With an open heart, I wish you and those you love
a Happy Valentine's day. Healthy relationships, of
all types, are essential for the health of our body,
mind and spirit. Our lead story this month is "Creating
Joyful Relationships" from an Ayurvedic perspective.
As you may have gathered, I'm back from Vrindavan,
India and a month of
studying Ayurveda with Dr. Liladhar Gupta. The trip
was challenging and rewarding. Many of you asked
for pictures and stories which I will be sharing over
the next few months.
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April 6 to June 14, No class May 3rd.
Wednesdays, 6-9pm; 10 meetings.
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May all beings be with Peace,
|Ayurvedic Studies in Vrindhavan India: Part 1
This is the first installment of my trip to India for
the month of January 2006, to study Ayurveda with
Dr. Liladhar Gupta. This was compiled from emails and
photos I took while I was on my trip. Dr. Gupta is a
fourth generation Ayurvedic doctor and directs an
Ayurvedic clinic in Vrindhavan in the state of
Mathura. He is on the
board of advisors of the California College of
Ayurveda where I studied in the United States.
Vrindhavan is 90 miles south of Delhi and 30 miles
north of Agra (site of the Taj Mahal), just off the
Delhi-Agra Road. Vrindhavan has a small-town type
atmosphere with narrow streets and not much motor
traffic and about 50,000 people. There are said to be
over 5,000 temples in Vrindhavan. It is the land of
forests where Krishna played as a child. It is
surrounded by the sacred Yamuna river on three
sides and has ruins of great palaces from the rajas
(kings) of the 16th century. As a result of this it is a
holy pilgrimage spot for Indians and Westerners alike.
|Creating Joyful Relationships
“I can't talk now -- I have a terrible
headache.” “Leave me alone -- I've had a miserable
day and I need my space.” “What happened to us?
Don't you love me any more?”
In some form or another, we have all experienced
these statements and what they can do to a
relationship. Those who are lucky have encountered
them only in books and movies. Others, perhaps the
majority, have faced them in their own lives at some
point or the other.
Observe these statements again. The first one tells
of physical stress, the second, mental fatigue, and
the third, emotional breakdown. All three of these --
either individually or collectively -- are potential
Ayurveda has always recognized and respected the
intimate connection between the physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. More
than 5,000 years ago, ancient texts like the Charaka
Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Ashthanga Hridayam
recorded some amazing insights into the body-mind-
|Perk Up with Peppermint, Cinnamon
If you’re bored, feeling sluggish, or – worse – sleepy
on long drives, a whiff of peppermint or cinnamon
essential oils could help keep you alert. Ayurveda has
long recognized stimulating scents, such as these,
decrease Kapha and reduce heaviness in the
body and mind. A recent study at
Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia confirms
that the scent of essential oils, such as
peppermint or cinnamon, stimulates the nervous
system thereby increasing alertness, reducing fatigue
and boosting motivation.
Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, associate professor of
psychology and director of undergraduate research,
recruited 25 undergraduates to sniff peppermint,
cinnamon or an odorless control for 30 seconds every
15 minutes during simulated driving. The
undergraduate research team reported that “drivers”
who sniffed peppermint noted significantly less
fatigue, anxiety and frustration, and their alertness
levels rose. Sniffing cinnamon had much the same
The study results were reported at the 2006 Third
Annual Undergraduate Research Day, February 1,
2006 in the Capitol Rotunda in Charleston, W.Va.
Free Introductory Lecture
Feburary 21st, 7-9 PM in Laguna Beach
Lecture topics include:
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- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Constitution and balance
- Food as medicine
- Balancing through opposites
- 13 tips for healthy eating
- Questions and Answers