I recently read an article about there being 5 steps to getting unstuck. Number 1 was to ask for a hand…really? I don’t know about you, but that is going to come in around number 4! The dictionary tells us that to be stuck can mean to be disabled. Yes, that sounds like my definition…disabled! On the whole, I try to keep up with a regimented routine day to day.I build on that. But when life starts to unravel, I slowly let go of each solid routine until I’m totally out of balance. Stopping before the edge of the cliff is the important part here. Having good eating habits, a good exercise routine, good hours to get sleep, weekly check-ins with friends and family…they’re all part of the program. We function so much better when we come from a place of more rather than less. So when life gets to be too much, look at your routines and begin to add back the things you let go of…one by one..all things will get back into balance.
As much as we look forward to the spontaneity of summer, fall comes around at just about the right time. We start cooking more nourishing meals, get to bed a bit earlier and move a little slower. It can be a great time to find a new hobby or craft…start or finish those projects you had from last year, and begin the cycle all over again. Depending how well your last year went, this may be the time to get in a deeper touch with your soul. Learning about the balance of the chakras and your doshas, may be just what you need to embrace this time of the year. And depending on what you work on in the cool of the winter, spring brings forth all those seed of wisdom you planted!
Look for more ideas of how to get and stay in balance in future blogs. Keep those important appointments at the spa! You are the most important person to take care of you…in this way……you are first priority.
And, when all else fails…ask for help…it may be just the little nudge to keep you going and getting UNSTUCK!
In order to activate the second chakra, the energy of creativity and happiness, we continue to meditate with a visual picture of a spinning orange energy wheel moving up the spine. There is a specific mantra that can be repeated in order to engage our focus. This energy center is located a few inches below the navel. Activating our desire for happiness, delight and bliss, begins with a meditation at this energy center and we start to have a deeper enjoyment out of life. We are awake to an emotional satisfaction of all areas of life including the simple fact of just being alive! Engaging the chakras, helps us tap into the universal source that secures our alignment with the cosmic force and keeps the dance going. It is in this state that life flows without undue struggle…where we say, “it was meant to be”. The energy of our dreams and desires is centered in the second chakra. Many of us have been taught that desire is wrong, narcissistic, self indulgent, but the truth is, it leads us in a positive way to do good for others, including ourselves. Desire should be celebrated as a divine gift. If we have no desire, how can we reach any goal? How do we get up each morning to seek satisfaction without desire? The impurity that we associate as negative comes from the place of where our desires lay….not in a place of spiritual connection. We open to the divine connection within each of us. We reach our highest self by the deep desire to do so. The nature of desire in us is balanced through the second chakra. As we meditate…repeat the mantra “Om “….to open to the pure flow of happiness.
The term in India for energetic centers is chakra. This way of looking at ourselves is like a map. There are many types of body maps in a way to learn about our bodies. In western medicine, the anatomy maps the muscular system and brain maps identify how every function is connected to its own region of activity. Meridians map the nervous system in Chinese medicine, tracking the flow of our “chi” or energy. In the chakra body map there are seven major centers. Each correspond to the functions of the nervous system. We can imagine this energy along the spine as a spinning ball of electricity…spiritual energy with its own intelligence. Igniting this energy establishes that all things are possible. The first chakra centered at the base of the spine is referred to as the “root” chakra. The color we visualize with it is a deep red. It is the energy closest to the earth, characterized with a feeling of groundedness and safety. We are rooted in mind, body and spirit, just as all plants are rooted in the ground for strength and stability!
In order to ignite this energy in the first chakra, perhaps we can begin our meditation with a visualization of the color red, spinning and surging at the base of the spine. This will be a good start for a seated meditation practice. We need not move on to the other chakras as this is the beginning and therefore the most appropriate way to begin a practice. Gain force…gain stamina…by a daily practice to begin the change you wish to see….
Ayurveda is all about learning what works for each of us on a very personal level, to give us healthier, happier and more inspired lives. Noticing what works and doing more of those things is Ayurveda in its most basic form. Once you know these things, do more of them so you can do more than just get along. You can actually flourish.
You’ve heard the word, Shirodhra, and you might even know about this ancient treatment, but do you know why it works? The area of the forehead, known as the third eye, is a center for an amazing amount of nerves. Calming the nervous system calms us…de-stresses us … prepares us for a relaxation. The oil that is used in the treatment should be prepared with the idea of calming the Vata dosha. The organic ingredients include ashwaganda, shatavari, bhringaraj, skullcap and brahmi in a base of sesame or sunflower oil. You may hear that this treatment is also using neem oil, which is applied to promote healthy hair in an added scalp treatment.
