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This question stemming from several of you!
“What balances vatas and pittas in kapha season?”
Overall, vatas and pittas are going to be balanced by kapha season. Happy day!
I quickly made this crude little chart (it shows up reversed in the video), but in very simple terms, these are how the qualities shake out in kapha season.
Kapha qualities are: cold, wet, heavy, static (non-moving) and dull.
Vata qualities are: cold, dry, light, mobile, and rough.
All vata qualities except COLD are opposite of kapha which means, kapha will balance vata for the most part. However, vatas need to stay warm in their environment, body and diet in spring.
Pitta qualities are: hot, slightly-oily (a little wet), light, smooth, mobile and sharp.
All pitta qualities except wet are opposite of kapha which means, kapha will also balance pitta for the most part! However, anything too humid, wet, or oily will not suit pitta in spring. They should favor the dry qualities in their environment, body and diet.
In a nutshell, vatas and pittas should feel quite awesome in spring. If you are a kapha, learn more on how to balance your mind, body and spirit with this kapha seasonal bloom.
Those over-filled closets, basements, garages and storage spaces need attention! Kaphas, be mindful that one of the best things for you is to clear the clutter. You see, kaphas are the glue emotionally, physically and…materialistically. They like to keep stuff, like, forever if they could. However, this clingy energy bogs them down which is the last thing kapha needs.
Kapha needs more space, lightness, and flow. When we have posessions that are all piled up, we can’t even see what we own, much less enjoy what we have.
A good bi-yearly cleanse of nooks, crannies and closets followed by a trip to the donation station will bring joy and lightness to their lives. For any kaphas having a hard time parting with “stuff” it might be easier to swallow when you know you’ll be giving it to someone else who will love it. Kaphas are very generous and will gladly help those in need, so this could be an easy sell to tell yourself ;)
Detaching is a challenge for kapha. Even emotionally, they can become overbearing, possessive and get depressed if their feelings get hurt too severely. It’s just hard for them to detach sometimes. Kaphas can also hold grudges which will weigh them down preventing their lustrous beauty to shine through.
Here are 6 tips to help kaphas declutter:
- Music! Kaphas, put on dancey, happy tunes while decluttering. I created a kapha playlist here. You’ll love it.
- Appreciate the mess. We will make a big mess before things get more clean. It might feel terrible but just keep going. Make a mess knowing it’s the only way to get clearance (Clarence. Who got that joke?!).
- 3 Piles Only. Keepers, Garbage, Donations. No maybes piles because that can get folded in to garbage bags and put somewhere else.
- Don’t reminisce. Don’t get stuck flipping through the beloved scrapbook or photo album. You’ll lose time. Just say, “Keeper pile!” and move on. Reward yourself afterward and look through the memories when the cleaning is done.
- Set a timer. Maybe you only have 30 minutes to dedicated to cleaning today. GREAT! Put on the playlist and/or timer and go fast as you can. Or, sock away 3 hours and get it all done at once. Either way, a timer is awesome.
- Reward! Plan something FUN to do when it’s over. You can keep your eyes on that prize while digging your way out of clutter. MAN what a great day. Decluttering AND a reward. You’ll sleep like a happy baby.
Vatas and pittas can use this too, but this is not usually a problem for them. Pittas are neat n’ tidy by nature because they love to organize. Vatas tend to throw stuff away and then wish they hadn’t. Ha!
If kaphas can forgive, detach, and let go, they will feel light on their feet — in their hearts, minds, and spirits too.
I feel so much better when I wake up, dry brush, do 10 vigorous Sun Salutes, take some deep breaths, drink a glass of lemon water and the do some pleasure reading or journaling before jumping into my crazy busy day. I have done it, I know it feels good. But 97% of the time I decided to sleep longer and then end up in the standard mad dash of a morning. Any ideas on convincing myself to commit to myself?
How to stay committed to Ayurvedic practice
Raise hands, anybody else feel like this?! Maybe not with her exact habits, but how many of you out there KNOW you feel better when you follow through right action in your health habits? Yeah! A lot of us! And yet, for some reason we stop doing them. I think ALL of us can relate! We are human and we fall out of practice and there is always opportunity to start again. However let’s also remember, the goal is not to keep re-starting — the goal is to keep improving for the long term.
