How to stay well in the change of season 

I am hearing the groans and moans from people not treating their body mind systems in tune with the change of season.


I believe knowing your dosha and living a #Yoga #Ayurveda lifestyle can alleviate many painful symptoms of dis-ease

An article below from Depak Chopra who brought attention to the other half of Yoga that many overlook or find too complicated – but in actual fact it’s the oppposite and is all around us – you can even see it at the movies with a grounder casting director!

Humans aren’t the only parts of the universe with different doshas—nature has different mind-body types, too. 


The seasons reflect all three doshas—Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Vata is a mind-body type consisting of air and space, Kapha is a cold, wet, and heavy mind-body type that is composed of earth and water, and Pitta is made up of fire and water.  

You are a part of Nature and as a result, are affected by her doshas. You can learn to take better care of yourself and feel balanced as you move through the seasons when you understand doshas and how they can affect you from within and from external sources. 


Greater health and well-being can be achieved by staying in harmony with the change in seasons and understanding what dosha is dominant. 

For instance, the transition from winter to spring is considered a Kapha season because it is wet, even though it is getting warming. As summer approaches and the temperatures rise, the Pitta—and its strong fire element—begins.

Seasonal Eating 

During Kapha season, those who are of the Vata dosha would benefit from eating more warm foods and incorporating sweet tastes, which help create mass and keep Vatas grounded. Kaphas should focus on lighter, crispier foods to bring some lightness back into their bodies. Pittas feel more in balance when they integrate astringent and bitter tastes into their meals.


Seasonal Exercise

Exercise is important for all people, and the type of activity you choose can have a more balancing effect on each dosha. People with a dominant Kapha dosha need to stay committed to, or even increase, exercise during the wetter months. Energizing activities such as running, spin classes, flow yoga, and other enlivening routines are best. 

Activity is also highly recommended in order to balance the water component of the Pitta dosha. However, Pittas would be best served engaging in energetic exercises that do not entail too much competition, which can cause their fire element to become imbalanced. 

Vatas can enjoy activities like yoga, tai chi, or long nature walks when weather permits, to help them stay grounded.

Year-Round Meditation

All mind-body types benefit from meditation. During the winter and spring months, stay committed to your meditation practice. 

Vatas will find this practice stabilizing, especially when he or she focuses on feeling centered. 

Kaphas can add some energizing pranayama, or breathing techniques, to the start and end of their meditation routines. Those with a predominantly Pitta dosha will feel balanced from meditation’s calming effects.

The Role of Temperature

Temperature affects each mind-body type differently. Thanks to Pitta’s natural fire, those who are Pitta dosha can find themselves feeling warm, even in winter. Heat can aggravate this dosha, so it’s important for Pittas to go outside into the cold weather once in a while. Conversely, Kaphas and Vatas both should do what they can to stay warm.

Changes in weather and the seasons can affect your mood. For instance, short, gray, and damp days can sometimes make people feel sad or depressed. Those with a Kapha dosha are particularly sensitive to cloudy and colder weather. Kaphas should try to wear bright colors and surround themselves with uplifting shades. Vatas can find greater balance from muted, grounding colors; and those who are Pitta dosha do well with earth tones in both clothing and living spaces.

Find balance as you transition between seasons by following these tips: 

Give yourself a daily Ayurvedic self-massage, also known as an abhyanga

Engage in a detoxifying one-day cleanse to prepare for the new season ahead. The cleanse need not be a complete fast. Instead, consume all food in liquid form to help gently detoxify the body. 

As the end of spring nears, begin to incorporate a more Pitta-balancing diet into your daily routine. Reduce spicy, sour, and salty foods are all ways Pittas can find balance, and every dosha can adopt this healthy eating style. 

Each season is rich and full of unique gifts. Fall presents us with beautiful colors and crisp clean air. Winter feels as though the world around us is asleep, yet it is simply preparing for the beautiful show of the lushness of spring. And summer offers us longer days, and more time to relax with family and friends. 

As you embrace the beauty of Nature’s bounty, reflect on your own connection to Nature and move in harmony with her rhythms as the seasons change.

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program. 

http://www.chopra.com

Yoga and pubs 

I remember when there used to be a pub on what seemed like every corner.


When I started my yoga life in India 30+ years ago there was not a lot of awareness of yoga and some would even make a “joke” and call it yoghurt.


