Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, LLC
We live in a world that is full of criticism. In these times it feels like everyone is attacking everyone. Hate is fueling more hate. Self-absorption and self-love are at it’s all time high. It “feels” like everyone is only out for themselves and cannot see past themselves and their own “feelings”. We also live in a time of social media. One which can be used as a tool for detriment and tearing down or a tool for encouraging and lifting up. I am guilty of using social media as both. I am also guilty of criticism. Criticism and judgement are my biggest weakness and one I continually have to work on. However, in this time of social media and cultural uncertainty it is all too easy to allow ourselves to get caught up in the current wave of hate and criticism. It seems like everyone is finding fault in everyone else. And unfortunately, social media has allowed us to create a false image of...
With the recent health scare of the Coronavirus, I thought it important to be reminded of similar health scares of the past two decades. Listed below are a few of the examples from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Feb 2003 (774 deaths worldwide)
Bird Flu (H5N1) - Nov 2005 (616 deaths worldwide)
Swine Flu (H1N1) - April 2009 (12,469 deaths worldwide)
Zika Virus (ZIKV) - May 2016 (Pregnancy related microencephalopathy in which 134 infant deaths confirmed)
CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - Feb 2020
Common cold and flu (291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.
The question is, is there a legitimate need to be alarmed with this latest viral scare? First, let's dispel any false information that you may have received. According to The John Hopkins Institute the differences between the latest coronavirus vs the good old fashion flu is this:
Did you Know?
According to a 2016 study in the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a
third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research
Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours
each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than
seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing
chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.
Sleep or nidra as it is known in Ayurveda is given due importance. Nidra is
considered as one of the three supporting pillars of life. These three pillars
are: proper diet, sleep(nidra) and a regulated sex pattern to maintain
health. Improper sleep is said to bring emaciation, debility, impotence, poor
mental functioning and unhappiness. The complete absence of...
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, we are all created of spirit and light rather than mere flesh hand bones. The physical body is a temple that houses the finer domains of the mind and soul. As recognized by ancient cultures and religions around the globe, we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than the other way around. We are crafted from the same energy that weaves together all of life.
To truly understand how to “feed” ourselves, we must, therefore, extend beyond the physical body alone. According to Ayurveda, anything that affects our consciousness is considered food. Yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation are thus highly charged types of food, because they directly nourish our deeper consciousness.
The realm of the senses also provides direct nourishment to the finer domains of the mind and soul. For example, a soothing sonata and a blaring car alarm are merely different types of...
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According to the American Chiropractic Association approximately 80% of the population suffer from some form of back pain. Back pain is also the 3rdmost common reason for visits to the Drs. Office. A study of 5,000 patients with lower back pain revealed that only 20% had some underlying structural problem such as damaged vertebrae, herniated disc (that was pressing on a nerve), or arthritis. The remaining 80% were diagnosed as being caused by inelastic (too tight) and/or weak muscles…and the ancient sciences of Ayurveda and yoga believes that there is even more to this…a possible energetic blockage of the 7 energies of the body.
There are many reasons for back pain. One reason that you may have never thought of is an energy blockage. Have you...
There are times in our lives in which we feel completely depleted, emotionally drained. With information overload coming at us at the break neck speed of the internet, or the click of the 'on' button of the remote, we can easily become so over stimulated that at times we feel our head is spinning out of control. We lose our focus, our mental grounding and the earth seems to tilt.
If you are anything like me, when you feel this way, you make poor choices. Choices to alleviate the discomfort with immediate gratification. Choices like overworking and expecting everyone else to do the same. Or deciding to spend what little downtime I have on a Netflix binge to dull my mind and avoid the issues I need to deal with. If I go to the grocery store in this state of imbalance, hungry and depleted - mind, body and spirit empty, I will choose foods that will 'feed' this dangerous state. Fore example instead of an apple or fruit to satiate my sweet...
Kitchari is Ayurveda's go to staple when we want a complete, easily digestible meal. Kitchari is traditionally made in one pot, hence letting the nutrients energies mingle to create 'peace in the pot'. This recipe uses all 6 tastes and is delicious and satisfying. This is a sattvic (peace) inducing recipe for body and mind.
V = P = K = (Tri-doshic)
The Dragonfly Plan is based on the principles of the ancient science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda uses food, lifestyle and herbs as medicine to keep you in balance or to bring you back into balance. Ayurveda believes that each of us were meant to live in balance and harmony and therefore in a state of bliss at all times. Ayurveda is believed to have come from a divine source. The legend is that it was handed down from God to humans through a lineage of sages in ancient India, who continued to develop and refine the practices through insight and deep mediation over five thousand years ago. These sages were not only holy men but also physicians. Ayurveda was a complete health care system for managing all aspects of health. Because Ayurveda views the human as a tripartite being Ayurveda addresses health and including it with spirituality and utilizing holistic methods for increasing longevity, healing disease, performing...
If you have ever practiced yoga, then you know the benefits of yoga for living include experiencing a healthier and better life. The asana (physical practice), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation practices of yoga are well-honed tools for cultivating a sense of wholeness in our lives and for opening ourselves to a more expansive appreciation of life itself. When customized for a particular injury, illness or emotional issue then yoga becomes even more therapeutic in it’s wholistic benefits. Yoga Therapy is a cutting edge integrative healing modality when combined with allopathic medicine. It utilizes the most effective modern scientific knowledge with ancient therapies that has a history of thousands of years of proven healing techniques. Together, we can optimize healing injuries, diseases and emotional wounds with clients. Yoga Therapy is empowering and life changing.
Yoga Therapy is now breaking ground into the allopathic realm and being...