Dry lips, lip balms & vata

For about 2 1/2-three weeks earlier this month my lips were super dry, like I have never felt before.

It started about a week before I left my job. So there was a lot of stress and a lot of super unhealthy eating and drinking going on.

The cheesy potluck at work seemed to trigger it, or at least that was when I first noticed.

My normal lip balms didn’t seem to be helping. My lip balms of choice were (and will be again) eos (lemon) and Chapstick hydration lock, which I got in my Birchbox.

I believe that stress, unhealthy eating and drinking were causes of the dry lips. But I also believe vata also played into this as well.

As we transition into Autumn in the ayurveda system, which is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing, we are in vata.

Vata represents chaos, movement and wind.

Vata is the dosha (three fundamental principles formed by a combination of two elements) that represents the air and ether elements, according to ayurvedic construct; vata controls the movement of fluids and cells through the body, … Continue reading

What is Restorative Yoga?

This is what my friend Pam asked Monica and me yesterday before spin class as Monica and I were discussing the The Gift of Restorative Yoga workshop we attended today with Vickie.

According to Namaste’s workshop link, Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body, allowing for expansiveness and ease while stimulating the body’s innate healing abilities. This workshop will enable us to explore the benefits of bringing awareness and balance to the body- mind.

This is a direct description from Namaste’s class description of Restorative Yoga: Gentle yoga and passive restorative postures to open the body, quiet the mind and move into a deep sense of relaxation. A meditative time to cultivate awareness of body breath and mind, this class is recommended for those experiencing stress, recovering from injury or illness, and anyone seeking a gentle class to unwind, relax and renew.

I try to practice Restorative Yoga as often as my schedule allows. It is relaxing and makes me really try to calm my mind and bring down my stress.

Today Vickie talked about our vata, which according to Yoga Journal website, it governs all movement in the body and mind. (The Sanskrit translation of the word is “that … Continue reading