"When I look inside and see that I am nothing,
that is wisdom.
When I look outside and see that I am everything,
that is love.
And between those two, my life turns."
-Sri Nisagardatta Maharaj
|How to Relax
Some stress may be unavoidable, but these habits
should help keep the damage to a minimum.
Regular, slowed breathing-a common characteristic
of meditation and prayer - alerts your brain that you are
in a safe place far away from predators. It also relaxes
your heart, decreases blood pressure and removes
wastes from the bloodstream.
Social isolation increases the physiological damage
caused by stress. A 2006 survey found that Americans
have only two close friends with whom they can
confide their deepest concerns - down from three
friends 20 years ago.
It protects the heart, which is often the first to feel the
effects of stress. Studies show exercise also helps
maintain the brain's ability to change focus quickly
from one situation to another.
EAT PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
The antioxidants and other ingredients they contain
counterbalance the inflammatory proteins the body
produces under stress.
|How is health and wellness created?
Ayurveda recognizes that each person has a unique
mind-body constitution. Ayurveda then identifies the
various components of that individual's constitution,
determines where imbalances and disturbances
exist, and provides education, guidance and a plan for
helping the individual bring about their own
improvements in health and wellness.
|Truth about Tinctures
Forget the eyedropper, get a spoon!
Tinctures are liquid herbal preparations that have a
much longer shelf life than teas or powders herbs. In
a tincture, there is a base liquid, usually alcohol, used
specifically for its abilities to preserve the herb and its
components, retard spoilage, and draw out the active
ingredients. They are not used in traditional Ayurvedic
pharmacies but generate a lot of confusion in the
The reason that tinctures are one of the most widely
misunderstood forms of natural medicine involves a
misconception around dosage. There is a very
widespread impression (fostered largely by the
dosages printed on the bottles) that you can put 3
drops of a tincture in some orange juice and get all
better. These dosages are absurd, as are the 1 ounce
dropper bottles in which these tinctures are most
Tinctures are NOT some super strong medicine-they
are no better or stronger than any other herbal
medicines. "Maximum 1 to 10 drops" is rarely the
dose that's effective; it's just the manufacturer's way of
being cautious and conservative. It also reflects the
company's anticipation of your expectations; it may be
assumed that you simply won't take any more than a
Living Ayurveda Workshop
Dr. Liladhar Gupta, BAMS from
Vrindavan, India will be returning to be my guest in
from May 29 till June 6. If you missed my slides from
my trip to India last year, click here.
Dr. Gupta will teach a two day workshop
"Living Ayurveda" on
June 2nd and 3rd which will be aimed at students of
Ayurveda or practitioners. He will also be a guest
lecturer at my UCI class on May 30th.
Meet and Greet
There will also be an opportunity to informally greet Dr.
Gupta on the evening of Friday June 1st from 7-8:30
pm at my home in Laguna Beach. This is a free event
and is open to all. Just RSVP to let me know that you
For those interested in
having a private consultation or teaching session
with Dr. Gupta during his stay, please book early as
his stay is limited this year. The cost will be $108 for a
one hour consultation. Please pay with cash in exact
change. Dr Gupta's insights shared
on a one-on-one basis often bring clarity to life's
challenges. Call now to reserved your appointment.