The treatment should include body manipulations that stimulate brain function…this would be some movement of the ankle and toes. As you receive this very beautiful and specialized treatment, you will feel the quieting of the mind; the constant chatter that never takes us anywhere except the past or the future. The past can hold fear, anger and resentment. The future may never happen. All we have is NOW!
Some of the Vata dosha imbalances are: high or low blood pressure, cracking or popping joints, bladder/urinary infections, intolerance of cold and dryness, lower back pain, heart disease, chronic fatigue , premature aging, dizziness, ringing in the ears, constipation, insomnia, headaches, muscle stiffness, low energy, food allergies…especially to wheat and dairy. So, even if your dosha is that of a Pitta or Kapha, we still can have the Vata dosha imbalanced. The Vata dosha is the commanding dosha of the other two. Due to the fact that Vata is mobile and volatile in nature, 60% of all listed disorders, especially constipation and low energy, respond quickly to dietary, medicinal, and lifestyle changes. Remember…Ayurveda teaches us that all disease begins and ends with digestion…of the mind..the body… and the spirit!
The calming stream of warm oil on the third eye is the exact treatment to jump start that balance! Try it for an extremely beautiful body treatment…
January 22nd – 6pm – “Meet and Eat” & guided Meditation with Kari
January 25th – Start Detox Meal Plan
January 29th – 6:30pm – Check In
& Detox Yoga session at life.love.yoga with Kari
February 1st – Fasting day at the Spa
If we begin with the end in mind, we can begin to work a logical process to getting what we want and how we become the true person locked behind the years of programmed “stuff”! As we practice meditation, we begins to let a little quiet space into our busy minds, and the voice we begin to hear is our own! It takes courage to change….to say “no” when we need to, to do what incites our passions even though the guilt says “I really should be doing the laundry…cooking dinner….paying the bills….even talking to a friend”….
Meditation practice enhances our awareness. People may notice the change before you do. They may say, “you seem calmer”, “you seem more understanding”, “less angry” and so on. You may notice colors in nature to be more vivid….hear the sounds of nature more distinctly. It is a very subtle change and it isn’t a magic pill you take with results in thirty minutes. When we create a consistent practice, a regular scheduled time to meditate, we connect with the higher self. We begin to live from pure consciousness, detaching from confusing external messages. Give yourself a start with a journal and a few minutes to sit everyday. Put a timer on for five minutes. Listen or read a message about a spiritual thought, a saying, a visualization……then begin that timer. Don’t judge what comes up. It will take a few weeks to be a little more present, but the change will begin. Increase the times little by little, and take a few moments to reflect in your journal the thoughts or feelings about your practice. Have a goal in a month or two to extend your meditation time from fifteen to twenty minutes. I can promise you this…..your life will take a turn…a shift. Journaling helps reflect the “old” you to the present, more conscious you! Good luck on the journey of transformation!
When we realize that it is our beliefs that limit us, how do we go about changing those beliefs? How is it possible to change years of patterned behavior? Rooted in our belief system is that achieving change and success should be hard work, long hours, struggle and sacrifice. Thinking that the more we do, the more we become, is actually the opposite of how the Universe works. In divine order and purpose, as in nature, life unfolds with ease as we’ve seen with our lungs breathing and our hearts beating. Why this works is that we connect with divine natural intelligence. The truth is…the Universe is just waiting for us to turn our lives into the reality we so desperately want! When you tap into the universal energy all things are possible. When our desires come from love and abundance…it will be realized…it’s universal law!
If we think of ourselves as a hard drive, with years of software added, it is pretty east to see how we can reverse this process. Not in a short time, but with consistent daily meditation and practice. All that we read and think about can be from a positive source. Giving ourselves space and time are conducive to change. Before we know it, we will be seeing things in a different way…new perspectives. Read more about Ayurveda (the “science of life”), receive a massage or a facial, sit in a sauna or a steam room, take a quiet walk, go to a yoga class….and listen to your voice…the true voice that is inside of you!
It is not difficult to find our purpose…it will find YOU! When we nurture our authentic desires we will find our purpose. These are the desires that fulfill you and expand you for the greater good.
Desires are not vain or self-centered; they are human. Would we deny the miracle that has been created in each person, each being? So why the need to judge our desires? From the moment we get out of bed each day, we are fueled by desires…even if it is as simple as our first cup of coffee or tea. It is time to let go of the guilt around having desires, it is just HUMAN!
