The Ayurvedic Oracle – September 2013

Letter from the President

Greetings from Quebec! Early fall is in the air and bright red leaves have introduced themselves within the lush green deciduous forests of the far north-east. A beautiful sight!  I have not seen a north-east fall in many years and I realize now how much I miss it! 

 As I am writing this month’s letter to you all, I am completing teaching a course in Quebec on Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. I mentioned to Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen), the co-teacher for the course, that this was the best course we’ve taught together. When the course expanded to 12 days this past spring, we added more time for students to teach classes. Each student taught a vata, pitta and kapha pacifying class and received feedback about their teaching. This made the class very rewarding for the students and they are leaving ready to bring these classes to their yoga studios and into their private yoga therapy sessions. Yoga Therapy is growing and with it interest in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and the application of Ayurvedic principles to the practices of asana and pranayama.

 As summer winds down and we get close to fall, it is good to be mindful of the change in seasons. Fall brings dryness to leaves and to the body. To prevent excessive dryness it is a good idea to use more oil both in your food and on your body. Daily oil massage spreads love over the body and nurtures you deeply.  One word for oil massage in Ayurveda is “snehana” which means “to love”.  Not only will daily oil massage treat dry skin but it will moisten the joints and tissues of the body as well keeping the “gears of the machine” healthy over the decades. Oil pacifies vata. Cool oils pacify pitta. Those with a vata nature or imbalance should use warm sesame or almond oil to massage themselves. Those with a pitta nature can use sunflower or coconut oil.  Remember to warm the oil prior to application. You can do this easily in a sink of hot water. If possible, keep the oil on your body and do not wash it off. Let it absorb. If that is not possible, keep it on as long as possible. If you shower afterwards, do not use soap and pat yourself dry.  Keep a thin film of oil on your body throughout the day. Oil is protective against the elements and stresses of life. It will help keep you grounded, centered and calm.

 We are looking forward to meeting our new students who begin with us in the fall.  It is such an honor to transfer this knowledge, passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years, to a new generation of Ayurvedic practitioners. May we all know peace and love as we live in the light. Om Shanti,

 Be Well, Be Kind, Be Love,

Dr. Marc Halpern 

Article of the Month

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Meditation for Physical Healing and Spiritual Awareness

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