Our health – physical, mental & emotional is very close to nature. Yet we humans often forget that we are part of nature, made of the same constituents present in nature. Matter, metabolism & movement are three principles that govern our bodies & minds. According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, this matter corresponds to the Earth element, the metabolism is the Fire element & the movement is the Air element. As unique as we are, these three elements are pretty much what we are made of. Once we know our own body mind type, we are empowered to make choices that support our health & lifestyle choices.
Our bodies are made up of solid & liquid forms of matter just like the Earth. And our body is literally made from the raw materials that we ingest in the form of food or inputs from our environment. The conversion of the food, processing of emotions and digestion of new ideas requires transformation which is supported by the Fire element within us. The movement of thoughts, breath, circulation of blood, movement of food through our digestive tract is all governed by the Air element within us. These three elements create vitality on the physical, mental and emotional planes if they are in balance. When there is an imbalance, then we end up with physical, mental or emotional upsets or dis-ease.
The knowledge of these really help us make nutrition choices that support our healing & strength. It helps us to pick the right kind of exercise for our body & mind. It helps not only for our health but also for all our choices in careers, relationships & the environments we expose ourselves to.
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Good Health is the outcome of the on-going process of healing. WelIness has to become a way of life especially in this modern fast paced life. We often experience healing as complex, non-linear & sometimes not even logical .No matter how many systems exist – whether we talk about western medicine or we refer to holistic healing & energy medicine. There are so many modalities & frameworks many of them seem to work well. But every ones healing & wellness journey is quiet unique. It depends on our own mindbody constitution and often our habits & life experiences that have shaped us.
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One of the great waves in the mindfulness and meditation space is the use of technology. There are more apps than we can count now. Some great meditation apps such as Calm, Meditation Studio, Headspace are used all over the world now. Wearable technology like the Muse Headband or Heart Math technology for heart coherence are brilliant technologies giving us real-time feedback of what is really happening and how we can re-calibrate our state of mind. These tech advances are not only making meditation process easier – but also acceptable! Its no more something reserved only for those seeking spirituality. Today meditation is a tool to enhance human potential. There meets science and spirituality.
Muse gives us feedback with its state of the art EEG measurement. It’s literally tracking our brain waves and translating our mental activity into guiding sounds of the weather. It has 7 sensors that measure these brain signals and convert it into real time neruo- feedback. They also have guided meditations that help you train your mind for calm and focus.
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I believe in humans and their potential. Humans thrive when they live in alignment with their values and purpose. When people understand themselves and recognize their own strengths, skills and passions –that’s where there is opportunity to find fulfillment and contentment. And both of those result in lasting happiness that is not fleeting.
Presence-Based Coaching draws from the fields of mindfulness, somatics, developmental psychology, leadership, and interpersonal neurobiology to offer an emergent synthesis of the most potent approaches to developing an individual on all levels. Coaching is not reserved for the leaders only, it’s a revolutionary tool that must be available to everyone.
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Taking care of physical health is something we are all taught since childhood. But mental health has never been taught. We are taught how to eat, exercise & move for physical health and well being. But no one talks about consciously taking care of our minds!
Mental Health must be also taken care of as a lifestyle. Some practices and rituals to support our mental well-being :
1) Move for 10-15 minutes : Our bodies aren’t designed to not move. Intentionally moving each day either in the form of walking, stretching, swimming or even playing is a mood booster. Our mind is happier when we move, If you can take it outdoors – get some sun-even better!
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Most people think that relaxation is as simple , just closing our eyes when we hit the bed at night or relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee. but real relaxation is much more than that. And its purpose is not simply to release the daily stress we hold on to but also to get the most out of our life!Unless we are really free from muscular, mental & emotional tensions, we can never be truly relaxed. Most of us are even unaware of our own tensions that we may hold.There are three kinds of tensions : Muscular –relating to the body itself.Emotional tensions- which stem from dualities of love/hate, success/failure, happiness/resentment.These are more deeper rooted than the physical ones.And then there are the mental tensions – arising from our excessive mental activity and life experiences which are then stored in the mental body.
Yoga Nidra is the science of relaxing efficiently which enables us to dive deep into the subconscious mind, which releases all physical, mental & emotional tensions.We are not only relaxing but we are literally restructuring our whole personality from within.With every practice, we release & let go of old habits, tendencies.
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“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates
Meditation refers to all the practices that we know of from contemplative traditions over thousands of years.Though it may have mystical connotations, how can we use it as a tool to know ourselves better? How can we translate the teachings from the language of these age old practices to a language that is understood & processed by highly pragmatic and sometimes even skeptical over stimulated minds of today? How can these practices be used to help people succeed in life or work?
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