December 21st, 2016
During my time in India, I visited a Shiva temple in the countryside not far from Mysore. While I was relaxing by the entrance of the temple, I noticed a naked dreadlocked yogi walking to a street vendor to buy a cigarette. After the purchase he returned to a spot behind a bush as everyone in the area carried on as usual. The boldness of this naked yogi was mind blowing to me, I hadn’t seen anything like it before and was fascinated with his confidence. The longer I stayed in India the more common these type of things would occur.
I assumed nudity was his constant state and it appeared that he could care less what people thought about it. But who knows who he really was. Maybe a criminal on a hideout, a washed up nobody escaping unpaid debts, an insane crazy man, or maybe he really was a high-vibed spirit man living a life of bliss. Regardless, the truth was he was pure naked and beamed a great vibe of weirdness. My awe of that person still makes me smile today.
Odd moments like that remind me just how different some of us choose to live our lives. Some people live more extreme than others. Some more disastrous. Some are simply balanced and basic. Despite all the differences, we are unique individuals making decisions that influence all of us in various ways.
Personal style is how we choose to vibe in our current life situation and that vibe is always a reflection of one’s relationship with nature. Despite the various sufferings that life entails, I find it important to allow yourself to be who you are and shine as bright as possible in one’s unique way of being. This sometimes comes at a cost as we are a diverse and complex group of people.
We fall in love in different ways, we lust in different ways, we are repulsed by different things, we communicate in multiple ways (even in the same language) and we act in various degrees of confidence or insecurity. To be yourself and to act in boldness is not always easy but it’s a pure expression of life. Individuality is such a perfect expression of being.
The difficulty is living within complexity. We speak in different love languages, we speak in different spiritual languages and we have behaviors that seem so odd to others. People come in and out of our life and can cause much pain or pleasure. But ironically, the issues of others that irritate us the most can become the very thing that teaches us more about ourself. The annoyances and depressions from whatever trauma or quirk can open a potential to delve deeper into life in a way that helps us see the meaning of being a human.
All I’m wanting to say here is to be brave within complexity. Be truthful and be who you are. Fall in love with everything. Embrace what is.
December 2nd, 2016
All my respect to the one I call Ganesh, the personified force who removes obstacles on my path through various auspicious ways.
The healing phenomenon is a mystic thing. Much of ayurveda is concerned with purifying life through cleansing all the issues that restrict one from being totally aligned with the self. In the highest vibe of human experience, knowing your essential self is important. All obstacles restricting a state of self-establishment should be digested into new, more usable virtues of a higher mind.
Full healing isn’t always easy. Many conditions aren’t immediately curable (if at all), many traumas will never be forgotten, and the fragile nature of life is always susceptible to imbalances. My concern has always been, what is the truest healing process? This seems to be an evolving answer mixed with all actions most supportive for an individual’s during their current life situation. These actions must develop a greater meaning of vitality which ultimately clarifies one’s purposes for living. If certain imbalances are ignored, many forces of society will be delighted to seize venerability and mold your life into a version that it thinks you should be. Essentially, you become something you’re not or your imbalance defines your being.
Shall we avoid that scenario? Yes.
The path of life is influenced by relationships. These connections are developed though interactions with weather, social structure, emotions, people, food, animals, and belief systems. Relationships open possibilities for a diversity of results to take place, which are karmas that provide the fruit of experience in various ways.
Examining the purpose of each connection provides insight to the things that are currently unfolding in life. Knowing causes of health as well as imbalances, one can refine decisions that will be made in a future moment. This acquired intelligence evolves an approach to health which supports your goals for this lifetime. This intelligence helps one see which people, places, and things to avoid as well as what energies to become aligned with.
Life doesn’t always flow towards expectation. Through investigating a state of health, one is able to see the nature of interactions as they cause life to be as it is. This approach brings light to the areas of life that might otherwise be overwhelmed with confusion and doubt. A requirement is made as the individual has to state what is needed from the relationship. Be it nourishment from food, love from a relationship, or mystical freedom from a spiritual practice the intention of relationship must be known. This helps understand how to unite in truth with all things in order to experience the nature of being. Otherwise, as said before, we become used in various ways by the world around us.
