Notes from the Collective

Day 18 #HAVENCOLLECTIVEPROMISE

by Tracy Squillante | January 22, 2015

Daily Health Tip | We are what we DIGEST or it will digest us!

I have spent the last few blogs going to great detail about the good "ins" of the diet and lifestyle. I would not serve anyone without discussing the "outs." It is literally the first question I ask my clients during the initial consultation and a subject that is vital to know how well the digestive track is functioning. Vata's "seat" in the body is in the small and large intestineand colon. Pitta may rule the digestion, but it is up to Vata to eliminate the waste. Perfect movement would take place anywhere to 10-15 minutes after each meal. Ideally, first thing in the morning during Kapha time - before 10 a.m. and once after the lunch meal and the other before bedtime. Once we cross over the 55 year old marker we enter into Vata time of life - thus I notice all the time 60 -75 year old men or women with a large lower belly with skinny arm and legs. Well, when you ask them "how often do you go?" they say, "Oh, I haven't gone in 3 days!" OH! MY!! In Ayurveda one of the most important things (behind diagnoses of the tongue) is the BM cycle. It's amazing how well you "go" once you balance Vata. Best way to balance vata is to eat roasted vegetables instead of raw and to use Yoga as a rejuvenating/restorative practice to renew and ground the body.

A helpful hint for a restful nights sleep and to help with a heightened Vata associated with constipation and traveler's constipation is a little jewel called, Natural Calm. It is a magnesium powder supplement that helps to relax the mind and body while allowing the nutrients needed to help un-clog the drain. Heat water to just before a boil and gently add 1/2 teaspoon to 8 oz. of water-(can add more or less depending on "situation") Sip and relax deeply into a hot bath.

Namaste. 
Taylor 

For questions, comments or concerns contact Taylor @ fourcornersyoga1@gmail.com

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Daily Yoga Tip | Parsvottanasana

Parsvottanasana, Intense Side Stretch, is equal parts balancing and forward bending. Before folding into the pose take a moment upright with your hands in reverse namaskar. Root your feet into the floor and find a tiny backbend by lifting your sternum up. Keep the long spine and fold forward. While both feet are anchored to the floor, the pose does demand concentration to stay balanced. The focused energy required by all balancing poses helps tone the liver. Additionally, the forward bend in Parsvottanasana massages the liver and stomach, aiding in digestion.