Trilogy Community Circle
Have you ever wondered if someone else has had a similar experience in their yoga practice? Have you ever had a question during your yoga practice and not had the chance to ask? This Community circle will be the safe space to invite these questions. Together we will be co creating a dynamic group to explore topics, inviting Q & A , and most importantly having fun.
There is so much more to our yoga practice once we leave our mat. For the new practitioner or the experienced teacher, everyone has questions and will benefit from sharing their experiences. By sharing or even just listening to others, we allow the practice to integrate and we set the stage for the next step in our spiritual evolution.
Connection and community are so vital for our health and wellbeing and science is showing how we evolve faster when we are part of a group. The Community Circle will open with a short grounding meditation followed by brief theme description and discussion leading up to sharing and open Q & A.
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Part 1 Seasonality
Here begins an exploration of a topic which impacts everyone around the globe on many levels. I’m sure most of us are curious about these movements towards the simple idea of eating with the seasons and sourcing from local as possible and it makes sense why they are gaining traction. When we contrast these ideas to the extreme changes we have gone through in the food system it becomes clear why diseases are becoming the new normal and why we feel the urge on some level to move towards simplicity of life. So through the posts to follow I will go deeper into the impacts of the choices we make and how to allow our intuition to guide us towards our personal best food choices.
With most of us stressed out running in survival mode and not operating from our intuition it makes sense why it is so easy to overeat and crave things out of season. We know that harvesting plants based on when they are ripe and ready creates a healthier food, but the production of manufactured foods distanced us from our connection to the environment making cruising through the grocery store difficult to distinguish which is the best option. These two themes alone of managing stress and harvesting when ripe are massively impactful towards the longevity and ease of all living creatures and the balance of the planet we live on.
But how aware are we of whats growing locally in our neighborhood, or even in a range of fifty miles around us? From the perspective of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a deep connection between the seasons, what we should be eating and our state of health. According to these very old traditions, it’s when we are living out of sync with the rhythms of our ecosystem that we begin to create imbalances in our lives. Yes they may be subtle, but just think of how transformative it could be to reintegrate with the rhythms and bring back balance across the board.
Throughout history the seasons have had the upper hand for what we have available to eat, that was until the agricultural revolution. But through these changes in technology and ability to sustain farming throughout the year we have gradually acquired the control over when we could eat fresh berries and tender greens. Typically we wouldn’t have delicate berries available in winter and so it goes for root vegetables in the summer, this is what may have distanced us from our intuition and sensitivity to what we may be physically craving rather than what we think we want to eat.
This way of eating is part of our inherent nature and could be seen as a communion with our environment. Relearning how to translate these physical sensations into what we should be eating doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a skill that we can acquire and fine tune over time with practice. My simple tip is to identify what seasonal plants grow closest to you and begin to add them into your diet. On a broader topic this practice will help reduce the carbon footprint we are creating from importing and transportation and even if it’s only a little bit, it will help steer us in a less destructive direction.
Our feet are very complex pieces of our body and are essential to our means of traversing the planet. The feet are the bottom of the totem pole creating the foundation for our balance, stability, and mobility though our lives, which are huge factors influencing our life and experiences. Each foot including the ankle are the location of 26 bones and 33 joints along with layers of soft tissue, tendons and muscle. Both feet together make up twenty-five percent of our skeletal structure so enough of the intellectual facts and on to the question. How much attention do you give your feet?
We expect the body to perform just as they are supposed to without any care, but just as we bring our car into the shop for check ups we can do the same for our bodies by deepening localized bodily awareness through daily self massage practices. Abhyanga is the practice of self massage in Ayurveda and not just limited to the feet. This practice connects us to ourselves and when performed daily, it can overtime create dramatic changes to our physiology. Through massage we bring in more circulation to the chosen areas in our body influencing the changes on a deeper levels of our tissues.
We are conditioned to wear shoes through life for almost everything. Hiking in fear of ants or a pine cone and even at the beach in fear of stepping on shells, but to me this is a restriction not only of the grounding effect we recieve through touching the Earth and exchanging beneficial magnetic charges, but that of the constriction of the foot and the bones being forced in unnatural directions. Imagine wearing gloves all day not for warmth, but for social acceptance and protection from touching dirty things. It would be very constrictive and disruptive to say the least, but the main reason why self massage practices are so effective on our feet is the ability to decompress and relieve accumulated stress after a day of wearing constricting shoes.
It’s no wonder then why along the rest of categories of diseases, there are numerous just in relation to the feet. From plantar fasciitis to bunions, I see it as a disconnection to our bodies as a whole mechanism. A whole world apart from what we believe we have the power to influence or to even take control of.
So I share here one of many simple practices to explore in the category of Abhyanga which is one I use daily. Use a small amount of sesame oil (not toasted) and put into a clean jar. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils and store somewhere you can see as a reminder to do it daily. Grab a towel you won’t mind getting a little oil on and place it below your feet just in case you spill some. Next put a small amount of oil on your hands and you guessed it, start massaging exploring your feet with curiosity and make them feel really good!