Our purpose, our destiny, is fueled by our desires and our desires are centered around two things…Love and Fear. Love shows up as joy, grace, respect, understanding, cooperation, forgiveness, kindness, harmony, a reverence for life…all of these are love.
The first step in mastering the laws of desire is to be free of judgement. Many people think they want more than they deserve, but in reality, desire is natural and necessary to life! We all want to attract more of the good things in life…the laws of attraction are neutral. We can attract positive or negative results. Our goal is to make our attractions positive and powerful! Remember this: the highest goal we can have is to grow and evolve. An ancient Native American saying is ” I am one, may I become many, may I grow forth”. What we create each day creates the future…such a simple concept. If we are in love, and nurture that each day, we create a life that adds such beauty to our immediate world and then reaches out beyond…
The Sanskrit word for desire is “kama”‘. It was not considered bad or nonspiritual, in fact it was taught to every child in the traditional Indian household. Once we stop judging our desires we will see that we are designed to fulfill our intentions. We begin to ask for what we want and take the steps necessary to get what we want. We will plan our whole life around desire…without judgement! We become skillful in manifesting our intentions…that is our goal. Through meditation- the skill of being quiet and listening to our inner voice- we will begin to hear the confirmation of what we want. Keep the journey moving along!
The energy of attraction is much more than getting what you want. It is about aligning yourself with your deepest desires. The desires that come from the spiritual side of us. The desires and needs that come from the Source. When we are connected to the universal Source we are sending out vibrations….vibrations like love, like fear, like anger, like joy. The energy we put out is always returned to us. You don’t have to believe it, it is universal law. That law guides how we fulfill our lives and our dreams. Like attracts like… you don’t draw in what you want, you attract who you are. Change your energy and you can change your entire experience of the world. Change your intention…and change your path… it’s that simple! How do we tap into that energy? That is what we will be discussing in future blogs.
At every moment we want something. Even if we are not aware of any certain “thing”, we desire something. Every cell in your body wants to survive. Your heart wants to beat, your lungs to breathe, your blood to flow through your veins. The circle of life is about desire. We strive to be nourished, and there is always enough for every living being to get what it is they need! Security, Love, Vitality, Success, Inner Peace……whatever it is that you need!
In our future blogs, you will learn how to connect with natures deepest source of nourishment. You can begin this journey yourself by simply meditating a few minutes everyday. Begin the day with a prayer, or quiet mediation. We will explore different ways to meditate to assure your journey is authentic to you and your needs..
Around the eighth century, in India, when rebirth became recognized as truth, it became understood that the physical body was the only part of us that dies. Our physical body, which is composed of the intellect, mind, and ego travels with us lifetime after lifetime until we attain final liberation, or moksha.
As long as we ignore the karmic condition, we cannot be whole; as long as we are ignoring a natural law, we will remain fragmented.
Ayurveda removes the causes of disease by righting these transgressions and reestablishes balance to our system. As we realize that there is a spiritual condition that needs to be addressed, we are only concerned with the information on the physical plain here at Shibui.
The physical form was given to us as a vehicle for practicing wholesome activities, such as food, exercise and meditation. Food, which contains the memory of all time, is an extremely potent medium for bringing balance into our lives. If you need to understand your food that is right for your “dosha”, refer to our previous blogs on the subject. If you need to get into better balance…try a centering “Lotus Dream” treatment at the spa. It’s just what you need to warm the vata, cool the pitta and move the kapha!
Our next blog will be addressing meditation…..information to calm the mind and quiet the chatter that constantly invades any space you might get in our busy lives!
Once again we are in for a change! The “Pitta Dosha” has been accumulating for a few weeks now and will begin to feel aggravation in about 3 weeks. Pitta is one of the three primary doshas in Ayurveda. This dosha controls our digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of pitta is transformation.
Qualities of Pitta: Hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, acidic. Those with a predominance of this dosha have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind.
Pitta characteristics are people of medium size and weight. They sometimes have red hair and can be prone to early balding or thinning hair. They have excellent digestion which leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature and sleep soundly for short periods of time. When in balance, pittas have a luxurious complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, pittas suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn and indigestion. They have a powerful intellect and make exceptional leaders because of their focused concentration and ability to make decisions! They are precise, sharp-witted, direct and often outspoken. When they are stressed they tend to wonder what “you” did wrong!
With all this being said, this is the season that overheats the mind and body needing to reduce foods that are pungent, salty and sour. Adding cooling foods and liquids are a good idea. As we tend to shy away from dairy these days, it is the food that can balance this dosha with products such as milk, butter and ghee. Avoid excessive sour dairy such as yogurt and sour cream. Eat less corn, rye, millet and brown rice. Eat sweet fruits and avoid sour ones such as grapefruit, apricots and berries. Remember to minimize beef, seafood and eggs if you are a non-vegetarian Pitta!