It should be known that certain issues are unavoidable which means we must transit tragedy with calmness. It’s unfortunate when health is invaded by horrible circumstances or life becomes dominated by a powerful sickness. Yet, despite all that is happening, calmness must prevail and the outcome will be what it shall. The unfairness of sickness can be used as the fuel to meditate deeper in order to grow light for an ultimate solution.
My thoughts: it’s important to ask, what is important in life? What is life being used for? What is healing and health as applied to individual circumstances? What is the nature of relationships? What restricts access to higher realities? And finally, how can life be developed into its greatest potential?
November 20th, 2016
"Destroy with the sword of wisdom the doubt born of ignorance. Be one in self-harmony, in Yoga, and arise great warrior, arise."
Bhagavad Gita 4:42
Not all things appear as they seem. Not all things in life are what we really wish them to be. Many times we discover the truth of a matter after spending too much time with someone or something only to realize we believed in a different version of the truth. My purpose in this simple note today is to state, that we should avoid such traps.
In a season of change, its important to examine the true nature of things as they shift into new states. This implies that we should observe the change of season, personalities, relationships, and social structures with a discerning eye. Essentially, this understanding is the practice of ayurveda. Properly digesting experiences of change allows one can travel into the future with clarity. This approach, in all my hopes provides optimal health throughout life.
November 3rd, 2016
For the majority of the past eight years I have traveled without pause. Mainly good luck has helped me move from place to place as well as unbelievable friendships that have aided my various journeys. Each mile covered has provided opportunities to see nature and people in unique ways. Despite the intrigue of being more settled, I’m compelled to continue my exploration with the purpose of sharing my thoughts on ayurveda.
Something I’ve observed during these travels which tends to lead to dramatic problems is an individual’s inability to understand something that’s inherently different than their own life. The reality is that many people are seriously pissed off by another person’s religion, sexuality, political stance, nationality, area of residence, race, income, vocabulary, hair style, education, and maybe dental hygiene. This isn’t really new news, it’s restating an obvious. The ridiculous hate people have developed has in return created more hate by oppositional forces which is then redirected towards the people that simply hate without true reason. Thus, anger perpetuates itself.
In my travels I’ve witnessed this issue in various degrees of ignorance. I’ve been told that all residents of Florida are complete idiots. The only place in Florida that person visited was Disney World. I have been told in Chicago that I’m a stupid fucking Republican because of my accent in a certain word. I’ve been registered Democrat since I was old enough to vote. I’ve seen a man in Atlanta physically assault his girlfriend because of a disagreement, after which they walk off together hand-in-hand. I’ve met people who’ve been dropped from their insurance company because continued cancer treatment was too expensive. And I have seen a public school system completely disregard a young lady because she is special needs.
I’m not oblivious to the tragedies humanity has developed. I tend to ponder optimism and potential but in times like our current state of affairs I feel compelled to say life can be simple. Let action be gentle and sweet. Self evaluate. Study reality and culture. Apologize. Look at nature. Learn from nature. Be guided by intelligence rather than anger. Respect. Develop compassion. Meditate.
The problems are infinite and the solutions are mysterious but peace is uniquely possible. Examining what is sacred to everyone in their special way is a fascinating experience and an opportunity to learn more about one’s own self. Though parts of humanity is in a serious unfair debacle some individuals are here showing a special truth to life. It is these individuals that I’ve always been fascinated with and continue to seek out for council. It is possible to find the peace we all our protesting for.
September 27th, 2016
Much can be said for my time in Peru this summer, which served many lessons and transformations. I feel certain experiences aren’t adequately expressed through words but exist exclusively as golden memories which are called upon for inspiration. The amazon jungle provided a platform for such experiences to take place and now I look back later with gratitude.