Now there is almost a yoga teacher on every corner! That’s great that many people on the planet are evolving into a higher sensitive & aware vibration. Yoga really is a sustainable answer to good balanced  health and wellbeing. 


If you are new to yoga and thinking of joining a class that’s fantastic and  if your heart gets touched by yoga you will have what I believe the best tool on the planet that you can use anytime and anywhere for free!


Just a word of caution who you entrust your body, heart and mind too – if it’s that yoga teacher on the corner where the pub used to be – make sure they are well skilled – and not just looking good – yoga  is not a competition of how well you can do a posture or what the person next to you is doing – nor should you push yourself too hard – yoga is a “work in” not a “work out.” 


The gift of Yoga is the bridge between the body, heart and the mind so that you know what’s going on down there. 

Ayurveda says dis-ease comes in 6 stages – if you truly take the time to breathe and listen – you will hear your body talk to you and you will become your own doctor – you will recognise when you are out of balance, & Ayurveda can teach you skills on how to bring yourself back into balance.


I think balance is the quest of life – the planet is spinning and tilted so of course there is no static state of balance and perfection – but this beautiful 5000+ year old science Yoga Ayurveda gives us the skills – yoga ayurveda can cost no money to live  – your health really is in your own hands.

I remember in my  20’s I never thought that my body would change and as a result so would my practice – I heard my teacher say it would happen – and I didn’t believe it could happen to me – but life happens and from my experience the more you can look after yourself in your younger years the easier the transition will be. Having a healthy, body and mind is our vehicle for this life – look after it – no one else will.

These images are from the Bondi promenade street art show that rotates every few months along the wall.

@Animiniyoga at http://www.animiniyoga.com is the creator of this very sweet street mural art piece here at Bondi beach on show now – well done – I love it!

By Zoe Campbell 

Bondi Yoga therapist 

Bondi beach Australia 

Polymath 

The Autodidactic Polymath

Being autodidactic and a polymath are sort of frowned upon in our ultra-specialized school-taught society. Personally I believe that true autodidactic polymaths are essential to modern society. People who can claim to be experts in many fields can often see connections between subjects that are not usually connected and being self-taught often allows a person to approach a subject thinking outside of the box.


http://autopolymath.blogspot.com.au/?m=1

Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is one of history’s best known autodidacts.
Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education (also self-learning and self-teaching) is the education without the guidance of masters (such as teachers and professors) or institutions (such as schools). Generally, an autodidact is an individual who chooses the subject they will study, their studying material and the studying rhythm and time. An autodidact may or may not have formal education, and their study may be either a complement or an alternative to it. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts. Influential autodidacts include Leonardo da Vinci, Goethe, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Srinivasa Ramanujan.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodidacticism

Waverley Health forum 

Waverley Council and Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce together provide regular interactive forums that work for business. Situated in Sydney’s East, Waverley is home to over 70,000 people and home to nearly 30,000 businessesYou are receiving this invitation because you have previously been invited to or attended a Waverley Council event. If you would like more to know more about this event business@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call 93698204.

14 Fake Olive Oil Companies Are Revealed Now

Avoid These Brands

It was found that even 7 of the biggest olive oil makers in the USA, mix their items with cheap oils to get more profits. Namely, one of the products we regard as healthiest and a remedy for longevity has been corrupted.

Apparently, even 70% of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake, as they have been cut with cheaper, inferior oils like canola and sunflower oil! This is similar to the 2008 practice in Italy. This meant seizure for 85 oil farms that mixed some percentage chlorophyll with sunflower and canola to the olive oil.

fakes

The oil was mixed, colored, perfumed and flavored too, and these things made the Australian government investigate their oils. The results were awful. After that, not one brand named extra virgin olive oil got the 2012 certificate of approval.

These scams made the University of California to study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and discovered that more than 70% of the samples did not pass the test.

THESE ARE THE BRANDS THAT FAILED THE TEST:

Carapelli

Mezzetta

Pompeian

Mazola

Primadonna

Colavita

Sasso

Antica Badia

Star

Whole Foods

Felippo Berio

Safeway

Coricelli

Bertolli

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FOLLOWING BRANDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY:

Lucero

McEvoy Ranch Organic

Corto Olive

Omaggio

Bariani Olive Oil

California Olive Ranch

Lucini

Ottavio

Cobram Estate

Olea Estates

Kirkland Organic

HOW TO TEST OLIVE OIL:

Additionally, you can also test the olive oil you have at home. You should put the bottle in the fridge for half an hour, and if it starts to solidify, it means that the oil is pure, as it contains a large amount of monounsaturated fat.