Keep exercise to early morning or late evening when it is cooler…and …although you pittas LIKE exercise and heat…avoid Bikram mid-day in the summer…
What a good time to start a meditation practice to quiet and “cool” the mind. Try something new like a glorious Shirodhara treatment at the spa!
What is your “dharma? What is “dharma? It is our purpose for living. It is our intuitive self living in the world. It is why we are here. It ignites passion, compassion and love. When asked how we know when we are doing what we are meant to be doing……it is said that we will just feel right! You will know it when you are living it. Then how do we access that intuition? Meditation allows the chatter to subside and the true self speak out. By a daily practice, that “committee” will quiet down and we can listen to the inner voice that leads us to a more balanced, pleasurable life. It is in this space that we can offer help and guidance to others on the same journey!
Have you seen a movie, heard an inspirational speaker or read a book that ignited a feeling in your “gut”? That , my friends, is your intuition. Listen to the voice, take risk….and TRUST yourself. We are born with all our own answers…we just need to LISTEN! Follow your dharma and live the life you were meant to live….be inspired, and inspire others.
When the doshas are in balance, our energy is in balance. There is no interference and confusion. There is no disease!
Kapha is in total aggravation right now. Pita is accumulating. Movement is your prescription!
Now that we understand the doshas are really a flow of different types of energy in everyone’s body, we can look at the imbalance of the kapha dosha. Remember, we have prakriti, which is a persons constitution, so if there is a time of day, time of year and time of life that opposes a persons constitution there is the probability of imbalance in that dosha as well.
For the kapha personality this time of year ( late winter and early spring ) presents the opportunity for such imbalances.
Kapha accumulates in the body when exposed to cold damp qualities. It becomes aggravated when warmth flows. In the cold, dampness of winter kapha is increasing. When the warmth of spring arrives, the solid part of kapha becomes liquid and flows. It is understood to be aggravated. Kapha flows in the body as mucous.
Seasonal eating can ward off the disease associated with this mucous flow in the form of colds, flu, and allergies.
So what is the diet that is optimum? Kapha is pacified by pungent tastes which heat the body, stimulate digestion, and eliminate excessive fluids. Examples are: ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, chilies, radishes, onions, garlic.
Bitter and astringent flavors also balance this dosha. Bitter lightens the heaviness of kapha. Try eating green leafy vegetables, turmeric, lemon or orange rind. Olives, too can diminish the heaviness of this dosha. Astringent comes in the form of beans, lentils, apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes.
In Ayurveda we begin to look much closer at our mind, body and spirit to create perfect health.
As we move out of Kapha we will begin to accumulate pita in this time of year only to be aggravating the dosha in late spring and early summer. We will be blogging about that imbalance next time….be well!
Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for yourself and your special someone at Shibui Spa. We have a wonderful special, are open late and are offering our most popular gift: the Shibui Spa Gift Certificate.
Rendezvous for Two:
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with our romantic package designed all around love. Begin with a complimentary glass of champagne before your 90 minute Hot Stone Massage. Bring your swimsuits for a relaxing dip in our Thermal Soaking Tub and enjoy the Sauna as well. Complete the experience with a complimentary decadent sweet treat for two. Feel free to enjoy this on Valentine’s Day, or book this for another day in February with your sweetheart.
90 minutes – $340 per couple
Open Late: We have extended hours on Valentine’s Day– open until 9pm for the perfect date night!
Gift Certificates: Purchase a GC for that special someone. Perfect for a massage, facial, any special package or retreat or item in our gift shop.
The human constitution is the inherent balance of the three doshas in the human body. This balance is determined at the time of conception and does not change through a persons lifetime.
A person’s constitution is an energetic force that expresses itself through its own genetic makeup. The genes are the physical expression, the structure through which the constitution expresses itself.
The constitution determines the physical and structural characteristics that define our bodies. It determines our internal physiological tendencies such as the strength of our digestion and metabolism, our emotional tendencies and expressions of our personalities.
Every living creature has all three doshas in them. Kapha provides us with tissues, pitta provides metabolic action and vata allows us to move and express ourselves.
Vata is responsible for all movement in the body. It is made up of air and ether. Its qualities reflect its elements of light, cold, dry, mobile, subtle and rough. The people with more vata reflect these qualities in their personalities and physical appearance. They are the people who move fast, speak fast and are usually very cold in the winter. The root of vata is in the large intestine, although it is prevalent in the pelvic cavity, pores of the bones, skin, and the thighs. When vata increases its primary symptom is pain.
