Let’s define our terms, shall we? This helps us get and remain on the same page simply because we should know what we talk about. We may hear words like Yoga all the time for example but when asked what it is we may start with, “ummmm, errr…”
Defining our terms helps us decide if a particular subject is potentially for us or not. We want to simplify life which is a process of selection and elimination. This blog is not created to gain as many likes and followers as possible. Its aim is to be purposeful. So below is the information to help you decide which aspects of this blog could be helpful. All aspects of the blog are approached as a beginner and so we learn together and build on fundamentals…
Holistic Living is a philosophy of well-being that considers the physical (body), mental (mind), intellectual (intellect) and spiritual (Spirit) aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced. To understand what equipment is and how each equipment works so that it can be part of a harmonious symphony of physical health, the balance of emotion, intellectual clarity and spiritual growth IS the path in itself of holistic living. In the upcoming weeks, we delve into understandings and workings of the mind, intellect, and Spirit.
Conscious Parenting. A way to help understand what conscious parenting is may be to think about what UN-conscious parenting is. Unconscious parenting is blindly following beliefs and a set of rules as a one size fits all for raising a child. So, to be conscious is to hone in on what the particular nature is of your child – their tendencies, their interests, their fears, and hopes rather than projecting onto a child, or molding them to have certain personality trait traits or interests. It is about understanding the driver behind behaviour rather than the behaviour itself. Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey. In contrast, in Dr. Shefali’s conscious approach to parenting, children serve as mirrors of the parent’s forgotten self. Once a parent finds their way back to their essence, they enter into a communion with their children. Parent and child awaken to the ability to relate to a state of NOW, in a state of presence.
Self-Development here refers to spiritual evolution. Self-development involves the study of the personality, a self-analysis, choosing an ideal in life all using the systematic knowledge of the Hindu Vedas so as to develop the following qualities – self-sufficiency, identification with others (Love), Objectivity, cheerfulness, dynamism, selflessness and a striving to uncover what is referred to as the Self. All these qualities, as well as the knowledge of the Vedas, will be defined and discussed deeply. As I always say, “It’s a process.” There are many falls and mistakes but I see self-development as a life-long effort and it’s pace and “successes” are part of the journey and yours to accept.
Yoga Asanas are the physical poses associated with Yoga. Yoga id derived from the Sanskrit word yuj. Yuj means to join, to unite. There are four yogas used proportionally in order to reunite with what is referred to the Self. So, depending on which category of human personality you fall into – for example, if you are predominantly emotional you would predominantly follow the path of devotion:
- Bhakta Yoga The path of devotion
- Gnana Yoga The path of Knowledge
- Karma Yoga The path of action
- Hatha yoga The path of compulsion
Hatha yoga was actually prescribed for the fourth category of human being that was predominantly lethargic. One cannot reach the true state of Bliss, of Self purely by doing asanas. Just wanted to clear that up. Have you noticed after a yoga class you do feel relaxed and positive and then on the home way someone cuts you off in traffic or you receive a negative comment on social media and that “peace” you felt dissipates. There exists a peace that is far more sustainable and that is achieved through the practice of the three yoga (proportionally) with the systematic knowledge of the Vedas. So just to reiterate, the essence of Yoga is not doing asanas.
In this blog I do seek the correct technique of poses and seek to understand their benefits. Asana practice is kept simple – yoga is not about what you wear, how flexible you are and whether you can headstand or not. It is a time used to practice keeping the mind focused on the breath, on movement in the present, with gentleness and keep help keep the body limber and healthy.
Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is a personalized approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type (Your Dosha) allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise and all other aspects of your lifestyle. The doshas reflect three main governing principles of nature, called vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth-water). Discovering which Dosha category you fall into can be found here. Ayurveda is primarily a preventative medical system.In this blog, Ayurveda ingredients are made use of and you will find recipes for all doshas.
Natural Self-Care. For the most part I prefer to use natural ingredients- existing in or derived from nature; not created by humankind – for the skin, hair etc. My view on beauty changed after letting it sink in that the skin is an organ and so efforts are geared toward keeping this organ healthy.
Carcinogenic (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue) synthetic chemicals is currently the beauty industry’s biggest issue. The distinction between penetration and absorption of chemicals is a crucial one where measurement of chemical risk is concerned. For now, don’t throw out all your products! We just need to simplify skin and hair care and know what is potentially harmful and what is safe to use and what nature has to offer.
I hope an aspect or two of this blog serves a purpose to you and if not I truly hope you find everything that you need for your path soon enough!