In the video below, I answer her question, “How do I stay committed to my Ayurvedic practice.” Let’s be okay with change. Let’s be okay with some difficulty. It is the only way we can improve! I hope this helps inspire you and keep you adhering to life practices that you know work for you! XO
You’ve heard the phrase, lead with your heart. Maybe your yoga teacher has said this to you at some point? Leading with the heart ensures proper posture and opens the heart chakra.
Of course you know I am not just talking about yoga asanas when I say “Lead with Your Heart.” Your passion, compassion, and life’s purpose live there. Our hearts will not fail us. When we get goosebumps, a shot of inspiration, a burst of passion, or a feeling of bliss in absolute stillness, that is the heart. If we follow those ideas, people, places, situations, which make us feel that good, there is no doubt we are doing the right thing.
See, the head knows too much and can easily get confused or push us to do something based on wrong intention. For example, just like that yoga pose, if we lead with our heads, we are likely to be hunched over and out of proper form. Maybe our heads told us we must touch those toes! So big deal, we’ve touched the toes, but we are in a hunchy, non-oxygenated, strained little mess. However…if we lead with our heart, the spine stays straight, heart is open, head is awake, eyes are bright, shoulders are dropped, breath (prana!) flows, and we find ourselves in this beautiful, easy pose. Everything is in harmony and at peace.
What a lovely place to be in. The secret is, we can do that all the time and with everything. Lead with your heart and the rest of life will fall neatly into place. Namaste, friends.
We finished our community kitchari cleanse yesterday and I gotta say, I am SO proud of you!! As we begin eating normally again, you should know about these 3 Ayurvedic post-cleanse do’s and dont’s. Just because the cleanse is over does not mean it’s over! We need a transition period to keep our agni strong. No dumping fried chicken, french fries and hot fudge sundaes into our bellies to celebrate that we did a cleanse ;) Nope. That’s not the way. Check out these tips below.
I’ll be doing MUCH more video on YouTube in 2017 and beyond so be sure to follow my HeyMonicaB channel so you don’t miss a post.
Answering your questions and prepping for our 3-day kitchari cleanse, here is my video on how to make kitchari. We can use it any time we need a reset in the body or mind. If you’d like to join over 200+ of us doing kitchari cleanse, sign up here for free!
I’m doing a LIVE kitchari cleanse Saturday January 14th thru Monday January 16th. The event is FREE. If you can’t make it those dates, register anyway because I’ll leave the recordings up through January 31st :) More info below and I hope to see you there!
WHAT IS A KITCHARI CLEANSE?
A kitchari (KIT-cha-ree) cleanse is a mono diet for 3-7 days to nourish, lightly remove toxins, reset the digestive system, and clear the mind. Kitchari is the go-to Ayurvedic fix when our mind, body, and/or emotions need to hit the reset button!
Wait, what is kitchari, exactly? Kitchari is a traditional Indian dish made of digestive spices, basmati rice, mung dahl and veggies of your choice.
What the cleanse entails: Eating a mono-diet of kitchari for 3 days. You can sip herbal teas between meals. A piece of fruit as a snack is ok if you are very hungry. Take life slower than normal. Easy reading, limit screens (tv, computer, mobile), spend time outside, light exercise, journal.
How will it benefit me? In Ayurveda, kitchari is a considered a pure food. It helps clear toxins, optimizes digestion and clears our mind. We may find that digestive heaviness, bloating, indigestion and constipation will go away. Cloudiness of mind, confusion, uncertainty, or indecisiveness will open to clarity. Negative emotions lighten and dissipate.
The combination of spices work directly on agni and the digestive tract, which helps gather and expel any old, unused, unneeded food stuffs. It also helps burn off ama (toxins) — yay!
A few days of eating this pure food will turn your mind easy, peaceful, and clear.
Come join me on kicking off 2017 with a CLEAR mind and body!! XO! Monica B.
Introducing, A Blooming Ayurvedic Coloring Book!
There’s nothing like it and it’s perfect for holiday. Makes a great office gift, teacher gift, or a throw a yoga studio coloring party! Life is your creation and so is your art.
