“The pancreas lies between the stomach and the spinal column. While most of the gland is hidden behind the stomach, a portion of it lies close to the duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). The pancreas is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. The exocrine portion is the part that creates digestive enzymes. These enzymes are secreted into the small intestine via the pancreatic duct which joins the common bile duct which in turn leads into the intestine.
Can you imagine your doctor telling you that you’ll feel better if you wear more orange or blue clothing…watch the sun rise every morning…eat more popcorn…and/or spritz patchouli oil in your home?
“To avoid the accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body, food must be digested well. There are ten general guidelines that, if followed, will help you to digest your food well. In doing so most of the symptoms of poor digestion such as gas, bloating, burning and heaviness after eating will disappear. So too will the coating on your tongue. The benefits extend to the mind as well and following these ten guidelines leads to greater feelings of calm and peace.
Ah...the sweetness of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas...
Hearts blossom there. Consciousness transforms. New insights gained…
Marisa Laursen, senior faculty at the California College of Ayurveda, invites you to join her at the Sivananda Ashram in November 2016 for a fun, interactive and informative Ayurvedic Nutrition workshop.
TRIVIDHA PARIKSHA: THE THREE MEANS OF GAINING KNOWLEDGE
“The three most basic means of gaining information about a patient is to utilize touch (sparshanam), to observe the patient (darshanam), and to question the patient (prasnam).
“Eating is a sacred experience. After all, when you eat you are taking in atoms and molecules that are going to become a part of your body! These atoms and molecules have been around since the beginning of time. They originated in the comets and stars, float through space and enter our environment. They are constantly changing form and sometimes they make up the trees and plants and other times people and animals. When we take in food, we ask those same atoms and molecules to become a part of our bodies. In doing so, we are connecting to everything that has ever been, everything that is and everything that ever will be. When we eat consciously, we realize our connection to the greater whole and the interconnectedness of all existence. There is very little that is more sacred than this. Realizing this we form a very special and respectful connection to the food we are consuming.”
What’s happening in our learning garden this summer? ~ Clary Sage!
The lovely, calming clary sage reduces anxiety and depression while balancing hormones!
Yoga Nidra: The Art of Conscious Relaxation
Yoga What? Most of us have heard of Yoga. Now Yoga Nidra is exploding in popularity. But what is it?
Yoga Nidra can be defined as “expanded awareness in a state of deep relaxation.” Literally, yoga means union and nidra means sleep; however, if you actually fall asleep during yoga nidra, you get a nice nap, but you have not achieved the yoga nidra state.