season so that means there's a lot of fire element present.
 
It's the hottest time of the year where the sun is at its purest radiant self, and if we forget to take care of ourselves, that radiance within us can turn into over-stimulation, over-heating and/or exhaustion.
 
In the physical body this can look like:
  • skin rashes
  • acid reflux
  • burning or itching eyes
  • inflammation
  • excessive sweating
  • loose stools
  • headaches or migraines & more
In the mental/emotional body it can manifest as:
  • being overly judgmental of yourself and others
  • irritability
  • anger & more

Here are some quick and simple tips to keep...

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 4

Here is the conclusion of my 4-part where-the-heck-did-I-get-the-name WHAT'S YOUR MUD? story.

I hope you have enjoyed the journey!

namaste,

gina

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 3

It's story time again.....

Here's Part 3 of where I got the name WHAT'S YOUR MUD?

And why not take a deep breath while you're here.......ahhh!

gina

Ps. I first shared this 4-part story on Instagram with their 1-minute video limit so that's why I ran out of time :).

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 2

Finally.....getting the rest of the WHAT'S YOUR MUD? story up on the Muddy Blog.

Here's Part 2....enjoy!

namaste-yay!

gina

 

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Kapha Busting 1 Minute Yoga Routine

Got a Minute?

I gotcha covered!

Can you really feel the difference in just 1 minute?!!

Yes you can!

I just uploaded a new 1-minute Kapha Busting Yoga Routine at the Inner Peace Hut.

Keep reading to learn how to access the video and to also discover how to change it up if you are Vata or Pitta dosha.

No more excuses!


KAPHA BUSTING 1 MINUTE ROUTINE

Great for Spring time or any time you feel lethargic and unmotivated, especially if you're kapha dosha ;).

[Don't know your Prakriti or constitution? (which is your unique combination of the 3 doshas that you were born with) then you can snag my dosha quiz which you can sign up to receive at bottom of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? home page.]

At the moment I'm writing this, it's still Spring where I live. And although it's getting warmer by the day, for those of us who have a lot of kapha dosha in us, we can still feel the effects of the 2 elements associated with spring time.

The 2 elements associated with Spring are water and earth.

Spring time is...

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 1

I thought it was about time I shared where I got the name WHAT'S YOUR MUD?

This is Part 1 of 4.

Hope you enjoy.

gina

 

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New Year's Message

Happy 2019 To You!

I wanted to share a message with you for this next year.

It started with what I've been reflecting on bringing into this new year in terms of my own continually evolving inner work and my work with helping other folks who are ready, to dive deeper into their own healing journey.

And this morning when I got up and after I walked my pup, I wanted to pick a card. The Ganesha deck called out to me and so that's the one I went with.

I asked 'What is a key message for this new year?'

And it is 'healing' as you can see in the card above.

It's amazing how many times the message is so spot on!

So with that, here's my message and new year's wish for you:

I wish you many pauses........

moments of seeing the beauty right in front of you

pauses of quiet and solitude

moments of full awareness when listening to those you love

pauses of deep gratitude

moments of peace and joy

pauses for nice deep breaths

moments of truth

pauses for reflection

moments of deep clarity

pauses where...

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Prepping For Parsva Bakasana Yoga Sequence - Side Crow

 

Prepping for Parsva Bakasana!

Shoulders, wrists, core, hips, spine, back strength, flexibility, Oh My!!!!

Arm balances have always been tough for me. I've had to work on my hip flexibility and shoulder stability and strength a lot to be able to do a couple of them.

Bakasana (Crow), and Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) are 2 arm balances that I can do. Others I'm working on and a few more advanced ones I think may have to wait until the next life time, lol, and I'm totally fine with that.

Plus, as I always say to the other yogis in my classes, it's not about getting into the main pose; that's not always our goal. And in class sometimes we don't even get to the 'peak' pose and I'm totally fine with that (hopefully the folks in the class are too!)

For me what's most important is to teach how to strengthen the body areas that are involved in the peak pose as well as to understand the actions needed to prepare for and execute the pose and warm up the body overall to get there.

If in class we...

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Have Your Own Life Experience

 

 Have YOUR OWN Life Experience!

After you watch the quick video above, read below to check out an experience I had......

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So I have a funny example about having your own life experience around something.
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Last year when I chose to have a colonoscopy, I started mentioning it to some people & I started getting all these reactions and stories about their experience. Well, I probably should've kept it to myself! LOL.
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So after hearing a ton of stories, I did decide to keep it to myself, to support myself through the process best I could, and have MY OWN experience around it.
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And you know what? Since I had no stories created around it, the experience was my own and it all went fine without any added drama.

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Not only that but I was not anxious or nervous at all, and I have not been put under since five years old when I had my tonsils out. Hence, less stories floating around in the mind, less chance of anxiety and nerves coming...

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The 5 Elements and a Yoga Practice to Experience Them

This summer I did a whole series on the chakras in my yoga classes and just finished up another series around the 5 Elements.

In the Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training I'm taking, we learned about the 5 elements, and what I learned blew my mind and that's why I created sequences around them for my yoga classes.

Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, says that all of creation is formed from the 5 elements coming together.

The 5 elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.

Each element has certain qualities, and they also all have a relationship to each other.

Once you understand this, you can use the 5 elements to help balance your body and mind.

Let's start with Earth.

When you think of Earth, what do you think of?

The qualities of earth are solid, heavy, dense, immobile, hard, cool, grounded, stable. In the body think in terms of the dense components such as bones, muscle & fat tissue, joints, ligaments and tendons.

You can connect to the earth element any time you...

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