ABOUT M.E.

Maria has been studying clinical Ayurveda medicine, understanding Ayurvedic text, digging deep to understand the real cause of our suffering and disease, experiencing treatments, cleanses and everything that Ayurveda has to offer.

Her dream is to be able to help you find balance, happiness and peace in your life.

Together we’ll work to help you take charge of your health and healing through the five senses

AROMATHERAPY & VISION

Healing through Aromatherapy
and Colors

HEALING YOUR LIFE THROUGH SOUND

HEALING YOUR LIFE THROUGH DIET

TOUCH & THE HEALING RHYTHMS

Includes body
therapies

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LATEST FROM THE BLOG

The Common Cold

Do you remember your mom or your grandma saying… “you got sick because you went outside when it was hot and you had the AC on” or “you had the heater on and went outside when it was cold, and you were uncovered, so you got sick.”
According to Ayurveda, a common cold, or respiratory disease can be caused by exposure to a cold environment (weather, foods etc…). Combined with change (mobility, traveling), dryness, overexertion or a light diet and you have a recipe for getting sick. Also, changes that include: seasonal changes, change of jobs, relationships etc…those changes also create stress, which makes the body weaker. Your Vitality or Immune system (Ojas) are low due to overdoing any of the above or combination of one or two of these.

According to Ayurveda, all sickness or disease starts in the digestive system. How does this happen in the digestive system? What? Yes, that’s right.

Picture How easy it is to get a cold, or any disease, when you overdo or continuously repeat the same patterns over and over.

If your doshas are more predominantly (Vata air- ether) and you have been Traveling for a few days, eating “Bad food” for your dosha, Like I did (Green Juices, Coffee, pushing the adrenals to keep going, eating dry, fried, spicy food, no routines around meals for days), these can easily aggravate your dosha and bring it out of balance.

If you are more Pitta (fire and water), maybe you experience more heat and intensity. The Intensity of the day to day struggles or over exercise, homework, can all contribute to a weaker immune system. It could also be related to the food intake, eating salty, pungent and sour foods. Again, any type of change, seasonal and weather, etc…can all make it easier to get sick.

If you are more Kapha, then the onset occurs after a period of consuming an excess of cold foods, too much sweet, sour or salty foods. Exposure to cold, damp weather, can bring on a cold. You might think about how we tend to eat a lot and watch Netflix and over indulge during the winter and colder months, then in spring, we get allergies or a cold. All that excess consumption catches up. The excess “water and earth“ food (heavier foods like cakes, holiday dinners, comfort food, etc.), that we consume during the colder months, starts to melt, just like a snowy, white topped mountain starts to melt during the spring.

It all starts with the Accumulation of toxins. This happens in different parts of the digestive system. That is the reason we all Experience different symptoms when we get a cold, flu or any respiratory disease.
Vata- more dry cough (not too much mucous), pain and fatigue.
Pita- more heat, inflammation. Fever.
Kapha- congestion, more mucous, phlegm. Lethargic.

Depending on where the accumulation happens, those are the symptoms you experience.

In Ayurveda The treatment is to bring In the opposite qualities to alleviate the doshic imbalance. In Ayurveda, we like to say “like increases like and opposites balance each other.”

What to do? Well, maybe call your doctor if you feel super sick.. don’t listen to my nonsense, lol.

Or…you can also start by first, bringing the digestive system back to balance; maybe fast one day. This will be really helpful (consult with your doctor or Ayurvedic practitioner to make sure you can fast).
Why fast? It will help normalize the digestive enzymes. Giving your digestive system time to recuperate and ignite that fire (digestive enzymes) within us; ridding us of toxins or accumulated food that has been trapped in our digestive track.

Drinking Ginger tea or pickled ginger to avoid nausea and bring the Agni (digestive fire) back to normal. Coconut water or natural electrolytes to avoid dehydration.

REST, REST, REST AND MORE REST.

Yoga Nidra is wonderful (I always remember my dear friend and teacher telling me about the benefits of this practice. Well, It’s truly magical. Try to practice it, once in a while. You will love it. And when you are sick, 2 or 3 times a day is even better.

