Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Time for me

All this week my schedule had me going non-stop. To top it off this morning I awoke to find there was a leak in my water dispenser. Gallons of water drenched my floor and I had to order a new dispenser, another expense to add to our list of things we need for our home. I think life throws at us all kinds of curveballs as little reminders to take time for ourselves, to slow down, to daydream a bit if you may. I cleaned up the mess and instead of being angry at the lake our kitchen had become I started thinking of things I love to do and would do today.
I promised myself to close my schoolbooks, turn off my phone, stay home and make time to read something that was nourishing spiritually.
While I cleaned the rest of my home I dreamt of far away places I'd like to discover,
I took a warm shower and sprayed myself with something pretty that brought back a wonderful memory,
And did a series of gentle asanas that helped me feel at peace.
Om Shanti.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A morning post in the evening

I love the feeling of the early morning, the smell and crispness of a clean home, the sound of my family sleeping as I quietly begin my day by brewing a cup of chai.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Jala Neti to scare colds away

As an Ayurveda student I believe that preventing illness is always worth the extra step. With the cold season upon us, the drying effects of air heating and the exposure to many more ill people than usual we are more vulnerable to colds and dryness. Jala Neti, also known as a Neti pot, is a great way to cleanse your nasal passages thus limiting the amount of bacteria, viruses and foreign matter that can make it's way into our bodies.
I purchased my Neti pot from the company Himalayan Institute. It's a nifty ceramic piece that hold just the right amount for cleansing and fits your hand and nostrils snuggly. "Fits your nostrils?" you might ask. Please don't cringe. Although it's different, if done properly it is rather easy with no discomfort.
Here are the directions from Himalayan Institute on how to properly use a Neti pot:

To use the Neti Pot™, simply prepare the saline solution by adding 8 oz of warm water and a heaping ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt to your Neti Pot™. Then turn your head to the side, and insert the spout into the upper nostril. Raise the Neti Pot so the saline solution flows into the nose and out of the lower nostril.

I personally prefer to use organic sea salt as the one pictured below.
There are videos you can find online on how to use your Neti pot. Nasal irrigation is a great way to clear out your sinuses and gently flush out your tear ducts which is great for allergy sufferers as well as those with dry eyes. It's cooling effects have a calming impact on migraines and can relieve mouth breathing as it helps to clear out the mucus. This year commit yourself to putting your health first and give this Ayurvedic treatment a try.