Still hungry? Yoga, TCM, and the 5 Tastes

Food and nutrition is a spicy topic in wellness.

And it should be, right? Nourishing the body has many meanings and we can’t ignore that what we put into our mouths effects our energy level, weight, mood, sleep, digestion, and overall health.

We all have strong opinions about what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat.

An insight from yoga practice is the realization that we are energetic beings and that everything we do, from what we eat, to what we think, to how we move and behave, either nourishes this energy or depletes it. We glean a new understanding that "we are what we eat" and begin to subconsciously shift food and lifestyle decisions. 

TCM's 5 tastes can guide those choices. 

According to this ancient wisdom, incorporating all 5 tastes (which correspond with the 5 Elements) into a meal satiates the palette, regulates emotions, strengthens the internal organs, aids digestion, and improves immune function.

The 5 tastes are:...
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Balance Your Earth Element to Release Worry, Embrace Change, and Cultivate Intuition

Challenges.

Everyone faces them. Some are happily avoidable, others succeed in temping you to dive in head first, eager to greet them.

Any single challenge can be perceived either as an opportunity or an obstacle depending on your point of view. Which will you choose?  

As I introduced in last week’s blog, late summer ushers in the season associated with the Earth Element in Taoist practice and TCM, and this particular Element's attributes make right now prime time for a self-imposed challenge of opportunity.

  • Emotionally, the Earth Element manifests in anxious worry and resistance to change when out of balance.
  • In balance, it supports fosters trust, honesty, forethought through learned knowledge, stability, loyalty, comfort, and intuition.

Use a challenge to tap into these positive attributes and align your own energy with the seasonal flow.

Craving one last summer fling, like an end of season...

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Are You In Your Element? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

Eastern Taoist Philosophy categorizes everything we are, everything we do, and the world around us, into one of the 5 Chinese Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal or Water. 

(Why these are different from the Ayurvedic Elements is a topic for another time.)

Seasonally, we have just transitioned from the Fire Element of early summer, into the Earth Element of late summer.

  • In a life cycle, this Element corresponds to the ages of 33 to 58 years old.
  • Earth is a building element. It’s literally a time to get your hands dirty and create what you desire through steady, long-term focus. 
  • The Earth Element is the time to invest in your health, relationships, career, and finances. 
  • Characterized by weighty life decisions, entry into the Earth Element may be marked by marriage, divorce, breakups, promotions, starting a business, a physical move to a new place, sobriety, starting a family, going back to school/graduating, or purchasing...
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Drink Water, Save Relationship, Save the Day

 
I love being married. But I also love my precious alone time, always getting my way, and having everything I want! Where is the compromise in that!?!?! 

Through seven years of marriage, plus working together everyday, here is the trick that saves us daily and the Taoist medicine behind it: 

A glass of water. 

Stay with me here - I know the suggestion to drink more water is not news, but let me offer you the reason behind it, so you can gain new insight on why this is and how to implement this to your benefit. 

In the Taoist Chinese Five Elements, every body part and all emotions are categorized into one of the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, or Water. 

When you feel and look your best, physically and emotionally, each of these Elements are aligned with the others and working in balanced harmony. When don't feel or look your best, somewhere within your...

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