Habits for Vibrant Health

Habits for Vibrant Health

 

This is about understanding our bodies digestion through the lens of Ayurveda. It s such a fundamental process which when out of sync has the potential to cause many levels of dis-ease through our lives and on the opposite, when its working properly it has the potential to create a more easeful experience. From bloating, post eating abdominal pain, lethargy, constipation, mood swings, and all the other complications associated with slow bowels, digestion and ability to break down food is a massively impactful subject to master.

It was when I learned about the relation our digestion has to the rhythms of the rising and setting sun each day that the basics of this sister science to yoga started making sense. This is the first of a series of explanations and aha moments I’ve had since adopting ten fundamental habits from Ayurveda and began noticing the changes.

Agni to a degree is understood as the digestive fire in our belly, think of the burning hunger you feel when you haven’t had any food in some time that is the Agni. However Agni is not limited to that of digesting the physical food we eat but it also includes the assimilation of our daily experiences, emotions and cellular communication among others. So with this understanding there are very simple things to do which help build the strength of the digestive fire as are many which put out the fire keeping our digestion down and slow moving.

First is timing and frequency of stuffing our face and with the abundance of food in our culture we can see the rise of disease from not only poor food choices but also never giving our bodies a break. So back to the sun rising and setting and begin to get a sense of the midday sun shining its strong warmth upon you. This midday sunshine when its at its highest is also the time of day when our digestive fire peaks, and just as the sun does our Agni looses intensity as the day progresses. The basic idea behind this relationship is that of consuming the hardest to digest foods during the midday meal or lunch and having something light for diner so our body can enter deeper states of sleep.

Just as the ancient practices conclude, modern studies have shown humans having spikes in bile production which we use for breaking down and assimilating food and just as the traditions follow, the bile peaks around 1pm and then another less intense spike in the evening before levels fall during the night. This makes sense when we align the understanding of circadian rhythms to humans beings and reflect how in sync we are to the this natural cycle.

The most personally impactful discipline to this practice of eating a lighter diner and a more traditional supper is meal spacing and not to constantly snack between meal time. It sounds a bit strict but think of smothering a fire constantly throughout the day as you wonder why it is always struggling to catch back up. The same thing goes for our Agni in the belly, if we are snacking between meals we never give the digestive juices time to build up strength.

So how I would summarize this practice of meal spacing is to relate to the modern approach of intermittent fasting or as some of the science / bio-nerds ( myself included) would call it, cyclical ketosis. Its when our energy sources are cycling between fat and glucose where on one level we enter a much different perspective on life. This can happen dramatically when we are in the fat burning mode as we burn up the toxins we have accumulated through our daily life and store in the adipose tissue. Think of burning through this tissue as breaking old patterns, beliefs and ways of approaching our daily existence.

Remember to enjoy the new ideas you adopt in your life and that changing old patterns are not always easy but when we approach the situation as a child would with curiosity and take the small steps on a new path it lessens the pressure and deepens the reward.

Community Circle

Community Circle

 

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.

For more details check out Trilogy Sanctuary

Habits for Living part 2

Habits for Living part 2

How often do we change our routines? How often are we aware of our routines? The mundane tasks, thoughts and even complex movements we do without conscious awareness are scattered throughout the day. We may know on some level that everyday is a new day to create something new, but with old outdated habits and routines we become robotic and our personality becomes stagnant.

Think of brushing your teeth for example. Typically we mindlessly go through the routine we are so comfortable doing which can be very similar to our situational reactions and ways of describing our daily experiences. Someone politely asks, How are you doing? We may respond, I’m good, I’m tired or I’m stressed. But do these answers truly represent our current state of being? Maybe so, but many of these routine answers we use as a subconscious way of keeping us in a state of familiarity which can continue to shape our personal reality.

Now just imagine brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand or with your dominant hand but moving slowly in the opposite way you routinely move the brush around your mouth. By reviewing the simplest things we automatically say, think or do  without question, we get a sense of the subconscious operating system we have built over our lives. This operating system is represented in the brain and can be seen with the neurons creating distinct pathways. From this place we can identify whats holding us back and where we can put more of our energy.

Just as learning new languages, musical instruments or new styles of movement and dance are all great for rewiring the brain, choosing new ways of speaking and thinking  begin to reshape our personal reality and how we see and experience things. They have very beneficial outcomes and consequently the more we do something new, the more familiar it becomes and the stronger the connections become in the brain.

So I invite you to challenge your routines by consciously choosing the awkward way of doing things. We are so conditioned to take action in a specific way that we may even have withdrawal symptoms when we begin new ways of action, so take a deep breath and lean into the new. Trust yourself even if the new way does not seem right and remind yourself that the more you do it the more familiar it becomes redefining the new and potentially upgraded states of normal.

Habits for living part 1

Creamy berry jello recipe

Creamy berry jello recipe

Spring is in full swing and so are the tasty berries in Southern California.

With these fresh and local berries being high in flavor and lower in sugar than other popular fruits they have been a go to for my recent kitchen exploration.

Possibly one of the easiest recipes I’ve been playing around with which is a treat and a health food at the same time. I recommend using either Great Lakes brand gelatin or Bulletproof Collagelatin for this and any other recipe requiring a gelling component.