Colds indicate a weakness of the immune system (Ojas). They occur as a result of living out of harmony with our nature. You can look at a cold as a message from your body telling you that you are living out of harmony. Hopefully, you will make a change. If you don’t, then that cold will turn into a disease or illness.

Take, at least, 3 days off and rest. Use this time wisely to see where you have been lacking or overdoing. Ayurveda is translated as a science or knowledge of life, study of your life. Self study.

Neti pot with Himalayan salt (sometimes with herbal preparations according to your dosha).

Eye wash with Rose water

Light diet or fasting: (soups.. yes soups are easy to digest, and very simple to make. Maybe you recall your mom making you that chicken soup when you were sick. You needed that soup; that watery content, full of nutrients to replenish all the liquids of the body. Adding spices to digest, and bring back nutrients into our body, so we can remove all that is not serving us.. (mug dalh soup, with spices like ginger, turmeric, dry fennel seeds, cumin, cinnamon, maybe topped with cilantro). Veggie soups are also easy to digest, don’t use too many ingredients though.
Imagine you want to bring moisture and warmth into your body. For Kapha, add more pungent herbs.

Enemas -(enemas (bastis) purgations, therapeutic vomiting can be done at the onset of condition).
Nasya – (oils in the nostrils with herbal preparations according to your dosha).
Lemon, honey and water if you have sore throat…herbs can be added too.

Baths, with essential oils. Daily.

Pranayama (pranayama is essential. Maybe talk to your yoga teacher or Ayurveda practitioner to ask which practices will benefit you the most).

These are some of the things I do to help me get back to balance from my cold which is more predominantly vata and Pitta, of course. 

The excessive movement and intensity of the last couple of weeks made my Ojas lower and the exposure to different climate changes made my body react. Now, here I am turning this illness into a positive.
Hope you can find some understanding to my rambling…lol.

Living your Ayurveda Life ! 

 

Something wonderful happens on a retreat

It’s like magic. You are taken to another realm where there is nothing you Have to do, but to be mentally and physically present.

Our eyes and all the rest of our senses are extremely receptive and open. We notice the beauty, all around us, in the simple things; like the smell of a flower, the earth, even the food tastes different.

There is no rush, you forget the days and time and just be…

A yoga retreat, or any wellness retreat, is the best thing you can do to reconnect to yourself.

Maybe you don’t have to go outside the comfort of home to find your own retreat. You can find this inner peace and reconnect with your true self at home, sipping on a cup of tea, on a rainy day.

Perhaps your retreat is taking a nice, quiet, bath or a peaceful walk in nature.

It’s very humbling to be part of our yoga retreats at our @chulavistayogacenter studio. We do our best, so that our students get the best experience and go home a renewed and relaxed person, ready to take on anything that life brings us…

Next April, we are going to Brazil with my very good friend and teacher Gerson Frau. If you are interested in joining us, or have question about our retreat, join us next Saturday we’ll be on IG live. Bring all your questions and we’ll tell you all about the retreat details and place that will be hosting us.

#nature #yogastudio #yogaretreat #brazil#yoga #yogaayurveda #ayurvedalifestyle #restoreandrenew #alllevelsyoga #dharmayoga #reconnecting #with #yourself #loveyourself

Finding Balance

Your current health is the result of your daily habits. You want to feel strong, have energy at the end of the day and wake up with vitality. Do you need willingness to move and to be ready to start your day?

Start paying attention to where your energy goes every day.. Ayurveda and yoga teach us to be a witness. The foods and daily routines are fundamental to our health.

A yoga practice teaches us to be present and conscious of our body movements. It’s not just getting into a pose; it’s feeling the pose, where the energy of that pose is going.
Same with food; feeling the energy that food gives you as fuel. At the end of the day, that is your fuel

So what kind of fuel are you giving your body?
One that is going to make you tired, heavy, and take all your energy away?
Or food that gives your body real fuel, foods with prana (energy) to nourish your body inside and out !

The subtle energy in the yoga room

#vata – Air and Ether

Movement of the body, the mind. Creative,

Enthusiastic and most of the time hands and feet feel cool.

#pita Fire and a little Water

Intense, project doers, passionate,

Most of the time they feel hot or warm.

#kapha Earth and Water

Nurturing people, they love to help others. Stability and grounded are their qualities. They adjust to temperature easily sometimes hands feel moist.

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