On the other hand, if it does not solidify, it is fake. Yet, just to be sure, look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, like “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”

We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.

http://naturalcureshouse.com/the-14-fake-olive-oil-companies-are-revealed-now-avoid-these-brands/

Yoga in the Sun 

Personally I don’t like yoga in the sun or out in the open around people and the elements. 

 I prefer to practise yoga so I can listen internally and connect with my intuition & become aware of a deeper awareness that may be stored up in areas within body  – as it was said to me once – yoga is not a work out but a work in.


Sunday afternoon a headstand is performed in Bidigak park north Bondi beach  – with many people picnicking with their loved ones and pets running around 

Yoga and Computers – Satvic combo

Yoga and Computers are the perfect combination. Left and right side of the brain. But maybe this is too big jump for some people to make?

How many times have you planned to sit at a computer to do something only to find hours later you are still at it. But …. is it that easy to sit and do some yoga? Possibly not. I find if I use my time app I can set it to time how long I am on the yoga mat or computer – its making the decision to get off the computer onto the mat that is the difficult part. Once I am on the mat time is irrelevant and I let my body and my breath guide me onto each next asana (posture) my body craves for after the days activities and poor posture that can happen at the computer – and before long I have spent more than the allocated time on the yoga mat that what I had in mind.

meditation

On the other hand – turning the computer on and having a play around or just doing the simple chores of keeping my inbox empty by answering, deleting or filing emails, backing up or running the suggested updates and house keeping is too easy to be drawn into. After that I then want to revel in my websites – maybe do a post and share into onto my Facebook page Computer Teacher Sydney and LinkedIn, or jump into Photoshop or Canva to play around with my designs and the list goes on.

So today I sat on this seat at the computer and now  3:51.33 seconds have elapsed and what have I achieved?

Well, I managed to buy airline tickets to Portugal, Morocco and Mumbai – I used up my 139,000 frequent flyer points and I am going on an adventure – I checked out the prices of the air travel first and also the accomodation and the dates on other sites before logging into my Qantas frequent flyers. I have chosen my seats so that I am not hemmed in – and the vegetarian meal option 🙂 My Qantas frequent flyer points  I have accumulated over the last 4 years from using a St George bank credit card to pay my bills – I love it!

I also created a campaign promotion on Facebook for my Computer Teacher Sydney page and for my website at www.zoecampbell.me – Computer Teacher Sydney site – targeting the locals – with a budget of $5 a day for the next 7 days, lets see if I get anyone locally who needs some one to one computer help.

There are so many great apps and I use  Eternity to log my time. I can print out a report and see how much time I spend on things – its fascinating – I would have told you I have a sleep deficiency but after logging my time for over 18 months I can see that roughly 1/3 is spent on sleep – 1/3 on work and 1/3 on self care – that is very comforting for a yogi to live in a state of balance. Time is a real currency, time is a measure of non lasting things – and never can it measure that which is beyond time (NZ 1988)

So if you or a loved one need some help to get onto the yoga mat and a personalised Bondi Yoga Therapy program – or some one to one computer help with Zoe at Computer Teacher Sydney – give Zoe a call today 0407 956 071 and discuss your needs.

 

 

Yoga: does it promote or prevent injury?

JANUARY 16 2017Sarah Berry

Six years ago, I finished my 500 hour yoga teacher training and was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. I did not feel particularly equipped to be.

Had I not grown up immersed in sport or had a decade-long yoga practice, I wouldn’t have considered teaching. I wondered about many of those I’d done my training with, some of whom had only picked up a practice several months earlier. I wondered more about the many more who taught off the back of the shorter 200 hour teacher training course.

How equipped were any of us to deal with students, in various states of injury, who looked to their teacher as an expert and attended yoga as therapy? And what about those who were well and sustained injuries during a yoga class.

Formally, the statistics on yoga-related injury are relatively low, particularly compared with sports like cycling or running. 

Anecdotally, it’s a different story; my personal trainer along with physiotherapists I have spoken with say the most common injuries they see are yoga-related, while entire books have been dedicated to the potential risks of yoga and the prevalence of injury.

On the other hand, many of us – myself included – have experienced the great mental and physical perks of yoga, leaving a class or our own practice feeling less stressed, more supple and a little more connected.

Studies have shown the therapeutic benefit of the ancient practice – from improved cognitive function to mental and physical health – and about 20 per cent of practitioners participate in yoga for a specific health or medical reason. 