This is a variation of the Blueberry Un-Cheesecake recipe from the newly released book Head Strong by Dave Asprey which explores the newest science on the effects the environment on our mitochondria. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

Procedure

  • Place everything Except gelatin, water and sweetener( if using) into a blender
  • Heat the water over low heat until warm,  stir in the gelatin and sweetener if using until its dissolved
  • When the gelatin is dissolved add the water to the blender
  • Blend until smooth and pour into your favorite molds, or any container.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set
  • For faster settling put in the freezer for 1.5 hours and defrost for 20 minutes before serving
  • Serve with fresh berries and chopped nuts or whatever you like
  • Freeze any excess for tasty snacks later on.

All I need is..

michael-podger-32058What does it feel like to thrive? Watching the flowers bloom this time of year they make it seem so effortless. As if they are tapped into the source of unseen nourishment. The flow. So is it the effort they put into it or the participation of the bigger picture. After all, how much effort does a flower really put out?

Unlike a flower, we to a degree have choices which have the potential to influence our opportunity to enter this unseen flow. It’s becoming a participant of life rather than a spectator. Engaging and interacting with the environment around us through nourishment and play.

Since the turn of this new year I started a program called Body Thrive. Cate Stillman who is a longtime Ayurveda practitioner wrote the book Body Thrive, founded YogaHealer.com, Yoga Healer Podcast and Yoga Health Coaching among many other great programs designed to bring people into a state of thrive. The basis of this program is very simple yet because of the modern disconnect to our daily rhythms, adopting these habits show nothing less than dramatic results.

Eventually I will go into greater detail about the shifts which have occurred since starting each of these habits, but my keystone habit has been eating earlier and lighter dinners. This is the first step in the program as its sets the stage for the others to fall into place. The first habit has changed slightly for me as the days become longer and activity levels ebb and flow however the fundamental idea of eating my heaviest meals during the peak hours of the day stays strong. A few years ago this would seem like crazy talk to me but with empirical learning it’s now a way of life.

For myself its the simplicity of daily rhythms and being in tune with the physical nature of being alive. When I’m in flow with these pulsations, a sense of ease begins to take the wheel steering me towards thrive. From the application of simple daily habits and my personal experience of living these time-tested routines, I see that ease is usually within reach. Its a life-long journey and I wouldn’t ask for it any other way.

Transending the transactional shit!

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What is personal value or even self worth? I know that money doesn’t represent who we are, but on some level I believe it reflects the flow of a specific energy and frequency. Im not saying that each of us has a dollar amount which signifies our existence and living worth, but how much do we value our time and energy, and in exchange how does what we share that energy with reflect our values and interests.

If you think of how limitless the universe is in which our planet is circling our sun, or how we perceive those limits, then the same goes for all the pennies, dollars, nickels and digital numbers we create as a collective within the monetary and banking systems tying together the global civilization. I believe tapping into this seemingly limitless energy is possible when we are in tune with its specific frequency. This starts with the understanding and belief that we are enough and deserving of this collective energetic sharing of monetary value for service and goods.

This is where the road splits and where greed and corruption have an open door to come right in. In todays modern society we need at a minimum a basic flow of money to pay for the basic needs of living. So how worthy are we to be in this flow of abundant exchange? Can we be in this flow without giving it the control of our happiness? Without the attachment to the physical characteristics or material possessions we acquire. If we can be in the flow with the mindset of understanding how can I help rather than what can I get, will be the difference. It’s the shift from the vibration of scarcity to that of love and selfless action.

And in this abundant nature flowing through us we are given a stronger foundation to help those who need it. A stronger foundation to deepen the impact we have on these people. Sharing what we have to offer without holding back, and ultimately facilitating growth for ourselves and our community.

 

Attention part 2

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.42.53 PMBodily awareness is a key component to understanding longevity and adapting to the environment. If something is physically uncomfortable we will instinctually alter something to a degree which then makes it more comfortable. Take hunger for an example. Chemicals and hormones being manufactured by us to signal the need of specific nutrients, then we eat creating different chemical reactions supplying us with these needed nutrients which should leave us feeling satiated. But how about structural bodily awareness and understanding the major supporting structures making it easier to walk upright and tall?

Our bodies are complex machines with amazing capabilities as long as we pay attention to the fundamentals needed to support them. That being said, take a look at the structure of a healthy adult human spine. Through evolution, the spine has been perfected when it comes to supporting an upright position. That is to say, when we understand it’s biomechanics and what it needs to continue this much needed support. But how often do we find ourselves hunched over the desk, counter, computer, phone, steering wheel, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, dinner table, you get the point. We seem to easily forget how well our spine supports us when we support what its meant to do.

So how balanced is our posture we carry our self with through the day. Is there overcompensation at point A from a lack of integrity in point B? Similarly to our mind, our muscles and physics structure hold a template for our reoccurring movements and familiar positions. These patterns are imbedded throughout our entire physical existence and over time, they can degrade without proper training, upgrading and retraining the upgrade. How attentive are we to feeling or posture? How deeply do we feel the supporting structures of our skeleton and how could we make it easier?

A few simple tips,

  1. Take a walk looking up rather than down. Something more interesting may catch your interest along with a healthier spine.
  2. Take two minutes in the day to lift the arms over head and receive a few deep breaths.
  3. Three times per day, touch the ground then reach for the sky.

Enjoy!