My curiosity in shamanism has largely influenced my approach to ayurveda and yoga which were my intentions for visiting South America. Being able to spend adequate time ingesting various plant medicines of the Amazon provided me with opportunities to explore non-ordinary states of consciousness. I found these enhanced states of being helpful for addressing aspects of life which needed more clarity. I was able to recognized the immense power that our world is coming to know as ayahuasca and reaffirm the importance of love.
Throughout the days and nights that I drank ayahuasca and various other plant medicines, I felt incredible support for the simplicity of love. Be it a relationship or moments in nature, love expresses itself in diverse ways and heals the confusion of imbalance. In reflection, it could be productive to think that our prayers have already been answered and we should make the most of the blessings that have been bestowed within our lives. In this light, unconditional love is always accessible and always the guide to understand attachment to people or conditionings. Going beyond the entrapment of fear, anger, and insecurity, love offers power and peace. Reflecting on memories of special moments meditating in a Peruvian jungle, I can say, all we really do need is love itself.
Much respect for my dharma brother Ian Darrah who has always been a guide to me for exploring the world of plant medicines. We spent the entire month of July together and participated in many of the ceremonial practices of both ayahuasca and San Pedro. We’re planning to conduct an immersive retreat in the Sacred Valley next summer which will serve as an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative practices. The retreat has already received a considerable amount of interest and intrigue so please feel free to write me to inquire about attending. More information will be posted as time progresses.
Stay safe and healthy. Om Namah Shivaya!
January 27th, 2016
Ayurveda is a practice of perpetual observation of one’s inner state. This meditation acknowledges the many factors which enforce or debilitate health within body and mind. Weather (season), food, and personal relationships express a potent force into one’s life which influences health in multiple ways. As one navigates through the maze of life it’s beneficial to observe what specific things are supporting one’s wellbeing and what issues are potentially obstructing optimal health.
One of the most practical places to start this examination is through observing the efficiency of digestion. This can be done by focusing on three parts: cravings and appetite, post-digestive response, and elimination.
Cravings generally reflect the body’s natural intelligence through the desire for nutrients needed. This is expressed through a craving for a particular taste which supports one’s current state of health. Respecting the body’s craving for a taste allows dietary decisions to be made on what’s currently needed rather than eating what is thought to be needed. The important note here is addressing one’s cravings with high quality responses. This means sugar cravings are met with consuming naturally sweet foods such are brown rice, honey, or fruit rather than eating processed sugars like desserts and sodas. Recognizing this basic bodily response helps the body receive the taste it needs without over-indulging in excessive amounts of sweet treats. This initial stage of the digestive observation also recognizes the strength or weakness of one’s appetite. The ideal scenario within ayurveda is having a strong appetite that desires two or three meals a day with minimal to no snacking in-between. This requires eating only when hungry and not eating when emotionally provoked.
Observing the effect food has on body and mind is the next level of observation. The sanskrit word prajnaparadha translates as “crime against wisdom” and reflects moments we crave a particular unhealthy meal which is known to be avoided due to it’s unhealthy consequences but this desire persuades the individual to eat the meal regardless. Knowing what your body is capable of digesting is key to avoiding prajnaparadha. Watching your response with every meal provides understanding towards the foods that are easily digested and gives knowledge to the foods that cause discomfort. When a meal is properly digested it provides feelings of lightness, expansion of energy, and a comfort. Ways to help this stage of digestion is done by slowing the eating process by chewing food thoroughly, avoiding external distractions like television or cell phones, and taking a short walk after meals. Its also helpful to write down the foods that cause discomfort after eating as well as noting which meals feel good after consumption.
The final observation is elimination. When food has been fully utilized the waste that remains in the colon is easily and calmly evacuated from the body. This means one or two bowel movements a day with little to no difficulty. Both symptoms of constipation and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) reflect inefficient utilization of foods eaten. Final elimination reflects the overall utilization of the diet. If issues arise in elimination, then special consideration must be made to the prior two stages of digestion in order to make educated changes in the overall diet.