One new study found many people are self-prescribing yoga to improve back pain, unsurprising perhaps given about 90 per cent of us suffer from it at some point.


Lead author Susan Wieland, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said: “Our findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to reducing the symptoms of lower back pain by a small amount, but the results have come from studies with a short follow-up.

“At the moment we only have low to moderate quality evidence for the effects of yoga before six months as a type of exercise for helping people with chronic back pain.”

The findings, suggested The Telegraph, “add further weight to calls for GPs to prescribe yoga for people with long-term discomfort as a matter of course”.

Really?

Be careful whose care you put your body in

In his 50 years practicing, 35 of which he has been a teacher, Simon Borg-Olivier says he has observed that injury “in most modern yoga is higher than in other exercise”.

“It is crazy for people, a few months or years of personal practice plus a 200 hour teacher training to be expected to fix people with problems and they should not try to do it in my belief,” says Borg-Olivier physiotherapist and co-founder of Sydney studio, Yoga Synergy.

When taught and practiced correctly however, it is a different story. 

“I believe ‘good yoga’ can cure anything but most people simply do not have the knowledge to make it physically effective especially to cure physical problems,” he adds. 

Yoga teacher with yoga therapy training at Sydney’s BodyMindLife Brooke Elliston, agrees.

“Most yoga teachers do not have specialised therapeutic or remedial yoga training, so one of the best tools that yoga teachers will offer is to continue to encourage the student to stay attuned to their own needs, and to cultivate modifications that are realistic in the immediate circumstances,” says Elliston, also a co-founder of Back2Roots yoga retreats.

“That said, an experienced teacher should be able to accommodate and help a student to modify the practice based on a student’s medical diagnosis, with the caveat that this help can be very limited in a classroom full of people.”

It can also be very limited because of the style of yoga taught – ancient styles taught to people with modern lifestyles, who aren’t necessarily aware of their bodies and limitations.

“Most people have an underlying lower back problem due to the predominantly sedentary chair lifestyle that means that even simple yoga postures of India can actually cause problems in the ‘normal’ (but not natural) body,” Borg-Olivier explains.

There are two ways to address this (apart from getting up and moving more, which we all ought to do more of anyway). Be aware of your teacher’s qualifications, especially if you have an injury.

“If a doctor has recommended or prescribed yoga for an injury, the best option is for the student to seek out specialist therapeutic or remedial yoga sessions, where attention can be personalised and hands on guidance and support provided, at least until the student knows how to modify their practice in a safe way independently,” Elliston says, adding that beginner’s classes are important if you’re new or have never been taught the basics.

“It is here that students are first exposed to marrying awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility and creating an openness in the body that transforms the way they hold themselves in everyday life,” she says.  

Be careful with your own body

The second part of the equation is learning to take responsibility for our own bodies and approaching the activity differently – after all, about 50 per cent of injuries are considered preventable, and the point of yoga is to gain awareness of the body and treat it with respect. 

“The yoga practice encourages us to be present in our current physical, emotional and mental condition and to honour those realities rather than practicing with an expectation of what we think we should be able to do or have previously done,” Elliston says.

This shift in attitude, different to most other forms of activity, can take time to cultivate, but is as central to the practice as the physical postures. 

“Most people are approaching life with a ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality that simply is not functional for the healing response and also not sustainable,” Borg-Olivier says.

Borg-Olivier’s basic guide to good yoga: 

avoid painful practices

avoid stressful practices

move more naturally

do more things like walk and swim and dance and climb

Look for teachers and practices that:

improve flexibility without feeling intense stretch

improve strength without feeling tense or stressed

become more relaxed without needing to be completely passive

improve energy levels without having to breathe more than normal

promote circulation without needing to make the heart beat faster

improve intelligence of the body cells without having to over-think

satiate appetite and feel nourished without having to eat more

feel rested and rejuvenated without having had to sleep more

When practicing try to: 

move actively into postures (rather than using external forces such as gravity or one limb pulling another or momentum to get into posture) move from the core rather than locking the core breathe naturally in the practice rather than forcing the breath move fluidly and smoothly in the practice
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/fitness/yoga-does-it-promote-or-prevent-injury-20170116-gts5yn.html

Worlds Oldest Yoga Teacher

World’s oldest yoga instructor, 98, shares the mantras she swears by – after teaching for more than 75 YEARS

  • Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, has been teaching yoga for more than 75 years
  • The spirited yogi first started yoga at just eight-years-old while living in India
  • Ms Porchon-Lynch has spoken about the mantras she swears by
  • She said one of the most important things to know is that ‘anything is possible’
  • Mrs Porchon-Lynch is also a ballroom dancer and used to be a model and actress

Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, has been getting up at 5am to teach yoga for more than 75 years.