We still have about 6 weeks left of the season that aggravates this dosha. Thus we will need to keep warm and moist to get us through this time. Eating certain food s will help too. Vata does best with sweet, salty and sour. Don’t think this is a go ahead for sugar. Vata especially should avoid white and brown sugars, while uncooked honey, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup and sucanat are a better choice. In the forms of fruits, sweet and ripe are best. The best oils are ghee ,sesame,and almond. Keep flax, castor, peanut, safflower, olive and coconut to a minimum. Avoid safflower oil. Vegetables are best eaten cooked. Avoid artichokes,( sorry for you artichoke vata’s) asparagus, bean sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage and raw vegetables. Good news for the vata types….you can have lots of avocados! Yum! Stick to dark chicken and duck, beef, eggs, lamp, pork, seafood and venison. Avoid the white meat of chicken and turkey, shellfish. Vata should avoid most beans associated with Mexican cooking.
If you are interested in learning more about your dosha, and the foods you should eat, go online to any one of a dozen dosha diagnostic websites ad read more. One of my favorites is Banyan Botanicals, or Holistic online
Next blog will be about the kapha dosha as that will become aggravated in the spring……Be Well
We had such a great time during our January Detox that we have scheduled another one starting in March.
Make 2013 your best year yet…our Spring Detox begins in March.
Time is running out to sign up for the 2013 Shibui Detox Program.
Treat yourself and start the New Year feeling Physically Lighter, Mentally Awakened, and Abundant in Spirit.
There are a few more spots left ……..call today and sign up yourself and two of your friends and you each will receive a $50.00 discount.
Ayurveda is a traditional healing system of India. It translates to mean “Science of Life”. About 5000 years ago the great RISHIS or SEERS of ancient India, observed the fundamentals of life and organized them into a system. This system balanced the mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda was their gift to us, an oral history passed down from generation to generation.
The Rishis understood the world in terms of the five great elements. In creating Ayurveda as a healing system, they described these elements in a more simplified form as three vital elements or DOSHAS. Each DOSHA is a combination of two elements. The three DOSHAS….. vata, pita and kapha are responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes in the body and the mind.
VATA is a combination of air and ether elements.
PITTA is primarily the fire element with water as a secondary element.
KAPHA is a combination of the water and earth with water as the primary element.
I will be writing about the VATA dosha in the future as that is the dosha that becomes imbalanced in the winter, in the cold, and in the dry wind!
All of us can become a little more balanced this time of the year simply visiting the spa and embracing the warmth and solitude of its environment……
Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit
Time to get ready for the 2013 Shibui Detox Program
Introductory Meeting ~ Thursday January 3rd 6:30pm
Start Detox Plan ~ Sunday January 6th
Mid Week Check-in ~ Wednesday January 9th 6:30pm
Fasting Day at the Spa ~ Sunday January 13th 9am-6pm
For more details
Seats are limited so sign up early!
Package Price is $350 with
a $100 non-refundable deposit due by January 2nd
This Proven Detox Plan includes:
• Introduction to the benefits of Detox
• A Copy of The Fast Track Detox Diet book written by
Ann Louise Gittleman, PH.D, C.N.S
• Additional Printed material
• Food Shopping Lists Sample Meal Plans ~ Recipes
• Mid-week follow-up and Check-in
• Useful knowledge of Meal Planning and Exercise Practices
• Fasting Day at the Spa
• Sauna and Jacuzzi
• Support while Fasting “Miracle Juice” available all day
• 60 minute Shibui Signature Detox Wrap
• 60 minute Customized European Deep Cleansing Facial
• Guided Meditations
• “Letter to Self” Exercise
• “Journey of the Mask” personalized Mask Making
• “Dharma” Reading and Education
* Add additional services at a discount
The Shibui Detox will program your body into the right direction for improved physical health.
You will discover a renewed sharpness of the mind as you begin to listen to the body.
Your self awareness will heighten as you connect the body and mind achieving Overall Wellness.
Overall Wellness is found when the Body, Mind, and Spirit are all connected.
Come engage in Overall Wellness with like minded persons who relate to the difficulties
surrounding the health of the body as it relates to the foods we eat.
You will learn day to day practical tools to redirect your choices in the food
you eat and how those choices make you feel.
“Detox” works when partnered with identifying which foods make you feel uncomfortable and which foods make you feel good encouraging the desire to continue eating healthy.
You will leave this 10 day journey feeling
Physically Lighter ~ Mentally Awakened ~ Abundant in Spirit
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