Making the most of one’s diet means to keep things as simple as possible. This requires consuming, natural, fresh food in balanced amounts. This approach highlights nutrition journalist Michael Pollan’s famous advice well, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” This simple approach will give a foundation for looking within the three stages of digestion in order to make wise dietary decisions. This also requires special consideration on the importance of working with a qualified ayurvedist. Consulting with such a person helps one gain an insight towards actions that will create the most optimal strength in digestion. Overtime, the lessons provided by your ayurvedist will empower you to make informed decisions on diet and lifestyle that will keep you healthy and happy.
January 8th, 2016
As I sit here in a Salt Lake City cafe, looking at snow and damp streets, thoughts of weather strike me most. Mundane moments like this have some sort of potential to open insightful meditative experiences. Nevertheless, I gazing into cold, wetness, and wonder why I leave Florida every year for winter. Profound and extraordinary realizations need not happen during every meditation but a simple awareness to the otherwise unnoticed situations creates a certain kind of presence. Maybe it’s just cultivating fascination for the ordinary. That said, I’m happy to be in the Rocky Mountains at this moment in time.
Weather tends to shape culture which is evident here in SLC. Influenced by a mountain persona brought on through the hype of powdered snow Utah has a strong yet crisp demeanor. To understand that personally, I suggest a hike in Mill Creek Canyon if you ever have the opportunity. As mormonism is not weather, I shall keep that apart from influencing factors for cultural influence here in SLC.
Transiting my seventh trip to the Utah capital for purposes of ayurveda, my fascination for this city has been fueled by its desire for holistic healing modalities. As the Utah weather creates an extraordinary vibe for exploring the outdoors (in all seasons) its only normal that it’s inhabitants are curious for natural ways of living. Confidence in the natural healing world is purely cultivated within the vibrant yoga community here as a thirst for anything that influences a yoga practice is palpable.
Over the past three years the community here in SLC has welcomed me with sweet embraces. Each visit is greeted with a group of people wanting to explore the possibilities of ayurveda in depth. These visits have helped me realize the helpfulness of connecting with an ayurvedist on a regular basis in order to asses one’s current life situation. “Checking in” gives rise to an opportunity to make adjustments in diet and lifestyle routines which is extremely supportive of one’s purposes in life.
I’m always available to connect with people in order to discuss one’s health. It’s as easy as writing me an email to set an appointment. These moments in SLC help me see the importance of inquiring with another person, which provides a perspective that can at times be overlooked. These perspectives give me an opportunity to recommend routines that will support your days within the current seasonal weather which ultimately influence your body and mind.
My travels keep moving forward by bringing me to new people as well reconnecting preexisting friendships which makes this kind of work exciting. I’m looking forward to the possibilities of what will happen this year as well as the processes which inevitably take place while working the ayurvedic pursuit. In this moment I’m reminded of my teacher’s words, “becoming enlightened is not an easy or hard task” it’s a process that takes intense desire to simply be one’s authentic self.
December 3rd, 2015
Savstha, the sanskrit word for “self-establishment” is a term used by ayurvedist to describe a state of being in which one embraces an honest level of individuality. Svastha, also denoting self-confidence, is intended to awaken deep inner realizations of a supreme purpose in life otherwise known as dharma. A certain amount of introspection supports this realization as sufficient meditation time is needed for examining the nature of one’s authentic self.
Self awareness can easily become influenced through one’s external connections as relationships color images towards ourself and others. People, places, and things inherently flavor self-imagery as well as subtly construct aspects of our behavior. These unique relationships charge our sense of self as connectivity will influence awareness towards our inner emotional state. Maintaining wholesome relationships is crucial for maintaining health as our bonds dramatically enrich or corrupt our state of svastha.
In a mystical regard, relationships act as an enigmatic force for developing svastha as they can both support or potentially diminish our spiritual state of being. The ultimate goal of a positive relationship is to awaken svastha which functions through a pure connection to the present moment. This type of relationship acts as a mirror for one’s self and offers the individuals involved a possibility of being together in peace. This reflective quality allows for examination of positive and detrimental actions which influence svastha. Love then becomes a catalyst to explore a relationship which is the blissful expansion of becoming one.