Discipline. Vatas love to feel free and
discipline is their gateway to freedom. Sounds strange but if vata can use discipline to adhere to a reliable schedule, complete projects one by one, and practice diet and lifestyle that benefits them, they will soar like a bird! Their mind won’t have to worry about all the things they have to do because the discipline will take care of that for them. Once discipline is a habit, their mind will be free to be creative, inventive and full of new ideas. And, because they are not constantly in reactive mode, they will feel awesome about executing their ideas. Their spirit will soar because their magical ideas are getting out into the world!
Raise your hands, who has kids? 1, 2, 3…good! At least 3 of you do so this is good to share and even if you don’t have le kiddos, you can use this for yourself!
Anyone struggle coming up with new and healthy ideas for the kids lunches? *me raising my own hand!* I did! My 5-year old just started kindergarten and so it’s a new game making her lunches every day. Without a plan, I knew I’d be harried and absent-minded when trying to cobble together a good lunch. So I said to myself, “Girl! Get it together and just write it all down.”
So I did! I wrote down a bunch of lunch and snack ideas on a piece of paper and stuck it to the inside of my cupboard. Then I thought, “Hey I would make this pretty and my Ayurvedic peeps might love this too!”
A gift from me to you, please enjoy this list of lunch ideas for kids.
NOTE: They are not pure Ayurvedic…they are kind of “Ayurved-ish.” (see below for why)
Why are these not Ayurvedic?
#1 lunch should be the biggest meal
#2 eat happy and calmly
#3 meals should be warm
#4 fruit should be eaten alone
#5 eating for the doshas will vary per kid
Let’s first talk about #1: Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. I mean, if the kid eats, you can pack a big enough meal. Or like most, they will be totally distracted by their friends that they will skip most of it and smoosh the rest back into the lunch pack. And they will come home starving (*shakes fist* anyone see how our eating habits can become backwards at a very early age?).
#2: Eat happy and calmly. She’s happy for sure. But some only get 15 minutes for lunch (*shakes fist again*). No way can a child fit in a “big lunch” in 15 minutes.
#3: Meals should be warm. Little thermoses help this! Most of her lunch is room temp (which is better than from the fridge)
#4: Fruit should be eaten alone. Yes, yes it should. My daughter knows the rule, but will chow fruit however she pleases when I’m not around. We can’t control how they combine their food.
#5: Eating for their doshas will vary. Depending on their dosha, some foods will benefit them more than others. Don’t over think that at this point, just do the best you can. Here’s what goes through my head for my pitta-vata kid, “She needs grounding/carb foods, a little protein, fruit, veggies, healthy fats and water.” You can reference the dosha menus to see what foods in general work best for your kiddo, depending on their dosha.
Whattaya say is this helpful for you? If I confused the dickens out of you please let me know. AND! OR! If you have ideas to add, we’d all love a sharing of more great lunch ideas and recipes so feel free to share in the comments.
Answering your question, “How can I make an Ayurvedic meal for a family when everyone has different doshas?”
Who needs a tune up in the new year!? Just about ev’rybody. Over the course of a year (or more!) we accumulate build up in our physical bodies, emotions and minds, so now is a good time to release, remove, and correct any imbalance. Please enjoy this Ayurvedic tune up where we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016 with a clean slate, ready to create our very best in health and life! xo
Ever feel kinda “off?” Like, maybe your life is quite awesome but without reason you feel dragged down, in the pits, disengaged, or checked-out? My friend Erin recently had this problem and emailed me about it. She asked if I ever felt that way, too…um, schhhhyeah…pretty sure we all have. I gave my friend some insights worth sharing for anyone else out there who needs to be scooped out of their rut.
10 tips to scoop you out of a rut quickly:
- Kapalbhati, a yoga breathing exercise, can instantly help move and clear your energy.
- Drink a few glasses of water (on an empty stomach). You might just be dehydrated!
- Make a large batch of kitchari and have it for lunch and dinner for a couple of days.
- Write a gratitude list with at least 25 gratitudeez on it.
- Get IN water, like a bath, pool, or hot tub. Water is a natural soother.
- Yoga practice, along with those in-and-exhales.
- Aromatherapy with your favorite essential oils or candle.
- Get into nature. Turn off the computer, go outside.
- Smile. A smile actually tells our brain that we are happy. Fake it ‘til you make it.
- Do something nice for someone else. A compliment or a smile will make someone else feel good and because we are all connected, you will feel good, too. It’s like the best game of ping-pong ever.
