Dear Yoga Friends,
I recently was out in nature, enjoying the stars and all the wonderful fall colors. I was reminded of my nature. I was revitalized and refreshed. Nature is truly great medicine for mind body and soul. I have written before about nature and walking, and you might wonder why a yoga teacher is writing about these topics. It is because of Ayurveda!
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences. Both systems have a common understanding of health of the body being dependent on the health of the mind. They share virtually the same metaphysical anatomy and physiology, which consists of 72,000 nadis (subtle energy channels), seven main chakras (energy centers), five bodily sheaths and the shakti (energy). Samkya is the philosophy shared by both. Yoga and Ayurveda advocate for the regular, daily, practice of pranayama and meditation.(Dhyana)
The more I Understand the elements and subtle energies in every living thing, the more inspired I am to be in the natural environment, eat healthier foods, and be aware of things that affect energy such as: time of day, season of the year, foods, and daily routines (Dinacharya). Because we are made up of the same elements, being in touch with nature brings us in touch with ourselves, and can bring us into balance with our nature, and vital energy.
So, I know nature to be excellent medicine, counteracting all the unnatural light, perfumes, lotions, air fresheners, car exhaust, cleaning and laundry detergents, etc. and being indoors for most of the day, it’s a recipe for dis-ease, illness. We need sunlight to make vitamin D, (a very common deficiency now).
I have heard it said the best sure-cure for insomnia is camping, natural changes of light and temperature resets our body for restful sleep at night, and wakefulness in the daylight.
When we see nature’s beauty, we focus our eyes at different distances. Walking on uneven ground strengthens our balance. Tracking birds and scanning vistas strengthens our eyes and our vestibular system, as well as calms our mind and inspires our mood…
So enjoy walks in nature my friends! Dawdle and be curious, find that sense of wonder.
Mello-Monday & Fierce-Friday Yoga at RGCSL 8:30-9:45am
Wonderful-Wednesday Yoga at Versatile Vitality 8:30-9:45am (4100 Silver SE)
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