The pursuit of love is the quest for truth. In order for the journey of love to flow enormous patience is needed as its evolution opens slowly. The deeper the state of svastha establishes itself within an individual the more apparent love appears within the relationship. To find love is ultimately to become honest with one’s self and the many factors that influence the self. Thus, to become svastha means to seek love through truth.
In many ways, I regard this as the ultimately practice of ayurveda, which is to believe in love by seeing love in all things. This understanding will protect life and provide longevity which works through cultivating deeper expressions of compassion. Though ego afflicts love by creating imaginations of what love should be, sustained inner awareness devoted towards truth will dissolve false notions. Love then becomes the medicine for living with purpose and the pathway to svastha. To be established in the self is to be established in health and by doing so love will find its way.
November 5th, 2015
In the wake of my Grandmother’s passing a new realization towards the idea of living with purpose arises. Maybe it’s the obvious understanding that life is temporary or the notion that not everyone is blessed with long years but death holds a certain kind of potency that reminds us of the things that are important within our current realities. Life is a statement and the actions we create within life are the expressions that makes our statement known. The positive or detrimental actions we make in life are the forces of karma and it’s our hope to create peace in this world through the things we create. My grandmother had that special way of being which seemed exude peace wherever she went. She was the representation of simplicity and her magnanimity proved that she was a true spirit woman. That said, all my remaining classes this year have been and will be dedicated to the life of my Grandmother, who was affectionally known by my family as “Georgia.”
Nothing but inspiration was felt amongst the mountains of eastern France in Chamonix. I taught classes for introductory Ayurveda which tapped surface level topics for the students of Mariza Smith’s yoga teacher training. The student body was composed of ardent students representing regions throughout Europe and Canada. I highly suggest making Mariza’s training your option for next year if contemplating to earn hours for a yoga certification or just to spend a month deepening your practice in a beautiful region of France. Please visit here to learn more: http://www.marizayoga.com
Travels soon there after brought me to Dublin and Waterford Ireland which not only consisted of Ayurvedic consultations and workshops but plenty pints of Guinness. The kapha regions of Ireland expressed many days of rain and cloud which added to the depth of emotion felt by the communities I stayed within.
Classes were held at House of Yoga in Waterford which was a lovely community of open minded students excited to learn aspects of ayurveda. The ancient Indian phenomenon that is Ayurveda has made it’s way into the western world years ago but still many individuals are exploring this eastern practice for the first time. I’m reminded of one of my first lessons in yoga and ayurveda when I heard an Indian teacher remark, “these practices of ancient India are not made just for Indians but for all of humanity.” Still I ponder that statement and see the beauty of this practice which is integrating into the cultures of western civilization.
Lastly on the note of things to watch, inspiration and insights come from all directions. A few things to view from the internet and learn from in the form of a movie documentary.
- The Central Park Five (the unlawful arrest of five teenagers convicted of a crime they never committed)
- Marina Abramovich, The Artist is Present (the modern pofarmance artist and her latest work at NYC’s MoMa)
- McCullin (biography of the brilliant 20th century war photographer Don McCullin)
- Dhamma Brothers (inmates serving life sentences practicing ten day silent meditation retreats)
September 25th, 2015
For purposes of ayurveda, I came to the land of Southern Oregon to share topics of health for the students at The Hawthorn Institute and the renowned Herb-Pharm. Two years ago my good friend Tyler Wauters shared his ideas with me about his plan to start a school which would focus on clinical herbalism and ayurveda. At that time I had no intentions to make decisive plans for 2015 but as time has moved Tyler successfully built a school which is the meeting ground for 15 devoted students of holistic medicine. It was a pleasure to meet his community and share the dharma that we call ayurveda. I look forward to spending more time at The Hawthorn Institute and continuing with the blossoming of holistic healthcare practitioners.
Above all things important within recent happenings was the passing of my Grandmother, Clara Roberts. As a spirited woman of southern Georgia and sincere member of her Christian faith, she brought a rare flow of unconditional love to all people within her life. It was her compassion that was most notable, which reflected her authentic desire to have peace in her surroundings.
