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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Yoga Off the Mat and Off on Vacation ☀️

Have you ever heard that you enjoy your vacation the most 3 days before you actually leave?

My mentor shared this idea with me recently, although I’m not sure where he heard it…

He explained that the joy of anticipation culminates three days before departure, and that the actual experience never lives up to the mind’s vision.

I argued that if this is true, then we all need to upgrade our vacay mojo!

However, this week I find myself exactly one month out before I leave for my 3 week Greek adventure and my excitement feels ready to bubble over the top!

(One of those weeks will be spent with those of you joining us on our epic Odyssey to Delphi Retreat Sept 1 - 8!)

I actually considered packing today. Packing, unpacking, and repacking thrills me for weeks in advance of a trip because it draws out the joy! So maybe there is a touch of truth in this 3 day anticipation culmination idea…!

Here are my favorite ways to stay connected...

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Dreams and Dragons: How to Slay the Impossible and Set Your Dreams Free

I had the joy of seeing “The Greatest Showman” Hugh Jackman (also the one and only Wolverine, if that’s more your style!) in his one man show in Philadelphia.

Apart from being totally amazing and entertaining, he shared something profound that I can’t stop thinking about.

He said “every dream has a dragon.”

His dream was to come to Hollywood and be in a movie musical. His dragon was the fact that he was a small boy, half a world away, in a small Australian town…how was he ever going to get to LA and be in showbusiness?

He captured the whole audience with this truth because everyone can relate to this.

Even a smaller scale goal, idea, or desire has a dragon standing guard, making it feel impossible.

Luckily, as I remind my students all the time, impossible things happen in yoga everyday and we can learn from this!

If we let the dragons scare us off, we’d never even get started.   

Here is how to slay the beast:...

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The (Downward) Dog Days of Summer: Home Yoga Sequence

As the summer heat descends and travel season heats up, you may find yourself a little uncomfortable or agitated from being out of your routine.

I thrive on routine yet I love to travel and be new places. Routine helps me feel safe and soothes my anxiety while travel wakes up my creativity and reignites my ability to find adventure in all things - even the familiar when I am back home again. 

Being away from my beloved studio practice does take it toll, physically and emotionally. Luckily, I've been able to team up with First for Women Magazine to offer a series of postures to keep any unwanted summer heat at bay, whether it manifests in the form of stress, stiff, tight muscles from long rides, or anxiety. (And to my diverse readership, this sequences is appropriate for all genders, not only women)

I've listed the sequence in photos below.
Click the link to get the step by instructions directly from the article.

10 Toning Yoga Poses to Help You...

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Mid-Year Reset: Revisit Your Word For The Year.

July 4th fireworks are over and so is the first half of the year.

Do you remember your outlook from January? Did you have a vision for how you hoped the year would unfold?

I’m not big on “resolutions” for the new year, but I do enjoy a “word” for the year. I choose a word that encompasses a feeling I want the year to embody as a whole or a direction I want to move toward. 

A word, instead of a resolution, allows more wiggle room for manifestation.

A clear goal with precise action steps is great, but sometimes tunnel vision of specifics blinds out additional opportunities that can yield the same (or better) results by a different course.

In Sun Tzu’s classic text, The Art of War, he teaches that only a foolish general goes into battle without a plan, but a general who sticks to the plan while in battle is equally foolish.

In a similar sense, I’ve learned that goals and methods are continually in flux and often resources appear...

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Resources: First for Women Magazine Yoga Collaborations

I collaborate throughout the year with First for Women Magazine on yoga articles.

Each one has a specialized topic, from yoga can you do at your desk, to yoga for thyroid, to yoga for hips, and more.

The latest article just published and focuses on yoga postures to soothe menopause symptoms. You can find it here.

For easy reference, below are links to past articles.

They are complete with pictures, step-by-step instructions into the postures, and are beginner friendly so all levels can succeed, even if you've never tried out these particular sequences. 

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