Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dynamic Digestion from an Ayurvedic Approach ~ My Takeaways from the Yoga Journal Conference

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my coverage of the annual Yoga Journal LIVE Conference (#YJLIVE) in New York City back in April. I had a BLAST!

Me at the Yoga Journal LIVE Conference!

My favorite workshop
was with Ayurvedic Master Yoga Teacher, Aadil Palkhivala, called Dynamic Digestion,
about an AYURVEDIC approach to optimal digestion. I have always been interested in Ayurveda, ever since I was first introduced to it at the Kripalu Center back in college and incorporate it into my teachings today.

Ayurveda translates to the "Science of Life." It's the basis of India's 5,000+ year-old system of holistic medicine.

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In Ayurveda, everyone is unique. There's no diet or lifestyle routine that works for everyone. That's one of many reasons why I like it. I've never been one to follow rules to a T and I like an approach that leaves room for me to interpret, with guidelines, of course. Here's what I learned.

"It is better to skip a meal than to eat in a rush."

Speed + Food don't mix! Eat slowly. Give your body the power to digest.

The concept of Ayurveda is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between the 3 Doshas. The doshas are the biological energies found throughout the human body, mind, and spirit, providing a blueprint for health. The 3 Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Here's what they represent in a nutshell.

Vata Dosha ~ Air element. Creative. Movement. Finicky Digestion.

Pitta Dosha ~ Fire element. Driven. Transformation. Flexible Digestion.

Kapha Dosha ~ Water element. Doer. Stability. Slow Digestion.


Want to know what your Dosha is? Try this QUIZ.

Let me ask you a question. What is the goal of food? To give you energy! Here are some basic diet guidelines to follow according to your dosha. 

Vata
- Eat small meals
- Minimize cold & raw foods
- Vegetables (root veggies) + Nuts + Seeds

Pitta
- Eat cooling foods
- Minimize hot & spicy foods
- Vegetables (root veggies) + Nuts + Seeds

Kapha
- Eat hot foods
- Minimize heavy foods, salt, and dairy products
- Vegetables + Nuts + Seeds

Aside from the food that you eat, Aadil, gave us this little tidbit. Best advice. Mouth down. ;-)


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Masticate Your Meal! 
CHEWING = Most Important Physical Activity >> Try this RHYME: Minimum of 32X Chew! <<

There is NO physical process to digest food once swallowed, only chemical, so we've got to begin the digestive process in our mouths.

Happy Chewing!

XoXo Tatiana


p.s. Join me on my first Retreat this Fall in the Dominican Republic!!! It will have an Ayurvedic theme... Follow me for the official announcement on Instagram. #AwakenYourAgni