Completing 86 years of life is hardly a tragedy but still I find a somber mood as I still wish to hear her southern accent again and listen to the stories of her exemplary life.
As I sit here in New Mexico, I can’t help but reflect on the things in life that really matter and the power involved with the decisions we all make. Karma is the result of these actions and whats to enter our life in the future in either a positive or negative way is a reality we have to fully accepted. As I think today of a woman who lived her life based on the values of love and truth I feel the compelling purpose be inspired by those who commit to the actions of compassion. The people in our life have an influence on our actions and by keeping the company of love, one cannot fail. Pranams to my Grandmother. Jai!
August 24th, 2015
Some people regard emotion as the fullest expression in life as others prescribe rationality as the epitome for reality. Such an outlook generally codifies people as ones who lead either from their heart (emotion) or head (intellect). Despite the category one feels more natural acting within, it’s apparent that personal relationships result from the power of one’s emotion or rationality. By acting in accordance to one of these categories the individual functions through life’s many relationships based off energy received from their emotional or intellectual storehouse. The attraction within these bondships are felt through various degrees of intensity, which influence the overall flow of one’s life. The strength to maintain the connection for whatever reason is sustained through the purposes of the heart or mind. Thus, the energy of one’s emotion or rationality bestows a particular directional force within the evolving life of an individual.
These two categories have the tendency to negatively interfere with each other as emotion or intellect will predominate life. Intimate attraction can be fueled by charismatic emotions of sensuality which ultimately diminishes rationality. The lover becomes overwhelmed within the intensity of passion and common sense dissolves from decisions. The same is true of over intellectualizing intimacy through the mental chaos of “how to make it work?” or “is this my true love?” or “what do I do?” The thinker is obsessed with finding “the one” based off preconceived ideas of an ideal partner. As the inevitable flaw appears, the thinker reconsiders decisions of pursuing intimacy and keeps the look on. Though these examples are exaggerated expressions, there’s a current of truth which is seen from our past situations.
Both categories when negatively influenced are overly fueled by forces of emotion or rationality. The overly abundant virtue mystically grabs the individual and controls them to act in ways outside of their will. The experience is seen as one who is controlled through emotion as the other is crippled through superfluous thinking. The question of what love is remains of mystery until these forces are observed and reckoned with.
The quest for partnership is neither entirely led through one’s heart or head but a blend of the two. A meditation of togetherness then becomes the witness for attraction and how its influence enhances or diminishes the quality of life. Love is the rational experience of uniting with something else through the emotional process of experience. The flavor of life that is inherently craved by all is the supreme love idealized by heart and mind. Ultimately love teaches the true nature of the individual and guides one closer to acting in ways that are unconditional. In the state that is neither overpowered by emotion or intellect true love becomes perceivable.
July 29th, 2015
The mystery of foreign lands, people and culture is the lure of travel. Those exploring the “beyond” set my intrigue for individuals who seemingly left the comfort of their location to examine the the mystery of somewhere else. My interest to meet and connect with peoples of our various cities has always been one of many desires to meditate and bring to life ayurveda in the way I learned it from my teacher. When people meet for the betterment of health in order to explore the depth of their consciousness, division has an opportunity to dissolve and something of peace has a chance to flourish. By maintaining an almost constant travel schedule I have had the good luck of fruitful connections which remain rich in my mind and hopefully beneficial to the communities I transit.
Most recently, Montreal, the city tragic romanticism held my time for the better part of four days. Deeply french in culture, the town is schizophrenically bilingual, which makes for great food and art, not to mention conversation. Prior to Quebec I stayed in Toronto teaching subjects of Ayurveda and Prana as well as visiting with clients for individual health concerns. As this was the fifth trip to Canada for purposes of Ayurveda, I am excited to see enthusiasm grow with love for this interesting study and practice. Prior to Canada was my first visit to New Orleans where I met a large and super devoted class of participating members for Melanie Fawer’s teacher training program. There was enormous intrigue for ayurveda and with certainty I can say each member will influence positive energy within their assumed teaching endeavors. If traveling to NOLA yourself, I suggest attending a class or workshop at The Yoga Room. http://ashtangayogaroom.com After a small visit within New York City and Long Island I sit here in New Mexico updating this evolving blog, which continues to represent the modern ayurveda I’m trying to practice.