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Now, the world’s oldest yoga instructor, who was raised in India and lives in New York, has shared her advice and the mantras she swears by in life.

As part of the ‘Power of She’ movement for Athleta, Mrs Porchon-Lynch appeared in a video alongside Dr. Terri Kennedy, a ‘Master Life Coach’ she teaches with.

‘Anything is possible, nothing is impossible,’ Mrs Porchon-Lynch said.

‘When you wake up every morning say “this is going to be the best day of my life” and it will be.’

When Mrs Porchon-Lynch was just eight-years-old she was told yoga wasn’t ‘lady-like’ when she expressed interest in it.

But the determined yogi joined a bunch of young boys doing it and eventually convinced a yoga master to allow her to join his class.

‘I’ve been teaching now for 75 years,’ she said.

 Know that the joy of living is right inside of you.

Dr. Kennedy said everything about Mrs Porchon-Lynch inspires her.

‘We met at a masterclass workshop… she shows us what almost a century of conscious mindful living looks like,’ Dr. Kennedy said.

‘Tao and I travel the world inspiring people through yoga and we often get comments that we are more powerful together.

It’s an incredible collaboration.’

Mrs Porchon-Lynch concluded the video by sharing a piece of advice.

‘Know that the joy of living is right inside of you,’ she said.

‘Live it, believe in it.’

Yoga isn’t the only craft Mrs Porchon-Lynch has mastered however, with the spirited yogi also talented at ballroom dancing.

She was also a fashion model in her youth and acted in movies including 1951’s Show Boat and 1954 film The Last Time I saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4100806/Tao-Porchon-Lynch-98-shares-mantras-swears-75-years-teaching-yoga.html#ixzz4VKC49ujb
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Driven to distraction 

Mindfulness: how not to be driven to distraction in this modern world
Monash University Posted by Monash University 

11 AUG 2015


Drs Craig Hassed and Richard Chambers of Monash University are lead educators on the free online course, “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance.” Here, they discuss what mindfulness is and how it can help us use our attention in a more discerning way.

Eating at your desk – an example of unmindful behaviour.

Have you ever found yourself at the end of a car trip from point A to point B and don’t remember the journey? Have you ever eaten a meal without really tasting it? Do you ever get out of the shower and not remember if you used the shampoo? Have you ever been in conversation with someone and realised that you haven’t heard a word of what they said? Well, you know what it is to be unmindful.

Being unmindful comes at a cost

Being unmindful – distracted, inattentive, disengaged, unaware – comes at a cost. For example, it costs us time and energy, causes mistakes, impairs memory, reduces enjoyment, impairs communication, slows learning, and is associated with stress and poor mental health.

In the modern world, the main reasons for being unmindful are, first, complex multitasking such as texting while driving. It’s dangerous. Next, there is what happens to us when we are hassled, hurried and going too fast. We feel stressed, and lose focus and efficiency.

Then there is the situation where we slip into what is called “default mode” – where the mind has disconnected from what is happening and has gone into its own little imaginary world, which is often full of worry and rumination. We are living an imaginary future or reliving the past. In such a state, we are operating on automatic pilot.

The increasing interest in mindfulness

Given the speed of modern life – and the prevalence of poor mental health, multitasking and distraction these days – it is not surprising to see that an increasing number of individuals, as well as schools, universities, organisations, sporting teams and professional groups, are getting interested in mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a simple skill – learning to use your attention in a more discerning way. For example, it helps us to focus; to stay on task; to communicate more effectively and empathically; to not get caught in cycles of rumination and worry; and to enjoy life more, including life’s simple pleasures.

There is growing scientific evidence about the benefits of mindfulness, which has helped to attract increasing interest in it.

Mindfulness is not just a form of meditation. It’s a way of living. It’s life’s most important life-skill, because if we can’t get the attention bit right, then it makes it hard to get anything else right.

If you would like to discover more about what mindfulness is and to cultivate more of it in your life, join “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance.” The course offers both background information and practical strategies for bringing mindfulness into your personal, study and/or professional life.