Remember too, that a rut isn’t always bad (as long as it doesn’t last too long). It could be some heavy energy sitting on us. Maybe it’s old energy from the past or negative energy we’ve absorbed from other people? Simply put, we might be hanging on to stuff you don’t need or that isn’t ours. The stillness could actually give introspection on an area in our life that needs to be fixed and, that we might not otherwise notice while when we are noisy and busy.
See? Sometimes we need darkness and slowness. Remember our friends sattva, rajas and tamas? Darkness is tamas and it’s needed sometimes so that we can evolve. Even tulip bulbs need to be tossed in the closet for a while before they can bloom again. Just because we feel a little down or heavy doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate your life. It may be as simple as needing to shed some heavy energy and/or take rest. Where there is surrender, you find strength.
IN YOUR ELEMENTS IS HERE!
EEEYAAAH!!!!! THE BOOK IS DONE!
Who’s going to hold hands and jump up and down with me?! Who’s coming over to my house? Where are you people when I NEED you!? ;) You guys, after 1 1/2 years, my Ayurvedic book is COMPLETE! READY FOR THE WORLD! *high kick* *clap hands* *shake booty*
In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life is a vibrant mix of Ayurvedic wisdom, humor and practicality all rolled into one book. In Your Elements was created for those of us who believe in the power of the individual and that true health stems from within.
My lovely book walks you through fundamental Ayurvedic foundations and includes over 70 questions, exercises and oodles of tips to help you along the journey. The whole book is a customized look at your life including, your daily routine, dosha quiz, menus, recipes, home therapies, exercise recommendations and more! As a bonus, Yoga teachers and Ayurvedic practitioners will LOVE this book for their classes and clients, respectively.
So Monica B, what’s next?
We are going to have a proper launch party webinar in October with yours truly as the host. I’ll do a little chat, we will have book give-aways, I’ll answer any questions and we will have a PAR-TAY together online. That is coming SOON so keep your peepers out and be ready to “woohoo!” Oh! And if you have not signed up for my newsletter yet, definitely do that.
For now, go buy the book! Love it up. Share with friends. There will be SO MUCH MORE very soon! XOXOX! Monica B
EE! My Book Update! The book is well underway with 185 pages written. I am shooting to have all the words done by the end of January, with editing to happen February. While editing happens, I’ll be working more on design and graphics. Projected launch is in the beginning of May.
It’s been a LONG process. I’ve had this idea for years and years, but finally started getting it down on “paper” (and digital file obviously) in May 2014. I’ve been working on it on and off since then as I balance my job and family obligations. About three weeks ago, I tore the whole thing apart and realigned the material. I even started making thumbnails again on paper! The content was there, but the flow was not.
And since I did that, I am SPRINTING!!! After years of being steady and running long distance with Ayurveda, I’m ready to SPRINT, SHAKE, STOMP, TRANSFORM, BURST, my knowledge and design to the world. We truly have to be ready for transformation, don’t we? Something (I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe ’cause I’m turning 40 this year) has lit a major fire and I am so ready to birth this thang. Btw, birthing is so scary! I was scared when birthing my child and this scares me too, but the result of a birth is creation, unmatched!!
The book will be for the Ayurvedic beginner who might already know a little, but could also be for people who have no idea what Ayurveda is. It is perfect for yoga studios or healing centers to have on their shelves. And here’s where it gets cool…so many of you have been reading my blog for years (Thank you thank you thank you, the gratitude FLOWS!) and you now know so much more about Ayurveda than most people. How’s THAT?! Did you even realize that? Because YOU know and love Ayurveda, my book will be a tool that you can use to help introduce Ayurveda to your loved ones as we all strive to live our best, healthiest lives.
Isn’t it beautiful? It all comes from the inside out anyway. Here I am giving my insides to you (the outside), which you are reading and absorbing on your insides. As you apply and learn, you might have loved ones in mind thinking, “Man, so-and-so should really know this. They would love it.” Right! Yes! That’s how it goes, you guys!!
Everything comes from the inside out. So as I continue to work on my insides in my creative cocoon here, it will soon be available to you. And then you can share with those you love, all while you transform, heal, and evolve yourself as well. Man I love life. SO GOOD SO GOOD! Send me good vibes of concentration, focus, and creativity as I SPRINT these last few months. I can’t WAIT!!!! BOOK SOON! MUCHO LOVE!