It comes to mind that in an age of celebrity and self-created fame anyone can become a representation of something, even yoga. There are always mask that test our discrimination and it must be known that to study with someone we should be kept free of smoke and mirrors. If the teacher’s greater concern is name and fame, I gently suggest, find someone else to study with. Dharma denotes responsibility and to find an individual who unlocks that mystery for you will ultimately be your friend for as long as necessary. Keep the search thirsty my friend. Om
May 27th, 2015
Visiting Pittsburgh for purposes of ayurveda and friendship proved to be healing during the early weeks of May. It was my first trip the “Burg” and one of many encounters with my good pal Keith Recker, who has been an advocate and partaker of the ayurveda ways for more than a few years. We first connected in Long Island on a random trip and have been friends ever since. As this visit was nothing less than grand I always depart from Keith with a piece of information gifted that has either improved my vocabulary, understanding of history or refinement of style. To that, I am a better individual and knower of something good.
It must be said that my online immersion courses have been gaining enthusiasm and participation, which has allowed me to connect with students through new portals of relationship. Teaching online has never been my objective but the results have been positive and thus my energies have been used in ways never imagined. I intend to evolve and maintain ayurveda teaching through online Skype studies for those wishing to improve their practice or approach to living so please stay tuned as these courses continue to be offered. The next immersion is scheduled for June 10th.
As the travels continue, I constantly hear my teacher’s voice say, the ayurveda way is the alignment with the totality of nature. This expression of environment, being weather, social structure, food, air, and etheric beings, is the reality of life and a reality one must learn to accept fully. This meditation is a constant refinement to being totally present despite the emotion one might be traversing through. I’ve come to find that this pursuit of health is the paramount of a human endeavor and one worth searching for.
Long live the Ayurveda.
April 23rd, 2015
From an early time I was told its important to find a good teacher and best to find a guru. The past two months happen to be busy for me but time with my teacher Dr. Vasant Lad brought a great reminder to the purpose of practicing ayurveda. I met Dr. Lad in Albuquerque back in 2008 and initiated studies with him a year later. The duration of my time with him still stands as one of the most important periods of my life, which has guided me to teach the ayurveda ways throughout the US and Canada. Since graduation I’ve been able to visit him at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico solely to listen to him lecture and be in the company of his students. Quoting him verbatim on our last encounter: “search for peace and love will follow.”
After the desert I traveled east towards Philadelphia and Doyelstown, where I taught the prana course at Sun Dog Yoga which is under the beautiful instruction of Shari Simon. The lovely scenery of Pennsylvanian hills also proved to be generous for my meditation and led me in the direction of the Arsha Vidya Ashram located in Saylorsburg. The priest and swamis who maintain the ashram’s integrity have poured tremendous love into the land which offers a palpable vibe upon entry.
I returned to Florida soon there after which welcomed me with warmth. My online course started the day after with a wonderful batch of new students which is elaborating on different dimensions of ayurveda. This type of work was never expected but after a year of online instruction, I’m committed to progressing my presence in web-based teaching.
Till our next encounter. Love and Jai Ganesha!
April 2nd, 2015
Cold memories linger from my visit to Long Island’s east end. Winter, unable to let up, defined my Northeastern trip with plenty of snow and time indoors. Explorations to Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton, offered plenty of time for meditation as I mostly watched snow gather from a warm room. Two weeks of New York vibes proved productive as I was fortunate to connect with many of interested individuals with varying enthusiasm for ayurveda at Tapovana Yoga Shala and Ashtanga Yoga Upper Westside.
Noteworthy experience: dining with good energy at the proverbial World Pie in Bridgehampton.
