Bring me your tired, your stressed out, overwhelmed, yearning to recover from injury and live pain-free! Yoga provides an all-inclusive and welcoming place to work on your issues, whatever they may be. Perhaps you think about going to yoga class but hesitate because of challenges you’re coping with in your body, mind, or emotions. Actually, NOW is the only time we have, so this is a great time. And, yoga is completely adaptable to honor and respect special conditions.
If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, this ancient living science - traditional Indian medicine - is a thriving holistic health care system which includes yoga, nutrition, and lifestyle approaches to healing. Ayurveda and yoga, hand in hand, offer guidelines for our everyday lives and realistic, down-to-earth practices to improve our selves, relationships, work, and enjoyment; nurture our wellbeing; and promote longevity.
My Sunday at 5:30pm Flow and Wednesday at 4pm Ayurveda Hatha classes adjust according to needs of the students present and consider the other current states. These conditions exist on multiple levels: for the individual, the community, planet, and universe. For example, the weather on any given day is a state that we experience on all of these levels simultaneously. We may therefore choose a more grounding practice when needed, and a more uplifting practice at another time of day, month, season, year, lifetime, era, or epoch! This is the essence of the application of Ayurveda in Yoga. Furthermore, as in any yoga practice, the individual has ultimate power and is encouraged to self-regulate along the continuum of effort, discipline, and surrender, creating unique experiences within common poses.
With springtime’s sporadically warm and cold weather and wet heavy flows of snowmelt, we may feel heavy, lazy, overwhelmed, resistant to change, or in need of a push. Ignite the fire of a yoga practice to burn off winter’s accumulated toxins and melt away stagnation, breaking through damns of energy to allow the natural flow.
Perhaps if you are in balance, you notice as the days grow longer, you feel more motivated, curious, or inspired. This is the perfect time to return to yoga or to begin fresh. Like a seed buried in the dark earth, fed by the snow, and called by the penetrating warmth of the sun to break open and sprout, we may struggle through the aches of cracking open as we grow. But it is only via this process of courageous transformation that we are ever able to truly bloom and be our most beautiful selves.
Yoga is a vast body of knowledge, an ocean of wisdom, with countless approaches, variations, and endless room for growth. Particularly if you feel stuck in a rut in your life somehow, now may be the time to break from the routine and try something new.
As both yoga and Ayurveda summon the awareness that we are part of Nature, we discover the heart of our own true being in these traditions. We begin to live more in tune with the rhythms of the universe, bringing us the sense of fulfillment that manifests in contentment. We wake up with the sunrise and shift our schedules and activities as the seasons change.
Come as you are in this moment, and open yourself to your great potential. Give yourself the opportunity for a new life, at home in your own body, to embody your dreams, and not just survive but to blossom and thrive, right now.
Feel free to contact Rachel with any questions, concerns, for a private class or consultation, or just to talk about yoga over a cup of tea. You can find her at the Tahoe Yoga Shala or through her website, OceanAyurveda.com.