You've spent many weeks enjoying reading this lovely book by Kate O'Donnell. Now, it's time to have fun with her beautiful recipes. Please experiment with at least 5 and have fun.
-How would you describe the evolution of life according to Ayurveda? What is this "flow of life"?
-What is Brahmacharya? What elements are most present? What dosha is most prevalent? Can you name a few people in your life who are in this stage?
-What is grihastha? What elements are most present? What dosha is most prevalent? Name people who are in this stage. What is a housholder?
-What is vanaprastha? What elements are most present? What is forest dwelling? What dosha is most active? Who do you know in this stage?
-What is sannyasa, its elements, the dosha, and people who are in this stage?
-Where are you?
-What is ritucharya? Beyond the definition and translation, what does this mean to you?
-What are the sensitivities of each season?
-How do we use tastes to support each season?
-What other practices support each season?
-What season is your favorite? What season is your most challenging?
-What is ritusandhi? Why is this so challenging for some?
-When do the suggested two cleanses occur and why? How are they different?
--What is rasayana? Why is this important?
-What is dinacharya? Why is it so important?
-What are some examples of morning activities for good health?
-What is the Ayurvedic clock? When are the hours for vata, pitta and kapha? Does this make sense to you?
-When is the best time to eat a heavy meal?
-When would it be the worst time to eat a heavy meal?
-What is abhyanga and why is it so important and effective? Which of the elements benefits most from abhyanga?
-What oil do you think is best for you?
-What would you do if you didn't have time for full abhyanga?
-What is dry brushing and which element/elements benefits most from this practice?
-What practices are soothing to the eyes, ears and nose?
-When is the best time to exercise?
-What are healthy eating practices? Less healthy?
-When is the best time to go to bed? Why is this important?
-What are some of the main causes of sleep disturbances? What are some remedies to improve sleep?
-After reading about dinacharya, please choose two practices to include into your life--two that you are able to easily apply for one month, every day.
-How would you describe the anatomy of the mind (higher, middle and lower)?
-How do the five elements influence the mind?
-What are atman, citta, buddhi, manas and ahamkara and what element is associated with each?
-What are the "vital essences"? What are the "subtle aspects" of the dosha?
-How would you describe prana and how does prana relate to the five senses?
-What breath practice assists us in calming excessive mental movement?
-What are tejas and ojas? What are the elements associated with each?
-What vital essence helps us to transform and to get closer to clarity and balance?
-Which vital essence restores and builds our body?
I hope you're enjoying The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care by Kate O'Donnell. If you haven't begun and are interested in reading do not worry. I'll get you all caught up. If you're plugging along and are ready for your next chunk of pages, move forward with "The Mind" and "The Subtle Body". Next, we will move onto the Ayurvedic Lifestyle and you'll start putting what you've been reading about into practice.
For those reading our summer book The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self Care, I'm suggesting moving forward to Part Two: The Physical Body (pages 38-59). Here are some questions to consider after reading:
-What is the definition of "dhatus"?
-How many dhatus exist? What are the different dhatus? Why is it important to understand the dhatus?
-What are the superficial dhatus? What are the deeper dhatus?
-What are the elements of each dhatus? Do you feel you have a strength or deficiency in a particular dhatus? How might you heal a weakness in one of the dhatus?
-How does Ayurveda discuss the channel system? Srotamsi and srotas?
-What are the channels for prana, elimination, tissue layers, and mind?
-What is agni and why is it so important?
-How do the five elements work with agni?
-What are the four kinds of agni? Do you notice you experience one regularly? When is agni the strongest and when is it slow?
-What is ama? Signs of ama?
-How can one use food and routine to maintain healthy digestion? Why is this important, physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually?
-What is deepana and pachana?
The book I've chosen is The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self Care by Kate O'Donnell. It is wonderful and is fantastic for those of you who are interested in ayurveda and its healing application.
This week, please read pages 4-35, Part 1: What You Need to Know About Ayurveda. Write notes in the margins, think a lot, dream, enjoy walks and watch the sunrise, stars and sunset. These are the questions I'd love for you to consider and if you have any interest in sending your answers to me, I would adore it!:
-What is ayurveda and why are you interested in learning more?
-What are sattva, rajas and tamas? Why do we need all three?
-Which of the elements feel most clear to you and natural and which ones are confusing or bothersome?
-How do you understand the doshas? What elements are comprised in each?
-What are the 20 qualities? How do you see these in a tree? In the morning, in the afternoon, at night? In a banana? In wine?
-How do you describe the traits of vata, pitta and kapha? Why are each of these doshas necessary?
-Which constitutional type feels like you?
-How does illness or dis-ease present uniquely for vata, kapha and pitta?
-What is ama? How does it accumulate? How can it be prevented?
-What are the natural urges and why should they not be suppressed nor forced?