Flying direct from NYC to Utah brought a change in weather and pace which was well received. Prior to teaching, time was spent in Millcreek Canyon and gazing at springtime foliage which expressed more than a few colors. Teaching sessions took place at the newly located We Are Yoga in Salt Lake City which was received by lovely teacher trainees and ayurveda novices alike. Consults were offered in addition.
Reflections on moments which have supported my health as directly experienced from people, places or moments:
- watching a child laugh uncontrollably while holding her Father’s hand while walking down Amsterdam at 73rd while smiling myself
- reading Jim Holt’s book, Why Does the World Exist? (not a book of recommendation)
- listening to FKA Twigs (fans of Björk you will be fans of FKA Twigs)
- walking a beach at Montauk
- pole star gazing in SLC, UT
March 3rd, 2015
Recent connections aligned me with long-time friend Jhaysonn Pathak at his home in Jacksonville. We originally met in high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where we studied guitar and played original music in a band we formed. Despite our different post-graduation pursuits (Jhaysonn study classical guitar in DeLand as I remained in Jax) we maintained a distant yet brotherly connection. Some years after our schooling Jhaysonn called and informed me of his diagnoses with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which delayed his ambitious plans for the future. His proceeding six years have been varied with critical conditions and complications pertaining to medication but one of supreme perseverance. His courage is unmatched.
While talking in his home, which is not as often as I would like, we ventured towards the subjects spirituality. Our bond has always been supported with desires to understand religion as we usually discuss christianity. Jhaysonn expressed his fascination of remaining alive despite doctors assuming his life will end prematurely. Moving towards the future, each new day for Jhaysonn brings him closer to an elite group of cancer survivors which statistically influences his longevity. Crediting survival to his belief in God, Jhaysonn feels maintained by a force beyond understanding that is strengthened through prayer. What continues is his power of Being in Time.
In his recent blog his recent blog Jhaysonn , writes, “I keep being told that what really might help other people isn't seeing me healthy but seeing what I do, what I go through, what all those treatments might look like, and having an inside look into at least my side of the unknowable future of treatment.” Such is the nature of his character, Jhaysonn looks to healthier days through the strength of his faith and the actions that maintain his life.
One might consider to themselves, such a gift is my health, how might I influence the world around me with it?
February 6th, 2015
Time? The concept of infinity, which is as ungraspable a concept as eternity is present in many minds. Infinity or timelessness exist apart from full cognition but it's understanding is always desired. The action of meditation acts as that force which moves closer to realizations of infinity's timelessness through inward contemplation. There's no perfect moment or place to meditate as its practice acts like a river that never ceases movement which is constantly flowing towards an unknown location. To perceive an understanding or cultivate a method of meditation implement the following:
- focus solely on the experience of air moving through the nostrils during deep breathing
- inhale an understanding of peace, exhale negative emotions
- sing and observe the effects of expression
- watch unmoving aspects of nature (tree, mountain, or flower) without moving awareness
Simplicity is the medicine for complexity. These techniques are suggestion for peering into the complex chemistry of mind and emotion, which causes much anguish for living. The key is to be consistent by releasing expectation and allow the process to unfold as experience.
January 24th, 2015
Ritual. The effort of doing a routine consistently in hopes of gaining deeper awareness towards reality. Ayurveda (life science) implores rituals which cultivates hyper-awareness within one’s daily actions. Practically, the ritual intention is based on an individual need which restores clarity to their life situation. Applying intention to action helps produce a positive effect from such a ritual. A ritual can be anything and the following are simple actions to help begin the practice.
- burning incense at the same time and place daily.
- practicing conscious breathing patterns daily.
- abstaining from a particular food(s) on the same day every week.
- maintaining silence on a particular time of day or day of the week
- visiting a deeply meaningful town or sacred location at a particular time of the year.
Essentially, the ritual can be any routine with intention. Experiment with a ritual that suits individual needs best. Make routines regular and observe the effects each ritual produces. If the individual is clear of expectation the ritual will reveal necessary information resulting from the practice. Open mindedness helps with exploring the world of ritual.